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27/10/2014

Second Wind - Seasickness and Deisel

Monday 27 October 9am and the back room in the Sports Bar is full of expectant sailors ready for the morning seminars.Today's topics are provisioning, mental preparation and boat gadgets. Mia, the lovely Swedish wife of Andy, (who as a duo run the Arc1500 rally) gave us the benefit of her experience provisioning and cooking for ocean passages.Top tips were avoid alcohol and coffee, over-provision by 50%, expect to be seasick for three days, and store chocolate! Well, we have the luxury of a freezer, so we have lots of one pot meals ready to heat up when no one wants to cook, and we've calculated for enough containers of water for the trip even if we lose both the water tanks.But we do need to buy more chocolate :-)Bob then demonstrated his 25 top gadgets, none of which. read more...


30/10/2014

Second Wind - Safety Inspection

Sunday 30 OctoberWe expected to have a few days to prepare, but our inspection time was booked for 10:00 am on Sunday, which was good, because it would give us the whole week to resolve anything that arose.In the end, Howard and Hope's amazing commitment to the boat paid off, and we were pronounced complete, after a rigorous review by Lyall from the Rally staff.He took an hour to go over the boat in detail, inspecting the rig, sails, ropes, liferaft, lifejackets, flares, in fact everything on board, and everyone, making sure we were well-prepared for whatever might be thrown at us.Jake came on board and checked our SSB radio, which is now working well, and we were able to both send and receive short emails by radio all the way to Karen's dad in Scotland! Considering that we are. read more...


Tom Tom - Testing the gear
Tom Tom - Testing the gear
Tom Tom - Braving the elements for a pint (or two)
Tom Tom - Braving the elements for a pint (or two)
Tom Tom - Memories
Tom Tom - Memories
Tom Tom - All dressed up and ready to go
Tom Tom - All dressed up and ready to go
02/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 0: Waiting out the storm

Tom Tom and her crew are ready to race. All our boat preparations have been completed and safety checks performed. Just waiting for a window in the weather to get going. Currently anticipated to be Monday 12:00. Chris, Gareth, Mark & David. read more...


02/11/2014

Nexus - On our way to RIchards Bay!

Well, we started out on a great sailing day with good wind for the start of Leg 14 to Richards Bay, but late in the evening yesterday we essentially sailed out of the wind as predicted in the forecast and we've been motoring since then in calm seas and light wind. It's a beautiful day and the Indian Ocean is a deep indigo blue which is beautiful, but has yielded us no fish so far. We were going too fast for trolling initially but we don't have that excuse anymore, perhaps the magic has gone out of Curly's Lures from Savusavu and we'll need to make a change! The fleet has thinned out as usual, we had five boats leave early because they are usually slow and wanted to arrive with us. At the moment they're about 120 miles ahead of us. The rest of the fleet has spread out and are behind us,. read more...


02/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Two and a Half Happy Dodos

The local beer in Le Reunion is called Bourbon and has a happy looking Dodo as a logo so is known affectionately as "Dodo beer". But all that was 200 miles ago as we are now in the Indian Ocean heading for the southern tip of Madagascar, after leaving a day earlier than the rest of the fleet. Why only two and half happy Dodos? More later!We hired a car for two days to get a good "feel" for Reunion. The volcanic mountains at the centre of the island are circled partly by a high quality motorway and even the small local roads are in extremely good condition. Most of the island is extensively populated near the coast with well maintained villages which extend up the winding roads into the mountains. These local roads need careful handling as the hairpin bends are lined with very deep. read more...


02/11/2014

Lir - Logs appearing soon

Just sending this as a test. It appears all is OK and we hope to post some logs here soon!. read more...


02/11/2014

La Madeline - Getting ready

Our fourth crew member joined us late Thursday night.Enjoyed the Bon voyage party Friday night and may have stayed out a little late, but it was a great crew bonding night:). Finished getting our provision today and spending the night doing final preparations.Feeling the cold front coming through and can't wait to head out!Great week of seminars and feel ready for the passage.. read more...


