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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 I don’t trust the chart plotter (GPS may be out of position) or my charts (could be out of date)...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...


12/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 6 (Tuesday) – Bermuda & Ruben our first Grandchild & pending trip to USA

The last day was spent mostly motoring with a wind not quite at the angle to sail directly to Bermuda we are set on getting in before nightfall as entry into the very narrow ‘town cut’ in St Georges can be tricky first time and at night so we arrived late afternoon, first Yacht in and managed to get onto the Customs dock and checked in before choosing to go to the anchorage rather than a dock. On Wednesday it was a catch-up morning of work then, as it was Pats birthday we spent an afternoon Taxi around the island – wow the houses are amazing and mostly very very expensive. All painted in pastels with very few exceptions. We are anchored off St Georges town in a delightful ‘protected’ bay, the town is very pretty – (pictures to come – when we get. read more...


09/05/2012

Escapade - Blue marlin landed!

On day five, in the middle of a squall, ourreel started screaming and losing line.  We were down to 10 wraps on thereel before we were able to heave to and slow the boat.   We then foughtthe fish 360 degrees around the boat, watching over 20 acrobatic jumps beforelanding him. See the boat gallery pages toview the prizecatch!. read more...


28/10/2012

Matilda - Safely in Reunion

Who would have thought that a 24 hour crossing could be such a pain in the behind. Oh it all started well, they always do when they are about to go pear shaped something to do with a false sense of security and all that! We launched our Parasailor, taking off on a course that we thought would avoid the wind shadow of Mauritius and with the strength of the winds, who knew, perhaps we could keep it up all night (this is usually a prelude to a disaster but we never seem to get wiser, just visibly older due to the extra grey hairs). We flew and looked to be neck and neck with Gunvor and some of the faster division one boats. Yippee, perhaps we really did deserve our overall victory in the Indian Ocean leg. Yes, in a 20 year old Hallberg-Rassy you really can still be that deluded. It didn't. read more...


11/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Night 1 & Day 2 in the Blue Water

Turbo’s Tub made it out of the gulf stream on Night 1.  They were greeted with lovely warm air and calm seas.  Sailing was not very fast as the wind was pretty calm, but compared to Day 1, I don’t think they are complaining.  It gave them a chance to rest.  The breeze is forecasted to pick up tonight and into tomorrow so with the wind comes the waves.   Michael was at the helm last night during some of the rough seas, while Hutch worked hard to grill some filet mignon and asparagus.  Thanks to Kyle for getting all of the delicious food.  The fresh cooked food on The Tub in the middle of the ocean is delicious.   The sunset last night and sunrise this morning were amazing.  Last night’s moon was particularly beautiful and looked like. read more...


15/06/2012

Irena - Lagos

Imava se 25 milj, vendar je sedaj priloznost za zakljucek tega bloga.Ke nekaj simbolike je v vsem, saj bova v Lagosu okoli druge ure zjutraj. Ob enaki uri sem pred letom in pol pristal na St. Luciji. In tako se je krog zakljucil. Ob vsem tem niti ne vem kaj tocno cutim. Verjetno zadovoljstvo in tudi olajsanje. KOncno sem le dva krat preplul Atlantik in drugic je bilo mnogo bolj zahtevno kot prvic. Toliko in hvala, da ste me brali. -------------------------------------------------. read more...


14/04/2011

A Lady - Messing about in the Caribbean having completed sailing around the World.

Thursday, 14th April 2011 Since the last blog, we have done a number of interesting things including travelling back to Ireland for the ICC (Irish Cruising Club) annual get together and dinnerThe first mate is in good shape today, but still she is not up to flying, feeling that most of her sickness was due to the flight from London. So skipper had to abandon and cancel the trip next saturday night to St Lucia for the final night of the World ARC........  a goodbye night. Such a pity, but we wish all the friends we made on that trip a "Bon Voyage"  and good luck to Rally control, Paul & Suzana, on all their future trips and adventures.  Thats all for now,  Signed  :-   Stephen  Hyde   (Skipper) . read more...


21/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 19 - Sail to Peniche

The race start today was at 8am.  Unfortunately, there was very little wind so we had to once again turn on the engine and motor sail for a few hours.  In the early afternoon, the wind picked up to about 15 knots and we had a cracking sail for the rest of the way to Peniche.  Those in the rally fleet with spinnakers and cruising chutes put them up and it made for quite a spectacular site.  Sadly, we didn't see any dolphins today.   We arrived in Peniche at about 6pm and had to raft up to the yacht Moonstream.  After tidying up the boat and hoisting our code flags, we headed into the town for a drik and a bite to eat.  We are planning to have another early night as we will be sailing to Oeiras tomorrow morning.Lynne, Steve. read more...


