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04/11/2013

Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start

Die Crew für die Überführung Benalmadena/Las Palmas ist soweit. MELTEMI ist proviantiert, Sicherheitseinweisung ist auch erledigt.ARC Aufkleber für 2013 ist am Heck.Heute noch in Benalmadena und morgen nach Gibralta zum tanken und dann Richtung Madeira.Renate, Julia, Jürgen, Klaus, Andreas, Tim und Schipper Rüdiger freuen sich.P1000354. read more...


Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
04/11/2013

Tal Lira - 4 Nov: Day 3 s/v Tal'Lira going South!

Cannot say it was a good night! So much traffic and you have no other choice than to avoid the confrontation, especially the 600ft and up ones going on course 001 and do not change! Spoke to Kinship, with whom we crossed on the course, they were going straight to Anegada! whilst we are going to Abacos. The weather forecast is for sailing, 23-28 knots with gusts to 35! We have had that!! Peter stated, tomorrow is your B'day and I want to be near the rum punch!! haha I don't think so... Well this for now, more later!P&P. read more...


04/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog - Monday morning, Nov 4

Wings Blog:  Monday morning, Nov 4So, sailors bang on all the time about the weather, and we're no different.  In the last 24 hours, we've experienced the Gulf Stream with winds whistling along at about 24 knots and a temperature change of about 15 degrees.  Then finally out of the Gulf Stream, a brief respite, but then at about 4:00 A.M., this morning, the first of several (and continuing) squalls.  The first we realized what was happening was when the wind upped to 43 knots and our speed went to 13 knots as we bounced across the water like a cork.  We dug Anonymous Dave out of a deep slumber for some advice; his advice:  "It's a squall.  I'm going back to bed."  What wasn't clear to Anonymous Bob what a  "squall" was --  typical. read more...


Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
04/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - The Story so far

The story so farWe raised our ARC flag on 15 August as we left our marina at Lavrio, near Athens, to begin our long journey to Las Palmas and onward to St. Lucia. It was only a short downwind sail to anchor under Cape Sounion for the last time in many years as this was the start of our circumnavigation.  We soon passed through The Corinth Canal and made our way to The Ionian. We visited Ithaca, Lefkas and Cephalonia, anchoring out each night until we reached Zakyththos where we took on extra crew, Viv & Steve, for the journey as far as Lanzarote.  The expected Northerly winds, for once in this part of the world did not blow, in fact on our journey to Sicily, we needed to motor a lot of the way.  A few days in Sicily tied up at Naxos, a small harbour for which no charge. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
03/11/2013

Wings - Wings: Jib Jam at Midnight

Wings:  Jib Jam at Midnight Wings crossed the starting line on Saturday at 3:10, ready to sail into a beautiful evening.  Winds from the north west settled into a steady 15-20 knots.  Got into our routine; set the watches for the night.  All good so far. Early on, the leach line was too loose on the main, so we had to pull in the main.  Dave  climbed up on the boom, worked his way  out to the end, and appraised the situation.  He asked Tommy to get him some line and a sharp razor and then Dave proceeded to hog-tie the sail together.  After about 10 minutes, the job was done.  However, during the event, Dave saw Tommy put his hand on the main sheet, and yelled "Don't let that out!" Tommy calmly responded "I was just holding it so it. read more...


03/11/2013

Trillium - 3 Nov : Off with a Tangled Start!

We made the early Start out of the Elizabeth River yesterday with the rest of the fleet. However, as we were putting up the mainsail, it jammed so we crossed the Start Line with the Genoa and half of a main all crumpled up 3/4 of the way up the mast! Needless to say, as soon as we crossed the Start Line we started to dislodge the jam. After much angst, Tom went up the mast and managed to untangle the top of the sail that had folded over on itself. We all sighed a sigh of relief and started out to see. We were well behind the fleet as we could see them nearing the Chesapeake Bay entrance. Once we finally got out of the Bay, a hot chicken and rice dinner was served and night watches began. It was an interesting night with winds gusting to 30 kts and out of the North. At times,. read more...


03/11/2013

Tal Lira - Day 2

Day one was a fine day, nice weather, no wind, but later at 18.00 it came up, and towards the Gulf Stream it was even better, except for the waves, now we are used to them and it will soon be over, hopefully we can cook our Sunday Morning breakfast as usual!!Have fun!! Peter and Pauline. read more...


03/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog #3

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters." More later... . read more...


03/11/2013

Wings Blog - Long trip down the bay before the start in Portsmouth

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters."More later... . read more...


02/11/2013

Tal Lira - Log day 1 - Goodbye Mia, Andy Miles and all others! at Portsmouth, Ocean Yacht Marina

We will start soon just to get out and don't be in the way of the real rally to Tortola!It was fun and we had a great time at Ocean Yacht Marina, we will stay in touch, and we hope we have a good sail all the way up to Abacos!Cheers, Peter and Pauline. read more...


02/11/2013

Sojourner - Sojourner underway

Looking forward to a great Caribbean 1500 Rally. read more...


