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Flomaida II - Dann doch lieber barfuß über die Korallen!
Flomaida II - Dann doch lieber barfuß über die Korallen!
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Nouméa
Flomaida II - Zwei aus verschiedenen Welten, die mit gleicher Faszination zuschauen bei den stimmungsvollen Tanzvorführungen auf dem Place des Cocotiers in Nouméa
Flomaida II - Zwei aus verschiedenen Welten, die mit gleicher Faszination zuschauen bei den stimmungsvollen Tanzvorführungen auf dem Place des Cocotiers in Nouméa
Flomaida II - ....es ist kein Muss sondern eine Ehre, der sie stolz und mit viel Freude nachkommen.
Flomaida II - ....es ist kein Muss sondern eine Ehre, der sie stolz und mit viel Freude nachkommen.
Flomaida II - Direkter Weg 14 NM, für uns 36 NM mit viel Freude gekreuzt bei 25 KN Windstärke an der Westküste der Grande Terre/ NC
Flomaida II - Direkter Weg 14 NM, für uns 36 NM mit viel Freude gekreuzt  bei 25 KN Windstärke an der Westküste der Grande Terre/ NC
29/10/2014

Firefly - Cruising New Caledonia's Southern Lagoon

Firefly's week of cruising in New Caledonia's Southern Lagoon has been really fantastic. Iles Des Pins was incredibly beautiful and en route back to Noumea we stopped at an off lying island called Illot Mato which was equally stunning. The weather has been really settled and the trade winds have dropped down to below 10 knots so everything is calmer than usual. In all we had 5 nights anchored off Iles Des Pins, spending 3 of these in the really well protected anchorage at Kuto and the other 2 off Illot Brosse, which we described in detail in the last posting. On Tuesday (28th October) accompanied by Martin and Elizabeth from Caduceus we hired a car for a tour of Iles Des Pins. The main attraction was the 'piscine naturelle' on the north east of the island, this being best described as a. read more...


13/09/2014

Trillium - S/V Trillium: A Fine Fijian Farewell

A Fine Fijian FarewellThe time has come to say "until we meet again" to our Fijian friends at Vuda Marina. This has been our home base since arriving in Fiji on June 11. Not only have the guys in the yard been outstanding in their service, the gals in the office, laundry, store and restaurant staffs have been wonderful. This is the most friendly customer service focused experience so far on our circumnavigation. They all seem genuinely happy to have you there. Having scheduled a number of departure dates and then cancelled them due to repairs or weather (either too much wind or too little), we finally committed to leaving on September 1. We celebrated my birthday a day early with Joyce and John from S/V Starblazer, another Hallberg-Rassy yacht, at the Boatshed Bar. Joyce gave me a lovely. 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

American Spirit II - Day 296; Flight to Mauritius and Back in the Same Day to Pick Up Parts; Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jeremy is up at 7:00 AM; I get up at 8:00 AM and Joel is up by 8:10 AM. Breakfast at 8:20 AM: eggs; potato; chilled pineapple pieces; and French bread. At 9:00 AM I give our Reunion rigger a down payment of 400 Euros for the work he will do for us tomorrow - putting up a new forestay.The total bill will be 1200 Euros, or about $1,500. Tim, Tracy, Brian and Lucy from Folie a Deux join me for my trip to the airport, as they're picking up a car there this morning. That saves them 70 Euros, what a taxi ride would cost. We leave around 9:15 AM and am there around 10:00 AM. It only takes me 15 minutes to get thru security. While waiting in the terminal it's obvious that the air conditioning isn't working. A little warm inside. Because Reunion is mountainous, the airport is along the ocean. At. read more...


29/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 295; Slow Day in Reunion & Dinner at Merlin of Poole; Monday, October 27, 2014

Fifty one days until Joel and I are home for Christmas; December 17. Up at 7:00 AM. Jeremy is already up, reading in bed. I close the V-Berth door so I don't wake Joel up. Then coffee and to the cockpit to continue reading the book about the history of South Africa, The Covenant. Breakfast at 8:40 AM: eggs; potato; chilled fruit cocktails; and breakfast crackers (we're out of bread). A rainy day. I go to the Dodo Restaurant and talk to the owner/manager about my bridge problem; that I need to see a dentist today to have the bridge cemented back in. As I'm doing this, Paul, unbeknownst to me is also working on getting me a dentist. The restaurant manager gets me an appointment at 4:00 PM; then Paul tells me he has arranged for me to go immediately to see a dentist; and that the marina. read more...


29/10/2014

Celebrate - Volcano View Points, Black Sand Beach and a Super Festive 3-Course lunch on the ReUnion All-dayTour!

