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22/11/2014

Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)

Wir haben keine Angst vor Squalls, aber wenn wir untergehen,dann sicherlich wegen der 15 Kisten Obst und Gemüse. Tod durch Verhungern ausgeschlossen, bleibt nur zu hoffen dass wir nicht sinken ;DGrüße von der WIKI CrewDSC03376. read more...


23/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Sunday 23 NovemberStart postponed two hours, awaiting further instructions from the race committee.Crew complete and ready to go, we hope to go today, depending on the weather conditions.. read more...


23/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log day 0, or -1..

An interesting evening, winds moving to 30 knots and plenty of movement on the berth leaving a few chafe marks on Poor old Miss Liz II. This morning, with the full complement on board after Rob's late arrival and comforted by a late Tapas the night before, and a thorough drenching in town, we faced our neighbors, Hera,having lost a bow line being blown onto the pontoon. So bow lines had to be rigged between us, and also from Miss Liz II to Bikini on our port side. It also meant the bathing platform had scraped the pontoon - with some minor gel coat damage. If that was not enough, the dress flags had broken off at the main halyard, and so Jon-Boy was volunteered to climb the mast - in 20 knots of wind, sporting our new ski helmet for protection, a go-pro on his head and a fierce grimace. read more...


23/11/2014

Nexus - Safely across the Wild Coast and on our way into Port Elizabeth

We had a mixes evening with motorsailing and great sailing down the wild coast with 2-3kt boost from the current. The weather and waves behaved themselves and we had a fast trip down the coast. The low we were watching has developed stronger than forecast but is coming to sea from land north of us near Durban so we're well south and out of the way, but must be in harbor for the next low approaching on Wednesday. We passed East London at 2am so decided to continue on to Port Elizabeth. We're just 50nm away right now and motoring in no wind, so all is well. We plan to spend the night then sail around to St Francis Bay, which is a short day sail further along the southern coast.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 11:00 11/23/2014 at 33 58.4'S;26 41.0'E. read more...


Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)
Wiki - Verhungern werden wir nicht =)
23/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Ready to go!

Nach einer intensiven Woche mit Vorbereitungsarbeiten sind wir nun bereit für den Start von unserem Abenteuer. In der vergangene Woche haben wir vieles eingekauft, v.a. Food für gut 3-4 Wochen, aber auch Ersatzmaterial wie Taue, Werkzeug und einige Saftyfeatures. Daneben haben wir viele Seminare besucht wie Wetterinfos, Routenplanung, Erste Hilfe auf See, Tips zum Bunkern und Lagern von Lebensmitteln sowie Tips zu täglichen Kontrollen auf dem Schiff, so dass nicht plötzlich der Mast umknickt... :)Dazwischen gabs natürlich auch den einen oder anderen Apéro mit den Crews der anderen Boote. Und in den letzten Tagen leider auch viel Sturm und Regen. Gemäss Prognosen sollten wir aber nach dem heute anstehenden Start bald das Regenwetter hinter uns lassen können und einen relativ direkten Kurs. read more...


23/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg 2-day 4: Not a straight line

Today Dave did intense research on "the great circle route", which basically says that when it comes to navigating long distances,the curvature of the earth makes the shortest distance a CURVED LINE. We discovered that our IPad Navionics chart app draws a simple straight line which isn't the shortest one!So Dave worked several hours on our Imray chart and on his laptop MaxSea program to get the latitude and longitude coordinates for a great circle route. These have now been entered into our iPad Navionics and we will be attempting to track to them. I say "attempting" because the wind is dead behind us when we aim for these waypoints, and the wind isn't strong enough to move the boat. So we are gybing downwind, steering about 30 degrees to port or starboard to keep moving. More wind is. read more...


23/11/2014

Celebrate - Three oceans in three days

Early this morning we rounded Cape Agulhas the Southern most point in Africa and then at around 11AM in blue skies and a following strong breeze we sailed round the Cape of Good Hope. The best sailing of our passage by far. So after the Indian and Southern its now back to the Atlantic Ocean.The landform at Cape Agulhas was flat but now as we sail up the West Coast steep peaks and cliffs drop into the ocean and we have just got our first glimpse of Table Mountain. Plenty more to follow.Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...


23/11/2014

Lily - Getting There

Day four of the, probably, 15 day trip and all is well? No doubt most blogs talk about the day to day life and how well things are going. This blog is not going to be that different but for the fact that it is going to be much sorter. After having survived last night`s squally weather and confused sea, today was much different. Nice breeze and the wind shifting more in the usual (so they say) trade wind direction. I must say it was surprising these squally weather conditions. Never quite sure what this meant but now we know. Sort burst of surprisingly cold heavy rain with winds increasing in multiples. You would now say, well that is what the books say as well. True but experiencing it is so much different especially when it is pitch dark … Obviously all the books say one should track. read more...


