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17/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 5 (Wednesday) – A ‘High Five’ signals the end of our sail all the way to the USA.

By the early hours the sea was calm and the sails flogged so on came the motor as we entered the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, we slowed to ensure we would enter in daylight, especially as a fairly thick fog had gathered at the entrance. Another Rally boat the new catamaran Escapade, skipper Neil was just 7 miles behind after taking his own route across the Gulf Stream. They were returning to their home marina after taking delivery of his new catamaran and sailing it back from South America. We followed Escapade for several hours to their Marina we were to share, as the fog cleared. The trip across the bay could not have been more different from the expectation we had been given from the cruising guide. Far from busy we saw just a handful of small vessels on the water and two larger and. read more...


29/06/2012

Freedom Found - Day 13 exploits in the Channel

Position 125 miles from Cowes, South of Plymouth @ 49 54.5N 04 11.5W @ 07:00 Friday. Well as predicted here we are faced with what side shall we slip into Cowes from? Shall we join with 1800 other yachts in the annual Round the Island Race or battle against the flow of yachts and possibly tide. No question I hear you ask keep on sailing. Timing is therefore critical and despite doing an average 6.5 overnight it's still tight to get through Needles both with tide and whilst the main RTIR fleet has not sailed. I think we need a few more hours to get a better eta at the Needles. We have had a very smooth ride up from the Azores with wind in our favour nearly all the way. Interesting positioning with tankers, container ships & fishing vessels but here we are now in the English Channel.. read more...


23/11/2012

Bristolian - Preparations underway

Bristiloan prepares for a day at sea trials. Crew all itching to get going on Sunday.Great excitement surrounding an 11th hour dash to Copenhagen to pick up replacement kit tempered somewhat by lack of a particular, significant cable, so the team of highly skilled sparkys affecting keyhole surgery on the old part.Click the gallery pages to see photos: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11588. read more...


20/11/2012

Miramar - Schedules, and the need to let them go...

Last night Jamie said to me "Well at least we only have two more night watches!""Thank goodness," I said."These nights are killing me."With over 30 years of sailing behind me, on boats big and small and all over the world, this has been my first passage of any distance.I have known Jeremy and Jamie for many years, and have been fortunate to be there to sail with them before, so when they called to say they were planning on making this trip, I was very excited about the opportunity to do it with them.I have many stories to tell about this adventure, and I am sure my own blog will be filled with them in the weeks to come, but tonight I wanted to make a personal reflection about something that occurred to me earlier today.Sam, our newest crew member, calls this my Zen moment, and he might. read more...


11/11/2012

Matilda - Richards Bay Ahoy

We should be getting to Richards Bay, as is our tradition, in the wee hours tomorrow (Monday) morning - HURRAH. The Indian Ocean has lived up to its reputation being changeable (what an understatement) and we have had several sense of humour failures over the past few days, particular over putting up the Parasailor 3 times (no mean feat for only two of us on foredeck wrestling with the pole etc, its a bit like trying to stand up and operate on the back of a trick pony) only to have to take the damn thing down not more than an hour later. ARRGHHH.We've been eating incredibly well on this passage - lots of salads, curries and even a few gourmet mini-pizzas today for lunch. We've found the absence of a freezer on board is not a handicap at all, and the fridge space more than meets our. read more...


28/03/2009

Windflower III - "1xxxrum" ist erreicht

Heute segelten wir auf St.Lucia mit den verbliebenen 17 von 36 gestarteten Booten,von der MarigotBay zur RodneyBay.Dabei kreutzten wir um 12.09 Uhr kurz vor dem Einlaufen in die RodneyBay unsere Kurslinie vom 23.Januar des vergangenen Jahres und haben es damit tatsaechlich geschafft.Einmal um die Welt zu segeln.Welch ein Gefuehl !!!In diesen 430 Tagen haben wir ca 25000 sm zurueckgelegt,dabei 3 Ozeane ueberquert und 4 Kontinente mit insgesamt 18 Laendern besucht.Wir haben den Panamakanal,die Inside Passage des Great Barriere Reefs,die TorresStrasse,den Agulhasstrom und das Kap der Guten Hoffnung hinter uns gebracht.Unzaehlige und wunderbare Begegnungen mit fremden Menschen gehabt,Natur pur in allen Facetten erlebt und eine traumhafte Tier-und Pflanzenwelt gesehen.Wir durften das Erlebnis. read more...


