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25/11/2012

Oranda III - start delay

Que decepción, después de lo que hemos corrido para tener todo a punto para la salida, se retrasa hasta el martes. Que alivio, después de correr tanto, siempre queda algo por hacer. Estos dos días mas vienen de perlas.. read more...


25/11/2012

Ailsa - blog 2

Captains log; Stardate 2012-11-25 – 07.30 UTCT-0 – Departure date and time now Tuesday 27 Nov; 13:00 UTCFirst things first. Starfleet command has decided to send out the storm troopers (racing class) first to punch a hole  through the strong South Westerly and big seas and delay the deployment of the main fleet till Tuesday when the wind (and sea state) is more favourable. A brave but sensible decision, given that enjoyment is, after all, meant to be part of the experience. In technical meteorological terms there is a secondary low over the Canaries (an unusual and unpredictable situation) with strong winds and, more importantly for us mortals, 6 metre waves! We wish the storm troopers well and will watch without envy. The last few days has seen a general mania descend on the fleet.. read more...


25/11/2012

Sam III - Countdown gestoppt! Samstag 24.11.12

Unsere Vorbereitungen waren abgeschlossen. Endlich. War auch nicht so ganz einfach. Nach dem Einkauf musste jeder Apfel, jede Paprika, jede Tomate, (jedes Crewmitglied), einfach alles, einzeln abgewaschen und wieder getrocknet werden. Erst danach konnten wir alles im Boot verstauen. Das ist eine Vorsichtsmaßnahme wegen der Kakerlaken hier auf der Inseln. Die fängt man sich schnell ein, wird sie aber nur sehr schwer wieder los.Aber alles war erledigt und wir fieberten dem Start entgegen.Gestern waren wir noch im Real Club Nautico (königlicher Yachtclub) Garn Canaria zu Gast. Die Canapees und Freigetränke wurden dankend angenommen. Aber so kurz vor dem (vermeintlichen) Start tranken wir natürlich fast nur Softdrinks. Samstag 13:00 war dann Skipper Besprechung, Wetterrouting und. read more...


Bardeau - Red sky reason why
Bardeau - Red sky reason why
25/11/2012

Selene - Selene is ready for the off

Selene and her crew have spent a very useful and enjoyable week in Las Palmas carefully checking everything that can be checked and getting ready for the start. This has been the final furlong in a year long preparation for the race and as I sit here thinking about going to bed the enormity of the task ahead is beginning to dawn. We are all slightly anxious about the trip, but Selene is a very well found boat and we are glad as she will be tested during the very first stages of the race tomorrowWe know there is an area of low pressure to the west which will give us southerly winds tomorrow, of about 20-25kts on the nose, but veering west later and then going north then east over the next day or so. This will mean an uncomfortable first day before the wind goes East and blows us rapidly. read more...


24/11/2012

La Boheme - our crew for Atlantic crossing

There will be 4 of us for the Atlantic crossing. Tom Holc, Danusia Remiszewska and Anna and Gregory Haremza. We are looking forward to hopefully starting on Tuesday, weather permitting. La Boheme Team. read more...


24/11/2012

Kinship - Pre-departure

The crew aboard Kinship are getting to know each other, getting to know the boat, and getting to know Las Palmas! We have hit the streets and walked and jogged all over the place to prepare and provision the boat. We are ready to set sail and looking forward to the journey together.. read more...


24/11/2012

Meltemi - 24.11.2012 - ...tick...tick...tick...Breaking News...tick...tick...tick...

..Erstens kommt es anders und Zweitens als man denkt!Code Flag ”L” bedeutet “last minute changes“. Im akuten Fall:Startverschiebung!Chris Tibbs, der ARC-Weather Man verkuendet waehrend des Skipper Briefings heute Mittag:Die letzten Wettervorhersagen verheissen nichts Gutes, siehe auch www.passageweather.comVom Norden her zieht ein recht kraeftiges Tief ueber die Kanaren nach Sueden.Starkwind aus Suedwest und ueber 6 m hoher Seegang wird vorhergesagt, sodass sich der Veranstalter entschlossen hat, den Regattestart fuer die Fahrtenschiffe auf Dienstag zu verschieben.Der Blaue Peter kann also zunaechst wieder runter...FranzSkipper. read more...


24/11/2012

Caryali - for the series? even at the last day something happens

What a day what a day!!! The water maker after 5 months working perfectly decided to let us down…. DISASTER… At least for me. The motor 220 broke impossible to find a new one and only half an hour ago found out that rolnautic has found the person to fix it. By Monday we sholuld have it.Disaster number 2 the fruit market dod not bring on boat the vegi and the fruit I went there twice they told me they would bring it but nothing.Went to Cortes Ingles and re did the list. I hope this time will work. Finally but this is the good news The ARC organizers decided to postpone the start for those who have no wish to take the first two days of cruising with wind on the nose rain and squalls.This actually saved us for the water maker for we should get it on Monday.Carole and Stefano. read more...


24/11/2012

Johanem - Delayed!!!

We have had a great few days getting the boat provisioned, fruit and vegetables washed, lectures attended etc . The final ARC party at Club Nautico was last night. It was a fantastic setting and a very sociable evening. Today was Skippers Briefing before the big "off" due tomorrow. We are all ready to go!!! After a well delivered speech about the start by Andrew Bishop, the weather from Chris Tibbs (which was not looking great) the announcement was made that although the racing division has to start tomorrow the cruising division i.e. 220 boats are now to start on Tuesday. This is only the second time in the ARC's 25 year plus existence that this has happened!The motley crew hence retired to the old town of Las Palmas for a convivial lunch and aim to now spend a more relaxed couple of. read more...


24/11/2012

Cheri - ARC Start verschoben

Gestern Abend auf der ARC Abschiedsparty in dem schönen Real Club Nautico war die Stimmung bestens. 234 Boote mit 1.387 Teilnehmern aus rd. 25 Nationen nehmen an der ARC teil. Andrew Bishop und der Minister für Tourismus verabschiedeten die Jachten und wünschten eine gute und erfolgreiche Überfahrt. Wir standen lange mit Georg Christiansen und seiner Crew von der HASPA Hamburg zusammen und genossen den schönen Abend. Heute Morgen war ich zum Ausklarieren der Crew in dem ARC Office. In der langen Warteschlange wurde ob der aktuellen Wetterlage südwestlich von Gran Canaria schon bedenklich diskutiert. Cristian Potthoff-Sewing von der AULIANA II erzählte mir, dass ein Crewmitglied gestern Abend aufgrund der ungünstigen Wetteraussichten und anderer Diskrepanzen aus der Crew ausgestiegen ist.. read more...


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

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