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10/11/2013

Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer

Hallo Ihr lieben daheim gebliebenen,seit Tagen nun bin ich an Bord und wir bereiten diesen wirklich luxuriösen Katamaran mit seinen 62 ft auf die erste Etappe von Las Palmas zu den Kapverden vor. Die Mannschaft besteht aus immerhin zwei Skippern, einem wunderbaren italienischen Koch (Ricardo) der zusammen mit seinem Mitstreiter und einer guten weiblichen Seele hier an Bord für das leibliche Wohl der Mitsegler und Gäste sorgt.Die ENIGMA mit ihren 62 ft ist als Charterschiff konzipiert und komm frisch aus der Werft mit allen Annehmlichkeiten ausgestattet, um eine solche Reise nicht nur sportlich sondern auch sonst angenehm zu gestalten.Da muss selbst bei schwierigem Wetter niemand seinen Mond an der Reling zeigen, die Dinge, die man sonst immer mal wieder rationiert auf einem Segler hat,. read more...


Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer
Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer
10/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog Sat night / Sunday morning

Crossed the line a bit ago.  Trekked down to Spanish Town and are tucked-in at VGYH.  Working hard to let our guard completely down in the form of Dark and Stormies.  Really looking forward to raising a glass or two with all the Carib 1500 fleet in Nanny Cay next week.  It's been a great experience! Anonymous Howard, Dave, Tommy, Bob & Pat.. read more...


10/11/2013

Starblazer - We have arrived in Gran Canaria

We have found the winds in the Canaries to be case of feast or famine, far too much or not enough!It's usually far too much when you are trying to make progress in a roughly northerly direction, such as the return from La Gomera to Tenerife, it was horrible.In contrast, the trip to Gran Canaria from Tenerife was a boring motor, sailing for only a couple of hours.We spent three nights in the anchorage before coming into the marina on Thursday.We couldn't have picked a better arrival day as we were invited to the Hallberg Rassy party.What a lovely surprise.Now we have a few days before ARC preparations begin in earnest, though the boat is just about ready to go!Friday was also a bit of a surprise.We officially checked into the ARC and went to the combined 'Farewell to ARC+' and 'Welcome to. read more...


Enigma - Kitesurfing
Enigma - Kitesurfing
Enigma - Enigma
Enigma - Enigma
09/11/2013

Tara - Sat Nov 9 - It's noon and it's AWESOME

The sun rising off TARA's bow was accompanied by a flurry of quiet activity.Flying fish in the distance, a bird resting on the rigging, and spotting a sailboat off the starboard bow were each the focal point of their individual moments.We've been motoring for 27 hours, since the wind died.TARA's engine is quiet, affords us a nice 7kt speed, ample charging for electronics, and plenty of hot water. Captain Mark stirs below, double checking the log for position, speed, and direction.Looking for wind information, he decides we should sail!The crew scurries topside, securing lines on winches, while our little sea finch flitters about here and there.I take my place on a beanbag on the bow!It's perfect for a little quiet time to reflect and savor the moment, not to mention pretty darn. read more...


09/11/2013

Tara - Fri Nov 8 - Airing Our Dirty Laundry

Ever-increasing temps continue to boost morale on board.Good morning greetings to sleepy-eyed sailors are passed around with smiles and stories of night watches, no ships in sight or the only one spotted in days that crossed within 2 miles.Energized from the sunshine (or possibly the pancakes) a unanimous work-about begins.As if a whispered desire blew on the wind, first heard by the crewman at the bow and carrying its message through to the stern.A sailor's heart thrives when the hands are busy, taking care of the vessel that carries us to far away places, voyages dreamed about by many, but realized by a tenacious few.Towels, used to mop up drips securing a better foothold against five days of an obnoxious angle of heel, were the first to be clipped to the lifelines.Soon, wet. read more...


