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10/01/2015

Celebrate - Awesome Adventure on "THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE" Train to Karoo with Winery & Brandy Tasting Visits!

Jeanine on American Spirit masterminded a great train, winery and brandy tasting tour into the hinterland of South Africa along with fellow travelers Tim, Tracey, Brian & Lucy from Folie a deux and Finn from Nexus.The scenery from the all day train ride was terrific and our stop for the night at the charming and historic outpost of Matjiesfontein on the plains of the Great Karoo was wonderful.It was easy to see the uniqueness of South Africa and the way it used to be.Mixing stories of the early diamond rush with the Anglo-Boer War and the Cape-Colonial Railways the visit was a step back in time!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


10/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 2. Tag - Guter Start

Nach einem schönen Abschiedswinken von Carmen, Hannes, Boris und Achim sowie weiteren ahnungslosen Touristen, haben wir uns gestern auf den Weg nach St.Helena gemacht - 1703 Seemeilen, ungefähr 12 Tage. Bis jetzt hatten wir sehr guten Wind und wir hoffen auch weiterhin davon zu profitieren, obwohl er womöglich in 3 oder 4 Tagen einfallen wird.Wir sind alle gut drauf und sind froh dass es wieder weiter geht:-).Cheers, Tom. read more...


10/01/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA 09 DE JANEIRO DE 2015 - 2

Esta é a semana antes da partida para a Volta ao Mundo, para a World ARC.Domingo dia 4 de Janeiro foi "um dia fantástico"!! Fizemos o check-in para a World ARC, no "office"do World Cruising Club, com a Suzana!Um marco importante - tudo ficou a parecer mais perto e mais real. Finalmente, está prestes a começar!O Rui, que fora com a Anne Marie no dia 31 de Dezembro para a Martinique, para passar o Ano a bordo do Magelanus, regressou no dia 07 à noite.Ontem, finalmente, chegaram o Ricardo e a Margarida - a tripulação está agora completa!Durante a semana, tivemos os afazeres habituais nesta altura - últimas limpezas do barco, últimos arranjos, lavandaria, aprovisionamento, etc. Tivemos que nos organizar para fazermos tudo os dois, e correu muito bem.Durante a semana trocámos de dinghy (o. read more...


10/01/2015

Allegro - Log 1

Bom dia!  O Allegro parte hoje de Rodney Bay, St Lucia, com o resto da frota da World ARC no primeiro trecho desta circumnavegacao.. read more...


10/01/2015

Makena - The world tour starts tomorrow!!!

Cannot believe that we are going to leave St Lucia tomorrow with firm plans to return in April 2016 after a circumnavigation. !!! . read more...


10/01/2015

Wayward Wind

Communications system up and running. First log from Wayward Wind coming soon!. read more...


08/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Start day looms

Welcome all, this is the first of hopefully manylogs from us. Saturday is the start of our great adventure, weare really looking forward to being out on the ocean again, and anticipatinggetting to Santa Marta in Columbia. Hope you will enjoy our blogs and following us onyellow brick tracking, plus our own tales on facebook, ie exocetyachts, John. read more...


09/01/2015

Wayward Wind - SMS from 881632548295@msg.iridium.com

This is a test submission from Wayward Wind. Please advise when received. Thanks Mindy. read more...


09/01/2015

Firefly - The Great Barrier Mussel Festival

Firefly arrived at Great Barrier Island on 2nd January and we have spent a week anchored in Forestry Bay within Port Fitzroy. On arriving there we had no intention of staying quite so long but it was such a beautiful spot and great weather, good company and the forthcoming Mussel Festival meant the anchor stayed firmly on the bottom.From the Mokahinau Islands we initially went to a bay called Miner's Cove and it was not the best choice. It was open to the south and that was where the wind came from. Not strong enough to cause a problem but it did mean Firefly rocked and rolled all night. Port Fitzroy was chosen as the next destination as it was so well enclosed and Firefly would remain steady. It was actually incredibly busy when we arrived on Saturday 3rd January. Great Barrier is. read more...


09/01/2015

A Plus 2 - ...2...1....start to Columbia !

Last year an "amel friend" (hello Max) sailing from Ste Lucia to Panamatold me : "Don't miss a stopover in Santa Marta - Columbia, people areso friendly and all arounds are so historical and beautiful(Carthagene)... and it was a dream.This year, the dream comes true and World Arc makes it : so thanks tothe Worldcruising team and happy new and successful year !. read more...