22/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Navegando en la calzada

Mientras disfrutamos nuestra última cena en tierra antes de partir, el aguacero que cae es tan intenso que la flota de barcos de papel ha salido a navegar por la calzada del paseo del muelle deportivo de Las Palmas. Pero estamos tranquilos porque las predicciones para mañana son mejores.. read more...


23/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 4 - Boom BangaBang & Bodging

With the wind veering during the night to ENE it was time for us toreconfigure Lydia to the twin headsail rig that had been so successfulduring the first leg to the Cape Verdes. The 'hankee' was hanked on and set,the main was dropped. The yankee was ready to be set to starboard when thestarboard pole swung aft, met the spreader & promptly snapped in two. Itslightweight carbon fibre construction, that is so strong down its length,clearly didn't enjoy some sudden lateral force.This had all the makings of asignificant set back.The doctor remarked later that there was remarkably little swearing at thetime. Instead the skipper suggested that we had our delayed breakfast andthink about the problem. Coffee, tea and a bowl of wheaties worked theirwonders and we decided the answer was. read more...


22/11/2014

Exody - Day 13- November 22nd - Poled Out

I finally overcame my stage (or foredeck) fright today and we used the quiet conditions to set up the poled out genoa - for the very first time in four years of ownership. Crew reading plans were disrupted to help rig all the necessary guys etc.As someone said on the radio net this morning, the wind direction is UYA - Up Your ......We also tried flying a loose luffed yankee and that seemed to work too so we are now all set for that particular wind direction! Hopefully this will enable us to stow the main in due course but for now we are working with prevented main and poled genny and doing reasonably at 6 knots in 13.5 knots of breeze just off the rear quarter - the Aries steering gear seems to have a good 'eye' for gybe avoidance. We woke to one other boat in close proximity this. read more...


22/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 1 - Last night on land

Hello Dear Readers,The time runs by now the last hours before start. Everything needs to havethat last inspection, last polishing and last overlook. The fridge isfilled to its limits. The crew is exited and ready to go. Some of them havealready fall asleep due to seasick pills :-P. My mind is overrolling everydetail about everything and we will sea, maybe I can fall asleep to. Wewill continue to send our log and we hope that you will it interesting toread.From S/Y Miss Malin, we wish you all a Good Night and Good Luck tomorrowall participants of ARC 2014!Signed/ Fredrik Olsson Skipper S/Y Miss Malin. read more...


22/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - 141122 Estibando las provisiones

Hemos calculado provisiones para 6 personas y 20 días. No estamos acostumbrados a cantidades como 200 litros de agua y líquidos. En la foto un momento de la estiba, con las bolsas en cubierta. Parece la basura pero nada de eso son provisiones. Sí te fijas bien puedes ver que entre todo el lío hay una pata de jamón. No es un motor fueraborda. Se trata del hidrogenerador que ya está instalado a bordo. El hidrogenerador nos permitirá abastecer las necesidades de energía eléctrica abordo (comunicaciones, instrumentos de navegación, piloto automático, iluminación, frigo, bombas, etc.) sin tener que recurrir al motor para cargar baterías constantemente. . read more...


Exjuvantibus - Gemüse und Früchte
Exjuvantibus - Gemüse und Früchte
22/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after

Position 35:18.82 S 174:07.35 EDate1745 (UTC +11) Tuesday 11 20141945 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand Distance runLast 5 hours 45 mins 42nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 1064nmOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmWell, the forecast in the Day 7 entry was spot on and as an added benefit we sailed some of it.2000 local is definitely dusk and we made it with 15 minutes to spare.Sailing through the Bay of Islands to Opua was an exciting end to the journey even if we did not see it at its best due to the failing light.The approach to Opua was not difficult and whilst the Quarantine berth is isolated from those already cleared in Firefly, Paul, Suzie and Gareth a friend who had joined them for this passage, were there waiting to take our lines. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 and a bit - We made it in daylight - and the morning after
22/11/2014

Zulú - Zulú Dia -1

Las incidencias de la llegada a Las Palmas han sido pequeñas. A todos nos rondaban similares emociones por la inminencia de la travesía y por la aventura que ahora iniciábamos. Como si algunas mariposas batieran sus alas en nuestros estómagos, añadiendo un plus de aceleración a nuestros movimientos y reacciones habituales. En el día de ayer una operación de acopio de víveres y resolución coordinada de problemas nos hizo trabajar sin descanso. Compras en Makro, en Carrefour, en Mercadona...y, sobre todo, una laboriosa tarea de estiba en la que Juan hizo las delicias del patrón. Nadie como él para poner orden en el caos. Estaba tan enfrascado en su obra que no quería ni comer. Aunque parecía imposible, la voluminosa compra efectuada quedó cargada, ubicada y bien clasificada. Lola y Juan. read more...


