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13/06/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg 3 - Day 3 - Reflections on Time

Just past midnight and I am on the 11 pm to 2 am watch, so it is now day 3 "officially". Keeping track of time is simple on board since we just use the "Greenwich"/UTC time as a constant for all communication on radio nets etc. And even though we are moving east, we have decided to not change the "ship's clock" until we reach our new location. For the long passage between Bermuda and the Azores, there are 3 time zones (changing every 15 degrees of longitude) but we kept our clock on Bermuda time. So that meant that it started getting light with faint sunrise around 3 am! So the night watch wasn't much night. Sailing today was brisk and we are making good progress toward Portugal. Doldrums are predicted in several days so we hope to log lots of miles before the wind dies. When we are. read more...


19/11/2012

Senta - ARC kids

Click the link below to see the ARC kids watching Clutch Powers: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=10827. read more...


19/11/2012

Bardeau - Test

All but Claretta present on board discussing nature of food products and a 20 day menu. Real blogs to begin soon The skipper of good ship Bardeau. read more...


06/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 4 - The cats gone missing

We tried to sail earlier today out of frustration but managed just3.8knots on VMG (towards Bermuda) so packed in after 30 minutes. So I put the outboard to bed for the next few months (Greasing etcetc.) as its off the tender on the pushpit. Fishing is off, Murray and I hadplanned to have a competition,  butas we are motoring I either don’t think fish can swim this fast or they aresuspicious of the supersonic Muppet (fake squid) we have on the end of the line!Last night I heard on the Long Range Radio (SSB) that one of theyachts had run into fishing nets and spent some time diving to cut them away – Idon’t fancy that at night and in well over 4km of water below you. Who puts netsout here anyway, days from anywhere even in a powered vessel, maybe they havejust floated from somewhere. read more...


10/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 9

18:10.7S 066:24.6E 1840 miles covered, 520 miles to go Today the winds were light and so we decided to put up a spinnaker. Our first choice was the new asymmetric spinnaker we got in Australia, but which fell into the ocean at the start of the passage. Unfortunately when repairing the broken cable we found quite a lot of small holes in the sail which will require more repair tape than we have onboard, so that went back in the locker. Out came the much patched up old asymmetric. It went up cleanly but quite soon collapsed, at which point the snuffer snagged in the top of the sail and ripped some holes in it. Unable to snuff the sail we had to just dump it unceremoniously on the foredeck with everybody grabbing a piece as it came down. (We had a bit more of a plan than that, but things. read more...


12/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log 12.06.

Hallo an alle die Endo 2 ist auf dem Weg nach Norden. Da das Wetter sehr unbeständig ist, wird die Entscheidung ob wir unser Ziel Falmouth gleich erreichen oder erst eine Zwischenstation in La Coruna einlegen, ziemlich kurzfirstig fallen. Bisher sind wir gut geseglelt, doch heute haben wir die Maschine angeworfen, denn es ist Flaute. Nun haben wir endlich ordentlich Warmwasser - also war endlich duschen angesagt und die Batterien sind auch wieder voll geladen. Tja Olaf, es geht auch ohne Solardusche, wobei die Temperaturen hier auch kein Freiluftduschen empfehlen (vielleicht wenn man aus Skandinavien kommt) Somit verbringen wir den Tag mit Lesen, Schlafen und Meeresbeobachtungen - festzuhalten sind die Sichtung einer Schildkröte und mehrerer Delphine.Es geht uns also gut,. read more...


18/06/2012

Seraphina - Monday night

Pre dawn dash was awarded with a splendid red sky as the sun rose. Sailing was motoring for 3 hours followed by 6 hours beating. Got into Povoa de Varzim very tired.Today visited Porto saw the city, toured Taylor's port facility and the samples. great lunch out in Porto.Tomorrow off to Figueira da Foz a 75nm hop down the coast (leg 3). Forecast is for light following winds - fingers crossed. Later in the week more head winds! Locals are complaining about the very unusual weather.Ian and Sally. read more...


08/11/2012

Altair - Squalls, Thunderstorms, and a Mahi!