21/11/2012

Katerina - Showing the Flag

Shelley 'Ailsa' is organised as usual and brought her own Union Flag for the opening ceremony.  Scott and I impressed ourselves by actually being up and about in time to attend! The pontoons are getting more and more hectic with crews running back and forth to the chandler like good natured headless chickens.PS Hope you're impressed with the number of blogs we've done -new wi-fi aerial works!Scott and JuliaWCC2.. read more...


09/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 11 - Head Winds

Gentlemen don't go to windward.   Apparently.  But if that is the case, how on earth do gentlemen getback to Cowes, where of course they all start from (the Royal Yacht Squadron,obviously) in the first place?  Putting that thought aside (as if, andanyway, these days there are lots of answers, eg a gentleman's helicopter or hisfriend's Sunseeker (NO.  Gentlemen do not have friends who ownSunseekers - Ed), it is a fact that we have probably only had to go to windwardon this world cruise for less than ten percent of the distance we havesailed.  So the last day or so has been a little bit disconcerting, not tomention slightly uncomfortable!   Inevitably, Bruce predicted that all this would come to pass.  After a"soft" morning, the wind backed around to the north and freshened. Soon Cleone. read more...


20/11/2012

Katerina - Shopping shopping shopping

First major shop complete so we shouldn't go thirsty on the voyage.  Have even bought some fizzy pop!  Looking at the quantity of stuff for only 2 of us makes us glad we haven't got a crew of 6.  Some boats will be sitting very low in the water!  Click: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11559 to see Katerina's photos!Scott and Julia. read more...


07/05/2012

Trillium - Log 6-It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

For those who grew up with Mr. Rogers, you would understand. It has been a wonderful three days of sailing. Good wind most of the time, sunshine, full moon ... Whatelse could you ask for? All is peaceful and serene in our mid-ocean neighborhood. Unfortunately we cannot see any of our neighbors anymore. We hear from them every morning and every evening. After leaving the lulls at noon yesterday, we have been moving along at a very comfortable 6-8 SOG with little heeling. You could not ask for more perfect sailing. We have only had to motor for 34 hours and 37 minutes overall. Trillium is a happy gal! And the crew is happy to be less than 300 km from Bermuda.It has been nice to have everyone eat in the cockpit at the same time. We have been fishing everyday. So far we have had a tuna and a. read more...


10/11/2012

Habits of Health - Greetings from the Habits of Health Journey entry #5

Journal entry #5Greetings from the Habits of Health,We are now in our 7th day of sailing and bearing down on the finish line of the Caribbean 1500 race. It’s been nearly one week since the Habits of Health last saw land and we are anxiously anticipating seeing the peaks of the British Virgin Islands later tonight. I must say that it’s always thrilling to spot land after such a long trip.We haven’t seen any yet today, but we know we are getting closer with each passing second.Everyone is excited knowing that in less than 70 miles we’ll be arriving at our destination in Tortola. Last EveningLast night we probably observed the most spectacular of all of the sunsets we’ve seen on this trip.To just say it was “spectacular” does not do it justice.I am not going to take the time to. read more...


15/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 2 - Keeping ahead of the weather

12 June It has been three days of hard sailing, in winds on or forward of the beam. Last night we had the strongest blow with winds gusting to 30 knots true for a couple of hours and all day today we have had consistent winds of 20 to 25 knots so our progress is good. But with the winds blowing out of the northwest we have seas which are moderate to rough and life is a little testing down below. We move around carefully, always one hand for the boat, as she slides down off a wave. I am frustrated that I cannot blog but now I have to prioritize, eating and sleeping being the most important aspects to concentrate on. It is wonderful and an absolute luxury to have the extra rest with Donald on board. Yesterday the grib files showed a weakening of the low but this morning it is strengthening. read more...


14/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 277 - Not so beautiful Bequia!

12 April 2011Suddenly all hell broke loose. A tender had collided with our bow, hitting the anchor in the process, then the chain started paying out, creating a terrible commotion. David leapt to the bow with the flashlight. No damage was done except for our rude awakening. What is wrong with the weather? It has rained almost continuously for the past two days now. And... it almost chilly too. Certainly we have had the chill out time we had so long longed for! I have spent the mornings with my head deep in lockers, cleaning and tidying, the afternoons lazing around reading. Now we are impatient to be on our way again. There are just two days left before we are due to arrive in Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. When you have zipped around the globe in fifteen months it is actually not so easy to. read more...