19/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 9 - Big Waves

Big winds bring big waves.And boy do we have both.We've been sailing in big winds, 25-35 kn, for the past 24 hours.So, we're seeing the sea build some big waves, about 10 feet, mostly on our port quarter, but some on our beam.It's a little intimidating seeing these big waves coming at us.I keep hoping we'll continue to rise up and over them (rather than the reverse).So far so good.  Our speed could be better.We're only making about 5.5 kn average.Every time we try to put up more sail, we get hit with a blast of wind, and we need to reduce sail.Or, we encounter one of the many squalls surrounding us, and need to reduce sail.Captain Bill hasn't had much rest the past two days.So, we opted to stick with reduced sail for awhile so that we don't have to continually change sail and he can. read more...


Sojourner - Sojourner underway
Sojourner - Sojourner underway
02/11/2013

Solstice - First night at sea

Very calm at the moment.  Expecting to pick up late.  Small craft advisory, so they say.. read more...


Solstice - First night at sea
Solstice - First night at sea
02/11/2013

Windleblo - On our way

36 hours in.Crew bonding well. No issues there. I asked the crew what they like most about sailing.The Irishman likes the self-reliance element of ocean passage-making. The Austrian likes being away from it all, out in the wilderness.So far, we've tried broad reaching, 130% genoa only, and gennaker-ing with the main. Each has its down side and its virtues. Tomorrow we will rig dual head sails and try that without the main. Then we'll have a basis for choosing whichever seems best.. read more...


Solstice - The galley is stocked
Solstice - The galley is stocked
02/11/2013

Solstice - We have shoved off

To avoid NE winds as we cross the gulf stream, we and the fleet are heading out a day early.  Bonn voyage.   Don. read more...


Solstice - We have shoved off
Solstice - We have shoved off
Free Spirit -
Free Spirit -
02/11/2013

Solstice - Under Way

We have departed Ocean Marine Yacht Center and are cruising out to the starting area.   Boat number 2 out.--                            _ _ __.. .__o. .   .  .  .  . .      - -_--.-  _`\<,_                            (  ( (( (_)/ (_). read more...


02/11/2013

Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!

SHELDUCK TO AMERICANeil HegartyWe both enjoy significant birthdays this year, Anne being five years the younger. In order to celebrate in a memorable way I invited her to sail across the north Atlantic to America. Our families were not happy for us to do so on our own so I joined ARC Atlantic 2013.  Gabby (Perry) & Brendan McGarvey accepted the invitation to crew for the Atlantic crossing.Shelduck was laid up ashore at Descobre Ventos at Doca Belem Lisbon in November 2012 to be prepared for our adventure.The first job was to replace all standing and running rigging which, like everything else, was ten years old. Shelduck is a Dufour 34 built in La Rochelle in 2003 fitted with a standard, not the tall racing rig and a deep racing, fully lead keel so she is quite stiff to sail.. read more...


Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
02/11/2013

Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters

We sail in an hour ........ or so.And Anonymous has dropped his specs overboard!!!!!. read more...


02/11/2013

Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf

IT’S all about the bread today. How high it rises, when it rises, why Spanish yeast is fickle, the loaves’ density, the sudden switch to square tins, why Manali’s oven makes hard bread. And Radi’s wise counsel that older flour makes better bread – achieved by sieving the flour a few days earlier which exposes it to air causing it to oxidise, shortening the ageing process. Whoever would have guessed the pivotal point of Manali’s preparation for the ARC focused on baking bread. Makes sense with 2800 nautical miles, 288 meals and 96 six hour shifts separating Gran Canaria from St Lucia. Who said you can’t sail across The Atlantic on the aroma of a freshly baked loaf?-        Team Manali Atlantic   www.manaliblue.comEl Pan. read more...


Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
01/11/2013

La Rochelle - arrived in lanzarote

La Rochelle has safely arrived in lanzarote .friday morning 5am. Some interesting stats gib to lanzaroteMax wind speed 45 knots ( before vane blew off the mast)Max boat speed 14.7 knotsBest sail combo double reefed mainsail onlySea state , bloody awful hand steered 72 hours , 2 helmsman , 2 hour rotating shifts auto helm dangerousKnockdowns 2 ( by the waves and swell)Boat and crew damage , minorWe are definitely ready for the arc +Crew La RochelleSent from my iPad. read more...


01/11/2013

Tal Lira - preparing to leave on Sunday

Hi All!We are preparing to leave on Sunday, with the Carib1500 from Portsmouth VA. The weather is fine here and its just a small party.All problems are fixed and we feel very comfortable on our Tal'Lira.We had a very good time in the Cheasapeake Bay, especially at Annapolis Landing Marina(due to some special peolple Jack's Evie and Sharon)Still have to do some work on pictures and updates, but you can have a look on:http://www.sailblogs.com/member/tallira235094909/ Pauline and Peter. read more...


