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13/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 8; Southern Cross; Saturday, January 11, 2014

While coming on watch at 6:00 AM to relieve Darlene, who was on the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch, it was pointed out to her where the Southern Cross was. For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, our polar constellation reference is the Big Dipper and North Star. The Southern Cross fulfills the same function in the southern hemisphere, and is only visible once you get as far south as Cuba. We were so close to the Cuban shoreline you could smell wood burning stoves or brush fires easily. We were about 2 miles north of the reef line. The wind was light at 8 knots, but we had a favorable current helping us along. To our starboard were a set of Traffic Separation Zones, that ships must us in congested waters of the world. Sail boats like ours are prohibited from sailing in such a zone. read more...


13/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 7; Full Speed Ahead to Western Tip of Cuba; Friday, January 10, 2914

Today was one of those days that remind you why you sail. Good wind and weather; and great boat speed. Just after sun rise we saw something seen only once before, a motor vessel listed as "Under Way Sailing" on the boat Automatic Identification System (AIS). It was an oil derrick ship, the Stena Forth. Very cool.Noticed this morning that our port running light fixture had 'left the boat.' Apparently the near gale we were in the other day weakened the fitting and it fell off the boat a couple of days after the blow. Go figure.Brian Fox. read more...


13/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 6; The Big Crab Trap Wrap; Thursday, January 9, 2014

Must have miss-labeled yesterday's log day and date. Oops.The day was spent purchasing and installing 2 new 8D House Batteries for the boat. The 2 AGM's got fried. Not sure how. We replaced them with 8 D Flooded batteries. A new roller furling line which had developed a soon to be fatal problem was replaced, also. Departed Key West at 7:50 PM. At 11:40 PM while motor sailing in light air just south of the Marquesas Islands and 25 miles west of Key West, the prop got the mother of all crab trap wraps! We anchored in 42 feet of water and in went Joel Heyne. Forty-five minutes later, and after breaking one (very expensive) filet knife; dulling 2 other seriated knives; and finally ending with a 6 inch hack saw blade (not the hack saw, just the blade), the prop was freed. The water. read more...


13/01/2014

Firefly - Moonlit night watches

Sailing down wind has been a delight while on deck with clear skies, an almost full moon and a sparkling sea. As a bonus we had some dolphins join us for a while. Down below Paul has had to draw the curtains to keep out the moonlight and its a bit rolly so sleep off watch can be hard to find.The blissful night was disturbed at dawn with a sudden wind and rain squall that pushed the wind up by 25 knots for a short period, the highest wind speed was 45 knots. We have have also been sailing through lots of debris, mostly wood, which we suspect was washed out into sea during the recent storms on land.Our long range radio (SSB) has been working well (the courses Paul and Peter took last year are paying off) and we have been speaking to the rest of the fleet twice a day on a radio net. All the. read more...


13/01/2014

Nexus - Asymmetric Fun with Fish

A beautiful evening, night and morning sail for the crew of NEXUS! We have our smaller 80% asymmetric flying high and given it's higher wind strength, we were able to fly it through the night to make good time. Great sunset and starry night early, followed by building clouds and isolated large showers, but no severe wind gusts, made for interesting sailing. Somehow Sheldon managed to steer between the storms and keep the asymmetric flying at the same time on his watch, I think he's part wizard!We had one strike on the fishing line this morning while we were hosting the radio net, but it got itself offbefore we could set the hook...I like fish that chase 8+kt lures...here fishy fishy...Russ on NEXUS at 13 35N 67 03W. read more...


