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19/11/2012

Bardeau - sangria vs beer

Sitting in one's club in Las Palmas Marina attempting to persuade the nice lady to poor a sangria, but in true Basil Fawlty style everything is non non non....managed to extract a beerEl Skipper. read more...


13/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day Four TUNA yes Walkround bed No!!

The weather today has been much the same as yesterday with light and variable winds.  Our ETA on the plotter gets to 24 hours and then stays there for six hours.  but this afternoon we caught an 11lb Tuna.  Quite hard to pull in and land due to the fact we were not going to stop for anything and we had the cruising chute flying due to the light following winds. As for having a lovely walk around be in the master suite forget it.  After wedging myself against the wall of my room OFF the bed I am now sleeping in the saloon when off watch as it is much more comfortable. Still 24 hours to go   Mumbles and crew   . read more...


20/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 15 - Scarlet Lady to the rescue

Not long after our arrival in Povoa de Varzim, there was a call on the radio from Usquabae of Fife.  They had suffered complete engine failure and were approximately 4 miles from the marina.  Steve heard the call and immediately offered to tow them in.  We had purchased a lot of rope in Plymouth before the rally for our sea anchor so he knew we had enough rope to do the job!  He, John and Andrew from the Rally team set off to tow them in whilst the rest of us watched from the Yacht Club.  It was very windy out there, so it wasn't an easy job.  However, within the hour, Scarlet Lady had safely dropped off Usquabae of Fife on a free alongside pontoon and returned to her own berth.  By this time, there was 30 knots of wind blowing Scarlet. read more...


07/05/2012

Field Trip - Finally, some solid wind!

2:42 AM. We've been having a blast today. We are working hard to keep engine hours low. Currently about 40 percent less hours than our sister ship. Grin. Currently sailing between 8.5 and 9.5 kts in 13 - 15kts of wind. Beam reach. Fast point of sail for us, and we are really staying on top of our trim every minute. Most fun we've had the whole trip. Everyone likes fast...and for us this is great. If we get a little more wind, we'll keep Field Trip over 10kts easy. Keeping our fingers crossed....... read more...


06/05/2012

Surprise - surprise

Motoring today with light wind. Nice last night with gentle full moon, bright venus and good sailing for the initial 4-5 hours, before wind left us.Great food and time to catch up on sleep. The air is noticably cooler than in Tortola as we go north. We will likely stop in Bermuda to fill the fuel and water tanks. Expected arrival there is now wednesday afternoon.CH. read more...


12/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 11

19:43.3S 59:10.8E  2260 miles covered, 120 miles to go Hopefully this is our last day at sea, although it looks like being a long one.  We now have 10 to 12 knots of wind, which means we are travelling at about 5 knots in the direction we want.  Unfortunately at this speed we will not arrive until tomorrow evening.  It is annoying after averaging 215 miles a day to get to within 160 miles of Mauritius.  Let's hope the wind gets up. . read more...


09/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - It's time to head out to deep water

We made it to Morehead City (our new rendezvous rather than Beaufort) by noon on Thursday and spent the day preparing for our big departure in the morning. The weather looks good and we will be traveling within VHF distance of another rally boat, T’ai Chi. We've done all the prep we can, and as Michael said today, it's time to just get out there and do it! We'll hit and pass the Gulf Stream tomorrow, and with any luck should be pulling up to Green Turtle Cay either late Monday or early Tuesday depending on weather. Thanks for following our story, and we'll catch up on the other side. We hope to get a few messages through to our incredible land support, Kevin, via sat phone and he will keep you posted on the blog. It's time to head out to deep water.  In a message from. read more...


13/06/2012

Irena - Azori- Lagos dan 3

Ponoci je veter popustil tako, da smo jadrali s hitrostjo 4 do 5 vozlov. Zelja, da bi bili v Lagosu v petek popoldan tako postaja manj verjetna. Dopoldan smo pognali motor in vse do opoldneva motorili. Popoldan je zapihal zahodnik do 14 vozlov in sedaj jadrava samo z glavnim jadrom, saj je kar nekaj valov. Drugace pa nic novega. Postaja bolj toplo in tudi vreme je bolj prijetno. Nic dezja ze par dni kar je precejsnje olajsanje. Nic se nisva lovila, mogoèe danes, ker se tako in tako nic posebnega dogaja. Do Lagosa imava se 343 milj.. read more...


