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16/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 22

ARC Tag 22, Montag2013-12-16, 17.00Nach dem gestrigen Rekordsquall hatten wir die, möglicherweiseunberechtigte, Hoffnung in den letzten Tagen von diesen Ereignissenverschont zu beleiben. Denkste!Aber der Reihe nach.Die Nacht verlief zuerst ja so wie die vorigen auch, einreffen, ausreffen,weiter ausreffen, alles wieder wegrollen uswusf.Rechtzeitig zum Wachwechsel um 04:00 ist dann der Wind mehr und mehrentschlummert und wir haben mehr und mehr ausgerefft. Ich hatte gerade dieDagi über die vorherrschenden Bedingungen informiert („alles ruhig“) undwollte mir gerade, wie weiland Johannes Heesters, noch ein Zigaretterlanzünden, da springt der Wind zuerst auf über 30, dann über 40 und weiterauf über 50 Knoten. Das alles in nur ein paar Minuten. Da aber die ganzeMannschaft an Deck ist (weil. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - de "yellow shirt" volunteers van de ARC
Surya - de
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 1
Surya - herenigd 1
16/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 14

We hope this will be our penultimate blog - working on the ETA of Tuesday dawn. Champagne breakfast anyone?It's 7pm on Sunday evening - day 21. The moon's shining beams on the rolling swell are so beautifully overwhelming and we are following them towards the horizon, and towards the end of our epic journey. We follow this path in awe of how breath taking the ocean's night sky can be.We are feeling very blessed to have come this far virtually unscathed, when we know so many of our fellow mariners have had their fair share of problems. We started our day as we have done the last 20 - chatting about food. In fact we think about 90% of our conversations have revolved around our stomachs. We now have the first weeks food and drink on land planned in the minutest detail - from the. read more...


16/12/2013

Adina - Day 22 and 23 - the final approach

Day 22 Sunday, 48 odd hours to go, you want it to be 24 odd hours to go. You're in that time zone where you want time to fly. But here and now you must still deal with big lumpy seas, squalls with big winds and rain that has you sprinting for your jacket. Adina is still a perfectly dry boat but we're all wet from rain. Isn't the Caribbean meant to offer non-stop sunshine?What will life be without having to cling to the steps, holding on one step at a time to get on deck? Or propping yourself up in the kitchen in precarious positions to cook or clean? Never mind using the toilet!Minds are definitely in St.Lucia now. Each of us agrees to a crew member that we've eaten so well on this trip but all eyes are on lobster and chips be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. And a swig of rum.Lot's of. read more...


16/12/2013

George - The End?

Well we have arrived in St Lucia.All I can say is well done George who was certainly flat out constant for last week and kept us going over the 20 days.Thanks to Tim who prepared the boat amazingly and for giving me this life time opportunity. Thanks to all my crew members for a great trip.I am getting choked by even thinking about what we all achieved together and it was certainly together.A great team effort.Thanks MN.We have made it to St. Lucia in one piece, safe and well and all happy. 23.48 UT Saturday (some time in the evening St. Lucian time!).What a trip and what a welcome into St. Lucia by the ARC team and St. Lucian Tourist board, crossing the line in heavy winds and rain and then being presented with a basket of fresh fruit and rum punch cocktail as soon as we stepped onto. read more...


16/12/2013

Calypso - Nearly there (Day 23)

Since Tuesday we have enjoyed (?) largely E/NE F6/7 winds accompanied by squalls with winds up to 40 knots.No problem for "Calypso" but sleeping has been rather like being bounced on a trampoline with a noisy accompaniment in a very warm room.The big positive is that we have been able to get a move on with a best 24 hours run of 155nm on Tuesday and no less than 143nm since then.We are currently 180nm from Rodney Bay and are very much looking forward to meeting up with the girls tomorrow evening.David, Dino, John & Phil16:00 GMT (12:00 Local) Monday 16 December14 22 N57 53 W. read more...


16/12/2013

Jambo - St Lucia in our sights

about 450 miles to go so hopefully will get in Thursday eve if we can keep our speed up which will be a challenge as ARC fever andexhaustion issetting inSkipper getting some stick as now down to tins and my fish cakes look more like fish soup ( told em that floggings will continue until moral improves )it looks like the winds may ease a little as we get near which will mean we can get more sail out but will not take risks with the rig or the rudder as this is nota good place to loose either - some big swelllooking forward to seeing my bunnies--. read more...


16/12/2013

Koala - Dec 16th: Are we nearly there yet?