26/04/2009

Cleone - CLEONE - Not yet Finished!

Cleone has arrived in St Lucia.Tantalisingly close, we have not yet finished ourcircumnavigation.  Paul had to go home on 24th March; we bade him a sadfarewell in Vieux Fort.  A commercial port, its only merit was that it is aPort of Entry, and very close to the Airport.  Otherwise, you can forgetit; it has nothing to recommend it. Passing by St Vincent along the windward shore, itwas clear that we were not going to be able to lay the Rhumb-Line to Vieux Fort,so it took us more time than we had anticipated.  Despite our six am start,we did not get into Vieux Fort until four thirty in the afternoon.  Thelittle fishing harbour was unwelcoming, so we made our way to the commercialport, parking the dinghy by a convenient ladder at the root of the longjetty.  There were customs officers. read more...


10/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Land Ho!

28:33.4S 032:43.9E 1386 miles covered, 38 miles to go In Treasure Island and similar works of fiction there is always a triumphal cry of Land Ho when land is first sighted. In our experience the land just gradually emerges from the mist on the horizon so that it is difficult to say when "may be a mountain" changes to "is a mountain". Even so, when you can definitely see it is land there is a moment of elation and dancing around in the cockpit. In the end our route turned out to be a good one. We had good wind overnight to bring us south and then, 60 miles offshore and much further than expected, we picked up a the strong southerly Agulhas current. Had we not been so far north we then would have been hard pressed to make Richards Bay without having to sail against the current. Check. read more...


19/11/2012

Miramar - Calm

We left the Chesapeake a week later than the rest of the Caribbean 1500 in part due to the possibility of some 40+ knot winds we'd otherwise be experiencing -- as the slowest boat in the race, we didn't expect to be able to outrun the weather as other boats had hoped to. A week later, we left as soon as the gulf stream calmed down enough following the storm, motoring south two full days to pick up forecasted favorable winds. We ended up close hauled and beating uncomfortable south before those winds died. We then cranked up the engine again and powered east, pounding even more uncomfortably directly into the ocean swells.Now a week later as we approach Tortola, the forecast keeps getting more mild. We've seen variable winds most days, rarely able to sail more than a few hours before the. read more...


26/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log / Cowes

Hallo an alle Interessiertendie Crew der Endo 2 ist in Cowes eingetroffen. Hier haben wir uns auf die Suche des WorldCruisingClubs gemacht und sind nach einigem Hin und Her in den Straßen Cowes auch fündig geworden. Zwar prangt ein großes Schild über den Eingang zum Hinterhof, doch so schnell schaut "man" nicht nach oben. Das Büro ist kleiner als gedacht - doch desto größer die Events. Wir haben die Yellowbrigs von Pinta, Halo und uns abgegeben und mit Jeremy gesprochen. Nun - wir waren über die "Größe" des Büros überrascht. Cowes ist jedoch eine nette kleine Stadt mit enormem Segelengagement. Scheinbar ist hier immer Regatta.In der Stadt bekommt man alles für den Segelsport. Southampton ist per Fähre in. read more...


16/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 4 (Tuesday) – The massive glow of civilisation ahead grows like a rising moon in the distance.

Day 4 Tuesday was a busy day, we had 24 hours of good winds and had sailed all of it mostly over 8 knots. During the daylight hours winds reached 27 knots and were pretty much Force 6 all day. The seas became messy so it became more difficult to do much in the galley, in the end we just sailed on the Genoa headsail. We were now just over 100nm off the USA coastline. As we ran into the Gulf Stream the sea temperature we were monitoring rose from 38F to 54F in the center of the stream and with a Northerly current (lift) of around 3.5 knots at one point. We emerged the other side a fraction more North than we had calculated but pretty much on track. As we come out of the stream the sea floor raises from 3000m to less than 50m in what must be an amazing underwater ‘cliff’ but. read more...


28/06/2012

Moonstream - Oeiras to Sines to Lagos

Starship Moonstream: Oeiras to Sines to LagosOeiras to Sines was a sunny, gentle 50 nm sail, which saw us relaxing and catching those sun beams.  We left at 10.30 with all the boats going over the start line together and arriving in Sines in time to enjoy a very jolly marina with coffee bars and good restaurants.Im writing this at sea!  We left Sines this morning going over the start line at 06.04 which meant another early up at 05.00.  There has been no wind since we started and we have been motoring  for 7 hours.  Yesterday in Sines, which is a small village, I couldn’t find any Wifi and the yacht club, our hosts, didn’t have one – so that was that!!   Tonight in Lagos there should be plenty of Wifi´s to send this.While I have written the last paragraph the land sea. read more...


