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Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
08/06/2014

Anettine - 8. juni

We hoisted the spinnaker 4 minutes before start. The wind disappeared and we had some maneuvering problems on the starting line. Now at 1800 we are sailing genaker and enjoying 6,5 knots as Jonn is preparing the dinner. Jonn was unsure how much garlic, so all our stock went into this meal. Mauritz did Anettin's song on the VHF and impressed the captainwith the his singing. However his carrier and reputation might be at stake since he finalized his song by giving the captain a big wet kiss. The captain is still at a shock.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW. read more...


Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA
Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA
Orion - studying the route off Cape Finisterre
Orion - studying the route off Cape Finisterre
Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores
Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores
08/06/2014

Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores

Our time in the Azores has come to an end after an amazing week long visit. The hospitality we have received has been second to none and I know that we definitely hope to return. As you can see from the picture we were given a rousing sendoff, despite the rain!!! THANK YOU PORTOS DOS ACORESFrom Reberth Crew.IMG_0133. read more...


Reberth - A very large dolphin OR A WHALE!!!!!!
Reberth - A very large dolphin OR A WHALE!!!!!!
Seabee -
Seabee -
08/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Raindrops keep fallig on my sparayhood but after all We are Cruising........

N37:39:107 W40:42:776   GPS Miles to go 573.3   Boat miles travelled 1251   Don't be misled by the title today, it's actuallynot raining at the moment, and for that we are thankful.  We were justmusing on what lessons and ideas you pick up through your life and how you cannever tell what may come in handy later on. For instance when I(Susan) went to Derbyshire in 1973/4 (not sure which year it was) to seeRod Stewart headline at Buxton, little did I dream that the sight that greetedme as I arrived,  would, these many years later, prove valuable. Having driven from Hampshire to Derbyshire, I arrived for the weekendfestival in the pouring rain and once tent etc was sorted, off I went toexplore.  This was my first ever festival and I was. read more...


Remedy of Mylor - Baiona - "Pinta" replica as seen from Monte Real YC pontoon
Remedy of Mylor - Baiona -
08/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 00)

SUN: Gemischt. Etwas Sonne, viele Wolken und fast kein Wind. RUN: Wir liegen noch recht gemütlich in der recht gemütlichen Marina vonPort do Vila. FUN: 100 %. Die gestrige Farewell-Party mit “local dances”. Jede MengeSpaß.. read more...


08/06/2014

Remedy of Mylor - Rain rain go away...

This morning the fleet viewer shows that some of the boats are on the move - great news!There are only so many jobs you can find to do, and Tim has already had a lovely time dismantling the shower and putting it back together again...(Source of the leak remains a mystery). The wind has died down a lot but it is very wet out there still.Last night we were treated to a tapas and drinks party at the Club which was originally intended for the crews of a cancelled Classic Boats Regatta.This followed a very convivial three-crew dinner on Friday night - I can only imagine what the noise levels will be like once all fifteen boats are together.... read more...


08/06/2014

Orion - orion

We were promised an adventure and how true! The Bay of Biscay displayed all her moods, majestic and splendid. We were buffeted and becalmed but Thursday was the pinnacle for us! The small window to travel the last 40 miles to Bayona soon closed and we were straight into 30 knot headwinds but still making way when it all began. Our trusty engine stopped, just when we were between the shore and a rocky outcrop. Quick action to hoist the genoa, vastly overpowering the boat but getting us away from the shore. Then a quick tack to miss the rocky shoal. Then…snap, the genoa sheet broke. Another quick tack, substituting the only available line, a smaller preventer line. Greg went down below to work out the engine problem as the tank still showed, correctly so, half full. As he was doing so, the. read more...


08/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 153; Trip to Vaka'ietu, Pig Roast & High Pressure Cold Front; Saturday, June 7, 2014

Up at 8:27 AM. Much later than most days. Coffee first thing before breakfast, which came at 9:15 AM. Scrambled eggs, spiced up of course; chilled fruit cocktail and bread with butter, jelly and peanut butter. During breakfast a local school band must have been practicing because their music drifted across the anchorage. Sounded very good. With a lot of drums. Today is the ninth day of my taking Doxycyline for my right calf infection. Though the wound is still oozing, its only a little now. So instead of a bandage I'm using a very large and adhesive type of band aid. I'm concerned enough that its still oozing after 9 days that I think I'll see a doctor Monday and see if lancing it might be in order to finish off the drainage. At 11:10 AM Joel went ashore and purchased the Mooring's. read more...