Well, yes, thank you very much for asking... All being well, we are expecting to get to Rodney Bay early on Wednesday morning. Which is great news. This last few days have been pretty tough. Mainly because of squalls. It is very difficult in squally conditions to set the right amount of sail. Particularly with the main sail, as to take in a reef involves rounding up into the wind. This is not pleasant in 13ft swells and 8 ft waves that we have at the moment and usually involves a soaking. If you do not reef and get caught out by a squall, that is also not good. I had an interesting 20 minutes a couple of nights ago where I was standing behind the wheel heading straight down wind with a 3 reefed main up in 40+ knots of breeze and in front of the boat, I could see nothing apart from. read more...


16/12/2013

Moondancer - Monday 16th December 15.03 (GMT - 4)

So here we areWe can almost smell the CaribbeanOnly 140 miles to go and even we had to motor we would have enough fuel.I'm sure mother nature will give us one last surprise but feeling optimistic slowly chugging towards the finish with our 1 remaining sail at a steady 7-8 knots.So to summerise - We have lost 2 sails including the main,and the lazy jacks. We have something on our prop so we have to keep the gear lever in reverse to stop it from engaging while its off. We lost all our electronics halfway across and our auto pilot but managed to fix them. 5 sail cars and 1 slug, oh and the hydro generator has just come free but is retrieved but not in use.The most important thing is we are all well and not injured and nearly there.Compared to some other boats we are very lucky.Our hearts go. read more...


16/12/2013

Merlyn III - We have arrived

The completion of our voyage arouses a mixture of emotions. Relief that wehave completed it safely; the prospect of reuniting with wives; the pleasure ofanticipation of a hot bath; the prospect of dry land. On the other hand theremust be some regret that our micro world on the boat will be ending.   Our passage time is 18 days 18 hour and 40 minutes. However, as regularvisitors to the Blog will know, this was the ARC of the becalmed and we havearound 140 engine ours to our debit. We are not overly concerned with this as ifwe had not motored we would undoubtedly have arrived several days later, to theconsternation of our spouses.   The lack of wind was hardly ideal but the variety of wind meant we triedmost combinations of sailing rig/strategies which has hopefully improved. read more...


Annabella - The Team - back -Conor, Terry, Peter. Front - Craig, Stephen
Annabella - The Team - back -Conor, Terry, Peter. Front - Craig, Stephen
16/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

If I hear one more Popeye joke the crew concerned will be forced to eat a raw onion just before he greets his wife on the pontoon on Wed. We have plenty of them. Onions, I mean. It started with that daily imperative, fresh bread. With the dough resting and tidy-up underway the olive oil was secured in a bin on non-slip matting. Cue rock and roll, our downwind curse, and as the motion of the boat made us feel like kittens in a tumble dryer cue olive oil bottle sumersaulting over both sinks and landing at just the right angle to spurt its contents over the saloon floor. Cue bread dough and tin cartwheeling across the galley to of course land upside down on the floor. Now, when kitchen roll was provisioned there was much criticism of the amount. We now have one roll left and a beautifully. read more...


16/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -

Another day (and night) of tossing and rolling.   The ship’s bell has continued to clang as wave after wave has knocked the boat over, driving the crew demented - until Carol found a good use for the jumper Kathy brought for the teddy!!   (Insert photo) As Mike was helming the crew pointed out the squall that was fast approaching  -“No it won’t be bad and we definitely won’t need to reef” he said.  Guess what!   The crew refrained from saying “told you so”.  Yet again, Kathy has wet knickers. The mood has lightened as the crew are confident there is only 2 more nights to endure!!!  Sally was finally woken prematurely from a sleep when a huge wave found its way through the crack in her cabin hatch smack into her face.  The. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -
Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -
16/12/2013

Edelweiss - Over and Out

Dear faithful readers -We write our last ARC blog post from our slip in the Rodney Bay Marina.We arrived about 24 hours ago, powering into the marina in the dark with 30 knots of headwind when a strong rain front descended upon us.No trouble for the sturdy crew of Edelweiss.Mason held his post on the bow with the searchlight, Teri and Lyell prepared the boat for landing, and Stuart kept Edelweiss moving along.10 minutes later, we were tied up, drinking a rum punch provided upon arrival by the diligent ARC team.We are now in the process of cleaning up the boat from our adventure, and want to offer special appreciation to all the kind notes, support and encouragement we received from all of you.That support helped us through the challenging moments so that we could accomplish what we set. read more...


