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28/08/2015

Trick - Trick arrives in Las Palmas

Preparing and waiting for the adventure.. read more...


24/08/2015

Shiva - Log day -90: Shiva & crew are getting prepared

August 7, 2015 – On a sunny Friday afternoon the Shiva crew, fully complete, got together in Hoog Soeren, the Netherlands. Under the fine hospitality of Herman & Inge the crew members started sharing their expectations, plans and dreams about the Atlantic Crossing. After months of preparation by Herman & Inge and weeks of excitement of the 4 additional crew members it was a great pleasure to be gathered together with the final group of 6 that will experience the ARC 2015 with Sailing Yacht Shiva. From discussions about the number of eggs to bring on board, to clothing and medical aid kits, to wonders about the wave heights and dreams of dolphins and flying fish and blue panoramas... It was a great first get-together and now the countdown has officially started for us! About Shiva. read more...


Shiva - Log day -90: Shiva & crew are getting prepared
Shiva - Log day -90: Shiva & crew are getting prepared
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)
23/08/2015

Y2K - Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 2 - Heading to Gibraltar- Trapani (Sicily) to Villasimius (Sardinia)

The african high pressure on the Mediterranean Sea starts weakening mid August, exactly when we decide to leave Trapani. Cold fronts from the Atlantic start getting their influence on Italian seas bringing strong winds, gale force, rough sea and pouring rain.The first time we try to cast off is August 15th but as soon as we approach the island of Levanzo we fight against a terrible sea from West – waves more than 2 meters high – and against strong winds. We have to sail about 150 nautical miles with these weather conditions and honestly it is not appealing at all. We are not in any rush after all. We decide to go back to Levanzo where we pick up a mooring ball, enjoy the rest of the day and the gorgeous view, well protected in the bay of Cala Fredda.The next morning the weather changes. read more...


Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 1 - New Horizons
Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 1 -  New Horizons
22/08/2015

Y2K - PRE-ARC Day 1 - New Horizons

April, May, June and July, it looks like they never end. They are hectics, there are tensions all over. We are still very much into our “old” working lives.Alex has to complete her  termination notice – tree long months April to June – while Max is dealing with a new big project kicked-off in early April and now at its peak.We spend our limited free time, mostly at night, unmarking, checking and re-checking an endless list of items to buy, review, complete, ship to Trapani. And the more we unmark, the more items get added to that endless list.June comes to an end, Alex says goodbay to her 25 years long job while Max is having hard time managing that project for the entire month of July. We travel to Trapani and stay there one week. We start working on board setting up new equipments,. read more...


21/08/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - Seraphina arrives to Las Palmas

We had a great run down from Gibraltar to Las Palmas. Having left on Monday 10th August we tracked across towards the NW corner of Morocco and set a SW course to a point around 100 miles of the coast at El Jadida. In doing so wefound we picked up the smoother Atlantic swell than the chop that is found in the shallower waters closer to the African coast. From there on it was a clear downwind run all the way to the port of Arreceif on Lanzarote. On the way we encountered very strong winds with gusts well into the 40 knots. Seraphina handled it all beautifully and took it all in her stride. We had ample opportunity to try out various downwind sail combinations and found a poled out genoa and main on a preventer to be ideal in the blustery conditions with steep following seas. We spent a. read more...


18/08/2015

Amaltea - Amaltea' trip

We are leaved from aguadulce, spain,visit Malaga ,la Calleta and arrived in gibraltar in queen's quay marina.25/05 we leave for Canarias islands where arrive 30/ 5 in Graciosa, very nice place.6/07 Arecife in lanzarote then puerto calerò,puerto del Rosario Fuerteventura, marina rubicon and Morro jable.5/07 las palmas in gran canaria marina de la luz where in november we leave whit arc+2015 , we meet a lot of small /medium sailboat ready for Atlantic crossing.2/08 st cruz de Tenerife, 17/07 la Palma island where now we are.Ho Carlo/Lory. read more...


17/08/2015

Lucky Star - test

Hey. read more...


16/08/2015

Lanchen - On the way to Las Palmas

(test blog)We are sailing from Germany to Las Palmas slowly.With each step further towards the South on the Atlantic coast, the weather seems getting a bit worse.Just wish to see a bit of sunshine soon.IMG_20150815_172748. read more...


Lanchen - On the way to Las Palmas
Lanchen - On the way to Las Palmas
Why Not - Hotting up.
Why Not - Hotting up.
15/08/2015

Eau Too - blog

Boat is being prepared in Turkey for circumnavigation. read more...


