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25/11/2013

Hebe - Day 1 24.11.13

Left Las Palmas at long last on a glorious day amid the racket of brass bands, cheering crowds and fond farewells to all our new boaty friends, flags, photos and excitement. All 240 yachts then jostling together to get out of the narrow marina entrance, then off to the start line and the big gun and off we go. A quite unexpected squall then obliterated the entire fleet and we all got a thorough soaking and one boat broke their boom, it was all rather hectic, and not the start we wished.Weird weather after that with the sails up and whizzing along followed by wind holes everyone stopped dead and all the boats just sitting bobbing about.Unevetful first night. Sarah'e spag bol quite delicious.Janie Lax. read more...


25/11/2013

Hera - Kurs Kapverden

Die erste Nacht nach dem Start bescherte uns in Lee von Gran Canaria zeitweise kurze Flauten, so dass unser erstes Etmal bei nur 130 sm lag.Die Taktik vom Start weg direkt Schmetterling zu segeln machte sich bezahlt und wir konnten uns zum Einbruch der Nacht gut plazieren.Wie erwartet haben wir heute nur noch ein halbes Dutzend Mitsegler gesichtet. Von der ARC haben wir bisher noch keine Positionsmeldungen bekommen, so dass wir augenblicklich nicht wissen, wie gut wir liegen. Ich habe bei der Crew erstmal Optimismus erzeugt, indem ich erklärte, dass wir uns wahrscheinlich schon im Feld der Racer bewegen.Die Handlungen der Crew bei den Segelmanövern werden inzwischen sicherer und die Küchenteams spielen sich in der Pantry gut ein.Sollten wir in eine mehrtägige Flaute vor dem Erreichen der. read more...


25/11/2013

Selivra OLD - ARC 2013

2013-11-25, 1500Whow what a start …. A grandiose scenery at the Marina, the music, people on the quay and more than 200 vessels going through the gate to the start line. First sun, than much more wind as expected and rain. The start under the eyes of the Spanish Royal Marine was very exiting. The first 24 hours are behind us, the vessel and the crew worked very well and we looking optimistically forward.Und jetzt in unserer Muttersprache:Whow was für ein Start …Aber alles der Reihe nach - es war eine für uns Newcomer, First Mate MrsDagi, Charly, Frank und Gunther, und die "alten Hasen" Hans-Peter (oder HPder Skipper) und sein persönlicher vierbeiniger Leichtmatrose Benni, schoneinmalige Situation! Wann wird man schon von mehreren Musikkapellen mitkanarischen Klängen und vielen hundert. read more...


Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
25/11/2013

Miciadue - alles im grünen Bereich

Wir laufen mit Butterfly 240 Grad bei 4 Windstärken und bedecktem Himmel. Heute Nacht hatten wir eine kleine Flaute. 135 sm liegen bereits hinter uns. Wir haben nur ein Problem: Wohin mit unserem großen Vorderschinken?. read more...


25/11/2013

Shine - Day 2

They're off. A couple of hundred boats milling around in circles then at 13:00 we were away..............in the rain.Frantic reference to the brochure revealed no reference to oilskins or rain for this particular cruise, but thankfully this was short lived and we were soon roaring along at 12 knots in sunshine.A little local knowledge is a wonderful thing, and many thanks to Jorge for letting us know that standing off the island would pay dividends.Many unfortunate souls sailed straight into the inshore wind hole and waved us on our way.At writing we have been informed that we are leading the race having opted to go further north than any other boat, and have managed an impressive 200 miles in the first 24 hours.A long way to go and many surprises ahead of us, but so far so. read more...


25/11/2013

Beetle - Day 2

What a fantastic start for the ARC 2013.Within hours we sailed dead dead downwind, broad reaching, reaching, beating. Today we have had a beam reach since 5 am this morning. Doing +7 knots all day - slowing a knot or so the last hour.We still have about 5 other vessels visible.Thanks to every one in Las Palmas: Rolnautic, the local rigger, the Yanmar shop, dive shop, fishing shop, Cortes Inglés, Hyper Dino, all taxi drivers and all the restaurants we frequented.Also thanks to the yellow shirt, whom we will meet again on the other side.Can't wait to the steel band extravaganza.BeetleN26.15, W17.01. read more...


