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11/01/2014

Firefly - Back at sea

At noon local time we officially started the World Arc. The starting line was in Rodney Bay just outside the marina. Wewere reminded at the briefings that this is a rally and not a race yet at noon our competitive streak kicked in and we hit the startingline with the gun. In fact there was a little wager placed whether we would be first over the line or get there too early. Fortunately there will be a beer waiting for us when we arrive!We are now 7 hours into our voyage making good progress down wind towards the San Blas islands surfing at 7 to 8 knots. Susie cooked a delicious prawn curry for supper and into our first night watche sequence for a while. We are still in contact with most of the rally fleet and holding our own against some faster boats.Sadly we said farewell to Jane on the. read more...


10/01/2014

Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !

Greetings from St Lucia, after a week's busy preparation filling the coffers with water, food and fuel and getting Hebe's sail wardrobe organised, she has 3 colourful sails now which gives us a lot of choice as we sail down wind…..its now downwind all the way to Australia, we are ready for the gun tomorrow at noon.   We've got gifts to give the islanders….Salisbury Cathedral T towels though we have now discovered what they really need is reading glasses! Der ! So a stock up in Panama City. Hebe has been fussing as usual she's had so much attention spent on her looks with a polished hull gleaming but 2 days ago she decided to crash her satellite communication system. The iridium dome is kerput, this means we will be off air until Panama when a new dome is being Fedexed out. read more...


Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !
Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !
10/01/2014

Firefly - All set for the start of the World Arc

After a great trip down the Eastern Caribbean over Christmas and New Year, we have now been in Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia for 4 days. We have benefited from a number of good briefings from the rally organizers World Cruising .Firefly has been checked overthoroughly by us and the WC team so we are almost ready to go. Over a rum punch or two we have met many of our fellow participantswho come from 15 countries . Firefly is fully laden with food and Susie has been making flapjacks! The start of our adventure is at 12.00 local time tomorrow when we say farewell to Jane on the dock and Firefly heads West across the Caribbean to the remote (and reportedly beautiful)San Blas islands part of Panama. This should take us around 6 days and after leisurely cruising the islands we will head for. read more...


Hebe - Day 1 Bang goes the gun
Hebe - Day 1  Bang goes the gun
10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 6, Heading to Key West for Repairs; Thursday, January 9, 2014

At 10:30 AM, after determining that the weather forecast called for 20 knots of wind and 5 to 7 foot seas between the Dry Tortugas and KeyWest, we decided to weigh anchor and head to Key West to buy and replace our 2 8D House Batteries, each weighing about 160 pounds. Not really sure how both of these batteries got ruined, as they're only 6 months old. Two hours into this trip, we realized that the weather forecast was wrong. We had winds up to 32 knots and 10 foot seas on the port bow, all the way to Key West. We arrived there at 11:00 AM. The entire trip was a slugfest and wouldn't have been possible without a Dodger to shield us from the water. It was Monday all over again. We thought the gale was gone. We tied up at the Galleon Marina at 11:00 AM, plugged in the electric shore power. read more...


10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 5; Stuck in the Dry Tortugas; Wednesday, January 8,2 014

It's a dreary day. Low clouds, wind still in the upper 20,s; and the fishing fleet swinging with us. Even though we're anchored, the navigation system is on so that we can set an anchor alarm. If the boat drags anchor beyond a certain radius that we set, an alarm will sound. It sounds occasionally, not because we're dragging anchor, but because are swing arc is changing as the wind direction changes.The fast catamarans and sea planes that come every day to the Dry Tortugas from Key West, 70 nautical miles away, didn't come today. No surprise there. The day was spent reading, looking at weather faxes, and after dinner, watching the latest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness. Lights out 10:30 PM.. read more...


