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19/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Quality time

The Duke and William shared some quality time together with just days to go before his big adventure. The prince surprised his grandfather with a unscheduled visit to say goodbye and goodluck but was just relieved to be away and take a break from his nocturnal nappy duties. The Duke was heard saying... 'Things have changed so much since my day, I wonder where it is all heading......' image.. read more...


Ocean Venture - Quality time
Ocean Venture - Quality time
19/11/2013

Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave

Dave started the day well with planning and direction. A strict rota of maintenance and repairs with his usual attention to detail. Then as the day progressed Dave was told his credit card had been clonned and blocked and later his iphone went blank and will not come back to life... But that's ok becuase he could have reverted to his lap top for all of his contacts however that's being rebuilt in the uk... So in his own words "it's all good".On a serious note Dave has no telephone contact list so friends and family can only contact him on ... Hartshorn359@gmail.com And PLEASE leave your telephone number on the email.So getting away from 'Captain Attention' we move onto Gareth, who had his bank card swallowed in a machine last night.Mark spent most of the day up the mast.. Fantiastic. read more...


19/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log day 1 - One of many!

Finally we have arrived in Las Palmas and the blog is underway. This is our first log so we promise to make the next few entries a little more interesting - we have only been in Las Palmas for 24 hours afterall! Sam has already been here for a good week, preparing Swan Valhalla for our voyage across the Atlantic (and attending a few parties along the way!) Victoria, Haig and I flew Norwegian Airways from London, and after a few navigational issues, managed to get the taxi driver to drop us at Pontoon 21 where Sam was waiting patiently with a very smart looking Valhalla. I think Sam was happy to see some friendly faces and have some company after his first week out here.  Although the weather is not quite as arctic as London, it is certainly not as sunny as promised, hopefully this will. read more...


Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
18/11/2013

Windleblo - Preparations Well Along

The Windleblo crew has been working pretty much non-stop (OK, except for the evening sundowner parties) getting the boat ready for departure. Food planning, buying, re-packaging and stowing was today's drill. Tomorrow, we take in ARC seminars on rigging, communications, and  tips for downwind sailing, the return to the boat for sail handling drills. The shot above shows the crew, complete with our ARC polo shirts, assembled after yesterday's Welcome Ceremony where ARC, Las Palmas, and St. Lucia officials formally kicked off ARC 2013. The final countdown is upon us.  . read more...


18/11/2013

Manihi - J-6 - Hier parade et aujourd'hui inspection sécurité

Super parade des équipages hier midi ! On se serait cru faire le tour dustade aux Jeux Olympiques sans les acclamations d'un plein stade. Il y avaitfanfare, discours, hissé des drapeaux. La délégation française était ... disonsdiscrète, pour “euphémiser”. Trois bateaux présents sur 15. Mais nous avonsdignement représenté notre pays ;-) Et c'est MANIHI qui a porté le drapeau!!!   L'après-midi, après une bière et un sandwich au Sailor's Bar, l'annexe,nous avons fait la toilette du bateau ; balai-brosse et grande eau pour enleverdeux mois de pollution du port de commerce de Las Palmas !  Pas de Happy Hours le dimanche. Nous avons diné et attendu Bertrand qui estarrivé un peu lessivé - lui aussi - vers minuit et demi.   Ce matin nous nous sommes préparés pour l'inspection de. read more...


18/11/2013

Manihi - J-6 - Inspection sécurité

Super parade des équipages hier midi ! On se serait cru faire le tour dustade aux Jeux Olympiques sans les acclamations d'un plein stade. Il y avaitfanfare, discours, hissé des drapeaux. La délégation française était ... disonsdiscrète, pour euphémiser. Trois bateaux présents sur 15. Mais nous avonsdignement représenté notre pays ;-) Et c'est MANIHI qui a porté le drapeau!!!   L'après-midi, après une bière et un sandwich au Sailor's Bar, l'annexe,nous avons fait la toilette du bateau ; balai-brosse et grande eau pour enleverdeux mois de pollution du port de commerce de Las Palmas !  Pas de Happy Hours le dimanche. Nous avons dîné et attendu Bertrand qui estarrivé un peu lessivé - lui aussi - vers minuit et demi.   Ce matin nous nous sommes préparés pour l'inspection de. read more...


18/11/2013

Free Spirit - 26th October to 5th November

Day 10 Saturday 26th OctoberToday was a man shopping day – hardware, chandlers and fishing tackle shops.  Then even more excitement to follow – watching football in a sports bar!Day 11 Sunday 27th OctoberWe have hired a car today. We are going to Granada and to the Alhambra Palace, a place I have always wanted to see.  So out of misfortune comes opportunity!  Water is the essence of the Alhambra.  It gushes to greet you in channels either side of the steep shady path leading up to the citadel and when you reach the top you find it waiting there, resting peacefully in pools to reflect the surrounding facades, or dancing in fountains, or thundering deep through underground cisterns only to hide away again to secretly nourish the grass, the trees and gardens of. read more...