After a night of squalls and thunderstorms, we began fishing at day break. The pink lure wasn't working so we tried a green one.After hooking two that got away, we pulled in a nice one- meal male mahi...just enough for the four of us tonight. When it happened,Rick and Don were down below napping; Jody and I were in the cockpit. We had just taken out the reefs in the main and put out the genoa when the fishing reel zinged announcing a fish on the line. Rick and Don leapt into the cockpit form down below. Rick took the rod, while Don and I let out sails to slow the boat from its 8 knot cruising speed. Jody went below for the "fish booze." ("Fish booze" is the cheapest rot-gut whiskey we can find, stored in a container of the same name so as not to confuse it with Mt Gay rum).. read more...


02/03/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah at the Equator

This is our final long sailing leg on the worldARC,and it is going very well,we are headed straight for Tabago. The wind andcurrant have been in our favour,and we are nearly half way after 5 days.We havehad some squalls with heavy rain,but nothing to worry about.Yesterday a brownbird with a grey head and long black beak settled on the cockpit deck and stayedfor the night,he seemed totally happy about us all pulling ropes ,movingabout,eating etc.but has flown off this afternoon.At 5.30.this morning wecrossed back across the equator from south to north,so we know we are nearinghome.For Shayne and Jenny it is their first time,so as it was far too early tocelebrate,we are going to have a bottle of Fizz tonight.This is a tough life !!!We are still fighting fit and send our love. Paul Andy. read more...


02/03/2009

La Boheme - 2 March 2009 - Drifting slowly towards Fortaleza

At the time of writing we are still 32 miles from Fortaleza (LAT 03.43S, LON 37.55W) and there is no way we can made it today. Our ETA is sometime tomorrow. We have emailed Amel regarding our engine problem and we are awaiting their response. We are unable to sail any further and we will wait in Fortaleza until our engine is fixed. This is not a very good news as we were really looking forward to the beautiful Caribbean, clear and clean water, white sandy beaches, swimming and the company of our ARC friends...and it looks like this will have to wait.Anna, Greg, Ben and GosiaLa Boheme. read more...


08/04/2011

Lady Ev.VI - Daily Log, 7. April 2011, Tobago Cays

Noch 8 Tage Weltumsegelung!Die Ueberfahrt von Brazil nach Grenada war wirklich schrecklich!Wind von vorne und haeufig Platzregen, nach vielen schoenen Tagen war das wie Suedamerikas Rache fuer mein schlechtes Benehmen den brazil. Damen gegenueber. Erst wollte ich suedlich von Tobago durchfahren, dann kam der ernste Rat der erfahrenen Teilnehmer, wegen der aktuellen Kriminalitaet sollte man unbedingt noerdlich passieren. Haben wir gemacht!Aber dann die Erloesung und Belohnung fuer erlittene Pein: GRENADA!Wunderschoene Insel und eine super Marina. Nach dem zerstoererischen Hurrican IVAN ist viel, auch mit EU-Unterstuetzung, wieder aufgebaut worden; Kirchen haben wieder Daecher, Wracks sind aus der Lagune geschleppt worden, die Uferstraße ist wieder befahrbar.Nach Norden klariert man wieder. read more...


18/06/2012

Ailsa - Povoa de Varzim. 41:22.3N 8:45.9W

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear !!!! We seem to be going from one disaster to another – We are having continuing trouble with water in the fuel which necessitates going below at 1/2 hourly to 1 hourly intervals when we are motoring or motor sailing to check the fuel filter, this means in practice stuffing your head into the engine compartment with the engine running and shining a torch onto the water/fuel separator to see if there is any or in our case how much water is in there. We motored yesterday from Bayona into a strong headwind and rough seas and had to stop 3 times so that Richard could empty the water from the filter and then bleed the engine. I eventually lost it big time when another boat on the rally (Katerina) radioed us to ask if we were OK as he could see us wallowing. read more...


12/06/2012

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

zingara, Azoren by by. . . bereits seit Sonntag segeln wir wieder, und wie. . . Bei tollstem wetter gehts nun mit 8 kts gen Lagos in Portugal. Genua ausgebaumt , Gross leicht durchgesetzt segeln wir am wind den winddrehungen folgend mit fixer Segelstellung dem Ziel entgegen. Hoffe, die windpfeile von Grib US sind zutreffend.Mehr dazu beim naechsten Report. Gruesse von bord, ernst, reinhard u wolfgang. read more...