10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 4; Waiting for the Weather to Clear; Tuesday, January 7, 2014

No sun today. Still swinging and bouncing at anchor. Wind still howling. Wind speed still up. Blowing 28 knots this morning. Sounds higher in gusts, but no one on board will volunteer to go into the cockpit to check. I can't figure out why. Only 1 boat in and out of the anchorage has left. A fishing boat in the afternoon. Bound for Cuba? In the 50's. Cold. The day was spent receiving weather faxes; sending and receiving email; reading; writing boat logs; and waiting to get under way. The plan is to weigh anchor Thursday morning en route to the Yucatan Straight, crossing the Gulf Stream (not fun) and turning left at the western tip of Cuba (yeah!), leaving the Gulf of Mexico behind and entering the Caribbean Sea. Before turning south for Panama we need to go east to Longitude 79 (San Blas. read more...


09/01/2014

BriZo - Downwind, Colombian Coast guard and Cheryl Cole - 7th Jan 2014 (St Lucia to San Blas passage)

With enough Marmite on board for 7 months we slipped lines Saturday late afternoon at Rodney Bay, St Lucia where BriZo had been during our return over Christmas and out into a Caribbean Sea evening. Pat and I would now be sailing for the next 6 days and nights 1200nm directly to the isolated San Blas islands, just off the Panama Canal entrance at Colon. We are sorry to leave before the main WCC World ARC event starts but after 5 weeks of prep since BriZo’s re-launch in Antigua the draw to get back to sea is irresistible and we have friends already in San Blas.For a cruiser, this is exhilarating downwind sailing, 20 knot+ winds to F7, a ‘white sail’ rig setup that allows the Autopilot to steer hour after hour down the swells, averaging over 200nm miles sailed on each of three days so far.. read more...


08/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 3; Here Come's the Gale!; January 6, 2014

We spent a pleasant night at anchor Sunday night/Monday morning; and got a lot accomplished during the daytime hours waiting at anchor in the Dry Tortugas for the gale to arrive. Once the sun got up a ways, it got warm quickly. Actually, it was hot. This IS Florida. The cabin out of the sun was actually cooler than being outside in the sun with no wind. The proverbial calm before the storm. The fun part of the day began at 3:40 PM, when we got our first taste of what was to come. A light rain and a few low clouds started to form. That all changed abruptly at 4:00 PM, when the full fury of the gale hit us. It's onset was very quick, and in no time it was blowing over 30 knots. The highest speed we saw on our instruments was 36 knots, but it was much higher than that in the gusts.. read more...


06/01/2014

American Spirit II - Arrived in the Dry Tortugas; January 5, 2014

Late Sunday night just before midnight we entered the National Park called the Dry Tortugas, home of the largest masonry structure (Ft. Jefferson) in the Western Hemisphere and about 90 mile from Havana, Cuba. Yes, it IS larger than even the Pentagon; and even has a moat around it. The anchorage was deserted, an indication of the 2 gales (one having just passed by a few days earlier, and the other coming) impacting the Florida and international boating community. The anchorage at Garden Key,directly across from Ft. Jefferson, was empty. First time we've ever seen that in over 30 years. The anchorage was the last port of call for the USS Maine, a battleship that went to Havana, Cuba after leaving the Dry Tortugas and was blown up and sank, helping to start the Spanish-American War. Also,. read more...


06/01/2014

American Spirit II - We're Under Way!; January 4, 2014

After 1 1/2 years of planning and preparation we're under way! After a rousing party put together and spearheaded by Janet Fox at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club in Gulfport, Florida; and boat 'tours' conducted by the crew ,we departed on schedule at 3:00 PM en route to our first stop in the Dry Tortugas to wait for a large weather system (Gale) to blow thru Monday night/Tuesday morning. This will be the second of two giant weather systems that will impact the start of our trip; systems so big and unusual that we normally only get one every 2 or 3 years in the Florida winter. Getting 2 such systems within one week of each other is very unusual and a bit unlucky on our part. Our weather this winter until then has been above normal, with December about 10 degrees above normal. Our departure was. read more...


