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16/11/2013

At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano

We are finally ready to go and the party has already begun! Last night we had a great celebration and toast with 50+ of our friends and family. The evening was complete with an ARC cake. All friends can follow us on www.atlast.xoom.it DSC_0642. read more...


At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
16/11/2013

Hanami II - Mindello: 1 ere etape

16 XI 2013- 12 :15 UTCReste 20 miles et comme je le disais a ARC-Control, on devrait franchir la ligne vers 16 heures UTC soit 15 :00 locale car le Cap Vert est a UTC-1.Journee ensoleillee, apres une nuit un peu grise, pluvieuse sur la fin qui nous a force a changer d'amurres pour la fin du parcours.Ce matin, au lever du soleil, dauphins et poissons volants.Au bout des lignes : rien mais celle de Christian avait du prendre une belle bete dont il ne restait qu'un petit bout de machoire accroche. Dommage.La chaleur est arrivee avec le soleil : 32 degres a 11 :00 au lieu des 22-24 que nous avons eu jusqu'à hier. Comme dit Christian ca change et ca va continuer.19:00 UTC, 18:00 localeEt bien ca y est, nous voici arrives au terme de la premiere etape.Super journee de mer, avec du soleil et. read more...


16/11/2013

Edelweiss - Our first blog

We are sending this out to post to our ARC blog (the one that we'll be using as we cross the Atlantic) as a test and also to let you know we're here in Las Palmas already. We arrived on Friday 8 November and it's been a whirlwind of activities since then! The parties have already started (the boys are loving the daily "Sundowners" with free soft drinks and a chance to play tag with the other kids) and the seminars start later this week. Along with ARC check-in, safety inspections, and boat preparations, it's been hard to find time to sit & eat. More soon! - Teri for the crew. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - Arrival

Arrival! After  almost five days of sailing this morning we will soon be making land in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The days have gone by very fast and quite smoothly. For four days we have sailed at an average speed of 7.8 kn, a remarkable speed for our Amel 53. With a twin poled headsail and a wind speed in the 13-20 kn we have reached speeds exceeding 10 kn for short periods and almost always near or above 8 kn. The last day, however, the wind dropped to a miserable 7 to 10 kn, cutting drastically into our average, which will still be well above 7 kn. Life on board has been very pleasant, good conversation, quiet reading and an occasional hectic moment to change or reset sails. We have kept two rods out always, but the fishing has been modest. Two small dorados (mahi mahi) that have. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - 11 Nov - first day at sea

First Day at sea –November 10Yesterday November 10 at 1.00 pm we left Las Palmas and set sails for Cape Verde. The biggest challenge on the start was to avoid collision with the 45 boats all leaving at the same time through the narrow gate of the start line. We had two hair raising encounter with an onlooker who wanted a somewhat too close look at us and an ARC boat that approached us from downwind, starboard side. She only moved away after I shouted a “what the …” at the skipper at the top of my lungs! That was close!After we negotiated the classic acceleration zone at the southern tip of the island (20-30 kn) we settled on a more comfortable 14-18 kn, which is what we expect for the next 2-3 days. No squalls in the forecast so far.Marianto prepared a. read more...


16/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers

Duke: 'why did the baker have smelly fingers?'Simon 'don't know, why did the baker have smelly fingers'Duke: ' because he kneaded a poo'image1. read more...


Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
16/11/2013

Windsurf - ARC activities

Note from WindsurfYesterday was an energy day. In the morning we planted trees, a good workout for the maintainance of the environment of the island of Gran Canaria. From our hand there are 13 windsurf trees. Really beautiful against the hill of a mountain. Come and have a look !In the afternoon all kinds of preparations again. Cleaning the boat once more and do some housekeeping. At night again a nice party sponsored by Rolnautic, the shop who provisioned all the sailors with the technical equipments their boats need... They have earned a lot this week and will earning more in the coming week... Every sailor buys all kinds of needs, expensive needs... His wallet got too empty and his boat will be overloaded...We got a nice party with lots of good music from a live band. Everybody. read more...


Windsurf - ARC activities
Windsurf - ARC activities
16/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - DAY 6 (sssh! whisper it!)