09/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 8

16:51.6S 070:08.1E  1600 miles covered, 750 miles to go The wind has moderated, but fortunately there is a good (1 - 2 knot) current behind us so we are still making good progress towards Mauritius.  We now need to average 7.8 knots to get there for Andrea's birthday. I am radio net controller today.  It is a challenge working out what people are saying now we are several hundred miles apart and the voices are increasingly obscured by background noise.  We are using a 6 megahertz band, which should be OK to transmit up to 600 miles, but the issue seems to be the limited power of some of the boat's radio transmitters.  Still, using a system of relays between boats with good radios we can still contact everybody.  This morning I had to use Zoe,. read more...


08/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - The First Four Days

Day One:  For the first time ever we took The Tub's dock lines with us when we pushed away on Sunday morning. It was a strange feeling, but it meant that we were finally under way. It was a cold day in the ICW, or "the ditch" as it's often called. We got a few miles under our belt, but we have a long way to go to make it to Beaufort by our Wednesday night goal. The story is beginning to unfold. The storm added a new adventure. The dream of pulling The Tub into the islands is still off in the distance, but it feels good to know that we're on the water. Day Two:  Sandy passed. Another system is predicted to hit the Carolina coast tomorrow. We found a "storm" or "adventure" in the middle. More to come later, but for now a few photos of the first 48 hours. For those worried. read more...


19/11/2012

Sam III - Preperations 4.Tag

Heute ist der Sicherheitscheck und wir sind gespannt ob alles ok ist. Die letzten Tage haben wir damit verbracht verschiedene Wartungen und kleinere Reparaturen zu machen.Gestern haben wir die Checkliste abgearbeitet die die ARC für den Sicherheitscheck vorschlägt.Macht uns ARC Novizen ein wenig busy, im Gegensatz zu unseren Nachbarn und alten Hasen,die völlig kuhl sind. Merkwürdig ist ,daß wir das Gefühl haben wir haben einen blinden Passagier an Bord,den manchmal spricht jemand unsere Worte noch einmal ,wie ein Echo,als hätten wir einen Papagei an Bord...Wir werden das nochmal überprüfen,aber das Boot hat ja soviel Space..Capt.Christoph. read more...


06/05/2012

Comocean - Half way to Bermuda!

HalfwayAuthor: Toby HynesIts 11:30 A.M. and closing in on the completion of our third day at sea, and exactly half way between our start and our Bermuda entry Way Point. It remains very interesting and beautiful…but, loud. We continue to sail along … correct that … motor along, virtually head into the light North wind at 5.5 knots within a few miles of our rumb line. I arrived at this observation while making a log entry and looking for the closest “bail out” point in the event of an emergency. I guess it would be a tossup (sorry Joel) between Bermuda Coast Guard and the U. S. Coast Guard, should there be an emergency; as Hampton Virginia, our next closest point of land, and where this all started, is 941 nautical miles away. Cheery thought. For the. read more...


08/11/2012

Club Carp - Tuesday - Thursday Blog #2

Sorry we missed a couple of days of blogs.Tuesday we were very busy working on the Generator. The generator shut down. So we changed all the fuel filters, then discovered that the raw water impeller had stopped working. Now we know how to change it. Generator works great.Wednesday was sunny and we did odd jobs on board.Thursday has started out great. Great sail all night with a few rain squalls.We caught a 40# Mahi-Mahi at 8:30. Had a hard time reeling it in for 30 min, then easy after a shark bit off her tail. She lost 5#'s.Now we have so much fish too eat!Crew of Club Carp. read more...


09/10/2012

Matilda - Halfway Anniversary

We have a number of reasons for celebration today. Firstly we passed the halfway point in our sail to Mauritius at 6am (1150 miles down), so it's all downhill from here. It's also 12 months today since we re-launched matilda after her extensive overhaul. Which means today is our 12 month anniversary of living aboard matilda continuously. And what an amazing 12 months it's been! I think a couple of G&Ts will be in order once the sun has passed the yard arm this afternoon...matilda has been performing beautifully so far on this leg. We are way further ahead in the fleet than we have any right to expect; probably mostly down to the stronger winds which matilda is fond of. Today the winds have eased and we have shaken out the last of the reefs, so we have 17 to 20 knots just behind the. read more...