22/11/2013

Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter

Sun,shorts, and Duran Duran "Her name is Rio" on repeat, the weather this morning is great after an night of different wind forces, now the sun is up and so is the cruising shute, the great big wave hammeringmachine called Skyelark of London is skipping along with 9 knots of speed, the crew is happy and enjoying them self. No fishing though, hope tomorrow will be the day when we haul Moby Dick in on my lucky lure, yes mine is off course the best, I named it Horriatio the squid. Times up and I don't want to waste any more time talking to you when I could sit in the cockpit sailing away!bye :-DPeter!blog 2. read more...


25/11/2013

Second Wind - 25 Nov - first blog

Welcome to the first blog of Second Wind. Having spent two weeks in Gran Canaria doing all those little jobs which one does before an Atlantic crossing, and a slightly bigger job (when the rigging inspection uncovered the fact that the standing rigging replacement carried out only 2 years ago in Greece was not so hot). We are now on our way. With our clothes (but not our enthusiasm) dampened by a wet and windy start. We have had a mixed bag of winds, not necessarily abiding by the forecast and we are presently hard on a HEADWIND.At least we have a great view of the rest of the fleet from our slot down the back.All on board fit and well so far.. read more...


Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
25/11/2013

Incisor - Daily blog

We are 24 hours into the race and already we have seen a whole host of different conditions – upwind, downwind, no wind, lots of wind! The atmosphere on the pontoon was one of nervous anticipation, with everybody eager to set sail. The conditions were excellent at the start line with 15 knots of wind from the north west as a Spanish naval ship fired the gun to set us off. It was a spinnaker start and there was little room for manoeuvre as the other yachts in our class jostled to make an early lead. We made good progress through the fleet, soon catching a number of multihulls which had set off before us. But the satisfaction wasn’t to last long as a squall came through forcing us to take down the spinnaker to be replaced with our number 4 jib. It was with this headsail – and with Franz at. read more...


25/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 1 - Lost in Space

24.11.2013Logbuch-Eintrag Nr. 1 der Enterprise alias Queen F.:Der Atlantik – unendliche Weiten … davon merken wir noch nichts. Nachbeeindruckender Verabschiedung mit div. Blaskapellen und noch mehrZuschauern ist Gran Canaria um 20 Uhr an Stb. noch sichtbar. Aber nichtnur das! Vor, neben und hinter uns kreuzen die anderen, kommen uns z.T.erschreckend nahe, die erste Kollision konnten wir erfolgreich verhindern.Endlich haben wir es erlebt: das Manöver des letzten Augenblicks.Ausgeführt vom Skipper persönlich.Die erste warme Mahlzeit auf See haben wir nach dem Sonnenuntergang zu unsgenommen und genossen. Petra war Smudje. Mojo verde heißt das Zauberwort;da macht es auch nichts, dass die Kartoffeln mit Meerwasser gekochtwurden. Die Mannschaft fügt sich dem Wachplan, obschon wir in. read more...


25/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht 1. Nacht "Sweet as a Candy Cane"

Nacht vom 24.11 auf den 25.11.2013Die erste Nacht während der ersten ARC mit diesem Skipper und der Crew liegt hinter der Queen Frederica... Und alle sind froh, dass sie so positiv verlaufen ist. Der Skipper, als er dann doch völlig uebermuedet einschlief in seiner Koje, traeumte nur ganz selig von Zuckerstangen, und zwar einem ganzen Haufen. Zack, als der herrliche Traum aus war, gabs aber keine... Die schönsten Sachen gibt es auch auf der Queen scheinbar nur imSchlaf...Aber der erste Morgen war für alle ganz toll: Endlich kein Land mehr in Sicht.Hoffentlich werden alle Morgenanbrüche so schön, wie der erste.AHOY. read more...


25/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 1 - Finally off on our trip

Hello EveryoneDistance logged today - 100 nautical milesThe last morning before the start was a rather hectic one.We decided to check the Genekar sail, that had been recently repaired, to make sure that it had been packed properly. When we unpacked it, we saw that the sail-maker had not repaired the sail! So at 10:00 am, it was a dash to the sail-maker to have him make the repair. We got the sail back on-board 15 minutes before we left for the start of the rally. A little too close for comfort!In addition to that we got the Genekar halyard wrapped around the rigging, so I had to go up the mast, to the top, to release the wrap.After all of that, we proceeded to the start.As we left the marina entrance we had a great send off. A band was playing and spectators were packed at both sides. read more...