20/06/2012

Moonstream - Baiona to Figueira

Starship Moonstream Baiona to Povoa  Sunday 17th June Yesterday evening we were entertained for supper and prize giving at the Monte Real Yacht Club, on a lovely verandah and lawn overlooking the bay of Baiona with all its islands – very pretty.  We were all set for a 10.30 start today.  However, the Director of Rally Portugal, Andrew Bishop,  informed us that another Low  was predicted for the following afternoon and that, if we wanted to avoid it, he was kindly suggesting we leave by 05.00!!!!  Another LOW!  For heavens sake!  Is this Neptune smitting his trident  once more?  This one with 20 to 25 knots of wind and on the nose, ie, in the opposite direction to our destination.  A mixture of cheering, groaning and much. read more...


19/11/2012

Caryali - per la serie ? saranno famosi!!!!

Wow che sorpresa scoprire una bella foto  dedicata al Caryali sull'articolo dedicato all'ARC uscito sul quotidiano 'La Provincia di Las Palmas'. Polpetta e' entusiasta!!! Andate a vedere nella gallery: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11086I lavori procedono bene. Oggi finalizzato la cambusa e montato le reti per frutta e verdura. Grandi prove anche per la macchina del pane… Speriamo di riuscire a trovare la giusta combinazione di dosi prima della partenza o l'equipaggio si lamenterà' della cambusiera.Carole. read more...


10/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 274 - My kingdom for a calm anchorage......

8 April 2011We went ashore and once again climbed the steep hill up and over to the other side to Salt Whistle Bay. It was here, more than thirty years ago that Undine and her Canadian husband came to build their paradise resort. The bridal couple were staying in one of the houses here, set amongst the mangroves and palms and we joined them, and also Jutta and Jochem for lunch. On our return to the pier we were dismayed to find our tender in a terrible mess. It had become trapped under the rusty steel supports, all the handles scratched, the cover covered in rust. The new outboard cover had been torn, the casing cracked and our bailer was missing. A lesson learned. Next time we will beach the boat! None of us slept that well last night. Yes, you've guessed it. It was so windy, gusts of. read more...


04/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 7 - Power Reaching

Yesterday we made160 miles, today 169.   You can't beat sailing when it is like this.  The wind has been justforward of the beam, with Cleone settled in nicely on the starboard tack. The seas have built up and we have had occasional bursts of rain, with anincrease in windspeed leading the showers.  But unlike her lighterbretheren, Cleone revels in these conditions.  Left to her self, she slidessideways up the waves, flicks over the top and slides smoothly down the otherside.  Occasionally a shorter, steeper wave slaps against the side,but if he is quick, the helmsman can duck to avoid what little spray blows overthe cockpit side.  We have two reefs in the three plain sails - genoa, mainand mizzen - and this gives us six or seven knots of boat speed, and enoughpower to push through the. read more...


03/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 6 - Back to Brazil?

It's a big place, Brazil.   We have just crossed the Equator, we are still off the coast of Brazil, andwe will still be off the coast of Brazil for some days yet.  We have noteven got close to the Amazon Delta.  From our chart, usingdividers and a pencil, a rough measurement of the coast-line ofBrazil shows it to be about 3500 miles long, taking no account of thewiggles and squiggles.  Since it is approximately square, thismakes Brazil a very large country indeed.  No wonder the Portuguesegave it independence so long ago - it must have been virtually impossible toprotect in those days, particularly with the Dutch, French, Spanish,British and all sorts of other pirates around.  As well as itsphysical size, it has a population of, apparently (I can't even check onWikipedia from here -. read more...


