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18/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 5 One day in Spain

15 June The following morning after a quiet start the wind suddenly intensified just as predicted. David called Pinta on the VHF to check on their ETA. They could see the breakwater and were motoring with full engine revs hard against a wind of up to 47 knots, sometimes only managing as little as 0.9knots of speed over the ground. Such painfully slow progress but at last we saw their mast come into view at the marina entrance and went to help with their lines. Lying beam on to the wind it took full throttle and bow thrusters to push the boat in. They were still so upbeat in spite of their last few difficult hours but obviously very tired and thankful to be here.We spent the morning doing laundry but everybody else had the same idea and with too few machines and driers I ended up doing. read more...


14/05/2012

Surprise - Quiz Question

We are about half-way to CT. there has been little wind for the past day.We were rewarded this AM with a astronomical delight consisting of the rising sun in a bright orange eastern sky that blended into a pale blue overhead sky that still had a crescent moon shining brightly.A quiz: when the moon is waning as it is which side ( upper vs lower) of the moon is brightly lit?We expect southerly winds to pick up today to speed us home/ CH Surprise. read more...


14/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - First night in the Bahamas

Although they have not reached land or civilization yet, the crew on Turbo’s Tub is very excited to have reached the Bahamas.  As of last night, they were anchoring in protected waters, enjoying a great dinner and could all go to sleep at the same time.  They were about 30 miles from Green Turtle Cay.  At daybreak, they would pull anchor and set sail for Green Turtle Cay, where the other boats and ARC Bahamas crew would be waiting on them.  The ARC Bahamas has a special dinner planned for tonight and I am certain the crew will be happy to step foot on solid ground.  They should arrive around lunch time or early afternoon.  Mike & Michael will head for the airport tomorrow and arrive back in Norfolk late tomorrow night.  Hutch and Capt Turbo. read more...


22/11/2012

Ailsa - Blog 1 - T-3

Captains log T-3; Stardate 2012-11-21 – 07.30 UTCT-3 and counting...First blog of the trip and I am rusty but I will give it a try. Preparations are well advanced – or rather we keep thinking we have done everything and something else crops up. Have we cooked enough spag bol? Will it be four loaves or five? Have we finally abandoned fresh milk for UHT? What are the special treats we have told to plan for at what intervals? – my suggestion of sausage beans and chips did not go down well with the crew – indeed when are the intervals for special treats? perhaps surviving the acceleration zone at the South end of Gran Canaria intact? Perhaps 24 hours without using a motor through the “wind shadow”?The last ten days have flown by and there has been little time for looking back however we will. read more...


05/11/2012

BRIZO - Leg 14 La Reunion to Richard's Bay South Africa

We departed on Saturday, November 5th at 11am, local time, for the 1,380 nm passage to South Africa. The start was a fast one with 25-30 knots of wind and choppy seas. It was an exciting start but we paid for it later - a few of the crew experienced varying degrees of uneasiness. Sunday gave us light winds and a more comfortable ride and I'm happy to report everyone is in good spirits on board. Lighter winds have come from the northeast, which makes a difficult sail for BRIZO, so we started the engine early Monday morning and will motor through the light wind phase, hopefully returning to full sailing this afternoon.Looking forward to hearing the results of the U.S. Presidential campaign early Wednesday morning.. read more...


18/06/2012

Freedom Found - catch-up

Finally left Horta in Azores yesterday pm after another prolonged stay. This time we had a gearbox drive failure on trying to leave Horta for Terceria another Azorian island. We only had limited forward thrust so had to return to Horta harbour backwards not easy in a long keel boat. You may notice a few piroets on our track if it's still showing. Found excellent (& reasonable) mechanic who whipped off gearbox and swapped clutch cone. Horta was great very friendly and dare I say cheap! Now motor sailing through past other islands of Pico (never did see the top of the volcano), Sao Jorge, & passing Graciosa last night. Interesting fishing boats......... & lights on nets. Crew changed course to avoid as skipper slept! Now heading due North to hopefully pick up some westerly w. read more...