25/11/2013

La Rochelle - Starboard Tack

We have been on starboard tack for 3 days now, all to hard to jibe.The Bavaria curve as we call it has been kicking in every night, with the breeze clocking left 30 degrees or so, enabling us to point at where we want to go, screamed along last night averaging 8 knots with louvre again doing a wonderful job, for a person who is blind and drives on feel. The breeze should continue to go left today enabling us to keep on our rhumb line.The radar is working wonderfully well, allowing us to dodge a couple of squalls last night. Our chartplotter has a gremlin and resets every 12 hours, can't figure out why, but enables us to keep on the "new" rhumb line nicely.Analogy: cruising boat under15 knots = mini moke going up a hill towing a caravanCruising boat over 20 knots = mini moke going down. read more...


25/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 2 - 25.11.13 - Erste Nachtwache und erstes Windloch

Nach einer sternenklaren Nacht fahren wir frühmorgens in ein Windloch. Alsich erwache hört sich das Schlagen der losen Segel beeindruckend laut an.Wir machen gerade noch um die zwei Knoten Fahrt. Egal welchen Kurs wirsegeln, es wird einfach nicht mehr Wind. Aber die vielen Manöver helfenetwas gegen die Müdigkeit. Nachdem wir nicht sonderlich viel geschlafenhaben, Kämpfen Hans und ich ziemlich hart gegen die Müdigkeit.Ein wunderschöner Sonnenaufgang, das Licht und die Wärme wecken dann dieLebensgeister wieder. Trotzdem bin ich froh wieder liegen gehen zu können.Als ich erwache riecht es nach Kaffee. Es ist 10:00 Uhr, alle sind amFrühstücken, aber Wind ist immer noch nicht viel mehr da…Ein Vogel hat sich als blinder Passagier auf der zweiten Steuerbordsalingniedergelassen und scheint sich. read more...


25/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 1 - 24.11.13 - Los geht’s

Bereits frühmorgens, noch vor der Dämmerung, beginnen sich kurze Kolonnenvor den Duschen zu bilden. Später braucht‘s dann etwas mehr Zeit bis zurletzten ausgiebigen Dusche.Das Wetter ist gut und gleichzeitig mitsteigender Spannung nimmt das rege Treiben auf den Stegen und Schiffen zu.Das doch für einige Zeit letzte gemeinsame Frühstück wird genutzt, um dieAbschlussarbeiten zu besprechen. Abwaschen, danach Wassertanks noch einletztes Mal vollmachen, verschiedene Check’s wie „Frisches Brot da?“, „Gaskomplett?“ und „Alle Rollen der Crew klar?“ sind erledigt und klar. Allefreuen sich, dass es losgehen kann.Das Ablegen vom Steg erfolgt um 11:30 UTC. Seit gut einer halben Stundespielt eine Blaskapelle von Las Palmas Lieder zum Abschied. Das Auslaufenaus dem Hafen erfolgt in enger Reihenfolge. read more...


25/11/2013

Amaris - Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde Islands Cape Verde IslandsAmaris sails the globeNovember 15-20Like skinning cats, there are multiple ways of crossing the Atlantic. We chose to cross with a "rally" of other boats that would all cross together.  Whereas we thought this would create a group of boats that "safely transit together" we have learned that you may or may not see another boat each day.  There is truth however that if something goes terribly wrong - there are others within a hundred miles that could re-route to help you.  Certainly there is no hope of help if you run out of mayonnaise... (Fortunately - this is not the case for us... yet)The rally we joined left from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands (750 miles south of Gibraltar) and finishes in St Lucia in the. read more...


25/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 1 - The first 24 hours

Hi all, Well we are off at last after a lot of preparations, jobs lists and shopping!  The start line for the ARC was as great as ever, lots of boats around and a fantastic warship as one end of our start line to see us underway. We were not early but not too late for the start which was nice and found a lovely spot with few boats around us just after the start to sail down towards the south of Gran Canaria. Unfortunately as we were heading down the coast the breeze dropped down and we ended up drifting, I fear we may have got a little too close to the land and just did not see the light winds until it was too late.  Overnight the breeze eventually picked up to allow us to sail upwind before slowly shifting behind by this morning. We have had an unfortunate incident with. read more...


