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Ooroo 1 - Skipper Mike and Floss with Tess and Jeno onboard helped out by ....... Skippy. Looking forward to a great crossing !!
Ooroo 1 - Skipper Mike and Floss with Tess and Jeno onboard helped out by .......  Skippy. Looking forward to a great crossing !!
16/11/2014

Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay

The crew of Lone Star completed the transit from Portsmouth, Virginia to Nanny Cay, Tortola at 1512 hours on the 12th of November.  We were first across the finish line for the racing division boats.  Do not know how we will fare after we turn in our engine hours, but we had a safe trip with no major problems and that is the most important part.The picture below was taken just after we tied up at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina and, as you can tell, we are enjoying our rum punch as we celebrated the passage.Fair winds from the crew of Lone Star,Joe, Craig, Stacey and RonIMG_2382. read more...


Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay
Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay
16/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 313; Work Day & Braai Dinner at the Yacht Club; Saturday, November 14, 2014

Jeremy gets up at 5:15 AM. I get up at 7:15 AM and Joel gets up at around 8:00 AM.Breakfast at 8:20 AM consists of bacon, eggs, pineapple pieces and bread. At 8:50 AM I go up to the management office to see if we have our laundry. We do! Actually, we have 80% of it. However, all the critical items are there: thermal underwear; my pants; and my jacket and Joel's. Still missing: all my Jockey underwear and some T-shirts. But I have plenty of extras, so no problem.At 9:00 AM I start to host the Rally in port broadcast normally given by Rally control. Since Joel left last night, I decided to do the broadcast in his place. Except that after 30 seconds Joel comes on the radio. He hasn't left yet. Oops! Joel tells me to continue with my broadcast and that he'll continue on after I'm done. At. read more...


16/11/2014

Lily - Wonderful

What can I say? Today, we arrived in Mindelo and probably should say that we are happy to be so. We are not so sure. The trip was wonderful. Good wind for most of the time with an easy sea so no real sea sickness or being uncomfortable. Once the body and mind had agreed with the new rhythm of sleep and (lack of) activity, sailing and thus life becomes really easy. We could have easily kept going for another couple of weeks. Good we are leaving again this Wednesday for the ‘big’ event, the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean!Can’t wait.. read more...


15/11/2014

Lydia - Day 7 - Green & Pleasant Land Ho!

The crowd are on the pitch. They think its all over. It is now! The lights of São Vincente & Santo Antão were visible before the dawn and at 0844 and 10 secs UTC (that's UK time but 0744 local time) Lydia stormed across the finishing line off Mindelo. Sao Vincente still flying her twin headsails. Getting them down was marginally easier than putting them up and with the wind being accelerated between the islands and reaching about 20kts the foredeck crew were only slightly offered in the process.We were greeted by yellow shirted ARC+ helpers and are now moored up amidst the other early arrivals (mostly colossal catamarans and larger superyachts) and were soon swapping salty stories. Mindelo Marina is right in the heart of the town and is splendidly modern. It even has a floating bar. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Flagge hissen
Exjuvantibus - Flagge hissen
16/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 314; A BIG Storm Crashes Thru our Marina & We Visit the Mall; Saturday, November 15, 2014

Up at 4:54 AM. Its already light out as we're on the edge of a time zone. Jeremy gets up at 5:50 AM and heads for the restroom on shore. On the way back he comes across a 'troop' of velvet monkeys, 15 or so in number, with each mother carrying a tiny baby on its chest, and the babies are looking around as they nurse. When he gets to the boat he tells me where to look on the shoreline to see the monkeys. I do so, then get my camera and walk across the bridge to the shore and take pictures of the monkeys. Cool. On safari in our marina. Joel gets up at 7:45 AM, only because I had boiled water for his coffee.Breakfast at 8:30 AM consists of bacon, potato, eggs, chilled pineapple pieces and 'banana' bread.Like yesterday the banana bread is bread with butter and jelly on it along with cut. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Unser Boot
Exjuvantibus - Unser Boot
15/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen

Mit etwas Verspätung aber gerade rechtzeitig zum Sundowner sind wir in Las Palmas angekommen! image.. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
15/11/2014

Aviva - Land Ho!!

