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15/08/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Cascais

We are moving south slowly after the good anchorages in the Spanish Ria's. Following several days in Camarinas we ran 250 miles south to Peniche, Portugal, which was highly recommended by a solo sailor we met in Coruna. We agree it's a great place and we almost took root. We met with fantastic local sailors, ARC 2013 yacht Beagle and ARC 2014 yacht Hedonia. We are now in the Cascais anchorage which is packed with 25 yachts on the equivalent of two football pitches. Several yachts have full fenders out which is a concern. Other than that we are having difficulty picking up the ARC SSB net. We are OK on data but voice is a mystery at this time.. read more...


14/08/2013

Merlyn III - Voyage to Gibraltar

We left Jersey in the early evening of 7th May. The crew consisted of Graham Oldroyd, Clive Meek, Tony Robinson and John Hatton-Edge. Graham sails regularly round the Straits of Gibraltar and plans to take his Yachtmaster qualification. Clive has had a fair amount of experience and John has owned a Discovery 55 for a number of years. Tony has crewed with me for many years. The trip of around 1200 miles took almost exactly a week. We had no stops en route and had a range of weather conditions. The Bay of Biscay was fairly benign. Off the coast of Portugal we had strong NE winds and made good progress with a reefed main and our solent jib. Off the Algarve we lost the wind and had to motor. We had a couple of technical problems; the windex ceased to work and the main Furler did not work. read more...


13/08/2013

Tumbledown Wind - We're on our way!

We left our home port of St Helier in Jersey at the end of June andheaded straight for dear old L'Abervrac'h.From there straight acrossBiscay to Coruna.Cold, wet and foggy but the frequent arrival ofdolphins made it all worthwhile.After Coruna a more leisurely cruise to Camarinas; a free berth inMuxia and on to Portosin.Daughter, her husband and three childrenwere due to arrive in Jersey in July from New Zealand and we wereobviously anxious to be there, so we had planned to leave the boat inPortosin for 4 - 6 weeks.In the event, we decided that Vilagarciawas a better bet, and so it was.Now back on board, we moved round the corner to Vilanova and from hereto Cambarro, Vigo and Bayonna.Then to Portugal, Porto Santos and onto Las Palmas.That's the plan.Much more information is available on. read more...


11/08/2013

Adina - Cruising North Africa

Adina www.yachtadina.co.uk is making her way out of the Mediterranean now. We sailed from Sardinina to Tunisia, and are now sailing along the Algerian coast, stopping in all the harbours and fishing ports. While it is certainly a destination for the more adventurous, we are loving it. Algeria has a stunning coastline but it is the people who shine out. Welcoming, friendly, they can’t do enough for us. Shouts of ‘Welcome to Algeria’ regularly ring out as we explore the towns. The coastguard have been brilliant in looking after us. Should I mention diesel at 13p a litre? One more week here, then we cross to Morocco, and will hoist our ARC flag so do come and say hello! Hope everyone’s preparations are going well – we are certainly excited! Fair winds and safe voyages.Tom and Susie. read more...


07/08/2013

Starblazer - nearly ready for the ARC and World ARC

First of all introductions. We are Joyce and John and Starblazer is a 20 year old Hallberg Rassy 42F.May: we were frantically busy, packing up the house, stowing far too much on the boat and saying farewell to friends and family. We left Gosport on Friday 24th to sail to Plymouth where our son and daughter-in-law came to say goodbye en route from Hong Kong to Scotland! We passed the ARC Portugal safety check with flying colours and were waved off by our daughter and son-in-law who had stayed on the boat the night before.June: ARC Portugal. We have taken part in this rally twice before and each time there has been something different. The sailing was fantastic most of the time, we enjoyed the tours ashore and made some good friends. It was also a bit of a learning experience for us. read more...