09/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 9

We have stayed here in Tobago Cays since Wed. Yesterday Jeannius and Ocean J joined us here in the anchorage. The Chessie crew came in a launch with their boat still anchored in Mayreau. Everyone went snorkeling in this beautiful reef area and saw an abundance of fish, coral, turtles and other sea life. It has been a relaxing place and one that the scenery will remain etched in my mind as I proceed back to the real world and work. One of the islands here was actually used in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean where Jack is marooned on an island. It is the farthest one out called Petit Tabac. We have explored on land some of these islands (Petit Bateau and Baradel) and seen all kinds of shells. Of course this is a park and we are not permitted to remove any. Last night we went to. read more...


08/11/2012

Helia - It takes a Family

This is our third day on the same tack and until now almost all of it at 60 degrees apparent. Fast, but living on a constant heel has its challenges…Our shift schedules have changed a bit after my wife Ginny and daughter Ellie (9) recovered from seasickness early on in the trip.Although Ginny and I are still keeping to the 3 hours on - 3 hours off, Ginny takes her watch in the cockpit and then immediately rests on the settee down below, especially between 6pm and when the moon rises each night providing better visibility/perspective.After skipping half of the planned dinners the first few days out due to upset stomachs after sundown, we now have a routine established that includes breakfast, snacks and then an early dinner at 4 pm.Ginny prepped all the meals before we left, so now during. read more...


11/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 10

18:55.8S 062:02.8E 2090 miles covered, 270 miles to go Andrea was right. The new symbol on the spinnaker was a bad luck sign ). At 2am there was a gust of wind, only about 25 knots, but the spinnaker collapsed and re-filled with a bang, exploding into ribbons. When we got it down we found that some of the halyard block assembly came down with it, torn off by the power of the explosion (to see photos click this link: http://www.worldcruising.com/WORLDARC2012/gallery_boat.aspx). We are now reduced to using only white sails until we can get the spinnaker halyard fixed. Fortunately the wind has remained around 20 knots so we are making good progress with the regular sails, despite our course being downwind. The only annoyance is that we are now having to zig zag because we can only sail. read more...


06/05/2012

Field Trip - Light wind sailing

Had a good day today. Light winds. Motoring and sailing. Got great performance with screecher and main. 5kts in 7kts true. Wind shifted so we ended up cranking the darn engines. Some pics from today as we played with video and photos.... [see boat gallery pages]. read more...


20/06/2012

Moonstream - Camaret to Baiona

Starship Moonstream.Star Log Saturday, 16th June, 2012.Sorry for the radio silence for the last few days.  We now have time to bring everyone up-to-date.  Our last log entry was in Camaret after a very wet and lumpy crossing from Plymouth (we must have upset Neptune somehow).  We were one of only three boats to make the dash to Camaret on 3rd – 4th June, with Gertha and Murphy.  Ailsa tried to follow but developed engine trouble and had to be towed into L’Aberwrach.  All the other boats stayed holed-up in Falmouth, awaiting an improvement in the weather.Ken and Chris did not have a very “happy” crossing.  This, the delayed start to the rally and other commitments at home and in Portugal,  triggered their decision to come home. read more...


13/06/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg 3 - Day 3 - Reflections on Time

Just past midnight and I am on the 11 pm to 2 am watch, so it is now day 3 "officially". Keeping track of time is simple on board since we just use the "Greenwich"/UTC time as a constant for all communication on radio nets etc. And even though we are moving east, we have decided to not change the "ship's clock" until we reach our new location. For the long passage between Bermuda and the Azores, there are 3 time zones (changing every 15 degrees of longitude) but we kept our clock on Bermuda time. So that meant that it started getting light with faint sunrise around 3 am! So the night watch wasn't much night. Sailing today was brisk and we are making good progress toward Portugal. Doldrums are predicted in several days so we hope to log lots of miles before the wind dies. When we are. read more...


19/11/2012

Senta - ARC kids

Click the link below to see the ARC kids watching Clutch Powers: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=10827. read more...


19/11/2012

Bardeau - Test

All but Claretta present on board discussing nature of food products and a 20 day menu. Real blogs to begin soon The skipper of good ship Bardeau. read more...