23/11/2012

Bardeau - Coffee in a coffee shop ...no!

The wine and beer is on ... Some water... 15 varieties of hot dog. A lettuce is being delivered this morning to fend off scurvey and keep the green munching motleys on board happy. Yesterday confirmed much that had been thought about why the Spanish economy is not well. There is a coffee retail shop in the marina with wall to wall tins of coffee. Conversation as follows:Me: ahh good sir I see you sell coffeeHim: coffee? Coffee??? Chnoo vee chno sell ze coffee Me: but my good man your walls are lined with coffeeHim: zat no coffeeMe: looks like coffee to me !Him: chno for you you chno haveMe: thank you man (whilst calling our final crew member in Headless Cross near Birmingham due out today)Me: Claretta where are you ?Claretta: Eeeh oop in Morrisons Me: do they sell coffee?Claretta: yesMe:. read more...


22/11/2012

Murphy - Stress levels plummet - Day Minus 3

Today it seems as though the rally has properly begun for the good ship Murphy, with the arrival of our final crew member. This coincided with the completion, or at least planned resolution, of all outstanding problems - that list which seemed to keep on growing has finally been tamed. We expect that Rolnautic, the local chandlery, will really miss us over the next few days. So with stress levels at an all-time low, Andrew, Lucinda, Jake and Jeff celebrated with dinner at Pier 19. If the picture looks a little bit blurry, that's because we were feeling a little bit blurry ourselves, after our first visit as a complete crew to the ARC sundowner. See our photos by clicking here: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=11436Andrew. read more...


10/11/2012

BRIZO - Saturday 10 Nov @012

We continue making very good progress toward Richards Bay, now expecting to arrive Sunday morning. We have further refined our watch schedule for hand-steering BRIZO and after three days none of us is fatigued or sleepy. Keep in mind though that we have four people capable of steering; only having two people to steer (as has happened with some other Rally boats) would be an entirely different matter and we know it!. read more...


27/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 23 - Sail to Lagos... the final leg!

There was a 'gate start' to today's race, meaning that all boats had to pass the start line between 6am and 6.30am.  We passed the line at about 6.15am.  Sadly, there was very little wind and the sea was glassy calm, so we all had to motor sail for several hours before we could switch off the engine.  As we approached Cape St Vincent, the wind picked up dramatically and we had an exciting sail, with gusts of over 30 knots at times.  When we were at 90 degrees to Cape St Vincent, we dropped our ensign in the age old tradition, as a mark of respect to Admiral Nelson.   A short while later, we rounded the corner into the Algarve.  This was when the wind calmed down again.  We continued to sail for a little while, but it meant tacking several. read more...


25/06/2012

Freedom Found - Day 9 Stary nights & Crusing chutes

Position 575 miles from Cowes @ 45 47.5N 13 30.6 W @ noon Monday Since our last update we have progressed very well. We've been taken off to the east towards the infamous Bay of Biscay notorious for bad weather, hight winds & adverse current but the weather reports showed good prospects of being able to capture a better course in a couple of days and so it has proved! Yesterday the mist & fog came in & are still with us. Sailing Goose-winged all night with main & stay sail on opposite sides and so it remains today (Monday) earlier we have had some amazing star lit nights with sightings of satellites and shooting stars. Much colder now (compared with Azores & Florida! ) And the dew point is very noticeable in the nights leaving us & the boat covered with light. read more...


17/11/2012

Miramar - 700 Mile Bread

I spent a few winters living 37 miles outside of Haines, Alaska, alone on my parents’ homestead. It was a magical time of discovery of self and of the natural world around me. In the deep of winter I’d let myself get snowed in, and then would entertain myself with books, movies, and through learning various crafts. One of my favorites was the art of baking bread.A decade and a half later, I’d not baked more than 3 loafs of bread in all that time. But with the growing calm as we head southeast into the Caribbean, I was no longer compelled to sleep all day. Instead, I decided to give a try at bread baking on the boat during my off-shift hours.My recipe was simple, from memory: I stirred a little honey into warm water (not scalding), then sprinkled a packet of yeast on top. Once visibly. read more...