After 48 hours of motoring through calm waters, it was with great pleasure that we turn off the engine last night with 8-10 knots of east wind, able to sail our final night and day.After dark, off the transom in the water churned up by the prop, we saw bioluminescent organisms, their small speck of brightness moving through the water briefly, like aquatic shooting stars.Meanwhile, overhead, there were some night sky shooting stars as well.At dinner (mahi and couscous), we reflected on our bittersweet feelings ... the excited anticipation of reaching Nanny Cay and catching up with those in the fleet who have already arrived; the feeling of accomplishment at making this approximately 1500-mile passage successfully (knock on wood!), and the twinge of sadness at seeing the passage come to an. read more...


14/11/2014

Windswept - The aproach to land

Not Promised or deserved But EnjoyedThe weather on our last day to Tortola has been great.Most of the day has been spent beam reaching at 7 knots at 20 degrees.We did have several squalls with heavy gusts and rain with mixed ups seas.After the calm of one it was shower time in the calm.The day did have its challenges, the generator lost its and we worked in hot diesel fume bouncing conditions for several hours trying to bleed it.We finally gave up on the generator and started the engine to charge the batteries. Made a grand nacho for a late lunch,early super.And even caught another fish.What a great last day only 15 miles to go and in before the marina closes done. Capt’n Sonny Good ByeIMG_20141114_162017. read more...


Windswept - The aproach to land
Windswept - The aproach to land
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
14/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG 4 - Cabo Verde (quase) à vista...

Finalmente um 2º dia de Sol. As temperaturas têm sido surpreendentemente amenas para a região, especialmente à noite. A rotina de uma longa navegação está instalada, mas já foi alterada por pequenos percalços, felizmente detectados a tempo e sem consequências. Bojarrona de spi posta de lado (empenou (!)… mas que aço é este?!), travão de retranca caído no convés por desaperto do troço da manilha que o prende à retranca…) e cabo de spi a embrulhar-se na genoa, impossibilitando momentaneamente o enrolar da mesma. Atribulações de pesca também têm trazido momentos de alvoroço. Pescaram-se até à data um lais de guia (sim, um cabo, talvez de bóia, com um nó lais de guia na ponta), um ameaço de peixe grande que levou a melhor acarretando consigo metade da amostra e, enfim, hoje, dois dourados. read more...


14/11/2014

Lydia - Day 6 - A Green Rub

Thankfully the remainingpeas, which featured so prominently in yesterday's post, were pushed overboard just before they jumped by themselves.Today was the day when we expected the fizzing moppet to shine. Acting on information from INFINITY B we deployed the most garish fishing lure we could find. The fizzing moppet does look like something you could buy in the dodgier parts of Soho (so we're told, 'cos of course none of us have been there) and mid afternoon we thought we had actually caught our first fish. But it was not to be. Such is Lydia's speed that as Henry reeled it in the line went limp and there starts another fisherman's story. We was robbed!Its official; we're not lost! The skipper has successfully bamboozled the crew with talk of spherical trigonometry, but the end result of. read more...


14/11/2014

Second Wind - Inching our way to the finish line

We have just passed the '100 miles to go' barrier, and we are tantalisingly close to being able to cross the finish line before mid-day tomorrow.The wind needs to keep blowing, and if it changed direction another wee squeak from the north, we would pick up that little bit of extra speed we need to make it.So it's race trimming and feathering to windward on board today, with a bit of an end of term atmosphere and everyone in high spirits. We played with the sextant today, attempting noon sun sights. Unfortunately a minus sign replaced a plus in the calculation of high noon, so we don't think we'd end up in Tortola if we were trying to get there using the sextant! Better luck tomorrow.Rationing has now extended to limes, but on the other hand we have about five gallons of chilli and a. read more...


