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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...


16/12/2014

Louise - Blog 17 - 22nd Day at Sea

It has been a fine trip and we have experienced a lot. Winds from calm to47.9 kts, squalls with lots of rain, and sunshine/moonshine. My speed has been from nothing to nearly 10 kts. To give you a further idea of what has happened to us below you find mylog, unfortunately it is in Danish only.        Dato Tekst LOG10-11-14 00:00 Olieskift generator  10-11-14 00:00 Der manglede 3 L olie på hovedmotor  16-11-14 00:00 Sejlmager: rep af beslag på kutterstag  20-11-14 00:00 Bunkrede 745 L diesel. 7,50 Kr/L  22-11-14 00:00 Monterede nye genoa skøder  22-11-14 00:00 Monterede watermaker dog uden låsering. Den varblevet borte da jeg skiftede o-ringe. Jeg lavede en ny af ståltråd. Håberden virker.  22-11-14 00:00 Chris monterede to brædder. read more...


Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's arrival in St-Lucia on december 14 at 6.00 am (local)!!!
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's arrival in St-Lucia on december 14 at 6.00 am (local)!!!
16/12/2014

Argalleiro - Land

Tierra a la vista ...viva Chile ..m.Argalleiro. read more...


16/12/2014

Sanuk - Tankning på ocean

Om några timmar möter vi upp med Lagoon 45 "99 Bottles" som ska förse oss med diesel. Det blåser fortfarande inte.Vi kommer att docka dom med jollen. Anders och Uffe lämnar moderskeppet för ett par timmar och kommer åter med massor av diesel så vi kan ta oss dom sista 160 nm till mål. Synd bara att äventyret slutar med stiltje...Olle. read more...


16/12/2014

Tinia - Day 20

Only 200 miles to go now - very hot on board . Lucky the fridge has returned to its full potential and did a great job of cooling the last 4 beers - yes, there's 5 of us on board but one of us luckily has an aversion to the beverage. Still eating well -had a lovely lentil soup for lunch today . Head fisherman MF is once more frustrated by the large islands of sea weed that he's hooking. The bread mix from Lidl has been a hit and head baker RH has now perfected the bake in Tinia's oven. Something odd has happened - the Bob Marley song book has totally vanished - can't work it out - the search continues.. read more...


15/12/2014

Meltemi - MELTEMI Raetsel

Hallo und moin MELTEMI Blog Gemeinde,wie versprochen hier die Raetselaufloesung.Die Crew hat in Las Palmasbeim HiperDino fuer 1.872,72 Eurobeim Carrefour fuer 72,35 Euround im Central Markt fuer 197,78 Euro eingekauft. Das ergibt ein Gesamtsumme von ====2.142,85 Euro====Am dichtesten dran war Martin und sein Crew EYM mit ihrer Schaetzung von 2.146,00 Eruo.Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zu dem Atlantikerprobten DHH Stander.Die MELTEMI CrewPSWir haben heute erst erfahren, dass einige von unseren Blogs nicht den Weg in die Weltoeffentlichkeit gefunden haben. Daher hier nocheinmal die fehlenden Blogs.12.Tag Squalls quaelen uns weiter. Aber - was ist das eigentlich? Ein begrenztes Mikroklima in warmen Gefilden? Skipper R diger h ngt es tief und spricht von "kleinen tropischen Regenschauern".. read more...


15/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Log: Sunday Dec 14

  Today: an early introduction to island time; fireworks that are out of thisworld; now that is how to get your day started!; Elmer Fudd time;  Dear Readers, as you may know, we have managed to cross the finish lineyesterday @ 05:19 and we are now safely tucked up in the Rodney Bay Marina—superyacht pontoon, no less—where Libeccio will spend the next few weeks recuperatingfrom her efforts during the passage and while Jane and I return home forChristmas with the family.  We will return mid January and slow the pacedown while visiting a number of islands—which islands and in what order has yetto be determined.  So, grab that Starbucks, Timmy’s (don’t forget the vanilla shot, Tracie),Serious Coffee or, as in my case, a cup of the finest instant, decaf coffee...more like. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


15/12/2014

Celebrate - Wondeful Wine-Tasting with Peter & Jane in Stellenbosch, South Africa!