Early to rise for Peter, Charlie & Cathy to meet the 8am bus for our all-day tour of ReUnion.  The geography of ReUion reminds Charlie & Cathy a lot of Hawaii where they have spent vacations. We arrived at the volcano summit at close to 11am. With an overcast sky and some ground fog the visibility was somewhat limited but it was still very grand looking. The guide told us the last eruption was in 2007. Then it was off to a festive lunch with 3-courses and a welcome drink, beer, white wine and red wine. After lunch we stopped at a black sand beach for a game of frisbee and several crew members were seriously splashed by breaking surf. Also the island, according to the guide, is a great place to see the sunset "green flash".  When our guide mentioned this everyone started. 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...


28/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 294; Tour of Manteau Blanc Sur La Fournaise Volcan; Sunday, October 26, 2014

Up at 5:15 AM; early because we have a long tour today.Breakfast at 7:05 AM: eggs, potato, chilled fruit cocktail and French bread.Boarded 2 tour buses at 8:00 AM. We're in bus no. 1; tour guide Nicholas. We're going to a mountain/volcano that last erupted in either 2007 or 2010. Not sure which. We'll travel 230 kilometers toddy, according to our guide,since the mountain/volcano is in the southeast part of the island and we're in the northwest. Along the way our guide tells us about Reunion:850,000 people; 30% unemployment rate; and 150 micro climates, to start. Sugar cane being harvested now; between July thru December.People who work in government make a lot more money than in France in the continent that here; 35 to 80% more. Reunion went from being a colony of France to a province in. read more...


27/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Vive La Reunion!

Circumnavigating with the World ARC is hard work. This week, there are reports on two bus tours and two prize giving events all organised by World ARC with only a days sailing required! The tour on Mauritius started off with an early morning rum tasting in the delightful grounds of a lovingly restored Chateau originally built in the early 18th century by Labourdonnais, the founding father of what was then the Isle de France. There was plain rum, vanilla rum, coffee rum, even vanilla and coffee flavoured rum. It was so hard to decide which the best was and repeated tastings were necessary! Next was the sugar museum which presented the fascinating history of the island which included the sad story of the Dodo which was hunted to extinction on Mauritius in the 17th century. All this was. read more...


27/10/2014

Lone Star - 27 October 2014 - Rally Preparation

Portsmouth -Rally Check-in, Boat Inspection, provisioning, working onboat repairs and adjustments, seeing old friends and meeting new, happy hours at the Bier Garden - and it's only Monday!This why we do the Rallies.The 1500 is a unique experience.No matter how experienced we are we always learn something new and appreciate the commoraderie of the group. Off to get Ron and Gayle this morning.. read more...


27/10/2014

Celebrate - Wonderful Welcome Party with Gifts in La ReUnion!

A quiet overnight passage from Mauritius with a few dolphins sighted during dinner.Nexus had kindly alerted us to the dolphins coming our way.For dinner Peter had prepared a sumptuous salad nicoise!ReUnion was a whirlwind arrival as many of the rally boats entered the harbor at about the same time.After clearing in and some much needed napping it was time for the Welcome Cocktail Reception hosted by the Western Tourist Office at the marina Dodo restaurant.With gifts of local rum, spices, sugars and a band with colorful dancers plus party food and beverages it was quite a festive evening!Our many thanks to all involved. Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


26/10/2014

Firefly - Iles Des Pins

We checked into New Caledonia without too much trouble on Monday 20th October. Berthed at the excellent Port Moselle Marina we were within walking distance of much of Noumea and we were excited at the prospect of exploring the capital city of New Caledonia. With its 'French connection' it is a modern place with some older colonial buildings interspersed with modern architecture and it has well laid out roads bordered by wide areas of green. There are modern shops and amenities, and in certain areas the cafes, boulangeries and patisseries make it feel like a town in France. However, as we experienced in French Polynesia its an expensive place and after Fiji and Vanuatu, it is considerably less friendly. There is a very noticeable distinction between the well off Europeans living in Noumea. read more...


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

Starblazer - 26/10//2014 – Chilling in the islands!

What is there not to like about white sand beaches, sparkling blue water and sunshine?The wind seems to blow fairly steadily, 15 to 20 knots, and the water is cooler than we have been used to but it still beats northern Europe without a doubt!After escaping the bright lights of Noumea (metaphorically speaking) and the comfort and facilities of Port Moselle Marina we anchored in the next bay, about half a mile away.This enabled John to dinghy back to the marina to help Dennis on Trillium, a Hallberg Rassy 46, replace a pane of toughened glass in their windscreen.Bending a 1 metre long pane of glass several inches to fit the curve of the windshield while holding the top rail aloft took three men and a lot of nerve but they were successful.If we ever need to replace ours John knows how to. read more...