09/11/2013

Solstice - Gulf stream crossing

Quote of the day:"Not only is the sea unspoiled and without artificiality, there is a primeval quality, a purity surrounding its environment.Maybe you appreciate the sea because when you are lost upon its vastness your life is not jammed up with the trivia, the meaningless detail, and the foolish stuff of civilization."--Hal Roth[Don]SV Solstice is happy to report that though our GenSet is down and out for the count, we've been able to get our engine repaired and we're back underway. The engine repair took a back-seat while the winds were strong and we were able to keep the batteries charged by other means, but after the wind generator got stuck by a flying lanyard and the GenSet died, it became clear that we didn't have enough solar charging to keep up with demand.So at night without. read more...


09/11/2013

Free Spirit - Excitement is in the air!

After motor sailing for 2 days now, we have wind in the forecast.We unfurled the genoa, shook all the reefs out and went to a full main in anticipation of a little help from Mother Nature.Our excitement yesterday was spotting the Norwegian Gem cruise ship, passing within 2 miles of our location.We contacted them to verify courses to ensure safe crossing, resisting the temptation to request a six pack and bag of ice.  For the folks back home, we are doing quite well.Have had some issues with gremlins in our electronics systems. During our troubleshooting, we took down the Caribbean 1500 tracking device to see if the location might be causing some interference.We have yet to get the Spot tracker up and running, so that put us in the stealth mode.Hopefully we didn't cause any angst. read more...


09/11/2013

Wings - Sat. morning, Nov. 9

Wings Blog, Sat. morn , Nov 9  The winds returned about 3:00 a.m. this morning, certainly adequate, but far diminished from earlier in the week -- now about 15 knots or so.  Beautiful morning -- hot and sunny. Despite the calm yesterday, it seemed like it was the longest day of the sail so far.  We got a lot done.  The swimming pool locker is now empty of water -- and for awhile, was also emptied of all the stuff inside.  Dave and Tommy found everything in there but Jimmy Hoffa -- we even found two fold-up lawn chairs, despite the lack of a lawn on a sailboat.  The locker is now clean and everything neatly stowed inside. All day yesterday and through most of the night, Howard was able to keep the water-maker working; apparently, it's gone on-the-fritz again. read more...


09/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - The final preparations

Provisioning is now complete and food is being prepared for the first few days out. Every spare nook and cranny has been crammed with packets of pasta, tins of tuna and bags of chocolate (emergency rations). Our new crew, Keith (also known as Emergency Rations) has been put to great use knocking up chills and curries, often first thing in the morning. Slightly concerned we may have bought too much we are thinking about setting up a floating restaurant in Cape Verdes! We have about 28 hours to go to the off and I think we are all ready and itching to go. Weather forecasts have been positive over the past few days so we are expecting a good sail, but maybe not record speeds. IMG_2834.. read more...


Sonsy Lass - The final preparations
Sonsy Lass - The final preparations
09/11/2013

Blue Raven - Blue Raven arrived in Las Palmas

Blue Raven arrived in Las Palmas We have arrived in Las Palmas on Blue Raven and look forward to meeting other ARC participants and completing our preparations for the start. Even though it is my third Atlantic crossing, the excitement is building. ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


08/11/2013

Free Spirit - What a difference a day makes!

We celebrated yesterday's success with cold sodas and showers for everyone.After savoring every drop of fresh water in the shower, we actually feel quite human again.Decided it would be nice to have Chinese takeout for dinner, but were outside the delivery area.Had to settle for home made sweet & sour pork.  We've settled into a rhythm with our watches.Andi (It's Good to be Queen) starts the evening watch, followed by Steve (Rock Star) Runals, then Mike (Head Man), with Steve (Iron Man) Lunsford completing the cycle.  Last night's the cool breezes.The sea is the most gorgeous shade of royal blue, with mild swells gently rocking us onward.The night sky is littered with stars so bright, at times it seems they reach right down to the water.We had a dolphin escort out of the. read more...