12/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 12 - Too Fast!

You won't hear that from me very often.But the plain fact is, we are going too fast at the moment.  It is eight-thirty, Tobago time, and we have 106 miles to run.  Even at five knots, we will arrive early in the morning, and well before Customs and Immigration opens at 8 o'clock.  And, assisted by the current which has returned in our favour, we are doing between 7 and 8 knots over the ground at the moment.  If we get in early, the threat is that we have to pay overtime to the Customs and Immigration officials, reported by Kealoha 8 as US$60.  The Skipper is a Scot (so he claims - Ed), so this is an anathma to him.  But there is a Cunning Plan (there is always a Cunning Plan).  The trick will be our choice of when to slow down.  On Sunday, Bruce predicted lighter winds today, though the. read more...


21/06/2012

Seraphina - Crossed the 40N parallel going S

A little later start - 08:00 hours. Light / no wing for 36 minutes then a glorious down wind sail with cruising chute until the autohelm broached. At that time 20 kn over mast head so reverted to white sails - a bit slower but happier crew. Weather improving but hard going with little rest as we lost 6 days. Off again tomorrow.Ian and Sally. read more...


25/10/2012

Matilda - Our Last Days in Mauritius

We have really enjoyed it here in Mauritius and to crown the whole experience, last night Matilda won again. In fact on corrected handicap, we beat the whole fleet on the Indian Ocean leg. We are still not sure how we managed that, but are delighted all the same. The prize was a model of a traditional local boat - a lovely gift that we have dismantled for travelling purposes. We hired a car for a few days when Brian was here and got to see a bit of the island before the 'official' tour. The highlight for us was visiting the Casela Leisure Park where we got to walk amongst the giant tortoises (unfortunately extinct on this island, but these are from the Seychelles), zip wire flying fox, but best of all, we interacted with the big cats. A South African couple set it up a few years ago and. read more...


20/06/2012

Seraphina - Another leg south 19th

Great day sail to Figueira da Foz after light wind start yesterday. Had to motor for 4 hours then 8 hours with the cruising chute flying (10-15 kn true). Sun came out and in sight and contact with yachts in the rally for most of the sail.Love to get some photos onto the web but poor or no wifi causing problems.Ian and Sally. read more...


15/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 1 Focusing on Finisterre

9 June The previous day was spent in a hive of activity. I went off in search of a decent sized supermarket, the one at the marina being limited in its products and found one in the old quarter of the town packed with little old ladies doing their shopping and so I joined them too. Two more trips and I had everything I needed. I still am amazed at the prices here and can buy double the amount for my money than I ever could in the Caribbean and as far as I could see none of the produce is imported. They even grow cherries and kiwi fruit. Donald put David up the mast for a rigging check and changed the mizzen outhaul which was showing signs of chafe. David did all his usual engine checks, fuel filters, impellers etc. Then they checked out and studied the weather again. There is much. read more...


10/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Day One in the Open Water--Friday Nov 9th

It was an early departure for Turbo’s Tub this morning.  They were up at 3:30am and pushed off of the Morehead City dock at 4:16am.  Their hope was to make it to the Gulf Stream by sunset.  They set out through Bougue Inlet and sailed past Cape Lookout heading East to the Gulf Stream, quickly greeted with 20-30 knots of breeze and waves reaching 8-10’ and were reported as being quite intimidating…very choppy and making it feel like sailing in a washing machine.  Afternoon arrived and they hit the Gulf Stream…it was time to make their first passage through the Gulf Stream.  About an hour in, the waves cleaned up and they were well on their way. The Tub wasn’t alone in this voyage/passage.  Aside from T’ai Chi, who they met up with in Morehead City and. read more...


25/10/2012

Anastasia - Partying, sightseeing and petting lions

Our time in Mauritius has been packed with sightseeing during the day and partying in the evenings.  People are talking about wanting to get back to sea just for a break.  The only problem is that Reunion is less than a day away, so it won't be that much of a break. Last Saturday we had a party on Anastasia to celebrate Andrea's birthday.  There were about 50 people onboard at one point.  It was the first use of the disco ball which Karsten and Sheila (Gunvor) bought for Anastasia in Bali! Yesterday we went to a wildlife park where you can actually pet the big cats.  The most memorable part was stroking the two month old lion cubs.. read more...