Our terrific former crewman, Peter Sandover, and his lovely wife, Jane, drove us to the Stellenbosch wine country and treated us to an overnight stay at the Oude Werf Hotel which is a historic downtown mansion filled with Victorian antiques and grouped collections of artwork.Our first wine-tasting stop was before dinner at the classic and comfortably styled Wijnhuis wine bar just a few feet from the hotel down a side street.With two white wines, a rose and three reds to taste, plus a cheese and meat board it was all very satisfying and the sauvignon blanc was our favorite!In the morning we drove to the Tokara Winery for more tasting and a great lunch with a beautiful view over the vineyards.Our favorite wine here was a reserve chardonnay.Also, we had time to purchase some special olive. read more...


Celebrate - On Safari, Charlie & Cathy with John & Priscilla
Celebrate - On Safari, Charlie & Cathy with John & Priscilla
15/12/2014

Argalleiro - So close

Still we need to complete the trip ,,butnow we aré very close to scream we did it ..we did it Argalleiro. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - Feeling Proud

Our land and countrywhere we liveandwe feel very proud ..this Crossing opened the new World and we can do the same today ..thanks ARC. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - close to reach a wish and a dream

We feel close to reach a wish and a dream ,the samethat Chritopher Columbus had , five hundred years ago discovering a land where we live now. read more...


15/12/2014

Argalleiro - 100 miles left!

Argalleiro Chile 1If You can dreamyou can do it ..slow wind but the heart full of hopeness andhappyness , we aré only at 100 miles .. read more...


15/12/2014

Louise - Blog 16 - 21st Day at Sea

I do not have a lot of news for you. As the wind does not fill my sails Ihave to use the motor a little. This was not what my crew planned for, but theyare happy to know that St. Lucia is only 325 nm from here. Thinking about thecrew with Columbus in the middle of the Atlantic without wind, not knowing ifthe earth was flat, not knowing if they would ever see land, not being able tochange the situation.We are fortunate to know that we are heading for a beautiful place, it justtakes time. We try our utmost to speed up our arrival but no stress. The crewenjoy good food, the quiet ocean, sun, moon and stars. I saw a ship last night and I know that several other ARC boats are around,so I shall meet them and all my other friends in 3 days time in RodneyBay. On behalf of Louise, Carina  . read more...


15/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Última milla

Sábado 13   Nos acercamos a tierra. Martinica por estribor ySanta Lucia por babor. Es de noche y vemos las luces de la costa Este. El vientose acelera enre las dos islas y la ola aumenta un poco. Para que no falte denada tenemos agua. Pasamos entre las islas a buena marcha 9 nudos, a ratos más.Avisamos a al Comité de ARC que nos aproximamos a Rodney Bay. Pilotar de nocheno es tarea fácil. Es complicado reconocer la costa, las luces las, distancias,etc. Afortunadamente llevamos el plotter que nos marca donde estamos en lacarta. La entrada en la bahía es con viento de ceñida, hay barcos fondeados.Para darle emoción a la última milla. El barco del Comité es uno de los queestá fondeado en la bahía y tiene una luz estroboscopia anaranjada. Lo vemos ahíestá la línea de llegada.. read more...


15/12/2014

Sanuk - Big fish

Vi har otur med maskiner men är för jävliga på fiske. Nu på morgonen drog vi upp en sk. Dolphinfish, lugn det är ingen delfin.Den mätte 102cm och vi blir lika impade varje gång linan håller. Vi kämpar på i svaga vindar om ca 100 nm kan vi köra motor om det skulle behövas hela vägen in. Alla längtar fram, särskilt Anders som har Cilla redan på plats. Apropå det, kolla mailen Cilla och svara gärna till den adressen mailet kom ifrån.Puss o kram allaimage1. read more...