08/11/2013

Tara -

Thursday, Nov 7 It's the dawn of a new day, charged by a warm temperature and a big blue sky. Our 20 kt wind is as welcome as an old friend. Sunshine softens the memories of the near gale force winds that blew nonstop over the past few days, which afforded us the opportunity of heaving-to in 20 foot seas, as well as experimenting with various sail configurations. Tara's crew of 5 sailors, sharing her 54 foot LOA, have learned to move in concert with each other in the cockpit, nimbly stepping around tethers and jack lines.With this angle of heel, we're careful not to step on toes, especially the ones with pre-departure stitches.Our foul weather gear, now cast aside for shorts and t-shirts, makes everyone smile.This very diverse group of sailors has one thing in common -- their. read more...


08/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Las Palmas - Ready to go!

We thought this was going to be an easy week!   However, bigdecisions have had to made such as where do we put the extra fuel cans, how wefind  space in the bilge for 8 dozen eggs less the two that Jerry droppedon the pontoon, and in addition it has taken three good men most of theafternoon to send a mouse down the boom and another one up the mast. Finally Gill has been trying to get her head around the SSB email for most ofthe week and has made great achievements sending an email toherself!     We are ready and looking forward to the start of our Atlantic crossing onSunday.  We  have now managed to extricate Mike from the Chandlersthough Jerry, being a US citizen, still needs to get his permission toleave  with us.   Hope. read more...


08/11/2013

Meltemi - Erster Fisch am Haken

Heute um 17:00 Uhr den ersten Mahi Mahi gefangen. Nicht sehr groß (2,5 kg Filet) aber für eine Mahlzeit reicht es gut.. read more...


08/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog - Friday morning, Nov. 8

Wings Blog for Friday morning, Nov. 8 Quick update:  Weather is sunny and hot -- beautiful day.  Very little wind and what there is of it is "on the nose."  The boat has a laundry air about it -- wet towels and clothes are hanging out to dry all over the place. So, we're taking this opportunity to clean up a bit -- Dave and Tommy are finishing pumping out the swimming pool locker.  Howard and Dave are getting the water-maker back up and running.  I got some "work" work done.  And we're keeping an eye on the Auto-Pilot, which apparently pulled a "Hal" on us (from 2001, A Space Odyssey),  achieved consciousness in the past few hours and starting charting it's own course for us.  This development dawned on us when we noticed that the sun was. read more...


08/11/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!

The Capital-Conseil.com team works hard two weeks from the start.Checklists have the tendency to be hit by inflation, one item checked being replaced immediately by two newcomers!For those currently in Las Palmas, the boat is on the North side of Pier M.We’ll see you soon!L’équipe Capital-Conseil.com met les bouchées doubles à un peu plus de deux semaines du départ.La check-list fait de la resistance, un ‘item’ coché étant vite remplacé par deux nouveaux!Pour ceux sur place, le bateau est ponton M, côté Nord.A bientôt!Morvan BOURBINP1010099. read more...


Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!
Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!
08/11/2013

Beetle - Looking forward to the ARC and ARC staff

Beetle has been in Las Palmas since September the 2nd. We are on a Plane to Las Palmas within the near future - looking forward to meet our Fellow sailors and the boats we have met on our way from Denmark and southwards. Counting the days till November 24th - hoping for settled weather and kick´off as scheduled. CrewS/Y Beetle. read more...


07/11/2013

Windleblo - Madeira

Six hundred downwind miles and four nights from Gibraltar, we landed on Madeira. Windleblo led us here, seamlessly surfing the three meter swell as we practiced watchkeeping and arranged the sheets for best downwind effect. What's more, Martin is now Jules. His ARC alias revealed itself about 300 miles offshore as a consequence of a misheard monologue. Martin asked, "Who is Julie?" as the Coach told a story about a friend with a totally different name. Somehow Julie morphed into Jules, and Martin's new handle. That settled, we pushed on to Madeira, taking a berth in a marina on the island's west end. Our two layover days were spent with a windshield tour of the island's spectacular north coast and populated south, then prepping the boat for on next push, a 300 mile hop to. read more...