06/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 4 - The cats gone missing

We tried to sail earlier today out of frustration but managed just3.8knots on VMG (towards Bermuda) so packed in after 30 minutes. So I put the outboard to bed for the next few months (Greasing etcetc.) as its off the tender on the pushpit. Fishing is off, Murray and I hadplanned to have a competition,  butas we are motoring I either don’t think fish can swim this fast or they aresuspicious of the supersonic Muppet (fake squid) we have on the end of the line!Last night I heard on the Long Range Radio (SSB) that one of theyachts had run into fishing nets and spent some time diving to cut them away – Idon’t fancy that at night and in well over 4km of water below you. Who puts netsout here anyway, days from anywhere even in a powered vessel, maybe they havejust floated from somewhere. read more...


10/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 9

18:10.7S 066:24.6E 1840 miles covered, 520 miles to go Today the winds were light and so we decided to put up a spinnaker. Our first choice was the new asymmetric spinnaker we got in Australia, but which fell into the ocean at the start of the passage. Unfortunately when repairing the broken cable we found quite a lot of small holes in the sail which will require more repair tape than we have onboard, so that went back in the locker. Out came the much patched up old asymmetric. It went up cleanly but quite soon collapsed, at which point the snuffer snagged in the top of the sail and ripped some holes in it. Unable to snuff the sail we had to just dump it unceremoniously on the foredeck with everybody grabbing a piece as it came down. (We had a bit more of a plan than that, but things. read more...


12/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log 12.06.

Hallo an alle die Endo 2 ist auf dem Weg nach Norden. Da das Wetter sehr unbeständig ist, wird die Entscheidung ob wir unser Ziel Falmouth gleich erreichen oder erst eine Zwischenstation in La Coruna einlegen, ziemlich kurzfirstig fallen. Bisher sind wir gut geseglelt, doch heute haben wir die Maschine angeworfen, denn es ist Flaute. Nun haben wir endlich ordentlich Warmwasser - also war endlich duschen angesagt und die Batterien sind auch wieder voll geladen. Tja Olaf, es geht auch ohne Solardusche, wobei die Temperaturen hier auch kein Freiluftduschen empfehlen (vielleicht wenn man aus Skandinavien kommt) Somit verbringen wir den Tag mit Lesen, Schlafen und Meeresbeobachtungen - festzuhalten sind die Sichtung einer Schildkröte und mehrerer Delphine.Es geht uns also gut,. read more...


18/06/2012

Seraphina - Monday night

Pre dawn dash was awarded with a splendid red sky as the sun rose. Sailing was motoring for 3 hours followed by 6 hours beating. Got into Povoa de Varzim very tired.Today visited Porto saw the city, toured Taylor's port facility and the samples. great lunch out in Porto.Tomorrow off to Figueira da Foz a 75nm hop down the coast (leg 3). Forecast is for light following winds - fingers crossed. Later in the week more head winds! Locals are complaining about the very unusual weather.Ian and Sally. read more...


08/11/2012

Altair - Squalls, Thunderstorms, and a Mahi!

After a night of squalls and thunderstorms, we began fishing at day break. The pink lure wasn't working so we tried a green one.After hooking two that got away, we pulled in a nice one- meal male mahi...just enough for the four of us tonight. When it happened,Rick and Don were down below napping; Jody and I were in the cockpit. We had just taken out the reefs in the main and put out the genoa when the fishing reel zinged announcing a fish on the line. Rick and Don leapt into the cockpit form down below. Rick took the rod, while Don and I let out sails to slow the boat from its 8 knot cruising speed. Jody went below for the "fish booze." ("Fish booze" is the cheapest rot-gut whiskey we can find, stored in a container of the same name so as not to confuse it with Mt Gay rum).. read more...


02/03/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah at the Equator

This is our final long sailing leg on the worldARC,and it is going very well,we are headed straight for Tabago. The wind andcurrant have been in our favour,and we are nearly half way after 5 days.We havehad some squalls with heavy rain,but nothing to worry about.Yesterday a brownbird with a grey head and long black beak settled on the cockpit deck and stayedfor the night,he seemed totally happy about us all pulling ropes ,movingabout,eating etc.but has flown off this afternoon.At 5.30.this morning wecrossed back across the equator from south to north,so we know we are nearinghome.For Shayne and Jenny it is their first time,so as it was far too early tocelebrate,we are going to have a bottle of Fizz tonight.This is a tough life !!!We are still fighting fit and send our love. Paul Andy. read more...