07/01/2015

GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig

Wir beginnen unser größtes Abenteuer… in vier Tagen startet die Word ARC 2015 - 2016. Wir - die GarliX - Crew - kommen aus Deutschland und sind seit Juli 2014 unterwegs. Wir sind von Juli bis Ende Oktober ’14 über Südengland, Spanien, Portugal, Madeira zu den Kanaren nach Las Palmas gesegelt. Hier sind wir am 9. November mit der ARCplus über Kapverden nach St. Lucia gesegelt. Weihnachten haben wir mit unseren Söhnen in der Karibik verbracht. Wer sind wir? Wir - Jens (49) und Dagmar (46-ich) sind typische Ostseesegler …. Stockholm, Oslo, Kristiansand waren bisher unsere weitesten Urlaubsziele und unser Heimatrevier ist der Greifswalder Bodden. Im November 2013 haben wir entschieden, dass wir aus unserem „Hamsterrad - Leben“ ausbrechen wollen und konnten uns für zwei Jahre eine. read more...


GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig
GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig
06/01/2015

Free & BrEasy - Home from Home

Home from Home The World ARC fleet is gathering in Cape Town for the start of the last leg across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday 10th January. Many of the fleet stayed in Cape Town to celebrate Christmas and New Year in the wonderful Marina. By all accounts the firework display in the harbour was a spectacular way of ushering in the New Year. Roger and Annabelle stayed in Cape Town to supervise fitting the new boom on Free & Breasy, hauling out to repaint the hull with antifoul, replace zinc anodes that protect steel from rusting and a host of other jobs including repairing and testing both hydraulic ram units that have caused problems with the autohelm. Amazingly, they also found time to visit Victoria Falls, the West Coast National Park (with Eve’s footprints), drive around the. read more...


05/01/2015

Celebrate - Welcome to our Very Experienced Crew, Jay Ailworth, joining in Cape Town, South Africa!

A huge, warm welcome to our new crew member and former neighbor near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Jay Ailworth!We are so happy that Jay is able to join us from Cape Town to Salvador, Brazil via St. Helena Island.He is retired from the US Coast Guard and a long time sailboat racer who has also owned sailboats of his own.Jay will arrive on the morning of January 6th and begin helping us to prepare for our Brazil passage staring on January 10th.We are really looking forward to having Jay on board and we want to thank his wife, Laurie, too, who is a very special friend!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


04/01/2015

Celebrate - New Year's Eve Progressive Fleet Party, Christmas Dinner at Folie a Deux & Charlie's Fleet Birthay Dinner at Mondiall Restaurant!

Christmas Dinner at Folie a Duex was extra special with a fun comraderie of games, conversation and wonderful food!The party started at 2pm in the afternoon until we finally dragged ourselves away at 9pm.One of the best!Then, Charlie had a great early birthday dinner & drinks with an All-American hamburger theme at the Mondiall Restaurant for the fleet.It was fun to see all the boats at the party that were in port: the Sweet Pearl, Polaris and Folie a Duex families, along with Saphir, Ghost, Jeanine from American Spirit & Peter from Adela.In all, 26 people and the table was jam packed! The last party of the year, but not the least by any means was the New Year's Eve Fleet progressive party.Welcome drinks at Celebrate, hearty appetizers at Polaris and the main course at. read more...


01/01/2015

Firefly - Arch Rock Cove, Mokohinau Islands, NZ

On New Years Day we left our mooring in Whangerei at 0700, the early start being required as the estuary is very tidal and shallow in places. We fueled up at Marsden Cove Marina and headed out to sea expecting good weather and a light to moderate breeze. Our intended destination was Port Fitzroy harbour, also called 'Smokehouse Bay' on Great Barrier Island.Christmas and the New Year celebrations had been great fun but it was good to be on the move again as Firefly had been moored off Wakianga Beach for 8 days. The mooring being provided by the owners of Seaview Cottage, the property Barney and Juanita had rented for the festive season. Having the boat in such close proximity had been really useful and we had enjoyed sleeping on the boat but having the land based amenities close at hand.. read more...


29/12/2014

Magelanus III - Yes, we did it!