25/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Pandora

Great start with good wind when, at the south of Sao Antao, we noticed a tear in our mainsail.  Now an intelligent crew would have repaired the sail in the wind shadow south west of the island, but we were more concerned at finding some wind and it was a little rough .   We spent the first night sailing with only a jib and found that most of the fleet had passed us by next morning!  However we had learnt by our mistakes as we repaired our hole in the chute immediately.   On a more positive note we are making better headway with chute in light winds. Fishing  has not been successful as we have returned more fish to the ocean than landed on the boat.   We have seen various birds (which we do not know the names), flying fish and porpoises. read more...


25/11/2013

Golondrina - Message from the crew

The email is up and running (golondrina@mailasail.com) – it’s lovely to hear from family & friends. However if you do send us a message, please don’t add any pictures or attachments as they cause the system on the boat to become blocked, causing us problems! The boat is sailing well, 150nm being notched up in the first 24hours, despite the winds now becoming lighter. Overnight they pulled away from some 20 boats they had been travelling with from the off yesterday.  . read more...


25/11/2013

Mustique - Day1

 Squall start to Arc2013Highlight of the Day -  Leaving the marina with hundreds of wellwishers and brass band Lowlight of the day- Almost being t-boned by Crazy Croatians on start line and last-minute pre start chartplotter gremlins Sea life spotted - The Scartlet PimpeRob Weather - Big squall at start, 25knotsNW, variable in pm, 5/20knots, late pm 15-18knots SW Amazing Facto of the Day- If you shave a tiger he has striped skin!!_ Food.snack of the day - Oreo cookies, Fishy Lasagne!! Awesomeness of the Day- 2 shooting starts at midnight. Half moon rise at 12.10- spectacular Crew Vibe- Praying...for wind!! Crew members who still retain sufficient levels of sanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckie   1662. read more...


Mustique - Day 1
Mustique - Day 1
25/11/2013

Meltemi - 1.Tag auf See - Warten auf Wind

26 Grad 37,5 Min N; 017 Grad 31,3 Min WGestern souveraen, nur mit Genua, die ersten Boote der Racing Kategorie entspannt hinter uns gelassen. Zur Feier des Abends lecker Gulasch a la Renate und Stefan gegessen.Die erste Nacht haben wir bestanden mit gut funktionierenden Wachen, drehenden Winden, faszinierendem Meeresleuchten, klarem Sternenhimmel, Massen an Sternschnuppen und hell leuchtendem, abnehmenden Mond.Heute geniessen wir den ersten Tag auf See und warten auf Wind. Das Füttern der Windmaschine mit vielen 50 Cent Münzen hat hier leider noch keine Wirkung gezeigt.Derzeit geht es allen gut. Wir grüßen die Familien, Freunde und Bekannte und wünschen euch einen schönen Wochenanfang.. read more...


25/11/2013

Avel Biz - J+1 Première nuit

25 novembre 201326°41,1 N16°49,7 WBonjourPremière nuit en merPendant tout l'après midi nous avons longé Gran Canaria sous gennaker. Xavier a du dégager en se servant de la gaffe une contre-écoute qui s'était prise dans un des safrans (Sur un bateau aussi large que le Pogo 30, il y adeux gouvernails). Nous avons fait quelques pointes à plus de 12 nœuds. Arrivés au sud de l'île, toute la flotte s'est éparpillée pour échapper au dévent. Il y avait des bateaux dans tous les sens, les petits au milieu desgrands. Ça a été comme ça toute la nuit, les feux des autres voiliers se confondant avec les étoiles dans la nuit noire. Nous n'avons pas arrêté de passer du génois au gennaker et vice versa. Bref, nous n'avons pas beaucoupdormi.Au lever du jour, nous apercevons encore une dizaine de voilier.. read more...


25/11/2013

Windleblo - Day One

I asked the crew for their impressions of The Start and our first day at sea. Here is some of what they said.The Coach -- "The most emotional time for me was as we were leaving the marina and the brass band was playing and the crowds were waving to us from the north and east breakwaters. That's when I fully realized that we were actually going to cross the Atlantic."John Hoopes - "For me, the start signified the beginning of the end of my passage into adulthood. I see this voyage as the completion of the process of coming of age. When I land in St. Lucia, I will be a man."Turns out both siblings view this voyage as an important moment. Luna could not stop the tears as she cast us off, the sight of Windleblo, her European home, leaving Europe was too much for her. She sees this moment as. read more...