31/10/2013

Windleblo - Hello Goodbye

The Austrian and the Irishman have arrived in Gibraltar, bringing ARC crew strength to three-quarters.We spent our first 24 hours together with final boat prep and provisioning, plus getting reacquainted. The skipper asked each man what he wanted to see happen before his time aboard Windleblo ended. The Irishman said he wanted to build strong friendships. The Austrian seeks achievement of a life long dream -- to cross an ocean. As for me, my goals, beyond the obvious safe delivery of boat and crew, are to use the passage as a time to practice seamanship and work towards being a better shipmate, husband, and father. As we say hello to each other, we say goodbye to Mainland Europe. We shove off early tomorrow. Our first stop -- Madeira -- is 600 nautical miles and 100 hours away.. read more...


31/10/2013

Trillium - 31 Oct: Flat Stanley is Traveling with S/V Trillium

The Caribbean 1500 is just the first leg of our circumnavigation as we will be joining the World ARC in St. Lucia in January 2014. Since our six year old granddaughter is quite upset that we are leaving her for so long (3 years is the plan), we will be communicating with her first grade class in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan USA. We have Flat Stanley with us and he will appear in many photos as we travel around the globe. Flat Stanley will be showing the children many sites via photos, emails and Skype. This will be a big adventure for all of us! We moved out of our house at midnight last Thursday and flew to the boat at Herrington Harbour North in the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of our crew Ron Horton, we managed to get ourselves down to Portsmouth, VA in an overnight run. We. read more...


31/10/2013

Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas

Covering the 650 miles between Olhão (Algarve/Portugal) and Las Palmas in 97 hours, using different sailing modes from one a half day using the engine to a new kind of intense sailing – at least in our Portuguese south sunshine and flat seas perspective – surfing 4/5 meters waves during the night, with more than 30 knots of wind and some rain, the CONQUILHA III is now safely in Las Palmas Marina, with a very happy crew and the ARC 2103 flag hoisted. For us the Atlantic circle has already started, aiming to be back to Portugal – Azores in May 2014.  In this shakedown sail we had a big worry when during a night maneuver under 25 knots of wind and those strange waves, the mainsail unintentionally jibed twice with one crew at the base of the mast. It was not funny and a great moment to. read more...


Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
29/10/2013

Morning Haze - A Family's Journey

Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC2ClafewWw  Rebecca Hayes. read more...


28/10/2013

Windsurf - ARC kriebels....

Eindelijk is het zover dat we de tocht der tochten kunnen beginnen.Al diverse jaren aan het voorbereiden hierop.... Cursussen, boot optimaliseren, bevoorraden, beveiligen, enz. enz....de portemonnee is leger geworden, maar er staat aan de overkant veel voldoening te wachten, wanneer we vast liggen in de baai van St. Lucia...Wij zijn Peter en Marianne van SY de Windsurf en zijn al sinds 2008 aan het zeilen. Eerst met een Ovni 385 van Noord Duitsland via Denemarken, via de Wadden, via het IJsselmeer, naar buiten, het ruime sop van Het Kanaal. Zuid Engeland, de Kanaaleilanden en de oversteek van de Golf van Biskaije naar Spanje, Portugal, Spanje, Gibraltar, Balearen, Zuid Frankrijk. Hier stopte de reis van de Ovni en ging in Antibes op transport terug naar Nederland voor de verkoop. We. read more...


28/10/2013

Millport II - Abandon Ship drills and liferaft practice in Lanzarote!

Last week whilst still in Lanzarote, we took delivery of our new ISO 9650 approved liferaft.  But what to do with our old one?  It was not ISO compliant, so had a negligible re-sale value.  We decided to inflate it and practice "abandon ship" procedures to give the kids a better idea of what a life-raft would really be like and the proper procedure for leaving the boat in case of an emergency.  After the serious bits were over and done with, the poor life-raft became a trampoline - landing pad - floating play house - bouncy castle for the rest of the day.  It gave us a good idea of what would work best in the event of having to leave the boat and also how uncomfortable those floating paddling pools really are!  The day after we disposed of the poor abused. read more...


Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
28/10/2013

Jambo - Ready to go !

Well after 5 months cruising we made it to the start!Here is Jambo in Las Palmas having a rest. We will return for a few weeks then return to make the final preparations and enjoy the build up to the startIMG_1103. read more...


Jambo - Ready to go !
Jambo - Ready to go !
28/10/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle leaving gibraltor

The weather window has opened for our passage to the canaries ,should be dream condition s 15-25 knots up the "clacker", should arrive lanzarote Friday afternoon, first real offshore test for La Rochelle having spent all her life in the med, great chance to try all our hardware, as all the crew are now on board.Crew La Rochelle. read more...


27/10/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna

After 10 days sailing from Islas Baleares, NDS Darwin arrived safe to Las Palmas in Gran Canarias. After the checking in the marina office and with our ARC 2013 early pack we are ready to visit the city. Two day before we arrived, we fished a very nice (90 pound) yellowfin tuna.  A ceviche and sashimi tuna was amazing..!!P1070304. read more...