08/05/2012

Trillium - It's a Wild Ride

The ever shifting winds have kept us under sail for several days now. However, we haven't always been going in the direction we want. Fortunately, our longest tack was straight up th rhumb line! That is very unusual. At one point we were headed due east. Then the wind shifted to east-northeast giving us the opportunity to get back to the line. Now we are being pushed to the west of the line, so we are hoping for westerly winds before we get close to Bermuda.The winds have been very strong and a bit squirrelly. One minute the rail is in the water and the next we are standing upright. Comfortable sleep has been a challenge. I found myself actually off the mattress and in the chair! Everyone has tried the settee or easy chairs at one time or another. At least the swells have been reasonable. read more...


20/11/2012

Thaleia - Nearly time to leave

6 days to go. Security check tomorrow. Testing out the connections!. read more...


08/03/2009

Kasuje - Skippers Log 8th March

Hi from Skipper Steve It has been a few days since I last reported on ourexploits, from Forteleza in Brazil. The sailing has been mixed with somestunning high speed moments interspersed with heavy rain, mixed winds andconfused seas. It is all down to the ITCZ or doldrums. An area where the twogreat Atlantic weather systems meet canceling each other out and providingunpredictable weather patterns. Mostly there is little wind and this mixed withthe high temperatures and heavy rain can give very uncomfortable conditions forsailors. However this area appears to be behind us now as we have picked up theNorthern Hemisphere NE trade wind system and we have had almost 24 hours of nearperfect sailing. We currently have an eta at Tobago of the 11th whereunfortunately I have to jump ship, leaving. read more...


12/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 12, 2011

We can now see St. Lucia. It has been more than a year that we started from here on our journey around the world. It seems like a short time ago now, but while we were just starting out it seemed like an eternal time and we would never get through it all. The list of places that we were to stop seemed like forever. Now we have completed all the stops and are back in the beginning of our circle. All the people we have met and vistas we have been privileged to view has been amazing.Yesterday we went out to lunch with Chessie and Jim and Annie and Anna from Basia. I had a few little moments of sadness as I sat with them all. We have all been through a lot together. The joy, frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, and wonder has all been a part of the journey. We had a great lunch and determined. read more...


08/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 10 - Current Assisted

One Hundred and Eighty!   Even the mighty Eric would be proud of us.  For the first time sincewe were in the Agulas Current off the west coast of South Africa, we have toppedthe elusive 180 miles in a day.  This total was reached with the help ofthe Guiana Current. In theory, Cleone should be capable of making such a totalsolely by her own efforts, but despite trying we have yet to do so.  We alllive in hope!  Keeping in the current has much occupied our thoughtstoday.  Some of the other yachts have been reporting counter-currents andcross-currents, and we have scratched our heads as to how to avoid them. But we will probably just continue on our way, making for the prosaically namedScarborough in Tobago.  We've less than 400 miles to go.   Survival rations again last night - the fish. read more...


21/10/2012

BRIZO - Port Louis, Mauritius

The crew has been enjoying their time in port, exploring Port Louis, dining and some shopping, since arriving on Monday, October 15th. The weather has been overcast with occassional light showers almost everyday but the skies are sunny and blue today. Lew has headed back to Cleveland for work and will return on October 29th. Corinne and the girls have been catching up on school completing 3-4 hours everyday. Next week will be full of touring the island and enjoying some time at the beach and snorkeling. Lew will return on Monday the 29th and we will catch up with the fleet in Reunion on the 30th. Big plans for Halloween on the 31st.....pictures will be certainly be posted! . read more...


09/11/2012

Habits of Health - Greetings from teh Habits of Healh - Journal Entry #4

Greetings from the Habits of Health,We are fully into Day 6 of our amazing journey to Tortola. Right now we are on a port tack with winds coming from the northeast. Behind us is a gentle following sea that is providing us with a very smooth and comfortable ride. Cooler temperatures today make this sail peaceful and relaxing.We are now in the warm waters of the Caribbean Ocean, roughly 250 miles from the finish line. To our west is the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola and to our south are the British and US Virgin Islands. Every time I sail here I am always struck with the realization that these waters, these skies, and these stars are the very same waters, skies, and stars that Columbus experienced well over 500 years ago. I often wonder what he and his crew may have been. read more...