I'm not sure we should even be admitting we are now sailing a sixth day and that what's more we will probably be needing its entirety before we find Mindelo (and thus missing our own welcome party tonight).It was all going so well!Last night the wind dropped and started doing a variable dance ensuring our trusty poled out genoa with alongside jib rig which we had not had to touch since leaving Las Palmas was rendered incapable of the task.At midnight it was decided that what was needed was to drop the jib, un-pole the genoa and put up the mainsail....mission.30 minutes later (be charitable...only two of us onboard remember) mission was accomplished and much neglected full main was put into service along with the full genoa.One vital ingredient was missing from this nocturnal party - the. read more...


16/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle finished

After 5 days and 5 hours we have safely arrived at the verdes.Finally managed to get the weapon out on the last day, the parasailor and what a weapon it isThe breeze dropped out to 10 to 14 knots and up she went.8 knots boat speed at 140 degrees apparent ,sensational. read more...


16/11/2013

Webster - Log 1 - Preparation

Its started! Having delivered the boat to Las Palmas late August with my eldest daughter Jenny and her partner Mark from Madeira it has been time to go home and catch up on a few work related matters and spend a bit of time at home and in the office. "But you are supposed to have retired'?, says Alison my former long suffering secretary, "Go away". Oh well, nice to be made welcome......so back to the boat on 4th November to get most of the prep work for the ARC done before the crew arrive on 16th. Trouble is I had very recently discovered I had developed a hernia and had it operated on almost immediately to allow me at most four weeks before the start of ARC 2013, not long enough really.All was going perfectly well until Wednesday morning, provisions on board, safety check done and. read more...


16/11/2013

Hanami II - Maintenant on est proches ...

15 XI 2013 - 22:1017 55 N - 23 28 WNous avons eu notre premier atterrissage de poisson volant sur le pont.Ca prouve que l'on entre dans des eaux plus chaudes.Il devait faire 15 cm de long et je l'ai remis a l'eau, si ca se trouve il va se faire dévorer par la première dorade qui passe, a moins qu'elle ne morde a une de nos lignes de traine. Patience …Il y en eu d'autre ensuite de même de des groupes entiers qui décollent des vagues sur 50m, chasses par les dauphins qui bondissent par troupe entiere sur les cotes du bateau, sur tribord ce matin.Vers 12 :00 empannage et cap au SW, presque sur la route directe vers Mindello apres avoir chatte sur la BLU avec 2 autre bateaux, derrière nous, qui marchent, eux aussi voiles croisées, vers le Cap Vert. Pour être honnête c'est agréable de savoir. read more...


15/11/2013

Fanny Fisher - Gourmet Sailors

The impossible happened, after all our hassles we made it to the startingline on time where it was like being in a washing machine and we lost one crewmember for two days.Now  have finally got into a good cruising rhythm. Ouronly  “drawback” has been the 75cm /10-15 kg Tuna David managed to lureonto the end of his line. It made for some exciting moments and have since eatenlike kings on tuna steaks and Ceviche! Entertainment has been 2 ships and a podof about 50 dolphins which followed us for 5 hours. Should see Mindelo sometimesat. Cheers all aboard Fanny Fisher. read more...


15/11/2013

Jambo - Getting Jambo ready

Tom and I are working through the list of jobs but new ones come on faster than the old ones go off!!Should be ready for Nick and Carol and Julia on Monday then we can start to load the boat with over a ton of provisions --. read more...


15/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - 82 nm to go

Yes it’s 82nm to go and that first beer isn't going to touch the sides.Yesterday we managed to catch a fish, it was a huge Dorado (all of 12”), enoughfor one person so we had to let it go. it was a beautiful golden-yellowcolour.  So far we have had more luck catching flying fish on Sonsy’s deck,with 1 landing in the cockpit in the wee small hours. Currently sailing in lightwinds with our cruising chute up making 6.5 to 7kt. It looks as if we are goingarrive at Mindelo  23.00 to 00.00.   . read more...


15/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Cape Verdes Here We Come

Another day dawns on Joy of Shamrock Quay en route to Cape Verdes, with the finish line getting closer for our Mindelo arrival tonight. The moon was spectacular last night lighting up the sea with a shimmering eeriness.Light winds unfortunately meant slower speeds but as soon as the moon disappeared the swell returned and wind picked back up to 12-15 knots.No more sightings of catamaran Amaris overnight, we saw them again yesterday jibing in front of us and made contact with them on VHF to confirm we were picking them up clearly on radar.Joy is still performing well despite lighter airs, no breakages or injuries other than stubbed toes and the odd bruise, and the sun is hot when it breaks through the cloud cover and I think the butter has definitely melted!Susie. read more...