07/04/2011

Destiny - Hochzeit auf Mayreau

Auf 5.4.2011 um 14 Uhr ist die Trauung von Jim und Annie in der kleinen Steinkirche von Mayreau angesetzt. Nach und nach fährt ein Beiboot nach dem anderen zu dem etwas urigen Anleger am Strand. Die Inseln der Grenadinen sind klein und relativ hoch. Damit steigen die Straßen hier sehr steil bergan. In Erinnerung an ein Geo-Dreieck würde ich sagen 50% Steigung. Wolfgang sagt, das gibt es nicht und bietet 30% an - wie dem auch sei, auf jeden Fall sehr, sehr steil und dazu eine brennende Sonne vom Himmel. Zum Glück ist auf halbem Weg bei Dennis' Hideaway Zwischenstop an der Bar mit einem Glas Champagner. Für den Rest des Weges bergan sind die Beine nun zwar schwerer, aber der Geist ist willig. Endlich oben auf dem Berg bei der kleinen Kirche bietet sich uns ein überwältigender Blick auf die. read more...


17/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 14 - Off to Povoa de Varzim

At just after 6am this morning, we set off for our first leg down the coast to Portugal.  We were advised to leave earlier than usual as there was a low front coming through and would be at its worst by early afternoon.  As we came out of Bayona, we were treated to a truly spectacular sunrise and calm seas.  There was no wind so we had to motor.The winds soon picked up and we got both sails out. We were enjoying the sail until Steve noticed we had a small tear on our main sail, close to the leech line, so we had to furl it away to prevent further damage.  The wind increased to over 25 knots and we had both tide and wind against us so it was a fairly uncomfortable journey.  We soon decided to furl away the genoa too and motor the rest of the way.  We arrived. read more...


12/06/2012

Irena - Drugi dan Azori Lagos

Lep dan za jadranje. Dober veter s severa, do 16 vozlov. Prijetno toplo. Zvecer sva zmagala na kvizu, ki smo ga organizirali med barkami in tako se je uspesno zakljucil ta dan. Bil je tudi rekorden, saj sem v 12 urah prejadral 90 milj, kar je rekord te barke. Sedaj imava do Lagos-a se 527 milj. Nama gre kar dobro, bi rekel Vasilij. Malo je sicer naporno, ker sva tokrat samo dva na barki. Bolj malo je spanja v "kosu", samo tri ure. Ampak kar gre.. read more...


18/11/2012

Loupan - Testpost med bild på besättningen

Det här inlägget är bara ett test för att se hur det fungerar att publicera bilder båda på vår egen blogg, Facebook och på ARC:s hemsida. Den här fina bilden togs idag när vi intervjuades av tidningen Oceanseglaren.Klicka här för att se foto: http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/gallery_boat.aspx?EIValue1=10704. read more...


06/05/2012

Trillium - Log 5- Celebrating Cinco d Mayo at Sea

Saturday was abeautiful day at sea. We sailed for hours at a very comfortable 5-7 knots. The sky was blue and sun was bright. It was a glorious day on the water!Tom B. flew a kite off the stern and we fished along the way. Everyone had a nap without bouncing around. It was a great day all around. Fortunately no tangled fish lines. We are still about two hours behind the fleet due to our earlier entanglement issues.The Mexican dinner was well received by the crew. In fact, they challenged me because they don't think I can top that one! Now I will have to step it up a notch on my fancier fare. We had chicken fajitas, black bean and corn salad, salsa and homemade guacamole with corn chips. This was topped off with chocolate pudding and cookies.Just around dinner time the wind died and the. read more...


02/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 5 - Proper Sailing

Powered up at last. We had been sailing all night, five knots or so on the clock, but not at hull-speed.  But just before waking the Skipper for the eight o'clock watch, it was windy enough for Paul to have to put in a reef.  At long last the wind had filled in solidly, and Cleone was sailing with a purpose.  As the Skipper emerged sleepily, a bright rainbow sprang from the sea, seemingly not far in front of us - a good sign, maybe, but also an indication that the rain squalls were still around us.  And so it proved.  Shortly after breakfast (tea, yoghurt, muesli (supposedly, but with added polystyrene balls), a banana and yet more tea), having fallen asleep over his (actually the skipper's) book, Paul retired to his bunk.  He awoke, refreshed, to see the skipper standing behind the. read more...


01/03/2009

Cleone - Leg 24 Day 4 - And on we go

Plainish sailing. It has not been very spectacular sailing, but we are making steady progress towards Tobago, where we hope to spend a couple of days before making the short hop to Grenada, the official finish to this leg.  Bruce has majored on the thunder-storm activity in the ITCZ and over Brazil, and his advice has been to head north, so as to cross the ITC as soon as possible and get into the North East Trade Winds.  So far the predicted storms and squalls have loomed ahead and behind us and hovvered around us rather than upon us.  We have seen lightning over Brazil itself, and of the squalls at sea, we have either been able to skirt arount the black clouds promising wind, thunder and rain, or they have moved on or dissipated before our arrival.  To do this, we have sailed when the. read more...


08/11/2012

Turbo's Tub - Day One--Sunday November 4th

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Day One on Turbo’s Tub:For the first time ever we took The Tub's dock lines with us when we pushed away on Sunday morning. It was a strange feeling, but it meant that we were finally under way. It was a cold day in the ICW, or "the ditch" as it's often called. We got a few miles under our belt, but we have a long way to go to make it to Beaufort by our Wednesday night goal. The story is beginning to unfold. The storm added a new adventure. The dream of pulling The Tub into the islands is still off in the distance, but it feels good to know that we're on the water.image001. read more...


07/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 273 - Marriage in Mayreau

5 April 2011 We had the most wonderful sail across to Mayreau. Our north easterly veered more to the east and Voyageur powered along under reefed main and genoa at nearly 8knots showing us what she is made of. Short lived it may have been, the 4nm passage taking us less than one hour, but what a treat it was after plugging in to all those headwinds of the past week. We had had some concerns about the suitability of Saline Bay on the south west coast to provide enough anchoring space for all the yachts. We need not have worried. At a glance we could see that there was room a plenty for dozens of yachts. The beach was a mile long crescent of pure white sand..... 'Mr. Beautiful' came by in his launch, laden with fruits and vegetables. I did not require anything but offered us an early. read more...


08/10/2012

9 October 2012 - Goosebumps!

It's 03:30 Tuesday morning, just after the watch change and about two hours before the start of dawn. We have just passed the halfway mark to Mauritius with 1,166 miles to go. We continue to make our way south, away from the equatorial weather conditions and for the first time in months it is cool enough on deck to feel goose bumps! The most recent weather forecast for the next few days is for E-SE winds at 15-25 knots which are fairly good tradewind conditions. Although we may not be able to sail quite as fast as we had been with the higher winds of the past few days, the increased comfort will be welcomed by the entire crew. Morale has improved markedly as the rocking-and-rolling has decreased and we are returning to our normal ship board schedule.Our original plan was to sail around. read more...


18/11/2012

Caryali - One last week to the Go

Manca una settimana alla partenza, oggi apertura ufficiale dell'ARC con parata delle nazioni partecipanti. Tutti in divisa, anche polpetta, abbiamo sfilato con il tricolore. Atmosfera sempre più' elettrizzante e corsa alle ultime cose da fare.. read more...


05/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 3

Ok we are all in the swing of it now and enjoying the passage. Last night was a wonderful near full moon with clear skies for much of the night. It was so bright that you needed no light to walk about the deck and the reflection off the water and general seascape was mesmerising. The problem is a lack of wind which followed us into day light – so it was motor on. As day 3 broke Murray decided to go fishing and narrowly missed landing a Mahi Mahi, by a whisker.  I was not unhappy about this as I was asleep and would no doubt have had to assist in preparing it for the freezer. Light winds started the day and as predicted it was blowing directly towards us. At times during the day it has been F3 to F4 easily enough to sail but as its coming from the direction we are heading it. read more...


12/06/2012

Hanami II - Dernieres (?) heures en mer ....

Si tout va bien on devrait arriver mardi (aujourd'hui) tard le soir. Arriver avant 22h aurait ete bien mais on ne commande pas le vent. C'est quelque chose que cette longue traversee nous aura appris.   La capitainerie a ete avertie par SMS via Iridium et notre place sera libre.   Avant dernier jour de mer  et derniere nuit de navigation ....   Les piles de la Balise de l'ARC ont ete changees car manifestement elle n'emettait pas mais je ne sais pas si cela a ete efficace. Nous avons utilise l'Hydrovane par 25 a 30N de vent, sans probleme. Le reglage est bien plus facile depuis que j'ai mis des rubans flottants sur le bord arriere. Cela permet de savoir si elle est bien 'dans le vent'. Il restera a mettre des bouts de laine sur les cotes pour connaitre les filets. read more...


16/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 13 - Santiago de Compostela and Rally prizegiving dinner

This morning we were picked up early by coach to go on a trip to the historic city of Santiago di Compostello.  Peter wanted to say his farewells to everyone so he came to see us off on the coach.  It was quite emotional and a few tears were shed :(For the first time in days, the sun came out for us and we had a lovely day.  Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable.  One of the highlights was seeing a huge incense burner being lit in the cathedral and being swung at a great height across the entire width of the cathedral.  After our guided tour, Steve, John and I had a very nice lunch with Scott and Julia off Katerina.  The waiter was a real character and foolishly offered us free shots at the end of the meal.  He left a couple of bottles on the. read more...


15/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 12 - Farewell dinner

Sadly, today was Peter´s last day with us.  He had to fly home due to prior commitments.  Steve and I were very sorry that he was leaving us so soon as he has been great fun and has really got into the Rally spirit.  I know we won´t be the only ones who will miss his fantastic sense of humour and cheeky sense of fun.Steve, John and I took Peter out for a farewell dinner to say thank you for his help across Biscay. We were recommended a restaurant called El Candil but when we arrived at 8pm they were shut.  An old lady who lived opposite came running after us as we walked away.  She took a shine to Peter and insisted that the restauarant would be open and shouted through the letter box for the owner Enrique to open up for us!  Enrique finally. read more...


11/06/2012

Ninfea - Ninfea

Going Again   Yesterday June 10 at 12.00 we have left Santa Maria and the Azores for our final leg to Lagos in Portugal. Little over 800 nm and we complete the Atlantic crossing west to east. We have spent almost two weeks in the Azores and had the opportunity to see Faial, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria. The Islands are volcanic and have been formed in succession, Faial being the most recent and Santa Maria the oldest in geological sense. Faial is also the most dramatic, with tall craters, two of them, and visible signs of recent volcanic activity. The islands continue to grow  east to west and the expert suggest that one day Pico, the tallest island just east of Faial will be joined with the same Faial which, in the meantime, would had a slice of land to the west. In. read more...


08/11/2012

Habits of Health - Greetings

Greetings from the Habits of Health!As you know, for the last 4 years, the sailing vessel, Habits of Health has embarked from the port of Hampton, VAfor the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.We are part of the annual Caribbean 1500 sailboat race.Each year dozens of boats set sail on this, the largest offshore sailing race in the Americas and one of the last remaining big adventures of our times.I am writing you today tochronicle our progress on this journey.TheHabits of Heath is a 54 ft. sailboat built by the Moody company in England. It is a gorgeous, well-equipped, and state-of-the art vessel owned and skippered by Dr. Wayne Andersen and his wife and first mate, Lori. I have been with them as a crew member on this voyage for the past 3 years and have joined them this year. read more...


18/11/2012

Johanem - Log 1

The sun is shining here in Las Palmas. We have had to opening parade with national flags this morning.This afternoon we sailed in a traditional Canarian boat and are now back on board. The safety and rigging checks have all been completed. This time in a week we will be underway!. read more...


07/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 7

Well, the captain certainly had different ideas about resting yesterday. He was ready at early morning hours to get over to the Tobago Cays and see the sights there. We had talked about it but were thinking perhaps of the next day to move on. But as I said Bill had different ideas so we took off for the Cays. We motored through a narrow passage to get into the anchorage at times only having 6 in. underneath the keel. Matt and I were up on the bow watching and praying. We made it in and saw Eowyn and Thor IV on moorings.We found a place to anchor and Anna, Bill and I went snorkeling. We saw some turtles of all sizes, many fish and coral. Bill and Anna went out far enough to see a large ray. Anna dove down and came up with a large conch to show us a living breathing conch in action. I. read more...