18/11/2013

Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas

What a fun day at the parade and opening ceremony.  The kangaroos were exhausted.- Team Manali Atlantic www.manaliblue.com P1000853. read more...


Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas
Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas
18/11/2013

Idea of London - IDEA Log check

This is the team from IDEA checking in - Pls respond if we are live!Thanks Ben. read more...


18/11/2013

Golondrina - The crew have arrived

Sunday 17th saw the first assemble for the first time in Las Palmas.Over 200 boats have now assembled for the race and the marina is the busiest pace in the world ! Today all of the crews took part in a parade led off by brass bands and drum troops.It was amazing how many Welsh crews suddenly gathered around Golondrina's flag carried by our very own man-of-steel...So we now move to Monday - and apart from being Stuarts birthday - yes we all know so stop going on about it ... Its maintenance day on Golondrina and a double check on all the kit. The pics show the parade and the crew, Gareth, Mark, Stu and Dave .... with Owain marked as MIA (missing in action) - last seen the night before in bar dancing to YMCA...image image. read more...


Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
17/11/2013

Meltemi - in Las Palmas

in Las Palmas angekommen und ARC geflaggt.2013-11-17 16.17.46. read more...


Meltemi - in Las Palmas
Meltemi - in Las Palmas
17/11/2013

Hebe - Hebe

All crew present and correct and getting into the spirit of the ARC with the opening ceremony todayP1040234.. read more...


17/11/2013

Shelduck - Sun 17 Nov: Opening Ceremony & Electronics

Neil was given the honour of carrying the country flag for Ireland, Brendan carried Shelduck's Irish ensign, Gabby carried Aine's tricolour brought over specially for this. Parading round the port with flags of every participating boat and crew - at least 30 different countries represented, bands playing, drums banging.There are over 200 yachts and 500+ crew here, around 70% of the total, with the rest arriving during this week. Speeches from various Canarian dignitaries and Leo the Port Authority and Cultural Representative from St Lucia who provided us with a tantalising insight into the festivities and activities we can expect when we arrive... looking forward to these!Brendan set up Anne's 'SPOT' GPS locator (& rescue!) device - first message sent out to Neil & Anne's friends. read more...


Hebe - Hebe
Hebe - Hebe
16/11/2013

At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano

We are finally ready to go and the party has already begun! Last night we had a great celebration and toast with 50+ of our friends and family. The evening was complete with an ARC cake. All friends can follow us on www.atlast.xoom.it DSC_0642. read more...


At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
16/11/2013

Hanami II - Mindello: 1 ere etape

16 XI 2013- 12 :15 UTCReste 20 miles et comme je le disais a ARC-Control, on devrait franchir la ligne vers 16 heures UTC soit 15 :00 locale car le Cap Vert est a UTC-1.Journee ensoleillee, apres une nuit un peu grise, pluvieuse sur la fin qui nous a force a changer d'amurres pour la fin du parcours.Ce matin, au lever du soleil, dauphins et poissons volants.Au bout des lignes : rien mais celle de Christian avait du prendre une belle bete dont il ne restait qu'un petit bout de machoire accroche. Dommage.La chaleur est arrivee avec le soleil : 32 degres a 11 :00 au lieu des 22-24 que nous avons eu jusqu'à hier. Comme dit Christian ca change et ca va continuer.19:00 UTC, 18:00 localeEt bien ca y est, nous voici arrives au terme de la premiere etape.Super journee de mer, avec du soleil et. read more...


16/11/2013

Edelweiss - Our first blog

We are sending this out to post to our ARC blog (the one that we'll be using as we cross the Atlantic) as a test and also to let you know we're here in Las Palmas already. We arrived on Friday 8 November and it's been a whirlwind of activities since then! The parties have already started (the boys are loving the daily "Sundowners" with free soft drinks and a chance to play tag with the other kids) and the seminars start later this week. Along with ARC check-in, safety inspections, and boat preparations, it's been hard to find time to sit & eat. More soon! - Teri for the crew. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - Arrival

Arrival! After  almost five days of sailing this morning we will soon be making land in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The days have gone by very fast and quite smoothly. For four days we have sailed at an average speed of 7.8 kn, a remarkable speed for our Amel 53. With a twin poled headsail and a wind speed in the 13-20 kn we have reached speeds exceeding 10 kn for short periods and almost always near or above 8 kn. The last day, however, the wind dropped to a miserable 7 to 10 kn, cutting drastically into our average, which will still be well above 7 kn. Life on board has been very pleasant, good conversation, quiet reading and an occasional hectic moment to change or reset sails. We have kept two rods out always, but the fishing has been modest. Two small dorados (mahi mahi) that have. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - 11 Nov - first day at sea

