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Dala - No golf today but a great donner!
Dala - No golf today but a great donner!
Dala - Farewell Bermuda
Dala - Farewell Bermuda
Dala - Preparing the next leg
Dala - Preparing the next leg
Dala - Our niche
Dala - Our niche
Dala - Rasta couple
Dala - Rasta couple
Dala - Fishing!
Dala - Fishing!
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - Pleasant Sailing and Dunst
Dala - The sun reflection on the frozen atmosphere
Dala - The sun reflection on the frozen atmosphere
20/05/2015

Euphoria - Start Bermuda

Då var det dags för Euphorias första blogginlägg för ARC Europe 2015. Efter en försenad start från Portsmouth så nådde Euphoria Bermuda söndagen den 17.05.2015. Dagarna i hamn här på Bermuda har spenderats med förbereda det sista för seglingen över Atlanten. Det ska sägas att merparten av förberedelserna gjordes i Portsmouth. Här på Bermuda sker också en liten förändring i besättning, vi tackar av Johan och välkomnar Adam. Det är sex solbrända som poserar på Euphorias fördäck. Om några timmar går starten och då hoppas vi att ni följer oss resten av resan!  DSC_0795 use3. read more...


Euphoria - Start Bermuda
Euphoria  - Start Bermuda
20/05/2015

Exocet Strike - Fast Sailing

What a difference a day makes.The rain went lastnight except for occasional light squalls today, and we had 18 to 25 knots ofwind from a great sailing angle, and so we have been averaging over 8 knotstowards our destination all day. Compared to a car journey this doesn't soundfast but on the water its pretty good. One thing that constantly amazes me is that we arein a reasonably busy area for shipping and other yachts, but since the eveningafter we left Bora  Bora we haven't seen visually or on our AIS anothervessel, thats in over 800 miles of sailing!  As we approach Niue we may see the other threeboats ahead of us, A Plus 2, Juno and Makena, who left Bora Bora a few hoursahead of us and went through the middle of the low pressure system, we seem tohave caught up a bit, since. read more...


20/05/2015

A Plus 2 - Guerre et Paix

Comme tous marins, il nous est acquit comme une seconde nature de se mêler de la bonne entente de Neptune et d'Eole sous peine de se retrouver au milieu d'une scène de ménage qui transforme notre terrain de jeux favori en champ de bataille.Partis de la fameuse Bora Bora depuis quelques jours pour le plus discret Suwarrow, lagon bleu perdu dans les Cook 750 miles au nord-ouest,l'ambiance était plutôt au moteur dans la pétole pour les deux premiers jours, accompagnés de Juno le bel Oyster 575 et Makena le majestueux Lagoon 620, tous trois prolixes par VHF interposée, tuant le temps en de savants calculs sur nos consommations en précieux diesel, dans des contrées où les pompes à essence sont pour nous des cités urbaines parfois fort distantes.Le vent s'étant fatigué d'être absent, chaise. read more...


20/05/2015

Allegro - QUARTA-FEIRA, 13 DE MAIO A TERÇA-FEIRA, 19 DE MAIO DE 2015

Quarta-Feira, 13 de Maio de 2015Largada de Bora Bora às 0715, rumo a Niue. 1050 milhas a percorrer.Desistimos de ir a Suwarrow - não há vento nem se prevê que venha a haver durante mais 2 dias.Continuamos, portanto, a motor.A largada para esta perna fora 3 dias antes em Uturoa (Raiatea) e já nessa altura a frota se dividiu em dois: um grupo de 6 barcos que se manteve a caminho de Suwarrow e outro com os restantes barcos que foram para Bora Bora esperar pelo vento.Em relação ao rumo a tomar, a existência de dois centros de baixas pressões que se estão a formar, começa a haver dúvidas e algum debate.Quinta-feira, 14 de Maio de 2015Alterámos o rumo mais para Norte, em direcção a Suwarrow, por se prever um agravamento do tempo, mais intenso na rota para Niue.Continuamos a motor do 2º para o. read more...