23/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 19 - Exciting sail to Oeiras

Last night, we found an excellent seafood restaurant.  Steve and I enjoyed prawn and fish kebabs and John had the fish of the day, which was sea bass.  As Portugal were playing football in the European Cup, the restaurant were showing the match on several TV screens.  Just as we finished our dinner, the match ended, with the score being 1-0 to Portugal.  There was a huge cheer and then all the locals started honking their car horns outside whilst driving past with Portugese flags proudly flying.  It was quite a scene and it looked like many would be celebrating well into the early hours.  Sadly, we headed back to the boat to get a good sleep before our next sail.   This morning there was a gate start for the sail to Oeiras, meaning all boats had to. read more...


17/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Tobago

Tobago - an unexceptional island?   Or maybe I am become blasé.  After the protracted signing-inceremony, we made to recover from our trip and to see something of Tobago. Naturally, this process started with a beer.  We sat in a little bar, andwatched the world go by.  Scarborough is a busy, dirty little port, and thetown was enlivened by the influx of cruise-liner passengers who crowded palelythrough the streets and market stalls, being pestered by taxi-drivers as well asswarms of traders of tourist tat.  Our tour of the town revealedneglected tin-roofed buildings, modern well-stocked supermarkets and colonialrelics such as the police and fire-stations.  The numerous churches weredivided into pre-and post hurricane buildings, with the newish Anglican churchbeing a particularly poor. read more...


17/04/2011

Ariane - Schlussfeier

Gratulationen aus aller Welt!Liebe SegelfreundeDer Abend war unvergesslich. In dem ansprechenden Hotel Royal fanden die Schlussfeierlichkeiten der World ARC statt, nachdem wir am gleichen Tag die Segelparade von Marigot Bay über die Start- und Zielline in Rodney Bay miterleben durften. Neben politischen Grössen, Tourismus- und Hafenautoritäten waren natürlich Suzana und Paul und Nick anwesend wie auch der Direktor des Worldcruisingclubs, Andrew Bishop. Alle Yachten bekamen die gleichen Andenkenpreise mit, u. a. einen beschrifteten Bildband, der an alle Stationen und die World ARC-Mitglieder erinnert. Wirklich super gemacht - typisch Nick - herzlichen Dank dafür! Sehr gut gemacht war auch eine Diashow, die Schnappschüsse von unserer grossen Reise zeigte. Eingeflechtet waren. read more...


14/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 2 (Sunday) – Supplement

Sunday has been a frustrating day to some extent, Limey the furling spinnaker went up 1st thing and managed to furl itself back up while being unfurled! so we had a twist which we had to unfurl with the spinnaker laid all over the deck. Of course the spinnaker had other ideas and never wanted to stay on the deck so this exercise took the best part of two hours. We eventually launched it behind the Genoa and managed to furl it correctly. The other thing we were waiting for was Lloyd to mail us the Gulf Stream diagram – of course he is a bit pre-occupied with the new baby at the moment so we did not get that till 13:30.It’s a bit of a story as to why we did not have a copy of the current Gulf Stream route so I will save that for another day but once we had these strong current. read more...


13/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Boo Ya...

Just got a text message:"Boo Ya. We are in shallow green water. Should see land any minute"This next day of sailing to get to Green Turtle Cay will most likely be the most enjoyable they have had after being on the Tub since November 4th.Welcome to the Bahamas, Turbo’s Tub!. read more...


21/11/2012

Bardeau - Food and foie gras

Ok so myself and several motleys attended the 'how to find St Lucia' lecture. Further than I thought. Bought t shirt with map on back in case of electronics failure. Wine and beer being delivered tomorrow. Life raft and all safety equipment being ditched to make room. Went to masked ball: not easy to tell who was wearing a mask. Supermarket day tomorrow to finalise foie gras and black caviar supplies. Hyperdino supermarket doing special on the Cristal. Using it to fill reserve tank. The staying alive while doing stupid things lecture yesterday said spare liquid needed to be carried in case of emergencyEl illustrious Skipper. read more...


