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Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
12/09/2013

Silent Wings - Daily Blog ARC+

Once all the excitement of the Red Arrow and fireworks of the Regatta had ceased, Silent Wings sailed from Dartmouth with her full ARC+ crew (skipper Steve, and crew Sally, Dirk from Luxembourg and Peter from Sweden) on 5th on the first leg to La Coruna and towards Las Palmas.The trip gave us a bit of everything from over 30knots of wind and big seas to no wind, calm seas and dolphins under the bow. Both boat and crew performed beautifully; it was a great chance to practice our storm jib skills, get to know each other better and really enjoy some great sailing. In La Coruna, we have caught up with Ian, Wendy and Bumble the dog on Silver Slipper, whilst we sort some technical issues with the iridium phone, etc and wait for some weather to head south... most probably down the coast to. read more...


10/09/2013

Adina - ARC Boats gathering in Gibraltar

Adina is currently in Marina Bay, Gibraltar. There are three ARC boats flying the banner at the moment and we’re all getting ready to sail off to the Canaries. Opposite us are Donal and Sarah and their two boys Ted and Robert on-board Millport II, and just down the pontoon is Tim preparing his Bavaria 47 called George. We’ve had drinks on-board Adina and a fabulous chilli on-board Millport II. Tomorrow night Tim is hosting us all! Great to meet up with other ARC people and share how the preparations are going. Pop by if you’re close – the ARC banners are flying high! www.yachtadina.co.uk  . read more...


10/09/2013

Moondancer - Moondancer Plymouth - Lisbon

Moondancer and crew are safely in Lisbon after the first leg of our adventure. Our plan to hurry south from Plymouth to avoid the incoming atlantic system and pick up some helpful northerlies didn’t quite go to plan as Biscay showed us how uncomfortable it can be on a pitch black night with a force 6-7 on the nose and horizontal driving rain …lovely… only the dolphins seemed to be enjoying it… it was left to the boys Rob and Riz to guide Moondancer through the night and the growing seas with skipper butch suffering down below a bout of male de mer but adding helpful comments like "don’t break the boat boys" and "that was a big one"… anyway we made it with our brand new hydrogenerator being the only casualty, taken out by a large breaking wave on the stern, new brackets please…..The. read more...


10/09/2013

Selivra - Sailing West

Hurrah - der Start ist super gelungen. Die multinationale Crew bestehend aus Frederica, Andrea, Remo und Klaus haben sich super an Bord zurechtgefunden und sind in den ersten 62 Stunden des Törns von Primosten nach Palermo mit traumhaften Segelbedingungen belohnt worden.Einzig bei Einklarieren in Otranto hat der italienische Amtsschimmel sehr laut gewiehert. Wie kann es das geben das eine italienisch, schweizer, deutsch und österreichische Crew auf einem Schiff unter St. Vincent Flagge segelt.Der mit den größten goldenen Abzeichen auf der Schulter konnte sich das gar nicht erklären, und seine ihm zu Hilfe eilenden Untergebenen habe sich dann bei der Arbeit des Listen Schreibens und ausfüllen des "Permesso" gegenseitig unterstützt. Wir haben es auf jeden Fall einmal geschafft.Im Moment. read more...


Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
08/09/2013

Firefly - Great farewell party for team Firefly

With less than three weeks to go before our departure from Salcombe Graham and Meredith Parker invited the team and friends to their beautiful home this weekend overlooking the estuary. It was a great opportunity to explain our plans, and get out our Caribbean outfits. Graham cooked a splendid BBQ with salads and puddings from Meredith, Susie, and Jane.Our hosts tested our knowledge of all the national flags on our route. Fortunately skipper Paul and friend Steve got most of them right navigator Peter needs to try harder! It looks from the picture as if we have already arrived in the Caribbean but now the sun continues to shine on us... we hope it lasts!  Many thanks to Graham, Meredith and all our friends for such a great send off.. read more...


Firefly - Fantastic farewell party for Firefly at Graham and Merediths
Firefly - Fantastic farewell party for Firefly at Graham and Merediths
07/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper & AIS

Family and friends.  Well after many hours of thought, back ache and a sore head I’ve have finally managed to get our AIS tracking up and running. You should now be able to follow us via mobile apps like shipfinder and others or on the web at http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/.Look for Silver Slipper, MMSI No 23509787, Call sign MGUK 6.If you find us we’d love to know just to make sure it’s working.There are no excuses or secrets from now on; you will all know where we are. When we cross the Atlantic we will also have a yellow brick tracker onboard that will show you our daily progress across the pond to St Lucia. More details on that nearer the time.Love to you all. Have a great weekend.Ian, Wendy & Bumble. read more...


