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Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
24/11/2012

Bardeau - 36 hours to throttle up

Motley crew now all in place. 36 hours to go to find excuse not to. Looked at google earth to check location of Barbados...or was it St Lucia. Decided after conversation with our navigator (me) simply to follow another boat. Our neighbour has kindly agreed to lay down a piece of string as they go for our emergency backup so we can follow it. Navigator says that's sensible. He always does. A truly remarkable man. Dinner in marina tonight...steak still mooing and tuna still gawping off plate in state of surprise ... sent them both back for bit more heat treatment.Keep telling myself that all this is no more than a slightly lengthier trip from Gosport to Cowes...having trouble believing myself though. Need to return gate passes for marina and reclaim my 20 euros. My number two said we. read more...


Bardeau - Bardeau taking on fruit for 4 weeks
Bardeau - Bardeau taking on fruit for 4 weeks
Murphy - Part of the wow factor at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria
Murphy - Part of the wow factor at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria
Murphy - Aerobatics installing the new genoa track.
Murphy - Aerobatics installing the new genoa track.
23/11/2012

Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2

As we hoped, having the whole crew here together has made life a lot easier. While Lucinda and Andrew made the penultimate provisions run, Jake and Jeff were able to get on with lots of boaty things, like re-routing halyards (whatever they are) and scrubbing the decks. So relaxed have we become that we were even able to take time out for a Yachting World photo shoot, with the lovely Clare.Sadly, we still have to make at least one more trip to Rolnautic, but at least this time it’s just to exchange something rather than to buy anything new – thank goodness.This evening we attended the Farewell Cocktail Party at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria, a place about which one can only say ‘Wow!’. We were so impressed by the surroundings that even Andrew and Jeff managed to shower and shave and. read more...


Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2
Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2
23/11/2012

Morpion - Presque prêts!

Plus qu'une journée de préparation avant le jour J... La semaine a été pas mal chargée comme vous pouvez vous en douter. L'avitaillement a été fait hier, les derniers détails de sécurité ont été réglés aujourd'hui et la préparation du bateau continue jour après jour...Par exemple, aujourd'hui on a:* Installé une drisse de secours dans le mat* Fait quelques essais avec le Parasailor (un spi-aile) sur l'eau pour se familiariser avec la manœuvre.* Vérifié le petit foc et le tourmentain* Préparé sur papier tous les menus* Installé une poulie au point de drisse de spi* Fait les pleins d'eau et de gazoleMaintenant il nous reste à nous charger de l'Happy-Hour quotidien et du "ARC 2012 Farewell Cocktail Party"Au programme demain: Check-out, skippers' briefing, fin. read more...


Morpion - Presque prêts!
Morpion - Presque prêts!
23/11/2012

Karma Daze - Getting Ready

Let’s begin by introducing the boat and captain and crew of s/y Karma Daze: the boat, a bermuda sloop, is an Elan Impression 434.  She is 4 years old, was built in Slovenia, is 13.4m long, 4.1m wide, her keel is 1.9m deep.  She has 3 double berths, 2 heads, 2 showers, plus a deck shower, a galley with cooker, fridge and freezer.The crew are somewhat older, and range in age from 63 to 68, with an average age of 66.  Chris, the captain, and Penny, his wife, have been sailing for about 26 years, firstly on dinghies and then on big boats. John, crew, has already sailed the atlantic both ways, but in a much bigger square rigger.  He is our sextant expert, so can tell us where we are if all our GPS’ fail.  Richard, our fourth crew member, provides the muscle (and. read more...


23/11/2012

VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME

Nice Shoot from Claire! All for you? Claire[2]. read more...


VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
23/11/2012

VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012

From VIA CON ME Sonntag, 11.11.12Mit hundert Kilo Gepäck komme ich in Las Palmas am Flughafen an. Damit ich auch gleich alles vor Ort in die Marina schaffen kann, miete ich ein Auto für 3 Tage. Kaum angekommen, nehmen mich Ingrid und Roland in Empfang, helfen das schwere Gepäck aufs Boot zu schleppen. Bevor es aber in meiner Koje zum Einräumen kommt, gibt’s zuerst einen Drink. Ingrid und Roland haben einen wunderbaren trockenen Sekt besorgt und am Abend schlafe ich mehr als gut ein... Montag, 12.11.12 Heute öffnet das ARC Office und Information Center um 10 h. Gleich nachdem Roland einen frischen Fruchtsalat mit Ingwer zum Frühstück macht, gehe ich zum ARC Office, um die Dokumente, Gutscheine und Flagge mit der Start-Nummer in Empfang zu nehmen. Bereits schon vom Vorjahr sehe. read more...


VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012
VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012
23/11/2012

Pelican - Pelican is looking forward to leaving now...

Well here we are in Las Palmas itching to leave on Sunday. Pelican is well stocked with food already and we still have meat and fresh veg and fruit to come on board... we are all surely going to eat well. The crew have been playing with the sextant and numerous version of table to see which we prefer for our day to day use.We still have slight issue with the log which also affects the apparent wind and this will not be fixed until next year now as the part required is not in Las Palmas.Well time to go for now I'll try and keep this updated but I might be enyoying the sailing to much to write Pelican      . read more...


23/11/2012

Miramar - Slow progress

The ocean is peaceful, as is the gentle ocean breeze. We're roughly 80 miles from the British Virgin Islands, making slow progress toward land.My optimistic fuel reading proved inaccurate. We likely were burning more fuel at the start of the journey when we were so heavily loaded, and the shape of the tank further fooled me into thinking we had more than we actually did. We ran for roughly 10 hours, making 60 miles of progress along the rhumb line until about 10pm last night. I had hoped we'd just clogged a fuel filter, of which we have plenty, but no such "luck".We've been flying all our sails ever since, making slower progress. Last night we had a good breeze allowing us 2.5 knots along the rhumb line, directly toward Tortola. The breeze dropped off this morning, and we're now flying. read more...


Miramar - Slow progress
Miramar - Slow progress
23/11/2012

Seren Wen - Final Preparations

Seren Wen have loaded up with food and drink, scrubbed the decks, stowed everything away and are almost ready to depart on Sunday! A few of the crew are getting a bit nervous, but mostly we can't wait to just get going! Only a day and half left to go!. read more...


03/07/2012

Endo 2 - daily log Helgoland

Hallo an alle dies wird der letzte Eintrag von der Endo2 werden - die Reise ist zuende die heimischen Gewässer wieder erreicht.Ein Fazit von uns; es war eine Supersache mit der ARC über den Atlantik und mit der ARC Europe zurück nach Europa zu segeln. Wir haben viele neue Freunde gefunden und hoffen, einige wiederzusehen, England und Irland sowie Skandinavien sind ja nicht zu weit entfernt. Die Organistation ließ keine Wünsche offen und ...nun für das Wetter waren sie halt nicht verantwortlich. Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen und wer weiß ...vielleicht 2016 oder 2017 nochmal???In diesem Sinne - wer zulange plant fährt nie.. beste Wünsche von Udo und Heike SY Endo 2 "pocket.battleship" der ARC Europe 2012. read more...


24/05/2012

Trillium - Thanks for a great Atlantic Cup Rally

Thanks for a Great Atlantic Cup Rally   Once again the team of Nick, Lyall and Kernin performed to their high level of excellence. It is awesome to watch these young men guide boats in and out of customs, handle thousands of questions and calm the nerves of numerous sailors! Thank you once again for your commitment and dedication to the spirit of the Atlantic Cup Rally.   We enjoyed sharing the docks and events with the ARC Europe Rally as we met several new friends from the other side of the pond whom we hope to see again. It is always a bit sad when it is time to depart from Bermuda. It means we are leaving these connections and heading back to reality!  The crew of S/V Trillium had a great sail from Tortola to Bermuda and then to Hampton.  We connected with Brizio. read more...


16/11/2012

Matilda - A Warm Zululand Welcome

It was a white knuckle ride into Richards Bay, but what a welcome. We needed to get in before the winds turned South (which would mean wind against the infamous Agulhas current which flows strongly off the coast, this would pile up the waves that have been known to sink large tankers - not a happy prospect) and this was forecast to happen at some stage the day we arrived, so were quite happy when the winds started to pipe up above 20 knots from the rear quarter. Unfortunately they didn't level off until around the mid thirties and, just to add to the fun, the wind shifted to the beam as we got closer to the land. Even with 3 reefs Matilda was flying, and with the current it looked on the chart plotter as if we were sailing sideways at 10 knots - go Matilda. It was a wet and windy ride. read more...


