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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...


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...


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...


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
15/10/2014

Selene - Blogs Selene

The blogsite from the  "Selene" Malö 43   The Netherlands - Las Palmas 2014selenelog.blogspot.nlGreetings  Henny Zomerdijk, blog writer and Tjerk Koops, skipper. read more...


EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
15/10/2014

EH01 - Volvo Ocean Race

Blog from EH01 owner - Global Yacht RacingEH01 is one of the ARC’s most well travelled yachts - annually she competes in an international program of regattas and offshore races and completes a circuit of up to 10,000 miles. She is currently on passage to Gibraltar after taking part in the glamorous Les Voiles de St Tropez with two trainee skippers onboard who are taking part in a ten month program of offshore racing and RYA training. The trainees and crew on EH01 recently had the time of their lives during a stop over in Alicante where they got front row seats to one of the most well known race starts in the world - the Volvo Ocean Race! Taking a couple of days out from the passage from St Tropez to Gibraltar the crew of EH01 enjoyed the buzz of the race village and joined the hundreds. read more...


15/10/2014

Arrayan 2 - ARRAYAN 2 Lorient-Las Palmas

September 21 to september 30 with one day stop in A Corugna. Staying into the wind …. read more...


15/10/2014

Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca

VPLPMoxie61 Tosca splash in Lisbon.Sea trials now before heading to Gran Canaria.Tosca making a splash. read more...


Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
15/10/2014

Juno - World ARC preparation

Another directorship resigned, another tie severed. It is now the start of October and only days until we leave the shores of Europe. However, I don’t feel excitement or relief, but instead butterflies in my stomach, reminiscent of the feeling of going back to boarding school on a Sunday evening. Despite my best efforts, there are still a thousand things to do before we leave Palma de Mallorca. But when I consult my list, I reassure myself that the important items will be completed and the rest aren’t essential to crossing oceans.This blog entry is a catalogue of the preparation that we have completed. Not of great interest to many, but I feel the need to get it down in writing so here goes. The big important items have all been inspected, serviced and where necessary replaced. Working. read more...


Juno - World ARC preparation
Juno - World ARC preparation
28/12/2013

Shelduck - Saturday 28th December Grenada

Saturday 28th December 11:59.857 N  61:45.569 W  Distancetravelled 146 miles.   Gabby and Brendan returned to the UK on the 22nd and Johnnie Hegartyarrived on the same plane to cruise with us until the 9th of January. At middayon the 23rd we departed Rodney Bay for a passage to St Georges Grenada forChristmas and arrived at Port Louis Marina at 13.00 on the 24th. Excellentfacilities, developed by Camper and Nicholsons, includes a private beach whereJohnnie and Neil had their first Christmas Day swim. Anne used always go waterskiing with her father on Christmas Day in Kerry. We had a lovely traditionalthree course Christmas dinner aboard, roast turkey with bread and cranberrysauces and stuffing beautifully prepared by Anne. We spent 3 days at St. Georges, visited the town. read more...


26/12/2013

Starblazer - 26 December: After the ARC is over...

The finish line officially closed last Friday, the final prize giving was on Saturday and the last boat arrived yesterday afternoon! First, here are a few reflections on our ARC experience this year. We motored 88 hours but we were in good company, all but 6 boats in the cruising fleet motored at some point. The sailing in the last few days was excellent. In group I, the slowest group, we came 8th out of 18 on corrected time, however if you look at the bigger picture I think we performed well above expectation. On corrected time we came 67 out of 162 boats in the cruising division, something we are very proud of.You may have seen on the news that St Lucia and St Vincent have both suffered badly from torrential rain. It certainly put a dampener on our proposed beach BBQ for Christmas day.. read more...


26/12/2013

Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie

Damit uns das Zielschiff auch richtig erkennen kann, haben wir für die notwendige Beleuchtung gesorgt.arc13-2950. read more...


Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - mit Feuer über die Ziellinie
Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
22/12/2013

True Colours - Off Again

Position 14:48.91N 061:15.98W So Andrej left last Thursday, and Doug left this morning on a flight to Antigua.  We had a few good days in St Lucia, including hiring an APV to go round the island, visiting a nature trail and a live volcano, where we all indulge in mud baths.  At the end of the day we dropped Josh off at the airport before returning to the other end of the island. The crew is now James, Rosemary, Toby, Sarah and Nadine.  We had planned to anchor overnight, possibly in the bay at Portsmouth, Dominica, but decided it would be late when we arrived there, and ten we would be late arriving in Antigua;  so instead we plan to continue overnight, and should arrive in Antigua about 13.00 tomorrow. So fat the sea has been kind to our new crew,. read more...


23/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape takes 5th in Class and wins a prize!

Well done to our ARC crew. 5th in Class - Matt our skipper was surprised to be called up on stage to receive a prize at the final ARC party on Saturday night. Finally we beat Skyelark. Now we know why she has beaten us for the last 4 years Emily!!We would like to wish all Great Escapes clients and followers a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous new year. Don’t forget we have some spaces left for some of the Caribbean Regattas.RegardsPhil Munday . read more...


23/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-

On Monday 16.December at 10:35am we crossed the finishing line and heard the nice tone of the horn just telling us that we made it. It also was perfect to arrive at Daytime, rather than during the night. We carried with us some Voeuve Cliquot, Champaign for just this moment and of cause we consumed it.It is hard to describe all the feelings a man can have after 23 days on sea. Of cause there is happiness, one becomes very emotional, some tears are running and one is proud on the achieved; you feel exhausted but lucky. Most rememberal are the crew members. 23 days with four different characters, together on very limited space. Even your bed is a moving part on sea. Especially this time I felt it much more difficult to find sleep. There were these 3 days where one could not sleep at all.. read more...


Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
Azzurra - Day 23 – St.Lucia arrival-
23/12/2013

Annabella - Annabella's Final Result

It's Official! Annabella takes silver in class and 22nd overall. By "George"! What a result! And skipper Peter (now definitely Pug) gets senior line honours for being first skipper over 60 across the line without using the engine. He is very chuffed.The question of whether it was a race or a rally is exercising some minds in the community. Technically it was a rally, but for the crews on George and Annabella is was definitely an exciting race over the final week.Would we do it again? Well, maybe we won't be first in the queue, but never say never. Annabella is now in Marigot bay in St Lucia, will continue on to the Grenadines and will probably end up in Antigua over the next two weeks. She will be shipped back to Southampton in April/May and will spend summer 2014 in West Cork.Merry. read more...


22/12/2013

Calypso - Mission Accomplished

Calypso and her crew finally crossed the finish line at St Lucia on Tuesday 17 December 2013 at 1553 local time, 23 days 6 hours, 53 minutes and 40 seconds after departing Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The "corrected time" according to the organisers and after taking into account motoring and the yacht's handicap, was about 25 days. The yellow brick tracker showed that we had sailed 3037 nautical miles and our log showed 3038 miles. It appears that we were 14th in or class but, as we weren't racing, were not disappointed with the result - just pleased to have arrived safely!The journey from Guernsey was done in stages:1. Guernsey, Northern France, Bay of Biscay, cruising Galicia (Northern Spain) and down to Povoa de Varzim in Northern Portugal. 685 miles.2. Cruising down the. read more...


Calypso - Mission Accomplished
Calypso - Mission Accomplished
22/12/2013

Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !

Ca y est, nous avons bien atterri et commencé à récupérer. Je dis commencéparce qu’après trois semaines de cycles de sommeil un peu en vrac, le rythmenormal jour/nuit a un peu de mal à se mettre en place. A croire que nous nous yétions habitués !  Manihi a récupéré lui aussi. Le génois et la GV ont pansé leurs blessureschez le voilier de Rodney Bay. Le bimini s’est aussi refait une santé ; après 3semaines de caresses par la baume, il était très fatigué n’avait pas purésister. Les drisses de spi, génois et trinquette ont retrouvé leur place ...Il y a quelques jours, c’était encore un peu fouillis en tête de mât !L’intérieur et le pont sont flambant neuf et le teck du cockpit a retrouvé sacouleur chaude et accueillante.   L’heure du bilan est arrivée. En quelques chiffres. read more...


Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
Manihi - Epilogue ... et classement !
16/12/2013

Abraxas - 16/12/13 - 100 milj do cilja

Abraxas je v ciljni ravnini – kar se kar malo cudno slisi, ob tem, da je docilja se 100 milj. Ampak vse kaze, da bo tako. Veter in tok nas vodita v direktni smeri o St.Lucie. Vceraj smo se malo prepustili jadranju po valovih, kar nas je odpeljalomalo severneje, mogoce smo izgubili kaksno mesto, a nekaj ur uzivanja povsemodtehta rezultat. Itak nismo na dirki, ampak na precenju Atlantika. Na jadrnici postaja zivo, vsak se po svoje pripravlja na prihod: ostali sepoglabljajo v turisticni vodnicek, jaz pa studiram pot do letalisca; predvidomabomo prisli v Castries v zgodnjih jutranjih urah, moje letalo pa odleti ob 20.25 z drugega konca otoka. Vse je obvladljivo, skoda le, da ne bo casa vsaj zamalo turizma. Sicer pa je teh 21 minilo kot blisk, in potrebno bo kar nekaj casa zaureditev vtisov.. read more...


21/12/2013

Aditi - Day 25: The Arrival

Perhaps we should attempt to explain events of the last few hours.Most importantly we picked up the Reggae radio stations about 45 miles out. We sighted land about 30 miles out as the sun started to close the horizon and our key concerns were firstly not to hit it and second not to get blown past it. We had been working all day to avoid arriving in darkness as we wanted to take in the sights but it just wasn't possible. As we reached the northern point of St Lucia, about a mile off, there were 3 yachts all closing the point. Although the stand on vessel Ocean Breeze cut under our bow about 200 yards ahead - can the competition for something like 220th place so intense?Coming round the top into the lee of the island where the wind went from 30kn to, you guessed it, 30kn, we passed the. read more...


21/12/2013

Arkouda - Land Ho!

We finally arrived yesterday at about 11:00 local time--21 days at sea, 4 in Cape Verde.I guess we really not ready for it to end--as soon as we crossed the finish line we dropped our anchor and have not moved yet!As we were rounding Pigeon Island we had a call on the VHF from some friends from Lanzarote.Bob from Wahoo who had been waiting for us but had to get to the airport.I am sure our paths will cross again!A half a minute after crossing the finish line our friends from Twixter also called, and then guided us into the anchorage in their dingy.It was all a little overwhelming to see all the boats in the anchorage, smell the land, and hear the sounds of civilization!I think I needed a slow re acclimation, and this has been the perfect spot.We have to head in tomorrow and find a. read more...


21/12/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Teds Diary

Day 24:Mum gave us Rice Crispies for breakfast today as a suprise.We are still going really fast which is great but the waves are quitebig so still no fishing.Karen made her special pasta again tonight -it was yummy.Day 25:Dad said that today should be our last full day at sea -hurray!This morning I thought I saw a spout from a whale.Mum and Ispent ages looking for it again but he must have swum away when wewere not looking.The waves are not so big today so I can fish.Ididn't catch anything, even though I used my special lure which hadworked everytime I used it before.We had Tom and Susie's rice fordinner tonight.It is so exciting to think that tomorrow we will bethere that I didn't really want to go to bed.Day 26:This morning we arrived!It was great, we went really fastover the finish. read more...


Calypso - Master Chef
Calypso - Master Chef
20/12/2013

Calypso - Master Chef

Just in case our previous blogs gave the impression that Dino was tied to the galley he can actually sail as well.Dino is the proud owner of "Dark Horse" a Contessa 26 which he campaigns with more than a bit of success in Guernsey waters.145 (600x800). read more...


