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27/11/2012

Bardeau - Chocks away

45 mins to go. No delivery crew. Blast. Looks like we will have to do the easy bit and take the old tub to St LuciaJon K just shouted up what sounded like 'anyone for G&T ' sadly the G was a mishearing. Well looks like we are offEl skipper (I want mummy)Sent from my iPhone. read more...


27/11/2012

Katherine - Ready to Roll - "28:07.71N 15:25.49W"

With Men at Work playing Land Downunder we have every thing stowed and areready to go.Roll on ten am so we can kick off the lines for 10:45 start. Lookingforward to our cruise to St Lucia biggest paddock we’ve ever crossed. We’ve met some great people over the last two weeks from all walks of lifeand nationalities. The ARC team here at Las Palmas along with all the localshave been incredibly helpful definitely an area to return to and spend time incruising – next time.... LB of Katherine . read more...


27/11/2012

Rivendell - Log 2: "Final Day of Preparation"

26 Nov 2012Last year aboard "Glass Slipper" (an Oyster 53) there was quite a bit to do,but on "Rivendell" an Oyster 82 there is even more to do - the added numberof feet add additional responsibilities.So we spent time going over allthe critical functions of the boat and making sure that everyone understoodtheir responsibilities.Inspection of the engine room and all theelectoronics, safety systems were in order.Also the realization that nowwe would be at sea and that you cannot take long showers due to limitedwater supplies and you cannot leave the lights on in the cabins we will notbe plugged into the dock, but running off our batteries.We do have twoCummings generators (one is a back-up) but, you must still maintain goodenergy management.The watches have been assigned - we will each. read more...


27/11/2012

Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog

Saturday 24th NovemberAfter an eventful crossing from Gibraltar via Lanzarote, Proteus of Londonarrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, with the Skipper (Tosh), Chief Engineer(Oli) and Chef/Chief Stewardess (Bryony) on board.The rest of the crew (Richard and David) joined the yacht at just the righttime on as all the hard work preparing the boat had been done (good timing).We were all suitably spoiled by Oyster at their reception evening onThursday and would like to thank them for their generous hospitality.Last minute preparations were well under way with the race due to start intwenty four hours when we discovered the race start was delayed untilTuesday.Sunday 25th NovemberAll feeling a little deflated whilst watching the racing division start atthe original scheduled time.Monday 26th. read more...


Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog
Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog
27/11/2012

Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....

Nog een laatste duikin de zee en dan is het morgen los met die trossen. Om 10.45 klinkt hetstartschot en dan mogen we gassen..We zullen elke dag een updateproberen te geven op onze website via de sateliet telefoon. Ook kunnen jullieons volgen via de website van de ARC: www.worldcruising.com/arc. Daar wordenonze daily blogs ook gepubliceerd en via de fleet viewer kun je "live" zien waarwe ons bevinden op dat moment op de oceaan en natuurlijk ook de andere schependie meedoen. Facebook zal helaas niet geupdate worden omdat onze webmaster aanboord zit .Als er een dag niet ge-update wordt wil dat niet zeggen dat er iets gebeurd isof zo, maar misschien lukt het gewoon niet zo midden op zee. Over15 dagen hopen we op een wit strand te zitten met palmbomen, een pina colado inelke hand en. read more...


Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....
Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....
27/11/2012

Ailsa - Ailsa Blog 3 28:07.734N 15:25.575W

Captains log; Stardate 2012-11-27 – 06:51 UTC T - 0 – Countdown has restarted; 13:00 UTC The storm troopers have battled gamely and now the meremortals are about to depart. Will it be a case of the Three Hundred against theAtlantic Waves? The weather forecast actually looks good for fast passage to 19N 20 W (just north of Cape Verde) before we turn west. This way the footsoldierswill miss the worst nature has to put in our way but we will still make goodtime I managed to squeeze the last widget out of Rolnauticand another six eggs were sneaked aboard -until that is the cockroach policeprevented the shopping bag from coming below and to my embarrassment I was foundout, my punishment that I will have to sail for the next five days with thesafety line wrapped tightly round my neck – no bad. read more...


26/11/2012

Selene - The first 24 hours

Well, after all the drama of delaying the start for the cruising division until Tuesday and one of our crew getting the jitters from all the dock talk, the start itself was very frustrating. The wind was fresh as we left the dock at 11.00 with enthusiastic waves from our neighbours, most of whom had decided to delay until Tuesday.What a great community spirit and feeling of camaraderie.There was even a Spanish Bass band playing some rousing tunes. Selene bent to her purpose ands seemed to enjoy the 20 kts we saw in the bay for an hour pre-start shakedown.Then the wind dropped to 2-3 knots for the start.We lost steerage way after the 5 minute gun and had luckily made a call to rig the Code zero and keep the number 3 up in view of our depleted numbers.A great call as it turned out and we. read more...


27/11/2012

Thaleia - Provisioning aid

Provisioning: done. Thank you Hiper Dino and El Corte Ingles!Hiper Dino. read more...