23/11/2012

Thaleia - Almost done

... but not quite. The difficult part in provisioning is over, now starts the impossible one. A 2 nautical miles shopping list means 12 overload oversize shopping carts of goods - every bottle and tin still needs to be hidden somewhere in the boat? We were asked by Clare to prepare losing 10 to 15% of provisioning. I did not realize it was because there is no room in the boat.Other than food and water our biggest concern is the receiving of GRIB files, as for the moment we depend on 1 computer only, which is not running perfectly. Will be sorted out before the start. Our genoa is being prepared still, hope to have it back before Sunday. It is a small wonder how many little parts need to be addressed in a boat which has been in use for 2 years without problems.Nevertheless, today we might. read more...


08/05/2009

Cleone - The Last Little Bit

The last of 26095 miles. Soufriere, a very pretty bay and an excellent Hurricane Hole, was one long party.  It was really the last time that the fleet gathered together under its own terms, for the Parade of Sail and the prize-giving and parties in Rodney Bay itself were carefully orchestrated for us by the World Cruising team.  Soon after we settled in, spontaneously the fleet dressed overall, partly in response to the generous welcome that the excellent Soufriere Marina gave us and partly to mark the beginning of the end for our many months together as the World ARC family. So we went to the restaurant for lunch with friends, had an evening meal with friends, had lunch with friends, had a World Cruising sponsored barbecue with friends and finally set. read more...


22/11/2012

Miramar - Thanksgiving Day

The winds died completely about 9:30pm last night. After Sam's valiant effort at harnessing every last bit of the dwindling breeze, We furled the head sail and everyone got some much needed rest. We all arose for the sunrise, and didn't find the rising breeze we'd been hoping for; 180 miles from land the ocean was as smooth as glass, aside from the perpetual ocean swell rocking us to and fro.One of the projects we decided to tackle today was assembling the dinghy. This cleared out some of the v-berth, allowing me to dip the forward fuel tank again and take some measurements. In the end, I determined we have about 25 gallons of fuel left, and we have resumed motoring toward Tortola -- this should be enough fuel to get us all the way into the islands, at which time we'll use up the final 5. read more...


29/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 8 The last lap

21 June The sky is icy blue, broken with beautiful clouds, every different kind of formation. There is barely a ripple on the surface of the water, a gunmetal grey. There is not another vessel in sight either. We are all sitting in the cockpit sun downers in hand like we have always done in the early evening, but this time instead of the endless ocean there is so much to look at. We are crossing the North Channel. I scan the horizon. There are all the familiar landmarks. Over to the west there is Sanda Island outlined against a backdrop of the Mull. The Mull, the dreaded Mull, not looking nearly the scary place we once thought it to be. Davaar Island, a sentinel at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch, Arran, Goat Fell its peak sharp in the setting sun, finally Ailsa Craig. There are so many. read more...


28/04/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Ties the Knot

Cleone arrived in St Lucia at 1700 UTC on 28 March  2009   Thank you all of you for your help and support. James, Paul and Volker Yacht CleoneSt Lucia. read more...


23/11/2012

Arctic Queen - Final ARC preparations (and parties!)

Hi all, We arrived to Grand Canaria Nov 11th. The port authority docked us in a small part of the marina with all the other catamarans. So far the ARC organization has been excellent, parties and seminars every day, very helpful assistance staff and the city of Las Palmas has been throwing welcome parties. Most of the supermarkets, butcher shops and open markets do boat deliveries which is quite handy.Our crew is complete now, there is a couple from Germany, a girl from New Zeland, a South African guy and the two of us (Croatians). Lucky for us Eylem has a restaurant and she loves to cook, so we are in for one gourmet crossing. She also loves to do the provisioning so she did a big thing buying everything and planing our meals. Thanx Eylem :)We are all quite relaxed so I. read more...


21/11/2012

Miramar - Light Winds

We're continuing our slow progress toward Tortola. This morning Sam treated us all to fantastic applesauce pancakes (we're out of eggs), the excitement of the morning. Currently everyone's finding their own piece of shade -- under sails, under the bimini, behind the house, (or in the forepeak in the case of the cat) -- enjoying 79.5 degrees in the shade and light breeze. We have 6-8 knots of wind propelling us at 3-4 knots somewhat in the direction we want to go.It's day twelve, and we've covered 1355 nautical miles so far. We're digging deeper in the cupboards to come up with tasty treats for each meal, and still well stocked with Mahi Mahi. Sam broke out his guitar, Bill's reading on his first-generation Kindle, and Jamie's enjoying a book on her iPad. Quixote is making the rounds. read more...