06/01/2014

Firefly - Three days in Martinique

After our eventful New Year in Portsmouth we headed down the west coast of Dominica to the capital, Rosseau.We were all thrilled to be joined on the trip by a pod of at least 10 dolphins surfing Firefly's bow wave.We had an action packed 24 hours in Rosseau including a walk up through the botanical gardens to yet another cannon emplacement on a great vantage point and a guided tour into the rainforests in the heart of the island. Our local Domincan guide, Craig, took us up to the Trafalgar Falls where we luxuriated in a geothermally heated sulphur pool. We then went to the Titou gorge for a decidedly chilly swim through a narrow gap in the rocks to the waterfall, it was absolutely stunning! Craig was also able to give us a detailed account of the current social and political situation in. read more...


02/01/2014

Firefly - Happy New Year

After all the preparation and distance we've already traveled it's very exciting to know that we are now, at last, in the year we are undertaking the World ARC... Having had a great few days exploring the Ilses des Saintes (perhaps the Scilly Isles of the Leeward Islands), we have now arrived in Dominica.This is one of the wet and therefore very green islands - covered in rainforest and boasting 365 rivers (competition for Antigua's 365 beaches?). The rain is not really a problem - the locals call it liquid sunshine - no sooner have the heavens opened than the sun is out again.Our landfall in Dominica on New Year's Eve was Portsmouth (to Susie's relief, nothing like it's UK counterpart). As we approached the town, the second largest settlement of the island, we entered Prince Rupert Bay. read more...


30/12/2013

Firefly - Isle Saints

Christmas lunch was a great success thanks to Susie's splendid cooking, Jane's prep and Paul and Peter's washing up skills. Since then we have cruised down the coast of Guadalupe stopping at Anse de la Barque for lunch and snorkeling then on to Marina de Riviere Sens at Basse Terre the capital. We used this as a base for two days to explore the rain forest and a white knuckle taxi ride to the the Chutes de Carbet (a dramatic waterfall).We then made the 12 nm passage to Isle Saints a beautiful cluster of islands to the South and have spent the last two days swimming, snorkeling and exploring the islands on foot, Jane and Peter climbed the highest point of the main island (Terre de Haute) La Chameau and were rewarded with dramatic views over the whole island group.In the forthcoming days. read more...


28/12/2013

Shelduck - Fw: Saturday 28th December Grenada

Saturday 28th December 11:59.857 N  61:45.569 W  Distancetravelled 146 miles.   Gabby and Brendan returned to the UK on the 22nd and Johnnie Hegartyarrived on the same plane to cruise with us until the 9th of January. At middayon the 23rd we departed Rodney Bay for a passage to St Georges Grenada forChristmas and arrived at Port Louis Marina at 13.00 on the 24th. Excellentfacilities, developed by Camper and Nicholsons, includes a private beach whereJohnnie and Neil had their first Christmas Day swim. Anne used always go waterskiing with her father on Christmas Day in Kerry. We had a lovely traditionalthree course Christmas dinner aboard, roast turkey with bread and cranberrysauces and stuffing beautifully prepared by Anne. We spent 3 days at St. Georges, visited the town. read more...


26/12/2013

Starblazer - 26 December: After the ARC is over...

The finish line officially closed last Friday, the final prize giving was on Saturday and the last boat arrived yesterday afternoon! First, here are a few reflections on our ARC experience this year. We motored 88 hours but we were in good company, all but 6 boats in the cruising fleet motored at some point. The sailing in the last few days was excellent. In group I, the slowest group, we came 8th out of 18 on corrected time, however if you look at the bigger picture I think we performed well above expectation. On corrected time we came 67 out of 162 boats in the cruising division, something we are very proud of.You may have seen on the news that St Lucia and St Vincent have both suffered badly from torrential rain. It certainly put a dampener on our proposed beach BBQ for Christmas day.. read more...


26/12/2013

Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie

Damit uns das Zielschiff auch richtig erkennen kann, haben wir für die notwendige Beleuchtung gesorgt.arc13-2950. read more...


Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
25/12/2013

Firefly - Happy Christmas from Firefly

Since our last log we have spent a couple of weeks in Antigua, Susie and Jane have arrived and we have said farewell to Murray and Barney. Most of the time on Antigua, Firefly was in Nonsuch Bay at anchor. Paul and Susie staying on board, Paul kite-surfing most days and Peter and Jane lazing in the luxury of the Nonsuch Bay resort. We enjoyed the hospitality of fellow Salcombe-ites the Becks, Cadogans, and the Shoves. After a farewell supper at Antigua Yacht Club Paul, Susie, Jane and Peter set sail from English Harbour for Guadeloupe on 23rd December. The crossing involved a 42 mile passage in 25 to 30 knot winds and large Atlantic swells. This proved a challenge for us all particularly Jane who coped with it bravely having never sailed this far before! We saw the island of Montserrat. read more...


22/12/2013

True Colours - Off Again

Position 14:48.91N 061:15.98W So Andrej left last Thursday, and Doug left this morning on a flight to Antigua.  We had a few good days in St Lucia, including hiring an APV to go round the island, visiting a nature trail and a live volcano, where we all indulge in mud baths.  At the end of the day we dropped Josh off at the airport before returning to the other end of the island. The crew is now James, Rosemary, Toby, Sarah and Nadine.  We had planned to anchor overnight, possibly in the bay at Portsmouth, Dominica, but decided it would be late when we arrived there, and ten we would be late arriving in Antigua;  so instead we plan to continue overnight, and should arrive in Antigua about 13.00 tomorrow. So fat the sea has been kind to our new crew,. read more...


23/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape takes 5th in Class and wins a prize!

Well done to our ARC crew. 5th in Class - Matt our skipper was surprised to be called up on stage to receive a prize at the final ARC party on Saturday night. Finally we beat Skyelark. Now we know why she has beaten us for the last 4 years Emily!!We would like to wish all Great Escapes clients and followers a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous new year. Don’t forget we have some spaces left for some of the Caribbean Regattas.RegardsPhil Munday . read more...


23/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-

On Monday 16.December at 10:35am we crossed the finishing line and heard the nice tone of the horn just telling us that we made it. It also was perfect to arrive at Daytime, rather than during the night. We carried with us some Voeuve Cliquot, Champaign for just this moment and of cause we consumed it.It is hard to describe all the feelings a man can have after 23 days on sea. Of cause there is happiness, one becomes very emotional, some tears are running and one is proud on the achieved; you feel exhausted but lucky. Most rememberal are the crew members. 23 days with four different characters, together on very limited space. Even your bed is a moving part on sea. Especially this time I felt it much more difficult to find sleep. There were these 3 days where one could not sleep at all.. read more...


Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
23/12/2013

Annabella - Annabella's Final Result

It's Official! Annabella takes silver in class and 22nd overall. By "George"! What a result! And skipper Peter (now definitely Pug) gets senior line honours for being first skipper over 60 across the line without using the engine. He is very chuffed.The question of whether it was a race or a rally is exercising some minds in the community. Technically it was a rally, but for the crews on George and Annabella is was definitely an exciting race over the final week.Would we do it again? Well, maybe we won't be first in the queue, but never say never. Annabella is now in Marigot bay in St Lucia, will continue on to the Grenadines and will probably end up in Antigua over the next two weeks. She will be shipped back to Southampton in April/May and will spend summer 2014 in West Cork.Merry. read more...


22/12/2013

Calypso - Mission Accomplished

Calypso and her crew finally crossed the finish line at St Lucia on Tuesday 17 December 2013 at 1553 local time, 23 days 6 hours, 53 minutes and 40 seconds after departing Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The "corrected time" according to the organisers and after taking into account motoring and the yacht's handicap, was about 25 days. The yellow brick tracker showed that we had sailed 3037 nautical miles and our log showed 3038 miles. It appears that we were 14th in or class but, as we weren't racing, were not disappointed with the result - just pleased to have arrived safely!The journey from Guernsey was done in stages:1. Guernsey, Northern France, Bay of Biscay, cruising Galicia (Northern Spain) and down to Povoa de Varzim in Northern Portugal. 685 miles.2. Cruising down the. read more...


Calypso - Mission Accomplished
Calypso - Mission Accomplished
22/12/2013

Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !

Ca y est, nous avons bien atterri et commencé à récupérer. Je dis commencéparce qu’après trois semaines de cycles de sommeil un peu en vrac, le rythmenormal jour/nuit a un peu de mal à se mettre en place. A croire que nous nous yétions habitués !  Manihi a récupéré lui aussi. Le génois et la GV ont pansé leurs blessureschez le voilier de Rodney Bay. Le bimini s’est aussi refait une santé ; après 3semaines de caresses par la baume, il était très fatigué n’avait pas purésister. Les drisses de spi, génois et trinquette ont retrouvé leur place ...Il y a quelques jours, c’était encore un peu fouillis en tête de mât !L’intérieur et le pont sont flambant neuf et le teck du cockpit a retrouvé sacouleur chaude et accueillante.   L’heure du bilan est arrivée. En quelques chiffres. read more...


Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
16/12/2013

Abraxas - 16/12/13 - 100 milj do cilja

Abraxas je v ciljni ravnini – kar se kar malo cudno slisi, ob tem, da je docilja se 100 milj. Ampak vse kaze, da bo tako. Veter in tok nas vodita v direktni smeri o St.Lucie. Vceraj smo se malo prepustili jadranju po valovih, kar nas je odpeljalomalo severneje, mogoce smo izgubili kaksno mesto, a nekaj ur uzivanja povsemodtehta rezultat. Itak nismo na dirki, ampak na precenju Atlantika. Na jadrnici postaja zivo, vsak se po svoje pripravlja na prihod: ostali sepoglabljajo v turisticni vodnicek, jaz pa studiram pot do letalisca; predvidomabomo prisli v Castries v zgodnjih jutranjih urah, moje letalo pa odleti ob 20.25 z drugega konca otoka. Vse je obvladljivo, skoda le, da ne bo casa vsaj zamalo turizma. Sicer pa je teh 21 minilo kot blisk, in potrebno bo kar nekaj casa zaureditev vtisov.. read more...


21/12/2013

Aditi - Day 25: The Arrival

Perhaps we should attempt to explain events of the last few hours.Most importantly we picked up the Reggae radio stations about 45 miles out. We sighted land about 30 miles out as the sun started to close the horizon and our key concerns were firstly not to hit it and second not to get blown past it. We had been working all day to avoid arriving in darkness as we wanted to take in the sights but it just wasn't possible. As we reached the northern point of St Lucia, about a mile off, there were 3 yachts all closing the point. Although the stand on vessel Ocean Breeze cut under our bow about 200 yards ahead - can the competition for something like 220th place so intense?Coming round the top into the lee of the island where the wind went from 30kn to, you guessed it, 30kn, we passed the. read more...


21/12/2013

Arkouda - Land Ho!

We finally arrived yesterday at about 11:00 local time--21 days at sea, 4 in Cape Verde.I guess we really not ready for it to end--as soon as we crossed the finish line we dropped our anchor and have not moved yet!As we were rounding Pigeon Island we had a call on the VHF from some friends from Lanzarote.Bob from Wahoo who had been waiting for us but had to get to the airport.I am sure our paths will cross again!A half a minute after crossing the finish line our friends from Twixter also called, and then guided us into the anchorage in their dingy.It was all a little overwhelming to see all the boats in the anchorage, smell the land, and hear the sounds of civilization!I think I needed a slow re acclimation, and this has been the perfect spot.We have to head in tomorrow and find a. read more...


21/12/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Teds Diary

Day 24:Mum gave us Rice Crispies for breakfast today as a suprise.We are still going really fast which is great but the waves are quitebig so still no fishing.Karen made her special pasta again tonight -it was yummy.Day 25:Dad said that today should be our last full day at sea -hurray!This morning I thought I saw a spout from a whale.Mum and Ispent ages looking for it again but he must have swum away when wewere not looking.The waves are not so big today so I can fish.Ididn't catch anything, even though I used my special lure which hadworked everytime I used it before.We had Tom and Susie's rice fordinner tonight.It is so exciting to think that tomorrow we will bethere that I didn't really want to go to bed.Day 26:This morning we arrived!It was great, we went really fastover the finish. read more...