02/08/2013

Silver Slipper - Les Sables d' Olonne

Silver Slipper, Les Sables d' OlonneWell we have spent a fantastic 8 weeks since we left our home port of Brixham. Now moored up in Les Sables d'Olonne after another great day at sea. We are meeting my boys in La Rochelle on the 12/08 and then plan to cross Biscay to Santander and then the north Spanish Rias. After La Coruna we will head towards Vigo and then cross directly to Madeira. All well on-board.  The boat and all onboard have been very well behaved so far.   We have still only met three ARC yachts but we have made so many new friends along the way. Their kindness and support makes it all worthwhile and we have not even started crossing the pond yet. In Port Joinville we met up with “Nutmeg of Shoreham” and family. It seems funny that the last time we met them. read more...


01/08/2013

Resolute of Thames - Resolute speaks to Low Profile

On the advent of the pre-ARC Radio Net we transmitted from our marina mooring in Santander and listened hard and expectantly....and out of the ether came the voice of Low Profile in the Algarve!It works.......but where was everyone else?Do two boats talking to each other constitute a 'net'?Resolute left Stavanger in Norway on 24th May and after having some improvements done in UK , made it across the Bay of Biscay last week and she is now loving the sunshine and heat of the North Spanish coast and looking forward to even more southerly climes.Colin and Gill on Resolute are also occasional bloggers at: http://resoluteenvoyage.wordpress.com .Gill. read more...


01/08/2013

Happy Days - our boat blog site

www.larshappydays.wordpress.com . read more...


30/07/2013

Skara Brae - is once again at Las Palmas

Skara Brae is once again at Las Palmas waiting to start the ARC - we were supposed to go last year, but due to biz commitments we had to cancel at the last minute. We have spent the last month sailing around the Canary's visiting seven of the islands - the sailing has been great and we were welcomed everywhere we went. The highlights were anchoring at Graciosa, La Gomera and Fuerteventura  the only island we missed was Hierro as we ran out of time.During our trip we had visits from our family and friends, our Artist friend Dermid painted our boat on the wall, and Dermid along with another pal Kendal and myself managed to busk our music on a couple of the islands!We are part of "Dermid and the Fandangos" a Scottish celtic acoustic band, we hope to entertain all the ARC. read more...


Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Firefly - New toy
Firefly - New toy
29/07/2013

Firefly - Shakedown Cruise

Firefly’s crew preparation for the World ARC took a major leap forward this weekend with a shakedown cruise to Cawsands (Plymouth ) and Fowey. Hardly a long trip from Salcombe but our original plans to sail to Alderney were scuppered by the weather. We tested lots of gear and crew procedures (the new parasailor got an airing) Our capacity to eat and drink were also tested; enjoying the culinary delights of master chef Barney Greenhill (pictured far right). We will be well fed on this trip. Also pictured from left are Paul Ellis (owner and skipper), David Raeburn, (Pacific leg) Murray Palmer (Atlantic and Indian Oceans). Not in the picture are Susie Ellis and Peter Sandover. The core team will be Paul, Susie, Barney and Peter with David and Murray helping us on the ocean. read more...


Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The "steady Crew"
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The moon says finally hello!
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The moon says finally hello!
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San and Butz in teamwork
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San and Butz in teamwork
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Butz and Koni killing fishes
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Butz and Koni killing fishes
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Dondi in the "Coconut-test"
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Dondi in the
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San drinks "milk"! ;-)
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San drinks
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Captain's fish plate ;-(
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Captain's fish plate ;-(
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Koni with funny lifejacket
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Koni with funny lifejacket
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The Casting

The second step of our procedure was the most important move to get the project rolling: We wanted at least two “steady crew” for the entire project. And this for our timeline critical step developed smoother than we ever thought. In short time and without advertisement we’ve got two keen, “absolute beginners” ;-) on the hook.Shortly after we felt the wriggling of the two adventurers we checked the compatibility of the team by organising a “Casting” in Koni’s alpine shack about 1’800 meters above sea level. This “Casting” was great fun leaving only winners behind. A competition was our programme guide, in which the “beginners” did so well, that the “offspring Skippers” Koni and Dondi could not outperform them. At the end of this experience session high up there was no need for a formal,. read more...


Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - A toast to the commitment
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - A toast to the commitment
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Kurt "Captain Wolf" Iseli
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Kurt
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Dominik "Dondi" Perreten
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Dominik
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Konrad "Koni" Zeller
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Konrad
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - The Commitment

After almost one year since the formal start of the project it is about the time to begin the blogging.It started all with the commitment of tree skippers from the Region of Gstaad/Switzerland. After being in charge as project leader of tree Swiss participations in circumnavigations with WCC in the 90-ies, starting with a clean win on the first ever Leg of “WARC’s” (“Europa 92” – Gibraltar to Las Palmas) with “Oingo Boingo”, I always kept in my dreams/goals to do this again but as a/the Skipper, which was the Original plan anyway and since the start of the idea in the late 80-ies. However, it needed a long time to come to the point again and, unfortunately, an entire project being the Skipper is still not possibleL. Luckily I found share Skippers just around the corner in my beloved. read more...


Boingo alive! - April 2013 - "Boingo alive" in Corse on her way to South France with Koni @ the helm
Boingo alive! - April 2013 -
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - The Skippers and the steady Crew from left: Koni, San, Butz, Dondi, Wolf
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - The Skippers and the steady Crew from left: Koni, San, Butz, Dondi, Wolf
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - Article in "World Crusing" of May 1991
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - Article in
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - April 2013 - ARC 13 & World ARC 2014-15 / The Story of "Boingo alive"

The “Boingos” are back! Background:It was in the later 80-ies as a group of four sailing friends from the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland were fed up of sailing on my Moody 33 or on charter yachts not nearly fulfilling our desires and decided to purchase an own boat. A new Gib’Sea 442, “Oingo Boingo” named after a Californian Rock band, was the right boat at the time and we immediately started to sail longer distances in the Med, normally with “not sailors at all” Crews generated from our social surrounding. We quite liked these long travels and suddenly we learned that in 1991 there will be the start of a Circumnavigation Rally for Cruisers called “Europa 92”. All of us were excited about the idea to participate and after a feasibility checkup it was a quick decision that we can. read more...


15/07/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Brittany

Aditi has set sail from the Solent and spent the first night dueling mid-Channel with ARC yacht Merlyn.Now sliding down the Brittany coast either under power or at about 2 to 3 knots under a sunny summer high. Heading for Camaret.. read more...


09/07/2013

Edelweiss - Edelweiss on the water and online

The crew of Edelweiss is hard at work testing every piece of gear and preparing for the sail to the Canary Islands.  The details will be regularly updated on our blog at http://www.readtrek.blogspot.com.  Looking forward to all the activities in Gran Canaria!. read more...


05/07/2013

Merlyn of Poole - Seven days and counting!

Merlyn has been limbering up in the Solent, enjoying the sunny weather, as well as some good breezes. We are still aiming to slip our lines on Saturday, 13th, heading for Roscoff as our first stop. Next stop will be La Rochelle, followed by northern Spain and Portugal. We're then heading across to Madeira, before we finally make landfall in Gran Canaria.Our crew - other than the two of us - are Mike, Jonathan's old university friend and sailing guru, and Mike's son Josh, who has just passed his engineering degree with flying colours. We couldn't be in better company! A last-minute battery panic hit us hard in the wallet yesterday, but we are now the very happy owners of six new batteries, which should stand us in good stead for both the Atlantic and World ARC.We have been very much. read more...


03/07/2013

Free Spirit - New Sail

A clean bottom and a new sail! photo (11). read more...


Free Spirit - New Sail
Free Spirit - New Sail
02/07/2013

Adina - Shaking out in the Med!