14/11/2012

Anastasia - Zululand Yacht Club

28:47.51S 32:05.97E Our arrival at Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay on Saturday coincided with the club fun day (races, tug of war, singing competition, food stalls etc). A boat met us at the entrance to the marina and asked if we could make a loop in front of the lawn and wave to the crowd, which we did. It was quite a welcome to arrive to a crowd of cheering people! When we docked the welcome was crowned by the presentation of a bottle of bubbly from the yacht club and a pennant from the dinghy racing club for being the first boat to arrive in South Africa. The Zululand Yacht Club has been a great place to make our first stop in South Africa. It is a nice location with good facilities and friendly people. All the visiting yachts were welcomed at the club's weely braii (barbecue) on. read more...


17/05/2012

Brizo - Day 6 - Thursday - Yacht Prep for lifting and return to UK

Today Trillium and Cosmic Dancer both arrived in the marina from Bermuda. We are spending the day preparing the Yacht for its stay here for 3 months. We will remove sails – clean the watermaker and attempt to get it working again and re-calibrate the temperature sensor as its reading was far too low across the Gulf Stream (changing it to centigrade would be something I could associate with) and pack. Then its catch back up with work. We fly tomorrow early arrive Saturday back in the UK. Stu  . read more...


17/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 5 (Wednesday) – A ‘High Five’ signals the end of our sail all the way to the USA.

By the early hours the sea was calm and the sails flogged so on came the motor as we entered the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, we slowed to ensure we would enter in daylight, especially as a fairly thick fog had gathered at the entrance. Another Rally boat the new catamaran Escapade, skipper Neil was just 7 miles behind after taking his own route across the Gulf Stream. They were returning to their home marina after taking delivery of his new catamaran and sailing it back from South America. We followed Escapade for several hours to their Marina we were to share, as the fog cleared. The trip across the bay could not have been more different from the expectation we had been given from the cruising guide. Far from busy we saw just a handful of small vessels on the water and two larger and. read more...


29/06/2012

Freedom Found - Day 13 exploits in the Channel

Position 125 miles from Cowes, South of Plymouth @ 49 54.5N 04 11.5W @ 07:00 Friday. Well as predicted here we are faced with what side shall we slip into Cowes from? Shall we join with 1800 other yachts in the annual Round the Island Race or battle against the flow of yachts and possibly tide. No question I hear you ask keep on sailing. Timing is therefore critical and despite doing an average 6.5 overnight it's still tight to get through Needles both with tide and whilst the main RTIR fleet has not sailed. I think we need a few more hours to get a better eta at the Needles. We have had a very smooth ride up from the Azores with wind in our favour nearly all the way. Interesting positioning with tankers, container ships & fishing vessels but here we are now in the English Channel.. read more...


23/11/2012

Bristolian - Preparations underway

Bristiloan prepares for a day at sea trials. Crew all itching to get going on Sunday.Great excitement surrounding an 11th hour dash to Copenhagen to pick up replacement kit tempered somewhat by lack of a particular, significant cable, so the team of highly skilled sparkys affecting keyhole surgery on the old part.Click the gallery pages to see photos: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11588. read more...


20/11/2012

Miramar - Schedules, and the need to let them go...

Last night Jamie said to me "Well at least we only have two more night watches!""Thank goodness," I said."These nights are killing me."With over 30 years of sailing behind me, on boats big and small and all over the world, this has been my first passage of any distance.I have known Jeremy and Jamie for many years, and have been fortunate to be there to sail with them before, so when they called to say they were planning on making this trip, I was very excited about the opportunity to do it with them.I have many stories to tell about this adventure, and I am sure my own blog will be filled with them in the weeks to come, but tonight I wanted to make a personal reflection about something that occurred to me earlier today.Sam, our newest crew member, calls this my Zen moment, and he might. read more...


11/11/2012

Matilda - Richards Bay Ahoy

We should be getting to Richards Bay, as is our tradition, in the wee hours tomorrow (Monday) morning - HURRAH. The Indian Ocean has lived up to its reputation being changeable (what an understatement) and we have had several sense of humour failures over the past few days, particular over putting up the Parasailor 3 times (no mean feat for only two of us on foredeck wrestling with the pole etc, its a bit like trying to stand up and operate on the back of a trick pony) only to have to take the damn thing down not more than an hour later. ARRGHHH.We've been eating incredibly well on this passage - lots of salads, curries and even a few gourmet mini-pizzas today for lunch. We've found the absence of a freezer on board is not a handicap at all, and the fridge space more than meets our. read more...