First Day at sea –November 10Yesterday November 10 at 1.00 pm we left Las Palmas and set sails for Cape Verde. The biggest challenge on the start was to avoid collision with the 45 boats all leaving at the same time through the narrow gate of the start line. We had two hair raising encounter with an onlooker who wanted a somewhat too close look at us and an ARC boat that approached us from downwind, starboard side. She only moved away after I shouted a “what the …” at the skipper at the top of my lungs! That was close!After we negotiated the classic acceleration zone at the southern tip of the island (20-30 kn) we settled on a more comfortable 14-18 kn, which is what we expect for the next 2-3 days. No squalls in the forecast so far.Marianto prepared a. read more...


16/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers

Duke: 'why did the baker have smelly fingers?'Simon 'don't know, why did the baker have smelly fingers'Duke: ' because he kneaded a poo'image1. read more...


Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
16/11/2013

Windsurf - ARC activities

Note from WindsurfYesterday was an energy day. In the morning we planted trees, a good workout for the maintainance of the environment of the island of Gran Canaria. From our hand there are 13 windsurf trees. Really beautiful against the hill of a mountain. Come and have a look !In the afternoon all kinds of preparations again. Cleaning the boat once more and do some housekeeping. At night again a nice party sponsored by Rolnautic, the shop who provisioned all the sailors with the technical equipments their boats need... They have earned a lot this week and will earning more in the coming week... Every sailor buys all kinds of needs, expensive needs... His wallet got too empty and his boat will be overloaded...We got a nice party with lots of good music from a live band. Everybody. read more...


Windsurf - ARC activities
Windsurf - ARC activities
16/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - DAY 6 (sssh! whisper it!)

I'm not sure we should even be admitting we are now sailing a sixth day and that what's more we will probably be needing its entirety before we find Mindelo (and thus missing our own welcome party tonight).It was all going so well!Last night the wind dropped and started doing a variable dance ensuring our trusty poled out genoa with alongside jib rig which we had not had to touch since leaving Las Palmas was rendered incapable of the task.At midnight it was decided that what was needed was to drop the jib, un-pole the genoa and put up the mainsail....mission.30 minutes later (be charitable...only two of us onboard remember) mission was accomplished and much neglected full main was put into service along with the full genoa.One vital ingredient was missing from this nocturnal party - the. read more...


16/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle finished

After 5 days and 5 hours we have safely arrived at the verdes.Finally managed to get the weapon out on the last day, the parasailor and what a weapon it isThe breeze dropped out to 10 to 14 knots and up she went.8 knots boat speed at 140 degrees apparent ,sensational. read more...


16/11/2013

Webster - Log 1 - Preparation

Its started! Having delivered the boat to Las Palmas late August with my eldest daughter Jenny and her partner Mark from Madeira it has been time to go home and catch up on a few work related matters and spend a bit of time at home and in the office. "But you are supposed to have retired'?, says Alison my former long suffering secretary, "Go away". Oh well, nice to be made welcome......so back to the boat on 4th November to get most of the prep work for the ARC done before the crew arrive on 16th. Trouble is I had very recently discovered I had developed a hernia and had it operated on almost immediately to allow me at most four weeks before the start of ARC 2013, not long enough really.All was going perfectly well until Wednesday morning, provisions on board, safety check done and. read more...


16/11/2013

Hanami II - Maintenant on est proches ...

15 XI 2013 - 22:1017 55 N - 23 28 WNous avons eu notre premier atterrissage de poisson volant sur le pont.Ca prouve que l'on entre dans des eaux plus chaudes.Il devait faire 15 cm de long et je l'ai remis a l'eau, si ca se trouve il va se faire dévorer par la première dorade qui passe, a moins qu'elle ne morde a une de nos lignes de traine. Patience …Il y en eu d'autre ensuite de même de des groupes entiers qui décollent des vagues sur 50m, chasses par les dauphins qui bondissent par troupe entiere sur les cotes du bateau, sur tribord ce matin.Vers 12 :00 empannage et cap au SW, presque sur la route directe vers Mindello apres avoir chatte sur la BLU avec 2 autre bateaux, derrière nous, qui marchent, eux aussi voiles croisées, vers le Cap Vert. Pour être honnête c'est agréable de savoir. read more...


15/11/2013

Fanny Fisher - Gourmet Sailors

The impossible happened, after all our hassles we made it to the startingline on time where it was like being in a washing machine and we lost one crewmember for two days.Now  have finally got into a good cruising rhythm. Ouronly  “drawback” has been the 75cm /10-15 kg Tuna David managed to lureonto the end of his line. It made for some exciting moments and have since eatenlike kings on tuna steaks and Ceviche! Entertainment has been 2 ships and a podof about 50 dolphins which followed us for 5 hours. Should see Mindelo sometimesat. Cheers all aboard Fanny Fisher. read more...


