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23/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day Minus 1

We have been treated to a further day in port, as poor weather has put back the rally start to 11am on the 24th. So although an understandable precaution and the right decision given the conditions, a bit of a disappointing day really, to which was added the further frustration of our quality british sausages for our 'bringalongabreakfast' being served to the table next to us. A 'catastrophe' as described by our distraught waitress, but with the saving grace of a free round of coffees.So it's off to a rather nice Tapas bar in the old town once again - tough stuff this sailing lark!!That's all for now folks - John and Rhumb crew.. read more...


Albatros - 23.11.14 Tag 0, Albatros
Albatros - 23.11.14 Tag 0, Albatros
Makena - Jerry at the start line
Makena - Jerry at the start line
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 22 PW reporting

November 22, 2014Makena: Lagoon 620 Crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon17° 08.6' N34° 31.0' WFish On! That was the call late this afternoon. More about that to follow.No grumpy sunrise this morning. Light fluffy cumulus clouds dotted the sky as the sun crested the horizon. Pale orange and yellow greeted us for a great day of sailing. The wind had gone light with lots of 10-13 knots. With the swell that ran from the Northeast, we had the wind blown out of the sail on every wave. The massive main would backwind and slam from side to side, literally shaking the entire boat. We ended up dropping the mainsail and running under maximum sail area forward. The gennaker was sheeted to starboard and the genoa to port. Flying wing and wing, dead downwind we were able to make the slightly. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 21 PW Reporting

November 21, 2014Makena: Lagoon 620Position at noonWe woke up to a grouchy sunrise. As the red and orange backlight filtered between the horizon and the low clouds, we imagined a row of jagged teeth biting at the rising sun. The deepening red lit wispy clouds shooting straight up over thethe sun erupting from the horizon. All around us we saw the dark heavy pockets of rain that marked the uneven rows of squall lines passing through our corner of the Atlantic. The saying “Red sky at night, sailors delight; Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” would prove it's worth today. By noon, we had close encounters with four squalls, each bringing lots of wind and rain. The moonless night produced the first squall at 0340. Wind gusted to 30 knots and every exposed part of the boat got a. read more...


23/11/2014

El Mundo - 23/11 - Postponement, a strange feeling

After a very windy night, involving a few sleep interruptions to check everything was OK on deck, it wasn’t a huge surprise that a postponement to the start was announced. The forecast reduction in winds turned out to be an increase, with gusts in the marina exceeding 40 knots.The reaction of the El Mundo crew was very different. It was the first time Amanda had smiled all morning, so no doubt about her agreement with the decision. Lincy retired to bow of the boat and had a few minutes contemplation on the bow seat, enjoying a brief sunny spell. Bob seemed to take it all in his stride but was visibly more relaxed. Me…well I just feel strange…wandering around the boat doing a few not so essential jobs, dodging the nasty rain showers.We joined the Juno for a ‘crew morale boostiing’ lunch. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 20 PW Reporting

November 20, 2014Makena Lagoon 620Position at noon16.49.136 N28.12.043 WThe amazing sled ride that we started at sunset last night continued all through the night. As a matter of fact, at about 4:00am we pulled in the first reef, lowered the gennaker and went back to the genoa. We have constant 18-24 knots on the beam. WE ARE LOVING THIS!!!!! We see Outrageous about seven miles ahead. They are sailing brilliantly. We just moved past Easy Rider at dawn, with Lir and Alia Vita right behind then. Off our port beam is Eleanora 2 and off the starboard beam is T&T. We are in good company and I am sure that everyone is really enjoying this ride.Two dorado have taken our lures. Neither made the decision to come onboard with us. Luckily, wedidn't lose too much time and more importantly, we. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 19 PW Reporting