16/05/2012

Comocean - Daily log

Yeah!!!! I will be on call immediately after school so hang tight!!! Not sure where landing will be, but will find you all!!! You made it this far! Getting "home" from docks is a piece of cake!!!. read more...


25/03/2009

La Boheme - 22 March - The Caribeen

After 10 days of sailing, in the morning on the 22nd we saw land. Firstly the faint stain on the horizon slowly taking on the shape of St Vincent and the Grenadines and our destination - the beautiful Mustigue Island. As we approached the bay, we saw several World ARC yachts. So, finally we caught up. It was Sunday and the famous Basil's Bar on the beach had a life music on from 5pm and of course we all met there. Superb atmosphere, music and relaxation. The next day we hired a car and visited the island. What a contrast to Brazil, the opposite end of spectrum. Yesterday we sailed to Bequia and today we are on the way to St Vincent where we will stay overnight and tomorrow we will sail to Saint Lucia.So far we love it here!!!Anna, Greg and BenLa Boheme. read more...


23/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in the Grenadines

To give this country its full name, it is St Vincent and theGrenadines.  But as I write, we are passing St Vincent by.We had mixed reports of Clifton, so our intentionwas to complete the formalities and leave.  But it is an attractive littleplace.  The busy harbour promised plenty of interest, and theanchorage was sheltered if a little deep.  When you've taken the trouble toequip yourself with a hundred metres of chain you need to use it every so often,so we were happy to drop the hook next to Kealoha and settle back away from thereef and towards the fairway.  The formalities were soon over, and theYacht Club beckoned.  Soon our friends in Quasar V arrived, and what hadbeen an intention to move on faded away, particularly as Volker discovered heneeded to spend some time on the Internet. read more...


16/11/2012

Miramar - Half Way

The Miramar and it its crew have been at sea now for 7 days.The shifts have made us weary and a little cranky at times, but overall we have been enjoying the trip.Some days are better than others of course.One of the less fabulous days saw us motoring against weather.The bouncing had most of the crew sea sick and despondent. Yesterday was one of the best of days.We started off the morning by catching 2 beautiful Mahi Mahi.Pancakes were prepared as Bill cleaned the fish.We started with pancakes and finished the day with fish tacos. The day was hot enough that we all switched to shorts and every member in the crew got a warm shower on the bow.The weather has slowly increased in warmth and humidity as we have progressed, and for several days now the ocean has been unbelievably deep and. read more...


09/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 6

27:45.0S 034:51.5E  1260 miles covered, 160 to go Today has been a gentle sailing day, just enough wind to keep us moving without turning on the engine, at around six knots.  It has been sunny and everyone has taken the opportunity to catch some rays. Speaking of catching things, we caught a Dorado today.  In fact we thought we had caught two at the same time, one on each line, until we reeled in the first one and saw that it had managed to take both lures at once.  But even with two hooks in its mouth I managed to mess up the landing and it got away before Daniel could gaff hook it.  It is a good job it was not a coveted tuna on the line or Daniel and Andrea would have shoved me in to swim after it. My plan of staying north and waiting. read more...


21/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 7 Back into Britain

20 June We sailed or rather motored into UK waters this morning, the 18th June, for the first time in over eight years. Pinta are now just 100nm away from Falmouth. Looking at this morning’s grib file we think we will just carry on all the way to Scotland. We have just enough fuel even if we have to motor all the rest of the way which it looks pretty much like we will be doing. We are now just desperate to get home. We cannot ever remember seeing so many dolphins, they come early mornings and evening, sometimes staying for an hour or more. Donald knelt at the bow and waved to them. One jumped right out of the water and almost touched his hand. And during my watch for the last two nights running we have had a wonderful sunset, the sky changing from fiery orange to blood red. The sea. read more...


27/06/2012

Ailsa - Blog update 37:06.61N 8:40.50 W

Lagos Begosh!   Arrived in Lagos tea time yesterday after a motor through calm variables through the last leg, except for 30 knots round the Cape de Vincente – respects to Nelson. At last warmth and sunshine so Shelley is happy! The summer wardrobe emerges on the last day – better late than never.   Over the past four legs we have got into our sailing stride with fresh northerly’s and principally down wind sailing. Sailing from start to finish has been great and puts the diesel fuel issues into context. The latter problem we believe is now solved.   A word about World Cruising Club. Great organisation and wonderfully cheery welcomes have contributed enormously to the trip. About Rallies – the main benefit for me has been the opportunity to tap into. read more...