08/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - To Tonga with Love

The capital of the Kingdom of Tonga is Neiafu where we arrived early in the evening. The anchorage at Neiafu is well protected and is reached after sailing through channels and islands that create an approach unlike any to the previous ports we have visited on the circumnavigation. Later in the week, sitting in a café overlooking the anchorage it reminded us a little of the Salcombe estuary in Devon, UK - apart from the weather of course!Despite being late, Paul and Suzana from World ARC were there to welcome us with smiles and forms, and introduce us to the very friendly Immigration and Quarantine male officers who were all wearing skirts. This is normal dress for men in Tonga and the boys in school uniform wear smart long skirts. Made a Scotsman feel quite at home!We stayed moored to. read more...


07/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I can see clearly now and I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles.......

N37:09:879  W42:45:600 Boat miles:- 1115.6 Miles to go:- 676.4   A quiet and light winds night. Well some morningsare just magical and the clarity this morning was stunning - no haze, no rain,no cloud, just the far horizon and we could see for miles and miles. And therewas no-one else out here we could see, though there may be some folks just overthe horizon. Indeed we know Aditi, an ARC 2013 boat, are some 200 milesahead of us and should be in Horta early next week.This view of the horizon is avery stark contrast to the closed in and very dark nights we had during the tworecent storms!   There are lots of things to be viewed closely, butequally on a clear day or night there are lots of things best viewed from afar -lightning, squalls, cumulonimbus, big commercial. read more...


07/06/2014

Webster - Seat of the pants stuff....

Friday 6th June 2014 Ponta Delgada to Santa Maria 55nmFriday dawned bright and breezy and having had a relatively early night we were ready to go by 0730. Neal tried to put in a waypoint for Santa Maria in our newly reset chart plotter and needless to say it froze again and refused to turn off. My patience is sorely tried now, it has got to go! At least the auto pilot was working fine, so there is an electronic rival for Igor on board again.We had not even slipped our lines when on VHF we heard Gary from Arcarius, who had set off a few minutes earlier, call to say he had engine failure and required a tow back into the marina. We hurried to let go our lines to help but then heard Morning Haze who was in the vicinity call to say she had offered a tow in and we watched as Arcarius limped. read more...


07/06/2014

Gertha 4 - back at sea

38.36.6N  23.02.5 W   The winds forecast at 25 k were 35 k .  The squals were thick and fast.The sea everywhere. First night back at sea was an interesting one. The jib did not like the weather and tried to get off the boat in a squal,two of us pulled out all the stops to make it stay on board. Autopilot sulked in the big squall and turned it self off. Toilet was blocked.   Al is good and safe on Gertie.  . read more...


07/06/2014

Shiraz - Storm Bound

A very mixed biscay crossing with 5 knots of wind, mirror calm seas and dolphin watching one day to 38 knots, a torn sail, topping lift wrapped around the forestay and engine failure the next. But hay ho we're all safe, emergency repairs done and well rested. After finding a wifi cafe, or wiffee as the locals say it was good to see all the other rally boats safe and sound. Looking forward to moving on to Bayona and sharing stories with the other crews. Hoping to make a move early Sunday morning. . read more...


07/06/2014

Skyelark of London - In Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga was named the friendly isles by Captain Cook, who wasin many ways ahead of his time, or perhaps he began a self fulfillingprophecy. Today they are indeed some of the friendliest people we have comeacross but back when he anchored in the bay in 1777 and was invited to andentertained at local feast, the plan was it would be his last! The feast wasa ruse, by gathering all the sailors together, they could be more easilydispatched and the ships looted! Local chief Finaucouldn't agree with hisnobles on the details of Capt Cooks earthly demise and he left non thewiser. Not quite so lucky was the crew of the ship Port au Prince who in1806 was attacked and looted with the loss of all hands, but one -WilliamMariner, who believed to be the captains son was taken in by the chief. read more...