07/09/2013

Silver Slipper - AIS transponder installed

Silver Slipper now has an AIS transponder. New requirements for ARC 2013 meant that we had to install a transponder after fitting a receiver last year (ARC 2012 requirement). Well it’s taken some time and fiddling with Serial to USB connections but we are now up and running. (If you have a problem with this, contact I as it have taken hours of research to solve the connection issue).The world can now find us, anytime, anywhere, anyplace.  Oh dear. . read more...


07/09/2013

Schatzi II - Arrivé à Las Palmas

(English version below)Nous sommes parti des Sables d’Olonne le mercredi 21 septembre à l’aube pour Porto.4 jour et demi de navigation, traversée du Golf de Gascogne, contournement de l’Espagne et descente en ligne droite sur Porto.Nous étions trois à bord et cette première étape nous a révélé quelques surprises. Tout d’abord nous n’avons pas eu le vent prévu par les Gribs, au lieu d’avoir du portant tout le temps, nous avons dû faire du pré, les vent étaient plus faible que prévu dans la première étape de la traversée. Passage devant la Corogne de nuit, nous étions content d’avoir le radar qui nous aidait à repérer les cargos.Ensuite, la descente vers Porto c’est faite rapidement avec un petit coup de vent la dernière nuit.Escale à la marina de Douro. Accueil charmant et personnel très. read more...


06/09/2013

Moondancer - First post

And so it begins. ARC 2013. We have just left Plymouth 7pm Thursday 15th August 2013. On our way across the channel to a waypoint far west of Cap Finistere. Butch, Rob and myself Riz with Snowy the Owl for good luck. Firstly a big congratulations to George for his AS level results and a big apology to Edd the duck for forgetting to bring him (don’t worry Edd your coming across the Atlantic) As usual the wind is coming from completely the wrong direction so we will enjoy the noise of the engine for the first part of our trip to the start line with the added pleasure of rain on the way. We saw boats coming in at the end of the Fastnet as we left and we will now have our own adventure out at sea for the next few days.  I can already see that the boat is hopelessly. read more...


06/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Bumble is ready to party in Las Palmas

Bumble has already planned her costume for the 2013 ARC fantasy theme party. party bumble. read more...


Silver Slipper - Bumble is ready to party in Las Palmas
Silver Slipper - Bumble is ready to party in Las Palmas
03/09/2013

Selivra - letzte Arbeiten

Es nützt nichts, manchmal müssen die wichtigen Abeiten wahrlich in letzter Minute erfolgen.Das Frühjahr war anstrengend und mit vielen Ausbildungs und Prüfungstörns ausgelastet Im Sommer hatte mein Skipper einfach nicht die Muse mich wieder auf Vordermannbringen.Dafür jetzt. Erste August Woche, traumhaftes Segelwetter und ich stehe endlich an Land Min Skipper schuftet und verpasst mir ein neues Antifouling, neue Anoden und noch vieles mehr. Endlich ist wieder aufgeräumt und jeder nur erdenkliche Stauplatz ausgenutzt.Naja am Freitag kommt die nächste Crew und bs dahin sollte ich wieder gewassert und alles nocheinmal durchgecheckt sein.Müde und mit Krämpfen kämpft sich mein Skipper jeden Abend in die Koje, unser Leichtmatrose döst den gazen Tag in der Hitze und fordert am Abend und in der. read more...


Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
Selivra - letzte Arbeiten
03/09/2013

Selivra - Abschied

Abschied nehmen tut immer weh. Auch wenn viele Freunde gekommen sind um meinen Skipper und seinen Leichtmatrosen fröhlich zu verabschieden.Vielen Dank an ALLE und wir hoffen auf ein freudiges Wiedersehen.Einige werden uns ja im Laufe der Reise besuchen kommen, und von vielen freuen wir uns auf viel Post.Mein Skipper und mein Lechtmatrose sind gleich am nächsten Tag losgefahren um mich auf Vordermann zu bringen und die letzten Feinheiten zu erledigen.Wir wünschen ALLEN daheimgebliebenen eine wunderschöne Zeit und werden laufend von unseren Abenteuern hier berichten.Alles LiebeSELIVRAHPBENNYIMG_7874_1 IMG_7891_1. read more...


Selivra - Abschied
Selivra - Abschied
Selivra - Abschied
Selivra - Abschied
30/08/2013

George - First log entry - now at Gib awaiting the journey south to Las Palmas

Hello to all, "George", a Bavaria 47 is now berthed in Gibraltar safe and sound having been sailed there from Turkey over the last month or so by her owner Tim, with help from other family members.  George will leave Gib for Las Palmas sometime during the 2nd week in September, where she will then be rested and readied for the ARC.  Watch this space for more news of George and her crew over the coming weeks as they head south. . read more...