15/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - 4,000nm and Slowing Down?

Whilst not directly related to the ARC we had a small celebration this morning.The log tells us that we have now covered 4,000nm since leaving Stavanger (Norway) back in May.The GPS slightly took the edge off it by telling us that our average speed overall has been a disappointing 5.3knts.Returning to the here and now the GPS would also like to tell you all that we have had a slower day today. With a little over 200nm to go and a welcome party scheduled for Saturday this is a tad frustrating (for us not the GPS).The wind dropped from a steady NE 5 to something that varied between ENE and NE 2-4 during yesterday morning and remained so until last night when it picked up slowly and is now back to a respectable NE 5.On the plus side the seas are now flatter so we are not rolling.However,. read more...


15/11/2013

Adina - Happy Birthday to Tom!

The birthday flags are up onboard Adina this morning! Funny to think two years ago we were still dreaming, one year ago we were planning and madly preparing, and now here we are in Las Palmas just over a week away from leaving to cross the Atlantic. And after today's jobs are done we'll be at the ARC sundowners ready to celebrate! Our latest blog is up on www.yachtadina.co.uk about our last couple of weeks in Las Palmas.. read more...


15/11/2013

Hanami II - On approche

15 XI 2013 - 00:25 UTC19 30 N - 21 49 WAujourd'hui une journee plus calme meme si elle debutte par une surprise electrique: Le generateur semble ne pas charger les batteries. En fait, et c'est Christian qui a trouve la reponse, c'est parce que l'on a laisse le ballon d'eau chude sur "ON" sur 220 et que l'eau est froide, donc il pompe tout le courant.Juste et bien vu.Pour le reste, peu a dire.W&S confirme que la panne vient bien de l'hydrogenerateur. Selon leur mail ils en ont deja eu et donnent la procedure de diagnostic.On a deja preque tout fait et on finira a Minedello, il reste 238 miles.Ce que j'attend c'est la procedure de reparation, bien plus utile et je pense que Sabrina, mon interlocutrice habituelle, me la fera parvenir. La reponse a son mail et la demande partent en meme. read more...


14/11/2013

Hanami II - Re: Reponse

DAns les commentaire recu sur le posting relatif au Watt&Seail apparait que mon hisoire n'est pas claire. Ca ne m'etonne pas car elle a ete ecrite au fur et a mesure.Donc voici un resume plus clair, pour ceux que ca interesse.Ce que le blog raconte c'est la successionLe matin 06:00- batteries basses au dessous de 60%, il faut charger car la tension baisse.- demarrage du groupe qui ne charge pas => pourquoi ?, pas le temps de chercher- demarrage du moteur car il FAUT recharger pour ne pas perdre les batteries- decouverte de la fuite en controlant le voltage des batteries au tableau: tout est rouge- recherche de la fuite en eteignant tous les instruments tour a tour.- indentification de la fuite => c'est l'hydrogenerateur, il ne restait que lui.- deconnection de toutes les. read more...


Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures...
Morning Haze - pictures....
Morning Haze - pictures....
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - and more pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
Morning Haze - More pictures
14/11/2013

Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)

Hello, The crew of Morning Haze made it!  For the young crew,  it was the first offshore passage and I am happy to report that they handled it very well!  The conditions were "bumpy" to say the least.... Even though the young ones were affected with sea sickness the first 3 days....no one ever complained.... On the fourth day, when the sun came up, the waves diminished and wind subsided to 20 knots...everybody had already forgotten about the 35 kts and the big waves in the Gulfstream. We were in contact with Tal' Lira on our way and exchanged information on weather and sea conditions as they were ahead of us.  We appreciated these exchanges while I noticed Pauline's concerned for the family...a mother will always be a. read more...


Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)
Morning Haze - News from the Bahamas POB (Pumpkin over board)
Joy of Shamrock Quay - ''I say, faster Helmsman, keep up with that Catamaran 'Amaris', I can smell the G&T they will owe us on the finish line''
Joy of Shamrock Quay - ''I say, faster Helmsman, keep up with that Catamaran 'Amaris', I can smell the G&T they will owe us on the finish line''
14/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 5 begins ARC+

Graham,Life on a heavy cruiser.The last 24 hours have been wonderful, we are loving our Atlantic experience.Justbefore I began to write, we had a school of flying fish wizz past, some landing on our decks.They were followed by a huge pod of dolphins who stopped their breakfast hunt to perform a display along side our cockpit and under our bows.Sailing has been good, Susie our weather girl has done a good job at finding ussome nice breeze to keep our sails full enough to power our 37 tons through the water.Skip has been bold with our sail plan and has kept up 200m sheet even through the night.He seems to be pleased with the VMG most of the time, however he did get frustrated with our boat speed and ordered a third head sail to be raised (yes we have photos)Skip also did a provisioning. read more...


14/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Slow but Sure

Thursday!What a way to spend a week..in a blue-water vacuum and becoming more aware as the days go by that this is just Act 1 of a 2 Act play and that the second Act will be much longer than this first. However,very much looking forward to the interval in the Cape Verdes. Coming at them across the waves like this it is plain to see how remote they are.Even the African coast is slipping off the side of the chart now and we are left with a vast white page with brave little islands in the middle.We had a slow night with winds dropping to a Force 3 and swell reducing too.It was conducive to some good off watch sleep.A huge fishing vessel passed by quite close going from the Falklands to Vigo in Spain.We imagined he did this regular trip and last night was wondering what on earth was going on. read more...


14/11/2013

Hanami II - Demain sera different ...

Date: 14/11/2013Heure UTC 02:45POsition : 21 34 67 N - 20 34 33 WSi le 12 avait ete une journee sans garnade particuliarite, on ne peut pas en dire autant du 13.Le pourcentage de charge des batteries baissant, il etait prevu de recharger avec le generateur lors de mon quart a 06:00. Donc a 6h, toutes les vannes du generateur etant ouvertes on lance le generateur depuis la console, tout se passe bien, il demarre, affiche une bonne tension de sortie mais pas de charge sur les batteries qui continuent a perdre 7Ah pour repondre aux besoins du bord.Pas normal ca. Verification du niveau des batteries sur le tableau et la, horreur absolue, la charge et a 11.75V (tres basse, dangereuse pour les batteries, je ne veux pas perdre un nouveau parc) mais surtout il y a une fuite electrique majeure,. read more...


13/11/2013

Tara - Land Ho! Fish On!

Mon 11-11-2013. 0524 hrAll hands on deck! We've left the lights of Anegada to port and the Caribbean 1500 finish line astern!  Captain Mark pops the cork!  Glasses are raised, toasts are made.  Cheers to an amazing passage with awesome people!  Cheers to the sailing vessel TARA, without whom I'd not known the exhilaration of charging through the dark of night on a galloping thoroughbred!  Wind in my hair, spray in my face, waves crashing over the bow and a raging sea awash along the leeward rail!Sighting Virgin Gorda amidst the clouds off port bow rallies the crew again.  Stories and laughter fill the cockpit.  Just when we think it couldn't get any better, we hear the seductive spin from our fishing pole, mahi-mahi, Fish On!. read more...


13/11/2013

Malisi - 190 Miles to Mindelo

Malisi boat log, 13 th of November 12:46The heat is coming. Even in the shadow. We are slowing down, the boat has slown down. Since two days we are witout spinnaker.  (Except this, we are doing fine!)  We are at first position, but  considering our handicap, we are not. We feel a litte bit like a lame duck here! Read the story how it happened:We are sailing with a catamaran. It is a Outremer 64 light. I arrived in Las Palmas a week ago,  to help with delivery of the boat to the Carribean. There I am going to command the boat during the winter , until then I will be a  watchleader. What has happened on Malisi?In the night after the start of the ARCplus-Rally we were pushing our luck. The tradewinds, increased by the Canary Islands, blew with up to 29 knots. We. read more...


13/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Settling in!!!

Day three and getting in to the swing of ocean life. After a hectic night with the furling drum which meant we spent a few hours getting cold and wet sorting out the sails we dropped down the leader board :-(( A hearty breakfast kicked started the morning and all in good spirit. We hit the 500 mile mark so we are celebrating with a sunset dinner and a fruit cocktail ... life if good!! We are enjoying every moment of this wonderful adventure and a good time is had by all :-))) Oh, and I was not very well yesterday so spent the day in my cabin so Jack took over cooking duties and to my surprise it was rather good so I am worried I will loose my job as head chef..!! . read more...