Starblazer - 13-1-2014 - Hitch-hiker
Starblazer - 13-1-2014 - Hitch-hiker
13/01/2014

Starblazer 13/01/2014 – Making progress

Our fantastic start and good average speed until about midnight on Saturday, together with the fact that we are double handed and try to avoid sail changes in the dark, conspired to send us tumbling down the leaderboard! Let me explain.Just before we started our overnight watch system we decided it would be prudent to roll away some of the genoa because we were charging along and, whilst comfortable with 15-18 knots of wind, were worried it might increase overnight.In fact it slowly dropped to 10 knots by about 0600 when we were forced to unroll the sail again.An additional  consideration was the direction, not quite what we wanted, but we were unable to sail straight downwind without poling out the genoa.During the radio net it became obvious only a few boats were further east. read more...


13/01/2014

Starblazer - 12/01/14 – The adventure begins!

Perhaps a better title should be ‘The adventure continues’ because the previous 6 months have all been an adventure, however from noon yesterday we are sailing in unknown waters.We had a fantastic start, crossing the line with only about 7 or 8 boats ahead of us.The first part of the course was a brisk reach down to a turning mark off Castries, about 2 miles away.I think we surprised Rally Control on the police launch when we turned in about 9th or 10th position, after all we are rated as the slowest boat on this leg! To be honest, we surprised ourselves being ready on the start line on time, let alone getting it right.The past week has been very busy, a mixture of work and play, but busy.Our safety inspection on Monday threw up a problem with the EPIRB, an essential bit of safety. read more...


13/01/2014

Flomaida II - up up and away am 11.01.2014

Nach einem sehr gelungenen Start in Rodney Bay/ Saint Lucia bei traumhaftemWetter schwante mir schon,dass die Tour bis zu den San Blas Inseln(1100 sm!) seglerisch nur etwas für absolute Freaks und Hartgesottene ist.Der Wind ist konstant bei guten 25 Knoten, was sehr schön sein kann, ABERer kommt von hinten!! Die teilweise hohen und kurzen Kreuzwellen bringenunser Schiff extrem zum Geigen und meinen Magen zum Rebellieren. Es liegenja "nur" 7 Tage und Nächte vor uns, da schleicht sich dann ganz leise dochmal wieder der Gedanke ein, warum mache ich das eigentlich auch nochfreiwillig. Heute ist für mich definitiv das Ziel wichtiger als derWeg.Jeder Gang nach unten oder an Deck zum Segelverändern ist ein totalerKraftakt, weil die seitlichen Wellen und die 2-3 m hohen Wellen von hintendas. read more...


12/01/2014

Firefly - 25k on the clock

Firefly will have covered about 170 miles during her first 24 hours of the World ARC. As noted in the previous log, Firefly had a great start on the leg to San Blas. The rally start line was set up so that there was a broad reach part way down the Island of St Lucia, then off Castries the committee boat was rounded and the next 'mark' of the course is the finish just east of the Islands of San Blas, about 1100 miles away. San Blas is about 80 miles east of Panama and we will have about a week to explore the area before heading to Panama to await our transit, scheduled for 30th January.At 0900 local time this morning the fleet had a radio net using SSB. This seemed to go well with most of the 32 boats calling in 'loud and clear'. The fleet reported their positions during the net and it. read more...


12/01/2014

Skyelark of London - Day 1

Skyelark World ARC 2014/15 BlogDay 1 / 12 Jan 201432? 52.525 N, 64? 04.125 W... And they're off!The horn sounded at exactly 12:00 on the 11th, and 32 boats were off on Leg 1 of the World ARC, headed for the unspoiled Caribbean islands known as the San Blas Islands, a group on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal.After graciously allowing all but one or two boats to cross the start line ahead of us, Skyelark has now assumed a good position, trailing only a couple boats toward our first waypoint, a northern edge of Venezuela which we will round - at a distance respectful of the strong swells in the area - and aim for the San Blas Islands, which are slightly more south of our current course of approximately 267?.We`re making about 8 Knots on our headsail alone and the seas are slight. read more...


