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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...


21/05/2015

Defyr - Now we have two gennakers

What a beutiful weather we had for the ARC Europe! We had decided to fuel Defyr before the start. So we agreed that I would go to customs to clear out (boats joining the rally in Bermuda had to do the clearance in customs building) and the others would move the boat to Rubis. So there I was, after customs, internet and buying last minute stuff from the market. But Defyr wasn't there at the gas station. I sat there for a while and tried to call everyone. Finally I did reach Jaakko. Our anchor was tangled with some kind of rope, which in turn was tangled with a carwreck! The diver had just arrived and soon they would be ready to go. Finally we had fuelled and on our way to the start area, fifteen minutes before the start. It wasn't supposed to be this tight of a schedule! We quickly threw. 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...


10/05/2015

Defyr - Whose on board?

Hii-o-hoi!! We left Nassau around sevenish (pm) on friday. First it was motoring, but the next morning it started to blow. We have had an awesome weather ever since. Sunshine and good winds! It seems it's going to be like this for two more days.On board we have Ville, Nina and Ossi besides me and Jaakko. Ville is the boatboy numero uno in Defyr. He has sailed with us from Portugal to Las Palmas, crossed the Atlantic in ARC and he's going to sail all the way to France with Defyr. Ville knows how to helm the boat, but is also always ready for example tobe thoisted on the mast to fix something or do the manouvers in the bow.Nina has been sailing with Defyr many times in Finland. Last july we moved Defyr from Lagos to Madeira and Las Palmas with her on board. We had a pretty rough weather in. 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
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...


20/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 8

Thisblog has been delayed by difficulties with wifi and if I can send it today20th the end of the ARC is this evening at prize giving, the end ofan adventure and challenges ranging from where did we stow the chillies tosextant position fixes, dealing with goose barnacles, rope wraps, watermanagement, why is the mainsail not furling properly, the list goes on for longtime. As weapproached St Lucia with the sun rising behind us and Martinique off tostarboard, I was surprised how green and picturesque with its many hill tops itis. We hadbeen motoring for good number of hours with the very light winds but as weclosed St Lucia the wind arrived and we went from a broad reach to a beat (aproper way to arrive) as we rounded Pigeon Island into the finishing line whereSOPHIE another Hallberg Rassy. read more...


19/12/2014

Vagaris -

Unsurprisingly there hasn’t really been any time to think of anything other than crossing the Atlantic, and all that it entails. Since we arrived we’ve been busy catching up with friends and enjoying the ARC activities (social drinking mostly), but as Christmas is rapidly sneaking up on us, I did find a few spare moments to dig out the decorations yesterday. Unfortunately as of yet we’ve been unable (despite our seemingly comprehensive inventory…more on this soon) to locate the Christmas lights, so we’re only festive on the inside. Jaxs/y Vagaris. read more...


Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 2
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 2
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 1
Vagaris - Fruit & Veg - Image 1
18/12/2014

Vagaris - Fruit & Veg

During our passage we ate very well, as food was quite important for morale and keeping us busy. Despite buying seemingly huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables (100 satsumas, 90 apples etc) we went through most of it. Before and after photos of fruit and veg supplies.... read more...


18/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 - As we near the END

As Antares completes her task of keeping the eastern border of ARC safe from all intruders, we prepare for the final dash to the finish.We may be just a little later than we anticipated but light winds, no spinnaker and no diesel refuel stops along the way have slowed our progress.But, progress is in the winds for today and we hope to see the rum punch welcome by tomorrow PM.As we complete this journey, we have had several reminders of the highlights. On the 6-9 AM watch this morning, the whales greeted us off our stern.Although they didn't stay long, they had covered OUR eastern border and were probably telling us "you are on your own".And, our last two dinners have reminded us of Joe's mastery of the sailing kitchen -- chicken curry Wednesday and spaghetti on Thursday. Finally, Scott. read more...