01/11/2014

Senseless - Ready to Leave

We are all ready, inspected and waiting on the weather. Storm Sunday morning so departure will most likely be Monday. keri has been cooking for days, and I want to fish. Paul is redoing my rig and Ira is tying everything down. It is time to leave. When the storm has passed the forecast is for easy weather for at least a week. It is going to be great.Capt. Erik. read more...


01/11/2014

Celebrate - Reunion; a delightful and special stopover.

Our week here went very quickly but there was lots to see. Surprisingly Reunion is not only a French Department but also part of the European Union. Much of the infrastructure has benefited from considerable investment from the EU. The shiny new road system dominates the lower coastal plateau but makes getting around very easy.Peter hired a car for four days and explored the interior of the island with Sandra, Tom and Frank from Sweet Pearl. We drove and climbed around 400 bends (that's what the guide says and we stopped counting!)to drop down into the green volcanic crater of Circe de Cilaos. After the rather dry savanna low lands and ascent through clouds it's like finding the lost city of Shangri-la. The place is a paradise for walkers.The Circe and town of Cilaos are surrounded by. read more...


01/11/2014

GarliX - Wir sind in Las Palmas - und sind dabei!!

Wir sind in Las Palmas - und sind dabei!!ARC.001.. read more...


GarliX - Wir sind in Las Palmas - und sind dabei!!
GarliX - Wir sind in Las Palmas - und sind dabei!!
01/11/2014

Bliss - Soon to arrive in Las Palmas

After arriving with Bliss almost two months ago in Las Palmas, the crew will soon arrive for the crossing. We had a wonderful trip from Copenhagen, 2.548 nautical miles. It took 6 weeks and gave us wonderful experiences and learnings. Since September 22nd we have been back at work in Denmark. On November 14th we - owners Elizabeth and Ib together with our son Andreas and daughter Camilla, our daughter in-law Katja and an old sailing-buddy Ebbe. Elizabeth, Ib and Camilla on the picture with Hans, who will not be back. We are more than ready having prepared for this for more than 1.5 years. We look forward to meeting new people and enjoying the atmosphere of excitement in Las Palmas.P1020315. read more...


Bliss - Soon to arrive in Las Palmas
Bliss - Soon to arrive in Las Palmas
Flomaida II - Warten auf den "Startschuss"
Flomaida II - Warten auf den
01/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 299; Last Full Day in Reunion; We Visit the Roland Garros Restaurant; & Dinner at Rigger Ben's House; Friday, October 31, 2014

Jeremy is up at 5:35 AM; followed by me at 5:40 AM. Joel sleeps in until 7:45 AM. Breakfast at 8:00 AM: eggs; potato; fruit cocktail; and French bread.After breakfast we put stuff away; filled boat water tank using hose with large charcoal filter; installed whisker pole back on mast; returned laundry room key; called car rental location and extended car for one more day; paid the bill for the E-80 chip reader part and installation; and used the internet at the rigger's office to send out some logs and receive email. We left the wharf area in the car at 11:00 AM to go to the Jumbo mall to go to an ATM there; and get haircuts. After waiting in a 'coiffure' salon for 45 mimutes, we left as it was taking longer to get our haircuts than promised. At 12:45 PM we're in St. Denise, about 30. read more...


01/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 2. Tag - Auf nach Afrika

Obwohl wir bereits auf Mauritius waren, das auch zum Kontinenten Afrika gehört, fühlen wir erst jetzt mit unserem Aufbrechen gestern nach Südafrika (1450 Seemeilen), dass wir jetzt nach Afrika segeln. Der Start, 1 Tag vor dem offizielen Start, war reibungslos und anstatt den vorhergesagten leichten Winden, hatten wir eine gute Briese, die uns gut voranbringt. Hoffen wir dass das so weiter geht:-). Liebe Grüsse von Sandra und mir nach hause. Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Port Moselle/Nouméa- warten auf das optimale Wetterfenster für die Überfahrt nach NZ
Flomaida II - Port Moselle/Nouméa- warten auf das optimale Wetterfenster für die Überfahrt nach NZ
Flomaida II - Wassersport einmal anders!
Flomaida II - Wassersport einmal anders!
31/10/2014

