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Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
23/11/2013

Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....

Test sail yesterday was worthwhile, tested emergency steering with drogue.Just off for final shop.Mike20131121_182211. read more...


Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
23/11/2013

Alayat3 - ALAYAT3

Hello every bodyone day left before departureALAYAT3. read more...


23/11/2013

La Rochelle - Day 1

Managed to have our gooseneck repaired and got under way at 7 pm. The pressure has dropped since yesterday, but we were still slipping through the water under full main and poled out headsail in the mid 7's. The breeze overnight swung quiet a lot and we ended up doing 3 jibes. In the morning the breeze settled into 60 degress 12-15 knots and out came the "weapon", high 7's all day under the expert helming of louvre, Kite down at sunset and back to poled out headsail and full main plus staysail, breeze in the 13- 18 knot range giving us low 7's, very except able.Pretty much on the rhumb line and should have similar conditions today. Pretty much given up fishing, have lost 10 lures since the canaries for 0 fish, but plenty of flying fish on the deck at night, one flying fish "flew "through. read more...


23/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Countdown to start

So it's less than 72hrs away from starting our Atlantic race. Eight crew on now and last two arrive Friday.(it is Friday and have arrived), interesting bunch including a retired director of NHS intensive care, commodities dealer, retired policeman, and a few chancers.Quite a palpable buzz in the air around the place as first timers take on the challenge.Just spent a £1000.00 on the shopping ( ten people,twenty days ),and packed it away in a couple of hours including getting it from van to boat we questioned why wives make such a big deal on the matter!Still, we feel particularly blessed to have had such a light workload of jobs compared to others that have had rigs out, leaks to find and plenty more to keep crews busy. We like to watch the hubbub of life around us and enjoy much. read more...


Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
23/11/2013

Hanami II - De la toile, encore de la toile

23 Xi 201316 30 N - 30 58 WBeau temps aujourd'huiDu soleil et pas trop de houleDu vent, juste comme il faut pour tester le Spi Symetrique.Envoye a 11h45 nous le garderons jusqu'a 17h environ.Il fautreconnaitre que cela fait gagner 1 ou 2 noeuds de facon reguliere avec un vent qui oscille entre 15 et 20 noueds maxi, venant par l'arriere a 160 degres sur tribord.Avec Christian et MArie tout c'est bien passe, envoi, utilisation et affalage, meme si quelques ajustements ont ete necessaires pour l'envoi.Bonne journee en somme ou nous avons barre sous spi.Pas d'utilisation du pilote et BArry a ete mis en vacances jusqu'a ce que le Spi soit affale.Nous avons remontes quelques bateaux grace au Spi et en ce moment nous doublons Pandora of Feock par babord.Seule ombre au tableau, et de taille,. read more...


22/11/2013

Anettine - Daily Log

Endelig begynner ting å fungere for oss igjen.Vi har reparert skaden og kan nå seile med full seilføring. I natt har vi seilt med spridde seil, og logget 7-9 knopp hele tiden.Nå på morgenen kan vi konstante at vi har kontakt med feltet igjen etter å ha seil oss opp fra 29. til 18. plass.Vi har sovet godt begge to, så forholdene ligger til rette for en fin seildag. Siden vi startet har vi logget 288 nm.Hilsen Anettine. read more...


22/11/2013

Golondrina - Another day another €300

Dave and Mark spent most of the day trying to crowbar 3 weeks food into Golondrina.As long as everyone doesn't mind sleeping with 15 bags of pasta or 12 large tins of tomatoes we should be ok... Strange as it seems but Dave's double room with en-suite facility appears spacious and comfortable.Gareth is on good form and looking forward to the off, he's being interviewed tomorrow by BBC Cymru and will be broadcast on Monday as he is the only Welsh speaking skipper on the rally. Owain has been found.... Apparently he was doing charity work in the local area and was tied up. Stop press, the Satellite phone on the boat is now working the first inbound e-mail was a job offer for Dave to be Chief Instructor for Seafarer based in Greece and then winter teaching in the BVI's - guess who is mr. read more...


Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
22/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - True Blue (with a dash of panic)

As Colin mentioned in yesterday's Log Blog we are settling nicely and resting well (albeit in 4 hourly bursts) after the bitter sweet Mindelo experience.If the first Leg to Cape Verde was disappointing from the blue water sailing perspective (more like grey water)then Leg 2 is certainly delivering. The sky today is almost cloudless and the sea is deep blue and silver dazzled by the sun as it moves relentlessly...seemingly pushing us onwards.Not such an idyllic picture last night however when we were gleefully whizzing along under full main and genoa when the Autohelm (automatic steering system)failed.Gilly-mate's peaceful watch was rudely interrupted by alarms and instrument messages.Skipper was unceremoniously woken and hand steering commenced. In the inky blackness (needless to say. read more...


22/11/2013

Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...

C'est dans deux jours maintenant. Les gros travaux- si on peut dire - sontterminés et aujourd'hui était la journée de fignolage ! En extérieur, leremplacement et "scotchage" des goupilles sur les filières pour éviter de seblesser et de faire des accrocs sur les voiles, préparation et essai dugréement de la trinquette - deuxième voile d'avant ; en intérieur mise enplace d'un filet suspendu dans le carré pour y stocker les fruits et légumes(ils ont besoin d'être à l'air et au sec pour se conserver ... nous aussid'ailleurs ...), changement des joints du WC arrière ... (ça peut servir !),et affichage des menus et surtout de la "carte" des provisions !!! Elles ontété rangées en 15 endroits différents (plancher, banquettes, dossiers,placards ...). Pour éviter de tout ouvrir pour chercher une. read more...


Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Getting fruity
Jambo - Getting fruity
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
22/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper

Sunrise this morning brought a beautiful sunny day with a very calm sea and little swell, and another brief dolphin display as they chased flying fish with rocket speed.We took the opportunity to make some garlic mayonnaise and bake bread rolls for lunch, and then had a bite on the rod.An amazing yellow dolphin fish graced our lure with its splendid colours, and it didn't put up too much of a fight when we reeled it in.A change to the planned supper of lamb cutlets, now barbecue fish with home made chips and salad, lush. Graham made radio contact with Easy Rider today giving them and one other yacht the weather forecast as they had been unable to download. We had overheard a radio conversation last night from Easy Rider saying that they are sailing with main alone having shred their. read more...


22/11/2013

Firefly - Departure from Lanzarote - Blowin' in the Wind

Firefly is now back at sea again. Unlike our departure from Salcombe, there were no fanfares and flotillas to see us off at Puerto Calero on the first ocean passage of our adventure. We did not slip out completely un-noticed a nice Irish lady took a picture of us and wished us a good and safe voyage. Not sure what she made of Grateful but he is now an important member of the team so needed to be in the picture. We have left behind some great memories of a very friendly and hospitable Puerto Calero- this was heightened last night by our invitation to an RC 44 racing keelboat after racing drinks party (they are having their world championships here). No expense was spared, drinks were flowing and after a 'few' we had to make an early retreat to finish jobs and keep a clear head for our. read more...


22/11/2013

Tronko - mail de prueba y preparativos

Ya esta casi todo terminado.. esta tarde se estiva los productos frescos.. y a ver que tal va todo...R-48En el próximo mail subiré alguna foto a ver como funciona... read more...


22/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - wonderful life ...

It is yet another glorious day and we are all feeling relaxed and enjoying the sunshine after a good nights sleep. We were joined yesterday by a school of dolphins who stayed with us for quite some time and had a a steak pie which turned out ok considering the size of our oven!! Our day today will consist of some sunbathing, reading and catching up on our emails as we now have our internet working again. How wonderful is this life?Amanda XX. read more...


22/11/2013

XAR - Blog XAR

Lunch on Friday at the Club and testing the blog.  DSC_0304. read more...


XAR - Blog XAR
XAR - Blog XAR
22/11/2013

Xirene - Ready to Go !

Na dagen van klussen zijn we nu toch echt bijna helemaal klaar voorvertrek! Ook de Yellowbrick is geïnstalleerd dus zijn we live te volgen. Groet namens gehele crew, David  . read more...


21/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Farewell to the Cape Verdes!