02/03/2009

La Boheme - 2 March 2009 - Drifting slowly towards Fortaleza

At the time of writing we are still 32 miles from Fortaleza (LAT 03.43S, LON 37.55W) and there is no way we can made it today. Our ETA is sometime tomorrow. We have emailed Amel regarding our engine problem and we are awaiting their response. We are unable to sail any further and we will wait in Fortaleza until our engine is fixed. This is not a very good news as we were really looking forward to the beautiful Caribbean, clear and clean water, white sandy beaches, swimming and the company of our ARC friends...and it looks like this will have to wait.Anna, Greg, Ben and GosiaLa Boheme. read more...


08/04/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily Log, 7. April 2011, Tobago Cays

Noch 8 Tage Weltumsegelung!Die Ueberfahrt von Brazil nach Grenada war wirklich schrecklich!Wind von vorne und haeufig Platzregen, nach vielen schoenen Tagen war das wie Suedamerikas Rache fuer mein schlechtes Benehmen den brazil. Damen gegenueber. Erst wollte ich suedlich von Tobago durchfahren, dann kam der ernste Rat der erfahrenen Teilnehmer, wegen der aktuellen Kriminalitaet sollte man unbedingt noerdlich passieren. Haben wir gemacht!Aber dann die Erloesung und Belohnung fuer erlittene Pein: GRENADA!Wunderschoene Insel und eine super Marina. Nach dem zerstoererischen Hurrican IVAN ist viel, auch mit EU-Unterstuetzung, wieder aufgebaut worden; Kirchen haben wieder Daecher, Wracks sind aus der Lagune geschleppt worden, die Uferstraße ist wieder befahrbar.Nach Norden klariert man wieder. read more...


18/06/2012

Ailsa - Povoa de Varzim. 41:22.3N 8:45.9W

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear !!!! We seem to be going from one disaster to another – We are having continuing trouble with water in the fuel which necessitates going below at 1/2 hourly to 1 hourly intervals when we are motoring or motor sailing to check the fuel filter, this means in practice stuffing your head into the engine compartment with the engine running and shining a torch onto the water/fuel separator to see if there is any or in our case how much water is in there. We motored yesterday from Bayona into a strong headwind and rough seas and had to stop 3 times so that Richard could empty the water from the filter and then bleed the engine. I eventually lost it big time when another boat on the rally (Katerina) radioed us to ask if we were OK as he could see us wallowing. read more...


12/06/2012

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

zingara, Azoren by by. . . bereits seit Sonntag segeln wir wieder, und wie. . . Bei tollstem wetter gehts nun mit 8 kts gen Lagos in Portugal. Genua ausgebaumt , Gross leicht durchgesetzt segeln wir am wind den winddrehungen folgend mit fixer Segelstellung dem Ziel entgegen. Hoffe, die windpfeile von Grib US sind zutreffend.Mehr dazu beim naechsten Report. Gruesse von bord, ernst, reinhard u wolfgang. read more...


09/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 8

16:51.6S 070:08.1E  1600 miles covered, 750 miles to go The wind has moderated, but fortunately there is a good (1 - 2 knot) current behind us so we are still making good progress towards Mauritius.  We now need to average 7.8 knots to get there for Andrea's birthday. I am radio net controller today.  It is a challenge working out what people are saying now we are several hundred miles apart and the voices are increasingly obscured by background noise.  We are using a 6 megahertz band, which should be OK to transmit up to 600 miles, but the issue seems to be the limited power of some of the boat's radio transmitters.  Still, using a system of relays between boats with good radios we can still contact everybody.  This morning I had to use Zoe,. read more...