21/11/2012

Williams - Gran Canaria 21 nov 2012

Na een lange reis goed aangekomen op de Williams met 3 van de 4 bemanningsleden. Paul komt vrijdag aan.Vandaag de technische inspectie goed doorgekomen danzij de goede voorbereiding van Rob en Toine. De gestelde eisen zijn niet mis.Vanmiddag een seminar gevolgd over de route van de Arc en de te verwachten weersomstandigheden. Gelukkig worden er geen orkanen verwacht, maar het weer is wel wat ontregeld, zaterdag horen we meer by de schippersbriefing.Einde dag hebben we wat boodschappen gedaan en getest by de borrel, deze dingen kunnen we wel meenemen in veelvoud tijdens de reis.We hebben erg veel zin om te vertrekken en kunnen eigenlijk niet nog langer wachten, het heeft nu al zo lang geduurd.... Nog een drankje in de Sailors Bar wat muiltjes sturen, windverwachtingen ophalen en dan. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 1

23:46.9S 051:00.8E  305 miles covered, 1080 to go The leg started with a dash from the quayside to get to the start in time and then getting the sails up in the strong winds outside the port.  It was an exciting start, crashing over the waves.  We were all reefed quite heavily but even so we broke a jib sheet soon after the start.  One of the boats (1+1) broke a jib halyard and had to return to port to rethread it. Our broken sheet just snapped in the middle, which is not something I have seen before.  Usually it is the knots that are the weak spots.  Looking closely at the break I think it snapped at a flaw in the braiding of the rope core. Anyway we opted to take a more westerly (downwind) course to reduce the stress on the. read more...


13/05/2012

Comocean - New Shades of Green

Our auspicious start from Bermuda left Norm at the helm and Toby reviewing Comocean safety procedures.The major storm front, having just crossed St.George's Club, had created seas coming out of the harbor and on the Atlantic, that looked a lot like the view I had last seen looking at the upright washer in the hotels laundry.That, combined with looking at the laminated cards I use for my briefing, had some of the crew looking about the shade of the last Mahi Mahi we caught headed to the BVI's.It's a beautiful green, not made for humans. I must admit, the combination of Joanne's electronic watches (which no one believed really worked), a seasickness patch, and sleep, has the crew in great form.This morning, Ed has worked diligently to to help me learn to operate the sextant I had purchased. read more...


23/06/2012

Murphy - What a difference a day makes – or “the best day’s sailing – ever” (Charles A M Calvert)

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17/06/2012

Scolamanzi - I'm Talking Rubbish ! The picture of our rubbish after 12 days at sea!

Johann & Henriëtte Scholtz Gone Sailing again....the blue waters of the MED is for the moment our backyard ! Yacht: Scolamanzi www.scolamanzi.infoIMG_5705. read more...


13/03/2009

La Boheme - Friday - 13th of March

After 9 days delay, waiting for parts and fixing problem, timidly we left Fortaleza at 7am on Thursday. There was not much wind and we were motor sailing. The engine was happily purring away, of course we had to check constantly that all is still OK. We were low on water and wanted to make some more the moment we got to deep water and far away from land and pollution. We put the water maker on, only to discover that it does not work... no pump pressure. Panic stricken Greg and Ben checked all manuals and then the water inlet and internal filters. To our amazement, out of the split filter we have recovered several plastic bags, jar labels and an old rug. We were lucky that this rubbish did not manage to get any further... better not to think what could have happened and it was only. read more...


13/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I don't know about you, but I wait patiently for the updates on the www.Carib1500.com website showing the current location of Turbo's Tub. It appears that as of the last update, they should be seeing those crystal clear waters of the Bahamas any time now. The look to be about 10 miles from entering the western end of the Bahamas. I am certain they will be happy to see land. It also looks like they will be joining up with T'ai Chi again to make their journey through the Abacos into Green Turtle Cay. I bet that Rum Punch waiting for them at the dock will be the best Rum Punch they have ever enjoyed.I spoke to them yesterday afternoon and they sounded great. It has been a long journey and something they will not forget. They have come a long way from a crazy idea to sail 800+ miles (when we. read more...


21/11/2012

Thaleia - 4 days to and counting

4 days to go. Security check passed with good advice and 2 notes;missing space blankets from grab bag - were not available at store.Done now. Connections testing ok, still some issues in receiving theGRIB files, but will be sorted out - courtesy to David - before thestart.The Skipper has kept a strict work camp policy this far, but otherwiseeverybody we have met have been nice people.Participation in ARC seminars yesterday and today has really paid out.Emergency rigging, emergency management, provisioning, weather androuting, first aid at sea. Great! As the Master chef on boat,(although Peik claims HE is the Master and I'm the sous-chef - remainsan arguable fact) the most releaving fact was Clares opening line onprovisioning: basically the only thing you need is water, man cansurvive 3. read more...