Crazy Horse - Getting Ready - Friday Oct31,2014

Hi to All,Bill and I arrived here at Ocean Marina on Monday afternoon. We had a great sail down the bay and even got to visit with our friends LJ and Sarah and their new dog Brady while tied up in Solomons I. at Zanhisers.We watched as manysailors descended on marinas atSolomons as they all made their yearly trek south with the birds to warmer climates. Matt arrived late Tuesday ready for our voyage to the Caribbean.We have attended many great seminars on safety, dealing with heavy weather, provisioning, weather forecasting, and dealing with health and emergency situations. The final seminar was today with a flare and life raft deploymentdemonstration. We are just now waiting to see if the weather will cooperate for our start at noon on Sunday. Tonight is the final farewell dinner. The. read more...


31/10/2014

Abigail - Almost Ready

It's Halloween and 2 days from our scheduled departure for Tortola, BVI.It's been a bit hectic getting ready.Aside from all the the usual preparations for an offshore passage we had the added pleasure of burning out our 24v alternator on the way to Portsmouth. (The alternator charges the batteries when the engine is running.)It has been a real fire drill getting the parts and getting the new alternator installed.Props to Billzo at Aquidneck Custom and Keith at Ocean Marine Yacht Center for making a nearly impossible job possible.The good news is that this morning we finally got it working and are now able to put the boat in proper order and pack away supplies.The crew, Pat, Ron and Bernie arrive tonight.They're such rock stars they are excused from most of the prep work.(Actually, they. read more...


31/10/2014

Anika - ANIKA Testing Blog

This is a first attempt at blogging so forgive the lack of style.   Anyway to add a little bit of reality we fly out to Lanzarote tomorrow the 31st to be reunited with ANIKA and sail across to the arc start line in Las Palmas   Saludas   DavidSail_Picture. read more...


Anika - ANIKA Testing Blog
Anika - ANIKA Testing Blog
T&T: Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T: Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
31/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 298; A New Forestay is Successfully Installed on the Boat & a Halloween Party is Held at the Dodo Restaurant; Thursday, October 30, 2014

I want to welcome Dottie and Ken, Jeremy's parents, as new (last 2 months) log readers. Jeremy has advised me that Dottie, especially, is thankful for all the 'mind numbing detail' I put in the logs because she has a good idea what her son is going thru day to day (like the 'lovely cruise across the Indian Ocean without a forestay). Dottie, Jeremy has been such a good crew member that we're keeping him for another month. He'll now be home in the middle of December instead of the middle of November.*Up at 5:18 AM. Coffee and updating notes into the log book/daily journal. A very sunny morning, with a light wind blowing. Why 5:18 AM? Because the sun rises over the mountains to the east and lights the boat up. Breakfast at 8:00 AM: eggs; potato; chilled pear halves and French (baguette). read more...


31/10/2014

Celebrate - Breathtaking Helicopter Flight and Haunting Halloween Party in Reunion!

Between the abysses, wild canyons, waterfalls, volcanoes, rain forest and peaks the helicopter ride shows the fascinating world of Reunion!It was not to be missed!Haunted costumes, a live band playing jumping music, delicious duck and marlin salad dinners with huge tiramisu for pudding made for a terrific Halloween Party at the Dodo Gourmand Restaurant.Charlie went as Lord Nelson, Peter was the devil with red horns and Cathy was a cow girl along with our pumpkin buckets filled with candy bars to hand out.Many rally boats attended which also made for an extra fun evening!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


31/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 297; 'Bad' Parts Day in Reunion & Anatomy of a Forestay Failure; Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jeremy is first up at 7:00 AM, followed by me at 7:30 AM and Joel at 7:45 AM. Breakfast at 8:10 AM: eggs; potato; apricot halves; and French baguette (French bread). At 9:30 AM when the rigger arrived at his shop I brought the parts I had gotten in Mauritius the day before to him. It took only a second for him to see that the parts I brought were for the racing foil and not the cruising foil. We had ordered the parts for the R 350 furling system instead of the for the C 350. R = Racing; and C = Cruising. They're incompatible. The rigger, Ben, said that we can still use the plastic top halyard wrap stop cap with a little modification by him. Joel and I usually complement each other so that this sort of mistake is caught by one of us, but this time it wasn't. The one emotion I was feeling. read more...