Thaleia - Provisioning aid
Thaleia - Provisioning aid
27/11/2012

Thaleia - Sunday leisure

An upside from postponing the start was our Sunday trip to Las Palamasmountains. Delicious lunch at a wonderful 100 years old restaurant, bythe fireplace.Sunday lunch. read more...


Thaleia - Sunday leisure
Thaleia - Sunday leisure
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Job N to do

Still a lot of finetunig left, despite the two extra days.Job to do. read more...


Thaleia - Job N to do
Thaleia - Job N to do
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Still provisioning

Better not go shopping hungryShopping hungry. read more...


Thaleia - Still provisioning
Thaleia - Still provisioning
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Meanwhile in Finland...

By the way, the weather forecast in Finland is rather different from us. Good.Weather in Finland... ;). read more...


26/11/2012

Thaleia - Start

On Sunday we had the rare occasion to watch our own start from the shore.Finnish crowd. read more...


Thaleia - Start
Thaleia - Start
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Refill

The good thing about potponing the start was that we were able torefill Thaleias wine cellar on Sunday.Provisioning. read more...


Thaleia - Refill
Thaleia - Refill
Murphy - Hendricks and Fever Tree - G&T perfection
Murphy - Hendricks and Fever Tree - G&T perfection
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Baby squid - yummy
Murphy - Baby squid - yummy
Murphy - I'm doing the washing - Get me out of here!
Murphy - I'm doing the washing - Get me out of here!
Murphy - It's a long way down, Jeff
Murphy - It's a long way down, Jeff
Murphy - Murphy's racing No.
Murphy - Murphy's racing No.
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Our 5 a day
26/11/2012

Murphy - Here we go (almost) - Day Minus 1

  We’reready; we’re eager; we’re raring to go. Literally nothing is left on our to dolist that we need do before the morning of the start – i.e. tomorrow (Tuesday27th) at 11.00. Today we had Jeff up the mast in a bosun’s chair,stickingspreader patches on the mainsail; Lucinda down in the cockpit locker, putting ona wash; Jake spring cleaning the boat’s insides and Andrew ..... supervising(truly mentally exhausting).   Lucinda(with a little encouragement from her friends) tried baby squid for the firsttime at the Sailor’s Bar and pronounced it delicious. Lucinda (and John fromafar – many thanks) treated us all to dinner at Pier 19, a restaurant that notonly does great food (e.g.baked provolone with tomato chutney – just to diefor), but also makes the most spectacular Hendricks. read more...


26/11/2012

Skyelark of London - Pre start preparations

After a short delay we finally started the last preparations. Everybody had a quite lazy day yesterday, but today the boat and the harbour is buzzing again and you can feel that everybody is getting ready. Skyelark has been hosed down and is now clean and ready to go as are the crew. After the preparations we celebrated with a bit of banana cake and a cup of tea (I guess that's the proper way to celebrate in Britain). The start will be at 11:00 (which is 12:00 in DK) from the harbour, a bit unusual and probably quite chaotic to get 220 or so boats out of the marina in time for the start.(Charlotte). read more...


26/11/2012

Bardeau - Deviation no repetition

A lynching has nearly occurred. I only mentioned over the final gourmet Chinese feast in the marina that I wanted to divert via Cape Verde to pick up some London Radio podcasts on my 3G iPhone. them things turned nasty. I have reset the compass deviation so that the motleys wlll not express shock when we skim down the verde coastline and Ishow flaber and gastas to how this happened and perhaps we have won the ARCEl illustrious skipper. read more...


26/11/2012

Capricho - Diario dia 2 - Zarpe listo!!!

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  Zarpe listo!!!    La salida es el 27.XI.2012 a las 10:45 hora de Gran Canarias = Zulu = GMT    ... y con muchas ganas, ansiosos, de partir. Solo me hace falta hacer pipi cada media hora y creería que estoy en una Marathon! Como No-Miembros de la Comunidad Europea nos toco, a los colombianos, hacer un procedimiento especial de emigración. Llenar el formulario. Visita a la Policía Portuaria a cargo de Fronteras. Llegamos y ni bolas le pararon : “Cuando zarpáis?”. “Mañana”. “Venga tío, esos pasaportes para sellarlos y que tengan una buena travesía, buen viento y buena mar”     ... uno queda desinflado porque no hay problemas! Hemos mojado prensa, regado tinta, usado las ondas electromagnéticas de la radio. read more...


26/11/2012

Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt

Gestern haben wir den Grund für einen starken Chlorgeruch in unserm Salon gesucht. Nachdem wir alle Reinigungsmittelflaschen geprüft hatten und diese kein Leck aufwiesen, haben wir entdeckt, dass unsere Batterien unter Wasser standen und sich Chlorgas im Schiff ausbreitete. Pit hat, ganz alte Schule, sofort den Finger in die Brühe gehalten und festgestellt, dass es sich um Salzwasser handelt. Den Grund für den Wassereinbruch war, dass wir zuviel Gewicht (unsere gesamten Wasservorräte, Alkohol ist nur in geringen Mengen an Bord) nahezu vollständig im hinteren Bereiche des Schiffes gestaut hatten und deshalb Wasser durch den Ruderschaft eindringen konnte. Also haben wir Wasser geschöpft, die Getränke umgestaut und danach beruhigt geschlafen. Leider waren die Batterien unter Wasser und. read more...


Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt
Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt
26/11/2012

Easy Rider - Log 2 - Getting to the Starting Line

Day 1: Cartagena to Mazarin (depart November 3rd) totaldistance covered 15 miles. resting overnight in Mazarin due to adverse weatherconditions! Day 2 Set off for Gibraltar. As we entered the straightsof Gib we had gale force winds (50 knots over the boat). Advised by our weatherguru to take shelter in Gibraltar. Parked after very difficult maneuvers(avoiding air strip) in front of fuel station. The next day, due to timeconstraints three crew members departed. Stuck in Gib for five days waiting fora weather window and for crew to return (one new crew member Tim!) Musicalcrew. Departed gib Nov 7th @  13:00 hours with sunshineand great glee! For a short while! Two days out of Gibraltar we encountered more stormyweather lasting 36 hours. While putting 2nd reef in mainsail, with both. read more...


25/11/2012

Selene - Drama before the start

Just when we thought all was calm and relaxed we have been thrown a curved ballUnfortunately one of our crew members has had second thoughts about the crossing and vanished in the night - who knows where, but I suspect he may have flown home to England.So now we are 5 with more food to eat!Sadly we will not be able to sail as fast with just 5 but there are couples doing this trip double-handed so I am certain that we can handle whatever the ocean throws at us and Selene is a good strong boat in which to cross an ocean.Pity Chris couldn't have told me himself he was not up for the trip, but I would prefer him to leave now than to be a problem in the middle of the Atlantic. I think we are all a little anxious as we contemplate the voyage ahead, but some are managing their anxieties better. read more...


26/11/2012

Meltemi - 26.11.2012 - In freudiger Erwartung...

Position: 28-07N / 015-25W, Puerto de la Luz, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCOG: 000 degSOG: 0,0 knNachdem nun unser fuer Sonntag geplanter Start wegen des zu erwartenden Schwerwettergebietesverschoben wurde, blieb uns ausreichend Zeit, den Racern (oder solchen, die es gerne seien wollen...), die termingerecht starten durften, bei der Ausfahrt von der Mole aus zuzuschauen.Allerdings entwickelte sich im Laufe des Nachmittags ein ganz neuer, uns bisher unbekannterWettbewerb - Racer Income Rallye!Von den gestarteten Yachten kam eine nicht unerhebliche Anzahl mit gut gelaunten Crews wieder in den Hafen zurueck und legten an.Das zu erwartende Wetter war wohl doch nicht allen geheuer.Im Laufe des Tages erhielten wir aber dann doch noch eine gute Nachricht.Nach heftigster Intervention unseres. read more...


Katerina - The LED team
Katerina - The LED team
26/11/2012

Cheri - Montag, den 26.11.2012

Es ist schon etwas seltsam. Das Wetter hier in Las Palmas ist in den letzten Tagen warm und sonnig, mit nur wenig Wind. Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass unser Start aufgrund schlechter Wetterbedingungen verschoben worden ist. Manch sehnsüchtiger Blick ging hinaus zum Meer und zum Himmel und die nicht gestellte Frage lautete: “War es für uns richtig, den Start zu verschieben?“ Bis in die Nacht vom Sonnabend zu Sonntag haben wir noch verschiedene Wetterseiten zu Rate gezogen und die Anzeigen verglichen. Aber unsere Entscheidung stand. Am Sonntagmorgen ging ich um 08:30 h zum Rally Office und teilte offiziell mit, dass die CHERI erst am Dienstag startet. Dadurch hatten wir die einmalige Gelegenheit, das Auslaufen der startenden Jachten zu betrachten, ihnen von der Mole zuzuwinken und eine gute. read more...


26/11/2012

Albatros - Day -1: Ready to start

Nach einer Woche im Hafen Deportivo Muello sind die Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Die Startverschiebung um 2 Tage, erstmalig in der Geschichte der ARC, gab uns die Gelegenheit grosse Wäsche zu machen und die Sundowner Parties zu verstoffwechseln. Dank der profunden Kenntnisse unseres IT-Spezialisten werden wir nun auch unterwegs mit unserem Iridium Phone Blog-Einträge machen können. Wir freuen uns auf den Start morgen Dienstag um 10.45 Uhr. Vielen herzlichen Dank an das ARC-Committee und die Port Authority für die ausgezeichnete und professionelle Betreuung und Organisation.. read more...


Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
26/11/2012

Lady Ann - A good way to spend the extra days

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5118. read more...


26/11/2012

Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5114. read more...


Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?