28/08/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Ribadeo

Well the Silver Slipper is now moored up in Ria Ribadeo which is the boundary between Asturias and Galicia. Getting here has been frustrating as the winds have been very light and on the nose but we did have a fantastic crossing of Biscay from La Rochelle to Santander. Plan to explore the Spanish Rias down as far as Vigo and then head to Porto Santo and Maderia. The crew, including our dog Bumble are all very happy and enjoying our great adventure. Just under 3 months until we leave Las Palmas so getting more excited as we get closer to the big day.Have not seen any ARC boats since Les Sables d’Olonne but we fly our flag with pride and are still making new friends and it’s always a great topic of conversation. Wishing all other ARC yachts making their way south fair winds and. read more...


Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Ribadeo
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Ribadeo
27/08/2013

Shenanigan - Brighton UK to Povoa de Varzim Portugal

“41:38.00N 08:76.08W to 50:84.29N 00:13.13N”   We didn’t manage to get this up and running before we left, so here is ourfirst blog despite being back in the UK for the next few weeks!  Future blogswill be shorter I promise! We have satellite communication on board so will beable to update you throughout our onward journey to Gran Canaria and across theAtlantic to St Lucia.  We also have set up a facebook page called YachtShenanigan where we have put some photos of the trip so far.   After lots of preparations and additions to Shenanigan and an eveningrelaxing on board with ‘the Shankster’s’ (who were in Brighton en route to Isleof Wight) we finally left Brighton Marina for Studland Bay at 08:07 on Sunday28th July.  We arrived in Studland Bay at 20:55 making at. read more...


24/08/2013

Merlyn III - Gibraltar to Canaries

Gibraltar to Canaries Our four days in Gibraltar had been pretty busy sorting out a number of issues, but we finished virtually everything (including fixing the heads) by the time we set off on 18th May. The crew comprised James Courage, Jerry Edge, David Lough and Iain Perring. All except Jerry will be part of the ARC crew. Our passage through the Straits of Gibraltar was not comfortable. The wind was against us and there was a pretty heavy sea. We were happy to have a really powerful engine which got us through at a good pace. Unfortunately one of our life buoy lights was set off by the volume of water and never recovered. The amount of water coming over the deck was impressive but she handled it very well. Late in the evening we were able to sail. The wind gradually improved and we. read more...


23/08/2013

Shenanigan - Test!

Flew home yesterday for a couple of weeks leaving Shenanigan in Povoa de Varzim CSC_0388. read more...


Shenanigan - Test!
Shenanigan - Test!
Merlyn III in the Western Isles of Scotland 2012
Merlyn III in the Western Isles of Scotland 2012
15/08/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Cascais

We are moving south slowly after the good anchorages in the Spanish Ria's. Following several days in Camarinas we ran 250 miles south to Peniche, Portugal, which was highly recommended by a solo sailor we met in Coruna. We agree it's a great place and we almost took root. We met with fantastic local sailors, ARC 2013 yacht Beagle and ARC 2014 yacht Hedonia. We are now in the Cascais anchorage which is packed with 25 yachts on the equivalent of two football pitches. Several yachts have full fenders out which is a concern. Other than that we are having difficulty picking up the ARC SSB net. We are OK on data but voice is a mystery at this time.. read more...


14/08/2013

Merlyn III - Voyage to Gibraltar

We left Jersey in the early evening of 7th May. The crew consisted of Graham Oldroyd, Clive Meek, Tony Robinson and John Hatton-Edge. Graham sails regularly round the Straits of Gibraltar and plans to take his Yachtmaster qualification. Clive has had a fair amount of experience and John has owned a Discovery 55 for a number of years. Tony has crewed with me for many years. The trip of around 1200 miles took almost exactly a week. We had no stops en route and had a range of weather conditions. The Bay of Biscay was fairly benign. Off the coast of Portugal we had strong NE winds and made good progress with a reefed main and our solent jib. Off the Algarve we lost the wind and had to motor. We had a couple of technical problems; the windex ceased to work and the main Furler did not work. read more...


13/08/2013

Tumbledown Wind - We're on our way!

We left our home port of St Helier in Jersey at the end of June andheaded straight for dear old L'Abervrac'h.From there straight acrossBiscay to Coruna.Cold, wet and foggy but the frequent arrival ofdolphins made it all worthwhile.After Coruna a more leisurely cruise to Camarinas; a free berth inMuxia and on to Portosin.Daughter, her husband and three childrenwere due to arrive in Jersey in July from New Zealand and we wereobviously anxious to be there, so we had planned to leave the boat inPortosin for 4 - 6 weeks.In the event, we decided that Vilagarciawas a better bet, and so it was.Now back on board, we moved round the corner to Vilanova and from hereto Cambarro, Vigo and Bayonna.Then to Portugal, Porto Santos and onto Las Palmas.That's the plan.Much more information is available on. read more...