12/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - We're sailors, not fisherman

For the 3rd straight day the fish have eluded us!!  We've snagged several fish on our hook, but can't seem to get them in the boat.  Usually we drag them around for awhile and then when they get about 25 yards off the back of the boat we see them do a leap out of the water, and then they are gone.  We've tried setting the hook fast and reeling them in quickly.  We've tried trying to tire them out and then drag them in, but neither is working.  The bigger fish are gigantic. They look like Tuna to us and  I would guess 3' long, and that's not a fisherman's story.  We've snagged a few smaller mahi-mahi, maybe 10-15 lbs, but haven't gotten them in the boat either.  We had one right on the stern and somehow Michael and I managed to leave him in the. read more...


17/06/2012

Scolamanzi - I’m talking rubbish!

As we have arrived at the end of a fabulous North Atlantic crossing, I thought to share this (rubbish) hint with you! :-)   This is how Scolamanzi managed to only have ONE small bag (the size of a shopping bag) and 3 water bottles of rubbish after 7 days at sea, with 3 crewmembers on board! (see picture)   Organics and Biodegradables: All food scraps, paper, cardboard, and glass items (provided it has been filled with water in order to sink - it will eventually disintegrate to sand) has been discarded to the bottom of the ocean where it will perish in time. The sea here is a few kilometres deep – contributing to no pollution to any divers, snorkelers, fishermen or yachtsmen. Plastics: All plastic containers (mayo tubs, water bottles etc) were kept to use in the. read more...


12/03/2009

Windflower III - Wieder in der Karibik

Gestern sind wir,13 Tage nach unserem Verlassen von Recife,in Grenada eingelaufen. Die Karibik hat uns wieder !!Von unserer 2140 sm (ca.4000 km)langen Ueberfahrt gibt es zwei wesentliche Dinge zu berichten. Zum Einen haben wir den Aequator ueberquert,und sind damit wieder auf der Nordhalbkugel. Zum Anderen riss uns, natuerlich mitten in der Nacht ,das Spifall und unser Parasailer flatterte mit seinen 140 qm Tuch ins Meer.Mit einer gemeinsamen Kraftanstrengung konnten wir das Segel bergen.Welch ein Schreck,und welch eine Maloche.Zur Vollendung unserer Weltumsegelung fehlen uns jetzt noch 126 sm bis St.Lucia.Diese wollen wir gemaechlich und entspannt von Ankerplatz zu Ankerplatz bis zum 28.03.zuruecklegen.Bis dahinViele liebe Gruessedie Windflowercrew. read more...


16/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 16 -crossing the finish line

The last couple of days have been extremely ecstatic. The boats are all stationed along the dock and everyone files down the walk. As they pass by they notice the flags from the World ARC flying everywhere. They can't help but notice and ask about this group of boats and people. Our excitement fills every crack and crevice of this marina. The smiles on our faces can't be missed. I think there is a sense of accomplishment, pride, and relief. Many of the crews have already started to go home and many will leave tomorrow after the parades, speeches, food, music, and prizegiving. Some won't know what to expect going home and there will most certainly be a re-entry phase to our lives.But all the people we have met over the past year just remind me that if you really want to do something bad. read more...


23/06/2012

Moonstream - A cracking good sail!

Moonstream was late on parade leaving Peniche, due to mechanical problems with our steering gear box.  We found all bolts had worked loose and we could  only fix half of them properly.  Thanks to Andrew and Nick from WCC and to a local hardware store we effected a repair with cable ties and a twenty inch jubilee clip.  Leaving about three hours behind the rest of the fleet, we set sail with poled out genoa,  two reefs in the main and full mizzen, blasting our way south to Oeiras in 7hrs 4 mins covering 53 nm. Brilliant sail, sunshine all the way, but without our two lovely sunny ladies who opted to check the mileage competition in Andrew and Nick's car.. read more...


13/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 1 (Saturday) – Further than we thought !