12/01/2014

Nexus - NEXUS First full day on World ARC 2014

What a brilliant 24 hours since the start of WorldARC 2014. The WARC team did a fabulous job organizing social and preparatory events as well as looking after us in general. We've had the opportunity to meet quite a few new friends through the social events, which I'm sure will be lifelong friends soon. What an wonderfully diverse group of sailors, both professionally and culturally. Its amazing how the common denominator of sailing seems to create compatibility across many countries and languages. The official start was a beautiful spectacle, great weather and 32 boats sailing in formation. The sendoff from the staff and people of St Lucia was special. Our first 18 hours of downwind sailing was by head sail alone, to slow to boat down for fishing. We caught a beautiful yellowfin tuna. read more...


12/01/2014

Sweet Pearl - St.Lucia --> San Blas - Tag 2 - Und wir sind weg!

Gestern gings los. Um Punkt 12:06 haben wir die Startlinie in der Bucht von Rodney Bay überquert - nicht als einer der ersten Schiffe, aber deshalb mit einem schönen Überblick über die Flotte. Nach der Startlinie gings nach Castries, ab wo wir dann endlich nach Westen (oder windabhängig für uns eher nach Nordwesten) Richtung Kolumbien segeln konnten um dann später nach San Blas (eine Inselkette vor Panama, die atemberaubend sein soll, was wir überprüfen wollen;-)) abzubiegen. Der Tag gestern war wunderschön und die Crew, d.h. Sandra, Wannes aus Belgien, der auf der Reise, nach Peru für seine Benevolatarbeit ist und ich haben es Richtung genossen. Auch die Nacht mit Sternenhimmel, der wegen des hellen Mondes nicht alles von sich preis gab, war sehr angenehm. Nach der ersten grossen. read more...


12/01/2014

Starblazer 12/01/14 – The adventure begins!

Perhaps a better title should be ‘The adventure continues’ because the previous 6 months have all been an adventure, however from noon yesterday we are sailing in unknown waters. We had a fantastic start, crossing the line with only about 7 or 8 boats ahead of us. The first part of the course was a brisk reach down to a turning mark off Castries, about 2 miles away. I think we surprised Rally Control on the police launch when we turned in about 9th or 10th position, after all we are rated as the slowest boat on this leg! To be honest, we surprised ourselves being ready on the start line on time, let alone getting it right.The past week has been very busy, a mixture of work and play, but busy. Our safety inspection on Monday threw up a problem with the EPIRB, an essential bit of safety. read more...


Hebe - Day 2 First catch
Hebe - Day 2  First catch
12/01/2014

Hebe - Day 2 First catch

13'49'98N064'50'45WSunday 12th JanuaryIts jolly hot, the sun is shining remorselessly from a cloudless sky, I'm in a complete sweat the entire time and dreaming about a nice frosty walk with the dogs.  As Harry reminds me its gonna get hotter as we'll be on the equator soon….. James hasn't managed to sleep much in the Burns Unit and is in the saloon with a cold flannel.Well we all forgot about the midday heat when the reel when screaming out the back, all hands on deck, slow the boat down, get those sails in we've got a fish. Andrew and I were so excited we made a hash of slowing the boat down by which time our catch had taken nearly all the line. After ages taking it in turns to wind this thing in and losing the gaff hook over board, we managed to land a tuna.What a beautiful. read more...


11/01/2014

Firefly - Back at sea

At noon local time we officially started the World Arc. The starting line was in Rodney Bay just outside the marina. Wewere reminded at the briefings that this is a rally and not a race yet at noon our competitive streak kicked in and we hit the startingline with the gun. In fact there was a little wager placed whether we would be first over the line or get there too early. Fortunately there will be a beer waiting for us when we arrive!We are now 7 hours into our voyage making good progress down wind towards the San Blas islands surfing at 7 to 8 knots. Susie cooked a delicious prawn curry for supper and into our first night watche sequence for a while. We are still in contact with most of the rally fleet and holding our own against some faster boats.Sadly we said farewell to Jane on the. read more...


10/01/2014

Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !

Greetings from St Lucia, after a week's busy preparation filling the coffers with water, food and fuel and getting Hebe's sail wardrobe organised, she has 3 colourful sails now which gives us a lot of choice as we sail down wind…..its now downwind all the way to Australia, we are ready for the gun tomorrow at noon.   We've got gifts to give the islanders….Salisbury Cathedral T towels though we have now discovered what they really need is reading glasses! Der ! So a stock up in Panama City. Hebe has been fussing as usual she's had so much attention spent on her looks with a polished hull gleaming but 2 days ago she decided to crash her satellite communication system. The iridium dome is kerput, this means we will be off air until Panama when a new dome is being Fedexed out. read more...


Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !
Hebe - Off we go AGAIN !
10/01/2014

Firefly - All set for the start of the World Arc

After a great trip down the Eastern Caribbean over Christmas and New Year, we have now been in Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia for 4 days. We have benefited from a number of good briefings from the rally organizers World Cruising .Firefly has been checked overthoroughly by us and the WC team so we are almost ready to go. Over a rum punch or two we have met many of our fellow participantswho come from 15 countries . Firefly is fully laden with food and Susie has been making flapjacks! The start of our adventure is at 12.00 local time tomorrow when we say farewell to Jane on the dock and Firefly heads West across the Caribbean to the remote (and reportedly beautiful)San Blas islands part of Panama. This should take us around 6 days and after leisurely cruising the islands we will head for. read more...


Hebe - Day 1 Bang goes the gun
Hebe - Day 1  Bang goes the gun
10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 6, Heading to Key West for Repairs; Thursday, January 9, 2014

At 10:30 AM, after determining that the weather forecast called for 20 knots of wind and 5 to 7 foot seas between the Dry Tortugas and KeyWest, we decided to weigh anchor and head to Key West to buy and replace our 2 8D House Batteries, each weighing about 160 pounds. Not really sure how both of these batteries got ruined, as they're only 6 months old. Two hours into this trip, we realized that the weather forecast was wrong. We had winds up to 32 knots and 10 foot seas on the port bow, all the way to Key West. We arrived there at 11:00 AM. The entire trip was a slugfest and wouldn't have been possible without a Dodger to shield us from the water. It was Monday all over again. We thought the gale was gone. We tied up at the Galleon Marina at 11:00 AM, plugged in the electric shore power. read more...


10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 5; Stuck in the Dry Tortugas; Wednesday, January 8,2 014

It's a dreary day. Low clouds, wind still in the upper 20,s; and the fishing fleet swinging with us. Even though we're anchored, the navigation system is on so that we can set an anchor alarm. If the boat drags anchor beyond a certain radius that we set, an alarm will sound. It sounds occasionally, not because we're dragging anchor, but because are swing arc is changing as the wind direction changes.The fast catamarans and sea planes that come every day to the Dry Tortugas from Key West, 70 nautical miles away, didn't come today. No surprise there. The day was spent reading, looking at weather faxes, and after dinner, watching the latest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness. Lights out 10:30 PM.. read more...


10/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 4; Waiting for the Weather to Clear; Tuesday, January 7, 2014

No sun today. Still swinging and bouncing at anchor. Wind still howling. Wind speed still up. Blowing 28 knots this morning. Sounds higher in gusts, but no one on board will volunteer to go into the cockpit to check. I can't figure out why. Only 1 boat in and out of the anchorage has left. A fishing boat in the afternoon. Bound for Cuba? In the 50's. Cold. The day was spent receiving weather faxes; sending and receiving email; reading; writing boat logs; and waiting to get under way. The plan is to weigh anchor Thursday morning en route to the Yucatan Straight, crossing the Gulf Stream (not fun) and turning left at the western tip of Cuba (yeah!), leaving the Gulf of Mexico behind and entering the Caribbean Sea. Before turning south for Panama we need to go east to Longitude 79 (San Blas. read more...