November 19, 2014Makena Lagoon 620Position at noonMarina MindeloAfter several glorious days enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and hospitality of Mindelo, it was time to turn our attention back to Makena and Leg 2 of the Atlantic crossing. In addition to the local experience, it was great to be able to spend a little time with the crew of some of the other yachts that are sailing in the ARC+. The atmosphere was very supportive and relationships were born that will carry through with many sailors as they continue their cruising. Aboard Makena we hosted a nice happy hour and were very pleased to have had as many as fifty fellow sailors onboard at any one time. The crew made ready the final provisioning, stowed the local fare throughout the boat. A new stowage addition to Makena was the. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - Who forgot to postpone the band?
El Mundo - 23/11 - Who forgot to postpone the band?
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 14 - Leg 1 Finish. PW Reporting

November 15, 2014Race to the Finish Just after midnight, we were treated to a spectacular dolphin show. There was just enough phosphorescence in the water to make the dolphins look like little torpedoes. What was really amazing was to see the flying fish, silhouetted in our starboardrunning light as they flew clear of the water. We watched in awe as the dolphin would make incredible course changes and grab the flying fish as they were darting away. Early in the morning, with a steady 15 knots of breeze, we put up Tequila Sunrise to try to make up some time. We sailed pretty deep and were making good speed and VMG. We began to sail a little higher course and really saw our speed increase. The sailing was really exhilarating through the day and into the late afternoon.At twilight, we have. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9-10 PW Reporting

Report for November 9th-10th, 2014Lat. 25.52.293NLong. 16.56.446WToday we were the first group to start in the ARC 2014. Two departure times for the two groups. Those adventurers with a stop in Cape Verde, depart Gran Canaria today. For the straight line sailors, the departure from Gran Canaria directly to St. Lucia is November 23rd. Good winds for the depart, lots of fanfare with bands playing and many people lining the harbor mouth as we headed out of the Muelle Deportivo towards the start line, just outside of the harbor. Many tankers and container ships entering the harbor or anchored out in the starting area. In addition to looking out for the 50 boats starting, we had commercial traffic everywhere.No collisions at the start. This is good as it is not uncommon to have mishaps when. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 13 PW Reporting

November 13, 2014Life onboard the Lagoon 620, MakenaToday, like all the rest, started with a gorgeous sunrise. A few clouds on either side of the sun with the bright orb climbing quickly between them. Sunrise and sunset have become significant placemarks in our day. As with the previous daybreaks we have set more sail. We made over 180 miles yesterday, with solid wind throughout the day. Slightly less pressure today. We began with the gennaker and staysail wing and wing and a full mainsail. The GRIB files show that we should make a course slightly to the west of the rhumb line. After a few housekeeping chores the crew settled into more introspective time. Books came out and napping on the upper deck were de rigeur. We have passed the 2/3 mark and are homing in on the arrival in Cape. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 12 PW Reporting

November 12, 2014Position at midnight21.33.160N20.26.455WWe are now in the Tropics. This morning we crossed the Tropic of Cancer. Looks the same and feels the same, always nice to have milestones to refer to on the open sea.After midnight we saw a slight increase in wind. We went from 9-11 knots to a consistent 13 knots, with occasional 15s. At daybreak we pulled in the genoa and set the spinnaker. With her bright orange belly and red edges, we named her Tequila Sunrise. She allows us to sail deep and make good VMG. We have seen a few pods of dolphin since the beginning of this voyage. None, so far, has approached the boat and stayed to play with us until this morning. Right after setting the spinnaker, we saw a few dolphin in the distance. Within minutes, we had dozens and dozens all. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - The crew morale boosting tapas lunch
El Mundo - 23/11 - The crew morale boosting tapas lunch
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 11 PW Reporting

November 11, 2014Position at midnight23.34.808N18.39.661WThe light winds continued through the night and into the day. We sailed a course dead down wind without the mainsail up and slapping. First light brought a gorgeous sunrise with just enough clouds to make the orange pop. The crew is really into the cruising routine. There a quite a few boats around us and occasional course changes bring us to within a few hundred meters of some of the boats. In the dead of night, this seems too close, during the day we are glad to have the fleeting glimpse of other souls. We have some radio contact with a few boats and are surprised that there are so many problems onboard other boats.Light winds for most of the day. We went from wing and wing on the genoa and gennaker to our big orange spinnaker.. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - Lincy's reaction to the postponement
El Mundo - 23/11 - Lincy's reaction to the postponement
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 10 PW Reporting

November 10, 2014Position24.56.480N17.47.626WThe day started with 16-20 knot winds. This was perfect sailing conditions for broad reaching under the beautiful, bright orange spinnaker. We were ticking off the miles and rolling through the watches with no problems. By late afternoon we saw a squall approaching from behind. The inevitable happened, as it always does, quicker than expected. With spinnaker and full main up, we went from a consistent 18 knots to 30+ knots before the crew could get on deck and prepare for the take down. Needless to say, the crew on the bow were saltwater wet from below and soaked from the pouring rain from above. We were actuallySpinnaker is stowed and the foredeck crew smells much better now.The effort paid off with an awesome dinner. Sarah had prepared a. read more...


Euphoria - Log Day 0 - Euphorianerna
Euphoria  - Log Day 0 - Euphorianerna
Rhumb - Crew Picture
Rhumb - Crew Picture
23/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - Nosebleeds and cockroaches

Well here we are in Las Palmas with a full compliment of John, Alison, Eilidh, Donald ,Kate, Duncan and Janice.The race has been postponed until tomorrow because of exceptional weather, strong winds, lashing rain and large seas; in other words a bad day in the Hebrides. So much for the swimsuits and sarongs!On a positive note all the food has been stowed which involved washing all the fruit and veg and stripping all tins and packets of cardboard to prevent cockroach eggs. We can report that no cockroaches or spiders were harmed in the process which was a great relief to everyone, especially Janice although Kate did have a nosebleed from cleaning the glue off 60 tins.The 80 bananas which were hard and green yesterday are now resting in their own hammock and have become a variety of. read more...


23/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher Leg 2 Saturday 22nd

It's midnight, ship's time, and I have the urge to write. Josh is on deck, keeping the good ship DreamCatcher off the rocks and out of Davy Jones' locker, while I report in to all our family and friends.Today has been another very good (enjoyable) day, with some good things going on.Firstly, we passed the first quarter distance, giving us the chance to alter the ship's clock back an hour (we need to 'lose' 3 hours by St Lucia) so we kicked off the process on my and Josh's watch. The other two watches will have their go around the half and three quarters marks. Of course, those on watch have to do an extra hour...while those 'off' get that hour as leisure.We also celebrated the milestone with a stop for a swim, after lunch. Great fun, horsing around in lovely clean, clear and warm waters. read more...


23/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher Leg 2 23/11

Hello everyone, I'm happy to share the most important things happened during the last 24h and my personal impressions of this trip.The wind strength is constantly changing, but we are doing a good speed overall. Every few hours we get hit by little squalls, which increase our average SOG up to 8-9 knots.The highlight of every day is dinner, as our routine is being paused for a while. Maggy cooked chicken curry yesterday and it was my most favorite meal so far, very delicious.During my watch, early this morning, a flying fish landed once again on our deck. I've never seen the beauty of this fish species before. The whole back of the fish was dark blue and the other parts of the body shined silver in the intense star light on the ocean.So far I've read three books already and I really. read more...


Lydia - Boom Bangabang Repair - Black Claggy & Webbing Whipping!
Lydia - Boom Bangabang Repair - Black Claggy & Webbing Whipping!
23/11/2014

Monomotapa - monomotapa

Sunday 23 NovemberStart postponed tomorrow morning 10.30.Crew complete and ready to go, we hope to go tomorrow, depending on the weather conditions.. read more...


