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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
Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
23/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -32

Los acontecimientos se aceleran al ritmo de nuestro propio pulso. Casi se puede olerse ya la brisa marina y, desde luego, se empieza a respirar ambiente de preparativos. Fernando ha visitado el Zulú en Las Palmas y, aunque está sometido a tareas de mantenimiento, lo ha encontrado muy apropiado para la tripulación que lo va a ocupar. Que está a nuestra altura, vamos !. Todavía quedan algunas dudas por parte de Juan sobre la dimensión de los camarotes, pero Fernando ha empeñado su palabra al decir:" confiad, está  genial, tiene un pintón" (sic)!. De modo que el sorteo de camarotes no se espera que vayaasociado con actividades violentas por parte de nadie…..Tenemos ya una buena galería de fotos del interior del Zulú que invitan a hacerse a la mar cuanto antes. Esto es lo que se. read more...


Zulú - Dia -32
Zulú - Dia -32
23/10/2014

Celebrate - Mauritius Vacation

While Peter was away touring the island Charlie and Cathy were busy on boat jobs,arranging for spares to be flown in (a very tedious process) celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary (an enjoyable process) and then getting prepared for the margarita party (more about this in another log). So it was a busy time and when the dust had settled they were in need of a proper vacation. We first had an great day on the World ARC tour taking us to Labordonnais a beautifully restored French mansion forming part of a sugar plantation,then to a sugar exhibition within a disused mill and after lunch a stroll around the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousses one of the oldest in the world with many grand specimen trees.Then it was time for our own mini tour;taking a rental car we headed South to the. read more...


23/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 290; Last Full Day in Mauritius , Skipper's Meeting for Leg 12 & Merlyn of Poole Comes to Dinner; Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM; but I stay in bed until 6:00 AM. Then coffee and type 2 logs before anyone else gets up. Done with the logs by 7:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:15 AM: eggs, potato, French bread and chilled fruit cocktail. After breakfast I filled out post cards and we all filled in our debarkation forms for leaving the country. From 10:10 AM to 10:25 AM I defrosted the freezer; then stored the fruit and vegetable cans that we'd taken out of the hidden hold area and put them in the main cabin bilge and storage area under the main cabin starboard settee; and under the V-Berth. Some of the cans had rusted by being exposed to sea water. How could that happen? Duh!At 10:30 AM Joel started cleaning the boat bottom with Folie a Deux's electric Hooka. The Hooka has two regulators attached on 50 foot air. read more...


23/10/2014

Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean

After some nine weeks of travels and trials, we have made it to what I consider is our halfway point to the Caribbean, Portsmouth VA. This is the staging and departure point of the Caribbean 1500, our rally to the BVI. It’s been pretty crazy. I had this idea that I’d be able to blog about our travel south, but the long days have been filled with other more important stuff, like unclogging my kid’s poop from the head. So, apart from throwing some pictures and thoughts on Facebook, it’s been quiet. Here have been some highlights of the over 500 nautical miles from Lake Champlain to Portsmouth.On August 19th we moved aboard Alchemy and packed our world into 200 square feet. In Lake Champlain we waved goodbye to our car, and our autopilot broke. The Champlain Canals found Peter making Volvo. read more...


Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean
Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean
22/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 289; 'Rigger Day' and a Great Rendezvous Party; Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Up at 6:10 AM. Jeremy and Joel followed by 6:40 AM. Why up so early? The sun. Not a lot of ways to darken the inside of a sailboat when the sun rises and you have hatches open for ventilation. If you close the hatches and pull the darkening screens, you can sleep later without the sun waking you. But that can get stuffy. At 7:10 AM I'm looking at the boat behind me, Chicka-lu, and I notice two Indians standing outside of the boat. One then climbs onto the boat, walks to the bow, and then poses for pictures. Incredible. Crew on board are still sleeping. I'm tempted to ask them what they're doing, but my doing so might wake the sleeping occupants of the boat. So I just watch to make certain that they're not up to anything bad. Pose, picture and then they leave. The picture taking by. read more...


22/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 288; Tour of Mauritius; Monday, October 20, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM; breakfast at 7:15 AM. Eggs, potato, chilled pears and French bread. Like other mornings, our boat is covered with soot from a furnace in the harbor where sugar cane stalks are burned. I'm assuming that this burning is to generate electricity, not just to burn the stalks. In the Miami area in Florida, sugar cane stalks are just burned to get rid of the non-sugar product after the cane is harvested. Dropped off our two empty propane cylinders before 8:15 AM; and Merlyn's of Poole's, also. They will be delivered to the refilling station by Rally control for pick up later today or Tuesday. At 8:30 AM we boarded buses for a day long tour. Two busses. Before departing, Tom, from Alpheratz, as he got on the bus passed out Butterfingers candy pieces; followed by Cathy from. read more...