30/10/2014

Aviva - Getting ready to rally!

We moved into the Ocean Marine Center marina yesterday -- what a festive pre-rally environment, with almost all of the boats nicely dressed in flags.  Our neighbor, Moonshadow, noticed right off that our jack lines did not run all the way forward, and helped us out with a longer one -- thank you, Paul and Monica!  At Paul's suggestion we also seized all our shackles and fixed a cotter pin that was sticking out in a way that was sure to slice someone walking around it.  We had our safety inspection yesterday afternoon and have just a few small items to attend to, such as a knife in the cockpit, another set of thigh straps to wear with PFD, and lanyards on our buckets.  Rigging and fishing seminars today ... learning so much!!!  We have met a bunch of great. read more...


30/10/2014

Nisida - Lots of Dolphins

Its been upwind and uncomfortable all night and this morning, we are now managing good progress and should be clear of Biscay some time tomorrow!Sausage rolls for breakfast went down well, whats for lunch?Will run out of pork scratchings in the next day or so anyone fancy organising an airdrop?looking fwd to a beer in Las Palmas!!!!!. read more...


22/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 12 - The Welcoming Committee

This morning at dawn, two sea gulls flew over to check us out.They circled several times, closely inspected, then scolded us for not having our fishing lines out.A little later, several dolphins joined us for breakfast.They swam along side keeping us on course.We must be close now, the welcoming committee is here! All is good this morning.We have smooth (relatively speaking) sailing, cinnamon rolls, and coffee.Who could ask for anything better?Sure beats last night when Captain Bill was battling the elements over a bag of tater chips.The elements got the upper hand, and the contents of the bag became airborne, swirling around the cockpit like a blizzard.Bob and I had to turn our heads; we couldn't stand to see a grown man cry. We're getting close enough to the tiki bar on Tortola that. read more...


Flomaida II - 4.9.1774 Ankunft der Europäer, wie die Kanaken es gesehen haben
Flomaida II - 4.9.1774 Ankunft der Europäer, wie die Kanaken es gesehen haben
Flomaida II - Dann doch lieber barfuß über die Korallen!
Flomaida II - Dann doch lieber barfuß über die Korallen!
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Zwei aus verschiedenen Welten, die mit gleicher Faszination zuschauen bei den stimmungsvollen Tanzvorführungen auf dem Place des Cocotiers in Nouméa
Flomaida II - Zwei aus verschiedenen Welten, die mit gleicher Faszination zuschauen bei den stimmungsvollen Tanzvorführungen auf dem Place des Cocotiers in Nouméa
Flomaida II - ....es ist kein Muss sondern eine Ehre, der sie stolz und mit viel Freude nachkommen.
Flomaida II - ....es ist kein Muss sondern eine Ehre, der sie stolz und mit viel Freude nachkommen.
Flomaida II - Direkter Weg 14 NM, für uns 36 NM mit viel Freude gekreuzt bei 25 KN Windstärke an der Westküste der Grande Terre/ NC
Flomaida II - Direkter Weg 14 NM, für uns 36 NM mit viel Freude gekreuzt  bei 25 KN Windstärke an der Westküste der Grande Terre/ NC
29/10/2014

Firefly - Cruising New Caledonia's Southern Lagoon

Firefly's week of cruising in New Caledonia's Southern Lagoon has been really fantastic. Iles Des Pins was incredibly beautiful and en route back to Noumea we stopped at an off lying island called Illot Mato which was equally stunning. The weather has been really settled and the trade winds have dropped down to below 10 knots so everything is calmer than usual. In all we had 5 nights anchored off Iles Des Pins, spending 3 of these in the really well protected anchorage at Kuto and the other 2 off Illot Brosse, which we described in detail in the last posting. On Tuesday (28th October) accompanied by Martin and Elizabeth from Caduceus we hired a car for a tour of Iles Des Pins. The main attraction was the 'piscine naturelle' on the north east of the island, this being best described as a. read more...