23/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur ,Sunday showers , fari winds to the ARC starters in Las Palmas today

Sunday 23 november. The big ARC is starting today some 240 sailboats will come our way\, but we have had a good head start so we will hopefully be across to St Lucia before the first of the big rally boats.Some squalls hit last night , nothing serious, I had diminished the sails and flew downwind with good speed for the time the squall lasted, otherwise doing 5,5 up to 7knots on the gooswing.We have also had some showers todaythen the winds down. We have found the contacts in St Lucia and sent them a email regarding our watermaker/Pandaissues.Other wise slow day, reading up on all info we have had , its important to RTFM on beforehand, and sometimes again and again cause you always might have missed something on your first read.9 days to go. 1480 nautical miles left.Aprox 1/3 of the way. read more...


23/11/2014

Easy Rider - Easy Rider....Day 4.....Max The Cabin Boy.

With our screecher set highand hardly a cloud in the sky,we adjurned for some lunchand had a fabulous munch.The wind did not fillgiving us an afternoon to chill,and fill our bellies of lambof which we were all a fan.With the sun on the brinkwe all had a drink,the night watches did run,and no engines did hum.The sun rose over the seaand Soy made us all tea,with wich we did prayfor a little more wind on this day.. read more...


23/11/2014

Meltemi - Tag -0 Schlechtwetter

Start ist auf morgen, Montag den 24.11., verschoben. Im Hafen Las Palmas haben wir Schlechtwetter mit Boeen bis zu 35 kn.Der Rally Leitung ist das Risiko, das ca. 180 Schiffe da etwas durcheinandergewürfelt werden wohl dann doch zu hoch.Jetzt erst einmal Kaffe trinken. Rü. read more...


23/11/2014

Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed

We were ready early this morning and hot-to-trot, however the wind was blowing 25-35 knots (gusting to 45!) and raining, so the ARC committee delayed the start for at least 18 hours.Joe, Bobby, Scott Antares Crew in Las Palmas. read more...


Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed
Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed
Zulú - Dia 0
Zulú - Dia 0
23/11/2014

Svetlaya - Let's start!

Начнем наш блог! Старт через Атлантику будет дан уже через три часа! Let's start our blog! Our division start will be given is three hours already!. read more...


Zulú - Dia 0
Zulú - Dia 0
23/11/2014

Zulú - Re: Zulú Dia -0

Hoy día 23,tras una noche agitada por violentas rachas de viento y algunos chaparrones, nos hemos levantado con el animo dispuesto para toda eventualidad. Un magnífico desayuno, cada uno de acuerdo con sus gustos, ha sido la señal inequívoca de que el día podía ser duro. Acumulábamos fuerzas.., mientras el anemómetro marcaba rachas de 27 y 30 nudos. Hacia las 09.30 hora local, el cielo ha despejado y hemos paseado para comprar el periódico y algún detalle adicional. Juan no ha encontrado la navaja que quería incluir en su kit de supervivencia. El siempre se prepara para todo evento!A las 10.30h nos han avisado de que se posponía la salida de la regata un mínimo de 18 horas para los barcos de crucero. Los de la competición que son unos fieras saldrán algo mas tarde pero seguramente. read more...


23/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 0 - VM-94

Kära bloggen,  Du vet den där känslan som infinner sig när en splajs ny mjukglass med tuttifrutti-strössel en solig sommardag trillar av och landar på marken? Eller kvaiarmackan måndag morgon som hamnar upp-och-ned? Eller när Håkan Mild missade straffen 12m över VM -94? Ungefär så kändes det bland euphorianerna när kansliet meddelade att starten för cruizzzzing divisionen skjutits upp med minst 18h. Vår ETS (estimated time of start) är imorgon bitti kl 10.00. Så det lutar åt en mycket typisk måndagmorgon-länsstart i 10 ms enligt nuvarande prognos. Orsaken till starten skjöts upp var för mkt vind. Buuuuu. Så vår tillvaro just nu är något snopen, för mkt tid (alla ToDo’s är genomförda!) och längtan. Snart är det måndagmorgon. Då jävlar. Nu blir det. read more...