09/01/2014

BriZo - Downwind, Colombian Coast guard and Cheryl Cole - 7th Jan 2014 (St Lucia to San Blas passage)

With enough Marmite on board for 7 months we slipped lines Saturday late afternoon at Rodney Bay, St Lucia where BriZo had been during our return over Christmas and out into a Caribbean Sea evening. Pat and I would now be sailing for the next 6 days and nights 1200nm directly to the isolated San Blas islands, just off the Panama Canal entrance at Colon. We are sorry to leave before the main WCC World ARC event starts but after 5 weeks of prep since BriZo’s re-launch in Antigua the draw to get back to sea is irresistible and we have friends already in San Blas.For a cruiser, this is exhilarating downwind sailing, 20 knot+ winds to F7, a ‘white sail’ rig setup that allows the Autopilot to steer hour after hour down the swells, averaging over 200nm miles sailed on each of three days so far.. read more...


08/01/2014

American Spirit II - Day 3; Here Come's the Gale!; January 6, 2014

We spent a pleasant night at anchor Sunday night/Monday morning; and got a lot accomplished during the daytime hours waiting at anchor in the Dry Tortugas for the gale to arrive. Once the sun got up a ways, it got warm quickly. Actually, it was hot. This IS Florida. The cabin out of the sun was actually cooler than being outside in the sun with no wind. The proverbial calm before the storm. The fun part of the day began at 3:40 PM, when we got our first taste of what was to come. A light rain and a few low clouds started to form. That all changed abruptly at 4:00 PM, when the full fury of the gale hit us. It's onset was very quick, and in no time it was blowing over 30 knots. The highest speed we saw on our instruments was 36 knots, but it was much higher than that in the gusts.. read more...


06/01/2014

American Spirit II - Arrived in the Dry Tortugas; January 5, 2014

Late Sunday night just before midnight we entered the National Park called the Dry Tortugas, home of the largest masonry structure (Ft. Jefferson) in the Western Hemisphere and about 90 mile from Havana, Cuba. Yes, it IS larger than even the Pentagon; and even has a moat around it. The anchorage was deserted, an indication of the 2 gales (one having just passed by a few days earlier, and the other coming) impacting the Florida and international boating community. The anchorage at Garden Key,directly across from Ft. Jefferson, was empty. First time we've ever seen that in over 30 years. The anchorage was the last port of call for the USS Maine, a battleship that went to Havana, Cuba after leaving the Dry Tortugas and was blown up and sank, helping to start the Spanish-American War. Also,. read more...


06/01/2014

American Spirit II - We're Under Way!; January 4, 2014

After 1 1/2 years of planning and preparation we're under way! After a rousing party put together and spearheaded by Janet Fox at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club in Gulfport, Florida; and boat 'tours' conducted by the crew ,we departed on schedule at 3:00 PM en route to our first stop in the Dry Tortugas to wait for a large weather system (Gale) to blow thru Monday night/Tuesday morning. This will be the second of two giant weather systems that will impact the start of our trip; systems so big and unusual that we normally only get one every 2 or 3 years in the Florida winter. Getting 2 such systems within one week of each other is very unusual and a bit unlucky on our part. Our weather this winter until then has been above normal, with December about 10 degrees above normal. Our departure was. read more...


06/01/2014

Firefly - Three days in Martinique

After our eventful New Year in Portsmouth we headed down the west coast of Dominica to the capital, Rosseau.We were all thrilled to be joined on the trip by a pod of at least 10 dolphins surfing Firefly's bow wave.We had an action packed 24 hours in Rosseau including a walk up through the botanical gardens to yet another cannon emplacement on a great vantage point and a guided tour into the rainforests in the heart of the island. Our local Domincan guide, Craig, took us up to the Trafalgar Falls where we luxuriated in a geothermally heated sulphur pool. We then went to the Titou gorge for a decidedly chilly swim through a narrow gap in the rocks to the waterfall, it was absolutely stunning! Craig was also able to give us a detailed account of the current social and political situation in. read more...