25/11/2013

Shelduck - Mon 25 Our First 24 Hours

Mon 25 @13:00 28:51.095N 15:46.634W Distance travelled 114 miles sincestart 24h ago.   Motoring out to the start we had a great send of from hundreds of peoplelining the walls and breakwaters of the marina and port, bands playing,loudspeaker announcements, etc. Everyone waving.   The Committee Boat marking the line and controlling the start was a SpanishNaval Patrol vessel with a structure that wouldn’t encourage you to go near itin a yacht!  It looked like a stealth bomber on the water.Fresh winds for the start and we went out to sea to avoid the gusts andacceleration zone near the airport and the tip of the island but we now thinkthey wouldn’t have been a problem for us.  Just before the start we got awarning of a floating shipping container towards the Cape Verdes. read more...


25/11/2013

Moondancer - WE ARE OFF TO ST LUCIA

We are finally off after all the waiting and preparations and having never done the ARC before the start was very impressive and livened up even more by a large squall which arrived shortly after we crossed the startline .we roared off along the coast of gran canaria duelling with boats on either side ,rather like a pack of lemmings all chasing the lead guy and hoping he knows where he is going. Then suddenly as evening approached at the lower end of the island the famous acceleration zone became a decelleration zone as the wind just died leaving the whole fleet just floating around flappy sails .we should have rafted up and got the wine out. .today is better and we have found the wind ,currently charging along at 8 knots heading south towards the cape verde islands,. read more...


25/11/2013

Challenger 3 - Departure day

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }ARC Day 1 We prepped the boat from the start of the day, enjoying the last of the delights of Las Palmas. Crowds were gathering all morning, and we posed for a team photo. We slipped our mooring in the marina at 1100hrs to a bit of a fanfare, and cheers from the shore. We headed out to the inshore start line, between the Spanish Navy vessel and yellow marker for the 1245 start, in a lively Northerly breeze…over we went, and next stop St.Lucia 2700 nm away!As the afternoon progressed, the boats spread out and wind eased, leaving us sailing into the evening with a falling NNE force 3.We tried to avoid sailing too much into the wind shadow of Gran Caneria.  Watches began at 1800, and we quickly settled into our nightime routine-having a. read more...


25/11/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 26:39.01N 15:50.16W - Noon - First 20 hours - Tatt av vinden

It’s raining. No trades. Light winds (16 kn) on the stern. Running the engine. Just one m seas.The night was fantastic. Not very cold. The half moon rised around midnight. We did 3x3 hours watches. After this Eva slept from 0700 to 1000! While she was fast asleep we had two dolphins visiting us for a while. That is always great. We never get tired of looking at them.We were delayed at the start, because Bjørn had a light injury to his right arm some few days ago. It looked as it got wors, so he went to a hospital just in case. He was diagnosed in one hour. Very fast service, probably because we weared the ARC t-shirts. Nothing very serious with Bjørn’s arm, but an inflamation that probably will heal in a few days.  Those boats that were on the starting line in due time were hit by a. read more...


25/11/2013

Adina - Starting, Squalls and Stars

Adina slipped lines at 12.05 on her planned journey across the Atlantic. Onboard are Tom, Susie, Lindsay, Neil and Gareth. Leaving was tremendous fun with crowds lining the marina walls waving, and a band playing, as we joined in blasting our fog horn. Susie touched us all waving to her parents shouting "Bye Mum, Bye Dad!". Then off to the start line and the competitive spirit has not left Skipper Tom as we had a decent crack at the start line followed by some good boat-on-boat action. It felt just like the Round the Island boat race back in England! A squall then treated to us 25 knots of wind and a good soaking - now we were doing the Hamble Winter Series! Up stepped Lindsay Cunningham to the helm and with good winds the 'Guest Record' onboard Adina was shattered as we hit 10.6 knots.. read more...