08/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - The First Four Days

Day One:  For the first time ever we took The Tub's dock lines with us when we pushed away on Sunday morning. It was a strange feeling, but it meant that we were finally under way. It was a cold day in the ICW, or "the ditch" as it's often called. We got a few miles under our belt, but we have a long way to go to make it to Beaufort by our Wednesday night goal. The story is beginning to unfold. The storm added a new adventure. The dream of pulling The Tub into the islands is still off in the distance, but it feels good to know that we're on the water. Day Two:  Sandy passed. Another system is predicted to hit the Carolina coast tomorrow. We found a "storm" or "adventure" in the middle. More to come later, but for now a few photos of the first 48 hours. For those worried. read more...


19/11/2012

Sam III - Preperations 4.Tag

Heute ist der Sicherheitscheck und wir sind gespannt ob alles ok ist. Die letzten Tage haben wir damit verbracht verschiedene Wartungen und kleinere Reparaturen zu machen.Gestern haben wir die Checkliste abgearbeitet die die ARC für den Sicherheitscheck vorschlägt.Macht uns ARC Novizen ein wenig busy, im Gegensatz zu unseren Nachbarn und alten Hasen,die völlig kuhl sind. Merkwürdig ist ,daß wir das Gefühl haben wir haben einen blinden Passagier an Bord,den manchmal spricht jemand unsere Worte noch einmal ,wie ein Echo,als hätten wir einen Papagei an Bord...Wir werden das nochmal überprüfen,aber das Boot hat ja soviel Space..Capt.Christoph. read more...


06/05/2012

Comocean - Half way to Bermuda!

HalfwayAuthor: Toby HynesIts 11:30 A.M. and closing in on the completion of our third day at sea, and exactly half way between our start and our Bermuda entry Way Point. It remains very interesting and beautiful…but, loud. We continue to sail along … correct that … motor along, virtually head into the light North wind at 5.5 knots within a few miles of our rumb line. I arrived at this observation while making a log entry and looking for the closest “bail out” point in the event of an emergency. I guess it would be a tossup (sorry Joel) between Bermuda Coast Guard and the U. S. Coast Guard, should there be an emergency; as Hampton Virginia, our next closest point of land, and where this all started, is 941 nautical miles away. Cheery thought. For the. read more...


08/11/2012

Club Carp - Tuesday - Thursday Blog #2

Sorry we missed a couple of days of blogs.Tuesday we were very busy working on the Generator. The generator shut down. So we changed all the fuel filters, then discovered that the raw water impeller had stopped working. Now we know how to change it. Generator works great.Wednesday was sunny and we did odd jobs on board.Thursday has started out great. Great sail all night with a few rain squalls.We caught a 40# Mahi-Mahi at 8:30. Had a hard time reeling it in for 30 min, then easy after a shark bit off her tail. She lost 5#'s.Now we have so much fish too eat!Crew of Club Carp. read more...


09/10/2012

Matilda - Halfway Anniversary

We have a number of reasons for celebration today. Firstly we passed the halfway point in our sail to Mauritius at 6am (1150 miles down), so it's all downhill from here. It's also 12 months today since we re-launched matilda after her extensive overhaul. Which means today is our 12 month anniversary of living aboard matilda continuously. And what an amazing 12 months it's been! I think a couple of G&Ts will be in order once the sun has passed the yard arm this afternoon...matilda has been performing beautifully so far on this leg. We are way further ahead in the fleet than we have any right to expect; probably mostly down to the stronger winds which matilda is fond of. Today the winds have eased and we have shaken out the last of the reefs, so we have 17 to 20 knots just behind the. read more...


07/04/2011

Destiny - Hochzeit auf Mayreau

Auf 5.4.2011 um 14 Uhr ist die Trauung von Jim und Annie in der kleinen Steinkirche von Mayreau angesetzt. Nach und nach fährt ein Beiboot nach dem anderen zu dem etwas urigen Anleger am Strand. Die Inseln der Grenadinen sind klein und relativ hoch. Damit steigen die Straßen hier sehr steil bergan. In Erinnerung an ein Geo-Dreieck würde ich sagen 50% Steigung. Wolfgang sagt, das gibt es nicht und bietet 30% an - wie dem auch sei, auf jeden Fall sehr, sehr steil und dazu eine brennende Sonne vom Himmel. Zum Glück ist auf halbem Weg bei Dennis' Hideaway Zwischenstop an der Bar mit einem Glas Champagner. Für den Rest des Weges bergan sind die Beine nun zwar schwerer, aber der Geist ist willig. Endlich oben auf dem Berg bei der kleinen Kirche bietet sich uns ein überwältigender Blick auf die. read more...