Calypso - Master Chef
Calypso - Master Chef
20/12/2013

Calypso - Master Chef

Just in case our previous blogs gave the impression that Dino was tied to the galley he can actually sail as well.Dino is the proud owner of "Dark Horse" a Contessa 26 which he campaigns with more than a bit of success in Guernsey waters.145 (600x800). read more...


21/12/2013

Jade - Woohoo - Jade is in St Lucia!!

Woohoo. We did it! Good old Jade and crew are safely tucked up in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. We took 26 days in total and it feels like a very big achievement. We arrived in the middle of the night but were greeted by the ARC's Joel and Alvaro and Brandon and Boden from Rodney Bay marina. They guys stood with us for about an hour listening to us saying repeatedly 'I can't believe we are here.. I can't believe we are here.' The rum punches Brandon doled out tasted mighty fine. Noah and Ferne (our resident super stars) woke up mid celebrations and guess what they said? Yup 'I can't believe we're here'. They had a punch without the rum and we said they could have the pineapple that Brandon gave us (he gave us a fruit basket with another bottle of rum in it too!)The journey was good butit was. read more...


20/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Arrived St. Lucia

We finally arrived on Wednesday 18 December about  04:05hrs.  (08:05 GMT) crossing the finishing line at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia  after sailing for 23 days 4 hours compared with 18 days the last time in 2007. It turned out to be a very different type of crossing, with little or no wind, for the first two weeks.  We also sailed much further South, nearly all the way to The Cape Verde Islands, before turning West. We had some great trade wind sailing in the last 9-10 days.  And now it is Caribbean Party Time! . read more...


20/12/2013

Jambo - We did it

Arrived last night to a fantastic reception - Julia Lyn andthe gang came out on a fishing boat to see us go over the line after 25 days and 12 hours36 mins . They were very noisyWow that was hardcore!Everyonein one piece but lighter and shattered Now where did I put my rum punch?Thank you for all your messages and encouraging comments. read more...


20/12/2013

Aspen - Log 27 Friday 20 Dec; A Day of Dreams - Welcome Back

Maria and I had a dream of seeing the world.Her dream differed alittle from mine because my dream had a sailboat in it.Her dream mostlikely didn't include a sailboat since she really doesn't care for thewater that much!There are so many thoughts and words right now spinning around in ourheads.With our starting place, the Caribbean, appearing in thedistance just ahead of Aspen's bow nothing can come remotely close tosaying what utter joy and satisfaction we feel at this moment in our lives."It's what we've done that makes us what we are", as Jim Croce sang.Well, we've done it!!!!!!!!!Sail on, sail on Aspen - we made it around this big beautiful planet...Steve and Maria. read more...


20/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 27. Tag - Der Geruch von St. Lucia

Wir riechen schon förmlich den Geruch von St.Lucia. Zuerst müssten wir aber noch Barbados zu unserer Linken sehen...das kommt bald. Sonst läuft alles hier.Dann gab es bei uns an Bord noch eine Umfrage. Hier die Ergebnisse:a) Ich fühle mich gerade wie...Fritz: im Urlaub!Sandra: in der Hängematte!Tom: ein Faultier in der Sonne!b) Das Erste was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: Duschen!Sandra: Rhum Punch trinken!Tom: kaltes Banana-Milchshake trinken!c) Das Zweite was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: etwas Gutes essen gehen und ein schönes kühles Bier trinken!Sandra: Duschen!Tom: den ETA-Gewinner definieren!:-)Bitte beachtet dass das Wettbüro heute um 18:00 Lokalzeit schliesst. Der Gewinner wird in unserem Blog auf www.umdenglobus.com verkündet:-). Tom. read more...