Windleblo - Madeira
Windleblo - Madeira
07/11/2013

Solstice - Onward Southward

After the Gulf Stream the winds were still up in the twenties and the seas were still pretty rough. We weren't eating much (or cooking at all) and we had to be careful moving around the boat.Tuesday one slip (by Ray) led to an accident. He wound up with a scalp cut and a strained shoulder.The cut bled like scalp cuts do and we are still finding bloodstains to clean up, but there were no signs of concussion. We had to hold the bandage around his head with blue painter's tape over the gauze wrap.It looked pretty sporty. Tuesday was also marked with an engine overheat.In fact a lot of the coolant was boiled or leaked away. We couldn't immediately find the problem.Yesterday, after our first nice sailing day featured sunny blue skies, fifteen knot breezes, and more modest waves we started the. read more...


07/11/2013

Free Spirit - Day 6- Half Way There

All is well on S/V Free Spirit.It's taken us a few days to get this post up because we were having so much fun rocking and rolling with the rest of the fleet in the high winds and big seas the last few days.Saturday evening and early Sunday were spent motoring south towards Hatteras to make the Gulf Stream crossing. Winds started to build in the wee hours Sunday to 20 to 25.By midday Sunday we were seeing gusts to 30. The wind stayed that way for the next three days with gusts into the mid 30's.Needless to say most of the time was spent trying to keep from bouncing off of things as we moved about the boat.Tuesday night, the fun really began when the jib furling line chafed through and the jib unfurled.It was a little too much sail, but we had no way to reduce it and didn't want to put. read more...


07/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog -- Thursday

Thursday morning, Nov. 7   It's 8:30 and, at last, the weather has calmed down.  We're currently running before a 15 knot wind; the sun is shining and the sea is reasonably calm. Dave is depressed that we've lost the high winds and the big waves that gave us our  speed over the last 3 days.  On the other hand, two members of the crew  (who shall remain Anonymous) are delighted to be able to move around the boat without being catapulted across the cabin, wrecking themselves and the boat. As we write, Howard and Dave are trying to fix the jib.  Tommy is at the helm, and the boat is riding smoothly.  It just goes to show how much better humans are than autopilots. This morning, in celebration of calm seas, Pat decided to cook a huge amount of. read more...


07/11/2013

Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr

Der Schipper hat seine Uhr bei einem Reparaturversuch ruiniert. Die Crew ist der Überzeugung, ein Schiffsführer ohne Uhr ist nicht gut.In Gib. gibt es Uhren!!!!!!Wer so eine Crew hat braucht keine ?????2013-11-06 20.59.31. read more...


Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr
Meltemi - Schippers neue Uhr
06/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog -- Wednesday afternoon, Nov 6

Update -- Howard and Dave worked on the front head for 2 hours -- confirmed:  it's still not working.  Now, the 5 of us are going to really get to know each other very well as we share the one functioning head on the boat. There is the idyllic fantasy about sailing that you get rocked to sleep by the waves.  The reality is:  1)  you snatch sleep when you can and it's never more than a few hours; 2) your sleep is dictated by the angle of the boat -- if you're on the weather side of the boat, you are constantly trying to stop yourself from rolling out of bed on the lee side and hitting the floor.  To prevent this, Howard has helpfully installed lee cloths that merely serve to tangle you up in a bunch of ropes.   If you are foolish enough to pick the. read more...


06/11/2013

Solstice - Closing in on the midway point

Status Update:We are all making this happen and though we are exhausted from the relentless wind and big seas, we are in good spirits and the crew is working well together.Captain Bill and Tom remain tortured by sea sickness, but they are pulling through like champs.We had our first real injury today but Ray is going to be fine. He was launched from the windward side of the galley backwards and fell hitting his head and injuring his shoulder. He's taking the day off from watch duties to rest but he's not hurt seriously.Lots of blood from a scalp wound but we didn't have to stitch him up, thankfully.We've dubbed the galley the "Galley of Death".Whoa as I walk through the galley of death.:)I (Don) myself almost "pulled a Ray" too. When the boat rocks, you gotta roll with it. We are. read more...