14/11/2014

Bahati - Crew arriving on Saturday

The bags are packed and we try to organize everything at home for a long absence. We just gave an interview to our local radio station. See you tomorrow!. read more...


14/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 14th Nov 2014. las Palmas

Made good use of the Gym at the yacht club this morning. Dean serviced the aft head which had a small leak, nice messy job. We also did a large shop of tined food, which  the supermarket will deliver tomorrow morning. posted by SwissTony. read more...


14/11/2014

Asylum - Double-handers at Sea

Thane and I have been enjoying the work and pace of life at sea.We attend to clean-up details in the morning after night watch and dawn and take care of any other items that need attention.Then, time to read!Next, make lunch or dinner and clean up.Sleep when tired. It's a rigorous schedule.On Monday, we put up our Parasailor sail for the first time.The sail is similar to a colorful spinnaker but has a parachute "wing" towards the top which aids in the sail maximizing the wind.The sail requires four lines to be led back to the cockpit, so it takes all of our brain power to work through the logistics.To our delight, our time on the bow was accompanied by 30 or more dolphins jumping and racing with the boat.We have enjoyed our dolphin sightings before, but, on Monday, this group stayed with. read more...


14/11/2014

Time Bandit - We Caught a Fish!

Lat: 19 31.5NLong: 021 29.2WFour fish actually. Although not exactly caught. More head butted by 13 tonnes of Island Packet as the poor wee flying fish panicked and flew straight on deck rather than safety.We have lost a lure. Whatever it was would have made a decent catch as it chewed right through our wire trace. We are trying a bright pink plastic squid today but nothing so far.Typical trade wind night and days. Billions of stars and phosphoresence at night and blue skies and blazing sun all day. Its noticeably warmer today so the 500 miles farther south are having an impact; mostly from an excess of sun tan cream......steering wheel slipping though your hands and winch handles you can hardly get a grip of and odd tasting cookies.Genaker is flying just now with full main and genoa. read more...


14/11/2014

Babsea - ARC+ 2014: Start in Las Palmas

Am 09.11. um 12:45 Uhr heult die Startsirene für unsere Gruppe (Multihulls).Als einziger Katamaran gehen wir unter Parasailor (Spinnaker mit Tragflügel) über die Startlinie. Die meisten anderen Katamarane haben Groß und Genua gesetzt. Ein Schiff sogar nur das Großsegel.Der Wind ist gut (ca. 4-5 Bft) und wir segeln mit etwas "Sicherheitsabstand" auf südöstlichem Kursder Küste von Gran Canaria entlang.Wie erwartet nimmt der Wind im Lauf des Nachmittags zu (6 Bft - in Böen 7 Bft) und wir machen richtig gute Fahrt. Häufig haben wir 12 - 14 Knoten Fahrt auf dem Speedometer. Als der Wind weiter zulegt (7 Bft in Böen 8 Bft) stellt unsere BabSea im Surf einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord von 19,6 Knoten über Grund und 20,3 Knoten Fahrt durchs Wasser auf.Die Wellen von Achtern sind schon ganz. read more...


14/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - Final Note (11/14)

Well, we finished at 0138 on the morning of November 12. When we got to the dock at around 0300 we enjoyed a rum punch (or two) provided by the Caribbean 1500 organizers.Then we all took showers before going to bed at around 0500.Because we are used to sleeping only 3 hours at a time we were all up by 0800, and enjoyed a hearty breakfast as our first meal ashore.Since then we've been busy cleaning up the boat and converting it from an offshore passagemaker to a live-aboard cruiser.Pat, Ron and Bernie flew home yesterday morning (11/13) and I have continued cleaning and repairing, which seems like it will never end.  Looking forward to seeing Pam, who should be arriving today.. read more...