28/03/2009

Windflower III - "1xxxrum" ist erreicht

Heute segelten wir auf St.Lucia mit den verbliebenen 17 von 36 gestarteten Booten,von der MarigotBay zur RodneyBay.Dabei kreutzten wir um 12.09 Uhr kurz vor dem Einlaufen in die RodneyBay unsere Kurslinie vom 23.Januar des vergangenen Jahres und haben es damit tatsaechlich geschafft.Einmal um die Welt zu segeln.Welch ein Gefuehl !!!In diesen 430 Tagen haben wir ca 25000 sm zurueckgelegt,dabei 3 Ozeane ueberquert und 4 Kontinente mit insgesamt 18 Laendern besucht.Wir haben den Panamakanal,die Inside Passage des Great Barriere Reefs,die TorresStrasse,den Agulhasstrom und das Kap der Guten Hoffnung hinter uns gebracht.Unzaehlige und wunderbare Begegnungen mit fremden Menschen gehabt,Natur pur in allen Facetten erlebt und eine traumhafte Tier-und Pflanzenwelt gesehen.Wir durften das Erlebnis. read more...


26/04/2009

Cleone - CLEONE - Not yet Finished!

Cleone has arrived in St Lucia.Tantalisingly close, we have not yet finished ourcircumnavigation.  Paul had to go home on 24th March; we bade him a sadfarewell in Vieux Fort.  A commercial port, its only merit was that it is aPort of Entry, and very close to the Airport.  Otherwise, you can forgetit; it has nothing to recommend it. Passing by St Vincent along the windward shore, itwas clear that we were not going to be able to lay the Rhumb-Line to Vieux Fort,so it took us more time than we had anticipated.  Despite our six am start,we did not get into Vieux Fort until four thirty in the afternoon.  Thelittle fishing harbour was unwelcoming, so we made our way to the commercialport, parking the dinghy by a convenient ladder at the root of the longjetty.  There were customs officers. read more...


10/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Land Ho!

28:33.4S 032:43.9E 1386 miles covered, 38 miles to go In Treasure Island and similar works of fiction there is always a triumphal cry of Land Ho when land is first sighted. In our experience the land just gradually emerges from the mist on the horizon so that it is difficult to say when "may be a mountain" changes to "is a mountain". Even so, when you can definitely see it is land there is a moment of elation and dancing around in the cockpit. In the end our route turned out to be a good one. We had good wind overnight to bring us south and then, 60 miles offshore and much further than expected, we picked up a the strong southerly Agulhas current. Had we not been so far north we then would have been hard pressed to make Richards Bay without having to sail against the current. Check. read more...


19/11/2012

Miramar - Calm

We left the Chesapeake a week later than the rest of the Caribbean 1500 in part due to the possibility of some 40+ knot winds we'd otherwise be experiencing -- as the slowest boat in the race, we didn't expect to be able to outrun the weather as other boats had hoped to. A week later, we left as soon as the gulf stream calmed down enough following the storm, motoring south two full days to pick up forecasted favorable winds. We ended up close hauled and beating uncomfortable south before those winds died. We then cranked up the engine again and powered east, pounding even more uncomfortably directly into the ocean swells.Now a week later as we approach Tortola, the forecast keeps getting more mild. We've seen variable winds most days, rarely able to sail more than a few hours before the. read more...


26/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log / Cowes

Hallo an alle Interessiertendie Crew der Endo 2 ist in Cowes eingetroffen. Hier haben wir uns auf die Suche des WorldCruisingClubs gemacht und sind nach einigem Hin und Her in den Straßen Cowes auch fündig geworden. Zwar prangt ein großes Schild über den Eingang zum Hinterhof, doch so schnell schaut "man" nicht nach oben. Das Büro ist kleiner als gedacht - doch desto größer die Events. Wir haben die Yellowbrigs von Pinta, Halo und uns abgegeben und mit Jeremy gesprochen. Nun - wir waren über die "Größe" des Büros überrascht. Cowes ist jedoch eine nette kleine Stadt mit enormem Segelengagement. Scheinbar ist hier immer Regatta.In der Stadt bekommt man alles für den Segelsport. Southampton ist per Fähre in. read more...


16/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 4 (Tuesday) – The massive glow of civilisation ahead grows like a rising moon in the distance.

Day 4 Tuesday was a busy day, we had 24 hours of good winds and had sailed all of it mostly over 8 knots. During the daylight hours winds reached 27 knots and were pretty much Force 6 all day. The seas became messy so it became more difficult to do much in the galley, in the end we just sailed on the Genoa headsail. We were now just over 100nm off the USA coastline. As we ran into the Gulf Stream the sea temperature we were monitoring rose from 38F to 54F in the center of the stream and with a Northerly current (lift) of around 3.5 knots at one point. We emerged the other side a fraction more North than we had calculated but pretty much on track. As we come out of the stream the sea floor raises from 3000m to less than 50m in what must be an amazing underwater ‘cliff’ but. read more...