07/06/2014

Flomaida II - 6./7. Juni- ein toller Tag und eine rabenschwarze Nacht!

Erst das Schöne: einen ganzen Tag lang konnten wir den Parasailor stehen lassen bei blauem Himmel, wenig Welle und moderaten 20 kn Wind. Dann gings los und zwar Schlag auf Schlag! Abends wollten wir den Motor starten,um den Parasailor zu bergen. Dazu muss der Generator laufen, weil ja die Lichtmaschine am Motor nicht lädt und diese Aufgabe der Generator übernehmen muss. Generator springt nicht an, allerdings ein anderes, neues Geräusch. Damit hat sich Christoph´s Horrorvorstellung erfüllt!!! Wenn wir nicht laden können, gehen auch alle anderen Geräte langsam zur Neige (Navigationsinstrumente, Autopilot und auch die Tiefkühltruhe), und ich hab nur noch die Navionics auf dem IPad- gut,dass es geladen ist. Wir beschließen, den Parasailor so lange als möglich stehen zu lassen und bleiben. read more...


Skyelark of London - In Tonga
Skyelark of London - In Tonga
Salsus - Sunset at Gijón
Salsus - Sunset at Gijón
06/06/2014

Waterval - ARC Potugal so far

When we started out on june 1st there was a suspicion of strong southerly winds towards the last day. How true this proved to be! The fleet lies scattered over the north of Spain and the people of the organisation have to work there buts off to put it all together again. We had counted on a NW wind earlier on Biscay, but it never came....This is how it went with us.Day 1. June 1stAfter the start line, where we blasted out Queen's "We are the champions" we took as the only ones the east exit on the Plymouth Sound and had a nice view of the others against the dark, hilly background. With a weak wind to beat against our boat is at its worst and we had to motorsail a lot. Day 2. June 2ndThe west going tide didn't take us far enough to evade Ouessant and we ended up tacking against a fierce. read more...


06/06/2014

Webster - The search goes on.......

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 Terceira to São Miguel 92nmTerceira is a lovely island and Angra a lovely port, a bit rolly, but otherwise alright. Glad to leave again though as it gives the liver a rest for a short while at least.The next leg is to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, the largest in the group by some way. I visited this port on the AZAB race back in June 1999 so was looking forward to reacquainting myself. The wind though was looking light from behind all the way and this was to be a night passage. Still, we had a working chart plotter so no problems in navigation for us this time. WRONG! Neal had been fiddling in the aft lazzerette pumping expandable foam into the cable holes, which had allowed water into the boat from the aft locker, having now discounted incontinence as. read more...


06/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - This is the (real) Captain of your ship.......

N36:50:993  w44:38:831   GPS miles to go:- 768   Boat miles done:- 1052.7   Hello everyone Andromeda here, I have Mrs Peeps(Susan) scribing my thoughts for today's blog.   Mr and Mrs Peeps have been in high spirits sinceyesterday when we passed the half way point, I think the lovely warm sunshinehelped too.  Mrs Peeps was certainly chuffed to get that dampclothing washed and out to dry, not that she was worrying over much, too manyother things on her mind at the time.   The Peeps have been working really hard as thecalmer conditions arrived and I must say I am looking much more ship-shapedbelow decks but definitely a bit chinese laundry/junk boat on decks. Delicious smells of cooking food keep pervading my cabins too - though of courseI can only go. read more...


06/06/2014

Salsus - Bear away and change your life!

Well, that was an interesting crossing, to say the least. We diverted to Gijon because our boat was taking in water in heavy weather. It was a tense couple of hours as we were trying to find the problem, but we could manage with pumping as there was not that much water coming in. We didn't find the problem, but we managed to stop the influx. At the same time we were trying to manage the increasing wind. We saw gusts of 35 kts (BF8) on top of a steady 30kts of true wind (BF7). The waves were about 5 - 6m. But the boat was well under control, the team was working perfectly. No panic, just get the job done. Very proud skipper! Because we didn’t want to risk the second depression without knowing what the problem was, we diverted to Gijón. We have been in Gijón the last two days making small. read more...