22/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -35

Comprobado que nuestro blog funciona bien, empezamos a alimentarlo con las noticias de los preparativos.Maite acaba de anunciar que unirá sus habilidades como dibujante a sus muchas otras como marinera. Esperamos disfrutar de sus trabajos en este blog.Eduardo está hoy en tierras salmantinas. Sus ocupaciones son diversas pero la que más nos atañe es la dirigida a la selección de jamón ibérico apto para la travesía. Dicen que la relación calidad precio por allá es inmejorable y confiamos plenamente en su buen ojo. Seguro que Juan está ya pendiente del presupuesto.Pasado mañana se celebra en casa de Maite un encuentro previo al que todos los tripulantes estamos invitados. Lamentablemente, no podrán acudir Lola, Rogelio y Fernando, por sus diversas ocupaciones. En compensación habrá un. read more...


Zulú - Dia -35
Zulú - Dia -35
22/10/2014

Adagio - Counting down!

So many things to do. It's not even 'the last minute' but it feels like it.  Robin said to me 'It is no wonder so many people never leave the dock!" and boy is she right. If we stayed till everything was just right, it would never happen.So, I'm thankful for the deadlines. We're getting a lot of essential stuff done, and even a couple of "want to do" things.Watching the weather, drawing lines on charts and meeting our crew.Yep, we're getting ready to go!!. read more...


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
21/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Mauritius Mosaic

The Indian Ocean passage from the Cocos Islands to Mauritius finally took us 18 days as the wind decreased in strength forcing us to motor. It did allow us to fill the freezer with a very nice Mahi, surely one of the most beautiful fish in the world, and we don’t even need to mention the one that got away taking most of the line at first pull!We arrived at around 8 am into the busy port of Port Louis. There at the Marina to take our lines were the wonderful Paul and Joel from World ARC who gave us the customary warm handshake of welcome followed, impressively, by three tots of rum and a tray of fresh fruit. It was a bit early for rum but Paul needed the glasses back and it would have been churlish to refuse so glump, down they went! Well once you have started it’s a shame to stop so out. read more...


21/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 287; History of Mauritius, 'Story' Party on Celebrate & Dinner on Nexus; Sunday, October 19, 2014

The history of Mauritius goes back to 1505 when the island was discovered by the Portuguese. (1505 is 13 years after Columbus 'discovered' America; to put that date in historical perspective). It was controlled by the Dutch (Holland) in the 1600's and named after a Dutchman, Maurice van Nassau (the one who conquers the place). 'Maurice' became 'Mauritius.' France controlled the island in the 1700's, calling it Isle de France, then the British wrestled it from the French in 1810. The island gained its independence from the UK in 1968; and became a Republic based on the British model in 1992. The island itself is part of the archipelago of Mascarenhas, which includes Reunion and Rodriguez islands. Cars are driven on the left like in the UK; and though the official language is English, the. read more...


20/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 286; New Auto Pilot Installed, a Visit to a Grocery Store & Dinner with Folie a Deux at an Indian Restaurant; Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jeremy and Joel beat me up today (got up before me, no physical violence). I got up at 8:10 AM. After coffee breakfast followed: ham eaten with BBQ sauce and pita bread; chilled fruit cocktail; and breakfast crackers. I haven't made it to the grocery store yet, so no eggs and potatoes. Our laundry was delivered during breakfast by Rashid. We picked up 3 very hot panties that didn't belong to us; and Jeremy was short 3 pairs of shorts, two black and one blue; plus we're missing one pillow case and one very expensive 1/2 V-Berth fitted sheet. I walked the dock talking to most of the boats with females on board looking for someone to own up to the panties, but no luck so far. Maybe if we haul them up on a halyard on the boat someone will recognized them...Not!After breakfast we put the. read more...