15/08/2015

Why Not - Hotting up.

Hello to all other ARC Entrees, I am sure like all of you we are up to our neck in trying to make sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed ready in time for Rally in November.  We have 4 weeks left back before we head back to Valencia to board "Why Not" and get her down to Gibraltar and then down to Gran Canaria.Before we head back, though we have 2 weeks Salmon fishing in Scotland.  When we head back to Valencia we will be joined by a couple of friends who fancy a few days at sea!  Hopefully it will be downwind sailing as they have never sailed in any extremes or for any distance, just a bit of bay hoping so they maybe in for a bit of a shock. Looking forward to restocking the galley in Gibraltar, where we will say goodbye to our friends and welcome a new crew. read more...


14/08/2015

Four Seasons - First entry !

So, we have 7 days before our departure from the U.K. Loads of things still left to do, some will have to wait until we get further south. Most major jobs complete and the watermaker is fitted. Trisail track still needs about 40 holes drilled and tapped in the mast ! and we have an annoying leak somewhere in the fresh water system which we can't find. we have to turn the pressurised pump off when not being used. Still deciding whether to take the spare furling genoa. Decisions, decisions. More next time.Chris and Caroline. read more...


14/08/2015

El Gato - Tradewind Adventures!

August 14, 2015El Gato has been cruising the Mediterranean Seas since late May and is currently in the Greek Islands of the Cyclades.We will start heading back towards Spain early September with stops in the Balearics and Barcelona before heading to Gibralter and the Canaries.This will be our first ARC+, and our first long distance ocean crossing. We are stoked to be entering what we've heard is a great rally, and look forward to meeting other sailors who will be crossing with us.Feel free to contact us if you are somewhere near us as we travel West.Our boat's personal blog is tradewindadventures.wordpress.com and we have posted many photos and stories that we are happy to share.Looking forward to November!Warm Winds,Annie Gardner and Eric WitteTradewindadventures@gmail.com. read more...


22/07/2015

Allegro - Log 21 JUL 2015

“J’en ai assez!”, disse o Luís.“Nous en avons assez!”São as frases do dia para esta perna Port Vila (Vanuatu) - Mackay (Austrália).Estamos fartos. Fartos de céu cinzento de dia e escuro como breu à noite. Fartos de mar alterado com ondas a baterem no casco, a molharem o poço, a virem mergulhar a borda do barco na água (e se este barco tem uma borda alta!…) e ainda uma delas, das maiores, a rebentar na nossa popa com um barulho como o da rebentação numa praia!… Fartos de sermos balançados, chocalhados, projectados de um lado para o outro. Fartos de comermos agarrados aos pratos se não queremos que se entornem. Fartos de ventos de 25 a 30 nós, seguidos de 30 a 35 nós, e, como se não bastasse, de 35 a 40 nós, com rajadas até 44!… Fartos de andarmos molhados se não pela chuva, pela água do. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - An Introduction to The Crew (In rhyme)

I must go down to the sea again on a yacht called Aislig Bheag, Seven aboard since Bermuda, To the Azores on the second leg, And all I ask is a gentle breeze, Maybe 10-15 knots, and a hearty meal, and a steady wind, and a crew awaiting rum tots.   I’ll introduce first John the skipper, A salty old seadog indeed, He rules his ship with a clear command, Unless he spins up in his “heid”, And all he asks is a peaceful night, with the helmsman steady, and a full sail, and a good course, and a great crew ready.   So back we go out to the sea again, To meet the next in command, Aiison’s found in the galley, at the wheel, up the mast, cloth in hand, And all she asks is a comfy bed, and to cook in an upright position, and a quiet sleep, and a sweet dream, and a working toilet to pish. read more...


28/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Be careful what you wish for...

So after fatefully asking Neptune for ‘a bit of wind’ in our last blogentry and Gaetano even more  dangerously saying to Alison during dinnerthat “he’d like to see a storm very much!” we sailed straight into a bit ofweather.  Luckily it wasn’t a storm, but it was still a pretty drearytwenty four hours of strong squalls, grey skies and heavy rain. Clearly oursacrificial offerings to the Gods had not worked or more likely our cheek had tobe aptly rewarded!  But despite a wet day and night for most of the crew we managed to havesome fun with silly principal among them was how we’d missed a trick by notgetting Pringles to sponsor us.  During bad weather it turned out to be thefavourite snack (lunch) of choice for the crew on watch.  Owen wasdelighted to discover that. read more...


24/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Dramatic Rescue on the High Seas!... of an old Fender...