Saturday we had hoped to get away at 09:00 or so, there is no official start time as the 9 Yachts or so who participated in the Leg 1 from the BVI go separate ways to various parts of the US coastline. There are a few heading to Newport Road Chesapeake, and as I write this piece of the blog at 02:45 Sunday (local time) we are running parallel to Trillium who are just over the horizon to our port side. The watermaker issue set us off late on Saturday as I replaced the saline sensor to no avail, so we have limited water supplies and unless it rains and we can use the deck collection system, which cannot be used when sea water is coming on deck at the same time from waves – showers will be limited.We had a good first 8 hours after leaving Bermuda winds were on the beam (at right. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Volcanoes of the world #9 and #10

Mauritius and Reunion are both volcanic islands. Mauritius is an old island, where erosion has levelled the calderas and created a plateau which contains a large part of the population. Reunion is a young island and some calderas are still inaccessible by road, although there are small villages scattered about inside the valleys.A well-vegetated crater on Mauritius 1776One of the Reunion calderas was filled with small particles from a later eruption, creating a black desert 1777Hikers visiting an eruption site within one of the calderas 1778The site of the most recent eruption of the Reunion volcano 1779. read more...


04/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion

20:56.4S 055:16.9E It is a short hop (less than 24 hours) from Mauritius to Reunion, but the waves were quite nasty and this led to seasickness and sail damage on many boats. We had our share of seasickness on Anastasia and the wave motion caused the clew ring to be ripped off the mainsail, meaning we had to sail reefed for half the trip. Also the autohelm started randomly disconnecting with a message about rudder position loss and one of the winches jammed up with all the salt they have absorbed on our travels. We had a few repairs to sort out on arrival in Reunion. Reunion is technically just another region of France which means there are good connections to Europe and a lot of facilities for tourists on the island (although, surprisingly, the worst internet support I have. read more...


12/11/2012

Miramar - Monday Nov 12

Monday morning, under sail in 15-20 knots of wind. Heading south currently, we'll do our easting when winds permit. The crew is happy and healthy. A bit bumpier last night and today, stomachs are still finding their equilibrium. We're seeing lots of falling stars at night, and we've seen dolphins and flying fish by day. We also had a Warbler join us for chips and salsa, driving Quixote (the ship cat) to a frenzy, unhappy we didn't allow him a fresh lunch.. read more...


12/05/2012

Comocean - departs Bermuda

Goodbye BermudaAuthor Toby HynesComocean left the St. George's Dingy and Sports Club at 7:40 A.M.After three-four great days, one of which. yesterday, we bus and boat toured the island in 35 knot breezes and occasional downpours (squalls), we thanked ourselves for pushing our start one day.While in Bermuda we all got to know Ed and Mary Roland, staying at Aunt Neas Bed and Breakfast, and Bob Fields, who arrived a day later at the Grotto.We all shared great meals together including a lunch in Hamilton, a dinner at Wahoo's in St. George's, and dinner at Griffins.There were plenty of trips to Dingy Club to party with the other Atlantic Cup boats, and get two skippers meetings to discuss weather and routing through the Gulf Stream.Both have great sailing backgrounds:Ed, USCG, sailing on the. read more...


23/06/2012

Gertha 4 - Oeiras

38.40 N : 9.19W   The weather has moved to warm, blue skies and wind from the north.Gertha buzzed down the coast rounding a headland with max speed of 14.4kn , in the words of that silly cook program sailing does not get better than this.Today is the first day that we are not trying to catch up with the delayed start, Gerrty has had a clean and polish and we have a wifi that works.The world cruising team laid on a meal last night complete with plastic plates, I checked whether they needed to be returned for cleaning; the answer cannot placed in the public domain. We look foward to the final meal in Lagos may be we will have paper plates.All is good with our world and hope all is good with everyone out there.S. read more...


17/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 4 Motorway Madness

14 June The gale lasted twelve hours with the barometer bottoming out at 1010. During the early hours the reefs were gradually shaken out so that as we approached the traffic separation scheme 40nm off Cape Finisterre we were carrying full sails once more averaging over seven knots. It was now dawn and although still very overcast the visibility had improved much upon yesterday so we could clearly see them as they kept coming. This shipping lane is a big one, twenty five nm across double lanes each way, a dual carriageway of the high seas. Donald stayed up, an extra pair of ears and eyes. The north to south lanes went without a hitch, nipping between the ships with plenty of room to spare. We counted eight ships on the AIS for these lanes. The south north was a cause for concern when one. read more...