23/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 0 - Långa och korta dagar

Kära bloggen,Vår tillvaro de senaste dagarna har inneburit stresshantering på en högre nivå, och en osannolikt snabbt växande todo-lista. Det har varit en ständig kamp mot listan. Efter en ganska låg, seglivad kamp så verkar det visa sig att Euphorias besättning ser starka ut. Oddsen just nu är relativt goda att vi kastar loss på börlig tidpunkt, innan vår start kl 13.00. Strategin är i nuläget inte helt glasklar, vi varierar någonstans mellan ”10 min efter startskottet” till att visa var skäpet ska stå och ta en regelrätt tjuvstart för att skriva in Euphoria i historieböckerna. Då leder vi ju (om än kort). Gissningsvis så avgjörs det delvis genom "klunsen", delvis genom vem som står vid ratten. Vi är iaf förbereda för samtliga av våra 12 olika segelsättningsalternativ. Upploppet är. read more...


23/11/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted joins the crew of Morning Haze for his first Atlantic Passage!!!

Hello everyone,My name is Sailor Ted and I have just found myself a boat to cross the Atlantic. Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting the Hayes, a french Canadian family of four aboard their Hunter 410, Morning Haze. David and Isabelle are the proud parents of Rebecca (14) and Demi (10) and they have started their journey from Canada last year and plan to complete their Atlantic tour in June.Already I have become good friend with Rebecca and Demi. In fact, Demi and I have become best friend and I cuddled with her last night in her cabin. It was very windy and a boat (just beside us) saw his brand new genoa unfurled in the middle of the night. Everybody was up...but in the end, it all turned out ok.This morning, as we were doing last minutes preparations, we learned from Andrew on the. read more...


Tinia - Crew Photo
Tinia - Crew Photo
23/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Wider erwarten ruhiger Sonntag

Da der Start vom ARC aufgrund eines Sturms auf morgen verschoben wurde, geniessen wir heute noch einen ruhigen Sonntag im Hafen von Las Palmas: Fischer Equipment bereit machen, schlafen, aufräumen und natürlich essen ;-)Alpä. read more...


23/11/2014

OOROO1 - Preparations and a Wild Night

So with 4 hours to go,Las Palmas has really turned on some weather. 40 knot winds over night and 38knots this morning with rain and 4m waves. The start has been postponed 18hours. Storm sail was delivered during the week which should allow us to sailovernight without changing sails. We are all provisioned up now with the lastminute fruit and vegies delivered yesterday. All washed and dried on thetrampoline in record time between squalls to get rid of the . We now have astork of bananas hanging / swinging off the back of the boat with about 80bananas along with a stack of onions and all our carrots wrapped in foil. Afterliving on the boat for 10 days we have our sea legs but Jeno and Tess startedTravacarm yesterday and are hoping for the best (but expecting to be hangingover the side of. read more...


22/11/2014

Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)

Wir haben keine Angst vor Squalls, aber wenn wir untergehen,dann sicherlich wegen der 15 Kisten Obst und Gemüse. Tod durch Verhungern ausgeschlossen, bleibt nur zu hoffen dass wir nicht sinken ;DGrüße von der WIKI CrewDSC03376. read more...


23/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Sunday 23 NovemberStart postponed two hours, awaiting further instructions from the race committee.Crew complete and ready to go, we hope to go today, depending on the weather conditions.. read more...


23/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log day 0, or -1..

An interesting evening, winds moving to 30 knots and plenty of movement on the berth leaving a few chafe marks on Poor old Miss Liz II. This morning, with the full complement on board after Rob's late arrival and comforted by a late Tapas the night before, and a thorough drenching in town, we faced our neighbors, Hera,having lost a bow line being blown onto the pontoon. So bow lines had to be rigged between us, and also from Miss Liz II to Bikini on our port side. It also meant the bathing platform had scraped the pontoon - with some minor gel coat damage. If that was not enough, the dress flags had broken off at the main halyard, and so Jon-Boy was volunteered to climb the mast - in 20 knots of wind, sporting our new ski helmet for protection, a go-pro on his head and a fierce grimace. read more...