Sanuk - Big fish
Sanuk - Big fish
15/12/2014

Vagaris - Dark Arrival

We arrived in Rodney Bay marina, St Lucia last night at 1943 local time after 20 days and 3050 miles at sea. We sailed across the finish line, received the congratulatory message from ARC control, dropped the sailed and prepare to enter the marina. It was very dark as we edged slowly into thecutout channel that leads to the lagoon where the marina is situated. We were met by a crowd of friends and well wishers cheering and congratulating us. Boats blew their whistles and horns to mark our arrival. In the dark and unfamiliar marina we moored with the help of ARC staff (yellow shirts) and stepped onto dry land for the first time for a long time. Champagne came out, Rum punches were delivered and stories were exchanged. Still bewildered, we then headed to one of the marina bars for another. read more...


14/12/2014

Hera - Zieleinlauf

Pünktlich mit Sonnenaufgang umrundeten wir PidgeonIsland nach einer ruhigen und sternklaren Nacht. Mit dem letzten verbliebenenLüftchen kreuzten wir über die Ziellinie. Wie gewohnt wurden wir von einem Vertreter der ARCund einem Vertreter der Marina Rodney Bay am Liegeplatz mit Präsentkorb undeinem Rum Punch empfangen. Auch wenn wir mit defektem Spibeschlag undbeschädigtem Großsegel keine hervorragende Plazierung erreichen konnten, hatsich die Crew dennoch tapfer geschlagen. Jetzt verbleiben uns noch wenige Tage zumEntspannen bei karibischem Flair mit traumhaften Stränden, Cocktails undden letzten Partys der ARC, bevor die Crew den Heimflug antritt. Wir danken allen unseren Fans in der Heimat, dieunsere Route verfolgt haben und wünschen Euch allen ein FrohesFest. Hiermit. read more...


Hera - Zieleinlauf
Hera - Zieleinlauf
15/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 20 Tonight is better

Saturday was about as picture perfect as a Caribbean day could be. Beautiful sky, no waves, no swells but NO WIND.This was as close to a State 0 sea as I can imagine.Monday AM, we are on a beam reach, the skies are filled with stars I never see in the city, the seas are smooth and it is a perfect SAILING night.We continue to close our target but are maintaining a watchful eye on the eastern border of the sailing pack.I think the other boats are still safe. No fish today - Joe is losing his touch.We have eaten through the fresh foods and are doing a good job on the freezer.Another thought on the whales of a few days ago - a Cuvier's beaked whale.Size is about right, too.Thanks to all who follow our log and who comment through our email. This has been fun but we are ready to see Rodney. read more...


Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 2
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 2
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 1
Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Atlantic weed and swimming

We've been motoring for a day, and every few hours have had to stop and let the prop fold to clear off accumulated weed.This one has really puzzled us, for literally two thousand miles we've been passing large quantities of seaweed floating in the sea.We'd originally thought it was detritus from a storm, but it has been ever present for most of our crossing. Over the last few days the small clumps have been getting bigger and forming 2-3 meter round floating islands of weed. Yesterday these islands started growing, with the largest being a couple of hundred metres long. We didn't realise why at the time, but when we became aware of a slight juddering from the prop we changed into neutral and saw large clumps of weed exiting past the stern. A few seconds of astern and then forward was. read more...


14/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.

Today we have had light winds from the SE. Just enough to pull us along with the Parasailor. Our speed has now dropped below 3 knots and we are planning to motor overnight. Diesel fuel consumption is an issue so we keep the engine RPM down to an efficient burn rate. The advantage of the light winds has been to see more of the sea creatures around us. The flying fish are constantly jumping out of the water and flying sometimes 100 feet before splashing back in. They sometimes land on the deck of Frisco by mistake. A picture shows a small one which landed on our deck this morning, you can see the long pectoral fins which serve as wings. This lucky fellow was returned to the water unharmed.. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.
Frisco - Log Day 20 Relaxing day.
14/12/2014

OOROO1 - End of the Epic Adventure - now lets explore the Caribbean

I’ve been in denial for two days, drowning my sorrow in Rum Punch. After 17days at sea and the finish line in sight, I didn’t want it to end. We Parasailedto about 500m from the finish line then did a quick sail change and sailed theMain and Genoa over the line at 0643. Mike felt the stress of having to actuallysail between two points. We’ve just completed the world’s largest transoceanicrace (sorry I meant rally). St Lucia and the ARC met us at the wharf, helped usdock, presented us with a basket of fresh fruits and a bottle of St Lucia rum,then it was rum punches all round to the sounds of a Caribbean steel drum.Breakfast was champagne and a rum shot !!!! Since arriving we have been having afew quiet ones, catching up with fellow ARC participants and meeting the locals.St Lucia is. read more...