17/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 14 - Off to Povoa de Varzim

At just after 6am this morning, we set off for our first leg down the coast to Portugal.  We were advised to leave earlier than usual as there was a low front coming through and would be at its worst by early afternoon.  As we came out of Bayona, we were treated to a truly spectacular sunrise and calm seas.  There was no wind so we had to motor.The winds soon picked up and we got both sails out. We were enjoying the sail until Steve noticed we had a small tear on our main sail, close to the leech line, so we had to furl it away to prevent further damage.  The wind increased to over 25 knots and we had both tide and wind against us so it was a fairly uncomfortable journey.  We soon decided to furl away the genoa too and motor the rest of the way.  We arrived. read more...


12/06/2012

Irena - Drugi dan Azori Lagos

Lep dan za jadranje. Dober veter s severa, do 16 vozlov. Prijetno toplo. Zvecer sva zmagala na kvizu, ki smo ga organizirali med barkami in tako se je uspesno zakljucil ta dan. Bil je tudi rekorden, saj sem v 12 urah prejadral 90 milj, kar je rekord te barke. Sedaj imava do Lagos-a se 527 milj. Nama gre kar dobro, bi rekel Vasilij. Malo je sicer naporno, ker sva tokrat samo dva na barki. Bolj malo je spanja v "kosu", samo tri ure. Ampak kar gre.. read more...


18/11/2012

Loupan - Testpost med bild på besättningen

Det här inlägget är bara ett test för att se hur det fungerar att publicera bilder båda på vår egen blogg, Facebook och på ARC:s hemsida. Den här fina bilden togs idag när vi intervjuades av tidningen Oceanseglaren.Klicka här för att se foto: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=10704. read more...


06/05/2012

Trillium - Log 5- Celebrating Cinco d Mayo at Sea

Saturday was abeautiful day at sea. We sailed for hours at a very comfortable 5-7 knots. The sky was blue and sun was bright. It was a glorious day on the water!Tom B. flew a kite off the stern and we fished along the way. Everyone had a nap without bouncing around. It was a great day all around. Fortunately no tangled fish lines. We are still about two hours behind the fleet due to our earlier entanglement issues.The Mexican dinner was well received by the crew. In fact, they challenged me because they don't think I can top that one! Now I will have to step it up a notch on my fancier fare. We had chicken fajitas, black bean and corn salad, salsa and homemade guacamole with corn chips. This was topped off with chocolate pudding and cookies.Just around dinner time the wind died and the. read more...


02/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 5 - Proper Sailing

Powered up at last. We had been sailing all night, five knots or so on the clock, but not at hull-speed.  But just before waking the Skipper for the eight o'clock watch, it was windy enough for Paul to have to put in a reef.  At long last the wind had filled in solidly, and Cleone was sailing with a purpose.  As the Skipper emerged sleepily, a bright rainbow sprang from the sea, seemingly not far in front of us - a good sign, maybe, but also an indication that the rain squalls were still around us.  And so it proved.  Shortly after breakfast (tea, yoghurt, muesli (supposedly, but with added polystyrene balls), a banana and yet more tea), having fallen asleep over his (actually the skipper's) book, Paul retired to his bunk.  He awoke, refreshed, to see the skipper standing behind the. read more...


01/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 4 - And on we go

Plainish sailing. It has not been very spectacular sailing, but we are making steady progress towards Tobago, where we hope to spend a couple of days before making the short hop to Grenada, the official finish to this leg.  Bruce has majored on the thunder-storm activity in the ITCZ and over Brazil, and his advice has been to head north, so as to cross the ITC as soon as possible and get into the North East Trade Winds.  So far the predicted storms and squalls have loomed ahead and behind us and hovvered around us rather than upon us.  We have seen lightning over Brazil itself, and of the squalls at sea, we have either been able to skirt arount the black clouds promising wind, thunder and rain, or they have moved on or dissipated before our arrival.  To do this, we have sailed when the. read more...