20/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter

Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter Time to reflect on what can only be described as an epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The sense of achievement is overwhelming - we have come so far. Las Palmas to Rodney Bay is such a vast distance it is hard to put it into perspective - but all nine of us have also taken our own epic journeys physically, mentally and emotionally and are still standing to tell the tale. That in itself is enough. We couldn't have had a better ending to our epic story. Thank you to everyone who met us on the dock, to the boys of 'z pontoon' for driving out in their half sinking dinghy with a crate of beer in tow, and to the ARC organisers for making it such a smooth entry. What followed after that is a little hazy but let's just say we did it. read more...


Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter
Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter
19/12/2013

Shenanigan - We made it!

03:05:10 Local time (07:05:10 UK Time) 18th December 2013After 23 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds we crossed the ARC finish line, beating into the wind as we tacked round Pigeon Island with a big lean to port, arriving in Rodney Bay, St Lucia on a windy moonlit night.We had battled our final squall a couple of miles out with winds of 37 knots and high seas giving us good speed as we headed towards the island. As we neared St Lucia we heard on the radio the boats ahead of us arriving and it was good to hear ARC Rally Control informing the finish line of our position and that we were the next expected boat.It was a very welcome congratulations received from the finish line.We took our sails down and headed for the marina.As we entered the cut we were thrilled to hear. read more...


20/12/2013

Shenanigan - We made it!!!

03:05:10 Local time (07:05:10 UK Time) 18th December 2013After 23 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds we crossed the ARC finish line, beating into the wind as we tacked round Pigion Island with a big lean to port, arriving in Rodney Bay, St Lucia on a windy moonlit night.We had battled our final squall a couple of miles out with winds of 37 knots and high seas giving us good speed as we headed towards the island. As we neared St Lucia we heard on the radio the boats ahead of us arriving and it was good to hear ARC Rally Control informing the finish line of our position and that we were the next expected boat.It was a very welcome congratulations received from the finish line.We took our sails down and headed for the marina.As we entered the cut we were thrilled to hear cries of. read more...


Shenanigan - We made it!
Shenanigan - We made it!
19/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia

After 23 days and 9hours the crew crossed the finishing line in Rodney Bay.  The 1st land they had seen since leaving Las Palmas on 24 November.  They were met by the crew of HEBE who came out on their tender.  Sephina were on the dockside cheering them home and the crew’s families were waiting for a long awaited hug.   It was a tough trip, much harder than any of them had anticipated but they had made it!!!  Time for a rum punch – in the pouring rain. Awards as follows:Best cook  - KathyAce provision manager (and treat dispenser)– SallyMr fix-it – MikeMember of crew most relied on – George It was an experience of a life time that none of them would have missed and will never forget.  As skipper of the boat, Carol says a big, big, thank. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia
Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia
19/12/2013

Arkouda - Land So Close I Can Smell It!

Position 14 03N, 60 05WThe land is so close that I can smell it...well, not really...the wind is still coming from Africa so any imagined scents are just that, my imagination.We have about 51 miles to go, although the last few hours have been frustrating beyond belief!This afternoon the winds became much lighter, and the seas more manageable--so much so that we finally unzipped that sail bag and put up the main.It is hard to believe that we have not used it since before our last landfall in Cape Verde.We had another fantastic afternoon of sailing--a good breeze, blue skies, great music and company.The winds were even allowing us to "go to" our waypoint set on the chart plotter.When I went to bed there was a fantastic sunset.A few hours later I came up to check on Sean, and he was basking. read more...


19/12/2013

Aspen - Log 26 Thursday 19 Dec; Heading for the Barn!

Ok, day 25 now and we are letting ourselves look ahead a wee bit.As Isaid yesterday, Aspen is sensing something very special not too farahead of us.The sea is rushing past Aspen's salt stained hull with even moreferociousness than ever before.The ocean spray sparkles like diamondsas it is flung high into the air when Aspen heels, quickly snaps backand rushes headlong toward the distant western horizon.Maria and I see nothing but the deep dark blue ocean with streaks ofwhite foam topping the endless waves.Yet hopefully soon, very soon, weshould see our beloved Caribbean once again.At least if the captain'scalculations are correct and that is not always the case he has been told :)Aspen has seen so many wonders and fought so many battles since we firstpurchased her from the Island Packet. read more...



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