15/05/2012

Comocean - Daily log

Turning toward the barnWe are just entering our fourth day on the crossing. Last evening, ahead of our expected entry point to the Gulf Stream, we saw a cargo ship adrift (similar to anchored), saw the water temperature jump to 80 degrees, and realized we were in the stream. With a south, south west wind, the chop was reasonable, the fishing lines were set and the sun was rising. This was spectacular. Earlier, Bob and I had set the Genoa and then later the Main. I decided on a double reef as the wind speed was gusting close to 20. I failed to start with the first reef line as Bob had an issue to manage downstairs, and we got everything locked together. With the reefing lines at the rear of the sail fouled, Bob and I struggled to get the reefs straight. Bob fiddled with the first line,. read more...


22/11/2012

Sam III - preperations

Die Crew ist guter Dinge - ich weiß gar nicht warum - doch, ich erinnere mich, weil der heimische Fußballklub Amerstdam 4:1 aus dem holländischen Stadion gefegt hat und natürlich weil die Vorbereitungen gut laufen. Ersatzteile, die uns noch fehlen, sind kein Problem, die örtlichen Händler besorgen alles, alles no problemo, nur eine Frage der Zeit und Nerven. Unsere Verproviantierung läuft, zumindest soweit ich das einschätze, ganz OK. Gut, heute hörte ich bei unseren Lademeistern Funny und Ulli einige Diskussionen darüber, wieviel Obst wirklich nötig wäre, schließlich müßten noch Congnac, Sekt, Fischeier und Geschenke für die Liebsten in die vorhandenen Stauräume verteilt werden. Sonst esse man ja auch-fast-kein Grünzeug...Übrigens habe ich das Gefühl unser. read more...


15/05/2012

Surprise - daily log

We are approaching the gulf stream with south winds at 20-25 kts. We are reefed and doing 7.5-8.2 kts in confused seas.Cathy in addition to feeding us wonderfully replaced our raw water impeller last evening in bouncy seas. Interestingly, we had replaced it in BDA and it failed unit had only about 33 hours on it. She remains amazing in her composure and abilities.Looking forward to being home.CH Surprise. read more...


21/06/2012

Freedom Found - Day 5 Longest Day - sunrise to sunset

Went to bed with glorious sunset to be greeted today with magnificent sunrise. Shift sleeping going ok and grabbing the extra hour when we can. Showers allowed today so were now clean boys! Wind has died through night and we have gone from sailing to motor sailing to motoring....... Engine ticking over at 1400 rpm so fuel consumption should be a low .35 US gal per hr. this gives us 5kts speed. Wash day yesterday ironing still to do! Airing bedding today so all smells sweet! Some clould now appearing so hopefully that will bring some wind with them. Still maintaining the rhumb line course which brings us gradually back to English channel without being pulled into Biscay. Weatger fcast for next few days is in our favour to maintain a good NE course with WSW moderate winds. This afternoon. read more...


26/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 22 - Free day in Sines

There was an organised early morning walking tour of Sines today.  John joined the tour whilst Steve and I had a lie in :)  We joined the rest of the Rally participants in the fort overlooking the marina at 11am for drinks, nibbles and the Rally prizegiving for the previous leg.  After the prizegiving, we took a look around the fort museum and climbed to the top of the fort wall to take some photos of the harbour and beach below.  Below the fort there was also a statue of Vasco De Gama, who was the man who first found the sea route to India and discovered Brazil.  It is believed that he was born in the fort.   In the afternoon, John and I walked back into town to get some goodies for a pontoon party that Sally & Ian off Seraphina. read more...


09/11/2012

BRIZO - Friday 9 November 2012

The sun has just risen and we are 371 miles from Richards Bay, South Africa. As expected, this leg has had some of the most challenging weather of our journey. Fortunately everyone on board has been feeling well in spite of the conditions. The one serious problem we have had is the failure of our autopilot. Two days ago it had started behaving erratically and, hours later, stopped working altogether. After several attempts at repairs, we concluded that most likely the electric motor driving the hydraulic pump is not working and consequently we have had to hand-steer the boat ever since. Fortunately we have four adults on board capable of steering and we have structured two watch teams of two people each, three hours on and three hours off. Each person has alternated hand-steering for 15. read more...


15/11/2012

Miramar - Mahi

With the seas settling down, we dropped a couple of hand lines into the ocean, and within a couple of hours caught a couple of Mahi Mahi -- photo attached.fish. read more...


