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T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria
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
31/10/2014

T&T - T&T : Overtocht Cogolon / Gran Canaria

Overtocht St Tropez / Gran Canaria Op 9 november begint onze trans-Atlantische overtocht maar ondertussen hebben we toch al 1.800 nm afgelegd vanuit Cogolin.We vertrokken op 16 augustus met Veerle en Volker, richting Mallorca. De eerste vaarnacht was wild, veel wind (51kn) , veel water en een zware zijdelings deining ! Ondergetekende lag wegens zeeziekte voor “apegaaien” op dek, wel  lekker beschut voor wind en water. Na die eerste nacht was het ergste voorbij en genoten we van zalig zomerweer.Een eerste halte op Menorca, nadien verder naar Mallorca, Ibiza en vanuit Ibiza in 1 trek naar Agua Dulce nabij Almeria. 10 heerlijke dagen zeilen en genieten.Wisseling crew : Gerda, Veerle en Volker stappen af : Luc en Charles stappen op.Zij vertrekken op 25/08  vanuit Agua Dulce. 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...


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

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...


Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen in the morning
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen in the morning
Asylum - Arrived, left, and about to arrive again
Asylum - Arrived, left, and about to arrive again
26/10/2014

Reberth - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

If we thought the tankers were big going through the Straights, they are nothing compared to those we encountered on our entry into Las Palmas Marina!! As you can see from the pictures our surroundings are very industrial. The marina is busy but nothing like it will be in two weeks time when nearly three hundred boats will be in various stages of readiness!! The ARC +, of which we are part of the sixty strong fleet, leaves November 9th for Cape Verde and then November 19th the departure for St. Lucia. The original ARC, with over two hundred participants, leaves Las Palmas later in November to go directly to St. Lucia. If you are interested in following us we can be tracked on the World Cruising Club Website Fleet Tracker.Maz and Iain left us this morning for their return to the UK and. read more...


Reberth - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth -  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth -  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth -  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Reberth -  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
26/10/2014

Zulú - DIA -27

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}Casi todos los dias hay alguna novedad en los preparativos.Fernando volará a Las Palmas a principios de mes y se ofrece a trasladar algunas de las cosas que de otro modo deberían ir entre los equipajes. Le tomaremos la palabra. Tal vez las sustanciosas compras de Eduardo en tierras salmantinas acaben el el Zulú por vía aérea.Rogelio, de visita de trabajo en la villa y corte, no ha encontrado a ninguno del grupo disponible para tomar un café. Todo el mundo estaba fuera de Madrid o en compromisos varios, previos al viaje. Una lástima, que los afincados en Madrid trataremos de compensar como mejor sepamos en otra ocasión.Eduardo Gomez Acebo, que no ha podido acompañarnos finalmente en la singladura, nos envía su afecto y mejores. read more...


26/10/2014

Asylum - Arrived, left, and about to arrive again

The sailing vessel ASYLUM was one of the early arrivers at Las Palmas, arriving August 14th in the wee morning hours (see photo) with (l to r) crew Emmy and Paul, owners Thane and Brenda Paulsen.   Three of us left for home in the United States in August to work. Paul has been faithfully "boat watching" ever since.  Brenda and I are about to board a flight back to the Canaries from South Dakota USA and look forward to meeting many of our ARC+ fellow sailors. We are one of a half dozen "double hander" boats this year and this is our first ocean crossing. After all of his hard work prepping our boat, Paul will return to the UK next week.  unnamed. read more...


Philocat Ena - Just started in Flensburg last night, direction Las Palmas
Philocat Ena - Just started in Flensburg last night, direction Las Palmas
24/10/2014

Nisida - Leaving Hamble

Hi AllAfter 14 months of hard graft we finally leave Hamble bound for Gran Canaria  on Saturday 25th October around midday. This is our first post to the WCC ARC Blog but hopefully many more to follow. We have a boat full of characters for the ARC so there could be some great blogging going on!Looking forward to getting south to a bit of warmer weather again!. read more...


Helen - Waiting in Lagos with the sun hat on
Helen - Waiting in Lagos with the sun hat on
23/10/2014

Helen - Introduction

My name is Philip and I am the owner/skipper of sailing yacht Helen. I have been planning to do the ARC for so long that it is almost scary that it will actually happen very soon. I have given up most of my work roles and am really looking forward to the challenge and fun ahead.S/y Helen is in Lagos ready for us to head to Las Palmas on the 10th November. The crew for the ARC will be made up of Mark ( my son in law), Wendy and Joe ( great friends) and Paul ( from PYD). We look forward to meeting other participants at the parties, after all that's why we signed up for the ARC in the first place!. read more...