08/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 7

15:56.5S 073:47.1E  1378 miles covered, 970 miles to go Less than 1000 miles to go!  Daniel says he would walk the rest of the way.  Or, rather, he would walk 500 miles and he would walk 500 more ... The waves are a bit more friendly today so we have changed to a single reef in the mainsail and we have sped up accordingly.  Our average speed is 9.2 knots overall, so now we only need to do about 8.1 knots for the rest of the way to arrive in time to clear customs and then take Andrea out for dinner on her birthday (the 13th).  The wind is expected to slacken off for a couple of days but it is still achievable. Today's headline news item concerns provisioning.  It was to be Bertie's special scrambled eggs. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - makes a play for the BP Award

Comocean makes a play for the BP AwardAs day two progressed, Comocean has seen every form of relatively peaceful Atlantic weather. At this moment, a true wind speed greater than 6 knots has been hard to come by for about 14 hours.We had some pretty good winds on day one from the East for quite a few hours, then winds transition more southerly.For a moment, the words “wing-on-wing” came out of John Hoffman’s mouth.Not good for a vessel with only human whisker poles…and Norm refused the assignment.We also had a few hours of ENE breezes that have allowed for some good sailing.In the Atlantic Cup, there is a challenge for best boat performance.This allows for corrected times for each boat and deductions for hours spent motoring. So, the teams’ conundrum: Do we. read more...


01/03/2009

La Boheme - 1 March 2009

It all started with the organized venue for the "famous" Recife carnival. We went to see the famous parades but all we saw were backs and heads of the thousands of local spectators, unbelievable noise, heat and cheap plastic tables and chairs, which were gone the moment you got up. All this for a mere 150 R. per head - the rip-off of the century! Not only that the promised view from the balcony was never delivered, but the "Legionnaires Disease" was looming. The cooling in this shack was provided by hosing dirty water over a series of huge fans, thus spraying millions of bacteria across everyone. Unlucky for Greg, weakened already by food poisoning in Salvador, he developed sore throat followed by severe infection of his upper respiratory track. We left Recife on Thursday (26/2), heading. read more...


13/06/2012

North Point - Back in Falmouth

Better late than never – sent it to the wrong blog!Here we are again after a 500nm round trip. We managed to get some emails on Tuesday and didn’t like the look of the future weather systems. Since our plans were to return to the UK at the end of the rally we were concerned about getting back at the appropriate time. After some discussion we were both in agreement that our best option was to return to Falmouth. We had a great sail back – best of our holiday so far! We really enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you all arrive safely and enjoy the rest of the rally. Our thanks to Nick and all the team for all their help and advice (we will get the yellow brick back to you somehow – possibly by coming to Cowes). We are now in a different spot in Falmouth, Falmouth. read more...


07/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 272 - Drizabone!

4 April 2011Of course we slept soundly not stirring all night. Up at 06.30am we were refreshed, relaxed and ready to leave. There was not a puff of wind in the harbour, it offers such good shelter, but as soon as we headed due north east our thirty knots was back with us blowing straight out of the north east too. We checked at regular intervals for water ingress. The seal was watertight, the locker bone dry. We breathed a sigh of relief. Level with the top of the island the wind increased to forty knots with a confused 'wind against tide' sea, but now at least we could close reach by bearing away to the north. The underwater volcano of Kick 'em Jenny (a corruption of the French Cay qui me gene), lies 7nm off the north east point of Grenada. The water around it is very rough and pilots. read more...


28/02/2009

Andante of Mersey - Carnival time in Recife

Our four day trip from Salvador to Recife wasuneventful and Matthew soon got his sea legs.  We arrived in Recife atnightfall and anchored in the channel awaiting the morning tide. Several cans ofbeer and glasses of wine were drunk before a good nights sleep in the calmwater. We went up the shallow channel into marina at first light.  Themarina was  not up to our expectations ie difficulty hooking up to freshwater and electricity, we had to dinghy ashore and the water was very dirtycontaminated with sewage and all kinds of rubbish;rats were often seen scurryingalong the low sea wall were tied up to. However the yacht club bar, restaurantand lovely swimming pool compensated somewhat.  That night we ventured intoRecife old town where preparations for the carnival were underway.  Wesat in a. read more...