20/05/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 19th May

Noon Position: 15.36S 160.51WDaily run: 143 milesSurprisingly, we had a fresh breeze from the Southeast last night, pushing us along at nearly 7 knots, but today the weather is as gloomy as can be with low hanging grey, black clouds and very light winds, too light to sail in as the sea is very confused as a result of the swell from the east, waves from the North and Southeast and squalls whipping up the sea from any direction. Julia reminded me that we are here for our pleasure... I dreamed night before last of a lovely country walk in beautiful England in May. I wonder sometimes at our sanity.We have been on the engine since 10.15am today on a course of about 255 degrees towards Tonga, some 850 miles away. Although revving at 1600, our engine progress is just about 4 knots. Sailing. read more...


20/05/2015

Makena - Niue

We are less than 2 days from Niue now. As we were powering along at 10kts this lunchtime both fishing lines buzzed so loudly that they scared Kai. Kai and I ran to the flybridge to get us upwind, furl the genoa and then slow the boat down as much as possible with some help from the starboard engine (Watt & Sea is out behind the portside one). Victor and Luc quickly each brought in a rather large tuna. Victor had just finished making us sushi for lunch with the tuna we caught two days ago! At least it is very tasty and we have plenty of sushi making supplies, including fresh ginger. We went through quite a prolonged storm since the last blog. We stayed in a pack with Juno and A Plus 2 and checked in on each other hourly. Luc saw 56 true wind on the monitors on two occasions (a. read more...


19/05/2015

Firefly - Uoleva and Uonukuhihifo Islands, Haapai Group, Tonga

Firefly has spent to last 5 nights at 2 beautiful anchorages just to the west of Uoleva and Uonukuhihifo islands, sharing the tropical paradise with about half of the ICA fleet, no other yachts have been seen as yet probably because its still quite early in the season and this area is also off the main 'coconut milk route' through the South Pacific.The trade winds have been blowing steadily from the south east and while we have been well tucked in behind sandy islands and reefs, there has been quite a swell coming in at times and Firefly has been rocking and rolling quite a bit. If we were experiencing this while cruising in the UK we would probably find it quite uncomfortable but after a while one seems to get used to it.On arrival at the Haapai Group we had anchored off Lifuka Island. read more...


19/05/2015

Widago - Last night in Bermuda

WIDAGO finally found good internet…..and it’s a cab ride away from St. George. Final preparations are being made, but almost everything is ready for the morning departure. Most importantly, the order was submitted to the bakery for 792 croissants, cinnamon buns, and scones. We will carb-load our way across the Atlantic. This passage will be our longest to date on WIDAGO, and just the five of us. I feel like I should be more anxious, but I’m not….perhaps Guyon found my stash of Xanax and has been secretly crushing it into my toothbrush. If so, well done Guyon. The boys are looking forward to taking more responsibility during this leg. Standing solo day watches, galley clean-up duty, and of course, cleaning their own toilets. Only hard part of the day was watching our friends leave to. read more...


19/05/2015

Celebrate - Arrival in USA,!!! Home Again , Playing Our Theme Song "Celebration Time Come On..."!!!

Let the music play, "Celebration Time Come On..."!!!We are back in the USA after 18 months and what a mega packed memory sailing adventure it has been. The last bit, the Gulfstream Crossing, in which the high current worked to our advantage to hasten our passage was still exhilarating.Our thanks to so many people who helped make our dream a reality.Stay safe everybody, your dreams can come true!!! Captain Charlie & CathyARC USA and World ARC Rally Finishers. read more...


19/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Final Preparations - Goodbye Bermuda and Dark & Stormies!

We are looking forward to an getting underway on the next leg of the trip to the Azores which departs tomorrow. I’ve been cooking up some more meals for the freezer while Charles has been rigging his fishing gear. Maybe we’ll be eating fresh fish en route! We did some troubleshooting on what we thought was a dead inverter, but turned out it was only a blown fuse - hallelujah! So, all systems are go and we are stocked to the gills with crackers, chips, cup noodles, apples (an apple a day!), and anything we can fit without lowering the waterline any more! We’ve loved being rafted to S/V Tara - our twin Hylas 54! - at the Dinghy Club this week. Lyle, Andy, Mia and all the “yellow shirts” with the World Cruising Club have been great - especially their pirate costumes. We’ve got to leave some. read more...


