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24/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - First Blog Prior to Start

Shades of the 2007 Fastnet - delayed start for most of fleet but Racing Division A and B due to start tomorrow.. Conditions not ideal with South, South Westerly 20 knots ++. Not quite what was ordered We start on the Inshore line at 1245. Team all present and correct - Judy, Jason, Karen, Nicola, Trevor, Ian, Roger, Paul, Russell - currently battening sails, checking reef line, securing stowage. The weather situation very closely.....consideration of going north round Gran Canaria if strong southerlies but sea state not great. Roger setting up our dual GoPro system with remote control. Paul off to find 100 eggs that haven't arrived. Usual pre-race tensions, really just want to get going. Good to see Matthew Vincent last night. Picture of the Farewell Party with Adrian Lower of Selene.. read more...


Heartbeat IV - First Blog Prior to Start
Heartbeat  IV - First Blog Prior to Start
24/11/2012

Meltemi - 24.11.2012 - Angekommen in Las Palmas - ...nichts als Arbeit...

Jetzt sind wir schon mehr als drei Tage an Bord und bisher noch nicht dazu gekommen, einen Logbucheintrag fuer euch zu verfassen. Wir, das sind meine Mitsegler Burkhard, Hartmut, Michael, Siegfried, Hans-Juergen und ich (Guido). Zusammen mit unserem erfahrenen und mit allen Salzwassern gewaschenen Skipper Franz soll es auf der SY “Meltemi” (einer Bénéteau Océanis 54, Baujahr 2010) ueber den grossen Atlantik gehen. Fuer die meisten von uns bedeutet dieser Toern die Erfuellung eines lang gehegten Lebenstraums - und morgen geht es dann nun endlich los. Blitzblank sauber erwartete uns am Mittwoch Nachmittag die “Meltemi” am Kopf von Ponton K in der Marina von Las Palmas. Unser Skipper Franz erwartete uns bereits mit gekuehlten Erfrischungen - das ging schon mal gut los! In gemuetlicher. read more...


VIA CON ME - VIA CON ME - Fotos
VIA CON ME - VIA CON ME - Fotos
24/11/2012

VIA CON ME - VIA CON ME - 18/11/12

 Sonntag, 18.11.2012Nach einem gesunden Frühstück, Kaffee, Tee und Zigaretten für Robert und Marina, machen wir uns für die ARC 2012 Eröffnungszeremonie bereit. Die Crewbekleidung, bestehend aus einer Funktionshose und einem roten Poloshirt, immer schön mit dem Namen der Yacht bestickt, soll heute getragen werden und uns auch als eine einheitliche Crew darstellen. Dies kommt gut an, denn vor dem ARC Office stellen wir uns in Pose und werden abgelichtet. Dieses Bild wird auch in der Fotogallery der ARC verwendet. Die VIA CON ME läuft unter deutscher Flagge, drei der Mannschaft sind aus Deutschland, drei aus der Schweiz. Wir laufen unter der deutschen Flagge mit und sind somit in der “ersten Reihe”. Viele bunte Farben sieht man bei den Crewbekleidungen, weiss mit rot, rot mit grün,. read more...


VIA CON ME - VIA CON ME - 18/11/12
VIA CON ME - VIA CON ME - 18/11/12
Indulgence - Team Colours
Indulgence - Team Colours
24/11/2012

Sunrise - SUNRISE 24.11.20112 Erster Eintrag

An alle daheimgebliebenen Lieben, Freunde sowie Interessierte an der ARC-Tour 2012 auf der Segelyacht " SUNRISE ".Dies ist unsere erste Nachricht an alle und, so denn die Disziplin uns nicht verlässt, wird eine tägliche folgen.Die erste Erfahrung, die wir gemacht haben ist die, dass der vom Alltag, der Vorfreude und von langjähriger Träumerei geprägte Übergang tatsächlich problemlos prima klappt.Ein paar Drinks, die übliche Routine wie Einkaufen, Schiff kennenlernen etc. hilft dabei und, nicht zu vergessen, die souveräne und sehr menschliche  Anleitung unseres Skippers Frank.Wir sind sicher, es bei Schiff und Skipper Frank über die Massen unserer Erwartung entsprechend gut angetroffen zu haben.  Alles passt….. nur nicht das Wetter.Unser Skipper muss die Entscheidung treffen, ob. read more...


24/11/2012

Thaleia - Postponed

Race is postponed until Tuesday. Two extra days for finetuning the boat and provisioning. Great! Sunday is officially a day off now [personal message to Skipper ], Monday is dedicated to tourism [personal message to Skipper ] and last minute preparation sprint is postponed to Monday evening.Timo. read more...