02/01/2014

Firefly - Happy New Year

After all the preparation and distance we've already traveled it's very exciting to know that we are now, at last, in the year we are undertaking the World ARC... Having had a great few days exploring the Ilses des Saintes (perhaps the Scilly Isles of the Leeward Islands), we have now arrived in Dominica.This is one of the wet and therefore very green islands - covered in rainforest and boasting 365 rivers (competition for Antigua's 365 beaches?). The rain is not really a problem - the locals call it liquid sunshine - no sooner have the heavens opened than the sun is out again.Our landfall in Dominica on New Year's Eve was Portsmouth (to Susie's relief, nothing like it's UK counterpart). As we approached the town, the second largest settlement of the island, we entered Prince Rupert Bay. read more...


30/12/2013

Firefly - Isle Saints

Christmas lunch was a great success thanks to Susie's splendid cooking, Jane's prep and Paul and Peter's washing up skills. Since then we have cruised down the coast of Guadalupe stopping at Anse de la Barque for lunch and snorkeling then on to Marina de Riviere Sens at Basse Terre the capital. We used this as a base for two days to explore the rain forest and a white knuckle taxi ride to the the Chutes de Carbet (a dramatic waterfall).We then made the 12 nm passage to Isle Saints a beautiful cluster of islands to the South and have spent the last two days swimming, snorkeling and exploring the islands on foot, Jane and Peter climbed the highest point of the main island (Terre de Haute) La Chameau and were rewarded with dramatic views over the whole island group.In the forthcoming days. read more...


28/12/2013

Shelduck - Fw: Saturday 28th December Grenada

Saturday 28th December 11:59.857 N  61:45.569 W  Distancetravelled 146 miles.   Gabby and Brendan returned to the UK on the 22nd and Johnnie Hegartyarrived on the same plane to cruise with us until the 9th of January. At middayon the 23rd we departed Rodney Bay for a passage to St Georges Grenada forChristmas and arrived at Port Louis Marina at 13.00 on the 24th. Excellentfacilities, developed by Camper and Nicholsons, includes a private beach whereJohnnie and Neil had their first Christmas Day swim. Anne used always go waterskiing with her father on Christmas Day in Kerry. We had a lovely traditionalthree course Christmas dinner aboard, roast turkey with bread and cranberrysauces and stuffing beautifully prepared by Anne. We spent 3 days at St. Georges, visited the town. read more...


26/12/2013

Starblazer - 26 December: After the ARC is over...

The finish line officially closed last Friday, the final prize giving was on Saturday and the last boat arrived yesterday afternoon! First, here are a few reflections on our ARC experience this year. We motored 88 hours but we were in good company, all but 6 boats in the cruising fleet motored at some point. The sailing in the last few days was excellent. In group I, the slowest group, we came 8th out of 18 on corrected time, however if you look at the bigger picture I think we performed well above expectation. On corrected time we came 67 out of 162 boats in the cruising division, something we are very proud of.You may have seen on the news that St Lucia and St Vincent have both suffered badly from torrential rain. It certainly put a dampener on our proposed beach BBQ for Christmas day.. read more...


26/12/2013

Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie

Damit uns das Zielschiff auch richtig erkennen kann, haben wir für die notwendige Beleuchtung gesorgt.arc13-2950. read more...


Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
25/12/2013

Firefly - Happy Christmas from Firefly

Since our last log we have spent a couple of weeks in Antigua, Susie and Jane have arrived and we have said farewell to Murray and Barney. Most of the time on Antigua, Firefly was in Nonsuch Bay at anchor. Paul and Susie staying on board, Paul kite-surfing most days and Peter and Jane lazing in the luxury of the Nonsuch Bay resort. We enjoyed the hospitality of fellow Salcombe-ites the Becks, Cadogans, and the Shoves. After a farewell supper at Antigua Yacht Club Paul, Susie, Jane and Peter set sail from English Harbour for Guadeloupe on 23rd December. The crossing involved a 42 mile passage in 25 to 30 knot winds and large Atlantic swells. This proved a challenge for us all particularly Jane who coped with it bravely having never sailed this far before! We saw the island of Montserrat. read more...