The crew of the Aislig Bheag can today report the dramatic rescue on thehigh seas of a highly distressed fender:  The rescue effort began in earnest a little after 4pm on the first DogWatch (Rover) after John spotted the white head (of said Mr. fender) bobbing offthe port side.  Conditions were challenging with high seas (1ft swell) andgale force conditions (3.5knts) but in spite of these adverse conditions theskipper’s fast reactions, (think well oiled mechanical gears not fibre opticcables), kicked into gear as he brought the yacht head to wind and a text bookemergency stop (backing the jib under full canvas and heaving in themain).  John shouted out “all hands on deck!” and the crew speedilyassembled in the cockpit as the yacht charged towards the bobbing victim. read more...


22/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Call me Ishmail! - First Few Days

The start from Bermuda was a spectacular race out of the town cut at aroaring 6 knots between two sheer cliff walls with a blue sky and a light tenknot wind.  Vying for position early on the skipper held firm as AisligBheag charged towards the gap with an Italian yacht (Mahe 3) a few feet off ourport side.  So close that John shouted out humorously “have you got afender?” which indicated his clear resolve to stick to his line come hell orhigh water. We made it through the narrow channel first and as soon as the lastchannel buoy lay astern we raised the chute and tore away through the pack andleaving a new Leopard 48 in our wake.  The tactical decision had been made to head South and away from adeveloping low to the North and as dusk fell the pack of yachts on the. read more...


Juno - Pacific Storm
Juno - Pacific Storm
12/05/2015

Morning Haze - Morning Haze - resilience is the key...

When we prepared for ARC-USA (our last leg on our tour of the Atlantic and our 4th rally with the WCC), we set out goals for our family and ourselves individually. The general theme was to "live the moment" right from the preparation stage and stay with it until we land in Bermuda. We obviously also wanted to do well in our respective class even though we are a small family boat. As fellow cruisers know, we are not racing but it is hard to let someone go by without trimming your sails!Sometimes when sailing offshore things don't necessarily go as you have planned. And for us this one leg seems to be one of those "unplanned journey". Just after the start (saturday) our refrigeration water cooling pump quit. That means no fridge and we have to cook everything now before we loose it all.. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - Grenadines Jan 2015

 John returned to the boat in early January with friends, Derek and Kathleen who were joining us for two weeks.  Anna and Jen left us to continue on their travels.On our last day in St Lucia before heading south, we were joined by my good friend Frances and her husband George who were stopping in St Lucia for the day during their cruise aboard a large cruise ship.Grenadines  7th – 27th January John, Eilidh and I together with the new crew, Kathleen and Derek headed south to Granada, sailing overnight in two watches.  We arrived in St George’s, Port Lois around tea time on 8th January.  The following day we enjoyed a full day taxi tour of the island with Andy, our driver showing us all the interesting sights.  We really enjoyed the variety Granada had to. read more...


18/02/2015

Aislig Bheag - December and January St Lucia Landing

12th December 2014After 18 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes of non-stop sailing for 2,933 nautical miles and absolutely no engine power we crossed the finish line of Atlantic Rally for Cruiser 2014, in Rodney Bay, St Lucia in the Caribbean.  We were truly ecstatic and quite emotional as we arrived to the sound of horns from many other boats, cheers from fellow sailors and Caribbean drums playing to mark our arrival.  We were presented with a lovely bowl of fruit and Caribbean rum as we took our first steps on dry land.  We all felt quite disorientated walking on land after our bodies had adjusted to the constantly rocking environment at sea.  That first afternoon on the day of our arrival seemed to pass in an almost dream like state.  John had to attend to all the. read more...


06/02/2015

Via Con Me - VIACONME and Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2015

Nun ist es das 5. Mal, davon das 3. Mal, dass ich an der Atlantic Rally for Cruisers teilnehme. Seit Seit ich das erste Mal im 2005 teilnahm, bin ich ein grosser Fan von WCC und deren alljährlich stattfindenden ARC. Auf Umwegen war ich im 2013 nach Las Palmas geflogen, um noch den Start der damaligen Rally mitzubekommen. Die WCC liess mich auch an der letzten Farewell Party rein und als die Ansprache von Andrew Bishop kam, muss ich gestehen, dass mir ein paar Tränen über die Wange liefen. Ich fand viele Teilnehmer, die ich von früheren ARC's kannte, die Mitarbeiter des WCC sind praktisch all die gleichen geblieben und so freute es mich sehr, Andrew, Jeremy, Clare, Rob, Mitarbeiter von JP Butchers etc. anzutreffen und natürlich Ernst von der Zingara und Manfred von der Albatros. Für mich. read more...