06/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog Wed morning

Wings:  Wed, Nov 6 -- morning blog.  Another day of rocking & rolling has started--with waves breaking over the deck, etc. Everybody is up and in good spirits, despite the frequent drenching courtesy of the  Atlantic. The sun comes and goes with the occasional squall. The Winds are whipping. The seas are confused, which matches the mindset of the crew most of the time. Bob, Dave and Tommy are tucked into the "Sea Camper 5000 XT" -- our nickname for the Bimini / dodger / plastic sides contraption that helps keep the weather out of the cockpit. At least, that' s the theory. Bob is telling stories; Dave is fantasizing about a drinking a Presidente; Tommy is at the helm; Howard is reading downstairs where I am blogging.  Cold breakfast again this a.m. -- we're now. read more...


06/11/2013

Meltemi - Benalmadena bis Gibraltar

Gestern Vormittag bis zu 50 Kn Wind im Hafen von Benalmadena. Ab Mittag ruhig bei nur 5 Kn.Auf dem Weg nach Westen dann wieder bis 30 Kn. gegenan. Mitternacht fest in Gib.Heute Affenfelsen besichtigen und dann Donnerstag Früh Richtung Madeira.. read more...


06/11/2013

La Rochelle - Preparations complete La Rochelle

With all the paperwork and safety inspections done we are ready to go.The long term forecast looks good with no more than 20 knots from the north east forecast for our 850 NM passage to the verdes.,which should take around 5-6 days.Hopefully we get a chance to use our spinnaker which has been anxiously waiting in the sail locker due to the rough passage from gibraltor.A huge thank you to all the "yellow shirts".The seminars have been very informative and the backup from all the staff has been first rate.The functions we have attended so far have been fantastic, Can't wait for SundayCrew. La Rochelle. read more...


06/11/2013

Wings - Wings blog Tues., Nov 5

Wings Blog for Tuesday,  Nov 5   Yesterday afternoon, smack in the middle of a squall, Howard and Dave started on about how the bow of the boat was too low to the waves.  An inspection of the forward locker found a secret  swimming pool and Dave promptly dived in. The two them then spent the afternoon pumping out a huge amount of the Atlantic-- not an easy feat when the only tools you've got are about $10 worth of kit from K-Mart.  If this problem continues, Howard will soon resemble Popeye... he could win an all-comers arm wrestling contest in any Norfolk bar. The event of the day has been our battle with the errant jib sail, the one that went kaput a couple of nights ago. Since then, we have fought skirmishes across the foredeck every few hours, mainly in. read more...


05/11/2013

Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?

Life is looking up in Las Palmas. The new radar reflector is up the mast. Satellite system skills are on the up. The crew is shaping up nicely. One hicc-up. The search for the prescribed waterproof notepad has been fruitless and if anyone, for some strange reason, has two of these, we are keen to trade. Manali is currently ensconced on her pontoon between a bevy of Brits, Germans and French. Fellow Australian boats on nearby pontoons are heading south on Sunday for the ARC+ Rally which starts in the Cape Verde Islands. We will all end up together again in mid December in Saint Lucia, telling tall tales over Caribbean cocktails. The countdown is on with only 19 days until the ARC fleet sets sail from Las Palmas. Some boats are battle ready being run with boot camp precision and. read more...


Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?
Manali - What's Up in Las Palmas?
05/11/2013

Tal Lira - 5 Nov: Day 4 s/v Tal'Lira 250nm to go!

Hi all! thanks for your congratulations on my birthday! Carole Dane, has her birthday on the same day as me (Pauline) and she is with Stepano and Cat and Dog on the way as well to Abacos, we have to wait to openthe bottle of champagne, because she turned 50 and she thinks it's a special moment of time, so we wait as well with the bubbles.It was a boisterous night (and day) for sure. and now it gets light, we can sail hopefully the whole day! It is strange to think that we will be in blue waters again in a day or two!! We figured out to arrive in themorning at Abacos and plan to take the west entrance, because the Notherly winds and waves make it impossible to enter straight in to Green Turtle Cay.. We will see.We had contact with fellow sailors, and Morning Haze is also doing well! Hope. read more...


