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05/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 1800 UTC 5 May

So here we are on Johanem , my first experience of sailing anything larger than a Windsurfer. We left Nanny Cay marina on Tortolayesterday in a group of 20 or so boats all heading for Bermuda and a bunk with the Governor in The Pink House. We had an exciting first few minutes as we crossed a tight start line , insulted a Frenchman ,swore at a Chinaman and admired the lines of all the boats behind us. We are now at the back of the pack having taken it gently and towed two large sea monsters behind us for several miles which we failed to land. It is not a race so we are relatively relaxed about our trailing position. The sea monsters , on the other hand are ecstatic as they both managed to elude our advances (so it's Tuna of the tinned variety for lunch)! We are currently motoring (under. read more...


05/05/2013

Traveling Light - Dead Calm, The Fishing Line is out

Sunday  May 5, 2013  10:00 am Dead Calm, The Fishing Line is out Soo  much for predicting the future especiallywhen wind is involved. Contrary to all predictions and our expectations the windshifted to east and eventually died down overnight. We took the spinnaker downaround 11:00 pm and started motor sailing towards our course. It rained a littlebit and the air got quite humid and hot. We switched watch at 3:00 am to givethe Skipper an extra hour of sleep for the time lost during the sail change.After a fitful sleep I woke up to a dead calm with the ocean around us flat as aglass surface shimmering in the light of the early morning sun. The fishing lineis out but so far there is no action to report. If we ever catch one you will bethe first one to hear. I am not really. read more...


05/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!

 Ein sehr abwechslungsreicher Tag. Ruhig gestartet mit einem amWind Kurs, bis wir ums Kap von Joste van Dyke (White Bay!!) vorbei gesegeltsind. Dann haben wir den Gennaker gesetzt und das Feld versucht von hintenaufzurollen. Ein paar Parasailor haben wir hinter uns gelassen...bis in dieNacht. Peter M. hat uns kulinarisch verwoehnt mit leckerem Beef und einemhomemade Punch von Peter J. Dannhaben wir kurz die Batterien laden wollen bis unser neuer Lichtmaschinenreglereinen “high battery voltage trip-error” gab. Er funktioniert bis 15,5V. Wirhaben kurz gewartet und gebetet, dass es nur ein einmal Fehler war. Wir habendann festgestellt, dass wir das Ladelimit bei 1400 Umdrehungenerreichen.....aufatmen mit Einschraenkungen....weil nun werden Motorstundenberechnet mit einer Speed von. read more...


Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!
Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!
05/05/2013

Mad Fish - Getting Back Into It

Well, it has been a while since we did a long passage. ARC 2012 in fact. I can tell you that so far, the contrast is huge. The arc we had to hand steer, we had huge seas almost all of the time and 20+ Knots of wind. Well, not this time. We had a great "Solent Style" start and and easy fetch to Sopers Hole. Needed 2 x 10 minute engine assists when the wind ran out or we had to tack. (Can't be bothered with that type of thing). Then kite up and running downwind at 5 knots. That came to an end after dark and the wind shut down totally. We have been motoring on a flat sea ever since.On the plus side, the kids wish for pancakes for breakfast is being granted as I type and we all got plenty of sleep last night. However, we were treated to a huge electrical storm, then pouring rain! Still, sun. read more...


05/05/2013

Lone Star - Lone Star - Day 1

After a fun start with 26 boats on the line at noon we started to make the best of the SE wind blowing at 10 knots.It took us five minutes to determinewe needed to start motoring to get clear of the islands and into more favorable winds.The winds freshened after we cleared the east end and we enjoyed three and a half hours of pure sailing with our mizzen spinaker before the winds finally gave up.We are now motoring and expect to have to continue until sometime on Monday when the wind clocks and freshens.All is well on board and I am really enjoying having Ron Horton, Steve Black and Jim Underwood on board.The Rally Team put on a great event at Nanny Cay and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Bermuda.Craig. read more...


04/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!

Finally the Easy Rider Team is ready to set off on the first leg in the ARC Europe. All preparations have been made, and we're excited to get out on the big blue ocean. Boat's stacked up with diesel, water and bacon, so we'll do all right for this first 5 day journey! :) MartinP5040105. read more...


Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!
04/05/2013

Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start

One hour before the start. The Lady Ann and her crew are ready set as never before. Mothers have been called, team pictures have been taken and the last precious loves of fresh bread are stowed away.The weather looks good. Almost too good. We are looking at a very quiet first two days. After that we will come under the influence of a high pressure way up north, giving a gentle breeze from the South East. Beam reach to Bermuda. It could have been worse.For now: all the best from the two stallion Italians, JayJay the Swede and a flying Dutchman.Davide, Simone, Joel, Sjors. read more...


Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start
Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start
04/05/2013

Paraty - DAY 0 - Kurz vor dem Start!

Noch 3 Stunden und dann geht es los richtung Bermuda. Es scheint alles zufunktionieren, vor allem auch der Hightech-Regler fuer die Lichtmaschine. PeterM. hat bereits auf einem hohen gastronischen Niveau bewegt, damit wir jedenfallskulinarisch gut unterwegs sind. Wind wird es anfangs geben, nicht zu viel abergenug um richtung Bermuda zu segeln. Stimmung ist gut an Bord, wir freuen unsendlich loszusegeln nachdem wir den letzten Tagen hier den ganzen Tag am Bootgebastelt haben. Das einzige was wir noch nicht gemacht haben ist im Mastklettern, aber Peter J. hat uns versprochen mich mit dem Ankerwinsch elektrischim Mast zu ziehen....Ihr koennt uns alle ueber den Fleet viewer von ARC Europeverfolgen oder eine email (ohne Anhaenge) an paraty@mailasail.comschicken...... read more...


04/05/2013

Mad Fish - Ready to go

Compared to starting the ARC, ARC Europe is much more laid back. I think this is because the marina is smaller and there are a lot less people around! Yesterday in the briefing we discovered that we are the smallest boat in the fleet and the only family boat. But oddly there are three boats that are rated slower than us on handicap. Obviously the person setting these ratings has never seen our boat! Anyway, we are not falling into the trap we fell into on the ARC and worry about that. This is not a race for us but more of a battle to get to Bermuda inside the 7 day time limit set by WCC. That means we have to average over 5 knots. If we miss this then we miss the discounted fuel deal that has been arranged for us. We have to watch that we don't try so hard that the extra fuel burnt. read more...


03/05/2013

Johanem - ARC Europe - Johanem 3rd May 2013

Since our arrival in St Lucia at the end of ARC on 15 December 2012 Johanem has had a good few months in the Caribbean. We sailed south as far as Tobago Cays and back to Rodney Bay over Christmas and New Year with son Richard, daughter Lizzie and Eve, a friend of Lizzie's. A further trip took place over second half of Feb with Nick's sister , Ros and her husband Patrick down to Grenada and back to Rodney Bay. Grenada is a fabulous destination. We had a lovely day tour to a chocolate estate and spice shop. we also saw the old airport, which is no longer used, at Grenville which still had a couple of old burnt out planes on it as a reminder of the US "invasion" . The start of April saw Nick arrive out with a group of chaps who brought the boat up from St Lucia to Antigua. Somelovely. read more...


03/05/2013

Paraty - DAY -1 - Noch das letzte erledigen

Morgen geht es endlich los: 800 sm richtung Bermuda, dann 1800 sm nachAzoren und last but not least 800 sm nach Lagos, Portugal. Wir haben die letzten3 Tagen nur geschraubt, eingekauft. Die komplette Ladetechnik (Solarregler,220V7110V Landstrom und Lichtmaschineladeregler) wurde erneuert. Esfunktioniert, ich hoffe es bleibt so....   Es ist sehr sehr heiss hier im Hafen, am Tag mindestens 3 T-Shirts. ZumGlueck gibt es ein Pool im Hafen...Die Crew besteht aus Peter M. (PM) von derARC 2011, noch ein Peter J. (PJ) neu an Bord und Andre.  Wir ergaenzen unsgut und haben eine gute Atmosphaere an Bord. Manchmal gibt es noch kleineKommunikationsstoerungen. Sowie gestern als ich die von PJ selbstvorbereiteteRum Punch serviert habe. Ich bin davon ausgegangen, dass es kein Rum in derPunch. read more...


30/04/2013

La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1

Dressed up for the rally...  and for the spring and summertime up north!Jan. read more...


La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1
La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1
29/04/2013

Ayama - Waiting for first crew

Anna and I are at a mooring in Trellis Bay a few miles north from Nanny Cay. We are waiting for our first crew, Sverker to arrive. In the meantime we take the opportunity to polish the Stainless Steel with Autosol. It is amazing what saltwater can do to SS !. read more...