24/11/2012

Anastasia - East London, South Africa

33:01.55S 27:53.8E Yes, there is a place called East London on the east coast of South Africa.  We stopped there for a couple of days while the wind blew in the wrong direction.  Having checked the web site of the East London yacht club we arrived thinking that we would be able to moor alongside "Latimers Landing" just outside the club, but in fact Latimers Landing has been condemned and we never did find the elusive East London yacht club. The good news is that what we did find was the Buffalo River Yacht Club over on the other side of the river.  The people there were very friendly, opening up the club for us and firing up the barbecue pit, despite normally being closed on Mondays.  And the next evening, just before we set sail, they laid. read more...


Anastasia - East London, South Africa
Anastasia - East London, South Africa
24/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - Ready to leave

 The last day on land for ?The crew have had a swept stake and there is a difference of 4 days – Hansel ( who is the navigator) has guessed the longest time – we are hoping that he takes the most direct route !!!!! The crew cocktail party last night was full of fun and banter between boats and a good time was had by all. The parasailor was tested yesterday – although the winds were light. The tension is now mounting and all the skippers have the final briefing at 12noon, then off for a long lunch before an early evening – ( unless Blowfled (aka WSM)  drags us off to the Sailors bar  again !) I would like to take this opportunity to thank my crew, their wives and family forall their help and support. Thinking of you all in the UK and USA and hope to see. read more...


La Medianoche - Full equipped!
La Medianoche - Full equipped!
24/11/2012

La Medianoche - Crew of "La Medianoche" complete and ready for "takeoff"

One more day to go... excitement on our boat is building up! So many adventures in one single trip - and we haven't even started yet. One big problem WAS:  How do we get a free drink at the wonderful ARC sundowner, if we arrive late? The simple answer was: Just be early, meet lots of other great people, relax after a very busy day of preparations and just enjoy. Well we did, and still do. Another adventure WAS: Will our crew be ever complete? Good news is: Skipper Mareike always kept up her good spirit and now we finally are complete and we are SO happy about it! Who cares about a watermaker that does all sorts of funny things, except making water, if some crew members suddenly have to deal with some (not so) funny health issues. Well Josef is here now, tons of beautiful local. read more...


24/11/2012

Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi

No trip to Africa would be complete without a safari, so we booked to spend two nights at the Hilltop Camp inside the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park, which is a couple of hours drive north of Richards Bay.  The World ARC arranged a day trip to this park, and we saw a lot of animals on this including three of the "big five" (buffalo, rhino, elephant) but we wanted to spend some more time there, seeing the animals during the morning and evening and hunting for the elusive lions and leopards. The Hluhluwe park is a beautiful spot, with good views from the rolling hills, but the climate is quite lush in this area and it is sometimes hard to spot the game through the thick brush.  We were resigned to not finding any lions when, on our final evenings drive, the. read more...


Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
Anastasia - Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi
24/11/2012

Bardeau - 36 hours to throttle up

Motley crew now all in place. 36 hours to go to find excuse not to. Looked at google earth to check location of Barbados...or was it St Lucia. Decided after conversation with our navigator (me) simply to follow another boat. Our neighbour has kindly agreed to lay down a piece of string as they go for our emergency backup so we can follow it. Navigator says that's sensible. He always does. A truly remarkable man. Dinner in marina tonight...steak still mooing and tuna still gawping off plate in state of surprise ... sent them both back for bit more heat treatment.Keep telling myself that all this is no more than a slightly lengthier trip from Gosport to Cowes...having trouble believing myself though. Need to return gate passes for marina and reclaim my 20 euros. My number two said we. read more...


Bardeau - Bardeau taking on fruit for 4 weeks
Bardeau - Bardeau taking on fruit for 4 weeks
Murphy - Part of the wow factor at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria
Murphy - Part of the wow factor at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria
Murphy - Aerobatics installing the new genoa track.
Murphy - Aerobatics installing the new genoa track.
23/11/2012

Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2

As we hoped, having the whole crew here together has made life a lot easier. While Lucinda and Andrew made the penultimate provisions run, Jake and Jeff were able to get on with lots of boaty things, like re-routing halyards (whatever they are) and scrubbing the decks. So relaxed have we become that we were even able to take time out for a Yachting World photo shoot, with the lovely Clare.Sadly, we still have to make at least one more trip to Rolnautic, but at least this time it’s just to exchange something rather than to buy anything new – thank goodness.This evening we attended the Farewell Cocktail Party at Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria, a place about which one can only say ‘Wow!’. We were so impressed by the surroundings that even Andrew and Jeff managed to shower and shave and. read more...


Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2
Murphy - It's getting closer - Day Minus 2
23/11/2012

Morpion - Presque prêts!