16/12/2013

Duplicat - Monday 16 December

No satcoms yesterday, apparently on Saturday night we crossed the boundary between systems and didn't realise we had to reset ours to the American one - but all working fine again.Weather appalling, since Thursday we have had between 22 and 32 knots of wind with some heavy squalls - highest wind speed 42 knots, fastest boat speed 18 knots and all with a little piece of jib up. Boat tracks well down the waves and we feel safe if not a bit battered and tired - just moving around is hard and the catering is a lot less fancy now than earlier in the trip!Biggest swell -estimated at 6m and many near that size yesterday.But 349 to go!!!!!. read more...


16/12/2013

Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie

Wir dankenallen unseren Fans, die die Route verfolgt und unsere täglichen Berichte gelesenhaben. Damit verabschiedet sich die “Hera” von der diesjährigen ARC. Wirwünschen Euch ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest und ein Gesundes Neues Jahr und blickenschon mal voraus auf die ARC 2014, an der die “Hera” wieder teilnehmenwird.                              Stefan PICT4282 (1024x768). read more...


Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Annabella - Pigeon Island
Annabella - Pigeon Island
Annabella - Water taxi 2 pigeon Island
Annabella - Water taxi 2 pigeon Island
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 1
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 1
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 2
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 2
Annabella - Sun sight by Craig
Annabella - Sun sight by Craig
16/12/2013

Arkouda - Can you hear me now?

13 43. 6 N, 52 43. 8SOG 7 kts, COG 284Sunshine, mostly blue skies, blue water, one sailboat in sight.We must have jiggled one of the wires right!Sean and I were enjoying cooler breezes and coffee, when we heard a voice.Wow, its coming from the VHF main speaker.We can HEAR!Okay, the big test.I ran in and grabbed the mike."This is Arkouda, over"."Good Morning, Arkouda.This is Stella, please switch to 68.""Switching 68"I hold my breath--is this where we lose him?"Good morning, Arkouda, where are you from.?"Yea!It works!It will make it easier when we arrive St. Lucia because I am predicting a night arrival on the 19th.The ARC will show you in, but anchoring sounds good to me!"Stella" is just south of us, left the same day from the Verdes.They are from Germany, and have 6 people on board.They. read more...


16/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma has made it!

Well, after our tour of the West African coast, a brief passing right through the middle of the only navigational obstacle in the whole ocean we eventually found the trade winds for the final week to blast into St Lucia. Everybody fit and well fed, down to last teabags and ran out of gas on last day so good job we in!Fantastic reception here by other competitors, pulled of a cunning overtaking manoeuvre against an Irish boat on the run into the finish, lets face it, we were not racing! Well done everybody -Team Keoma. read more...


16/12/2013

Abraxas - 16/12/13 less than 24hours to go

ETA remains the same asyesterday, early hours of Tuesday am.  We are currently cruising at 7knotsover the ground in approx 25knots of wind having just passed through a squallproducing winds of ore than 30knots.  Gary and Karen are doing the washingup whilst Paul and Drew are recovering from their respective eveningwatches.  Igor as always is busy reading a typing up his own personal account of the voyage –I do not know how he manages in the bow cabin with all that bouncingaround.  As I type, we are 51nm NE of Barbados and 116nm off St StLucia.  The Raymarine auto pilot, who has now become known as the seventhmember of the crew, Ray is at the helm whilst the squall pass.  He is asteady hand and never looses concentration like we all do. read more...


16/12/2013

Jade - Day 23 - the neighbours popped round

When you're out in the middle of the ocean you don't get many people popping round. So imagine our surprise yesterday, when our friends on the boat Millport II came into vision. We radio'd and chatted about the trip (and of course the rum punches in St Lucia)... then they overtook us and we're on our own again :-(We are all fine and feel like we're on the 'home stretch'. Lots of loveMichelle and the crew of Jade xx. read more...


16/12/2013

Magic - Tag 23: Rodney Bay Marina

16.12.2013Pos: 14° 04,4' N, 060° 57,0' W, Steg E27Kurs: ---°Der Yacht ihr Name Magic war Sie trug uns fast ein Zwölftel JahrÜber den Oceanus AtlanticusOhne Bier, ohne Wein, wie ein BusDas Ziel war weit, das Ziel war klarUnd hieß für uns St. LuciaVon den Kanaren windiger LandeFuhr sie uns an karibische StrandeWir die Crew, die magischen ZehnWollten halt mal segeln gehenUnd so fand sich Crew und SchiffDer Passat am Anfang gar nicht pfiffNach Flaute, Wellen, DümpeleiWar dieser Zustand dann vorbeiDen Bug nach West und allen klaram 15.12. waren wir dann da.(Albrecht)Kennzahlen des Tages:Verbleibende Distanz: 0smpünktlich erreichte Flieger: 9 (Rainer bleibt noch 2 Wochen)Das war's also.Wir haben es gewagt, und wir haben es geschafft.Und am wichtigsten: alle glücklich und gesund.Was. read more...