15/11/2013

Jambo - Getting Jambo ready

Tom and I are working through the list of jobs but new ones come on faster than the old ones go off!!Should be ready for Nick and Carol and Julia on Monday then we can start to load the boat with over a ton of provisions --. read more...


15/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - 82 nm to go

Yes it’s 82nm to go and that first beer isn't going to touch the sides.Yesterday we managed to catch a fish, it was a huge Dorado (all of 12”), enoughfor one person so we had to let it go. it was a beautiful golden-yellowcolour.  So far we have had more luck catching flying fish on Sonsy’s deck,with 1 landing in the cockpit in the wee small hours. Currently sailing in lightwinds with our cruising chute up making 6.5 to 7kt. It looks as if we are goingarrive at Mindelo  23.00 to 00.00.   . read more...


15/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Cape Verdes Here We Come

Another day dawns on Joy of Shamrock Quay en route to Cape Verdes, with the finish line getting closer for our Mindelo arrival tonight. The moon was spectacular last night lighting up the sea with a shimmering eeriness.Light winds unfortunately meant slower speeds but as soon as the moon disappeared the swell returned and wind picked back up to 12-15 knots.No more sightings of catamaran Amaris overnight, we saw them again yesterday jibing in front of us and made contact with them on VHF to confirm we were picking them up clearly on radar.Joy is still performing well despite lighter airs, no breakages or injuries other than stubbed toes and the odd bruise, and the sun is hot when it breaks through the cloud cover and I think the butter has definitely melted!Susie. read more...


15/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - 4,000nm and Slowing Down?

Whilst not directly related to the ARC we had a small celebration this morning.The log tells us that we have now covered 4,000nm since leaving Stavanger (Norway) back in May.The GPS slightly took the edge off it by telling us that our average speed overall has been a disappointing 5.3knts.Returning to the here and now the GPS would also like to tell you all that we have had a slower day today. With a little over 200nm to go and a welcome party scheduled for Saturday this is a tad frustrating (for us not the GPS).The wind dropped from a steady NE 5 to something that varied between ENE and NE 2-4 during yesterday morning and remained so until last night when it picked up slowly and is now back to a respectable NE 5.On the plus side the seas are now flatter so we are not rolling.However,. read more...


15/11/2013

Adina - Happy Birthday to Tom!

The birthday flags are up onboard Adina this morning! Funny to think two years ago we were still dreaming, one year ago we were planning and madly preparing, and now here we are in Las Palmas just over a week away from leaving to cross the Atlantic. And after today's jobs are done we'll be at the ARC sundowners ready to celebrate! Our latest blog is up on www.yachtadina.co.uk about our last couple of weeks in Las Palmas.. read more...


15/11/2013

Hanami II - On approche

15 XI 2013 - 00:25 UTC19 30 N - 21 49 WAujourd'hui une journee plus calme meme si elle debutte par une surprise electrique: Le generateur semble ne pas charger les batteries. En fait, et c'est Christian qui a trouve la reponse, c'est parce que l'on a laisse le ballon d'eau chude sur "ON" sur 220 et que l'eau est froide, donc il pompe tout le courant.Juste et bien vu.Pour le reste, peu a dire.W&S confirme que la panne vient bien de l'hydrogenerateur. Selon leur mail ils en ont deja eu et donnent la procedure de diagnostic.On a deja preque tout fait et on finira a Minedello, il reste 238 miles.Ce que j'attend c'est la procedure de reparation, bien plus utile et je pense que Sabrina, mon interlocutrice habituelle, me la fera parvenir. La reponse a son mail et la demande partent en meme. read more...


14/11/2013

Hanami II - Re: Reponse

DAns les commentaire recu sur le posting relatif au Watt&Seail apparait que mon hisoire n'est pas claire. Ca ne m'etonne pas car elle a ete ecrite au fur et a mesure.Donc voici un resume plus clair, pour ceux que ca interesse.Ce que le blog raconte c'est la successionLe matin 06:00- batteries basses au dessous de 60%, il faut charger car la tension baisse.- demarrage du groupe qui ne charge pas => pourquoi ?, pas le temps de chercher- demarrage du moteur car il FAUT recharger pour ne pas perdre les batteries- decouverte de la fuite en controlant le voltage des batteries au tableau: tout est rouge- recherche de la fuite en eteignant tous les instruments tour a tour.- indentification de la fuite => c'est l'hydrogenerateur, il ne restait que lui.- deconnection de toutes les. read more...


Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures....
Morning Haze - pictures....
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Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures

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