15/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 279 - Sunshine in St. Lucia

14 April 2011 The man in Bequia was right. On Thursday there would be a change of weather. Always listen to the locals I say. Sure enough by lunchtime all the dark rain clouds of the past week have cleared away and the sun came out. For the first time for quite a while we are a full complement of yachts once more as Kalliope, Lady Ev VI, Tucanon, Jeannius, and Chessie arrive during the course of the day. Elaine Bunting, the journalist from Yachting World has arrived and has spent most of the day chatting with all the crews. I have agreed to write a second article for her on money matters or at least David will tell me what to say and I will put it into my own words. And..... I have a deadline. I love deadlines. It focuses the mind, it get things done. It is a bit like the World Arc. read more...


12/03/2009

Windflower III - Wieder in der Karibik

Gestern sind wir,13 Tage nach unserem Verlassen von Recife,in Grenada eingelaufen. Die Karibik hat uns wieder !!Von unserer 2140 sm (ca.4000 km)langen Ueberfahrt gibt es zwei wesentliche Dinge zu berichten. Zum Einen haben wir den Aequator ueberquert,und sind damit wieder auf der Nordhalbkugel. Zum Anderen riss uns, natuerlich mitten in der Nacht ,das Spifall und unser Parasailer flatterte mit seinen 140 qm Tuch ins Meer.Mit einer gemeinsamen Kraftanstrengung konnten wir das Segel bergen.Welch ein Schreck,und welch eine Maloche.Zur Vollendung unserer Weltumsegelung fehlen uns jetzt noch 126 sm bis St.Lucia.Diese wollen wir gemaechlich und entspannt von Ankerplatz zu Ankerplatz bis zum 28.03.zuruecklegen.Bis dahinViele liebe Gruessedie Windflowercrew. read more...


21/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh of Lorne at Las Palmas 28:09N 15:25W

Ceilidh arrived alongside the fuel berth at 07:00 hours at   LasPalmas marina   this morning.   We were met by our shore team and ARC crew so it was great to catch upagain after so many weeks at sea.   It was a feeling of some achievement that all the equipment and weatherissues have been overcome to arrive safely at our destination.   For the record we have completed 2,746NM since departing Kos on 25 October,this seems like a very long time ago now!   The last days run has been under mainsail and engine only as the NW breezewas mainly around F2   Richard was aloft in the bosun’s chair to unfurl and then recover thedamaged genoa, a large section of the luff had come away at the seam which lookslike a fair bit of work for the sailmaker.  . read more...


21/11/2012

Bardeau - Roast lamb

Yet another shock. Two of the world's finest cooks on board and we will be setting sail Sunday without roast lamb. As yet no satisfactory explanation ... Just the odd uncomfortable mutter... Other minor stuff such as engine, rigging, generator sorted and ready easily enough. Lecture today on how to find St Lucia. Just as well really as I thought we were heading for BarbadosEl venerable skipper Sent from my iPhone. read more...


16/06/2012

Zingara - Zingara, nun sind wir in Lagos

Eine toller Segeltörn nähert sich dem Ende entgegen.Leider, müssen wir jetzt sagen, haben wir unser Ziel mit dem Einlaufen in die Marina Lagos am Freitagabend erreicht, einmal über den Atlantik in die Karibik und zurück nach Europa. Leider deswegen, weil trotz gelegentlich wenig gemütlicher Segelei auf der Route zu den Azoren das gesamte Programm überwältigend positiv zu werten ist und der immer persönlicher werdende Zusammenhalt unter uns Seglern und der ARC-Crew des Organisators so viel Freude und neue Erfahrungen mit sich brachte. Ich kann nur jedem, der daran denkt , auch einmal eine solche Überquerung des großen Wassers erleben zu wollen, empfehlen, sich dem Organisator World Cruising Club anzuschließen und im Verbund mit. read more...