15/06/2012

Irena - Azori-Lagos dan 5

vse po starem, bi se reklo. Jadranje ob vetrovih iz severozahoda, zahoda, zmerne hitrosti. Prihod v Lagos se je tako prevesil v soboto zgodaj zjutraj, kar pa je še vedno zelo dobro za mojo barko. Trenutno plovemo s hitrostjo 5 vozlov in imamo se 136 milj do cilja. Pocasi se tako zakljucuje krozno jadranje od Gibraltarja do kanarskih otokov, Karibov, Bermuda, Azorov in nazaj v Lagos, ki je 150 milj oddaljen od Gibraltarja. Za vse to je bilo potrebnih, s prekinitvami in vracanji domov, slabi dve leti. Izjemnja izkusnja tako zame, kot tudi za barko, ki se je v vseh pogledih izkazala. V vsem tem obdobju ni bilo vecjih tezav, ali pa popravil. Spoznaval sem razne ljudi, ki so prihajali kot clani posadke in tudi okolja iz katerih so prihajali. V tem casu sem na barki imel Rusa, Grka,. read more...


20/06/2012

Ailsa - Blog update 40:08.83N 8:51.58W

Update from Ailsa   A bad day in Skegness. No way, this is half way down the Portugese coast. At least the rain is warmer although not much. Good news is that the winds for the rest of the trip are from the North so excellent chance to test out the downwind rig.   The diesel issue is – fingers crossed – now resolved and a good dollop of Sikaflex has sorted a deck leak aside one of the stays.  Despite these minor problems we and Ailsa are in one piece. Spirits are high both in this camp and generally as we close in on Cape St Vincente with Nick and Andrew doing a sterling job and one of the monuments on today’s tour seemed apt -  “Virgin of Expectation”.   Richard and Shelley. read more...


20/11/2012

Talulah Ruby II - Log 2 - Tree Planting

A fun morning was had by all as the "Talulah Ruby 11" crew took part in replanting the mountain side to re introduce a Forest area just North of Las Palmas. The Arc have sponsored a 5 year program in association with www.fundacionforesta.es, we took part in the 3rd year of the planting project. The 60 participants did quite well and planted 350 trees on the picturesque hill side.We then enjoyed a picnic before heading back to the Marina, just in time for a siesta before the evening party!Michelle and the TR2 team!photo. read more...


08/05/2012

Comocean -

Beating to Bermuda Author: Toby HynesSince our last report out, we have entered an enormous pressure system.We moved as we entered it into serious clouds and squalls.Initial winds were 10-15 knots but shifted as we approached the system to 17-19.John and Norm decided a reef was important, so we threw in a first reef on the main.We decided to leave the genoa fully out.The boat began to race at close to eight knots as the genoa drove us, bow down, through some serious weather.From that moment on we have been hauling at a 25 degree tilt.As the winds picked up, the sea was confused, and water over the transom became normal.One wave, as Norm had just begun the :30 P.M. SSB call, found Norm at the helm table with about a half a gallon of fresh salt water,We have moved to now sailing with the. read more...


12/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 276 - April showers.....

10 April 2011Named the island of clouds by the Caribs, (pronounced Bek-wee) this is the largest of the St. Vincent dependencies and sure enough we are sitting here in the pouring rain which has lasted almost the entire day. Every night too we have had frequent rain showers, which is why I am puzzled when the locals in the market say that there is not enough rain to grow fruits and vegetables, it is all needed for local consumption. Ah, smacks of over development to me! The morning was spent in frustration. Trying now to use up my precious stores I decided to make a batch of chocolate crunch. The crushed digestive biscuits were fine, the cocoa powder fine, the honey fine, but oh dear, when it came to the dried raisins they were moulded so a second bag was opened. Although in a sealed. read more...


11/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 10

This is Sunday in Bequia. It has been a rainy crazy day on the moorings in Port Elizabeth Harbor. Matt and Anna took off on a dinghy ride to some of the forts off the end of the island. It has been raining on and off all day and doesn't look like the ususal weather we have in the Caribbean at all.The boats even have been moving crazy on their moorings and we had to push off another boat so they wouldn't hit. The guy who owns them came along about that time wanting me to pay him the next nights fee and I kind of went off on him. We almost hit another boat behind us as well so we were all a little nervous as we kept moving in 360 deg circles. After that he moved us to a different mooring and gave us a discount. Discount and boats are an oxymoron so that was pleasant surprise for us. read more...