22/11/2012

Williams - Donderdag 22 nov

Vanochtend begonnen met wat samples te testen van boodschappen die we gaan meenemen tijdens onze reis.Dat resulteerde in het testen van pastasauzen, witte wijn, sapjes, brood, kaas.Dit zag er voor onze buren wel wat vreemd uit, zo vroeg in de ochtend, vooral ook omdat we er zelf vaak hard om moesten lachen.Verder weer hard gewerkt. Rob was hard bezig de brandstofmeter te repareren. Nergens was er een nieuwe te krijgen, dus heeft hij deze zelf gerepareerd en hy doet het weer aardig. Toine heeft een zoutwater open lucht douche gemaakt, ook geslaagd! Toine en Rob zijn naar de Carrefour geweest om de drank in te slaan, heeel veel water , wat cola en wat biertjes. Diane is op pad geweest om een fluitketel te kopen, deze waren overal uitverkocht helaas. Lastig om dit in het Spaans uit te. read more...


21/03/2009

Andante of Mersey - Grenada and forever onwards

Currently mooring with many other yachts in one ofthe Caribbeans beauty spots called Tobago Keys; a collection of reefs whitebeachs turtles galore etc, in the Grenadines. Mustique next stop. Time in Grenada followed the well trodden path;island tour (saw nutmeg factory, rum distillery, waterfalls, and cocoaproduction and had lunch in a non alcoholic restaurant), watched rugbyinternational in tiny marina bar with Sir Ian Botham, had many parties includingone of the bast so far on St Patricks night (my birthday of course) About a week to go before the circumnavigation iscompleted and 18 yachts are left from the initial 35 or so starters.  Wehave gelled together so well reunions are now the normaltopic. Hope you are all well and you are forever in ourthoughts. Love/best regards Ann Keith. read more...


21/04/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Wir haben es geschafft!

Mit der Lady Ev. VI rund um die Welt.Am 16.04.2011 segelten wir mit den restlichen Schiffen der World ARC Flotte ueber die finishing line vor der Rodney Bay, St. Lucia/Karibik. Von den ueber 30 am 06.01.2010 gestarteten Yachten erreichten 17 das Ziel, andere sind unterwegs ausgestiegen, bzw. ausgefallen. Damit hat sich fuer uns der Kreis geschlossen und die Weltumseglung mit der Lady Ev. VI war geschafft. Der Traum der der gesamten crew (insgesamt 17 Teilnehmer auf Lady Ev. VI) ist damit in Erfuellung gegangen. Wenn auch nicht alle die komplette Route gesegelt sind, so konnte sich doch jeder ein Bild von der herrlichen Welt, die seglend zu entdecken war, machen. In nahezu 16 Monaten haben wir 25.000 Seemeile zurueckgelegt, mehr als 45.000 km, dabei 3 Ozeane ueberquert, 5 Kontinente und. read more...


26/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 21 - Sail to Sines

The start to today's race was at 10am so we had a bit of a lie in which was nice.  We started off with just the genoa up and got our whisker pole to 'pole out' the genoa.  Sadly the wind was a bit fluky and we had to give up on the whisker pole.  The wind eventually reached 19 knots and we had a great downwind sail.  On approach to Sines, we were greated by three flames which were the flares from the oil storage facilities surrounding the harbour.  We were the last ones to finish and as it was quite late when we arrived, we had dinner straight away and called it a day.  Lynne, Steve & John. read more...


21/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log 210612

Hallo an alle nun hat sich für uns der Kreis geschlossen - die Atlantiküberquerung ist abgeschlossen; Start in Falmouth Retour nach Falmouth. Jetzt geht es an den Heimweg nach Hamburg. Es ist schade, dass die schöne Zeit zuende ist. Gerade die letzten Monate haben sehr viel Freud gemacht - das Kennenlernen der Mitsegler und die Funkrunden wurden immer intensiver und persönlicher. So ist es wirklich schade, dass alles nun vorbei sein soll. Nun wir werden dem ARC Bürop in Cowes noch einen Besuch abstatten und den Tracker zurück bringen - und nicht nur unseren! Wollen doch einmal sehen, wo solche EVENTS geplant werden. Allen die uns verfolgt haben ein schönes DANKESCHÖN und wer Lust hat es uns nachzutun, es lohnt sich! In diesem Sinne Grüße. read more...