Dala - Bermuda longtail bird
Dala - Bermuda longtail bird
19/05/2015

Exocet Strike - Update on trip to Niue

Well that was a fun day, not. We went reallyfar north as the tracker will show, if you check out any of the boat that wereat sea only those at anchor in Suwarrow were as far north as us. Due to this themax winds we saw were 28 knots in a squall, easily managed, but for thosefurther south they saw 40 and 50 knots, one boat reported 52 or 56 knots twicein one squall, not fun and potentially boat breaking stuff. The strange thing is that neither Fiji met officeor our own foecaster WRI gave advance notice. WRI did send an update today, butthis was after the event and for those who didn't have weather info preventedthem from getting very far north. Even those with good weather info decided notto go so far north, and they got the 50kn winds. Anyway it seems we are all through the worst of. read more...


19/05/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 18th May, 2015

Noon Position: 15.20S 158.46WDaily run: 72 milesThe fleet operate a radio net at 9am and at 6pm via the SSB radio (single side band). Last night at the 6pm net, wind speeds of up to 50 knots had been experienced by one boat and quite a few had 30 knots or more. It would not be so bad if the winds came from somewhere behind the boat, but the winds backed from the Northeast through north to the Southwest and therefore heading us on our way west. We had reefed the sails down as far as possible for the night just in case we were going to be hit. At 2am this morning we were hit with wind speeds of 30 knots, accompanied by torrential rain. The near gale force winds stayed with us all night whipping up a most uncomfortable sea. It was hot in the cabin as the windows had been closed all day to. read more...


Widago - Parasailor
Widago - Parasailor
19/05/2015

Widago - Tortola - Bermuda Passage

Let’s get the boring stuff outta the way first….. Most importantly: WIDAGO and her crew arrived safely into the port of St. George’s, Bermuda after four days, eleven hours, only motoring for 19 – including a fishing-pit-stop. Winds were mostly on our beam @ 18-20kts, and calm, almost following, seas. Just a few squalls to dodge, and very light winds the last day. Now the good stuff…WIDAGO got off to an interesting start. As this was our first participation in a rally, we (and I use pronouns liberally) really had no idea what to expect, especially at the start. There were 60+ vessels in the bay outside of the marina, awaiting the noon start. Because we are a catamaran, we had a planned delayed start of ten minutes. Because we really don’t know what we are doing, we were delayed. read more...


18/05/2015

Gozwoz - In Bermuda

At St George’s BermudaOur arrival at St George’s was delayed by a rising headwind into which we motored for most of the day, very uncomfortable. A result has been that our time here has been spent at anchor. Our Great Leader’s concern has been the inflatable sole (floor) of the dinghy to the extent that he spent Sunday watching it in case it deflated. It turned out later that deflation only occurred when someone stood on it. At least he had a days rest, which may well have been his object. The Bosun has been busy here putting our few defects to rights whilst testing his head against the less forgiving parts of the boat, including the blades of the wind generator. Ouch! On Saturday we had a pirate party for which Roger provided eye patches, scarves etc. True to form the Bosun arrived with. read more...


18/05/2015

Exody - Days 122-127: Harry, Vahine and the Suwarrow Yacht Club

The remote atoll of Suwarrow, the southernmost of the Northern Cook Islands, is where New Zealander Tom Neale lived his Robinson Crusoe dream on and off between 1952 and 1977- we all read 'An Island to Oneself' on passage here. In his footsteps, National Park warden-cum customs and immigration officer Harry now spends eight months of the year here with his wife Vahine as sole inhabitants.The boat dropped them last Saturday just before their first great grand child was born and comes back for them the first week of November! Access, supplies and communications are almost every bit as challenging as they were in Tom Neale's day with the exception of satellite telephony!Suwarrow is 200 miles from the nearest permanent inhabitation - Puka Puka and Manihiki to the north and 500 miles from. read more...