11/08/2013

Adina - Cruising North Africa

Adina www.yachtadina.co.uk is making her way out of the Mediterranean now. We sailed from Sardinina to Tunisia, and are now sailing along the Algerian coast, stopping in all the harbours and fishing ports. While it is certainly a destination for the more adventurous, we are loving it. Algeria has a stunning coastline but it is the people who shine out. Welcoming, friendly, they can’t do enough for us. Shouts of ‘Welcome to Algeria’ regularly ring out as we explore the towns. The coastguard have been brilliant in looking after us. Should I mention diesel at 13p a litre? One more week here, then we cross to Morocco, and will hoist our ARC flag so do come and say hello! Hope everyone’s preparations are going well – we are certainly excited! Fair winds and safe voyages.Tom and Susie. read more...


07/08/2013

Starblazer - nearly ready for the ARC and World ARC

First of all introductions. We are Joyce and John and Starblazer is a 20 year old Hallberg Rassy 42F.May: we were frantically busy, packing up the house, stowing far too much on the boat and saying farewell to friends and family. We left Gosport on Friday 24th to sail to Plymouth where our son and daughter-in-law came to say goodbye en route from Hong Kong to Scotland! We passed the ARC Portugal safety check with flying colours and were waved off by our daughter and son-in-law who had stayed on the boat the night before.June: ARC Portugal. We have taken part in this rally twice before and each time there has been something different. The sailing was fantastic most of the time, we enjoyed the tours ashore and made some good friends. It was also a bit of a learning experience for us. read more...


02/08/2013

Silver Slipper - Les Sables d' Olonne

Silver Slipper, Les Sables d' OlonneWell we have spent a fantastic 8 weeks since we left our home port of Brixham. Now moored up in Les Sables d'Olonne after another great day at sea. We are meeting my boys in La Rochelle on the 12/08 and then plan to cross Biscay to Santander and then the north Spanish Rias. After La Coruna we will head towards Vigo and then cross directly to Madeira. All well on-board.  The boat and all onboard have been very well behaved so far.   We have still only met three ARC yachts but we have made so many new friends along the way. Their kindness and support makes it all worthwhile and we have not even started crossing the pond yet. In Port Joinville we met up with “Nutmeg of Shoreham” and family. It seems funny that the last time we met them. read more...


01/08/2013

Resolute of Thames - Resolute speaks to Low Profile

On the advent of the pre-ARC Radio Net we transmitted from our marina mooring in Santander and listened hard and expectantly....and out of the ether came the voice of Low Profile in the Algarve!It works.......but where was everyone else?Do two boats talking to each other constitute a 'net'?Resolute left Stavanger in Norway on 24th May and after having some improvements done in UK , made it across the Bay of Biscay last week and she is now loving the sunshine and heat of the North Spanish coast and looking forward to even more southerly climes.Colin and Gill on Resolute are also occasional bloggers at: http://resoluteenvoyage.wordpress.com .Gill. read more...


01/08/2013

Happy Days - our boat blog site

www.larshappydays.wordpress.com . read more...


30/07/2013

Skara Brae - is once again at Las Palmas

Skara Brae is once again at Las Palmas waiting to start the ARC - we were supposed to go last year, but due to biz commitments we had to cancel at the last minute. We have spent the last month sailing around the Canary's visiting seven of the islands - the sailing has been great and we were welcomed everywhere we went. The highlights were anchoring at Graciosa, La Gomera and Fuerteventura  the only island we missed was Hierro as we ran out of time.During our trip we had visits from our family and friends, our Artist friend Dermid painted our boat on the wall, and Dermid along with another pal Kendal and myself managed to busk our music on a couple of the islands!We are part of "Dermid and the Fandangos" a Scottish celtic acoustic band, we hope to entertain all the ARC. read more...


Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Firefly - New toy
Firefly - New toy
29/07/2013

Firefly - Shakedown Cruise

Firefly’s crew preparation for the World ARC took a major leap forward this weekend with a shakedown cruise to Cawsands (Plymouth ) and Fowey. Hardly a long trip from Salcombe but our original plans to sail to Alderney were scuppered by the weather. We tested lots of gear and crew procedures (the new parasailor got an airing) Our capacity to eat and drink were also tested; enjoying the culinary delights of master chef Barney Greenhill (pictured far right). We will be well fed on this trip. Also pictured from left are Paul Ellis (owner and skipper), David Raeburn, (Pacific leg) Murray Palmer (Atlantic and Indian Oceans). Not in the picture are Susie Ellis and Peter Sandover. The core team will be Paul, Susie, Barney and Peter with David and Murray helping us on the ocean. read more...


Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The "steady Crew"
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning