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17/06/2013

Webster - Log 6 Povoa to Porto 13 June 2013

Only a short hop this one of 12 nm. Quite breezy on the start line and we were a little late getting our act together and getting the main up so were last but one to cross the line some 5 minutes late but never mind. Broad reach in force 4/5 NW in strong sunshine - this was more like it! Managed to set the pole and goose wing the rig which is quite fast and very stable. Single reef in the main so not fully powered up. The boat was very happy and flew downwind. Very few flew downwind sails and ours stayed firmly tucked away. Finished early afternoon after a brilliant sail, and Kate quite enjoyed it, certainly in comparison with the trip from Bayona.Despite being late for the start wemade good time over the ground and finished second in class.Porto is a brand new marina and much of it not. read more...


Casamara - The consequences of drinking…Trevor
Casamara - The consequences of drinking…Trevor
Casamara - Not really British Rail...
Casamara - Not really British Rail...
Casamara - Hogwarts?
Casamara - Hogwarts?
Casamara - Mills in the hills...
Casamara - Mills in the hills...
Casamara - Bottling up….
Casamara - Bottling up….
Casamara - Down the Douro...
Casamara - Down the Douro...
Casamara - Mervyn showing his vintage..
Casamara - Mervyn showing his vintage..
Casamara - Here come the girls...
Casamara - Here come the girls...
Casamara - Thai Tuk Tuk Taxi
Casamara - Thai Tuk Tuk Taxi
Casamara - Family Fillips in Porto Marina
Casamara - Family Fillips in Porto Marina
Casamara - Sunshine make all the difference
Casamara - Sunshine make all the difference
17/06/2013

Casamara - Casamara - Catching up with the blog!

June 8th - Casamara arrives Bayona 22.30, being met by Helen, Abi, Jane and Captain Darling.It was an uneventful crossing, mostly under engine.....but that was the important thing...UNDER ENGINE....Hoooraaahh....as several days had been spent in Salcombe trying to get the engine to work! New injectors had been flown in from Belgium. Thanks must also go to HM Border Agency who provided engineers and a tow to even get into Salcombe. All that tax.....finally got something back!!June 9th - Crew changeover day. Goodbye and thank you to Cindy and Paul Ross....Hello and welcome to Helen, Abi, Jane, Amanda and Mervyn.June 10th - We enjoyed an extremely scenic walk through historic mills in the peaceful hills above Bayona, followed by a delicious and capacious Galician lunch, so many courses, we. read more...


Casamara - Casamara flying….
Casamara - Casamara flying….
17/06/2013

Ayama - Last day before land

Since our last blog we managed to get our third near-gale (kuling) yesterday afternoon - evening.this morning the wind turned TO NE 5 -10 knts and is now according to the weather forecast (more or less) :)Sun is shining and a Northern Gannet (Havssula) greeted us.ETA Plymouth is 17:00 18/6. read more...


17/06/2013

Alice in Red - Gale and aftermath

It's now eight hours after our 27-hour ordeal by a Force8/9 gale 250 miles south west of Ireland and we are counting the damage - a shredded staysail, damaged genoa, sprayhood wrecked, top of the windvane torn off by aggressive fenders and electronics on the blink! Water everywhere of course and we weren't sensible enough to put some dry bedding in plastic bags. Still Doug has fixed the electrics and replaced the top of the windvane and we are gently moving towards Cork but against the wind and the swell from the storm. The main thing however is that all of us are fine, Dawn with two badly bruised hands, and Alice is in great shape. Have fun tonight those of you in Lagos - the sun must be nice! Expect a Guinness or two will perk us up in Ireland.. read more...


16/06/2013

Ayama - Another Near Gale

12 hours of wind exceeding 30 knts, averaging 35 knts and gusts 40 plus-We are a bit tired... but this time the autopilot managed all the way.This morning we had hot oatmeal porridge nice! (thanks Anders for bringing it with you)Then the wind shifted from SE to NW within ten minutes.We are now sailing 8 knts in 20-22 knts winds straight towards PlymouthNice!. read more...


12/06/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider... Chief Engineers update ... Day 4

Time flews by when you are busy at sea! Instead of writing a lot of unimportant things i will just make a list of all the things we did the last 24 hours:6:30 - Tightened in the genakker sheet about 10cm10:30 - Eased off the genakker sheet about 10 cm18:30 - Started the engine, though the wind is now officially dead Because we have had such a hard day, Soy made a delicious slow roasted duck for dinner. You know, we really need something to keep up the morality, when you are working 24 hours a day! 300 miles to go now, or 47 hours at our current speed, which gives us an ETA at early saturday morning. Too late for the happy hour, but just in time to be free of hangovers saturday afternoon, as the bars might have closed when we arrive. Thats it for now, i have a lot of coffee. read more...


13/06/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - See the sea!

O’hoi stuntmen and princesses!   We are now approaching Portugal and Lagos in good speed! The wind has finally picked up and we are back to the life that tilts over sideways.  If we keep this speed we will arrive in Lagos tomorrow some time mid day, which after our calculations will be exactly at beer o’clock. Yesterday the Norwegian delegation on the boat feed the American crew with a classic Viking dish called Fårikål, which is lamb and cabbage in a pot. People were happy, and we are now sailing around with the power of the lamb inside us. I think that might become useful as the boat is now starting to tilt over quite a bit, and we all know that lamb does a good job saying upright even in the steepest hills. For dessert we went back to the American continent and. read more...


15/06/2013

Ayama - Calm night

Westerly winds, 10-15 knts, gave us boatspeed of 5 knts. Seas calm so crew could get some good sleep when not on watch.We start motor sailing to gain some terrain. Our hope is to be in front of approaching low pressure, to have favorable winds.. read more...


14/06/2013

Johanem - Final Day

A happy days sailing! We had a wonderful clear starry night last night and Nick did restrain himself on the vocal front, brilliant sunshine, no wildlife and a few cargo ships today! We are now about 60 miles from Cape St Vincent and should be in Lagos by the early hours of Saturday morning.Fish supper is not on the menu again!!! We have failed to hook anything on the fish front over the last few days so perhaps we will have to look in the cabbage locker! Oh no! we hear our dedicated followers cry "not the cabbage again!!" but we do still have one remaining so it might have be.... Soup? Stew? Boiled ? or Surprise?????  Hopefully a sardine supper in Lagos tomorrow night. Strange to think that this may be the last ARC Europe blog that we post. ARC Europe finishes in Lagos and the. read more...


14/06/2013

Starblazer - Portugal and Sunshine!

The past few days have been rather mixed in a variety of ways: weather, wind, sailing mishaps and race starts.We left Baiona on Tuesday morning with a gentle breeze just outside the marina, pulled up the main, unfurled the genoa and crossed the start line about 15 seconds after the gun. It was possibly our best start ever! The forecasts were rather mixed, depending upon which one you chose. The reality was a mixture of all the bad parts, force 6 from the direction we wanted to go with big seas. Yuk. We battled to get two reefs in the main and rolled away a lot of genoa which levelled the boat a bit and knocked our speed down a bit as well. About two and a half hours into the passage I suddenly spotted our cruising chute floating away. These things are expensive so we did about six. read more...


14/06/2013

Farfelu - Into the swing of things

Our normal experience of cruising is to run away and hide from other people, to set anchor in the most unpopulated bay we can find and play Robinson Crusoe. This rally is immediately as different from anything we are used to and equally enjoyable. The arrival in Baiona was an entirely new and pleasurable sensation, being greeted by the rally organisers and other yachtsmen one instantly felt part of a newly formed comradeship which added enormously to the excitement. Swapping of stories, reliving the sensation, seeing every slight difference of experience through other pairs of eyes enriched our own recollection of an event that was memorable enough already. A few days at leisure in Baiona was the chance to ramble around its attractive narrow streets, find restaurants and bars for. read more...


14/06/2013

Serendipity - Treacle miners hit a rich seam of form

The crew of Serendipity who are all members of the Dunchideock Treacle Miners Sailing Club managed to score a second victory after ignoring the rest of the fleet and taking the shortest route on leg 3 to the finish line. This meant that weactually finished 6nm due west of the western end of Molhe Norte on the stunning entry to the Douro River. Despite some doubters on the rally who could not see us finishing because we were so far out, the excellent decision by WCC Rally Control to keep the Yellowbrick trackers on board on all yachts has proved inconclusively that our victory was legitimate. The victory was despite being up against super fast yachts and excellent race crews making the win even more special. Graham's Port Lodge tour and subsequent meal was superb and DTMSC would like to. read more...


14/06/2013

Ayama - Rough Night

Crew is fine but a bit tired. Contrary to the weather forecast we got SE 32-40 knots wind from 1900 - 0500 hrs, followed by a 180 degree wind shift at 0500 to NE 20-30 knts. Waves over 5 meters did not make it very pleasant, Nothing searious broke but we lost the holder to our life bouy, a rusty one year old Stainless Steel fitting and the wind did it.In the morning we passed through a big Spanish fishing boat fleet, -we counted to 25 ships! By this afternoon we should be halfway to Plymouth.. read more...


14/06/2013

Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim

After saying goodbye to Claire and William, we left Bayona after the best part of a week there. The wind was against us, but the first indication of what was to come was when Valhalla, the leading boat suddenly heeled hard over and rounded up. The sea turned rough and we had a pretty miserable passage down to Povoa. Even when the sea and wind abated, we were then stuck with poor visibility by sea mist, and only saw Portugal from about 1 mile of the port. It was a real relief to tie up at 21.30!Povoa was, and is a fishing port. However it is also a seaside resort (but apparently not in June thankfully). Once you walk behind the seafront streets, the original buildings are apparent, many with their distinctive tiled facades. Contrasts are very evident, with high fashion next to vacant. read more...


Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
Freebooter - 13th June - Povoa de Vazim
13/06/2013

Johanem - !Johanem blog 13 June

After the excitements of Mike's birthday yesterday which included two fizz o'clocks (FOC) today has started on a more serious and less alcoholic note. The forecast thick fog has failed to materialise and instead we have a bright sunny morning with good sailing wind from NE. We are 240 miles from Cape St Vincent and hope to reach Logos on Saturday morning if this wind holds. Its a slightly sad thought that once into the Med the boat is unlikely to be this far from land for some time, although there is an alternative school of thought about this!Tonight we will change the regular dinner menu of caviar, pate de foie gras and cabbage to steak, but only in the unlikely event that we do not catch a big tuna today. After hooking a seagull yesterday (which would have posed an interesting. read more...


13/06/2013

Ayama

We have covered a third of the distance. The last 12 hours we have been motoring, there is some wind but from behind and the boat is rolling, so we prefer to push along with the help of our engine. Sunny weather!Anticipating stronger winds from the northwest - the weather forecast is somewhat correct -sometimes.... read more...


13/06/2013

Alice in Red - Day 4 or 5 depending on how you count

Well, I woke up this morning, sky was grey, seas were BIG but not blue... Oh, I woke up this morning, rain and clouds, rolling boat, oh, I'm feeling so blue... I've got me those tossin', turning', homeward yearning, North Atlantic Blu-es! BUT, we're making good speed, mostly in good cheer, and we're just about half way :) Sorry for lack of posts but satphone email had problems.Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!!!. read more...


13/06/2013

Paraty - TAG 26 - Finished

Der Adler ist gelandet. Das Ei ist im Nest. Der Drops ist gelutscht.Die 2. Atlantikueberquerung ist erfolgreich und ohne groessere Schaeden an Mensch und Material beendet. Am 12.06.2013 sind wir um 6:30 Uhr in Lagos/Portugal eingelaufen.Der Atlantik hat uns zum Schluss doch noch mal schoenen Wind gegoennt. Bei 4 – 5 Beaufort und sternenklarem Himmel, sind wir am Leuchttfeuer von Cabo Sao Vincente vorbei gesegelt. Um das Kap herum kam uns der suesse Duft der Pinienwaelder in die Nase und die aufgehende Sonne vollendete das perfekte Bild. Schoener kann ein Segeltoern fast nicht Enden. Danke an die vielen geneigten Leser unseres Blogs. Paraty over and out. PM . read more...


12/06/2013

Johanem - Mike's birthday

Greetings on this day of celebrations,Our magical mystery tour across the Ocean continues, we have now past the half way stage.This milestone together with Mike's birthday brought out the champagne and cake. FOC time!Sightings today include one tanker and a few dolphin - the dolphin visit most days. No whales yet.Dispite our best efforts we have yet to utilise our EU fishing quota, although we did get close to catching a bird.(The Captain has asked me to state that it escaped unharmed)Captains jokes continue, usual after our evening beer (BOC) and we look forward to a night with the much talked of song sheets (SOC).Certain members of the crew have shaved and showered, some are happy maintain the Salty Seadog image.Kind regards etc to the girls in Lisbon we hope you are having as much fun. read more...


12/06/2013

Easy Rider - Captain's Log....Day 3

An uneventful day! We sailed all day down wind with both headsails goose winged, at a very leisurely 5 kts. By lunchtime  the clouds had vanished to leave a clear blue sky.....sunbathing was the order of the day. Then great excitement......the fishing line began to run out at great speed, the boat was slowed down & Kristian reeled in an 8kg tuna. We had tuna sushi for lunch & fried tuna for dinner... absolutely marvelous! We caught a second tuna later in the afternoon, but as it weighed only 3kg we put it back! Last night was quiet & peaceful. We changed course to head east, and with 10 -12 kts of wind we speed along averaging 7.5 kts across a calm sea..... I slept like a baby! We have now passed the half way mark on our trip to Lagos and. read more...


12/06/2013

Webster - Log 5: Bayona to Povoa de Varzim 11 June

55 miles this leg. Ha! The day dawned grey and bleak with a forecast S/SW 10-15 kts. It was light to start so put up full main. Decent start second over the line and soon overtaken by Clive in his Bavaria 36 under engine. We followed him out of the bay and he hit the wind line off the headland first and bang, two major broaches - it actually is quite windy out there! This was the first time Kate and I had sailed the boat short handed so had to reef PDQ. Once out of the bay it was a dead beat to windward in 28knts apparent with rain - not what we had ordered. In no time Kate was seasick and that was it for the rest of the day unfortunately but not a word of complaint, other than the lack of sun. Sighted a couple of dolphins but Kate missed them as not a good view with one's head in a. read more...


12/06/2013

Azzurra - Azzurra update

Azzurra is about 400 miles from Portugal so we decided to have a "half-way"party. Got out our hats and party favors and Dawn made her famous boat drinks. Since the only party favors we could find in Ponta Delgada were birthday theme we opted for a birthday party and celebrated Ainsley and Johanna's April birthdays early (or late if you want to look at it that way). Lots of nice gifts, silly games, and crazy pictures. (Johanna won the contest for guessing the time of the half-way point). Finished off with movie night and cake. All in all a great day.Part of the day was filled with Johanna's and my continuing discussion about time zone changes. Just when you all thought that we had put that topic to rest it rises up with all sorts of new twists and challenges. You would think with only one. read more...


11/06/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Half way

Boa dia mama mia!  We have now been on the boat for 40 something days and the end is getting closer and closer. It will be nice to get back to the normal life on shore, but I’m sure the easy life at sea will be missed like a Swedish skier misses a gold medal.  Today we have partly clouded weather, but the temperature is getting better. The wind is still lost somewhere else out on the ocean, so we have been motor sailing the whole day.  Our great captain Skip-Per made both bread and Bacalau (not sure how you spell that) today. This was probably one of the better dinners we have had the whole trip! And considering it was the first time he made it, based on a brief explanation from a woman in the Azores, it could not have been done better! (You would have been proud. read more...


11/06/2013

Schatzi II - Schatzi 2 - Prêt au départ / Schatzi 2 - Ready to sail

Voilàmaintenant plusieurs mois que nous sommes sur la préparation du bateau etmaintenant Schatzi 2 est pratiquement prêt ! En octobre2012, quand nous avons sorti le bateau direction le chantier, nous n’imaginionspas le temps que cela prendrait… je me disais « mais c’est beaucoup trop tôt, 11mois avant le départ ! ». C’était sans compter avec les « effets du climat et duGulf-Stream » sur le temps d’exécution des travaux par le chantiernaval. Pas mal desoucis et de questions sont maintenant derrière, les choix ont étéfaits. Lesnouvelles voiles en Hydranet radial ont été essayées en baie des Sablesd’Olonne, le solent, le spi, la grand-voile et le génois sont parfaits ! Lesolent est parfaitement dimensionné et nous permet de naviguer sereinement, lebateau est bien équilibré. Le SPI est. read more...