15/05/2012

Brizo - Bermuda to USA Day 3 (Monday) – ‘Good’ decision

For ‘Good’ read ‘Lucky’. Just been looking at the weather files – and heading more North on a direct route looks to have paid off, we are now nearly 35 degrees North rather than 32 degrees as we would have been and the latest grib files show the cold front will now pass along 32 and form later so it looks as though we will be above and past it. On our daily Long Range Radio SSB call tonight one of the few yachts we can contact mentioned that they record the sea temperature so they know when they enter the Gulf stream and should expect the northerly Gulf Stream current. Sounds a good idea and from today we will start recording the sea temperature alongside the barometer readings. The weather front though is likely to bring a lot of rain – which actually. read more...


22/11/2012

Lady Ann - Ready to roll

Getting ready to leave for the Atlantic crossing we tick a lot of boxes on our 'things-to-do-prior-to-departure' list. Some are more important than others: hoisting the main sail surely is one of the most important ones. So just to be sure not to miss it in our departure stress we have put it up this morning. Just to show off and let all participants know that Lady Ann is ready to roll! Click here to see photos:http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspxEdo Ankum / Skipper. read more...


15/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - We have made it!

On Wednesday November 15th, 2012 at 3pm we pulled into the Bluff House Marina on Green Turtle Cay.  Our final destination!  26 degrees 46 minutes N, 77 degrees 21 minutes W. We technically pulled into the Abacos on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am.  But the approach through the west end begins through some shallow shoals and sandbars, so we didn't actually see land until much later in the day.  We saw signs of life (a few houses, an anchored boat or two) but never saw an actual human until Wednesday when a couple of Bahamians passed us on a small fishing skiff. We anchored behind a tiny Cay on Tuesday night, and enjoyed a feast of beef tenderloin and a fresh vegetable medley that had survived the voyage in the bottom of the boat refrigerator.  And then we. read more...


08/11/2012

Anastasia - Reunion to South Africa - Day 5

27:13.1S 038:43.0E 1050 miles covered, 360 to go Today we were motoring along on a calm sea waiting for some wind when Anastasia turned round and started back for Reunion. I grabbed the helm and turned her back on course, re-engaged the autohelm and around she went again. Looking in the engine room, the arm of the autohelm was hanging down, vainly pushing on thin air while the rudder swung free. It was just a split pin that fell out allowing the arm to pop off. Easily reconnected, but it is amazing how lucky we have been with such failures happening when they are easily dealt with. Just hours earlier we were flying the parasailor, which would probably have been torn apart if we did a 180 degree turn with it up. I have no idea why the autohelm arm would jump off when cruising along in a. read more...


20/03/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Grenada Part II

Confusingly, Cariacou and Petite Martinique are a part of the Grenadinesbut are also a part of Grenada and not St Vincent.  And Petit St Vincent,only a spin-pass and a drop-kick from Petite Martinique, is part of St Vincent,not Grenada!   We motor-sailed up from Grenada, reaching the well-sheltered Tyrrel Bay onthe south-west corner of Carricou at six in the evening.  Surrounded as wewere by a plethora of World ARC and other yachts, it was just as well that theprotection was good.  It blew a steady twenty five knots or so through thenight.  Before many of them had stirred, we up-anchored and moved round toHillsborough, the only town on the island.  It was a sleepy place, but theImmigration and Customs were very friendly and, despite warnings on Grenada, amodel of efficiency.  They. read more...


20/03/2009

La Boheme - 20 March - 1400 miles behind us, 350 miles to go

We are making good progress in squally weather, and we are considering visiting The Grenadines before Saint Lucia. Yesterday we had a pair of white gannets staying with us for some time. They must have enjoyed our company as they were catching up to us for several hours. This morning we were surrounded by fleets of flying fish, they look like little birds and fly quite a distance before landing in water with a big splash, sometimes the poor creature lands on our deck and we collect the dead ones in the morning. Poor things! Few days ago on his morning watch, Greg saw yet another magic sunrise. Presently, La Boheme relentlessly pierces the waves at speed of 8.5 kn as she closes the distance to our destination. Both boys for some unknown reason think this romantic.Anna, Greg & BenLa. read more...