23/06/2012

Seraphina - Getting closer - Oerias nr Lisboa

Glorious sail yesterday - 1 reef in the main - poled out genoa (most others opted for jib alone). Blue sky and blue sea big seas, average speed 8.26 knots, max over 12. Round the cape the winds gusted to 38 kn - had to reef the genoa and fortunately seas became smoother. Rest day today - really needed and off to Sines tomorrow.Ian and Sally. read more...


14/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 278 - Landfall in St Lucia

13 April 2011Oh me oh my! Last night we had rain, thundering, torrential, tropical rain. They are having wonderful weather back home in the UK. What on earth is going on with the weather here? The latest theory put forward is that it is a tropical wave, but as we have heard on so many occasions now "it is not normally like this"! Last night I could not sleep for the sound of the hammering rain on our coach roof. Normally it is the cacophony of sound from the wind that keeps me awake. We slipped our mooring line from Young Island at 6am on the dot. Ah, my skipper is a stickler for time keeping is he not! We have 55nm to go and who knows what we are in for. We set off in a complete calm, moderate to poor visibility and under engine. We plod our way north up the west coast of the island. read more...


11/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 13 - Arrival in Tobago

Cleone arrived in Tobago today at 1200 Greenwich Mean Time. And immediately was faced with Caribbean bureacracy redoubled in Spades.  (Whoops!).  As well as fantastic infrastructure, much of which, despite instutionalised neglect, is still intact today all over the world, an excellent education system, cars with steering wheels on the right (the left, of course) side, a sound legal and fair political system, the British Empire, for all its faults, also left behind it a marvellous legacy of a painstaking, paper-ridden bureacracy.  And many Commonwealth countries have taken this to new levels, never dreamt of by our grandfathers and their ilk.  This is so much so, that simply clearing in a small yacht with a crew of only three people can be spun out so that it takes up the whole morning to. read more...


12/05/2012

Surprise - we're off on the final leg home

Well we're off on the final leg home.We left BDA in a brisk ne wind at 8:30 AMand are sailing at 7.2-7.5 kts close hauled.Torrential rains yesterday and multiple small boat issues.  But we are having a great sail in blue skies with a warming sun.We look forward to being home but miss our many new friends We are lucky to be sailing in company with Comocean whose home base is only 10 miles from us at MV.Toby et al summer in Osterville on the cape. ETA at Stoningotn is Wednesday PMOur special thanks to the great WCC crew who worked so hard to make this a fruitful and rewarding experience.CH, Cathy and Tony. read more...


12/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Sunday November 11th

Not too much to report today.  We flew a reefed main and jib all night and made really good time.  Wind was blowing 15-20 knots and we were moving 5-6 knots course over ground.  Today the seas got much more rough.  Chop and size.  We haven't been able to head exactly like we have wanted, and it's tough to keep up speed in the chop/waves.  Still making pretty good time.  About 5 knots course over ground and that's with a double reefed main on a preventor.  Wind has been 20-30.  It's supposed to continue like this through the night and then calm in the morning.   At our current pace we now think that we will see the Abacos on Tuesday morning.  However the conditions create a rage in the entrances next to Green Turtle Cay, so it is. read more...


02/11/2012

Matilda - Glorious Reunion

Take a hack saw to France, chop off a bit of the coastline, preferably a mountainous bit, tow it South to the Indian Ocean, add rum and you have Isle de la Reuinion. There is an African/Indian Creole influence to the food and the people which makes it an even more interesting a place to visit. The food over the last week has been delicious and the places we have visited spectacular. We had a Halloween party on Wednesday night which we think may have been the best party of the World ARC so far, with pretty much everybody making a great effort (check out our sailblogs photo gallery for a taste).The World ARC tour to the active volcano in the North was great - a bit like visiting a moonscape. We had hired a car, so we carried straight on to a village in another caldera called Cilaos where. read more...


21/06/2012

Enterprise - The Bucket List

42.07.602N 008.50.556W 0215hrs 14 June 2012   We arrive in Baiona. The final approach was taxing. A pitch black night; a ribbon of distant town lights; and leading lights to home in on. I don’t trust the chart plotter (GPS may be out of position) or my charts (could be out of date)... I focus my tired brain and weakening eyesight on the ..leading light Oc.4s.19m.9M...now what does occulting mean!...we gingerly glide past the submerged rocks (unlit) I cant see any cardinal marks...just town lights and sinister shadows....it would be very inconvenient if I ran aground or sank within a few miles of the marina after crossing Biscay. Eventually we make out the marina breakwater and call up Rally Control. Poor Andrew Bishop he tries to explain to a befuddled skipper how to approach. read more...