07/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 5 (Monday) – Wind & Birthdays

Since the last blog we have had great winds F4/5 from the East, all night and up until 12:00 Monday (local). The Grib file weather sent to us daily predicted a small low / front that we thought we would hit early this morning and would change the wind through our nose to the North East. At 12:10 today that happened, a classic front that veered the wind from West to North East (almost 140 degrees) in literally minutes. So we effectively tacked while still remaining on the same point of sail to Bermuda ! Its tighter to the wind and we now have the blade jib out. Winds are still robust, we have water over the decks constantly now and in 3 hours we will have sailed for 24 hours solid since last running the engine. We have had one piece of damage when a leach line on the jib managed to tie. read more...


14/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day Five. TIRED AND EMOTIONAL

Struggling for enough wind all day and also the right direction our watch system went out the window last night and early this morning.  This coupled with a distinct lack of wind left everybody "tired and emotional" as the decision to finally fire up Yan Mar was taken.  However after a few attempts of engine on, sails down and engine on sails up we are finally and hopefully going to cover the last forty miles to Lagos under sail.  "Bo***cks" (not a swear word by the way) winds gone again Bye   Mumbles and co.. read more...


20/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 17 - Sail to Figueira da Foz

We set the alarm clock for 4.30am to get the boat ready for the 7am race start.  However, re-attaching the main sail took rather longer than we expected and we were a few minutes late joining the others at the start line.  We started the race under sail only but there was so little wind that we were all just bobbing on the sea not going anywhere.  After about 30 mins, Scott from Katerina suggested over the radio that we all motor sail until the wind picked up enough to sail.  We had a 75 mile passage ahead of us and would never get to Figueira da Foz if we didn't.  We all agreed that was a great idea and started our motors.    After about 5 hours, the wind picked up enough to sail but the wind strength was still not great,. read more...


09/11/2012

Adagio - the good, the bad, the unexpected

Hi family, friends, and everyone,All of the Adagio crew are fine, and anxiously awaiting our arrival in Tortola. Lots of good things happening here: great people on other boats, and the rally organizers have been wonderful. Our week or so in Hampton was filled with fun activities and very valuable seminars (even though we were in hurricane mode for 4 days. Adagio is sailing extremely well, despite a few days of storms which have left us exhausted and wet. We are around the Florida keys area only quiet a bit east of them. Also great was a chance to shower last night. Not under ideal circumstances, but still, it was wonderful. While the majority of our time has been good on this passage, the wind, seas and storms have made it very difficult for us "virgin" offshore sailors. Trying to get a. read more...


18/10/2012

Matilda - Safely in Mauritius

We arrived safely in Mauritius, luckily avoiding the cyclone, although it was a bit tense at times. The guy who does our weather says that it was the earliest recorded cyclone for the region since records began (the season doesn't usually start until well into November) - trust us to be a part of that sort of history making! Two boats were so concerned they fled to the nearby island of Rodrigues until it had safely passed. Today has been very squally so no doubt we are seeing the tail end of it, grateful we are watching it from the inside of a waterfront cafe.The Indian Ocean crossing passage has been the most enjoyable for us so far. The combination of wind together with interesting sailing conditions and then, to top it off, the formation of the cyclone, meant for no long boring. read more...


20/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - The Reality Distortion Field 29:54.66N 13:21.66 W

As we come to the end of the delivery trip, the crew have hijacked the blog from the skipper today as we don’t want our readers to be sucked into the reality distortion field that is Dave Sturrock! The eternal optimism of the skipper has always kept spirits high, but there has been quite a lot of burble along the way and while the crew were trusting in his ‘wise words’ at first, there was soon some scepticism among the ranks. Some of these now mistrusted phrases were:“The swell is going down!”“The wind will shift very soon”“The wind will drop off in the next few hours”“This snuff bag works really well”“The Canary Current will kick in soon!”And finally “Trust me, I know what I’m talking about”Well, we can safely say that the swell did not go down, the wind did not shift or drop off, the. read more...


07/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 9 - Full Wardrobe

There is no point in having eleven sails if you don't use them.   And at some stage yesterday we managed to use all of our light-weight sails- we are hoping not to have to use any of the others at this stage!  At thebeginning of the day, we were under full plain sail - Genoa, Main and Mizzen alldrawing lustily.  The Guiana Current was with us, and at noon UK timewe posted our stunning total of one short of 180 miles run. But during the afternoon, the wind began to ease back.  Soon theMizzen Staysail was out of its bag and flying between the two masts. Next it was the turn of the new Spinnaker, and with its help we kept up ouraverage speed.  But the wind eased further, leaving us with a twenty knotswell and only ten knots of wind.  The probability of wrapping the preciousnew spinnaker. read more...



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