16/12/2013

Shelduck - Mon 16 Dec Cruising Mode

Mon 16 Dec  14:35.447 N 58:24.080 W  Distance travelled in24h  147 miles   We are definitely in cruising mode. Yesterday afternoon we were called upon the VHF by Patrick Henri of Switzerland in the multihull Allure to ask if wewere OK because he thought we were going so slowly as he was overtaking us.Brendan, on watch at the time, immediately set more sail! Anne said to tell him that the Skipper was opening a bottle of vintagechampagne and had slowed down in order not to spill any.   Anne is not upset by her damp clothes. She is used to it and enjoyingherself too much to notice. The passage from Las Palmas to Rodney Bay will bejust over 3000 miles and Anne thinks it is one of the greatest experiences ofher life although more challenging than she expected, the. read more...


16/12/2013

Aspen - Log 23 Monday 16 Dec; NASA

It seems that the United States space program, NASA, is looking for volunteers, preferably a couple, to make the long and arduous passage to Mars.They are looking for those people who have spent extensive time alone together, faced numerous mechanical, electrical and logistical problems and who like to travel.Hmmmm, I think they just need to sign up some long distance sailors for the job!We spend long periods of time alone at sea, are required to fix anything and everything onboard our sailboats to ensure a safe passage and we constantly live as one with everything nature sends us.The only problem I see is that once the sailors get to Mars will they be able to get back to Earth?NASA admits that might be a slight glitch in the system but they may be able to get them back.The word MAYBE is. read more...


15/12/2013

Duplicat - Sunday 14th 14.21 51.50

This is not really sailing, not able to fly anything bigger than a pocket handkerchief jib, we have forgotten what our spinnaker looks like - not been out of the hatch for days. This leg from Mindelo has been either calm and you need to motor or 30 knots of wind with a new record gust of 42 this morning. We had a day when we could fly our code zero earlier this week but that has been taken down and stowed away.Life on board has deteriorated as sleep is now hard due to the sea conditions and you expend so much energy just moving around or trying to do stuff.On the plus side we have a new speed record of 18 knots made this morning surfing down a huge sea and the distance to go has gone down to 525 with a time of arrival of just over 80 hours but of course that may well change.. read more...


16/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 23. Tag - Bergfest

Gestern haben wir die Marke der 1000 verbleibenden Seemeilen um 15:14 Lokalzeit geknackt! Da wir die Feste feieren, wie sie kommen, wurde zusammen mit dem Gott der Meere Erasmus auf ein Glas Sekt angestossen. Aber damit nicht genug, beim Abendessen gabs dann zur Feier des Tages auch noch ein Dessert: Karamelflan. Die lassen es sich gut gehen. Alle sind wohl auf, und dies trotz der im halbstündigen Takt immer wiederkehrende Querwelle, die unsere Sweet Pearl jedes Mal hin und her schwanken lässt, und einen ganz normalen Schlaf erschwert. Wenn ich diese Querwelle in die Finger kriege...dann zeig ich ihr wo der Bartli de Moscht holt;-).Wind, Welle und Wetter sollen in den nächsten Tagen so bleiben, so dass wir unsere Speedtour fortsetzen können. Gestern hat jeder sein Tipp fürs ETA. read more...


16/12/2013

Webster - Log 24: So near yet so far

Sunday 15th December:Position 14 37'N 57 07W.After a very squally and pitch black night Ken made ham and cheese omelets for breky. He doing everything he can not to lose this chief cook and bottle washer role he has assumed......he's not like this at home, his wife tells me! The boat rolling between 45 degrees to port and then to starboard gives some indication of how difficult this is, and with the boat surfing at 13+ knots. As we close St Lucia, our ETA seems to dominate conversation, with Jerry on his Garmin giving up to the second predictions, which are all based on assumptions as to speed and velocity made good given we cannot achieve the dead down wind angle necessary to sail direct. Still, everyone in good spirits. We even cleaned out the fridge and stacked it full of the beer we. read more...