06/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 152; Fuel Transfer, Fiji Documents & Provisioning; Friday, June 6, 2014

Up at 7:22 AM. D-Day Anniversary Day. At 8:30 AM every day in Vava'u Tonga there is cruisers net on VHF channel 26. During this net sailboats communicate with each other and vendors that 'live' here hawk their services. The net starts with the net controller, who has nothing to do with the ARC rally, asking if there are any medical or other emergencies. Then each boat listening gives their boast name. Next a thorough weather forecast is read from the Tongan weather service is read. Then vendors hawk their wares, such as Safari Vacation, or scuba diving, or car rental, or restaurant, etc. Then the cruisers listening ask for help in a number of areas. The first day on the net I asked if there were any riggers in Vava'u Tonga. There aren't. During today's 8:30 AM net the weather forecast. read more...


05/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 151; Planning Route to Fiji, Filling out Paperwork for Fiji and a Slow Day in Vava'u, Tonga; Thursday, June 5, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. Free and Breezy, a 40 foot rally catamaran from Canada, stopped by to look at our temporary shroud fix. They just found out they had a broken shroud, also. Paul and Suzanne, our Rally representatives, flew off the island at 9:30 AM on their way home to England and Portugal, respectively. So now we're on our own.Breakfast was at 10:30 AM at the Aquarium Cafe. Banana pancakes and toast for me; banana pancakes and fruit bowl for Joel. Delicious. We used the free internet in the cafe while eating breakfast, but kept getting disconnected every 5 or 10 minutes. Welcome to the third world! Maybe its free because it doesn't work too well. Joel downloaded Passage Weather, and it looks like the weather will not be good for us leaving Saturday as we'd hoped to. The reason is because. read more...


06/06/2014

Dana Marie - Making Final Preparations for ARC Delmarva

Dana Marie is almost ready for the Rally, just a few more jobs to do on Saturday and we'll be ready for the start on Sunday morning.  Here's a great shot I took last weekend after I "dressed ship" with signal flags.  More to come..... IMG_0164. read more...


Dana Marie - Making Final Preparations for ARC Delmarva
Dana Marie - Making Final Preparations for ARC Delmarva
06/06/2014

Anettine - 6. june

The wake up call at 0520 came as a shook to the owner. After a while he turned up and realized that the plan to depart for Santa Maria at 0600 was real. We departed after breakfast at 0558 and is now enjoying 20-25 knots from NW. Dolphins escorted us out as usual. Current ETA is 1430 UTC.. read more...


06/06/2014

Remedy of Mylor - Log Day 6 (Day 2 for us!) - from a blustery Baiona

The first of the other rally boats, Nikita and Salmo Salar, arrived in Baiona yesterday morning, so the rally has now officially begun for us.Remedy has in fact been tucked up in Baiona for a couple of weeks after crossing from Port-La-Foret, Brittany, so we are pleased to have some company at last!The weather has meant that the other rally boats have taken refuge in various anchorages and marinas - hopefully the ones further south will manage to get here soon.We have been given rally flag and sailing instructions, and Joel conducted the safety inspection.The evening was spent at the gorgeous Monte Real Club de Yates where we we managed to commit our first faux pas by coming in wearing wet weather gear!This morning the wind is gusting 40knots here in the marina... My brother emailed. read more...


Ca Canny - Infinity and Zoonie (in the background) in the marina at Camarinas
Ca Canny - Infinity and Zoonie (in the background) in the marina at Camarinas
Ca Canny - First sight of entry into Camarinas
Ca Canny - First sight of entry into Camarinas
Ca Canny - Lighthouse off Ushant (last sight of land before crossing Biscay)
Ca Canny - Lighthouse off Ushant (last sight of land before crossing Biscay)
Ca Canny - Eddystone lighthouse
Ca Canny - Eddystone lighthouse
Ca Canny - Drakes Island, pre set-off
Ca Canny - Drakes Island, pre set-off
Ca Canny - Spirit III near the Hoe
Ca Canny - Spirit III near the Hoe
Ca Canny - Ian Lake (crew member) considering his photos
Ca Canny - Ian Lake (crew member) considering his photos
Ca Canny - Porcellum near the start line
Ca Canny - Porcellum near the start line
Ca Canny - Neil Hemming doing what we all want to do....
Ca Canny - Neil Hemming doing what we all want to do....
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius. Blog 1, from Bermuda