14/11/2014

Aviva - Fish story

As you might infer from our earlier blog post containing haiku, we caught a mahi on Nov 12.What a beautiful fish!It measured 27 inches.It was hard to do it, but we are fish-eaters, so we processed and had a fish dinner, with two more dinners in the freezer.Gratitude to mahi!Last night we had our second "fish event."I (Dorothy) was on the 1-4 am watch, sitting in the cockpit, motoring due south at 6 knots in 5 knots of E wind, having my mid-watch biscotti (we have our deprivations at sea, but we also have our simple pleasures!), when suddenly I was hit on the left arm by ... something wet.Quickly but carefully stowing my partially-eaten biscotti for later consumption, I investigated the cockpit floor.It seems we had a hitch-hiker -- a flyingfish!This is where I am supposed to say it was 8. read more...


14/11/2014

Reberth - Nearly there!!

Hopefully by Saturday night we will be in Mindelo. The winds over the last couple of days have been reasonable and we have not had to put on the engine. Hurrah!! Yesterday Ian had to remove another batten from the main sail to stop it getting caught and hang up the sail!! This morning, whilst doing his morning constitution round the deck, Bob cleared several flying fish, a mackerel  and a squid. He also found a screw from the boom vang!!! This then entailed Ian and Bob tethering themselves to the boom to affect a repair of the vang as all the screws were loose!! It just shows daily inspection is essential.The picture shows Ian doing the Oceanwatch water collection.Our communications are now slightly limited as Globalstar has no coverage in this area and we are reliant on the Iridium. read more...


Reberth - Nearly there!!
Reberth - Nearly there!!
14/11/2014

Opportunity - Almost there!

Hi Everybody,It's Friday morning, the 12 day out, and we are within 60 miles of Tortola! It is promising to be another warm sunny day, our 12th in a row. The moon is now on the wane, but has also been a faithful presence each night, as have many many stars. We have been making rather slow progress the last 5 days, as the wind is just now starting to think about coming from a direction other than southeast - that being the direction of our destination. So we have had to tack back and forth to get upwind. It hasn't helped that we have lost use of the headsail. On Tuesday it tore from leach to luff, and to top it off, we have been unable to get it down! It is firmly attached to the furler track, and resists all efforts to pull and even winch down. Without the large headsail it is. read more...


07/11/2014

Celebrate - Calmer seas

'Its a little bumpy' has become the most commonly used understatement on the radio net over the last few nights. However after another day of high winds and bumpy seas the wind and waves have abated. At their worst the waves were reported on our weather reports by email as 4.5 metres high caused by a combination of the gale to our South and strong currents. We did not check but they were a dramatic sight. So we are now enjoying a milder current and wind pushing us towards Richards Bay and the delights of the Zululand Yacht Club. Our ETA should be after lunch tomorrow (Saturday).The 'Bring and Braai' on Monday evening sounds fun.Celebrate continues to look after us well despite the autohelm going on strike for a couple of hours yesterday. It had however just got us through the 'bumpiest'. read more...


14/11/2014

Easy Rider - Captains Log....Day 6

Yesterday was one of those perfect but easily forgetable days. The sun shone & a steady trade wind of around 15 knots pushed us serenely along, on a direct course for Mindelo.........Soy's ideal sailing weather. Her Caribbean tan is fast returning!!Our makeshift steering line is working perfectly, & as long as we keep it well adjusted should see us safely over to St.Lucia. There are a number of boats within a few miles of us & we are all working hard to extract every ounce of speed.Even whilst writing this blog we have jibed again and found another knot!!!Boys with toys!!!David. read more...


05/11/2014

Celebrate - Windy and colorful weather

Celebrate is looking after us well, last night the wind rose to over 30 knots from the East with the occasional gust of 45 knots. Our top speed surfing down a wave was 16.5 knots, not bad sailing with 3 reefs in the main and just a little jib. The only casualty has been Charlie and Cathy's DVD collection which decided to fly around the saloon when one cross wave hit. So tonight when the next low hits us we will be battening down the DVDs as well as the hatches.Today started for Cathy with a good splash of color;a beautiful orange setting moon and a pink sunrise.Sadly another lure was lost yesterday, like the day before we got a bite during supper. This time the line with a breaking strain of 250 lbs snapped. We're not sure we wanted such a large fish joining us for supper anyway!Charlie,. read more...