22/11/2014

Hugur - Competition in brakedowns. Fishing or lost fishlures.

Saturday 22november. Our 4rth day on leg 2 to St Lucia.Tomorrow the crowd will start from Las Palmas , the Big ARC.Well todays news , and maybe an entry to an ongoing competition on the SSB on the biggest (or was it expencive) brake down of gismo on the route to St Lucia.Our Watermaker had already failed on way Las Palmas –Cape Verdes and we had hadtec people from the Marina there ( that state “is it man made – we can fix it “) without result we did not get one of ourbattery changed neither the watermaker fixed.Wehad to ask the man to leave the boat 40minutes before the Leg 2 start.Anyhow then to add on this our Panda the generator also broke down and Kristófer has been working on it constantly for almost two days (counting the night between )and given it the thumbes down , it will not. read more...


22/11/2014

Asylum - Asylum Report Day 3

There is always excitement at the beginning of any sailing race--some jockeying for position to be the first at the start, others trying to stay out of the way.The ARC+ rally start is no different other than it is not a race, but the excitement is palpable as 50 boats made their way to cross the start of leg 2 to St. Lucia.Asylum crossed about 2 minutes after the start and followed the leaders into the sunset.We hoisted the Parasailor as we attempted to get some speed between the islands.It was so calm that we took our chairs to the bow to watch the boats and take photos.We thought if this was the "milk run" than we'd be relaxing the whole way! Well, it only takes time and wind to dispell that thought.The winds piped up after a beautiful sunset and we opted to take the Parasailor down. read more...


Meltemi - -1 Tag Spannung steigt
Meltemi - -1 Tag Spannung steigt
22/11/2014

Weirkraken - Test Log

Wier Kraken Log received. read more...


Thula - Day 0 - Wall Art
Thula - Day 0 - Wall Art
Thula - Day 0 - Costume Party "Arabian Nights"
Thula - Day 0 - Costume Party
22/11/2014

Meltemi - Tag -1 Spannung steigt

Hallo liebe Gemeinde, die Spannung steigt. Ines ist heute frühen Nachmittag als letztes Crewmitglied eingetroffen. Die Steuermannsbesprechung ist gelaufen und das Ausklarieren ist auch erledigt.Als vorerst letzte Tat haben wir unsere Startnummer -61- angebracht. Heute Abend das letzte essen gehen und dann Seemannsküche.Die Angelausrüstung ist auch  aufgerüstet. Fisch wir kommen. Gruß an alle Landratten Rüdiger . read more...


Thula - Day 0 - Preparing the Boat
Thula - Day 0 - Preparing the Boat
22/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 320; An Immigration Experience and then off to Port Elizabeth, 390 NM away; Friday, November 21, 2014

Up at 4:55 AM to call Immigration. They have to be called 3 hours in advance of your leaving, and we want to leave at 8:00 AM. I'm also calling for Civetta II, Lluiton and Saphir. I call but the Immigration officer won't let me give the other boat names. He says I can give the names to the officer that comes to my boat. He also said that they're in the marina now checking out 3 other boats. At 6:10 AM I call Immigration again and get a different person answering the phone. He accepts the other vessel names and berth numbers. At 7:10 AM I call Immigration again; and the officer I talked to said he would call me back after checking with his people at the marina. He calls me back and tells me the officers will be there shortly. At 7:25 AM two officers show up at the boat and after chatting. read more...


Lydia - Leaving Cape Verde - The Start of Leg 2
Lydia - Leaving Cape Verde - The Start of Leg 2
22/11/2014

Easy Rider - Day 3 (leg 2) - Midshipman Neil

A day of high adventures! Squalls and more squalls.....the good side is a blast of wind as the squall hits, propelling us to St Lucia the down side is the margin between progress and loss of progress is narrow as we discovered to our cost. A particularly fearsome looking squall was bearing down on us and we delayed bringing in the head sail two minutes too long.As a result the sail wouldn't furl and we had to drop the whole sail in a particularly vicious but thankfully shortlived squall.Fortunately no harm done to boat or crew but our speed was reduced overnight and we had plenty to ponder on as we had a full english cooked breakfast cooked to pefection by Soy to fortify us for the task ahead - untangling the sail and then re-hoisiting it. After 90 minutes of tireless effort by Cabin Boy. read more...


