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Juno - Three men in a boat, by Caroline
Juno - Three men in a boat, by Caroline
Ayama - Red Tailed Tropic Bird greats us at 10 degrees south, 128 degrees west
Ayama - Red Tailed Tropic Bird greats us at 10 degrees south, 128 degrees west
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
Juno - Pacific, approach to Hiva Oa
19/03/2015

Makena - Pacific crossing day 15th

We had the pleasure to see our friends from Juno show up on AIS, which means we can have chats on VHF of much better quality than the SSB radio.We have been able to exchange our remaining egg count, and it seems that Caroline is well taken care off by the three men on board according to the men at least... we only have 350 miles to go, but unfortunately the winds are less strong, so we most likely will arrive Saturday morning. We have had discussions about dinner at a restaurant Friday night, but that probably jinxed it.Anyway we had a GREAT dinner last night on board with Boeuf Bourguignon, and Creme Brûlée for desert, along with a nice Bordeaux.Tonight we have left-overs bolstered by fresh white bred made by Dave, and I have seen a Rhum soaked Prune Clafoutis in the oven...Tomorrow we. read more...


19/03/2015

Ayama - SSB Love and Hate

Every day at 11:00 we all look forward to the World ARC fleet“roll call” using our SSB Radios transmitting on the 4, 6 or 8 MHz band. We use the ITU channels 4B, 6B and 8B. It is quite lonely on the ocean and we rarely see other boats in the fleet so it is great to hear each other’s voices and realizing that we are not alone out here and to know everything is OK!We have designated net controller that have volunteered to manage the communications.It goes like this: Aretha, Juno! Juno, Aretha!Aretha, You are breaking up, but can you please tell us your position, wind speed and direction and how many engine hours you have, over!Juno, our position is 10 degrees south, 129 degrees West, Wind 18 knots from the east, zero engine hoursMakena Makena, Juno!Juno Makena.Makena, if you could here. read more...


Juno - Pacific, mid passage
Juno - Pacific, mid passage
Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus
15/03/2015

Juno - Pacific, guest written by Paulus

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14/03/2015

Allegro - TERÇA-FEIRA 10 DE MARÇO DE 2015 A SÁBADO 14 DE MARÇO DE 2015

GeradoresO tempo tem-se passado à volta do gerador e dos seus problemas.Apesar de uma “alguma” má fama que o material Fisher Panda tem, confesso que sempre acreditei que não íamos ter problemas. O gerador é novo, tem-lhe sido feita a manutenção, enquanto em Portugal nunca falhou, etc. Por isso tudo ia correr bem, com certeza! Mas não tem corrido, não.É verdade que os primeiros problemas não tiveram a ver com o gerador propriamente dito - o buraco na panela de escape e depois os fusíveis velhos e mal (?) dimensionados.Mas agora está a ser diferente. Em menos de 15 dias já vai no 3º impeller, há agora mais uma fuga na tubagem da bomba de água salgada e por último trabalha mas não produz 220V nem para a sua própria bateria, coisa que nunca tinha acontecido.O problema é que do gerador. read more...


10/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing

About an hour before sunset, as we were sailing with the gennaker and the main sail, we saw our gennaker slowly fall down in the water! Arghhh!We immediately jumped into action, and in about 20 minutes got the sail back in the boat. We were like fishermen bringing abord a net! The halyard shared by the gennaker and the spinnaker broke near its attachment point near the mast. We spent the rest of the evening discussing how to climb the mast to reattach the halyard. We enjoyed a lovely tasty dinner by guest chef Dave and since the winds are much too strong to be flying a spinnacker anyway we might leave the mast climbing off for a bit ;) We're sailing a bit more south now without the gennacker but we have under 1800nm to go and we're still making good speed. Trivia for the day is that. read more...


06/03/2015

Makena - Pacific Crossing Day 1

05-03-2015 ThursdayNoon Position 02º 48’S 092º 33’WThanks to the World Arc organizers & their agent we had a super easy check out from the Galapagos - we just showed up at a local cafe en masse and they had immigration officers there for us. The islands and the waters around them are really teeming with unusual wildlife… unusual for this Irish woman, at least. Kai is more aware of his surroundings than ever and so he is probably more familiar now with seals, pelicans and marine iguanas than cows, crows or cats! We did some great tours but took it easy every second day since it is just so hot here by 8am. Highlights were definitely the seeing the giant tortoise nursery, seeing penguins and a sea horse in the wild, snorkeling with huge turtles, and the Kicker Rock tour where we. read more...


Ayama - Anna on AYAMA in Galapagos working with her jewerly
Ayama - Anna on AYAMA in Galapagos working with her jewerly
Ayama - Marine Iguana with friend
Ayama - Marine Iguana with friend
28/02/2015

A Plus 2 - Galapagos : le temps du temps

Aux Galapagos, il y a des otaries, des tortues, des iguanes, des requinsmarteaux et des fous à pieds bleus... Mais aussi des marins, en visiteentre Panama et Polynésie, dont la candidature pour un début de tour dumonde a été retenue...De ces animaux marins, on retiendra leur originalité, leur rareté, leurspécificité voire un risque d'extinction prématuré qui permetd'entretenir un suspense finalement assez vendeur.De ces marins, on distinguera deux espèces : l'une passe le temps,l'autre voit le temps passé. Un clivage peut même se révéler dans lafriction entre les deux communautés : n'as-t'on pas entendu : "Un tourdu monde en 15 mois ??! Vous rendez-vous compte ! J'ai 12 ans devant moi!" Le temps tue, c'est bien connu, mais n'est-ce pas criminel de tuer letemps ?. 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...


17/02/2015

Ayama - MISSING THE BUTTERFLIES

We have had good sailing and then hours of motoring.We headed south with the winds and the current but had to motor across the notorious Doldrums.We kept heading south as Stefan hoped to pick up the southerly winds to sail back to the Galapagos.We are now sailing at 8 knots in 12 knot winds, calm seas and lovely weather …and we have just had a rum/Panama cheap liquor/coke with ice (Stefan is very proud of his ice-making) drink to celebrate crossing the Equator. There has been very little wildlife, a few birds and 1 gull that seemed to be determined to try and land on Ayama.I think she was lonely as she would settle on the sea, get left behind so fly to catch us up.I miss the colourful butterflies that fluttered by us in Las Perlas, going goodness knows where!Last night Per and I rescued. read more...


Juno - Las Perlas
Juno - Las Perlas
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
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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