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25/11/2013

Idea of London - and we're off

Good afternoon, and good evening (depending of course on where you are)We have finally started. After the a long week of preparations and itching to go sailing, at 12:45 local time this afternoon we finally got our wish. A start signal. BOOM (the race commitee were on quite a large Coast Guard ship, and fired off a Mortar round as our start signal.To regress a little bit the morning started off quite slow. Most every one was up and about by 8am, and tidying up personal gear, looking for breakfast, last showers, etc. At about 8:30 however we had our first crisis of the trip and we hadn't even left the dock yet. In truth it was good thing we were still tied up because the crisis was a shortage of coffee.The provisioning run yesterday apparently didn't get enough coffee for the trip. So. read more...


24/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz Départ

24 novembre 2013Bonjour à tousQuelle course. Deux heures avant le départ, nous étions en train de chercher un gréeur pour faire une épissure compliquée sur un cordage (un "bout" en langage marin) qui avait glissé pendant notre sortie d'entrainement d'hier. Un jeune navigateur espagnol membre de l'équipe de compétition locale nous a fait ça très bien.Une fois tout rangé, nous avons paradé dans le port devant tous les spectateurs massés sur les quais. Avec une fanfare et des coups de corne de brume partout. C'était sympathique d'entendre tous ces gens vous crier bon vent, avec un petit pincement au cœur quand ils vous crient bon courage...Ensuite départ sous un petit crachin breton. Le bateau comité était un vaisseau de guerre espagnol presque aussi grand que la moitié de la flotte de. read more...


24/11/2013

Hanami II - Apres 1/4 du parcours

24 XI 2013 - 20:53 UTC15 39 N35 02 WNous voici a a peu pres 1/4 du parcours le igne droite.C'est plutot une bonne nouvelle et il faut esperer que nous arderons la meme vitesse, meme si nous ne sommes pas en tete de la flotte, ce qui n'est pas l'objectif.Il parait que le vent doit tomber a partir de demain lundi, la depression venant de l'ouest deplacant la haute pression qui nous pousse.Si c'est vrai, aujourd'hui du vent il y en avait avec des nuages, quelques gouttes et de la mer plus hachee qu'hier, donc le Spi est reste dans son sac en pied de mat et nous avons navigue, comme en 2011 avec la GV et le Genois tangonne croise. La prevision a du changer car le bulletin du matin donnait;TONIGHT(00 GMT): WINDS NE-E 13-18KTS. SEAS 3-4 SWELLS NE-E 4-6FT (4SEC). SKIES MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED. read more...


24/11/2013

Diva -

Aufbruchsstimmung Richtung Westen Aufstehen 7.45h im Hafen ist schon ordentlich was los.Das es losgeht ist überall zu spüren. Ein kleines Frühstück on the fly von Claus unserem Smutje.Die Diva ist bestens mit Proviant ausgestattet und alles ist ordentlich verstaut. 8 Personen finden gut Platz in der X612. Baumpersenning abgenommen und auf die Claudia gewartet die uns in letzter Sekunde noch die Crewkleidung aus Hamburg mitgebracht hat.Nach einer Abschiedsfotosession an Deck noch das Wasser aufgefüllt. Leinen los 10:45h. In der Bucht von Las Palmas noch ein paar Schläge gesegelt, den Spi getestet – alles klar. Den Start um 13:00h haben wir richtig gut hinbekommen. Fast komplett in Lee mit Genua und Groß Richtung Süden. Ein Wal taucht in unserem Kielwasser auf und bläst in die Luft.Nach. read more...


24/11/2013

Windleblo - The Start

Luna cast us off at 11:45 am local time and thousands of spectators cheered us on as we departed Las Palmas harbor, with a brass band adding atmosphere.At the start line, the committee boat was hard to miss. It was a large Spanish navy gunboat! We hove to for a brief lunch, then edged toward the starting line with dozens and dozens of boat jockeying for position. We crossed as the start gun sounded under a broad reach. A squall then enveloped us, cheating us out of our last glimpse of land as the clouds thickened. All the boats are now slowly spreading out, with two groups apparent as darkness gathered. Group 1 is starting to head west around the bottom of the island and Group 2 (the one we're in) is heading south to avoid the island's wind shadow. The forecast calls for 20 knot winds. read more...


Diva -
Diva -
24/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Sunday 24.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Graham Pike and I joined Francis & Jane on Friday 22nd, arrived about 1600hrs big rain shower on arrival – accused of bringing English weather! Fortunately assisted washing fresh vegetables which were spread all over the pontoon before transfer to boat (had to make sure no cockroach eggs on stuff). Went for beers and decided to celebrate arrival – official farewell party at posh sailing club party atmosphere which we felt obliged to join into fully - after all the Merlins fleets reputation was at stake! Saturday was spent uneventfully learning the boat and making final preparations for departure,  Safety and skippers briefings. Restaurant for dinner – all awoke dawn this morning with excited anticipation, there is no anxiousness or fear about the trip, us. read more...


24/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 1. Tag - Guter Start

Nachdem wir um 13:09 über die Startlinie gebraust sind, wurden wir gleich von einem kleinen Skuoll überrascht, den wir zusammen hervorragend gemeistert haben. Reffen hatten wir ja am Freitag trainiert:). Nach einem exzellenten Fleischteller mit Suppe von Jürg zubereitet, sind wir auf Aufholjagd - aber wir bleiben realistisch. Die ganze Crew ist wohl auf und lässt alle daheim gebliebenen grüssen:).Tom. read more...


24/11/2013

Dragonfly - Der erste Tag

Jörg und Ramin kommen nochmal vorbei um uns zu verabschieden und unglaublich viel Touristen schlendern über die Stege. Ich wollte eigentlich schon ablegen, aber da kommt noch eine Blaskapelle aus Las Palmas über den Steg. Die Stimmung in der Marina ist unglaublich. Der Abschied von Nicole fällt mir schwer, aber wir müssen jetzt raus. Der Wind hat aufgefrischt und bläst mit ca. 25 kn aus Nord. Für den Genaker ist das zu viel und wir machen mit Groß und Genua gut Fahrt. So ziemlich als Letzter gehen wir über die Linie. Ein Regenschauer verdunkelt die Szene. Wir können teilweise nur noch 100 m weit sehen. Der Wind dreht etwas und wir nehmen das Groß rein. Kurz vor 4 schläft der Wind auf unserer Höhe ein. Auch die Schiffe vor uns stehen in der Flaute. Torsten von der Christobel meldet über. read more...


24/11/2013

Manihi - C'EST PARTI ...

27:40.15N 15:24.47W... enfin, c'était bien parti, et puis la trajectoire le long de l'ile s'est avérée un peu décevante ! Vent arrière changeant de direction, on a mis les voiles en ciseaux, grand-voile d'un coté et génois tangonné de l'autre. Au bout d'une heure on s'est retrouvé un groupe à ramer (au figuré !) avec à peine quelques nœuds de vent jusqu'au sud de Grand Canarie. Un aperçu de ce que nous devrions avoir dans deux jours.Le vent s'établi depuis 18h environ. 15 à 20 Nds de Nord. Pourvu que ça dure ! Nous avons pris un cap SW (sud-ouest !), une allure confortable de 3/4 arrière, en espérant que ça ne change pas trop pendant la nuit.Fini les Happy Hours, et les soirées au port !!! ... c'est bien aussi !A demain.. read more...


Surya - donker luchten na de start
Surya - donker luchten na de start
Surya - Uitzwaaiers op de kade
Surya - Uitzwaaiers op de kade
Surya - Surya aan de steiger in Las Palmas
Surya - Surya aan de steiger in Las Palmas
Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg
Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg
24/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 1 Nothing to Report...

Sephina Day 1 Nothing to Report... Well firstly I thought I would be too seasick to write this and secondly I thought there would  not be a lot to say. The first has proved to be incorrect and the second true. But we are on our way. The emotion seeing friends off at the start was a little hard to bare. I was chocked up and couldn’t say much. This was further compounded by the emotional spectacle of the fleet departure. All in all it made you feel alive. It was a good decision to join the ARC. The start was uneventful apart from trying to miss other boats. We are sailing along at a steady 5 knots and we have reached 8 knots at times. The “Twistle” rig has proved to be easy to handle and effective and with modifications learnt at the seminars it is very efficient.. read more...


24/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Head Start

I could not immediately recall why November 24th had a special significance in my inner diary....then of course I realised.Today is the day we would have been setting off from Las Palmas to cross the Atlantic with the Atlantic Rally had we decided not to take the opportunity to do the trip with a smaller group of 50 boats via the Cape Verde Islands with ARC+.So today we can imagine the scene in Las Palmas as 200 boats set off to sail directly to St. Lucia. I can't help but feel smug as they join us in this magnificent ocean; smug that we have managed to squeeze in our stop to the another amazing archipelago and smug too that we are already 5 days into our voyage.Had you asked me yesterday I would have said that in all likelihood the quickest of the ARCees leaving today would possibly. read more...


24/11/2013

Shelduck - Sun 24 Nov Ready to Go!

Final prep done, securing saloon and cabins from flying objects, ready togo.  Lucas and Ian here to wave us off and they will cycle down thepromenade as we sail to the start line and will wave us off from there. We’ve 15 mins to go before we cast off!  Anticipating it all, a littlenervous but it will be fun!. read more...


24/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Big fish and great downwind sail

Having used up a lot of our fresh food we started fishingstarted fishing this morning and within ten minutes hooded a Doradowhich gave us quite a battle particularly as we were clocking 8 knots. Our modified old Genoa flown off the inner forestay and using the boom on a preventer as a second pole has worked well and we have been making good speed straight downwind and directly on track .....Over 650 miles completed and 1440to go. We're looking forward to the halfway point but are are finding the days slipping by very quickly. The forecastis looking like light winds from tomorrow for the next seven days. We think we're far enough advanced to miss a big no wind hole that will be opening up in a couple of days ... ??!!Love to all. read more...


24/11/2013

Skook - 24 Nov

Die Skook ist stark im kommen, nach Ruderschaden beginnt die Aufholjagd mit Butterfly.. read more...


24/11/2013

Magic - Alles an Bord

24.11.2013Pos: Las PalmasWir sind startbereit. Alle Tanks sind voll. Überall hängt Obst in verschiedenen Reifegraden. Hoffentlich geht es gleich los.Auf eine erfolgreiche Etappe freuen sich hier an Bord:Albrecht, Heiko, Jürgen, Karsten, Lutz, Olaf, Peter, Rainer, Thomas und Wolfgang.Kennzahlen des Tages:Wasser an Bord: 1080lZurückgelegte Distanz (auf See): 0smZurückgelegte Distanz (an Land in der letzten Woche): 160kmSpannung vor den Start: 100%Olaf. read more...


24/11/2013

Free Spirit - 24 Nov Today we set sail for Saint Lucia

Well this is it!  The day has arrived!  Today we set sail for Saint Lucia!  After 19 full on days in Las Palmas we are ready to go!  Yes!!  Our days have been filled with seminars, safety inspections, briefings, problem solving, lists of jobs to be done, repairs and boat shopping and oh yes a few parties.  All of this we did without hardly stepping foot outside the marina except for one day when Peter and I hired a car and spent the day touring the island.  We discovered just what a spectacular island this is with mountains reaching to dizzying heights and canyons plunging to dizzying depths below.  I even started to think  “I feel safer at sea”…..(I know)…Anyway, back to our. read more...


24/11/2013

Manali - Moment of departure from Las Palmas as the ARC starts

Happy to get underway today with all aboard - 2 Australian flags flying, Ian, Pat, Jus and Pete – Team Manali AtlanticMoment of departure Las Palmas (1024x683). read more...


24/11/2013

Ula - Day 1 - 24th November

After a pleasantly uneventful start we immediately congratulated ourselves with lunch of cheese, ham and cucumber sandwiches (we have a lot of cucumbers, about 40, as the boys mistook cucumber for zucchini….). The sight of hundreds of spinnakers flying towards us was spectacular and a great back-drop to enjoy with our sandwiches, snuggly zipped into the cockpit tent as there was a faint chance of rain. Then Cap'n P pointed out that perhaps we weren't getting into the spirit of things, maybe even missed the point that this was a 'race'…?? Embarrassed, we packed away lunch and set about hoisting our secret weapon… "Boris The Bullet Dodger"!!! After months of being stowed away Boris couldn't believe his luck and put in a tremendous effort. We shot off at 11kts. By midnight not a breath of. read more...


Manali - Moment of departure from Las Palmas as the ARC starts
Manali - Moment of departure from Las Palmas as the ARC starts
24/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - And were off! Day 1 log

Quick message this one, we are underway, slightly messy start as my watch was a minute fast; realised in time to avoid a 3 hr penalty tho!Good run down the side of Gran Canaria, boat certainly felt a bit heavy, but made good speed.A squall chased us down the coast, when we saw 30knots we elected to drop. A poled out jib seemed a safer option.As the breeze dropped we hoisted our big 180sqm kite, boat certainly felt quick then.There was a transition on the SE of the island, we struggled our way through it now sailing in a Southerly breeze with the A7, third spinnaker in 3 hrs!Seemed to be surrounded by maxis on the water, think that is a good sign, early days though!All well on boardRoss. read more...


24/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - The start - on our way

Finally  at 13:00 on Sunday 24 November we stared our Atlantic crossing. Bands played music on the quayside as we motored slowly out of the marina in Las Palmas, a very crowded departure with 225 yachts, so very tight for space. A Spanish naval ship let off a maroon and bang we were all on our way. Crossing the starting line under sail we are hoping for a zero engine hours crossing, getting to the finish line in St. Lucia just using sail power. The sunny weather soon turned to a heavy shower with winds blowing force 4 to 5. A good bit of downwind sailing, with twin headsails. And now at 4 in the afternoon we hardly have any wind at all.  The sun is out again and we are all drying out. Currently virtually becalmed, never mind we only have 2690 miles to go! . read more...


24/11/2013

Merlyn III - Underway at last

Writing this just within mobile range. Great start, close by Merlyn of Poole,under Christopher's command followed by a light squall and rain showers and on with jackets. A few controlled jibes - now sailing duesouth about 30 miles into the 3000 or so we'll need to cover!James. read more...


Tamsel - First fish
Tamsel - First fish
24/11/2013

Shenanigan - 24 Nov We're off!

24.11.2013 Final emotional goodbyes were said on a bustling pontoon to Timmy, Phil, Jane, Colin, Amelia and other boats we had met during our time in Las Palmas.  We had a smooth but nerve racking start followed by a squall with rain for 1/2 hour, this was not pleasant for us or our watching supporters but the wind did get the fleet clear of the start line.  A good run to the south of the island hitting the acceleration zone around 3pm with winds increasing to 30 knots.  By 4pm the wind dropped as did our speed! and by 11pm the wind was a mere 3 knots! First night was spent bobbing (serious bobbing!) at sea and still in a huddled fleet with an interesting display, though not necessarily the traditional or correct, navigation lights! We made fairly slow progress during the. read more...


24/11/2013

Polaris - Mein ARC Start in 2000

Am Flughafen von Mallorca verabschiedete ich im November 2000 das Team von 6 glücklichen Seglern, nach einer erlebnisreichen und immer lohnenswerten Segelreise von Mallorca nach Ibiza und zurück über Cabrera. Ich flog am gleichen Tag auf die Kanaren, 3 Tage vor dem Start der ARC im Jahr 2000. Frank und die "Atlantik Crew" waren schon vor einer Woche eingetroffen und kräftig am Wirbeln. Es sah alles sehr gut aus, die Vorbereitungen konnten abgeschlossen werden und alle freuten sich auf den Start. Pünktlich um 13 Uhr ging der Schuss los und wir segelten über die Linie. Leider verabschiedete sich unser Großfall mit einem lauten Knall, uns schoss ein Sch… durch die Köpfe und wir hatten die erste Bewährungsprobe. Das Groß kam auf uns nieder und wir konnten unsere Künste beim Anschlagen des. read more...


Shenanigan - We're off!!!
Shenanigan - We're off!!!
24/11/2013

Firefly - Time change

We have crossed our first time zone and just put the clock back and hour. Unfortunately Murray has to stand another hour on his watch so the times they are a changing for him more than Paul and Peter.After an evening of light winds a good 15 knot wind from the North has kicked in pushing us along at 7 to 8 knots. We started the morning hoisting the gennaker (our reaching spinnaker flown off the bowsprit) but took it down when gusts went over 20 knots. Our 24 hour log was down to 134 miles but at our current pace we are hopeful of an improvement today. As we head South West the temperature will be gradually rising, however the wind from the North is currently a bit cooler, feeling like it has come from Northern Europe! - That is enough about the weather!Peter spotted the water spout from. read more...


Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
24/11/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 2

All victualling now complete and the crew are chomping at the bit for the start. The big question is though, what route to take?Lots of uncertainty with the wind situation and the dockside sea dogs all giving their opinion on likely direction, strength and duration. But that's anough about Nick's digestive situation. We've got a race to win.Just had our first night onboard, and what was likely to have been our last night of good rest.Once the start gun goes, we'll be into race mode. A very detailed rota of sleep, watch, cook and clean has been developed and a disciplined and rigorous execution will be required if we are to avoid on board anarchy with disastrous consequences, eg Gianni boycotting cooking and we end up on scrambled eggs for two weeks......could solve our wind problem. read more...


24/11/2013

La Rochelle - champagne sailing la rochelle

It doesn't get much better than this, 15 knots true , 150 degress apparent, 7.0knots boat speed And pointed in the direction we want to go? the not so fat match loves these conditions and we have finally hooked in to the current we have been looking for , giving us another . 5 knot over the ground.At night the flying fish are committing hari kari on the deck ,who needs to troll a lure? They are quiet tasty , supplementingour staple of vegemite sandwiches.All the crew are well rested as the light conditions have enabled louvre to do back to back to back to back watches, 8 hours at a time.We gave the fleet a 30 hour head start but are taking about 30 miles a day out of the back markers and hope to have caught up to the fleet by tomorrow night. Cheers la rochelle. read more...


Anettine - 24.11.2013 Til Tine
Anettine - 24.11.2013 Til Tine
24/11/2013

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

  Saturday 23rd   So D-day minus two and the tension is mounting like the vast quantity ofUHT milk and bottled water looking for storage space on the yacht .Much to theembarrassment of the guilt-ridden male  members of the crew Pip and Nikihave spent endless hours buying provisions.......so now, as one of themremarked, the boat looks like a floating supermarket. Still, better to be overrather than under provisioned especially in the toilet roll department.   We are 8 ; Matt the skipper who has done about 30 Atlantic crossings so wethink he knows what he’s doing, First mate Michael and his partner Pip freshfrom Antibes, Niki, Fabio, Peter and Yan. And myself who is starting to feel abit of a novice beside all this talent.We had our safety briefing this. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
Great Escape of Southampton - 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
24/11/2013

Shine - We're off...

Firstly, apologies to all our readers for yesterday's typos-we are not guilty,please blame the ARC typesetters .You will all be pleased to hear that we did in fact load up with Argentinian steak last night, sothe heads have been put through their paces and have not been found wanting.As we write a Spanish brass band is playing on the pontoon 10 feet away...............it is definitely time we left this island.We now havethan two hours to the start, so it's thongs on and away(Tiddy,you really are too kind).S Pepysps For those still worried,Steen's kit arrived at 18:00 last night to much relief.pps. Elsker jer basser!. read more...


24/11/2013

Meltemi - SY Meltemi

Buenos dias aus Las Palmas! Um 14 Uhr deutsche Zeit ist der Start in der Cruising Division! Es ist alles geputzt, gebunkert und seefertig gemacht. Wir sind eine harmonische, bunt gemischte Crew und hatten bisher schon viel Spaß zusammen! Das Wetter soll ganz gut werden. Heute werden wir die Insel mit Steuerbord umrunden und dann auf den offenen Atlantik segeln. Heute Abend gibt es Gulasch, Kartoffeln und viel Salat! Nun sind wir sehr gespannt und freuen uns auf eine tolle Zeit auf See und auf den Moment, wenn wir die Karibik "riechen" können:) Wir werden uns nun täglich über unseren Blog melden und freuen uns über eure Klicks und Kommentare!!Wir werden immer mehr als eine Hand breit Wasser unter dem Kiel haben;)Eure Crew der SY Meltemi!!!!!Rüdiger (Skipper), Andrea, Stefan, Anett,. read more...


Meltemi - SY Meltemi
Meltemi - SY Meltemi
Swan Valhalla - Log 5 - Farewell Las Palmas!
Swan Valhalla - Log 5 - Farewell Las Palmas!
24/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer - Ready to go!

The second week has been surprisingly busy.I thought we would have far more time to do things such as paint our flag on the wall.We just ran out time so for the second time we gave left no mark here.On the other hand I did spend about 20 hours making two fantastic musketeer outfits!We also managed to leave the meat and veg ordering late, again!This time, though, the meat was solidly frozen when it was delivered yesterday afternoon.We chose to carry the veg back to the boat with us rather than wait for a delivery.I spent some time washing all the fruit and veg, dividing it into three weeks and laying it out to dry.Normally this is no problem but we had heavy rain on both Friday evening and much of Saturday!It is now safely stored in the aft cabin heads shower area.I managed to squeeze all. read more...


24/11/2013

Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!

It's a warm sunny morning here in Las Palmas, with a complete crew (and now their luggage as well, cheers Iberia!) we are absolutely ready to go and can't wait to get out there and get sailing. Next stop St Lucia. Will --DSCF3350. read more...


Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!
Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!
Starla - Starla - Bottom Job complete in Las Palmas before departure
Starla - Starla - Bottom Job complete in Las Palmas before departure
Starla - Starla Crew pre-Departure Picture
Starla - Starla Crew pre-Departure Picture
24/11/2013

Free Spirit - 24 November RICHIE'S LOG

Sunday 24November  (Richie’slog) Ready,steady… Go! Our start time is 13:00 today! The multi-hull and racing divisionswill go first, then it’s us. Ourpreparation last night was to go to the best restaurant in the marina and enjoyour last stable, sit down meal on solid ground and of course to savour the lastfew drops of alcohol, including the most delicious G&T ever, before gettingon our ‘dry’ boat for the next three weeks. (Actually, Alex and I did manage toget one last sneaky pint in this morning after our final gym session but we havebeen keeping that a secret until now, oh well, never mind). We are readyto go, Manfred is playing it cool, he says we go first, so we do and follow inline with the other 219 boats into the harbour. Albatross comes out behind usand already he is. read more...


24/11/2013

Golondrina - 3 hours to go

So here we are... 1 year in the planning ... And 3 hours to go to the start of our 2,600 mile non stop adventure.So did we spend our last night checking over the boat ? .... NO. ... Did we spend our last few hours looking over weather reports ? ... NO ... Did we choose to have a quiet night in and have a final team debrief ? ... NO ...Like all the other crews we dicidedto boost the local economy, especially in the alcohol area, until 'crazy legs Hartshorn' with his own style of the Dad Dance was asked to leave the club because he was scaring the seagulls ...Yesterday we said goodbye to Nina who flew home to the UK with all of the teams thanks for all of her hard work this last week. The tanks are all full and there is enough food on board to last 3 weeks. Owain has returned from his. read more...



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