06/02/2015

Via Con Me - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2015 - Part 1 - VIACONME confirmed!

2005, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now for the 5 th time in 2015, I will be joining the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Since I joined the ARC for the first time in 2005, I have been a big admirer for this annual event. In 2013, I flew from the Caribbean to Las Palmas to the start of the exceptional rally. At the last farewell party, when Bishop Andrew came and made a speech, I must confess that some tears ran down on my cheeks. I also found many participants I knew from previous ARC's, the staff e.g. of the WCC were all still the same members and it was very nice to see Andrew, Jeremy, Clare, Rob, and some more yellow shirts and also some employees of JP Butchers etc. and of course Ernst of "Zingara" and Manfred of "Albatross". For me, the annual regatta was and is always very emotional. So it is. read more...


Via Con Me - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2015 - Part 1 - VIACONME confirmed!
Via Con Me - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2015 - Part 1 - VIACONME confirmed!
20/01/2015

Aretha - Day 3. 12 19 North. 67 18 West

> > It’s 00:30. I’m on watch alone. It’s peaceful and quiet. We are running 6 lots of 2 hour watches during the night from 8pm to 8am so each person does 4 hours on and 8 hours off. It seems to be working well and we are well rested.> > Highlights from the last 24 hours:> > 1) The biggest Tuna landed so far on board Aretha. We weighed it at 11 lbs. It took a good half hour to bring it in with the boat slowed right now to 1 knot. That’s the next 2 days lunch taken care of at least.> > 2) Nichola and Caroline doing a full mornings school yesterday with Bluebell and Columbus. It’s not without back to school groans but we are getting there.> > 3) The breeze has filled in some more and we have a steady 12-15 knots and are making 7-8 knots boat speed towards the. read more...


20/01/2015

Aretha - Caribbean Sea. Day 2. 12 12 North, 64 43 West

> Flat seas. Consistent breeze. Good speed. Happy well fed crew.> > Think that sums things up so far today. Apart from the boat niggles that is.> > Currently about 22 miles North of the Island of La Blanquilla. The Venezualuan coast runs all the way along beneath that. We’re about 150 miles away from Caracas. The coastline looks inviting and the diving and swimming around the Islands is meant to be brilliant. That said it’s off our route for 2 reasons. One, we need to get a wiggle on to make our Panama crossing and secondly its not meant to be that safe (with the exception of certain islands like Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao) so we’re giving it a wide berth.> > We continue to settle into boat life. Today was the first day of the Values prizes for behaviour that fits. read more...


20/01/2015

Aretha - Back to sea - 11 57 North, 62 15 West

> We’re back. It feels good.> > It’s 21:15. The sky is filled with stars. There is a warm dry heat unlike the moist airs around Grenada. You can really feel the difference.> > So, we’re underway and on our way to the San Blas Islands and for our Panama Crossing in early Feb. One week later than expected due to a failing clutch (now replaced) and suspected electrical problems (water heater which was shorting and shutting down the electrics). Super grateful to bump into Gavin, one of the team of Oyster Engineers in St Georges, Grenada - he helped a lot with the fixing.> > So, we are 6 onboard Team Aretha. We’re delighted to have Caroline join us and the children have really taken to her and the increased focus on school work is being met well by the children. Caroline. read more...


29/12/2014

Magelanus III - Yes, we did it!

Yes, we did it! Foi o primeiro pensamento que me ocorreu quando avistei ao longe o perfil de Santa Lucia. Foi o Tiago quem primeiro avistou a ilha. Não gritou “TERRA!”, é rapaz de carácter reservado. Mas terá, porventura, tal como eu e certamente os outros companheiros de travessia, gritado para si próprio. Mas ouvi o silêncio. Ver terra depois de duas semanas e meio de mar, é um momento de emoção de difícil descrição. Chegáramos ao fim da “nossa” aventura. Mais tarde, já de noite, ao chegarmos a Rodney Bay, tal como à chegada de Cabo Verde, os “ Yellow Shirts” indicaram-nos com destreza, por VHF, como chegar ao nosso local de amarração. E, de repente, a voz da Niúsca fez-se ouvir… momento mágico para mim nessa noite (thank you guys!).A recepção, na Marina de Rodney Bay. read more...


Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
Lande Catty Sark - qualche foto
26/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - il film

link to you tubehttp://youtu.be/_LdkPi6K8zI. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...



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