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Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
17/10/2013

Millport II - Marina Rubicon boat yard

Just had the most amazing service from the marina Rubicon boat yard in Lanzarote.Lift out, power wash, anodes changed and splash back in all in the space of 2 hours!They were ready when they said they would be, the staff were super efficient, the cost was really reasonable and we got an ARC discount!Millport II now has a shiny clean bottom and is ready to go.Quick stop to Tenerife to meet family then Las Palmas here we come:-). read more...


17/10/2013

Silver Slipper - relaxing in Maderia

Well the Silver Slipper has been moored up in Quinta do Lorde Marina, Maderia for over a week now.  My mum arrived and joined us for a week’s holiday and we have enjoyed wonderful days at anchor and hired a car to see the beautiful sights that Maderia has to offer. The marina in Quinta Do Lorde is very quiet and the staff are so friendly. All we now need is some wind to get to the Canaries and Las Palmas; could be a long motor at this rate. Look forward to meeting you all in Las Palmas. Ian, Wendy and Bumble. Silver Slipper.IMGP1276. read more...


Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper relaxing in Maderia
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper relaxing in Maderia
16/10/2013

Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!

So 711 miles from Portugal, Gareth and Owain have completed their trek and arrived at Las Palmas at 5pm today.  Golondrina is in good shape but some TLC is required and apparently 'Owain will be doing that' !   Dave has since recovered from last night and has equally discovered that his exerimental re-hydration program should not have consisted of so much beer.   Stuart and Dave fly back to the UK tomorrow but for tonight they are enjoying a night of not being bounced around......   Its not really tea! a well earned beer!. read more...


Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
16/10/2013

Adina - Hitting the Pause button

After 6 months of sailing as a warm-up to the ARC, and now safely settled in Las Palmas preparing for the big one, our latest blog on http://www.yachtadina.co.uk/ gives us time to reflect on where we are, what we've learnt, and what we're looking forward to.. read more...


16/10/2013

Aditi - Rolling towards Canaries

:startAll was going well for a full 24 hours as we glided south under cruising chute in 12 knots wind. At about 3pm yesterday after gybing to keep our course all went completely silent. Not a sail noise, hull sound or rope creak. Silence was not a good thing. We watched with fascination and horror as our cruising chute dropped to the sea beside us. The halyard had chafed through. So started a long arduous recovery of a sea anchor into the cockpit.Now 180 miles to go or 24 hours of rolling under mainsail only. Headsail furling drum still not fully locked & controlled so staying fully furled.:end. read more...


16/10/2013

Golondrina - The last and final leg

Golondrina slipped lines at 3am for the final 94 miles to Las Palmas ending a near 1500 mile passage south.    Gareth will join the building fleet of ARC competitors who have already arrived awaiting the start in November .   With a fair Northerly wind she should arrive around 5pm this afternoon.   Gareth and Stuart are on the first shift with the others joining us later.  After enjoying a stunning meal with a couple of glasses of wine, Dave believes his lack of morning enthusiasm is directly linked to "something he ate" !!!!  . read more...


15/10/2013

Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show

Despite the lousy rainy weather, it was still fun seeing former and future crew members and the World Cruising Club staff at the Annapolis Boat Show. Dennis and I were able to get a lot of questions answered about the World ARC by talking with Jeremy and Paul. We are looking forward to working with Mia and Andy during the ARC Caribbean 1500, too. Once we get to Nanny Cay, we will rest up and have family join us for Thanksgiving. Then we are planning to vacation sail our way down to St. Lucia. Hopefully, we will meet a few others who are planning to do the same and we can stay in touch on the way down.  The movers were here today packing up our lives on land. It seems overwhelming at the moment, but I am looking forward to having it all behind us as we cast off for the adventure of a. read more...


Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show
Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show
15/10/2013

Firefly - Arrived in Lanzarote

We arrived safely in Puerto Calero Lanzarote just after midnight. The last 24 hours of our 600 plus passage from Cascais saw some great down wind sailing both with spinnaker and later goose winged white sails. We sighted land just after 1500 and then surfed down the West coast enjoying a warm 20k breeze (30 at times - this coinciding with Paul cooking). We gradually picked up more details on the land and low flying aircraft approaching Arricife airport.Firefly is lifted out tomorrow for a couple of days , she will get a scrub and antifoul and some extra TLC.The frequency of our logs will slow for a while with just the odd photo post while Paul and Susie have a holiday in Lanzarote and then return home at the end of October, leaving Firefly in the sun. Murray and Peter fly home on Friday,. read more...


15/10/2013

Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis

October 14, the Caribbean 1500 Crew for Keep It Simple met in Annapolis for a day of training and sailing.  We had clear skies, wind 12-15 and temperature in the 70's. The final preparations will be completed over the next 10 day. Keep It Simple will head to Portsmouth, VA on October 26th to join the Caribbean 1500 pre-start activities. K.I.S. 101413 004 K.I.S. 101413 011 K.I.S. 101413 020 K.I.S. 101413 029 K.I.S. 101413 056. read more...


Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
15/10/2013

Hanami II - En mer

15 octobre 2013 - 11:43 UTC32 51 N - 16 30 W. Entre les iles.Tiens, on a change de fuseau horaire. On change tousles 15 degres de longitude. A chaque fois nous reculons d'une heure. Cette fois ci c'est la premiere.Hier donc nous avons visite l'ile du Nord au Sud, d'Est en Ouest et de bas en haut (550m).Nous avions loue une voiture et je ne pense pas qu'il reste beaucoup de routes, goudronnes ou pas, que nous n'ayaons pas pris, meme sur le golf dessine par Seve Balesteros et qui semble superbe.Le compte rendu viendra plus tard car nous sommes rentres tard et je ne peux pas envoyer de photos depuis la mer.Avant de partir, hier soir, a la lampe frontale, nous avons laisse la signature rouge et blanche fluo de Hanami 2 sur le mur du quai, signature un peu simple car je n'ai pas eu le courage. read more...


15/10/2013

Hecuba - Hecuba

Hecuba now in Quinta do Lorde Marina in Madeira after a pleasant stay in Porto Santo following a fast passage from LagosAfter exploring here next stop Canaries - probably Lanzarote - en route to Las Palmas.Lawrence Hoskins. read more...


15/10/2013

Golondrina - Lanzarote - more

Tomorrow Gareth and the crew set off to the start point of the ARC in Las Palmas another 94 miles further west. During the trip Golondrina performed very well and an average speed of 7 knots was achieved with a record breaking 174 miles covered on Sunday. Some excellent helming by Owain, a range of culinary delights by Dave who would like to pay a special compliment to Stuart but cannot think of anything positive to say.   More tomorrow - once the Sat Phone is fixed ! Again! . read more...


15/10/2013

Golondrina - Lanzarote

4 days and 620 miles later, arriving at Lanzarote at sunrise Arriving at Marina Rubicon Lanzarote.. read more...


Golondrina - Lanzarote
Golondrina - Lanzarote
14/10/2013

Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard

Good Morning, Topaz is currently moored in Oak Bluffs Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard getting ready for the next hop to Portsmouth, VA. See you all soon,Chuck Burns image001 image002 image003 image004. read more...


Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
14/10/2013

Firefly - Rock and roll to Lanzarote

Since arriving yesterday the NE wind has held at around 15 to 20 knots. This is now much more like trade wind passage making - goose winged, running in a swell of about 2 to 3 metres and rocking, rolling and surfing. Firefly is handling it well and making about 6.5 to 7 knots. Being designed specifically for this kind of sailing Firefly is able to manage the conditions well and having a wide aft cockpit means that its all relatively comfortable - although a catamaran would probaly be better!Paul (and Susie's) previous ocean passage, ARC 1989, was aboard a centre cockpit Westerly Seahawk (about 35ft long) and that one rolled like a pig. The Seahawk was a good boat, but quite a voluminous and the cockpit was high up and in similar conditions to today it was like a fairground ride, plus,. read more...


13/10/2013

Firefly - The dolphins are back

After few days absence the dolphins are back; 5 in total. They seem to enjoy the company of the water generator impeller - maybe they think its a relative!We are now 190 nautical miles from Lanzarote. The day started with very little wind but as forecast it has been building all the time. First the gennaker came out but as the North Easterly hit 20 knots this was furled and we are now sailing goose winged under white sails. With the jib boom Firefly sits very comfortably down wind - this is good news as we expect to be doing a lot of this on our Atlantic and subsequent ocean crossings.The technical name for Firefly's special spar (the big white horizontal thing on the foredeck) is a Hoyt jib boom and the previous owner, Andrew Bray, Rob Humphreys the designer, Carbospars and Hood all. read more...


13/10/2013

Hanami II - Quand tout s'accelere ...

12 Octobre 2013 - 22:37 UTC33 28 N15 43 WA 40 miles au NW de Porto Santo.Et bien, contrairement a avant hier, aujourd'hui c'etait une journee SANS.SANS, ce que l'on peut raduire par AVEC beaucoup de problemes mais toujours sans poisson bien sur.Il y a 2 ans, lors de l'ARC 2011, nous avons eu des problemes d'alternateur et de charge de batteries. Cette fois ci toutes les precautions ont ete prises pour eviter de telles mesaventures. Sur cette base, ecrivant une mise a jour pour notre Blog Anglais de l'ARC j'ecrivais les lignes suivantes:In 2011 we sailed straight to LP after a week lost in A Coruna were we had to stop to fix electrical issues that were not totally fixed as we did experience issues during the full crossing and had to change all batteries when reaching Ste Lucia and. read more...