27/04/2013

Adina - Crossing Biscay

We had been waiting in Falmouth for two and a half weeks for a weather window to cross The Bay of Biscay to Spain. People were asking "Are you still in Falmouth?". Tom was starting to get a little narked, it was time to get that tracker fired up...Leaving FalmouthSo on Friday 19th April at 0640, Adina slipped quietly out of Falmouth and started heading south. Our planned destination was Bayona, Spain, afour and a half day sail away.Biscay is a notorious stretch of water in sailing lore. Robin Knox-Johnston said at the start of the Vendee Globe Round the World yacht race that the waves were so steep it was like trying to sail a yacht up Mount Everest.  Ironically, after weeks of heavy winds and seas the forecast for us was for light winds.For any other Brits heading. read more...


24/04/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding

Well the boat is now ready. Just need to acquire and install the AIS transponder which is now mandatory. Thought I’d had everything ready until the April newsletter arrived. LOL, more money to spend. Well last Saturday Wendy and I were married on a cliff top in Bigbury on Sea, Devon.  The sun gods looked after us as the sun shone all day and 250 family and friends enjoyed a very special day. Full of fun, dancing and good cheer. With the wedding behind us, our focus is now to go sailing. We plan to leave Brixham around 8th May, weather permitting and look forward to meeting other ARC participants on our way to Las Palmas.  Wish you all safe sailing and fair winds. Silver Slipper295861_10151560242821480_1347051937_n. read more...


Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding
20/04/2013

Anastasia - Full circle

14:04.4W 060:57.0W After all the partying and dinner celebrations in Marigot Bay I expected the “Parade of Sail” back to Rodney Bay to be an anti-climax, but it was actually rather fun. We formed a line, smallest boat first, and sailed back in single file, doing a circle around Castries harbour and waving to the onlookers on the cruise liners who were probably wondering what on earth was going on. The entire fleet docked in Rodney Bay marina in record time, because there were drinks by the pool waiting for us. And after a few rum punches there were about forty fully clothed people splashing around in the swimming pool. In the evening we had the final dinner and prizegiving ceremony. Then it was all over. For the past few days we have been saying goodbye to our. read more...


Anastasia - Full circle
Anastasia - Full circle
Anastasia - Full circle
Anastasia - Full circle
Free Spirit - The adventure starts here
Free Spirit - The adventure starts here
15/04/2013

Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean

13:00.6N 061:14.3W From Grenada we cruised northwards through the Caribbean, in the company of various ARC boats, stopping at Carriacou, Union Island, Tobago Cays, Mustique, Bequia, St Vincent and finally St Lucia.  A couple of years ago we would have regarded each of these legs as a significant passage, now it just feels like a quick hop to go from one island to the next.  There was a good breeze on the beam all the way, so Anastasia was cruising at 10 knots and even the forty mile passage from St Vincent to St Lucia only took a few hours. We had a good time in Grenada.  It is a beautiful island, the people are friendly and there is little of the hard selling that you get in some parts of the Caribbean.  The town of St Georges is quaint, with its mix of. read more...


Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
Anastasia - Cruising the Caribbean
15/04/2013

Matilda - End of the World (ARC) as we know it

It has been another three week break since our last blog, and now it's all over.We handed back our Yellowbrick tracker yesterday and Rally Control flew out today.It feels a little strange that it is all over, but we are quite looking forward to getting back to reality now.Our last blog was just after we arrived in Grenada which seems like months ago now.It was nice to be the first boat in the marina for a change, welcoming all the fast boats in and helping to tie up.The prize giving there was the last of the Rally; it made us wish we had participated in the Brazil leg, but not for long.Hearing the stories of Brazil mostly made us happy we'd missed it and headed straight for Barbados.Dreamcatcher organised a big BBQ for the fleet in Tobago Cays which was very well attended and a lovely. read more...


14/04/2013

Trompeta - World ARC comes to an end

Arrival yesterday in Rodney Bay Marina St Lucia was emotional for us as this was where we started our epic adventure in January 2012. There was a Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay led by the smallest boat in the fleet Spirit of Alcides. A long line of yachts all displaying colourful flags created a dazzling spectacle. Upon our arrival a gentleman was on the dock holding a huge bouquet of flowers and some chilled Moet & Chandon sent to us by our Yorkshire friends Jenny and Bill and we wish to thank them for this thoughtful gesture.  No sooner were we off the boat then it was up to the Marina pool to enjoy a rum punch and snacks to the sounds of steel pan drums. There was a certain amount of frivolity involving jumping into. read more...