08/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Day One--Sunday November 4th

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Day One on Turbo’s Tub:For the first time ever we took The Tub's dock lines with us when we pushed away on Sunday morning. It was a strange feeling, but it meant that we were finally under way. It was a cold day in the ICW, or "the ditch" as it's often called. We got a few miles under our belt, but we have a long way to go to make it to Beaufort by our Wednesday night goal. The story is beginning to unfold. The storm added a new adventure. The dream of pulling The Tub into the islands is still off in the distance, but it feels good to know that we're on the water.image001. read more...


07/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 273 - Marriage in Mayreau

5 April 2011 We had the most wonderful sail across to Mayreau. Our north easterly veered more to the east and Voyageur powered along under reefed main and genoa at nearly 8knots showing us what she is made of. Short lived it may have been, the 4nm passage taking us less than one hour, but what a treat it was after plugging in to all those headwinds of the past week. We had had some concerns about the suitability of Saline Bay on the south west coast to provide enough anchoring space for all the yachts. We need not have worried. At a glance we could see that there was room a plenty for dozens of yachts. The beach was a mile long crescent of pure white sand..... 'Mr. Beautiful' came by in his launch, laden with fruits and vegetables. I did not require anything but offered us an early. read more...


08/10/2012

9 October 2012 - Goosebumps!

It's 03:30 Tuesday morning, just after the watch change and about two hours before the start of dawn. We have just passed the halfway mark to Mauritius with 1,166 miles to go. We continue to make our way south, away from the equatorial weather conditions and for the first time in months it is cool enough on deck to feel goose bumps! The most recent weather forecast for the next few days is for E-SE winds at 15-25 knots which are fairly good tradewind conditions. Although we may not be able to sail quite as fast as we had been with the higher winds of the past few days, the increased comfort will be welcomed by the entire crew. Morale has improved markedly as the rocking-and-rolling has decreased and we are returning to our normal ship board schedule.Our original plan was to sail around. read more...


18/11/2012

Caryali - One last week to the Go

Manca una settimana alla partenza, oggi apertura ufficiale dell'ARC con parata delle nazioni partecipanti. Tutti in divisa, anche polpetta, abbiamo sfilato con il tricolore. Atmosfera sempre più' elettrizzante e corsa alle ultime cose da fare.. read more...


05/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 3

Ok we are all in the swing of it now and enjoying the passage. Last night was a wonderful near full moon with clear skies for much of the night. It was so bright that you needed no light to walk about the deck and the reflection off the water and general seascape was mesmerising. The problem is a lack of wind which followed us into day light – so it was motor on. As day 3 broke Murray decided to go fishing and narrowly missed landing a Mahi Mahi, by a whisker.  I was not unhappy about this as I was asleep and would no doubt have had to assist in preparing it for the freezer. Light winds started the day and as predicted it was blowing directly towards us. At times during the day it has been F3 to F4 easily enough to sail but as its coming from the direction we are heading it. read more...


12/06/2012

Hanami II - Dernieres (?) heures en mer ....

Si tout va bien on devrait arriver mardi (aujourd'hui) tard le soir. Arriver avant 22h aurait ete bien mais on ne commande pas le vent. C'est quelque chose que cette longue traversee nous aura appris.   La capitainerie a ete avertie par SMS via Iridium et notre place sera libre.   Avant dernier jour de mer  et derniere nuit de navigation ....   Les piles de la Balise de l'ARC ont ete changees car manifestement elle n'emettait pas mais je ne sais pas si cela a ete efficace. Nous avons utilise l'Hydrovane par 25 a 30N de vent, sans probleme. Le reglage est bien plus facile depuis que j'ai mis des rubans flottants sur le bord arriere. Cela permet de savoir si elle est bien 'dans le vent'. Il restera a mettre des bouts de laine sur les cotes pour connaitre les filets. read more...



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