16/12/2013

Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie

Das wars!!Um 12.   Uhr Ortszeit (UTC-4h) nach fast auf die Minute 22 Tagen gingdie “Hera” über die Ziellinie in Rodney Bay. Die letzten24 Stunden waren ein Höllenritt auf 4-5 m Wellen bei Windstärken von 7-8 bft.Damit konnten wir im dritten Reff ein Rekordetmal von 210 sm aufstellen. 12.35 ginges über die Ziellinie. Die Wende haben wir erst 10m vor dem Zielschiff gefahren.In den Augen der Zielrichterin  war das blanken Entsetzen zu lesen.Wahrscheinich dachte sie, dass wir für erlittene  Entbehrungen dasZielschiff versenken wollten. Der Empfangam Steg war grandios: Rumpunsch und Präsentkorb für die Crew-   Stefan PICT4282. read more...


Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Annabella - Hada
Annabella - Hada
16/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 22 - Meet the Sparkes'

Day 22 - Meet the Sparkes' Now if I said to a lot of people that they had to go and spend 3 weeks isolated on a 40 foot yacht in the middle of the Atlantic with their soon to be in-laws... well we can all imagine their reaction. So this is my account of such a trip....... Now to start with, a little back story. Nothing about my relationship with my Fiancée Steph or the Sparkes Clan has been in what I would call real time. For example, Steph and I had barley been together when we got our first job together and we soon flew out to run a yacht flotilla. So from day one we were in each others pockets. But it worked. And the same really applies to my in-laws to be. I have, between winter and summer seasons working with Steph, managed to go up to the Sparkes family home on three occasions.. read more...


16/12/2013

Aditi - Day 20: 9 out of 10

As dawn broke after a sleepless drumming with highest wind at 46.7kn we stared at a strange phenomena; everywhere you looked to sea seemed to be uphill! It seemed we were sailing up a steep incline which messed with the head.With the heat after sunrise the squalls dissipated. By 0900 the seas were huge but beautiful, organised and perfect longwaves of azure with turquoise crests shining in the sun. They gave a smooth ride in 30kn E so we set about with our new arts & crafts project, storm sail or staysail? Not much in it but the staysail is cut lower and may have more power; it was hoiked out of the forward shower, manhandled through the companionway and clipped to lifelines for a kind of drag down the deck. Once out of the bag it was keen to slip over the rail but on went the hanks,. read more...


16/12/2013

Miciadue - Noch am dritten Advent die Ziellinie durchlaufen

Wir haben es heute noch geschafft!!! Wir haben die Ziellinie in der Rodney Bay um 22.10 Uhr durchlaufen und haben um 22.30 Uhr festgemacht. Wir sind glücklich, zufrieden und dankbar, dass wir die Überfahrt gesund und unbeschadet geschafft haben. Wir haben in den letzten drei Wochen viel erlebt und haben sehr viel Spaß gehabt. Die Zeit ist wie im Fluge vorbeigegeangen. Wir danken allen Daheimgebliebenen, die uns mit dem Finger auf dem Monitor gefolgt sind, an uns gedacht haben und uns uns mit (Wetter)Infomationen versorgt haben. Die Miciadue, hat uns ohne große Probleme durch Wind und Welle, über das Wasser gebracht und hat uns keinen Augenblick im Stich gelassen. Dank natürlich auch an unseren Skipper Vincent! Insgesamt sind wir drei Wochen und 12 Stunden unterwegs geesen und haben 2914. read more...


Annabella - Hada in distance
Annabella - Hada in distance
Annabella - Washing the spuds
Annabella - Washing the spuds
Annabella - Conor giving Otto a rest
Annabella - Conor giving Otto a rest
Annabella - Fruit storage
Annabella - Fruit storage
16/12/2013

Annabella - Annabella - Final blog

Position: Berth E 17, Rodney Bay Marina, St LuciaOur arrival in Rodney Bay was a bit dramatic, because it was blowing 25 knots with big rolling waves as we approached the island. We thought that once we got around the top we would be in the lea of the land giving calmer water for gybing. How wrong can you be? We managed to get rid of the pole, and all we had to do was let the port twin over on to the starboard twin and sort the sheets. We could then scoot over the line. Port twin was let go too early and went in front of the forestay with gusts of 30 knots. Struggled to get the sheet around the forestay, but after a bit of flapping managed it and we were in. Kaoma, who we met in Las Palmas was coming in behind us and managed to squeeze ahead of us (higher division so not an issue).. read more...