Last time we contributed to the ARC blog back in April, Adina (www.yachtadina.co.uk) had crossed Biscay and settled in Bayona. Our plans before starting the ARC were to have a shake-out in the Med over the summer before heading to the Canaries. Two reasons - one being to get to know our boat well and secondly to iron out any teething issues. To date, it's certainly been a wise strategy.  We enjoyed sailing down the Portuguese coast with Lisbon and Porto being highlights. Porto has a new marina offering discounts to ARC boats and we'd highly recommend it being close to the city and with friendly staff - indeed, fresh bread rolls were delivered to the boat each day! While in Lisbon, we sailed up the Rio Tejo to the north of the city - it's a long way and next time we'd berth at. read more...


01/07/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in the Sun

Silver Slipper is now moored up in Camaret in hot sunshine. We have finally left the wind and cloudy weather of the English Channel. Today spent our time doing general boat maintenance and catching up on the washing in the sun.  Last night was the first night that the crew did not ask for a hot water bottle.  LOLWe have now met three Arc 2013 yachts but none of them were flying the rally flag.  What a shame as we have met so many nice people and made new friends as the ARC is something so many sailors dream of doing. We strongly recommend you fly the flag whenever in port as you never know who you will meet and who your new friends could be. The ARC is always a start of a new conversation.Our plans is to hang around the local area to catch up with some old friends in a few. read more...


30/06/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - ARC 2013 Day Minus 147

The house is nearly packed up. The jobs list is now less than a page and we are due to move onto Sephina in a week or so. Most of the recent jobs have been adding the communication systems and I am hoping there are no more cables to be run. My electronics contractor thinks the boat is worth its weight in copper! It was great to fire up the Satellite system and download an Atlantic GRIB weather file in seconds. I have decided to go with both a Parasailor and twin head sails as the latter seems to have a lot of supporters especially for its ease of reefing for a squall. Sephina will leave Deganwy in North Wales at the end of July via SW Ireland and Portugal. She will meet up with two other ARC participants, Gozwoz and Kika before setting off for Gran Canaria in September. The crew is now. read more...


28/06/2013

Serendipity - Serendipity - Operation Save the Treacle Miners

After suffering engine failure and very little wind on a lee shore off Cape St Vincent on the last leg to Lagos the Treacle Miners on Serendipity wish again to thank all the boats in the ARC Portugal for the tremendous efforts to help get us alongside safely. The suggestions for technical solutions to our engine issues, weather and sea state information from ahead and practical advice on creating a good tow were invaluable. This is exactly why we chose to do this trip with WCC so that we were surrounded by experienced and helpful fellow sailors. The level of seamanship within the fleet is why we are tied up in Lagos Marina safe and sound.A special thanks go to the crew of Ocean Trilogy who arrived in minutes and very professionally took a tow to take us away from the cape and into more. read more...


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Quirine - Re: <Baionna > <Quirine ready for crew change>
Quirine - Leviathan and Abraxas fighting for first to arrive in Oeiras
Quirine - Leviathan and Abraxas fighting for first to arrive in Oeiras
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Quirine - Re: <Leg 7 > <Quirine crew of leg 7 awaiting prize giving results>
Quirine - Re:
Quirine - Re: <Leg 7 > <Henk Bothof behind the wheel of Quirine>
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Quirine - <leg 8 > <Quirine finally gets the genaker to work>
28/06/2013

Quirine -

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27/06/2013

Starblazer - The final leg

As predicted, the final day's sailing was a disappointment, but not without incident. We had been 'serenaded' by the crews of Serendipity and Leviathan II until about 0100 so the 0530 alarm was not welcome! Just before we started getting ready to slip lines I found that we had run out of water, the gauge had stuck and we didn't still have three quarters of a tank. We started refilling while we got everything ready then, at about 0610, we slipped our lines and set off towards Lagos, into rolly seas with no wind so it became a motor boat race.During the morning the wind picked up a bit so we pulled out the genoa and cut the engine. A bit later we rolled away the genoa and pulled up the cruising chute for the first time since Biscay, other than to dry it while we were in the marina at. read more...



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