Yes, we did it! Foi o primeiro pensamento que me ocorreu quando avistei ao longe o perfil de Santa Lucia. Foi o Tiago quem primeiro avistou a ilha. Não gritou “TERRA!”, é rapaz de carácter reservado. Mas terá, porventura, tal como eu e certamente os outros companheiros de travessia, gritado para si próprio. Mas ouvi o silêncio. Ver terra depois de duas semanas e meio de mar, é um momento de emoção de difícil descrição. Chegáramos ao fim da “nossa” aventura. Mais tarde, já de noite, ao chegarmos a Rodney Bay, tal como à chegada de Cabo Verde, os “ Yellow Shirts” indicaram-nos com destreza, por VHF, como chegar ao nosso local de amarração. E, de repente, a voz da Niúsca fez-se ouvir… momento mágico para mim nessa noite (thank you guys!).A recepção, na Marina de Rodney Bay. read more...


Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
26/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - il film

link to you tubehttp://youtu.be/_LdkPi6K8zI. read more...


Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
23/12/2014

Celebrate - Party Time in Decemeber for the Fleet in Cape Town!

December 1st started with a festive party on CHIKA-lu!A few of Hubert's friends from Germany were there as well as fleet sailors.One of the wonderful aspects of the World ARC is the chance to get to know people from around the world.Next up, on December 2nd was the send-off party for our crew member, Peter, held at a local Belgian restaurant, Den Anker.Peter's wife, Jane, was able to attend along with most of the fleet.Peter had been with the fleet since the beginning of the rally in St. Lucia.It was a great time for everyone to get together.Then, Lucia, on NDS Darwin with her family gave an exceptional "Happy 17th Birthday" party.As Mimi and Ollie left from Saphir, Avocet gave them a terrific send off on December 8th.We are now looking forward to Christmas dinner on Folie a Deux.Happy. read more...


21/12/2014

Firefly - Mansion House Bay on Kawau Island

Its Sunday 21st December and Firefly is anchored in Bon Accord Harbour on Kawua Island some 40 miles north of Auckland. On Friday we stopped in a small inlet called Mansion House Bay and for once the weather was glorious.We took the dinghy ashore to make a tour of the Mansion House, its most famous resident being Sir George Grey, who had 2 terms as Governer of New Zealand. Sir George owned Kawau Island from 1862 until 1888. Grey had a keen interest in the natural sciences and in horticulture and collected plants and animals from all around the world. He developed Kawau as his island home, planting hundreds of different plant species and introducing many exotic as well as native animals including wallabies, kookaburras, weka, peacocks, zebras and monkeys. We walked for a couple of hours. read more...


20/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 8

Thisblog has been delayed by difficulties with wifi and if I can send it today20th the end of the ARC is this evening at prize giving, the end ofan adventure and challenges ranging from where did we stow the chillies tosextant position fixes, dealing with goose barnacles, rope wraps, watermanagement, why is the mainsail not furling properly, the list goes on for longtime. As weapproached St Lucia with the sun rising behind us and Martinique off tostarboard, I was surprised how green and picturesque with its many hill tops itis. We hadbeen motoring for good number of hours with the very light winds but as weclosed St Lucia the wind arrived and we went from a broad reach to a beat (aproper way to arrive) as we rounded Pigeon Island into the finishing line whereSOPHIE another Hallberg Rassy. read more...


19/12/2014

Vagaris -

Unsurprisingly there hasn’t really been any time to think of anything other than crossing the Atlantic, and all that it entails. Since we arrived we’ve been busy catching up with friends and enjoying the ARC activities (social drinking mostly), but as Christmas is rapidly sneaking up on us, I did find a few spare moments to dig out the decorations yesterday. Unfortunately as of yet we’ve been unable (despite our seemingly comprehensive inventory…more on this soon) to locate the Christmas lights, so we’re only festive on the inside. Jaxs/y Vagaris. read more...


Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 2
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 2
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 1
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 1
18/12/2014

Vagaris - Fruit & Veg

During our passage we ate very well, as food was quite important for morale and keeping us busy. Despite buying seemingly huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables (100 satsumas, 90 apples etc) we went through most of it. Before and after photos of fruit and veg supplies.... read more...


18/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 - As we near the END

As Antares completes her task of keeping the eastern border of ARC safe from all intruders, we prepare for the final dash to the finish.We may be just a little later than we anticipated but light winds, no spinnaker and no diesel refuel stops along the way have slowed our progress.But, progress is in the winds for today and we hope to see the rum punch welcome by tomorrow PM.As we complete this journey, we have had several reminders of the highlights. On the 6-9 AM watch this morning, the whales greeted us off our stern.Although they didn't stay long, they had covered OUR eastern border and were probably telling us "you are on your own".And, our last two dinners have reminded us of Joe's mastery of the sailing kitchen -- chicken curry Wednesday and spaghetti on Thursday. Finally, Scott. read more...