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

American Spirit II - Day 285; A Quiet Day in Mauritius; Friday, October 17, 2014

Woke up at 6:00 AM. At 6:30 AM I started cooking breakfast. Joel and Jeremy get up after me. We're up early because the rigger's coming at 8:00 AM and we have to clear in with Immigration at 8:15 AM. At 7:15 AM Port Security shows up unannounced, and two officers board the boat. I fill out some paperwork and then they leave. Breakfast consists of eggs and potatoes, courtesy of Ghost (thank you Tim and Claire); bacon; and breakfast crackers.The rigger showed up at 8:00 AM, when he said he'd be here. A good start. He took some pictures, and then departed, saying that once we have the jib down and the forestay out he'd come back to take more pictures. I guess we're dismantling the rig ourselves. Oh well. What does the rigger do?At 8:15 AM Jeremy headed to the ARC office with our passports. read more...


19/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 284; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 12 of 12; & Green Flash No. 22; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Up at 6:45 PM. Relieved Jeremy. Half a moon was still shining; and a lot of stars were out. Even though our watches say its 6:45 AM, that's Cocos Keeling start time. Its really 4:15 AM local time. The wind is 12/15 knots and we're moving at 5.1 knots thru the water and 5.2 knots over the land. Merlyn is 1.5 miles behind us. Low, black clouds are approaching from the northeast. Its 60 miles to Mauritius.At 8:05 AM the sun peaks thru a hole in the cloud band on the horizon. There is always a cloud bank on the horizon in the trade winds. Always. As it rises it appears as a big, yellow ball; enlarged by the prism of the horizon. Clouds obstruct parts of it. Once its 2 to 3 degrees above the horizon I see a green hue reflecting on the clouds adjacent to the sun. If the sunrise wasn't. 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...


19/10/2014

Celebrate - Reflections on Maritius

Although a new landfall for Charlie and Cathy it was a return visit for Peter. He and Jane had their honeymoon in Mauritius 16 years ago. Many of the local people we have met on the dockside had told us that a lot had changed since 1998 with greater prosperity on the island. We certainly sensed a vibrancy , or perhaps this was something to do with our visit coinciding with the Hindu festival of Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' where they celebrate victory of light over darkness.Here is an account of Peter's a three day drive across the island rediscovering familiar places and some new ones;We had a great honeymoon but came away feeling that all was not right in paradise, this could have been the absence of the dodo, ebony forests, or sugar cane fields totally dominating the island's. read more...


19/10/2014

Firefly - New Caledonia

Captain Cook and his crew, aboard HMS Resolution, anchored off the north east coast of the largest Island, Grand Terre, on September 4th 1774 and spent 10 days exploring, receiving a friendly welcome. He named it New Caledonia as it reminded him of the Highlands of Scotland (incidentally called Caledonia by the Romans). It certainly does look like Scotland and we are really enjoying our first few days here, the views while sailing around the south eastern tip of Grand Terre have been stunning. It was never part of the British Empire and in 1853 Napoleon ordered the annexation, renamed it Nouvelle Caledonie and it remains French. The original Melanesian settlers, the Kanaks, have been fighting hard for independence for a long time and are making progress, although having significant. 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...


18/10/2014

American Spirit II - Re: Day 284 Supplemental; Thank You Merlyn of Poole; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Brian, Joel and Jeremy, Thank you so much for this great e-mail.  It was a real pleasure to be of service and delighted that you appreciated it so much. We all really enjoyed the contact we had with you across the vast expanse of Indian Ocean; keeping in touch every couple of hours, swapping comments about the weather, dinner menu and likelihood or otherwise of green flashes.  I was so pleased to see you pop up on AIS that first evening because it meant that your mast was still up, we could find you easily and we could be on hand to help if things did not turn out well.  Every day that we came on watch and either could see your tricolour light or the mast and sails was a great day. Beer transfer was also hugely appreciated by all of us aboard. 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...


17/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 284 Supplemental; Thank You Merlyn of Poole; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014From: Brian Fox, American Spirit II To: Jonathan Crowe, Merlyn of Poole; Sigi Hahn & Geoff Ascott-EvansTopic: The 'Longest' EscortOn behalf of myself, Joel Heyne and Jeremy Nance I want to thank you for your incredible support in standing by to assist and escort us in our moment of greatest need and peril all the way to Mauritius; 1,481 miles over a period of 12 days. With our forestay breaking at 1:20 PM on October 5, you jibed over, sailed back to us and came up on our AIS at 10:13 PM that same day, 9 hours later. Such a welcome sight did ever we see!With high winds and confused and at times mountainous seas, and especially during the first few days when the outcome of our misfortune was still in doubt, it was with great relief that we saw your. read more...



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