05/04/2013

Adina - We're Off!

Thursday morning, 29th March, we bade farewell to London and our home in Chelsea. Tom went to work and Susie did the final errands and storage trip. After work, Tom caught the train to Southampton and Susie’s Dad, Richard, drove us down to the marina in Hamble where we were dropped in the car park. That was it. We now lived on a yacht. All our usual surroundings gone in the blink of an eye. This was no usual weekend of sailing in the Solent and driving home on a Sunday night. Our last week had flown by, a madmelee of packing and farewells. It was all surreal. We got on the boat, and felt just a little bewildered. So what did we do? We went to the pub! Much better!Good Friday dawned and it was time for final boat preparations and weather monitoring. Plus we were wary of a bit of. read more...


Adina - We're Off!
Adina - We're Off!
04/04/2013

Silver Slipper - New Duties

I am now officially the ships entertainment and fisherman. After many hoursscouting various websites for a Deep Sea Reel, I think I am nearly ready to facethe perils of the deep. Look out Mr Marlin & Mr tuna i’m coming for ya!! Myguitar playing skills are honed and ready.. Cant say the same for the crewthough... read more...


19/05/2011

Gillean - Day 3 Almost Home

Well today is Wednesday, our third full day at sea, and we're almost home. We should arrive in Newport tomorrow night, possibly around 9pm. It would be nicer to enter during daylight hours, but we'll happily take whatever we get. Last night, Kevin took the brunt of the night watches, seeing the highest and most confused seas of the evening. At the end of his watch, I think he was ready to come down below to a warm bunk, regardless of how lumpy the ride was. He mentioned this morning he was thinking about how he could articulate to Elizabeth his first experience crossing the Gulf Stream at night. I offered the liking to "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at Disney World. It's difficult to convey how awesome the ocean is; what it looks, sounds and feels like at the time, both above and below deck. We. read more...


28/03/2013

Defyr: -16C and freezing cold in Webbasto

SyDefyr Winter still her. 27.3.2013 Hi ARC 2013 partipisiens.We to try to get the boat ready her in the north 62.15,5  E21.22,2 first nights in the boat on shore -16 C freezing cold Webbasto working full time.Spring is late harbor master think the sea is better for skiing ( picture taken 27.3.2013 ) the next month than putting the boat in water.Planned starting day 12 may from Kristinestad Finland we will see.Alf & Kaija  WP_000294 WP_000290. read more...


Defyr - snow in Webbasto
Defyr - snow in Webbasto
Defyr - preparing the boat in the snow
Defyr - preparing the boat in the snow
01/04/2013

Trompeta - Grenada Anchorages

We have had a fantastic time exploring the anchorages on the south coast of Grenada starting with St Davids Harbour which is where Grenada Marine are based and where we intend to store the boat for the hurricane season. St Davids is a delightful pretty quiet anchorage where we both had a good sleep. There is a bar and restaurant at Grenada Marine which serves cheap tasty food so you do not have to go far to eat out. Next we went around to Le Phare Bleu where we saw Mr Blues on the dock who was trying to get his repaired rudder put back on the boat. It seems the diver ran out of air and they lost the daylight so he was having another diver to help the following day. They have managed to get going now and have left Grenada.  Le Phare Bleu is again another pretty Marina with. read more...


28/03/2013

Adina - Two bikes and a dinghy in an anchor locker

This weekend’s purpose was very clear - get Adina as ready as possible. Ready to head off from Hamble any time after Easter. Saturday morning that looked an intimidating task. We've accumulated a lot of gear over the last few months, and now it all needs to go on deck or safely stored away down below. We’ve read our Atlantic Rally Cruising handbook and made sure we’re ticking off the recommended gear. It’s an excellent guide.We had decided that Susie with her majestic packing skills would tackle gear below decks, while Tom would get everything ready on top. Being Spring that sounds like a nice outdoors activity. Unfortunately in England we still seem to be in the midst of winter with temperatures of 0-2 degrees Celsius. Add to that a significant wind chill. Miserable March as the BBC. read more...