17/04/2011

Tucanon - It rained on our parade

Sorting through the boat cleaning products, it was possible to throw away a bucket full of rubbish making room for 5litres of heavy duty boat cleaner, purchased while in Durban. The original container had been squeezed into the generator locker and pressure had broken the screw top, causing the very expensive contents to escape and damage other items. Decanting it into two smaller vessels did the trick. We found Clarks Court Bay yachting community to be very friendly and accommodating but it was time to move on so, after returning to the boat from the Tuesday mini bus trip to the mall, we departed.It was pouring with rain on the morning of the 12th April which didn’t bode well for a shopping trip, less so for the five mile passage round to the bay where Grenada marina is located. read more...


15/11/2012

Miramar - (no subject)

It's Thursday morning, 8 am. We just shook two reefs out of the main, and fully unfurled the Genoa. We're making a comfortable 5+ knots with 10.5 knots of breeze. Nice and mellow after yesterday and last night's race in 22 knot winds and somewhat chaotic seas. We've hung some towels and clothes from the lifelines to dry in the rising sun.We're taking advantage of the calm to catch up on a little cleaning and organization. We've also put two hand lines in the water, fishing for the first time in days. People look a little groggy after a long night, but generally in good spirits. Even Quixote is finally looking sane; the world has stopped moving beneath his feet enough that he's no longer afraid of his litter box.We made some much needed easterly progress yesterday, currently at 69 degrees. read more...


22/11/2012

Bardeau - Supermarket sweep

5 trolley loads of caviar, mateus rose, truffles and Dom Perignon there is rebellion brewing amongst the motleys. Why no Cristal? Why no Moët I hear? The foie gras shelf was empty and the yacht is dangerously low in the water. In true cool hand Luke-style I have issued strict instructions that all crew members drink 15 cans per hour whilst facing downwind on the boat until our feet are dry again and we can stop keeping watch for submarines out of the saloon window. Tonight is the Jeanneau owners dinner... I shall go dressed in ragsEl venerable skipper. read more...


14/05/2012

Comocean -

Ground Hog DayWe awoke this morning to another glorious sunrise. We went to sleep to a glorious sunrise. Ed shot some Sights (stars) in the evening and attempted Sun in the morning. Ed Made Coffee. Bob had Oatmeal. Toby made sandwiches for lunch. Toby made a seafood stir fry for dinner (think out of a bag…but he did add some shrimp and Veggies from Tortola). Norm did the SSB call at 6:30…Toby chirped in with Seth’s weather information). Ed plotted our course and did a log entry. Toby entered a log entry 15 minutes after Ed’s. Norm slept through dinner (on the prescribed crew schedule). Toby put a dinner for Norm in the micro wave for when he would awake. Norm passed on the dinner and ate a Snicker (Lee, I forced it on him). We motored along for the second day at. read more...


19/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 3 - Log 6 Off across Biscay

17 June David has plotted a course on the computer to Dublin, 590nm away. Our grib file is showing headwinds by the time we reach that latitude so a couple of days in Howth just south of Dublin may be on the cards but we are keeping our options open and ideally would like to complete the passage in one hop. The alarm was set for 6.45am but we cheated having an extra five minutes. The mornings and nights are cold so I don’t leap out of my warm bunk with the quite the same enthusiasm. We are almost looking forward to putting on our central heating. We left just after 8am, Emilia and Pinta already away. The skies were still overcast but at least the wind had fallen away overnight. We motorsailed until a useable breeze came up from the south west. It turned into the most lovely sailing. read more...


26/06/2012

Seraphina - Arrived Lagos

After 1300 nm from Portsmouth finally arrived at Lagos - light winds forced a long motor with a few hours of sailing around Cape Vincent. Weather grey spray definitely warm then it got cold. At Lagos suddenly turned warm. At the Cape we remembered to dip the ensign to honour Nelson. Now however, there are a few unanswered questions e.g will the land stop moving - Seraphina now stable, will Ian's sealegs last until next time?At last wifiIan & Sally via wifi. read more...


08/11/2012

Matilda - Down Madagascar Way...

It has been a few days since we posted, but hardly surprising considering the conditions so far. We are now crossing the Mozambique Channel and as far as we can tell the systems seem to come through on average every 48 hours or so. We now expect the winds to spin the full 360 degrees with each cycle (but not in an orderly fashion) and then we do it all again. The seas are generally so seriously confused they are in need of deep therapy. To add to the fun, we are in a major shipping lane where some of the commercial vessels have a reluctance to put on their legally required AIS (must want to save their batteries) and love to come up at speed from behind. So with all the sail changes, strong winds, rock and roll and general low level stress, the pair of us are knackered. In fact, its a. read more...



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