22/12/2013

True Colours - Off Again

Position 14:48.91N 061:15.98W So Andrej left last Thursday, and Doug left this morning on a flight to Antigua.  We had a few good days in St Lucia, including hiring an APV to go round the island, visiting a nature trail and a live volcano, where we all indulge in mud baths.  At the end of the day we dropped Josh off at the airport before returning to the other end of the island. The crew is now James, Rosemary, Toby, Sarah and Nadine.  We had planned to anchor overnight, possibly in the bay at Portsmouth, Dominica, but decided it would be late when we arrived there, and ten we would be late arriving in Antigua;  so instead we plan to continue overnight, and should arrive in Antigua about 13.00 tomorrow. So fat the sea has been kind to our new crew,. read more...


23/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape takes 5th in Class and wins a prize!

Well done to our ARC crew. 5th in Class - Matt our skipper was surprised to be called up on stage to receive a prize at the final ARC party on Saturday night. Finally we beat Skyelark. Now we know why she has beaten us for the last 4 years Emily!!We would like to wish all Great Escapes clients and followers a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous new year. Don’t forget we have some spaces left for some of the Caribbean Regattas.RegardsPhil Munday . read more...


23/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-

On Monday 16.December at 10:35am we crossed the finishing line and heard the nice tone of the horn just telling us that we made it. It also was perfect to arrive at Daytime, rather than during the night. We carried with us some Voeuve Cliquot, Champaign for just this moment and of cause we consumed it.It is hard to describe all the feelings a man can have after 23 days on sea. Of cause there is happiness, one becomes very emotional, some tears are running and one is proud on the achieved; you feel exhausted but lucky. Most rememberal are the crew members. 23 days with four different characters, together on very limited space. Even your bed is a moving part on sea. Especially this time I felt it much more difficult to find sleep. There were these 3 days where one could not sleep at all.. read more...


Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
23/12/2013

Annabella - Annabella's Final Result

It's Official! Annabella takes silver in class and 22nd overall. By "George"! What a result! And skipper Peter (now definitely Pug) gets senior line honours for being first skipper over 60 across the line without using the engine. He is very chuffed.The question of whether it was a race or a rally is exercising some minds in the community. Technically it was a rally, but for the crews on George and Annabella is was definitely an exciting race over the final week.Would we do it again? Well, maybe we won't be first in the queue, but never say never. Annabella is now in Marigot bay in St Lucia, will continue on to the Grenadines and will probably end up in Antigua over the next two weeks. She will be shipped back to Southampton in April/May and will spend summer 2014 in West Cork.Merry. read more...


22/12/2013

Calypso - Mission Accomplished

Calypso and her crew finally crossed the finish line at St Lucia on Tuesday 17 December 2013 at 1553 local time, 23 days 6 hours, 53 minutes and 40 seconds after departing Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The "corrected time" according to the organisers and after taking into account motoring and the yacht's handicap, was about 25 days. The yellow brick tracker showed that we had sailed 3037 nautical miles and our log showed 3038 miles. It appears that we were 14th in or class but, as we weren't racing, were not disappointed with the result - just pleased to have arrived safely!The journey from Guernsey was done in stages:1. Guernsey, Northern France, Bay of Biscay, cruising Galicia (Northern Spain) and down to Povoa de Varzim in Northern Portugal. 685 miles.2. Cruising down the. read more...


Calypso - Mission Accomplished
Calypso - Mission Accomplished
22/12/2013

Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !

Ca y est, nous avons bien atterri et commencé à récupérer. Je dis commencéparce qu’après trois semaines de cycles de sommeil un peu en vrac, le rythmenormal jour/nuit a un peu de mal à se mettre en place. A croire que nous nous yétions habitués !  Manihi a récupéré lui aussi. Le génois et la GV ont pansé leurs blessureschez le voilier de Rodney Bay. Le bimini s’est aussi refait une santé ; après 3semaines de caresses par la baume, il était très fatigué n’avait pas purésister. Les drisses de spi, génois et trinquette ont retrouvé leur place ...Il y a quelques jours, c’était encore un peu fouillis en tête de mât !L’intérieur et le pont sont flambant neuf et le teck du cockpit a retrouvé sacouleur chaude et accueillante.   L’heure du bilan est arrivée. En quelques chiffres. read more...


Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
16/12/2013

Abraxas - 16/12/13 - 100 milj do cilja

Abraxas je v ciljni ravnini – kar se kar malo cudno slisi, ob tem, da je docilja se 100 milj. Ampak vse kaze, da bo tako. Veter in tok nas vodita v direktni smeri o St.Lucie. Vceraj smo se malo prepustili jadranju po valovih, kar nas je odpeljalomalo severneje, mogoce smo izgubili kaksno mesto, a nekaj ur uzivanja povsemodtehta rezultat. Itak nismo na dirki, ampak na precenju Atlantika. Na jadrnici postaja zivo, vsak se po svoje pripravlja na prihod: ostali sepoglabljajo v turisticni vodnicek, jaz pa studiram pot do letalisca; predvidomabomo prisli v Castries v zgodnjih jutranjih urah, moje letalo pa odleti ob 20.25 z drugega konca otoka. Vse je obvladljivo, skoda le, da ne bo casa vsaj zamalo turizma. Sicer pa je teh 21 minilo kot blisk, in potrebno bo kar nekaj casa zaureditev vtisov.. read more...


21/12/2013

Aditi - Day 25: The Arrival

Perhaps we should attempt to explain events of the last few hours.Most importantly we picked up the Reggae radio stations about 45 miles out. We sighted land about 30 miles out as the sun started to close the horizon and our key concerns were firstly not to hit it and second not to get blown past it. We had been working all day to avoid arriving in darkness as we wanted to take in the sights but it just wasn't possible. As we reached the northern point of St Lucia, about a mile off, there were 3 yachts all closing the point. Although the stand on vessel Ocean Breeze cut under our bow about 200 yards ahead - can the competition for something like 220th place so intense?Coming round the top into the lee of the island where the wind went from 30kn to, you guessed it, 30kn, we passed the. read more...


21/12/2013

Arkouda - Land Ho!

We finally arrived yesterday at about 11:00 local time--21 days at sea, 4 in Cape Verde.I guess we really not ready for it to end--as soon as we crossed the finish line we dropped our anchor and have not moved yet!As we were rounding Pigeon Island we had a call on the VHF from some friends from Lanzarote.Bob from Wahoo who had been waiting for us but had to get to the airport.I am sure our paths will cross again!A half a minute after crossing the finish line our friends from Twixter also called, and then guided us into the anchorage in their dingy.It was all a little overwhelming to see all the boats in the anchorage, smell the land, and hear the sounds of civilization!I think I needed a slow re acclimation, and this has been the perfect spot.We have to head in tomorrow and find a. read more...


21/12/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Teds Diary

Day 24:Mum gave us Rice Crispies for breakfast today as a suprise.We are still going really fast which is great but the waves are quitebig so still no fishing.Karen made her special pasta again tonight -it was yummy.Day 25:Dad said that today should be our last full day at sea -hurray!This morning I thought I saw a spout from a whale.Mum and Ispent ages looking for it again but he must have swum away when wewere not looking.The waves are not so big today so I can fish.Ididn't catch anything, even though I used my special lure which hadworked everytime I used it before.We had Tom and Susie's rice fordinner tonight.It is so exciting to think that tomorrow we will bethere that I didn't really want to go to bed.Day 26:This morning we arrived!It was great, we went really fastover the finish. read more...



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