05/11/2013

Adina - Facing the Camera

Adina has been interviewed for a documentary at King's College Junior School in Wimbledon, London. Fabulous fun with a wide ranging set of questions from the pupils. These included questions like "What is your biggest fear?" and "How do you make sure there is enough water to drink? to "Do you expect to see Sharks?" and our favourite question "Are you going to find treasure on the island?". More on our blog www.yachtadina.co.uk and we hope to post the actual footage when it's aired! Tom and Susie. read more...


Meltemi - Neue Crew in Benalmadena
Meltemi - Neue Crew in Benalmadena
04/11/2013

Solstice - Gulf stream crossing

We are safely on the other side but it was a wild ride.Previous:Status update, we are traversing the gulf stream heading ESE at 5+ knots. Seas are 8-10ft with mostly a regular period. Roughly 125 miles SE of the start.Virginia is a long way back.Ray joked that may change the boat's name to "Shaken, not Stirred". But then again, we had to do a 360 to unwrap a fouled genoa last night so maybe it should be "Shaken and Stirred".We cleared the bridge tunnel Saturday and sure enough as predicted, the winds went from 0 to 20 knts within an hour. Just about the time we'd get the first reef in, it was time to reef again. Finally we got her settled in for a nice ride. Nobody slept much, but that's changing as exhaustion sets in.Somehow we wound up with three quarts of mayonaise in stores. We are. read more...


04/11/2013

Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start

Die Crew für die Überführung Benalmadena/Las Palmas ist soweit. MELTEMI ist proviantiert, Sicherheitseinweisung ist auch erledigt.ARC Aufkleber für 2013 ist am Heck.Heute noch in Benalmadena und morgen nach Gibralta zum tanken und dann Richtung Madeira.Renate, Julia, Jürgen, Klaus, Andreas, Tim und Schipper Rüdiger freuen sich.P1000354. read more...


Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
Meltemi - Deliveringcrew fertig zum Start
04/11/2013

Tal Lira - 4 Nov: Day 3 s/v Tal'Lira going South!

Cannot say it was a good night! So much traffic and you have no other choice than to avoid the confrontation, especially the 600ft and up ones going on course 001 and do not change! Spoke to Kinship, with whom we crossed on the course, they were going straight to Anegada! whilst we are going to Abacos. The weather forecast is for sailing, 23-28 knots with gusts to 35! We have had that!! Peter stated, tomorrow is your B'day and I want to be near the rum punch!! haha I don't think so... Well this for now, more later!P&P. read more...


04/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog - Monday morning, Nov 4

Wings Blog:  Monday morning, Nov 4So, sailors bang on all the time about the weather, and we're no different.  In the last 24 hours, we've experienced the Gulf Stream with winds whistling along at about 24 knots and a temperature change of about 15 degrees.  Then finally out of the Gulf Stream, a brief respite, but then at about 4:00 A.M., this morning, the first of several (and continuing) squalls.  The first we realized what was happening was when the wind upped to 43 knots and our speed went to 13 knots as we bounced across the water like a cork.  We dug Anonymous Dave out of a deep slumber for some advice; his advice:  "It's a squall.  I'm going back to bed."  What wasn't clear to Anonymous Bob what a  "squall" was --  typical. read more...


Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
Wings - Wings Blog - Toothbrush
04/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - The Story so far

The story so farWe raised our ARC flag on 15 August as we left our marina at Lavrio, near Athens, to begin our long journey to Las Palmas and onward to St. Lucia. It was only a short downwind sail to anchor under Cape Sounion for the last time in many years as this was the start of our circumnavigation.  We soon passed through The Corinth Canal and made our way to The Ionian. We visited Ithaca, Lefkas and Cephalonia, anchoring out each night until we reached Zakyththos where we took on extra crew, Viv & Steve, for the journey as far as Lanzarote.  The expected Northerly winds, for once in this part of the world did not blow, in fact on our journey to Sicily, we needed to motor a lot of the way.  A few days in Sicily tied up at Naxos, a small harbour for which no charge. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael Corinth Canal
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Michael & Caroline Sicily
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West
Golden Spirit of Islay - Caroline going West

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