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Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
23/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day -1: Preparations

Blue Ocean created quite a spectacle by drying out on the slipway next tothe ARC office.  But our saildrives are now fixed, we have most of our food stowed (stillwaiting for the fruit and vegetables), and are otherwise ready for thestartline.  Our crew comprises four Belgians, three Poles, one American and me, thelone Brit.   . read more...


23/11/2013

Anettine - 23.11.2013, Morgen

Vi avsluttet gårsdagen med middag i cockpit ca. 2000, ordentlig oppdekket med duk og det hele.  Vår Cruise and Sale Manager begynner å like det alkoholfrie ølet som serveres til middagen.  Det er veldig spesielt å sitte til bords å spise middag når Anettine lenser i 7-8 knop i mørket. Det er bekk mørkt og vi ser ingenting utenom båten.  Vi spiser i T-skjorte og shorts.  Det er første kvelden/natta som det ikke har vært nødvendig med ekstra påkleding. Ut på natta klarner det opp, månen kommer frem og det blir lyst og fint.Begge har sovet godt og lenge i natt. Skippern våknet lenge etter soloppgang og startet dagen med bad i Atlanteren. Ikke så lett når C&S Manger insisterer på at båtfarten skal opprettholdes. Vi jibber og setter spinnaker, deretter spiser vi. read more...


23/11/2013

Miciadue - Fast fertig zum Starten

Den Sicherheitscheck haben wir erfolgreich absolviert. Vorgestern Getränke eingekauft und gestern Lebensmittel. Heute Diesel gebunkert und noch restliche Dinge gekauft. Probleme hatten wir mit dem SAT-Telefon. Aber die sind nun auch soweit gelöst. Morgen kann es nun endlich um 13 Uhr losgehen. Heute werden noch alle Lebenmittel verstaut und Kleinigkeiten an der Miciadue gecheckt. Alle sind wohlauf und freuen sich auf den Start.--. read more...


23/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Ambling Along

In many ways just another day at sea. Moderate rather than good progress with a NNE / E wind at 10-15 knots. This can be, at times, a tad frustrating (particularly if we examine the boat position report closely). However, the night was firstly very black, then the cloud lifted to reveal more stars than can ever be seen on land (the only source of light pollution here is our small mast-head light) and we have just had the most spectacular sunrise.To compensate for the lack of progress we had a very busy dog watch: Gilly-mate removed all forms of alien life from the bottom of the fridge, did some fresh vegetable weeding and I set to with some tidying up on deck and gave the engine a check over before washing the kitchen floor - which for those non nautical readers I should point out. read more...


23/11/2013

Keoma - Log day -1 Final Preparations

Keoma is now pretty much up and running and eager to get started! Just waiting for last minute fresh food to arrive then final top up with Dieseland Water.  All systems working, watermaker and Satphone in particular ifyou can read this!  We have done our emergency steering and opted for thedrogue system as it is easier to deploy and seemed to suit the boat, hopefullywe won’t have to use it.  We have so much food on board and Tyronne is busypreparing his awsome looking rod so we are expecting some big fish! Hopefully we can send a picture soon. Best regardsNick.. read more...


23/11/2013

Free Spirit - 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013

Las Palmasde Gran Canaria 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013 (Richie’s log) It’s so great to be here! The feeling of excitement is buildingdaily! One of the first things you notice when you arrive at the marina in LasPalmas, apart from the huge number of boats (including a few very impressive,serious-looking, massive racing yachts!) is the quayside wall! It is covered inwall art (graffiti) left by boats’ crews over the years as they prepared tocross the Atlantic ocean! We just had to add our own contribution to the mass offantastic tags left by sailing folk from all corners of the world, we‘democratically’ decided to leave the Liver bird as oursymbol. Our relatively small boat is berthed next to a boat calledAlbatross which is skippered by a German fella called Manfred who is taking 9fee-paying crew. read more...


23/11/2013

Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start

Endlich sind alle Arbeiten am Schiff beendet. Am Donnerstag hätte ein ausgelutschter Spibaumbeschlag beim Segeltraining fast die ersten Verletzten beschert. Zum Glück konnte Selden innerhalb eines Tages einen neuen Beschlag liefern, so daß wir gestern erfolgreich unser Spitraining durchführen konnten.Heute wurde die Wacheinteilung und damit auch die Belegung der Kammern bekannt gegeben.Wir haben inzwischen schon ausklariert und in einer Stunde findet das abschließende Skipperbriefing vor dem Sart statt.Vorhin gings noch kurz in den Mast, um die Salinge mit Neopren abzupolstern und so das Scheuern des Großsegels zu verhindern.Die Großkreiskarte für den Atlantik liegt bhereits mit eingezeichnetem Kurs auf dem Kartentisch und die Crew fiebert voller Erwartung dem großen Ereigtnis. read more...


Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
23/11/2013

Pelican - Saturday 23 Nov

Meat an veg arrived today so everything is all ready to go!! Pelican. read more...


23/11/2013

Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !

After several attempts of uploading, downloading, reconfiguring, re booting, 2 software reloads, a change of hard drive and 3 SIM cards the Sat Phone eventually burst into life when Gareth resorted to merely shouting at it in Welsh. If all goes well we can not only send but receive e-mails as well. The e-mail address for the boat is ..... Golondrina@mailasail.com...... It's up and running now so feel free to use it.Also the 'fleet tracker'or 'fleet viewer for Golondrina has been turned on so you can see how we're doing .. You may have to load up some software by 'yellowbrick' to do this ... Or you could just shout at your computer as that seems to work quite well.At the moment you will notice that we are shown as being in collision with about 100 other yachts mainly because we're all. read more...


Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
23/11/2013

Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....

Test sail yesterday was worthwhile, tested emergency steering with drogue.Just off for final shop.Mike20131121_182211. read more...


Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
23/11/2013

Alayat3 - ALAYAT3

Hello every bodyone day left before departureALAYAT3. read more...


23/11/2013

La Rochelle - Day 1

Managed to have our gooseneck repaired and got under way at 7 pm. The pressure has dropped since yesterday, but we were still slipping through the water under full main and poled out headsail in the mid 7's. The breeze overnight swung quiet a lot and we ended up doing 3 jibes. In the morning the breeze settled into 60 degress 12-15 knots and out came the "weapon", high 7's all day under the expert helming of louvre, Kite down at sunset and back to poled out headsail and full main plus staysail, breeze in the 13- 18 knot range giving us low 7's, very except able.Pretty much on the rhumb line and should have similar conditions today. Pretty much given up fishing, have lost 10 lures since the canaries for 0 fish, but plenty of flying fish on the deck at night, one flying fish "flew "through. read more...


23/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Countdown to start

So it's less than 72hrs away from starting our Atlantic race. Eight crew on now and last two arrive Friday.(it is Friday and have arrived), interesting bunch including a retired director of NHS intensive care, commodities dealer, retired policeman, and a few chancers.Quite a palpable buzz in the air around the place as first timers take on the challenge.Just spent a £1000.00 on the shopping ( ten people,twenty days ),and packed it away in a couple of hours including getting it from van to boat we questioned why wives make such a big deal on the matter!Still, we feel particularly blessed to have had such a light workload of jobs compared to others that have had rigs out, leaks to find and plenty more to keep crews busy. We like to watch the hubbub of life around us and enjoy much. read more...


Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
23/11/2013

Hanami II - De la toile, encore de la toile

23 Xi 201316 30 N - 30 58 WBeau temps aujourd'huiDu soleil et pas trop de houleDu vent, juste comme il faut pour tester le Spi Symetrique.Envoye a 11h45 nous le garderons jusqu'a 17h environ.Il fautreconnaitre que cela fait gagner 1 ou 2 noeuds de facon reguliere avec un vent qui oscille entre 15 et 20 noueds maxi, venant par l'arriere a 160 degres sur tribord.Avec Christian et MArie tout c'est bien passe, envoi, utilisation et affalage, meme si quelques ajustements ont ete necessaires pour l'envoi.Bonne journee en somme ou nous avons barre sous spi.Pas d'utilisation du pilote et BArry a ete mis en vacances jusqu'a ce que le Spi soit affale.Nous avons remontes quelques bateaux grace au Spi et en ce moment nous doublons Pandora of Feock par babord.Seule ombre au tableau, et de taille,. read more...


22/11/2013

Anettine - Daily Log

Endelig begynner ting å fungere for oss igjen.Vi har reparert skaden og kan nå seile med full seilføring. I natt har vi seilt med spridde seil, og logget 7-9 knopp hele tiden.Nå på morgenen kan vi konstante at vi har kontakt med feltet igjen etter å ha seil oss opp fra 29. til 18. plass.Vi har sovet godt begge to, så forholdene ligger til rette for en fin seildag. Siden vi startet har vi logget 288 nm.Hilsen Anettine. read more...


22/11/2013

Golondrina - Another day another €300

Dave and Mark spent most of the day trying to crowbar 3 weeks food into Golondrina.As long as everyone doesn't mind sleeping with 15 bags of pasta or 12 large tins of tomatoes we should be ok... Strange as it seems but Dave's double room with en-suite facility appears spacious and comfortable.Gareth is on good form and looking forward to the off, he's being interviewed tomorrow by BBC Cymru and will be broadcast on Monday as he is the only Welsh speaking skipper on the rally. Owain has been found.... Apparently he was doing charity work in the local area and was tied up. Stop press, the Satellite phone on the boat is now working the first inbound e-mail was a job offer for Dave to be Chief Instructor for Seafarer based in Greece and then winter teaching in the BVI's - guess who is mr. read more...


Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
22/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - True Blue (with a dash of panic)

As Colin mentioned in yesterday's Log Blog we are settling nicely and resting well (albeit in 4 hourly bursts) after the bitter sweet Mindelo experience.If the first Leg to Cape Verde was disappointing from the blue water sailing perspective (more like grey water)then Leg 2 is certainly delivering. The sky today is almost cloudless and the sea is deep blue and silver dazzled by the sun as it moves relentlessly...seemingly pushing us onwards.Not such an idyllic picture last night however when we were gleefully whizzing along under full main and genoa when the Autohelm (automatic steering system)failed.Gilly-mate's peaceful watch was rudely interrupted by alarms and instrument messages.Skipper was unceremoniously woken and hand steering commenced. In the inky blackness (needless to say. read more...


22/11/2013

Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...

C'est dans deux jours maintenant. Les gros travaux- si on peut dire - sontterminés et aujourd'hui était la journée de fignolage ! En extérieur, leremplacement et "scotchage" des goupilles sur les filières pour éviter de seblesser et de faire des accrocs sur les voiles, préparation et essai dugréement de la trinquette - deuxième voile d'avant ; en intérieur mise enplace d'un filet suspendu dans le carré pour y stocker les fruits et légumes(ils ont besoin d'être à l'air et au sec pour se conserver ... nous aussid'ailleurs ...), changement des joints du WC arrière ... (ça peut servir !),et affichage des menus et surtout de la "carte" des provisions !!! Elles ontété rangées en 15 endroits différents (plancher, banquettes, dossiers,placards ...). Pour éviter de tout ouvrir pour chercher une. read more...


Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Getting fruity
Jambo - Getting fruity
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
22/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper

Sunrise this morning brought a beautiful sunny day with a very calm sea and little swell, and another brief dolphin display as they chased flying fish with rocket speed.We took the opportunity to make some garlic mayonnaise and bake bread rolls for lunch, and then had a bite on the rod.An amazing yellow dolphin fish graced our lure with its splendid colours, and it didn't put up too much of a fight when we reeled it in.A change to the planned supper of lamb cutlets, now barbecue fish with home made chips and salad, lush. Graham made radio contact with Easy Rider today giving them and one other yacht the weather forecast as they had been unable to download. We had overheard a radio conversation last night from Easy Rider saying that they are sailing with main alone having shred their. read more...


22/11/2013

Firefly - Departure from Lanzarote - Blowin' in the Wind

Firefly is now back at sea again. Unlike our departure from Salcombe, there were no fanfares and flotillas to see us off at Puerto Calero on the first ocean passage of our adventure. We did not slip out completely un-noticed a nice Irish lady took a picture of us and wished us a good and safe voyage. Not sure what she made of Grateful but he is now an important member of the team so needed to be in the picture. We have left behind some great memories of a very friendly and hospitable Puerto Calero- this was heightened last night by our invitation to an RC 44 racing keelboat after racing drinks party (they are having their world championships here). No expense was spared, drinks were flowing and after a 'few' we had to make an early retreat to finish jobs and keep a clear head for our. read more...


22/11/2013

Tronko - mail de prueba y preparativos

Ya esta casi todo terminado.. esta tarde se estiva los productos frescos.. y a ver que tal va todo...R-48En el próximo mail subiré alguna foto a ver como funciona... read more...


22/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - wonderful life ...

It is yet another glorious day and we are all feeling relaxed and enjoying the sunshine after a good nights sleep. We were joined yesterday by a school of dolphins who stayed with us for quite some time and had a a steak pie which turned out ok considering the size of our oven!! Our day today will consist of some sunbathing, reading and catching up on our emails as we now have our internet working again. How wonderful is this life?Amanda XX. read more...


22/11/2013

XAR - Blog XAR

Lunch on Friday at the Club and testing the blog.  DSC_0304. read more...


XAR - Blog XAR
XAR - Blog XAR
22/11/2013

Xirene - Ready to Go !

Na dagen van klussen zijn we nu toch echt bijna helemaal klaar voorvertrek! Ook de Yellowbrick is geïnstalleerd dus zijn we live te volgen. Groet namens gehele crew, David  . read more...


21/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - Farewell to the Cape Verdes!