A Day at the RacesA double full moon, over Webster, lit the start of the second leg, as the gun went off Captain Horacio Webster lead the Amandawith his dosy crew, the two tricle miners and their Solvinian Tumbling acrobat.  Webster was in first position leading the fleet through the channel and away from Bermuda to the cries of Hi Ho! Arcarius, a smaller vessel formed part of the B class and the Skipper looking cool didn't raise the jib until the last minute.  Some of the Bermudian children were diving from rocks on one side of the channel and on the other, the committee stood and some members of the public to salute the fleet as they left the security of Bermudas harbour. The infamous Bermuda Triangle, outside the protected waters, awaiting the chance to lure in any boat. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius. Blog 1, from Bermuda
Arcarius of Plymouth - Fwd: Arcarius.      Blog 1, from Bermuda
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. "Hells Angels"

"Hells Angels" ARC coach trip missed, so now our only hope of seeing the Island's Caldiera is with the help of 3 scooters!We cling on and turn the accelerator staking out our "Arcarius Chapter." The Scare-Pirate determined to burn tyres and graze knees!!!!!The First Mate lead the Angels, exhausts firing through the quiet hamlets and beautiful countryside of Fiail. The Atlantic vista often presenting itself as we head up to the Caldiera stopping occasionally to record the view points photographically and to adjust the oversized, ill fitting helmets that obliterated the view of the road. This precarious form of transport however, proved very successful and we managed to catch the ARC group and arrive in time catch the view and make perfect images of the outstanding scenery before us. The. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. "Hells Angels"
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius.
05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"

Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"Bull running? Yes an interesting pass-time that the Portuguese have traditionally embraced for hundreds of years.Not sure who decided it was a good idea or why.Six, incidentally girls, gorgeous white shirted toreadors, I presume that's what they are called, grip a long rope with a bull tethered at the end.Half way along this restraint are three more toreadors, also extremely handsome in white shirts.Not sure they are chosen for their bull taming skills.The idea is that the toreadors run a bull through the public streets but must prevent the bull from crossing the white"safe line" 500 meters ahead.A number of civilian dressed, professional bull tormentors are also placed in the street, their role, to antagonise the bull with red umbrellas until he is. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius Seems like "A load of old BULL to us!"
Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius    Seems like
24/11/2011

Kalista - Wind, Pop Tarts, Landfall

After no wind for 3 days it finally filled in and we started making some good mileage days. But of course the wind was coming from the South the same direction that we were going. As all Sailors know, pounding to windward is just not fun especially in large swells and confused lumpy seas. Thank goodness Kalista has a good auto-pilot because hand steering in those rough conditions would have been exhausting and not very efficient. We used three different weather sources then threw a dart at the chart to see where the wind would come from and how hard she would blow. The weather sources kept reporting the wind would change to North-East which would have put it over the port aft quarter and allowed us to run on a broad reach, making our ride way more comfortable and faster. We set the sails. read more...


05/06/2014

Arcarius of Plymouth - Arcarius. Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.

Ocean Emotion or Arcarius Whale watching tours.The diminutive silhouette of Faial formed against a backdrop of the rising morning sun, shrinking by the minute as we headed away from the Island.Our view was replaced by an exciting selection of waterfalls, volcanic rock created landscapes and a plethora of different sea life. We were on our way to Terceria.Two hours before, the First Mate having only had one hour of sleep as a result of a particularly lively celebration at the famous Pete's sports bar, a provider of Ale to the Atlantic sailor since 1918 and experts they are too.Members of the fleet who visited the bar were very quiet the next morning and sales of paracetamol peaked on the Island.Skipper and the Scare-Pirate had 3 hours sleep and although jaded decided they were better. read more...