27/03/2013

Silver Slipper - Ready to go, well almost.

Well save for some final painting and a good clean and polish we are almost ready to go. Looking forward to a few days of fine weather to finish the above but still have 4 weeks to go before we go back into the water.  Think we have now ticked all the boxes in the ARC handbook and hopefully made our final investment in acquiring all the gear recommended for the crossing. Would like to say a big thank you to all at Bayside Marine, Brixham for all their help and support in sourcing and fulfilling all our needs. You saved us a migraine in our preparation. Thank you David, Teresa and the team.    . read more...


25/03/2013

Matilda - Union Island, Carriacou and Grenada for the Meet Up

Its an unforgivable gap since the last blog, but a combination of not the best of internet connections and meeting back up with the fleet has meant it got rather forgotten. So, to continue our story.... After Saltwhistle Bay we checked out of the Grenadines in Union Island. As we were coming in we heard some familiar voices over the VHF, At Last and Dreamcatcher were leaving just as we were coming in. What a shame to miss them.Union Island is a funny little place, it even has a restaurant on an island in the bay made up of a huge pile of discarded conch shells (a delicacy here). As it was a Sunday we waited until Monday to check in, so we had a very pleasant evening at the Anchorage YC watching the nursing sharks they have in their pond at the front. As per usual the checking in/out. read more...


25/03/2013

Adina - Pigs Trotters!

I’m thinking it’s an unusual heading for a blog – but then again who knows what awaits us on our voyages? When you sail around the world you need to be largely self sufficient. And that means there will be times when you can’t call up a doctorat a minutes’ notice. Although I do put my hand-up and say with the English NHS system it’s not so easy getting an appointment in the first place. Susie managed to organise a private tutor through Stormforce based in Shamrock Quay to give us two days of medical training. Our tutorwas Frank Schweitzer a retired consultant, yachtmaster examiner etc. who proved to be an excellent tutor and a heck of a good chap at that too. Susie and Frank had agreed a curriculum and we were joined by friends Neil and Hallie Meyrick. The brief was tocover key medical. read more...


Adina - Pigs Trotters!
Adina - Pigs Trotters!
Adina - Pigs Trotters!
Adina - Pigs Trotters!
22/03/2013

Adina - Bon Voyage with Friends and Family

So it's all becoming real – Susie and I have both resigned and are into countdown mode. To be honesta relief to get that done so we can now be open and transparent about our plans to sail around the world! Dash down to the boat on Friday evening and come 7pm we have Gareth who is doing the Atlantic crossingwith us performing his usual electronic wizardry, Bob from Sailcom installing a modem, and Solent Spars fitting a spinnaker pole in the dark. A sign of the momentum right now. And to think we've been preparing for this since the beginning of the year. Saturday our new laptop is fired up (thanks to Stephen Plume) and Gareth has got a wifi booster up andrunning with hotspot etc. Comms in place! We both run round frantically get things done. Susie is doing her usual. read more...


Adina - Bon Voyage with Friends and Family
Adina - Bon Voyage with Friends and Family
21/03/2013

Aditi - Shoreside

Hello all from Yacht Aditi. Two years intense preparation and some way to go with the watermaker to fit, half the main cabin to rebuild, wiring to add to the already three layers of new wiring (what the old 'new wiring' does is a distant memory...), liferaft to service and plenty of bilge related stuff to sort out. Still yet to fix the dishwasher.Some way to go before packing up the shore life and we expect to be launching in July to start the journey south. The Crew. 101_0300. read more...


Aditi - Shoreside
Aditi - Shoreside
21/03/2013

Adina - Adina Service Time

Over the last five weeks we've been getting Adina ready for the years sailing. It's been a good learningcurve given this is the first time we're doing this. So you get out the manuals, read a bit and then dive in the deep end! And when it comes to boats thatinvolves a great deal of scratching your head, playing hide and seek as you try to find things, complex yoga manoeuvres as you need to get to parts in inaccessible spots, and a great deal of patience. Did I say a great deal of patience? So we put in new water pumps and then serviced the engine including replacing all the filters, changingthe oil and coolant etc. Out came the generator manual and the same treatment. I have to say it was rewarding phoning the Yanmar engineer who said there was no need for him to come out as we'd ticked. read more...


Adina - Adina Service Time
Adina - Adina Service Time