14/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Day 4-5. Better wind and moving again

After losing wind on day 3, we have managed to get up on the course to better wind. Flew the spinnaker for 14 hours yesterday and have been wing on wing (goose wing in British English) all of today. Seas are a little lumpy tonight with a swell that swings the stern around. With Paul as third crew aboard, things are easier - easier to change sails, easier to get sleep with less hours on watch for each of us. Have had beef, chicken, pork and tonight fish for dinners. So we are enjoying good eating and still trying to use our fresh fruits and veggies. No fish caught so far, but Dave and Paul are trying everyday. Assuming our current speed, we hope to reach the Cape Verde islands sometime on Sunday, 7 days after leaving the Canary Islands.. read more...


14/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Day Two -- where is the wind?

Monday, November 10 was a day searching for more wind. Despite predictions of strong winds, we experienced lighter winds than expected and We worked our way back east to the rhumb line of our course trying to find stronger wind. Despite light winds, we resisted the urge to turn on the engine, choosing instead to set double headsails. The heavy seas from the first day gradually subsided so the boat was more comfortable. Dave went up the mast to repair the broken stack pack line so the main will be easier to use and more tame if we reef in the future. The highlight of the evening was a sea turtle which Dave spotted close on our port side. It was swimming strongly at the surface and was about 2 feet in diameter. It was interesting that it was swimming north against the current. Any. read more...


03/11/2014

Celebrate - On passage to South Africa

We with 6 other boats left a day early from Reunion to make best use of the weather forecast. So far it has paid off as we have enjoyed good following winds, at night a full moon to guide us and some pretty phosphorescence. Listening to the radio net the boats starting as originally planned appear to have been doing lots of motoring.World ARC gave us an advisory waypoint keeping us 100 miles South of Madagascar and some less bumpy seas. We are now about 100 miles from this waypoint and are already experiencing some adverse current, stronger winds and some bumpy seas but hope we will miss the worst of it.There is some positive news on the fishing front. The lures that Brian from Folie a Deux and Tom from Alpharatz helped us with appear to be working. Most of first lure we set got eaten by. read more...


01/11/2014

Celebrate - Reunion; a delightful and special stopover.

Our week here went very quickly but there was lots to see. Surprisingly Reunion is not only a French Department but also part of the European Union. Much of the infrastructure has benefited from considerable investment from the EU. The shiny new road system dominates the lower coastal plateau but makes getting around very easy. Peter hired a car for four days and explored the interior of the island with Sandra, Tom and Frank from Sweet Pearl. We drove and climbed around 400 bends (that's what the guide says and we stopped counting!)to drop down into the green volcanic crater of Circe de Cilaos. After the rather dry savanna low lands and ascent through clouds it's like finding the lost city of Shangri-la. The place is a paradise for walkers. The Circe and town of Cilaos are surrounded by. read more...


14/11/2014

T&T - Gan Canaria / Cabo Verde (3)

Hey daar thuis,Gisteren was weerom een geweldige dag zeilen, niet al te veel wind en schiftend, dus we moesten geregeld onze koers aanpassen om optimaal van de wind te kunnen profiteren .'s Morgens de spinakker opgetrokken die we dan bijna direct terug hebben neergelaten omdat er een scheurtje inzat. Dat is dan in de loop van de dag geplakt en gestreken ( nu vond Dirk het ineens niet meer zo onnozel dat ik een strijkijzer heb willen meenemen) en we hebben die gisterenavond terug opgetrokken en heel de nacht onder uitgeboomde  spinakker gevaren.Dat is echt tof, je hoort alleen de wind in de zeilen, de maan geeft geweldig veel licht en weerkaats in het water . Romantisch zelfs !!!   De sfeer aan boord is nog steeds top, Onze jongste crew Nico, 27 jaar en sedert vorige week. read more...