After a wonderful few days in and around the Cape Verde Islands, it was also time to go! We are sailors after all! The start was picturesque, giving a wonderful view of Mindelo behind us. We set too large a sail area and although it was great for a while, we like others were caught out. Several 'awkward moments' over the course of the next hour had us all very focussed, but before we could reduce sail area we had lost one of our Dan Buoys over the side and had the cabin rather untidy. But the Dan Buoy deployed perfectly, so that was good to know!Things have since settled down a lot and we seem to be going well, after such a poor start to proceedings. Some things though don't change - Amanda continues to spoil us with superb gastronomic delights, we enjoy logging on to the Fleetviewer. read more...


22/11/2013

Milanto -Sailing the Atlantic on Milanto ARC rally 2013

Friday  22nd Nov. Two days to go!Our final crew member arrived yesterday we are now six. Our skipper Vale, John E and John L, Karl, Nick and Gianni. 2 Italians one Irish one Guernsey and two Londoners of dubious descent. A  more congenial bunch you could not find in a marina bar. The Milanto has been loaded with food and water and a modest quantity of wine to accompany the haute cuisine we are anticipating from Gianni's kitchen. She is a sound and beautifully built piece of kit lovingly cared for and maintained. But that's enough about Nick. As for Milanto, we are all feeling really good about our choice of vessel and skipper for this adventure.The Marina here in Las Palmas is absolutely packed. There are some 250 boats participating. In our racing  Division 2. read more...


Meltemi - Einkaufserlebnisse
Meltemi - Einkaufserlebnisse
22/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!

Preparations continue with a lot of checks and improvements on the yacht. A new inner forestay and gooseneck toggle fitted. (for non-sailors the gooseneck connects the boom to the mast).  Our freezer is now working but we realised it is more of a freezer to keep pre-frozen food frozen rather than freeze the 16 meals Caroline has cooked and placed in foil containers. Melissa and Daniel left the yacht last Saturday having decided that an Atlantic crossing was not for them. We have been joined by a friend of Viv and Steve’s to make up 5 crew in total. He is another Mike and comes from Oxford and has some previous sailing experience. Along with the preparations we have had some fun parties including the 60’s wig party and a fancy  dress party which saw us in a Robin Hood theme. All. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
21/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 2 starts with The Big Fella

Well, what an amazing time we have had in Mindelo, we have all thoroughly enjoyed our time there and had some fantastic meals out in various recommended cafés and restaurants, and met so many lovely people. And what a fantastic surprise when we were awarded with 1st place in the Cruising B division at the crew supper Tuesday night! After provisioning up at different markets and street sellers we crossed the start line near the back of the pack (last minute.com as always!). The wind was certainly howling as we all set off between the islands, in the constant 30s with a sea closely matched, and we watched many boats in front rounding up into the wind and struggling to get back.We opted for mizzen and headsail only knowing how difficult Joy can be reefing the main with inboom furling in. read more...


22/11/2013

Pelican - Day -2

Pelican is all ready to start her 5 arc, an amazing achivement for a boat that has done all but 1 arc since she was built.All the crew are here, the stores have yet to be delivered, this will happen sometime tomorrow.The whole atmosphere here is one of expectation..... still been there done that.Time to go will post more when we are underway.Rob. read more...


Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
22/11/2013

Avel Biz - J2

22 novembre 2013Bonjour à tousNous sommes à 48h du départ.Cela fait 4 jours que nous sommes dans la marina de Las Palmas. Véronique est là avec Roland et Annie qui sont venus donner un coup de main très appréciable.Nous courons de tous les côtés pour finir la préparation d'Avel Biz. Pas mal de détails restent à régler mais l'ensemble tourne bien.Xavier nous rejoint dans la journée. Nous attendons les prévisions météo pour la suite.. read more...


21/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!

Sam headed out on Tuesday morning to get some very large croissants as our fuel for the day. He and Haig had various jobs on the boat including fixing the Garmin and starting to fix the boom which according to Haig 'needed a new bush'! Whilst the boys were doing 'blue' jobs Victoria and I went to set up our first blog post in the Sailors Bar which is fast becoming a regular hangout for its speedy wifi connection! In the evening it was our turn (those boats with names beginning L-Z) for our crew supper at Restaurant Embarcadero. We were greeted by a fruity glass of sangria and a heavy downpour of rain before we headed inside to be seated. We sat next to some friendly Dutch men and an American couple who told us that they have lived on their boat for 4 1/2 years - very impressive! We ate a. read more...


Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
21/11/2013

Windleblo - Final Provisioning

Today, John Hoopes and I rode our bikes to the best fishing shop in Las Palmas to buy some deep sea fishing gear. John has taken command of provisioning as the voyage's Chief Steward, and he has been doing a marvelous job of ordering food for delivery and going on shopping ventures around town. Now, with our new fishing gear, he promises to augment our diet regularly with fresh sushi.We will soon see if he is able to keep this promise!. read more...



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