28/06/2012

Moonstream - Oeiras to Sines to Lagos

Starship Moonstream: Oeiras to Sines to LagosOeiras to Sines was a sunny, gentle 50 nm sail, which saw us relaxing and catching those sun beams.  We left at 10.30 with all the boats going over the start line together and arriving in Sines in time to enjoy a very jolly marina with coffee bars and good restaurants.Im writing this at sea!  We left Sines this morning going over the start line at 06.04 which meant another early up at 05.00.  There has been no wind since we started and we have been motoring  for 7 hours.  Yesterday in Sines, which is a small village, I couldn’t find any Wifi and the yacht club, our hosts, didn’t have one – so that was that!!   Tonight in Lagos there should be plenty of Wifi´s to send this.While I have written the last paragraph the land sea. read more...


23/11/2012

Bardeau - Coffee in a coffee shop ...no!

The wine and beer is on ... Some water... 15 varieties of hot dog. A lettuce is being delivered this morning to fend off scurvey and keep the green munching motleys on board happy. Yesterday confirmed much that had been thought about why the Spanish economy is not well. There is a coffee retail shop in the marina with wall to wall tins of coffee. Conversation as follows:Me: ahh good sir I see you sell coffeeHim: coffee? Coffee??? Chnoo vee chno sell ze coffee Me: but my good man your walls are lined with coffeeHim: zat no coffeeMe: looks like coffee to me !Him: chno for you you chno haveMe: thank you man (whilst calling our final crew member in Headless Cross near Birmingham due out today)Me: Claretta where are you ?Claretta: Eeeh oop in Morrisons Me: do they sell coffee?Claretta: yesMe:. read more...


22/11/2012

Murphy - Stress levels plummet - Day Minus 3

Today it seems as though the rally has properly begun for the good ship Murphy, with the arrival of our final crew member. This coincided with the completion, or at least planned resolution, of all outstanding problems - that list which seemed to keep on growing has finally been tamed. We expect that Rolnautic, the local chandlery, will really miss us over the next few days. So with stress levels at an all-time low, Andrew, Lucinda, Jake and Jeff celebrated with dinner at Pier 19. If the picture looks a little bit blurry, that's because we were feeling a little bit blurry ourselves, after our first visit as a complete crew to the ARC sundowner. See our photos by clicking here: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11436Andrew. read more...


10/11/2012

BRIZO - Saturday 10 Nov @012

We continue making very good progress toward Richards Bay, now expecting to arrive Sunday morning. We have further refined our watch schedule for hand-steering BRIZO and after three days none of us is fatigued or sleepy. Keep in mind though that we have four people capable of steering; only having two people to steer (as has happened with some other Rally boats) would be an entirely different matter and we know it!. read more...


27/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 23 - Sail to Lagos... the final leg!

There was a 'gate start' to today's race, meaning that all boats had to pass the start line between 6am and 6.30am.  We passed the line at about 6.15am.  Sadly, there was very little wind and the sea was glassy calm, so we all had to motor sail for several hours before we could switch off the engine.  As we approached Cape St Vincent, the wind picked up dramatically and we had an exciting sail, with gusts of over 30 knots at times.  When we were at 90 degrees to Cape St Vincent, we dropped our ensign in the age old tradition, as a mark of respect to Admiral Nelson.   A short while later, we rounded the corner into the Algarve.  This was when the wind calmed down again.  We continued to sail for a little while, but it meant tacking several. read more...


25/06/2012

Freedom Found - Day 9 Stary nights & Crusing chutes

Position 575 miles from Cowes @ 45 47.5N 13 30.6 W @ noon Monday Since our last update we have progressed very well. We've been taken off to the east towards the infamous Bay of Biscay notorious for bad weather, hight winds & adverse current but the weather reports showed good prospects of being able to capture a better course in a couple of days and so it has proved! Yesterday the mist & fog came in & are still with us. Sailing Goose-winged all night with main & stay sail on opposite sides and so it remains today (Monday) earlier we have had some amazing star lit nights with sightings of satellites and shooting stars. Much colder now (compared with Azores & Florida! ) And the dew point is very noticeable in the nights leaving us & the boat covered with light. read more...



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