14/11/2014

Makena - Nov 14 - watching dolphins fish for flying fish with our nav lights

This morning’s sunset is one of those beautiful wispy delicate paintings changing colors slowly before our eyes. For fun we chatted with 2 boats nearby - Lydia at first and then Alia Vita who hailed us though we could not see each other on AIS. It is nice to exchange fishing stories and other small news. My favorite event since my last log was watching dolphins fish for flying fish in the green light cast by our port side light after dark (when there is no moon). They dart and change direction at such speed it is mesmerizing to watch. A flying fish went right past my foot as I watched but made it back into the ocean with a few wiggles. 3 others were not so lucky as evidenced by their stiff presence on our foredeck this morning. During the day time we are seeing many, many flying fish. read more...


Flomaida II - Der Zollhund in Schühchen auf der Suche nach verbotenen Lebensmitteln, hier getrocknete Chilis
Flomaida II - Der Zollhund in Schühchen auf der Suche nach verbotenen Lebensmitteln, hier getrocknete Chilis
Flomaida II - Glücklich festgemacht am Q Dock in Opua/NZ
Flomaida II - Glücklich festgemacht am Q Dock in Opua/NZ
Flomaida II - Reparatur unter Salzwasserdusche
Flomaida II - Reparatur unter Salzwasserdusche
Flomaida II - Alles aufgegessen, auch wenn uns schlecht wird, damit Bio Security es nicht konfisziert
Flomaida II - Alles aufgegessen, auch wenn uns schlecht wird, damit Bio Security es nicht konfisziert
Flomaida II - Angekommen!! NZ will erkämpft sein!
Flomaida II - Angekommen!! NZ will erkämpft sein!
Flomaida II - Christoph checked die Segeltrimmung
Flomaida II - Christoph checked die Segeltrimmung
Flomaida II - Das Riff immer schön im Auge behalten!
Flomaida II - Das Riff immer schön im Auge behalten!
Flomaida II - Oh, wie schön ist Nouméa
Flomaida II - Oh, wie schön ist Nouméa
Flomaida II - Genuss pur, aber leider nicht selbst gefangen
Flomaida II - Genuss pur, aber leider nicht selbst gefangen
Flomaida II - Mmmmh, Erdbeeren auf dem Markt in Nouméa
Flomaida II - Mmmmh, Erdbeeren auf dem Markt in Nouméa
Flomaida II - Die tapferen Segler vor der Abfahrt nach Opua/NZ
Flomaida II - Die tapferen Segler vor der Abfahrt nach Opua/NZ
13/11/2014

Exody - Day 5 - November 13th - In the Groove

A quiet day with up to 17 knot winds almost directly behind us - always a challenge and one we'll need to get used to for the rest of the ARC and beyond!Exody continues to be relatively happy with her genny out unpoled and making 5+ knots with the old Aries (at least 15 years more senior than the boat) doing a grand job keeping us on course relative to the wind. But maybe we need more sail up for increased boat speed - we have twin paired jibs and associated poles on board to try but somehow have not got around to setting things up!Its certainly a great relief to have the main tidily packed away and not to be worrying about unintentional gybes as we bowl along.We sailed all day only running the engine twice to ensure the fridge had enough volts - first time we discovered that running the. read more...


13/11/2014

Lydia - Day 5 - Groovy and Green

Another lovely day and Lydia has gone green. Not only are we assiduously sorting our gash (rubbish to the non naval types) and the non ditchable plastic is gathering in bags on the pushpit but we are heavily into peas. A large bag of well travelled Waitrose frozen peas was transferred to the fridge in Las Palmas so its been peas with every meal, except breakfast, today ...... and probably tomorrow too.With the latest positions in from a recent Yellow Brick report from the skipper's rear link (aka Nicola) generating a degree of'cautious optimism' verging on an air confident smugness that we are very much up with the leaders in our class, Lydia continues to crack on. Though there were some classic mare's tails clouds in the sky this afternoon indicating more wind to come, the weather. read more...



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