23/11/2014

Nexus - Safely across the Wild Coast and on our way into Port Elizabeth

We had a mixes evening with motorsailing and great sailing down the wild coast with 2-3kt boost from the current. The weather and waves behaved themselves and we had a fast trip down the coast. The low we were watching has developed stronger than forecast but is coming to sea from land north of us near Durban so we're well south and out of the way, but must be in harbor for the next low approaching on Wednesday. We passed East London at 2am so decided to continue on to Port Elizabeth. We're just 50nm away right now and motoring in no wind, so all is well. We plan to spend the night then sail around to St Francis Bay, which is a short day sail further along the southern coast.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 11:00 11/23/2014 at 33 58.4'S;26 41.0'E. read more...


Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)
Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)
23/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Ready to go!

Nach einer intensiven Woche mit Vorbereitungsarbeiten sind wir nun bereit für den Start von unserem Abenteuer. In der vergangene Woche haben wir vieles eingekauft, v.a. Food für gut 3-4 Wochen, aber auch Ersatzmaterial wie Taue, Werkzeug und einige Saftyfeatures. Daneben haben wir viele Seminare besucht wie Wetterinfos, Routenplanung, Erste Hilfe auf See, Tips zum Bunkern und Lagern von Lebensmitteln sowie Tips zu täglichen Kontrollen auf dem Schiff, so dass nicht plötzlich der Mast umknickt... :)Dazwischen gabs natürlich auch den einen oder anderen Apéro mit den Crews der anderen Boote. Und in den letzten Tagen leider auch viel Sturm und Regen. Gemäss Prognosen sollten wir aber nach dem heute anstehenden Start bald das Regenwetter hinter uns lassen können und einen relativ direkten Kurs. read more...


23/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg 2-day 4: Not a straight line

Today Dave did intense research on "the great circle route", which basically says that when it comes to navigating long distances,the curvature of the earth makes the shortest distance a CURVED LINE. We discovered that our IPad Navionics chart app draws a simple straight line which isn't the shortest one!So Dave worked several hours on our Imray chart and on his laptop MaxSea program to get the latitude and longitude coordinates for a great circle route. These have now been entered into our iPad Navionics and we will be attempting to track to them. I say "attempting" because the wind is dead behind us when we aim for these waypoints, and the wind isn't strong enough to move the boat. So we are gybing downwind, steering about 30 degrees to port or starboard to keep moving. More wind is. read more...


23/11/2014

Celebrate - Three oceans in three days

Early this morning we rounded Cape Agulhas the Southern most point in Africa and then at around 11AM in blue skies and a following strong breeze we sailed round the Cape of Good Hope. The best sailing of our passage by far. So after the Indian and Southern its now back to the Atlantic Ocean.The landform at Cape Agulhas was flat but now as we sail up the West Coast steep peaks and cliffs drop into the ocean and we have just got our first glimpse of Table Mountain. Plenty more to follow.Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


23/11/2014

Lily - Getting There

Day four of the, probably, 15 day trip and all is well? No doubt most blogs talk about the day to day life and how well things are going. This blog is not going to be that different but for the fact that it is going to be much sorter. After having survived last night`s squally weather and confused sea, today was much different. Nice breeze and the wind shifting more in the usual (so they say) trade wind direction. I must say it was surprising these squally weather conditions. Never quite sure what this meant but now we know. Sort burst of surprisingly cold heavy rain with winds increasing in multiples. You would now say, well that is what the books say as well. True but experiencing it is so much different especially when it is pitch dark … Obviously all the books say one should track. read more...