18/05/2015

Jambo - Bermuda

Well we got here about a day quicker than we expected due to brisk beam reaching conditions which meant we did 150 miles a dayNow getting ready for the crossing to the Azores -2/3 jobs to do and the re victualNick and Carol got here safety and Bob the tour guide Evans leaves to spend a week here with Mrs ECertainly an island to come back to ......image.. read more...


Jambo - Bermuda
Jambo - Bermuda
18/05/2015

GarliX - Suwarrow?ein bizarrer Inselklecks - Sturmzeit

Die Zeit hier in Suwarrow ist umschattet von richtig schlechtem Wetter. Was wir schon im letzten Blog angekündigt haben, hat sich mehr als bewahrheitet. Wir liegen in unserer „geschützten“ Ankerbucht bei bis zu 30kn Wind. Dieser viele Wind kommt nicht in Böen, sondern ist leider ausgesprochen beständig. Um uns herum die Riffe; alle Leute auf den hier liegenden Booten denken das Gleiche… „hoffentlich hält der Anker“. Unser Boot hängt letztlich an einer 8mm Ankerkette; wir ankern auf 17m Tiefe. Bei besonders viel Wind unterstützen wir den Anker mit dem Motor.Dieser allgegenwärtige Wind und das rucken an der Ankerkette ist absolut nervig; an ruhigen Schlaf ist nicht zu denken. Geschlafen, bzw. gewacht haben wir mit unserem Ankeralarm (vom I-Sailer) in der Koje.Aber wesentlich schlimmer als. read more...


17/05/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 17th May, 2015

Noon Position: 14.42S 157.23WDaily run: 123 milesIn anticipation of stronger winds, we reefed the sails last night. The mainsail was down to its smallest size and the genoa to about half its size. Everything was ship shaped. The increase in wind strength duly came around midnight, but only to about 20 knots. Throughout the night it stayed around 20 knots and a further increase is expected later today to around 25 knots. The sea has got up a bit, but Luna Quest has seen a lot more in her life to date. The majority of the fleet are further south and west and winds of 30 knots are experienced, but it seems that the low pressure area is losing its strength. The fleet’s target is still Niue, but as we are so far behind, we may now head straight for Tonga, about 10 days sailing given good. read more...


17/05/2015

Celebrate - Back to the USA via Bermuda Feasting on Steak & Shrimp!

Just crossing the infamous Cape Hatteras ocean area then home again to the idyllic Chesapeake Bay in only 170nm!Yeah!Also, finishing off our provisions has been a food fest with steak & shrimp for lunch and dinner.Lots of exercise needed here when we get into Portsmouth, Virginia.The winds have been up & down but we feel that we have made good time.The weather has turned cooler at nights so up went the canvas & glass cockpit surround and some long pants and jackets.A few birds have followed us for a while, always entertaining!Charlie & CathyNext:The Gulfstream Crossing. read more...


17/05/2015

Zingara

Bermuda, wir kommen. Gegen 16:00h local sollten wir in St George einlaufen koennen, nach unspektakulaer verlaufener nacht. Leider unter motor, der wind war nix und die zeit laeuft uns davon. Gut dagegen unser dinner aus der thai kueche, ein glaeschen wein war auch genehmigt. So, weiter geht s mit der bordarbeit. Lb gr vom atlantik, ernst, ingo, wolle und rennfahrer nils. Hurra, wir segeln wieder mit 8kts..... read more...


17/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015

Party time! IMG_3111 IMG_3104. read more...


Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 9: 17 May 2015
17/05/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Noon Position: 14.48S 155.36WDaily run: 108 milesWhereas our next port of call is Niue (having given up on Suwarrow for lack of time and wind), which lies to the SW of Bora Bora, where we last were, we have been heading NW to avoid an area of low pressure heading our way from the South. Had we gone on a rhumb line from Bora Bora to Niue, we would have been severely bashed about by now. The low pressure area is tracking North, however, and we are going to get some of it tomorrow and Monday. If you have been following the fleet on the yellow brick website, you may have been wondering why the boats are on so many different tracks.The weather continues bright where we are, but we have noticed that the barometer has been falling…Eric. read more...