After a wonderful few days in and around the Cape Verde Islands, it was also time to go! We are sailors after all! The start was picturesque, giving a wonderful view of Mindelo behind us. We set too large a sail area and although it was great for a while, we like others were caught out. Several 'awkward moments' over the course of the next hour had us all very focussed, but before we could reduce sail area we had lost one of our Dan Buoys over the side and had the cabin rather untidy. But the Dan Buoy deployed perfectly, so that was good to know!Things have since settled down a lot and we seem to be going well, after such a poor start to proceedings. Some things though don't change - Amanda continues to spoil us with superb gastronomic delights, we enjoy logging on to the Fleetviewer. read more...


22/11/2013

Milanto -Sailing the Atlantic on Milanto ARC rally 2013

Friday  22nd Nov. Two days to go!Our final crew member arrived yesterday we are now six. Our skipper Vale, John E and John L, Karl, Nick and Gianni. 2 Italians one Irish one Guernsey and two Londoners of dubious descent. A  more congenial bunch you could not find in a marina bar. The Milanto has been loaded with food and water and a modest quantity of wine to accompany the haute cuisine we are anticipating from Gianni's kitchen. She is a sound and beautifully built piece of kit lovingly cared for and maintained. But that's enough about Nick. As for Milanto, we are all feeling really good about our choice of vessel and skipper for this adventure.The Marina here in Las Palmas is absolutely packed. There are some 250 boats participating. In our racing  Division 2. read more...


Meltemi - Einkaufserlebnisse
Meltemi - Einkaufserlebnisse
22/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!

Preparations continue with a lot of checks and improvements on the yacht. A new inner forestay and gooseneck toggle fitted. (for non-sailors the gooseneck connects the boom to the mast).  Our freezer is now working but we realised it is more of a freezer to keep pre-frozen food frozen rather than freeze the 16 meals Caroline has cooked and placed in foil containers. Melissa and Daniel left the yacht last Saturday having decided that an Atlantic crossing was not for them. We have been joined by a friend of Viv and Steve’s to make up 5 crew in total. He is another Mike and comes from Oxford and has some previous sailing experience. Along with the preparations we have had some fun parties including the 60’s wig party and a fancy  dress party which saw us in a Robin Hood theme. All. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
21/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 2 starts with The Big Fella

Well, what an amazing time we have had in Mindelo, we have all thoroughly enjoyed our time there and had some fantastic meals out in various recommended cafés and restaurants, and met so many lovely people. And what a fantastic surprise when we were awarded with 1st place in the Cruising B division at the crew supper Tuesday night! After provisioning up at different markets and street sellers we crossed the start line near the back of the pack (last minute.com as always!). The wind was certainly howling as we all set off between the islands, in the constant 30s with a sea closely matched, and we watched many boats in front rounding up into the wind and struggling to get back.We opted for mizzen and headsail only knowing how difficult Joy can be reefing the main with inboom furling in. read more...


22/11/2013

Pelican - Day -2

Pelican is all ready to start her 5 arc, an amazing achivement for a boat that has done all but 1 arc since she was built.All the crew are here, the stores have yet to be delivered, this will happen sometime tomorrow.The whole atmosphere here is one of expectation..... still been there done that.Time to go will post more when we are underway.Rob. read more...


Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
22/11/2013

Avel Biz - J2

22 novembre 2013Bonjour à tousNous sommes à 48h du départ.Cela fait 4 jours que nous sommes dans la marina de Las Palmas. Véronique est là avec Roland et Annie qui sont venus donner un coup de main très appréciable.Nous courons de tous les côtés pour finir la préparation d'Avel Biz. Pas mal de détails restent à régler mais l'ensemble tourne bien.Xavier nous rejoint dans la journée. Nous attendons les prévisions météo pour la suite.. read more...


21/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!

Sam headed out on Tuesday morning to get some very large croissants as our fuel for the day. He and Haig had various jobs on the boat including fixing the Garmin and starting to fix the boom which according to Haig 'needed a new bush'! Whilst the boys were doing 'blue' jobs Victoria and I went to set up our first blog post in the Sailors Bar which is fast becoming a regular hangout for its speedy wifi connection! In the evening it was our turn (those boats with names beginning L-Z) for our crew supper at Restaurant Embarcadero. We were greeted by a fruity glass of sangria and a heavy downpour of rain before we headed inside to be seated. We sat next to some friendly Dutch men and an American couple who told us that they have lived on their boat for 4 1/2 years - very impressive! We ate a. read more...


Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
21/11/2013

Windleblo - Final Provisioning

Today, John Hoopes and I rode our bikes to the best fishing shop in Las Palmas to buy some deep sea fishing gear. John has taken command of provisioning as the voyage's Chief Steward, and he has been doing a marvelous job of ordering food for delivery and going on shopping ventures around town. Now, with our new fishing gear, he promises to augment our diet regularly with fresh sushi.We will soon see if he is able to keep this promise!. read more...


21/11/2013

Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.

Dave and Nina struggled over quite how many packets of crisps to purchase for lunch. This being said, when the food for 3 weeks was assembled Dave decided to remove the labels, for no apparent reason, other than to make the daily meals far more exciting.image. read more...


Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.
Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.
21/11/2013

Idea of London - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

Hello hello and welcome back to the world of IDEA.My name is Marc Gentilin I will be keeping you informed of the goings on onboard IDEA as we are once again preparing to embark on a journey across the ocean.For those of you that have followed previous trips this one is going to be slightly different.We are not just delivering IDEA as we have in the past, but will be racing to St. Lucia in the racing division of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers or the ARC.With us we will have Clint Brooks; Captain as usual, and myself as crew.Joining us for the race will be 9 crew members who will be introduced to over the next few days.The race start is Sunday 24th November.You can go to the event website to explore their information which includes a fleet tracker.Now you'll have dozens of boats to. read more...


21/11/2013

Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!

Aujourd'hui je vais faire court après deux expéditions de provisions. Un premier tour au Carrefour local pour les liquides et une deuxième à Al Campo - Auchan version espagnole - pour le reste. Reste les fruits et légumes mais ça ce sera samedi.Une idée des quantités : 100 l d'eau pour compléter les 30 l qu'on avait déjà à bord, 10 l de jus de fruits, 30 canettes sodas divers, 15 l de vin, 90 cannettes de San Miguel - la bière locale, 4 kg de jambon, 4 chorizos, 6 tortillas, 8 kg de pates, 15 kg de pain sous des formes diverses ... et beaucoup d'autres choses.En plus du transport des 6 jerricans de 20 l de gasoil pour compléter la réserve du bateau, deux heures à Carrefour ce matin, deux heures à Al Campo cet après-midi, et une heure et demi pour ranger tout ça dans le bateau ... Alors. read more...


Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
21/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Well that was Cape Verdes

Yep you guessed it we did arrive too late for the welcome function and yes our corrected time allowed us to attend in mind and spirit, if not in person! Our time in Cape Verdes was some 48 hours shorter than the top half of the fleet but even so we feel we got to know Sao Vicente well and certainly our one day excursion to Santo Antao gave us a real feel for the place. The beauty is that neither Island does mass tourism. We could have stayed in Mindelo another fortnight and would have loved to have cruised the whole Cape Verdes archipelago. From a Rally perspective the WCC team could not have done more. Just having somebody to talk you into unfamiliar marina, onto a berth and fix your bow line is worth a lot - especially in the pitch dark and with 20-25knts of wind. The marina staff,. read more...


Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
21/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w

     So today sees the emptying & re-packing of nearly every locker on theboat... where do you put 60 loo rolls, 500 litres of water, food for 8 peoplefor 3 meals for up to 30 days, 8 people themselves and at least as many bags?Promise we’ll make space for the rest of the crew when they arrive in the nexttwo days!   Niki Dalton  m_IMG_1944[1]. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
21/11/2013

Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy

Pirates ahoyMerlyn's trusty crew under Pirate Leader Captain Christopher Sparrow bemused many as we hustled our 'Middle Eastern' hostage - Jonathan -with our trusty plastic sabres to the ARC Fancy Dress event last night - many thanks to Clare for helping with many of the outfits. This came after a day of uber shopping at El Cortes Ingles where under the direction of Iain, Jonathan and James loaded three giant trollies with a wide variety of local goodies to keep us well fed. Bit bemused to see a fellow yacht crew with a trolly completely loaded with packets of crisps! A separate expedition, with no shortage of volunteers, went to test and buy the wine. Jamesimage.. read more...


Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy
Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy

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