14/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 14, 2011

Only two more days to the official end of the 2010-2011 World ARC. It seems so unreal that this is coming so "fast". When we started it seemed at times as though it would never end. And here we are now having to say goodbye to so many people that helped get us through the journey. The more we all talk about this rally amongst ourselves, the more we all agree that this is the only way we would do an around the world trip. It is fast but it helps to have such an excellent staff and fleet of sailors to give support and encouragement and help in solving all the challenges we have faced.Last night the hotel and marina where we are staying in Marigot Bay put on a cocktail party for us and the hotel guests. It was great to see Nick, Suzana, and Paul there from Rally Control. As we all mingled. read more...


11/03/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah reaches Tabago

We have just arrived in Scarborough,Tabago,what asunny chilled back place .Can't really believe we are back in the Caribbean,wehave now been all the way round and soon to be in St.Lucia where it all began 14months ago.Our sail from Recife was very mixed ,with some big seas and typical25 to 30 knots of trade winds from the North East to calm hot motoring days,butwe did have masses of squalls with heavy rain.Our fresh food managed to last allthe way here,even without the freezer,only having to catch fish twice onroute,the last one being a double whammy with a fish on each rod.Anyway got togo,as off ashore for a large rum punch,it is Jenny and Shayne's first time inthe Caribbean.Lots of love to you all.. read more...


16/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 3 On course for La Coruna

13 June Day four at sea we always knew would be a motoring day. At precisely 500nm along the way the engine was fired up and after 98nm of that the wind filled in from the south and ..... off we went again. The low in the middle of the Atlantic is deepening and we and Emilia are still on course for La Coruna. Pinta, Halo and Endo 2 are keeping their options open and hope to turn left before La Coruna and head straight for Falmouth. But Noel from Emilia has a personal weather forecaster who is adamant that La Coruna is the place we must go until this very deep low has passed through. All day we watched as the barometer recorded a steady drop of two millibars every three hours from 1025. I look skywards and see strong wind clouds. We know we are in for stronger winds tomorrow.  . read more...


21/11/2012

Caryali - wonderful smell of home made bread

Dopo vari tentativi siamo riusciti a fare un buon pane in barca. Grande soddisfazione mia e staff soddisfatto. I preparativi ormai sono agli sgoccioli finita la cambusa oggi ci si dedica al rigging, si sostituiscono le scotte, si preparano le ritenute boma e targone, si controllano le coppiglie ecc…. Sono tutti al lavoro. Meno di 4 giorni alla partenza. IMG_0828. read more...


11/11/2012

Miramar - Miramar is off the dock!

After a week of hard work (which was preceded by a month of hard work!) Miramar is under way.With our time delay we had to say goodbye to Bill Read, our 4th crew member, so that he could return home for Thanksgiving family plans.Bill was a wealth of knowledge and a great help in the week we had to work and play together, and we're sorry that he was not able to enjoy the fruits of his hard labor.We were fortunate to find a great replacement in Sam Daly, who rushed down from DC at the last minute and is proving to be a great hand aboard.As of 1200 AST on Sunday, November 11 we are at position 34 degrees 40.03 minutes N, 74 degrees 35.67 degrees W.It's beautiful sailing, with winds N/NE at 10-15.Our goal is to be across the Gulf Stream by dark, where we will continue to gain some easting. read more...


28/10/2012

BRIZO - The girls make the start

On Friday, October 26th the fleet departed from Mauritius to La Reunion. The determined female crew of BRIZO wished to make the start and welcomed the invitation to participate aboard the committee boat.  It was quite an experience to watch the boats get underway. At one point, we thought Mr. Blues was coming about to pick us up. Sadly, that was not the case, and we were a tad melancholy when we had to return to the dock.BRIZO will start on Monday, as soon as Lew arrives, and we anticipate to arrive in Reunion Tuesday before lunch!Over,BRIZO crew. read more...



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