16/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015

If you have been tracking us on the the Yellow Brick you will know that we arrived at St .Georges in Bermuda Thursday night. It is now Saturday. If the last few miles were annoyingly tedious due to a head wind of 15 to 20 kts the last few hundred yards were terrifying! The entrance into St Georges harbour is through a very narrow gap in the reef and rocky shore called Town Cut. You have to radio ahead for permission to go through because it is too narrow for more than boat to pass at a time. None of the buoys marking the channel into the cut were lit and it was pitch dark in the dead of  a moonless night. We had observers posted forward - thank goodness otherwise we would have hit several of the, very large, channel buoys. Nobody else seemed to be coming through a night and we now. read more...


Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
Free Spirit - Log 8: 16 May 2015
16/05/2015

Exocet Strike - French Polynesia

It was a sad day when we left the Islands of FrenchPolynesia. The local people are so welcoming and friendly, also the mainlyFrench Europeans are very friendly, its that laid back sort of place. Theislands themselves are very beautiful and picturesque, from the Marquesan Groupwhich are the newest, being ex volcanoes that have yet to have coral or to havesunk, they are often cloud covered and dark and moody, whereas the Tuamotos arethe oldest, having been volcanoes, surrounded by coral reefs anf the centrevolcano has now sunk. The reefs can be very tricky, we found the easiest one,Fakarava, which was quite stunning, pictures do not tell the story. Finally ontoTahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa and finally Bora Bora. This group are in thetransition from ex volcanoes to atolls, still. read more...


16/05/2015

Celebrate - Nanny Cay, BVI's - A New Rally, A New Beginning!

Our first impression of Nanny Cay was charming with Sir Richard Branson's "Necker Belle" tied up to the dock and pastel painted shops on shore.Also, we saw boats from our previous fleet of the World ARC, Ghost, Avocet, Polaris and Merlyn, so we felt right at home. There were many new boats, faces and new friends to make, as well.With rum punches at the welcome party and a cheerful greeting committee of "yellow shirts" Lyall, Nicki, Jake, Mia, Claudia and Trish, it was a good time!Our final dinner was smashing with over 200 people and a wonderful West Indies buffet.Thank you to all for all of the effort.It worked! Charlie & CathyNext: Bermuda Passage. read more...


16/05/2015

Celebrate - Bermuda Night Entry and Leaving the Next Day for the USA to Catch a Weather Window

Even though we rushed to arrive at Bermuda before nightfall, it was not to be.With Cathy on the bow of Celebrate with a search light looking for markers and me cautiously moving the boat through the channel to the customs dock we arrived just fine.Also, Mia was such a welcome sight on the dock at 9pm as she directed us to a docking spot, helped us tie up and gave us two nicely chilled dark & stormy drinks!How nice was that!In the morning as we looked at the upcoming weather we realized our weather window was now, so off we sailed and expect to arrive at Portsmouth, Viginia on Monday, May 18th.It's been a great time and we will see the World Cruising Club again!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


13/05/2015

Celebrate - SSB Net, May 13, Gooood Morming ARC Fleet and "Contest of the Day"! Rhyming...

Everyone is a winner!The "contest of the day" was making a rhyme for the evening radio check-in.Many boats participated.One particularly wonderful entry was from Widago who had each verse read on the radio by a different crew member.I hope they put it in the blog.Here are the rhymes I received by email:--The Polaris Crew. The day today was very calm. Feeling like sitting in the sand beneeth a palm.But then we get a reminder. Keep a sharp look out, even the grinder.First we found a red rescue ring, one hour later a yellow floating lifesling.Later in the afternoon, we ate homemade applepie, with a spoon.Matthias put the oven on. Sorry fleet, he just made one.After that, oh what a drama, a floating box left by a fishing farmer.After all we have dinner now. We lucky guys, we get slices of a. read more...