25/11/2013

XAR - Första dygnet

Första dygnet till ända.Vi har seglat 167 NM i varierande vindar, starten och två timmar framåt var det nästan kuling med spinnaker. Sedan har vädret avvikit helt från de väderfiler som vi laddat ner. Istället för NO upp till 9 m/s har vi haft SO 7 m/s, SV-V 3-7 m/s och stiltje under 3 h natten till måndagen. Positivt är att alla mår bra, ingen sjösjuka. Vakterna är igång med 4 team, var fjärde timme har alla vakter. Enda undantaget är jag själv som är tillgänglig när det behövs. Förutom seglingsvakter så har vi etablerat mat o disk som vart team har var fjärde dag. Slutligen har man också ansvar för städning av båten var fjärde dag.Just nu är det dags för lunch, på menyn (som lagas och serveras av Peter och Lars), Pariserbiff ska bli jättegott. Vinden är fortsatt svag från V och vi styr. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 2: Settling In

After the start yesterday we are all settling into the passage. A mix of conditions from 20+ knots of wind to close to zero. Blue Ocean is handling the conditions easily with a record top speed so far of over 11 knots. As I write, we are running downwind (wing and wing) at a platry 5kn with a true wind speed to 10kn. I have to make a heartfelt apology to Inge (and all his family reading this log), whom I referred to as Pole in my first log entry. Although he lives in Poland, speaks Polish and is married to a Pole he is, in fact, a thoroughbred Norwegian. This bumps up the number of nationalities onboard to five; almost enough for a small United Nations convention. Vin and I (mainly Vin) prepared the first meal onboard last night – spaghetti and damaged vegetable sauce. Whilst. read more...


25/11/2013

Calypso - On Our Way

We had a good start and fortunately no collisions with any of the dozens of boats at the line.It was soon necessary to don our oilskins as a squall approached and gave us a good shower! Wind was strong but, as predicted by Chris Tibbs the weather guru, we experienced some very strong gusts in the acceleration zone near the airport. We had to put several rolls in the main, and reef the genoa to cope with the gusts which exceeded 30 knots.We enjoyed some ham and tomato baguettes prepared by Phil for lunch and, in the evening, had a delicious Chilli con Carne and rice cooked by Dino. Later, the wind dropped and we were wallowing around making little progress during the night.This morning, the wind has picked up and we are making progress. Cloudy but are warm 22 centigrade.David, Dino, John. read more...


25/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day 1: on our way!

Hello from the Atlantic Ocean! We had a gorgeous start yesterday - warm sun and blue skies. Stuart skillfully navigated us out of the busy marina (where hundreds of spectators were watching along with 2 marching bands, one playing "Happy Birthday" for some reason!) and we were off shortly after the 1pm start gun. Hilarious (though probably not if you were the skipper) to be amongst ALL THOSE BOATS - many of whom are now friends.Within minutes of the start, we had a squall. It lasted just long enough to soak us through, then the sun graciously returned to dry us off. Whereupon the wind just died. So we had a taste of many sailing highlights in just our first day.Premade chicken & rice came in handy for dinner. The first night's watch was uneventful but nice as the half-moon finally. read more...


25/11/2013

Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas

We were only 8 minutes late for the start! Watching 170 boats in our division ahead of us was a magnificent sight.After sunset we discovered that the acceleration zone was very real with 42 knot winds. That made for an exciting sail!All is well onboard.Steve and MariaLog 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas. read more...


Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas
Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas
25/11/2013

Jambo - THE FIRST 24 HOURS

Got off to a cracking start which was fun with sqaulls,rain and sun all happening at once. Got to the acceleration zone by the airport to find the wind backed then dropped down to virtually nothing - resorted to use the engine for a few hours to get us south as we search for the Trade Winds off the Cap Verde Islands.Bumpy old night with little sleep but everyone starting to get into the ships routine - feel like I have been in the ring with Frank Bruno!. read more...


25/11/2013

Dragonfly - Die erste Nacht

In der ersten Nachthälfte schlief der Wind komplett ein und wir haben den Motor gestartet.Leider kommt eine hohe Welle von 3-4 m aus Nord und wirft das Schiff hin und her. Ohne Segel (Wind) fehlt der Druck und wir werden in den Kojen hin und her geworfen. Schlafen geht gar nicht. Das Rigg schlägt und klappert beängstigend und wir versuchen den Baum so gut es geht zu fixieren. Nach ein paar Stunden kommt zum Glück der Wind wieder und ich setze sofort die Segel. Das geht bis 8 Uhr morgens gut, jetzt läuft wieder der Motor. Zum Glück haben die Wellen etwas nachgelassen. Auf dem AIS sehen wir noch eine Handvoll Segler. Weit entfernt am Horizont noch einige wenige mehr. Die "Christobel" und die "Festina Lente" waren die ganze Nacht in unmittelbarer Nähe. Jetzt entfernen sie sich langsam.. read more...