13/09/2014

Trillium - S/V Trillium: A Fine Fijian Farewell

A Fine Fijian FarewellThe time has come to say "until we meet again" to our Fijian friends at Vuda Marina. This has been our home base since arriving in Fiji on June 11. Not only have the guys in the yard been outstanding in their service, the gals in the office, laundry, store and restaurant staffs have been wonderful. This is the most friendly customer service focused experience so far on our circumnavigation. They all seem genuinely happy to have you there. Having scheduled a number of departure dates and then cancelled them due to repairs or weather (either too much wind or too little), we finally committed to leaving on September 1. We celebrated my birthday a day early with Joyce and John from S/V Starblazer, another Hallberg-Rassy yacht, at the Boatshed Bar. Joyce gave me a lovely. read more...


29/10/2014

Nisida - Delivery to Las Palmas

Position 46:21N 006:36WWind on the nose all the way so far, what else should we expect!hopefully forecast is correct and we may get some following breeze in a day or two.Worst thing of all "we left the B****y kettle behind"Sun is shining loads of dolphins all happy on board.Regards fo Nisida crew. read more...


29/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 296; Flight to Mauritius and Back in the Same Day to Pick Up Parts; Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jeremy is up at 7:00 AM; I get up at 8:00 AM and Joel is up by 8:10 AM. Breakfast at 8:20 AM: eggs; potato; chilled pineapple pieces; and French bread. At 9:00 AM I give our Reunion rigger a down payment of 400 Euros for the work he will do for us tomorrow - putting up a new forestay.The total bill will be 1200 Euros, or about $1,500. Tim, Tracy, Brian and Lucy from Folie a Deux join me for my trip to the airport, as they're picking up a car there this morning. That saves them 70 Euros, what a taxi ride would cost. We leave around 9:15 AM and am there around 10:00 AM. It only takes me 15 minutes to get thru security. While waiting in the terminal it's obvious that the air conditioning isn't working. A little warm inside. Because Reunion is mountainous, the airport is along the ocean. At. read more...


29/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 295; Slow Day in Reunion & Dinner at Merlin of Poole; Monday, October 27, 2014

Fifty one days until Joel and I are home for Christmas; December 17. Up at 7:00 AM. Jeremy is already up, reading in bed. I close the V-Berth door so I don't wake Joel up. Then coffee and to the cockpit to continue reading the book about the history of South Africa, The Covenant. Breakfast at 8:40 AM: eggs; potato; chilled fruit cocktails; and breakfast crackers (we're out of bread). A rainy day. I go to the Dodo Restaurant and talk to the owner/manager about my bridge problem; that I need to see a dentist today to have the bridge cemented back in. As I'm doing this, Paul, unbeknownst to me is also working on getting me a dentist. The restaurant manager gets me an appointment at 4:00 PM; then Paul tells me he has arranged for me to go immediately to see a dentist; and that the marina. read more...


29/10/2014

Celebrate - Volcano View Points, Black Sand Beach and a Super Festive 3-Course lunch on the ReUnion All-dayTour!

Early to rise for Peter, Charlie & Cathy to meet the 8am bus for our all-day tour of ReUnion.  The geography of ReUion reminds Charlie & Cathy a lot of Hawaii where they have spent vacations. We arrived at the volcano summit at close to 11am. With an overcast sky and some ground fog the visibility was somewhat limited but it was still very grand looking. The guide told us the last eruption was in 2007. Then it was off to a festive lunch with 3-courses and a welcome drink, beer, white wine and red wine. After lunch we stopped at a black sand beach for a game of frisbee and several crew members were seriously splashed by breaking surf. Also the island, according to the guide, is a great place to see the sunset "green flash".  When our guide mentioned this everyone started. read more...


29/10/2014

T&T - Introduction to T&T

Dear Friends, beste vrienden, chers amis T&T is ready for   ARC 2014+ Skipper : Dirk MertensCo-skipper : Luc Van KeirsbilckCrew : Charles Drecq, Nicolas Waisbord, Jacques Lais, Gerda Lange We keep you informed !!!! Gerda. read more...


28/10/2014

Tanoa - Wir sind in Las Palmas

Wir sind in Las Palmas. read more...