Plus qu'une journée de préparation avant le jour J... La semaine a été pas mal chargée comme vous pouvez vous en douter. L'avitaillement a été fait hier, les derniers détails de sécurité ont été réglés aujourd'hui et la préparation du bateau continue jour après jour...Par exemple, aujourd'hui on a:* Installé une drisse de secours dans le mat* Fait quelques essais avec le Parasailor (un spi-aile) sur l'eau pour se familiariser avec la manœuvre.* Vérifié le petit foc et le tourmentain* Préparé sur papier tous les menus* Installé une poulie au point de drisse de spi* Fait les pleins d'eau et de gazoleMaintenant il nous reste à nous charger de l'Happy-Hour quotidien et du "ARC 2012 Farewell Cocktail Party"Au programme demain: Check-out, skippers' briefing, fin. read more...


Morpion - Presque prêts!
Morpion - Presque prêts!
23/11/2012

Karma Daze - Getting Ready

Let’s begin by introducing the boat and captain and crew of s/y Karma Daze: the boat, a bermuda sloop, is an Elan Impression 434.  She is 4 years old, was built in Slovenia, is 13.4m long, 4.1m wide, her keel is 1.9m deep.  She has 3 double berths, 2 heads, 2 showers, plus a deck shower, a galley with cooker, fridge and freezer.The crew are somewhat older, and range in age from 63 to 68, with an average age of 66.  Chris, the captain, and Penny, his wife, have been sailing for about 26 years, firstly on dinghies and then on big boats. John, crew, has already sailed the atlantic both ways, but in a much bigger square rigger.  He is our sextant expert, so can tell us where we are if all our GPS’ fail.  Richard, our fourth crew member, provides the muscle (and. read more...


23/11/2012

VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME

Nice Shoot from Claire! All for you? Claire[2]. read more...


VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
VIA CON ME - ARC 2012 - VIA CON ME
23/11/2012

VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012

From VIA CON ME Sonntag, 11.11.12Mit hundert Kilo Gepäck komme ich in Las Palmas am Flughafen an. Damit ich auch gleich alles vor Ort in die Marina schaffen kann, miete ich ein Auto für 3 Tage. Kaum angekommen, nehmen mich Ingrid und Roland in Empfang, helfen das schwere Gepäck aufs Boot zu schleppen. Bevor es aber in meiner Koje zum Einräumen kommt, gibt’s zuerst einen Drink. Ingrid und Roland haben einen wunderbaren trockenen Sekt besorgt und am Abend schlafe ich mehr als gut ein... Montag, 12.11.12 Heute öffnet das ARC Office und Information Center um 10 h. Gleich nachdem Roland einen frischen Fruchtsalat mit Ingwer zum Frühstück macht, gehe ich zum ARC Office, um die Dokumente, Gutscheine und Flagge mit der Start-Nummer in Empfang zu nehmen. Bereits schon vom Vorjahr sehe. read more...


VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012
VIA CON ME - Fw: ARC 11.11. - 17.11.2012
23/11/2012

Pelican - Pelican is looking forward to leaving now...

Well here we are in Las Palmas itching to leave on Sunday. Pelican is well stocked with food already and we still have meat and fresh veg and fruit to come on board... we are all surely going to eat well. The crew have been playing with the sextant and numerous version of table to see which we prefer for our day to day use.We still have slight issue with the log which also affects the apparent wind and this will not be fixed until next year now as the part required is not in Las Palmas.Well time to go for now I'll try and keep this updated but I might be enyoying the sailing to much to write Pelican      . read more...


23/11/2012

Miramar - Slow progress

The ocean is peaceful, as is the gentle ocean breeze. We're roughly 80 miles from the British Virgin Islands, making slow progress toward land.My optimistic fuel reading proved inaccurate. We likely were burning more fuel at the start of the journey when we were so heavily loaded, and the shape of the tank further fooled me into thinking we had more than we actually did. We ran for roughly 10 hours, making 60 miles of progress along the rhumb line until about 10pm last night. I had hoped we'd just clogged a fuel filter, of which we have plenty, but no such "luck".We've been flying all our sails ever since, making slower progress. Last night we had a good breeze allowing us 2.5 knots along the rhumb line, directly toward Tortola. The breeze dropped off this morning, and we're now flying. read more...


Miramar - Slow progress
Miramar - Slow progress
23/11/2012

Seren Wen - Final Preparations

Seren Wen have loaded up with food and drink, scrubbed the decks, stowed everything away and are almost ready to depart on Sunday! A few of the crew are getting a bit nervous, but mostly we can't wait to just get going! Only a day and half left to go!. read more...