21/12/2013

Jade - Woohoo - Jade is in St Lucia!!

Woohoo. We did it! Good old Jade and crew are safely tucked up in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. We took 26 days in total and it feels like a very big achievement. We arrived in the middle of the night but were greeted by the ARC's Joel and Alvaro and Brandon and Boden from Rodney Bay marina. They guys stood with us for about an hour listening to us saying repeatedly 'I can't believe we are here.. I can't believe we are here.' The rum punches Brandon doled out tasted mighty fine. Noah and Ferne (our resident super stars) woke up mid celebrations and guess what they said? Yup 'I can't believe we're here'. They had a punch without the rum and we said they could have the pineapple that Brandon gave us (he gave us a fruit basket with another bottle of rum in it too!)The journey was good butit was. read more...


20/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Arrived St. Lucia

We finally arrived on Wednesday 18 December about  04:05hrs.  (08:05 GMT) crossing the finishing line at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia  after sailing for 23 days 4 hours compared with 18 days the last time in 2007. It turned out to be a very different type of crossing, with little or no wind, for the first two weeks.  We also sailed much further South, nearly all the way to The Cape Verde Islands, before turning West. We had some great trade wind sailing in the last 9-10 days.  And now it is Caribbean Party Time! . read more...


20/12/2013

Jambo - We did it

Arrived last night to a fantastic reception - Julia Lyn andthe gang came out on a fishing boat to see us go over the line after 25 days and 12 hours36 mins . They were very noisyWow that was hardcore!Everyonein one piece but lighter and shattered Now where did I put my rum punch?Thank you for all your messages and encouraging comments. read more...


20/12/2013

Aspen - Log 27 Friday 20 Dec; A Day of Dreams - Welcome Back

Maria and I had a dream of seeing the world.Her dream differed alittle from mine because my dream had a sailboat in it.Her dream mostlikely didn't include a sailboat since she really doesn't care for thewater that much!There are so many thoughts and words right now spinning around in ourheads.With our starting place, the Caribbean, appearing in thedistance just ahead of Aspen's bow nothing can come remotely close tosaying what utter joy and satisfaction we feel at this moment in our lives."It's what we've done that makes us what we are", as Jim Croce sang.Well, we've done it!!!!!!!!!Sail on, sail on Aspen - we made it around this big beautiful planet...Steve and Maria. read more...


20/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 27. Tag - Der Geruch von St. Lucia

Wir riechen schon förmlich den Geruch von St.Lucia. Zuerst müssten wir aber noch Barbados zu unserer Linken sehen...das kommt bald. Sonst läuft alles hier.Dann gab es bei uns an Bord noch eine Umfrage. Hier die Ergebnisse:a) Ich fühle mich gerade wie...Fritz: im Urlaub!Sandra: in der Hängematte!Tom: ein Faultier in der Sonne!b) Das Erste was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: Duschen!Sandra: Rhum Punch trinken!Tom: kaltes Banana-Milchshake trinken!c) Das Zweite was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: etwas Gutes essen gehen und ein schönes kühles Bier trinken!Sandra: Duschen!Tom: den ETA-Gewinner definieren!:-)Bitte beachtet dass das Wettbüro heute um 18:00 Lokalzeit schliesst. Der Gewinner wird in unserem Blog auf www.umdenglobus.com verkündet:-). Tom. read more...


20/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter

Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter Time to reflect on what can only be described as an epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The sense of achievement is overwhelming - we have come so far. Las Palmas to Rodney Bay is such a vast distance it is hard to put it into perspective - but all nine of us have also taken our own epic journeys physically, mentally and emotionally and are still standing to tell the tale. That in itself is enough. We couldn't have had a better ending to our epic story. Thank you to everyone who met us on the dock, to the boys of 'z pontoon' for driving out in their half sinking dinghy with a crate of beer in tow, and to the ARC organisers for making it such a smooth entry. What followed after that is a little hazy but let's just say we did it. read more...


Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter
Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter

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