14/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 7

Thisis likely to be our last night out in the Atlantic as we have 84 nm to run toRodney Bay and the finish line. Last night was spectacular with the very best ofhorizon to horizon stars, many shooting stars and perhaps a meteorite shower toboot according to our onboard stargazers. Ourplanning to arrive at sunrise is still on course helped by a day of very lightwinds which resulted in running the engine for propulsion – what a shame as todate over the past three weeks it had only been used for 2 hours 55 minutes!!Anyway to ensure we don’'t arrive early we stopped for a swim which was likeswimming in a warm bath, checked out the goose barnacle growing on the sternpart only of the hull, we now have a decision to make, scrape them off or leavethem to grow on for a nice snack, followed by a. read more...


14/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - We did it

Our last blog for ARC 2014...   Now Playing: The Winner Takes It All -Abba   Well, we did it. Crossed the pond in 18 days -not quite as quick as our PB, but you can't help the lighter winds. Even thoughit wasn't as quick, our finishing place is better - 1st in Class and Overallresults are TBC although we think its about 11th or 12th in the fleet. Althoughit was just the four of us on board, we honestly couldn't have done it withoutthe support of everyone back home. From family helping with logistics, tofollowers sending messages of support. Each and everyone of them helped us crossthat line faster - Thank you.   Little Pea is now being scrubbed from top to bottomby Pappa John & family (St Lucia's finest), and is being converted from anocean passae maker into. read more...


14/12/2014

Philocat Ena - ARC Spirit

We would like to share the following video on our start in Las Palmas:   http://youtu.be/p9IXuy6Bqvk   Thanks to all our friends for their support & emails! Thanks to the ARC team for the great effort & perfect organization! Thanks to all participants for their fairness and team play!   There is a great spirit that makes the ARC a special sailing event.   The Philocat Team. read more...


14/12/2014

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...


Miss Liz II - The team
Miss Liz II - The team
14/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Complete

Sorry for the delay!  We arrived at Rodney Bay at 02.50 on Friday morning. Our support team was there to congratulate us (Liz and Geraldine), plus the ARC and St. Lucia folks - the later with very welcome rum punch!  Not as fast a crossing as we would have liked, but we feel pretty god about it none the less.  The last day or so was spent repairing, cleaning and having fun. Let the parties commence!!. read more...


14/12/2014

Sanuk - Ingen vind

Dom hade tur dom som inte behövde gå in på Cap Verde, dom fick vind. Nu har vi näst intill stiltje. Vi slangade ur generatortanken och där hittade vi 60 liter. De e bra. Hoppas det kommer vind imorgon så vi kan segla åtmindstånde 150 nm till. Sen bör vi klara oss. Just nu 426 nm till mål. Tvåbiran just slukad. Det är 29 grader i havet och 33 i luften. Synd om oss är det inte. Hade för en stund sen ett stort gäng delfiner med oss. Sånt piggar upp. Dagens bad blir 16.00.Alla hälsar.Olle. read more...


14/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog, Saturday Dec 13th

  UPDATE: WE HAVE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AT 05:19 SUNDAY DEC 14TH AND ARENOW HAPPILY MOORED UP IN THE RODNEY BAY MARINA. WE HAVE TREATED OURSELVES TO ARESTAURANT BREAKFAST AND ARE RELAXING BEFORE STARTING OUR CLEANING SPREE!  MORE ABOUT THIS LATER, BUT, FIRSTLY, HERE IS THE BLOG WRITTEN BEFORE BUT WECOULD NOT SEND.  Today:  Ch, Ch, Changes actually made; Mid Ocean Rescue!; Official StLucia Greeting party; the Really Official Greeting Party!;  Happy Saturday Dear readers,  as I write this, we are about 70nm fromSt Lucia and the finishing line! At our current pace we should cross the linearound 05:00 Sunday morning—not exactly the time on our original plans, but, wetake what the sea will give us (doesn’t that sound, well, so “old man and thesea”like). So, if. read more...


Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1

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