13/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - 3 Days In = Nearly Halfway

Life on board is now well settled into our routine and with just over 400nm in the bag we are, as we enter our fourth day at sea, almost halfway there. Today a bit of a resume of the sailing so far. Yep, sailing, the motor has not been used in anger since just before the start. In the warm weather and with all the e-mails it has however been in great demand to provide power to the fridge, freezer, radio and Sat C. With the wind behind us the wind generator has just not been able to produce more than about 4 amps - a mere drop in the ocean for us power hungry individuals.We crossed the start about 8 seconds late under headsail only and then had a slow 2 hours as we headed south to the airport and the start of the wind acceleration zone. As predicted by the WCC team we knew exactly where. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 - Its 'Go Go Go' on Joy of Shamrock Quay
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 - Its 'Go Go Go' on Joy of Shamrock Quay
13/11/2013

Anettine - 24:08N 17:24W A hard night!

We took down the spinnaker at sunset due to waves and wind and replaced it with the genaker. Two hours later, during the dinner, the genaker broke big time. It took a while to get it down during the dark. It will be difficult to maintain our position without the genaker. We have made 310 nm since start.. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 25:11:60N 16:32:30W

En fin dag på sjøen, med fin fart. Frisk vind 9-12 m/S fremm til ca 1400. Løyet til 8-10 m/s så vi har satt spinnaker (kun). Ser ut som om vi rister av oss han i kjølvannet som vi ikke vet hvem er. Vi vurderer å kjøre spinnaker gjennom natten dersom det blir mindre bølger. For mye bølger enda, men det går bra i dagslys. Vi har hatt besøk av masse delfiner flere ganger i dag. Vi har logget 216 mil siden start.Hilsen Anettine. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 26:03:50N 15:54:50W The first night

We had good sailing all night with the sail spread. 7-10 m/s wind. We both had some sleep. The night was surprisingly moist and cold. We have sailed 145 nm since start with 8 knots average speed. In the afternoon we were pleased to see that the position report from rally control had us on 3rd place. Very motivating!. read more...


13/11/2013

Anettine - 28:07:70N 15:25:50W, A good start

We are happy with the start. The genaker was set 3 minutes before start and we crossed the line 20 seconds late. A block for the mainsheet broke during a jib 5 minutes before start. The mainsheet is now heavy to work, but it will not have any impact other than on Steins arms. We will make the repair in Cape Verde.We carried the genaker in 7-13 m/s wind until around 1700 when we had to take it down because of heavy sea.20-30 playful dolphins made us a visitjust before sunset. Making 8,5-9 knots in the dark with the genua spread with boom and full mainsail. We have good contact with far bigger boats just before dark, so we believe we are making it good overall,. read more...


13/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Arrival in Las Palmas - getting ready for the 24th

We reached Las Palmas at last on Sunday 10th November.  After leaving Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on the 2nd, we sailed to a bay on the south of the island and spent a night there enjoying the quiet and lack of lights. Unfortunately the freezer stopped working (again) and we had to return to the marina to have it repaired.  This was not successful and we decided to wait until we were in Las Palmas in the hope that we would find a good refrigeration engineer there.  We spent the next day sailing down to a little island called Islas de Lobos, variously translated as Island of the Wolves or Island of the Fur Seals. It was very peaceful, the water was beautifully clear and we had a lovely swim before the jellyfish found us. That evening we set off on a night sail to. read more...


Rosa Fascia - This Really Beats the Daily Commute!!
Rosa Fascia - This Really Beats the Daily Commute!!
13/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 3 Great Progress

We have thoroughly enjoyed our downwind sailing over the last couple of days. The last 24 hrs has brought more dolphin, a whale blow holing, winds generally NE 13-18 with max gust at 29 knots over night, top speed 9.5 (surfing the waves!). Toptastic.Fresh bread rolls have been baked, and on the menu for dinner has been roast chook, Thai curry with noodles (made from scratch of course) and last night Graham prepared marinated pork chop with baked pear, rosemary potatoes, courgettes and green beans! Who said galley food should be pre-prepared or from a tin!Bellies are full, muscles beginning to tone from balancing against the rolly swell, and we still have smiles on our faces despite the lack of sleep!Hand steering all the way except for sail changes and logs at night, we are LOVING this. read more...



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