03/07/2012

Endo 2 - daily log Helgoland

Hallo an alle dies wird der letzte Eintrag von der Endo2 werden - die Reise ist zuende die heimischen Gewässer wieder erreicht.Ein Fazit von uns; es war eine Supersache mit der ARC über den Atlantik und mit der ARC Europe zurück nach Europa zu segeln. Wir haben viele neue Freunde gefunden und hoffen, einige wiederzusehen, England und Irland sowie Skandinavien sind ja nicht zu weit entfernt. Die Organistation ließ keine Wünsche offen und ...nun für das Wetter waren sie halt nicht verantwortlich. Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen und wer weiß ...vielleicht 2016 oder 2017 nochmal???In diesem Sinne - wer zulange plant fährt nie.. beste Wünsche von Udo und Heike SY Endo 2 "pocket.battleship" der ARC Europe 2012. read more...


24/05/2012

Trillium - Thanks for a great Atlantic Cup Rally

Thanks for a Great Atlantic Cup Rally   Once again the team of Nick, Lyall and Kernin performed to their high level of excellence. It is awesome to watch these young men guide boats in and out of customs, handle thousands of questions and calm the nerves of numerous sailors! Thank you once again for your commitment and dedication to the spirit of the Atlantic Cup Rally.   We enjoyed sharing the docks and events with the ARC Europe Rally as we met several new friends from the other side of the pond whom we hope to see again. It is always a bit sad when it is time to depart from Bermuda. It means we are leaving these connections and heading back to reality!  The crew of S/V Trillium had a great sail from Tortola to Bermuda and then to Hampton.  We connected with Brizio. read more...


16/11/2012

Matilda - A Warm Zululand Welcome

It was a white knuckle ride into Richards Bay, but what a welcome. We needed to get in before the winds turned South (which would mean wind against the infamous Agulhas current which flows strongly off the coast, this would pile up the waves that have been known to sink large tankers - not a happy prospect) and this was forecast to happen at some stage the day we arrived, so were quite happy when the winds started to pipe up above 20 knots from the rear quarter. Unfortunately they didn't level off until around the mid thirties and, just to add to the fun, the wind shifted to the beam as we got closer to the land. Even with 3 reefs Matilda was flying, and with the current it looked on the chart plotter as if we were sailing sideways at 10 knots - go Matilda. It was a wet and windy ride. read more...


23/11/2012

Thaleia - Almost done

... but not quite. The difficult part in provisioning is over, now starts the impossible one. A 2 nautical miles shopping list means 12 overload oversize shopping carts of goods - every bottle and tin still needs to be hidden somewhere in the boat? We were asked by Clare to prepare losing 10 to 15% of provisioning. I did not realize it was because there is no room in the boat.Other than food and water our biggest concern is the receiving of GRIB files, as for the moment we depend on 1 computer only, which is not running perfectly. Will be sorted out before the start. Our genoa is being prepared still, hope to have it back before Sunday. It is a small wonder how many little parts need to be addressed in a boat which has been in use for 2 years without problems.Nevertheless, today we might. read more...


08/05/2009

Cleone - The Last Little Bit

The last of 26095 miles. Soufriere, a very pretty bay and an excellent Hurricane Hole, was one long party.  It was really the last time that the fleet gathered together under its own terms, for the Parade of Sail and the prize-giving and parties in Rodney Bay itself were carefully orchestrated for us by the World Cruising team.  Soon after we settled in, spontaneously the fleet dressed overall, partly in response to the generous welcome that the excellent Soufriere Marina gave us and partly to mark the beginning of the end for our many months together as the World ARC family. So we went to the restaurant for lunch with friends, had an evening meal with friends, had lunch with friends, had a World Cruising sponsored barbecue with friends and finally set. read more...


22/11/2012

Miramar - Thanksgiving Day

The winds died completely about 9:30pm last night. After Sam's valiant effort at harnessing every last bit of the dwindling breeze, We furled the head sail and everyone got some much needed rest. We all arose for the sunrise, and didn't find the rising breeze we'd been hoping for; 180 miles from land the ocean was as smooth as glass, aside from the perpetual ocean swell rocking us to and fro.One of the projects we decided to tackle today was assembling the dinghy. This cleared out some of the v-berth, allowing me to dip the forward fuel tank again and take some measurements. In the end, I determined we have about 25 gallons of fuel left, and we have resumed motoring toward Tortola -- this should be enough fuel to get us all the way into the islands, at which time we'll use up the final 5. read more...


29/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 8 The last lap

21 June The sky is icy blue, broken with beautiful clouds, every different kind of formation. There is barely a ripple on the surface of the water, a gunmetal grey. There is not another vessel in sight either. We are all sitting in the cockpit sun downers in hand like we have always done in the early evening, but this time instead of the endless ocean there is so much to look at. We are crossing the North Channel. I scan the horizon. There are all the familiar landmarks. Over to the west there is Sanda Island outlined against a backdrop of the Mull. The Mull, the dreaded Mull, not looking nearly the scary place we once thought it to be. Davaar Island, a sentinel at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch, Arran, Goat Fell its peak sharp in the setting sun, finally Ailsa Craig. There are so many. read more...



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