18/12/2014

Starblazer - 18/12/2014 - It never rains but it pours (both literally and metaphorically)

Our camping weekend started damp and got steadily wetter throughout Saturday.It actually stopped raining at about 1300 hrs, long enough for us to find a picnic area to eat our pasties and stretch our legs.From there I took over driving, first time behind the wheel since May 2013, first time in an automatic since my Oldsmobile Cutlass in Waseca in 1984! To add to the challenge, we were in a gorge area where the hills and twists and turns were challenging and continuous, especially as the weather deteriorated.My driving can't have been that bad because John managed to doze a little.He claims it was nervous exhaustion.Our first destination was Cape Reinga on the NW tip of New Zealand.It is a very special place for the Maoris, the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, where. read more...


Thula - we made it!
Thula - we made it!
Thula - finish line
Thula - finish line
17/12/2014

Sanuk - Snart framme

Nu har vi bara 30 sjömil kvar till mållinjen. Det ska bli skönt med en stilla båt. Alla kommer vingla omkring på fast mark ett tag men lite rom brukar styra till det.Tack för denna gångOlle. read more...


17/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container

Another calm and warm day saw various mats of Sargasso weed float by. Set up the fishing rod at 6:00 as he was coming off watch. Shortly after removing some weeds from the lure George hooked a Mahi Mahiand brought him to the side of the boat.I managed to grab the line bring the fish on board, but before I could secure him the hook came out of his mouth and he jumped and slithered his way back into the sea. I felt kind of bad loosing this fish as it was Georges first Mahi Mahi.Determined to replace the lost fish I spent much time clearing weeds from the hook and looking at passing mats of weed. Someone, perhaps Andy said, what is that triangle approaching us. Various opinions were offered from, shark fin, whale etc. As it grew closer to pass us on the Starboard side we realized it was not. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container
Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container
17/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea

Yet another calm day requiring the use of "Diesel Wind". The moon comes up after midnight local time which provides a period of darkness which gives an amazing display of stars. When you are on land there is always some light source which affects the view of the sky. At sea there is only the stars and you can see them right down to the horizon all around you. Steering on a clear night is much easier because you can set your compass course then pick a group of stars to aim for. It is much more pleasant to look at the heavens than a compass needle.The area of the Atlantic that we are now in is part of the SargassoSea. On the surface of the water are giant mats of floating seaweed called Sargasso Weed. At night when you approach a mat of SargassoWeed it appears white as if glowing. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea
Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea
17/12/2014

Celebrate - Stellar Safari joined by American Friends at a Jewel of a Camp in Northern South Africa!

Our friends from Washington State in the US, John & Priscilla Cadwell flew into Cape Town to join us for a safari trip.They had previously seen us off in St. Lucia as we began the rally.We all flew to a safari camp in northern South Africa and stayed for 5 amazing days and had the grandest of times! Our safari adventure began the minute we were picked up at the airport by our terrific ranger, Schalk, in an open-air Land Rover. Within seconds of entering the Game Reserve we were sighting giraffes, zebras and impalas. As we arrived the General Manager, Kate, was greeting us with elegant welcome drinks and telling us the intriguing story of the Camp and how it started with the Endangered Species Center. Our stand alone bungalows had wonderful territorial views and what a location!. read more...


Morning Haze - Morning Haze celebrating the crossing. (Picture taken by Sailor Ted!!!!)
Morning Haze - Morning Haze celebrating the crossing. (Picture taken by Sailor Ted!!!!)
16/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's last blog...

Hello everyone,This will be my last post as Morning Haze is now docked in Rodney Bay Marina. I have to say that I had a great crossing with the Hayes family. The girls, Rebecca and Demi, took very good care of me and they made me participate in all their daily activities such as taking the water samples for the microplastic research, baking bread or cinnamon rolls and even swimming in no less than 24,000 feet of water!!!We had great fun. And as a bonus, I now also speak french!I also want to thank the boats that provided us with weather over the VHF (since we could not download the grib files while at sea...remember our software crash!). Special thanks to Could 9 of Kingswear, Malenka, Interlude, Libeccio and finally Carsten from Cygnus Pena. A special thanks also to Jess from Quebec who. read more...



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