23/10/2014

Reberth - First stop on the return journey!!

Hopefully by this time tomorrow we will be tied to a dock at Las Palmas Marina!!! As you can see from the photographs we have had a busy day watching dolphins and finding stray birds one hundred miles from land. The poor little thing looked exhausted but didn’t stay around too long. The wind has not been too kind to us but at least there has been more practice for putting up the spinnaker!!! Regretfully at the moment we have to run the engine as we plan to get to the marina by mid morning tomorrow, Friday. We know there will be lots of “traffic” about so it will be good to arrive in daylight. The excitement will then start to build for the first leg of ARC +, the journey back to St. Lucia. We leave Las Palmas November 9th which gives plenty of time for more provisioning and cooking. Maz. read more...


Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Dolphin
Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Dolphin
Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Kite
Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Kite
Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Bird
Reberth - First stop on the return journey - Bird
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
23/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -32

Los acontecimientos se aceleran al ritmo de nuestro propio pulso. Casi se puede olerse ya la brisa marina y, desde luego, se empieza a respirar ambiente de preparativos. Fernando ha visitado el Zulú en Las Palmas y, aunque está sometido a tareas de mantenimiento, lo ha encontrado muy apropiado para la tripulación que lo va a ocupar. Que está a nuestra altura, vamos !. Todavía quedan algunas dudas por parte de Juan sobre la dimensión de los camarotes, pero Fernando ha empeñado su palabra al decir:" confiad, está  genial, tiene un pintón" (sic)!. De modo que el sorteo de camarotes no se espera que vayaasociado con actividades violentas por parte de nadie…..Tenemos ya una buena galería de fotos del interior del Zulú que invitan a hacerse a la mar cuanto antes. Esto es lo que se. read more...


Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
22/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -35

Comprobado que nuestro blog funciona bien, empezamos a alimentarlo con las noticias de los preparativos.Maite acaba de anunciar que unirá sus habilidades como dibujante a sus muchas otras como marinera. Esperamos disfrutar de sus trabajos en este blog.Eduardo está hoy en tierras salmantinas. Sus ocupaciones son diversas pero la que más nos atañe es la dirigida a la selección de jamón ibérico apto para la travesía. Dicen que la relación calidad precio por allá es inmejorable y confiamos plenamente en su buen ojo. Seguro que Juan está ya pendiente del presupuesto.Pasado mañana se celebra en casa de Maite un encuentro previo al que todos los tripulantes estamos invitados. Lamentablemente, no podrán acudir Lola, Rogelio y Fernando, por sus diversas ocupaciones. En compensación habrá un. read more...


Zulú - Dia -35
Zulú - Dia -35
22/10/2014

Argalleiro - Argalleiro crew /CHILE

We are from Chile , ARGALLEIRO is  the only one boat from this far away country . Our crew are  five Chileans and one spanish friend .. all  good friends and my son , all used to sail in the Pacific Ocean .. We left the boat in Gran Canaria , last June , and will fly to Las Palmas, 15 hrs,  to prepare the departure, next Nov 5 th..Our trip is strongly inspired in Cristobal Colon ( Christhofer  Columbus ) .. he was a dreamer,  an innovator and entrepreneur,, as we want to be …  This is our introduction .. and our best regards to all the participants of the ARC .. Atlantic Crossing .. We look forward to see you ..Guillermo Ruiz /skipper. read more...


21/10/2014

Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón

Ramón, Juan y el que suscribe acabamos de despedirnos de Antonio, nuestro patrón. Ha sido un encuentro muy agradable, fácil y sin misterios. Se diría que la sexentena que todos llevamosa la espalda produjera endocrinas muy domésticas y una sensación de naturalidad en la relación. Bueno, la sexentena y el buen carácter.El detallado interrogatorio previstos obre los mil asuntos pendientesha evolucionado, por fortuna,hacia una conversación calmada, llena de sonrisas y de complicidad en el disfrute de una travesía en la que - esto ha quedado muy claro- no es preciso llegarlos primeros para ser razonablemente dichosos.Juan ha repasado como sólo él podría hacerlo la lista de la compra y los menús con Antonio y todos hemos quedado convencidos de que sus sugerencias son dignas de ser tomadas en. read more...


Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón
Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón
20/10/2014

Juno - Westward Ho

The List is almost done, the engine has been serviced, the sails are back on, crew covers have been fitted over the gleaming white leather upholstery: finally its time to leave Palma. Looking back at the magnificent cathedral dominating the skyline I wonder when we will next return. All romantic thoughts are quickly dispelled by the large swell that hits us the moment we leave the shelter of the breakwater. Despite there being only 10 knots of wind, a short chop has developed in the bay of Palma. I knew that we would have light headwinds for most of our trip to Gibraltar but I hadn’t anticipated that it would throw up such a nasty sea state.It is only 450 miles from Palma to Gibraltar but instead of three days it will take us five, burning 600 litres of diesel and averaging only 5 knots. read more...


Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction
Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction
19/10/2014

Magelanus III - On the way...

Magelanus III left Lagos, Algarve on 14 September 2014, 1200. Fog was waiting for her just out there, as she left the Marina. The first leg of our adventure had just started.... read more...


19/10/2014

Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction

Hello, Louise is calling! I'm a Nauticat 43 from Denmark. At present I'm in Las Palmas with my crew Jan Kjaer and Carina Campen.For 11 years they have been talking about taking me to Caribien, and finally we are on our way  looking forward to a trip without hard scheduling.During the years Jan has used me as his home when working as an airline captain, and often they moved me around, always short of time, as both had to go back to work. Often Carina worked when being with me. She works with IT at LINDBERG. The tree of us have sailed some nm. Whilst in Denmark we made small tours. Then Jan got a job in Agadir and there we were in the middle of January 2005 on our way from Copenhagen to Agadir.  I liked beeing in Agadir, the harbour. read more...


18/10/2014

Loni 3 - Blog Loni3 From Finnland to Las Palmas in 5 Monaten

SY Loni3 Skipper und im Moment Blogschreiber Eckhard SchöbelIm Mai starteten wir in Turku Finnland mit unserer neuen Nauticat42. Die Crew sind Ilona und Eckhard Schöbel. Loni ist für die Kombüse zuständig und verwöhnt die Crew mit gutem Essen , Eckhard ist für die Aufgaben des Skippers zuständig. Für die Wache wechseln wir uns ab.Der Start erfolgte bei 0 Grad Celsius und 3 Grad Wasser in Finnland. Über die Ostsee ging es in den Nord Ostsee Kanal und danach in die Nordsee. Erste Ziele waren Helgoland und Borkum. Danach ging es nach Südengland und zu den Kanalinseln. Nächstes Ziel war Brest und die Biskaya. Die Biskaya hat es uns relativ leicht gemacht mit Wind und Wetter. In La Coruna sind wir dann 3 Wochen geblieben um danach die Westküste bis Lissabon langsam hinunter zu segeln.. read more...


Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
17/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -40

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}Los preparativos remotos están ya hechos. Me refiero a los que implica la decisión de ir,  disponer de los días necesarios, seleccionar y empastar un buen grupo  y crear la ilusión colectiva indispensable para el éxito de la travesía. Ahora quedan otras muchas otras cosas, las operativas, todas ellas cruciales que, sin embargo,  se van cumpliendo con una razonable programación.El Zulú está en Las Palmas, sometido al mantenimiento anual, antifouling, revisión de los equipos, remodelación de la toldilla y renovación de butacas de la cámara. Fernando, uno de los nuestros, le hará una visita en compañía del armador en los próximos días. Esperamos ansiosos ver las detalladas fotos que nos ha prometido.Mientras tanto, se ha. read more...


17/10/2014

A Plus 2 - ARC already started..

Did everybody realize that ARC has started ? Even before Las Palmas !Flying ARC flags makes immediate participants meetings on the pontoons when stopping on the way to reach Las Palmas.That's the way in Gibraltar now !Preparation time has almost ended ! "Make new ARC friends time" starts !Fair winds to everybody sailing to Las Palmas !. read more...


16/10/2014

Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med

Antares, our Island Packet 380, entered the Med at Gibraltar on 24-Jul-08 after sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC-Europe.  She wintered over (while we returned to Dallas, Texas) in Mahon Menorca, El Kantaoui Tunisia, Marmaris Turkey (for two winters), Kalamata Greece, and finally Riposto Sicily.What a great trip!  Antares exited the Med on 05-Oct-14 when we left La Linea, Spain for the sail (mostly motor) to the Canary Islands. We are currently in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.    Joe Novotnaksv.Antares IMG_0105. read more...


Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
Helen - Palma 2013
Helen - Palma 2013

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