Thula - we made it!
Thula - we made it!
Thula - finish line
Thula - finish line
17/12/2014

Sanuk - Snart framme

Nu har vi bara 30 sjömil kvar till mållinjen. Det ska bli skönt med en stilla båt. Alla kommer vingla omkring på fast mark ett tag men lite rom brukar styra till det.Tack för denna gångOlle. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container
Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container
Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea
Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea
17/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 22 Close encounter with container

Another calm and warm day saw various mats of Sargasso weed float by. Set up the fishing rod at 6:00 as he was coming off watch. Shortly after removing some weeds from the lure George hooked a Mahi Mahiand brought him to the side of the boat.I managed to grab the line bring the fish on board, but before I could secure him the hook came out of his mouth and he jumped and slithered his way back into the sea. I felt kind of bad loosing this fish as it was Georges first Mahi Mahi.Determined to replace the lost fish I spent much time clearing weeds from the hook and looking at passing mats of weed. Someone, perhaps Andy said, what is that triangle approaching us. Various opinions were offered from, shark fin, whale etc. As it grew closer to pass us on the Starboard side we realized it was not. read more...


17/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 21 Smooth Sargasso Sea

Yet another calm day requiring the use of "Diesel Wind". The moon comes up after midnight local time which provides a period of darkness which gives an amazing display of stars. When you are on land there is always some light source which affects the view of the sky. At sea there is only the stars and you can see them right down to the horizon all around you. Steering on a clear night is much easier because you can set your compass course then pick a group of stars to aim for. It is much more pleasant to look at the heavens than a compass needle.The area of the Atlantic that we are now in is part of the SargassoSea. On the surface of the water are giant mats of floating seaweed called Sargasso Weed. At night when you approach a mat of SargassoWeed it appears white as if glowing. read more...


Morning Haze - Morning Haze celebrating the crossing. (Picture taken by Sailor Ted!!!!)
Morning Haze - Morning Haze celebrating the crossing. (Picture taken by Sailor Ted!!!!)
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's arrival in St-Lucia on december 14 at 6.00 am (local)!!!
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's arrival in St-Lucia on december 14 at 6.00 am (local)!!!
16/12/2014

Argalleiro - Land

Tierra a la vista ...viva Chile ..m.Argalleiro. read more...


16/12/2014

Sanuk - Tankning på ocean

Om några timmar möter vi upp med Lagoon 45 "99 Bottles" som ska förse oss med diesel. Det blåser fortfarande inte.Vi kommer att docka dom med jollen. Anders och Uffe lämnar moderskeppet för ett par timmar och kommer åter med massor av diesel så vi kan ta oss dom sista 160 nm till mål. Synd bara att äventyret slutar med stiltje...Olle. read more...


16/12/2014

Tinia - Day 20

Only 200 miles to go now - very hot on board . Lucky the fridge has returned to its full potential and did a great job of cooling the last 4 beers - yes, there's 5 of us on board but one of us luckily has an aversion to the beverage. Still eating well -had a lovely lentil soup for lunch today . Head fisherman MF is once more frustrated by the large islands of sea weed that he's hooking. The bread mix from Lidl has been a hit and head baker RH has now perfected the bake in Tinia's oven. Something odd has happened - the Bob Marley song book has totally vanished - can't work it out - the search continues.. read more...


16/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's last blog...

Hello everyone,This will be my last post as Morning Haze is now docked in Rodney Bay Marina. I have to say that I had a great crossing with the Hayes family. The girls, Rebecca and Demi, took very good care of me and they made me participate in all their daily activities such as taking the water samples for the microplastic research, baking bread or cinnamon rolls and even swimming in no less than 24,000 feet of water!!!We had great fun. And as a bonus, I now also speak french!I also want to thank the boats that provided us with weather over the VHF (since we could not download the grib files while at sea...remember our software crash!). Special thanks to Could 9 of Kingswear, Malenka, Interlude, Libeccio and finally Carsten from Cygnus Pena. A special thanks also to Jess from Quebec who. read more...


16/12/2014

Louise - Blog 17 - 22nd Day at Sea

It has been a fine trip and we have experienced a lot. Winds from calm to47.9 kts, squalls with lots of rain, and sunshine/moonshine. My speed has been from nothing to nearly 10 kts. To give you a further idea of what has happened to us below you find mylog, unfortunately it is in Danish only.        Dato Tekst LOG10-11-14 00:00 Olieskift generator  10-11-14 00:00 Der manglede 3 L olie på hovedmotor  16-11-14 00:00 Sejlmager: rep af beslag på kutterstag  20-11-14 00:00 Bunkrede 745 L diesel. 7,50 Kr/L  22-11-14 00:00 Monterede nye genoa skøder  22-11-14 00:00 Monterede watermaker dog uden låsering. Den varblevet borte da jeg skiftede o-ringe. Jeg lavede en ny af ståltråd. Håberden virker.  22-11-14 00:00 Chris monterede to brædder. 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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