22/11/2014

Reina - Log 3 Merry Christmas everybody

We still have a race in front of the bow. So it is quite premature to talk about winning and say we will be the first in St. Lucia.But after we met Father Christmas in warehouse El Corte Inglès the crew of Reina takes the opportunity to be the very first to wish all our ARC-friends a Merry Christmas!Arie BloklandKerstman El Corte Inglès. read more...


Reina - Log 3 Merry Christmas everybody
Reina - Log 3 Merry Christmas everybody
22/11/2014

Reina - Log 2 "No bananas on Reina!"

"Oh no! No bananas on Reina!" We frigthen our chef with the idea to buy a big bunch of bananas. Like others do. "Please dont't do that?" She warns us. "But chef, we see several boats loading a bunch of green bananas. That must be very good food. One even hide his bananas covered with a sail under the boom. Why do they keep it secret like that? It must be very good nutricion." "No bananas on Reina, please. Green bananas will become brown in a week. Then we have to eat bananasoup every day and make bananabread till you cannot stand it anymore." That's the final answer of the chef.OK. No banana's on Reina. We will race on carrots and oignons…Arie Blokland Bananen tros. read more...


Reina - Log 2 "No bananas on Reina!"
Reina - Log 2
Purrr-fect - Dave studying the route
Purrr-fect - Dave studying the route
22/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg 2 - Day 3: changing sails

Our third day seemed like a day to try every possible sail combination to keep the boat moving the best. The early morning wind gradually lightened so we decided to fly the spinnaker for more speed. The spinnaker involves quite a bit of work to set up so all 3 of us were busy working together to get the spinnaker flying and also furling in the jib with whisker pole. We never can relax when the spinnaker is flying since it seems to collapse and snap back frequently with every little wind change. The large swells caused the spinnaker to collapse as well. But it added over a knot of speed. However, the wind suddenly started to increase as we observed a squall line headed our way, so we prudently doused the spinnaker in advance of the squall. We reset up the jib wing on wing with the whisker. read more...


Charisma - ARC-Team 2014
Charisma - ARC-Team 2014
22/11/2014

Charisma - Großeinkauf

Unsere Aufgabe: Eine Einkaufsliste für 3 Wochen und 8 Personen auszuarbeiten und strukturiert zum Gebrauch beim Einkaufbereitzustellen.Dank einer ausgeklügelten Excel-Tabellle einerehemaligen ARC Crew war das gar nicht so ein großes Unterfangen!(Meinung des Verfassers; Richtigstellung: gefühlte 100 Stunden.)Um überhaupt einmal zu wissen was es gibt, ging es am Mittwoch dann in das größte Kaufhaus von Las Palmas  - El Corte Ingles.Wie befürchtet: Auswahl zum Abwinken! Alles in allen Variationen undwas das Herz begehrt. Am Abend hingen wir erschöpft an einer FlascheWhisky, die Ulli, der heute ankam, mitbrachte. Ideen kamen dabei rauswie bei einem 5 Sterne Hotel. (Anmerkung der Redaktion: Mal sehen wiesich das bei 3 Meter Welle umsetzen lässt.)Voller Motivationging es am Donnerstag. read more...


Charisma - Großeinkauf
Charisma - Großeinkauf
22/11/2014

Reina - Log 1 Bye, bye Las Palmas

Walking trough the streets of beautifull Las Palmas my mate asks me: "What would you like to do?" The answer is just hanging on one of the lanterns in the street. "I want to go to see, mate! Let's hit the waves and set course for St. Lucia!"Arie BloklandLas Palmas straat. read more...


Reina - Log 1 Bye, bye Las Palmas
Reina - Log 1 Bye, bye Las Palmas
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
22/11/2014

Reina - Log 0 - REINA IS READY TO RACE THE ARC

Reina (spanish for queen), the first built Oyster 825, is going for her maiden ARC with a crew of seven mixed of three nationalities. British, Danish and Dutch. In the last few days this international crew-cocktailprepared the ship and now all aboard are ready to give their utmost in the race to St. Lucia. Of course every member of the crew is important aboard a sailing yacht that goes for a long trip over the Atlantic Ocean, but to achieve a good result in the ARC the crew has to be kept in excellent condition. OnReina chef Floss Cripps is responsible for that part of the adventure we are going to enjoy on one of the seven seas. We start the day with a very healthy breakfast. A good lunch keeps the seven of Reina in ultimate condition. Diner is always special. Flossis from Wales. And so. read more...


Zulú - Zulú dia-1
Zulú - Zulú dia-1
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
Zulú - Zulú Dia -1
Zulú - Zulu Dia -1
Zulú - Zulu Dia -1
Zulú - Zulu Dia -1
Zulú - Zulu Dia -1

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