NDS Darwin - sunset in the rally start day
NDS Darwin - sunset in the rally start day
25/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 25 November - A slow start

It is a little daunting, distance to go to St Lucia is 2,657 miles, speed over the ground a paltry 2.5 knots but at least we have the helpful Canary current adding about a knot to our speed. It is even more frustrating whenyou realise that less than half the miles we have covered have been towards our destination. There is a good reason for this. The shortest route would take us on a northerly course, mixing us up with a developing low andsuffering headwinds, not what we came here for! Our southerly course should have predominantly NEly winds until we meet the trade winds about 700 miles further south. It’s not all doom and gloom.We started quite well and made good progress for an hour or so on mainsail alone. The moon is now up, the stars are amazing and we are surrounded by yachts’. read more...


Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Balearia Team
Balearia - Balearia Team
25/11/2013

Webster - Log 4: the start and day 1

Have been looking forward to this for ages and now its the Big Day, here at last, the start of Arc 2013. A decent breeze too and sun! The atmosphere in the marine was electric with crew running about with last minute preps. Ken and Albert went off yet again for the supermarket to buy the final final final stuff from the never ending shopping list; Las Palmas must make an absolute killing when the Arc is in town. The band stuck up and visited each pontoon in turn - stood at the end of our boat and blared away. Not sure if my nerves could take it at that volume that close, but it was fun.So, 1145 we slipped lines and headed off for the start. Checked out the start line and meandered about for a while awaiting the 1300 start and put the mainsail up at the last minute. Mistake! Having had to. read more...


25/11/2013

True Colours - First Night Blues

Position 26:37.79N 016:04.20W Fairly decent start – port broad reach ready to launch the A sail.  Had to duck half a dozen starboard boats then off we went, A sail launched, 8 knots.  After 10 minutes A sail down as a squall was coming through and for the next few hours we weere doing 8 knots plus.  Speed record to Doug at 10.0 knots.  40 miles in the first 5 hours.  We stood well out to the west and kept the breeze, while the boats that ha d gone closer to the shore found the wind died on them. And then at about 8.00 it all came to an end.  Wind died, engine on, and for the next 9 hours we motored with about 3 knots of true wind speed.  Then at daybreak the wind increased, genoa unfurled, and currently doing about 6 knots in 12 knots of. read more...


25/11/2013

Ula - Day 2 - 25th November

A frustrating night of light winds forcing us to head too far west in order to maintain any kind of headway. By midnight we resorted to the engine. “Well it’s not a race is it?” (but nobody really believes the sentiment).  Daybreak saw an improvement in the winds and after a short spell of main and genoa we were able to get our renowned “Boris” aloft again and this brought us steady progress in a more southerly direction at 8-9 kts. An approaching squall forced the furling of “Boris” and a return to Main and Genoa in a goose wing formation. Alastair and Julian require a change of clothes having received a thorough soaking on the foredeck.Encouragingly our midday chart plot revealed that we have made about 30 miles more progress in the first 24 hours than in 2011. Ula is constantly. read more...


25/11/2013

Keoma - Day 1

Departed Gran Canaria great send off from the locals, who really seemed to appreciate the crew shirts and hula dancing on the foredeck! Huge warship as a committee boat and lots of spectator yachts too.  Our start at 1300, 10 mins after which a large squall hit from astern, and all scuttled for oilies, and sailed for an hour in drizzle and poor viz, but touching 11.5 kts at times.  Quickly settled into watch system, veg and pork curry for tea. (need to eat more oranges!)  Beautiful first night under our belt, dark at 6, porpoises at 3am and a drop in wind to about 5 kts by dawn, sweepstake for day’s run wide open.....By 0830, only 2 boats now visible, all seeking a bit more breeze.For the technical minded our position at 0800hrs on 25-11-13 is Lat 26 22.38N Long 15 34.10W.. read more...