Flomaida II - Stolze Jäger (Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - Stolze Jäger (Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - Jungensschwatz in Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Jungensschwatz in Vanuatu
Flomaida II - gemeinsam sind wir stark (Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - gemeinsam sind wir stark (Vanuatu)
Flomaida II - Da ist sehr viel Wahres dran!!
Flomaida II - Da ist sehr viel Wahres dran!!
26/10/2014

Flomaida II - Nachlese über Vanuatu

Nachdem wir nun mit gutem Wetter noch ein wenig die wunderschönen Motus auf der Westseite der Grande Terre abtingeln, hängen meine Gedanken immernoch in Vanuatu.Ich habe mittlerweile viel darüber gelesen und möchte ein bisschen davon gerne weitergeben.Diese Inselgruppe hat wirklich mit unserer Art zu Leben nicht vielzu tun!Es ist sicher eine der größten Kulturüberlebensgeschichte der Welt! Die Welt ist so klein für sie und das Leben so einfach. Sie sind glücklich in diesem unbekannten Winkel der Erde, der ihren Wünschen genügt. Daher kommen sie uns so offen und freundlich entgegen.Die 170000 Einwohner haben bis heute Ihre Traditionen (Kastom) und die 113 unterschiedlichen Sprachen erhalten und praktizieren sie. Vanuatu ist das Land mit der größten linguistischen Vielfalt der Erde. Sie. read more...


Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen in the morning
Philocat Ena - Leaving Cuxhafen in the morning
26/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 293; 'HASH' into Town & Don't Go Swimming in the Marina - Sharks; Saturday, October 25, 2014

Up at 5:07 AM. The howling wind woke me up early. Coffee and reading. Peaceful.Jeremy gets up around 7:30 AM, and we both walk down the wharf to a 'collection' area where other crew are also accumulating for a 'HASH.' This is a walk/run into town led by Paul from Rally control. The route is marked with flour and various symbols in the roadway. Some of the route is a false one, so that after you head in a particular direction you find out its a false route. You then have to back track. A pad of paper is passed around so each boat can register if they're here and how many crew are involved. Seems as though all boats are represented, with Polaris perhaps the most at 6. There are two groups, the runners and the walkers. Jeremy and I are in the latter. Normally a HASH lasts an hour. Today it. 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...


Asylum - Arrived, left, and about to arrive again
Asylum - Arrived, left, and about to arrive again
25/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 292; A Great Rigger Day in Reunion; Friday, October 24, 2014

Jeremy wakes me at 5:15 AM, as Joel left instructions with him to wake me early (before 6:00 AM) when we get to the waypoint just north of Reunion. I spring up the stairs to the cabin in my shorts, look at the island and its lights looming hugely off the port beam, with black clouds and rain showers spilling off the island and heading our way like freight trains. We're only 2 miles off shore. Yikes! I click the auto pilot 3 times to turn 3 degrees to starboard, then back down the stairs to dress and put my harness on. Unlike my regular custom, I do not shave this morning. We're making a landfall!At 5:45 AM a heavy rain shower hits us. Wham! Another boat cleaning. At 6:15 AM I can see Nexus's giant spinnaker coming up miles behind us. The AIS says they're moving at 11.2 knots. Impressive.. read more...


La Madeline - All dressed up and raring to go!
La Madeline - All dressed up and raring to go!
25/10/2014

La Madeline - Arrived at Portsmouth

Left Annapolis on Thursday and sailed straight through as a shakedown cruise.My first time night sailing so thanks Skipper Scott Tobin for arranging the 20knot gusting winds! Kept me awake for the night shift:). . read more...


25/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 291; Leaving Mauritius Island for Reunion Island; Thursday, October 23, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM and coffee; then shower. Joel and Jeremy get out of bed at 7:45 AM. Breakfast at 8:15 AM: scrambled eggs; potato; and chilled fruit cocktail. At 9:45 AM there is a 'blessing ceremony' at the dock area adjacent to Nexus and NDS Darwin. Not a small affair, but a rather large one with a couple of tents set up. And these blessings of the fleet are multi-denominational: Hindu, Muslin and Anglican. The Hindu presentation included the blowing of a conch shell; and the Anglican priest read passages from the bible, including when JC was on the Sea of Galilee in a storm (how appropriate); and Psalm 23. The blessing of the fleet ended with a dragon dance by two Chinese dragons and fireworks. This whole affair was orchestrated by Rally personnel Paul and Joel and the Caudan Basin. read more...


25/10/2014

Celebrate - Celebrations on "ReVue"...

Margaritaville in Mauritius!!? The MARGARITAVILLE PARTY Happy Hour hosted by S/V Celebrate as a prize for ALL-STAR AUTHOR's on the Cocos passage & their Boat Crews & Rally Control drew a crowd! Also, separate prizes for additional individual stories were given to Lucy of Folie a Deux, Jan of Adela, and Siegfried of Merlyn of Poole for their stories/performance.Merlyn of Poole's very own Siegfried "Lloyd Webber" performing wonderfully with help from crews 'World ARC the Musical', was the key entertainment!!Also, S/V Celebrate's 3 TV screens were showing a selection of 3D movies with special 3D computer chip eyeglasses.What a change from our normal electonic chart viewing...Also, greeting guests were Jimmy Buffet tunes, balloons by Peter and plenty of Margaritas, and other iced. 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

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