18/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - Preparations

Hello All, We are in Las Palmas, 7 days to go, two ladies and three crew present and correct? George, Harry and Ben went home yesterday having guided the yacht safely from Lanzarote overnight, caught a 15lb Tuna and delivered the older members to the start line! William B & Richard have been here since Wed and seem to know all the people in all the bars so we don’t have to guess how much work has been done! Karen and Anne have brought reinforcements (William M and Charlie) to sort them out and we have made a good start. Charlie is under close guidance in the galley and seems to be responding well to training. He has received a nice new apron from the departing boys which he is looking forward to sporting around town later in the week! Things to do so must go for. read more...


08/11/2012

Habits of Health - Log 2

Greetings from the habits of HealthI am writing you today, Wednesday November 7th, somewheresouthwest of Bermuda and Southeast of the Abacos in the Bahamas - over 600 milesfrom Florida on the mainland of the United States.It is late in the afternoon and we have had a great day of sailing so far. We could not ask for better conditions. In a word, they are ideal... we are on a starboard tack with winds out of the southwest at approximately 20 mph. The Habits of Health is in thegroove at 9 to 11 knots."Beautiful" doesn't begin to describe what we are seeing and experiencing. The temperature is warm and pleasant, the colors a re vibrant -from the deep blueofthe sea to the pastel light blue of the sky dotted with the billowing white towers of cumulo-nimibus clouds.It's a great day to be. read more...


07/10/2012

BRIZO - 8 October 2012

We are nearly half way across the Indian Ocean, expecting to arrive in Mauritius next Tuesday. We have been experiencing high winds (gusts to 42 kts) and large seas (12-15 ft), definitely more than originally forecast. As a result we have been enjoying a fast passage but suffering an uncomfortable ride. There have been times when a majority of the crew has been unable to function normally because of illness. We are very fortunate to have Karson with us as additional crew.Our stop in Cocos Keeling was great, the islands were probably the most beautiful of all the places we've visited on the Rally so far. This is a remote territory of Australia and as a result, has decent infrastructure considering that less than 700 people live there. Still, it is at the very end of the supply chain and. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - Second blog

Noon Report from Comocean 5\4 Author Toby HynesAs I report out during my noon watch I can report a great, but interesting, first 24 hours.We estimate we made good about 124 Nautical Miles.Pretty good for a 4 knot wind at the start.I might add, we believe that Comocean was the first to cross the start line (although another boat might debate this fact) in this very tentative breeze condition. The first few hours required some serious motoring to round the west end of Tortola, And Jost Van Dyke.We had made a promise to ourselves to hold at least 5 knots at all times as we meet Joanne, Sue Hoffman and our second shift crew in Bermuda.Before John’s delicious chicken stir fry dinner, we had finally found winds out of the East and were setting a great beam reach to Bermuda.Better than. read more...


11/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day Two:

In yesterdays start all the ARC yachts set off with the Azorian yachts we raced with previously.  The race around the north of the island made for interesting sailing as it wasn't just a case of point and go across the Atlantic.  The start line was quite short in length therefore with ARC boats and Portugues boats all jockying for position some close quartered sailing was undertaken.  We managed to get to the north of the island first and on heading east the fleet slowly started to spread out.  Last nights sailing conditions were constantly changing with shifting and varying winds accompanied with similar sea states.  Although overall the waves and swell size were reasonably constant.  At the moment we believe we have Nora Sinbad hot on our. read more...


05/05/2012

Comocean - Comocean First Report

Noon Report from Comocean 5\4 Author Toby HynesAs I report out during my noon watch I can report a great, but interesting, first 24 hours.We estimate we made good about 124 Nautical Miles.Pretty good for a 4 knot wind at the start.I might add, we believe that Comocean was the first to cross the start line (although another boat might debate this fact) in this very tentative breeze condition. The first few hours required some serious motoring to round the west end of Tortola, And Jost Van Dyke.We had made a promise to ourselves to hold at least 5 knots at all times as we meet Joanne, Sue Hoffman and our second shift crew in Bermuda.Before John’s delicious chicken stir fry dinner, we had finally found winds out of the East and were setting a great beam reach to Bermuda.Better than. read more...



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