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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
Adina - Adina Service Time
Adina - Adina Service Time
Adina - Adina Service Time
Adina - Adina Service Time
Zython - Zython picture
Zython - Zython picture
Zython - Zython picture
Zython - Zython picture
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew
Silver Slipper - the crew - Ian McLaren-Morris
Silver Slipper - the crew - Ian McLaren-Morris
18/03/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - ARC 2013 Day Minus 251

Or -35 Weeks or -6024 Hours or -21,686,400 Seconds. This is not the beginning for me. Nearly 3 years ago I bought a boat to do the ARC and beyond so I started a blogg to chart the whole journey at www.sephina.org. However the opening of the 2013 ARC blogg makes things more real and has stated to make very real the preparations. After following the World Cruising site for several years and avidly reading the posts from the Atlantic I know this is very much work in progress. I can't hope to emulate some of the wordsmiths or previous years but will do my best to chart the preparations from here on in. Looking forward the day it is ARC 2013 Day1 but much to do before then not least of which is having a functioning engine! Good luck to all and lets hope for safe passage to Gran Canaria at. read more...


18/03/2013

Silver Slipper - ARC 2013

Well it’s almost 8 months until we leave Las Palmas for St Lucia. This journey is the culmination of three years finding the right boat and preparing her for the sail across the pond. New rigging, new sails and all safety gear now purchased and installed. What’s next?   Well the boat is out of the water and  all we have to do now is prep the hull, prime and antifoul, replace the anodes and then a good clean and polish and we are ready to start the great adventure. Follow Wendy and I as we leave Brixham in early May and make a leisurely sail down to Las Palmas via the Channel Islands, Brittany, Spain, Portugal, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Joining us on our trip is our dog, Bumble, a 4 year old, Bearded Collie who just loves boats and will be writing her own blogs to. read more...


Capricorn - Es geht los ...
Capricorn - Es geht los ...
17/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - The last day

12:02N 61:44W Having passed Tobago the wind started to veer to the east, forcing us to head slightly north to maintain an optimum wind angle.  Eventually we reached the decision point – turn south and head for Grenada or end up in St Lucia.  Turning south exposed the full deficiencies of our reefed mainsail and we had no option but to switch to the asymmetric spinnaker.  This gave us a speed almost identical to Gunvor and we both crossed the final 80 miles to Grenada on gradually converging paths.  We arrived at the southern tip of Grenada with Anastasia just 0.8 miles behind Gunvor.  At this point we had to round the corner and turn up into the wind.  With a full mainsail it might have remained close, but it was game over for a catamaran with two reefs. read more...


14/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 6

10:46N 059:03W  1530 miles covered, 180 to go We are nearly there now, we can almost smell the rum.  Our first sight of land will be Tobago which is 90 miles away, although we will pass it at about 3 am so all we will see are the lights.  We should get some acceleration around the northern tip because the north equatorial current flows quite strongly past Tobago. The wind has remained favourable and, apart from a few hours this morning, it has been blowing from the northeast at 16 to 18 knots.  That means we have the wind coming from 10 degrees behind the beam, which it just so happens is also Anastasia’s ideal wind angle.  So far we are just managing to keep pace with Gunvor, who are now in sight, three miles ahead of us. We had an interesting. read more...


13/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 5

08:31N 055:52W  1304 miles covered, 412 to go Another day, another 263 miles.  533 miles in two days.  We are out of the strong current (it is about 1 knot now) so the remainder of the trip will be slower, but we should still get in before sunset on Friday, all being well.  We now need to average 8.5 knots to get in at 18:00 Grenada time. The wind has been very kind, both in strength and angle, and we are still quite close to Gunvor.   I had a chat with Karsten over VHF this evening, so we are within about 20 miles of them.  We exchanged positions and I calculate they are about 5 miles closer to the finish line.  We have agreed that the first person to arrive will buy drinks for the other boat, so at least we will get free drinks on. read more...


12/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 4 (A new personal best)

06:16N 051:57W  1026 miles covered, 680 miles to go The wind direction is perfect for Anastasia, and with the current reaching 3 knots at times we are flying along, despite having a heavily reefed mainsail.  We generally consider 200 miles is a good distance to cover in one day but today we travelled 270 miles in 24 hours, averaging 11.25 knots, which is a new record for us. We hooked a Dorado, but at 12 knots there was just too much strain on the line and it got away before we could slow down and reel it in.  We passed the half way point last night and Andrea baked chocolate brownies to celebrate.  . read more...


11/03/2013

Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)

03:04N 047:16W  680 miles covered Today’s sad news is of the demise of our mainsail.  Last night the wind died away and veered to the south east, forcing us to turn dead downwind and goosewing the sails.  With the low wind, plus a current from behind, this meant that the mainsail would flog occasionally on the bigger waves.  It seemed quite gentle flogging at the time, but I guess with over a year of continual use the mainsail was in no condition to take the punishment and it ripped just below the second reefing point.   The good news is that we can still continue reasonably well on reef 2, just a knot or two slower then before.  The bad news obviously that we are out of the race to arrive first (and probably not second either) and also it is. read more...


Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Trompeta on the Start Line
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Trompeta on the Start Line
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)
Anastasia - Brazil to Grenada - Day 3 (Ripped mainsail)