11/06/2013

Johanem - Johanem

Having goosewinged northwards on a perfect course for the UK the decision was taken today to gybe and head south. We have put up the cruising chute and everyone, including dolphins, is enjoying the extra knot of speed more towards our destination! Unfortunately it is not a fish supper yet again as our only bite got away. Maybe tomorrow??? I have reconciled myself to not seeing any whale on this trip as we are now off the migratory route north. One day ....All are in good heart and the sun is shining. Best wishes to all at home.. read more...


11/06/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider Ship Surgeon's log day 2-3.

Yesterday wasn't one of the most memorable days we've had on the Atlantic.. Day started out with the fishing/trawlingline-stuck-in-rudder incident but after that, winds died and the autopilot has now done the job for 24 hours without us having to even touch the helm. It's nice but it's boring! Weather wasn't helping us much either.. An annoying drizzle forced us to stay inside for much of the day - not very good for my now peaking tan. Takes hard work to keep such a thing going, and a few days without sun can be a catastrophe! Everybody had a good nights sleep, and this morning we woke up to a racing fishing rod. Finally after having dragged the lure about another 1000 miles Kristian caught a decent sized Abercor tuna, our guess is round 6-8 kg. So guess what we're having. read more...


11/06/2013

Paraty - TAG 25 - Wo ist nur der Wind

noch 120 sm.... In der Nacht hat uns der Wind leider wieder verlassen. Unsere Versuche mittels Gennaker den leichten Windhauch in Geschwindigkeit umzusetzen waren leider nicht von Erfolg gekroent. So haben wir den Motor angeworfen und lauschen statt Wind und Wellen nun dem guten alten Schiffsdiesel. Die gute Laune lassen wir uns natuerlich dennoch nicht verderben. Diverse spirituelle Maennergespraechsthemen fuehren in Kombination mit Peters gutem Essen und noch vorhandenen Weinreserven zu durchaus ueberraschenden Ergebnissen.  Offensichtlich befinden sich die Fische in diesem Teil des Atlantiks saemtlichst im Hungerstreik. Kein einziges Mal hat die Angel dieses vielversprechende Geraeusch des Ausrauschens von sich gegeben und so wird es wohl heute Abend statt Sushi Nudeln. read more...


10/06/2013

Webster - Log 4: last day in Bayona

Five days in Bayona is good neither for your waistline nor your liver. The calamari here is to die for and the paella likewise. The wine and thecocktails in the Irish bar, the G&Ts in the club house, the copious quantities of beer,those boys on Serendipity have a lot to answer for, leading me astray like that. The social side of this rally is great with receptions/ dinners nearly every evening. Kate arrived on the boat this afternoon after I had to say cheerio to our Biscay crew of Phil, Jerry and Pete yesterday. The day was spent on hand and knee scrubbing and cleaning after putting in a 5 mile run - getting back into it for good or for bad- and when Kate arrived we went for a twice round the Parador castle. The race to Povoa starts at 1030 tomorrow but a south/southwest 10-15 knots. read more...


10/06/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper has left the building

Well we have finally left to join the ARC 2013. Many months of planning and hard work have come to an end and we have now left the shores of Great Britain for pastures new.We would like to say thank you and all our love to all our friends and family who have supported us in the exciting and challenging adventure.Very special thanks to all our dear friends from Brixham, who have made the last 12 months so much fun.  You are all true friends and we will miss you all.  Only problem is that when we return, our home will be in Brixham so you will have to put up with us all over again, sorry folks.A special thanks to Mr David “Ushant” Thomas for putting together such a moving and memorable video of us departing Brixham. He made so many people cry and so many people happy all at the. read more...


10/06/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Day two-dodelo

Coco nous petites cornichons!  Another great and eventful day is coming towards the end. Today we saw dolphins, a huge cargo ship and a loot of salt water. Not all of us saw the dolphins because the reaction when someone shouts “Dolphins” is ...“…” (The three dots indicate no reaction).  Mike has been studying a bit for his Yacht master, the rest of us has been studying the great skill of procrastination. We practise book reading, coffee drinking, beer drinking, dinner eating, whale spotting (without luck) and dish washing.  We had a brief talk with Easy Rider and our Danish friends over there. We also had a talk with La Chunga, both are other ARC Europe boats and they were doing great.  Other trivia I can expose here on the internet is that we went from sailing. read more...


10/06/2013

Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival

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Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
Leviathan II - Log day 3 - Bay crossing highlights and arrival
10/06/2013

Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth

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Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth
Leviathan II - log day 2 - leaving Plymouth

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