12/10/2013

Firefly - Light winds off Morocco

So far we have been very fortunate with the weather with winds higher than expected, unfortunately, now they are less than forecast down below 7 knots so this morning we resorted to the motor to keep on track. Neither was there much sun for our mid day sun sight making it somewhat of a challenge! However the resulting calculated latitude was very close to what the chartplotter recorded so clearly our astro navigation is improving.These light winds give us a chance to catch up on some sleep and jobs either left on the list when we left Salcombe or new issues that need to be dealt with, most of these are down to Paul (whose head has been under the sink commissioning the water maker) but Murray and Peter now have diplomas in Gennaker furling and all the ships stores are fully recorded and. read more...


Shenanigan - Another tiring trip to the supermarket!
Shenanigan - Another tiring trip to the supermarket!
12/10/2013

Shenanigan - Porto Santo

Quick update... arrived Porto Santo late last (10.10.13), a few photos attached. Leaving for Gran Canaria today. Met up with Mum's cousin also sailing ARC and had birthday (his!) drinks with him last night.. read more...


11/10/2013

Hanami II - Rencontre du bourgeon et des fleurs ...

11 octobre 201320:00 UTC35 06 35 N13 34 79 wEn route vers Madere, il nous reste 170 miles a couvrir et le vent nous laisse un peu tomber, si bien que depuis 17h nous avancons surtout au moteur.A 1500 tours avec la GV et le Genois nous filons entre 5 et 6 noeuds, c'es correct. Correct mais moins bien que les 6 ou 7 noeuds sous spi pendant la journee.Christian a fini par trouver le bon reglage du nerf de chute et de la sous-barbe di SPi assymetrique ce qui permet de tirer tout le parti possible de cette voile que j'avais tres peu employee jusq'a present, lui preferant le Genaker. En fait le Spi est plus facile a envoyer et ramener avec la chaussette et a 3 ca n'a pas pose de probleme jusqu'a maintenant.Au jourd'hui le ciel est redevevu gris depuis ce matin et ce soir, a part quelques. read more...


11/10/2013

Firefly - On passage to Lanzarote

We made great progress last night under white sails with the 13 knot wind coming from the North West - we were rigged up and sailing within minutes of leaving Cascais yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately (Friday morning) it went North and dropped to about 8 knots and even with the Parasailor up our progress was slipping so around noon time we put the engine on for a while to charge the batteries and get back on track. 45 minutes later the wind picked back up with a little more West in it so we now have the Gennaker up and with Peter at the wheel I just saw 8.1 knots on the chartplotter although its surprisingly shiftly - just like Salcombe Harbour. Since passing Spain we have generally seen a Southerly current which has been very nice. However since passing South of Cabo St Vincent we have. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer's wall painting
Starblazer - Starblazer's wall painting
11/10/2013

Starblazer - Heading south

Starblazer left Lagos on Saturday 5th October just on midday, heading towards Porto Santo.Our ETA was about 3 days and 6 hours.The first hour there was very little wind so we motored then the wind picked up, but so did the swell.Starblazer sped onwards, but it was quite an uncomfortable ride, making a little over 8 knots.At dusk we rolled away a lot of the genoa but only lost a half a knot of boatspeed and had a far more comfortable ride.Sunday the wind had dropped a bit but we didn't increase sail because we wanted to avoid a night time arrival.Sunday night we tried to reduce speed even more, eventually overshooting our waypoint by several miles to waste time!You can see we are not out and out racers.Our timing was perfect, arriving off the port of Porto Santo at 0800, the marina office. read more...


11/10/2013

Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura

The crew for the last leg assembled in Vilamoura last night.  A hearty breakfast was had by all and they set off just before midday.  It’s 600 miles to Grand Canaria, so they hope to arrive by Tuesday next week.  They plan to sail directly with the coast of Morocco to the Port side.    Let's just hope Gareth stops losing kit over the side !!!!    The Crew Golondrina before leaving Vilamoura Leaving Vilamoura. read more...


Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
11/10/2013

Hanami II - Devos en mer, enfin presque ....

10 Octobre, entre Cascais et Madere22:000 heure locale, 20:00 UTC36:28 N12:08 WLes jours se suivent et ne se remblent pas totalement.Aujourd'hui etait un jour 'avec' donc un jour 'sans' et bien ce 'sans' il va falloir fair 'avec' car c'est un bon 'sans'.Bon sang, mais c'est bien sur!Ca pourrait etre du Devos ...Sans veut dire 'sans probleme majeur', avec un vent modere et une mer calme sous un beau soleil. Un jour 'avec' donc.Sans poisson egalement, mais cela ca ne change pas en depit de nos 3 lignes de traine. Pour compenser nous avons encore eu la visite des dauphins qui sont venus jouer devant l'etrave et sauter autour du bateu. Le spectacle est toujours superbe.Le barometre remonte lentement (1013), esperont qu'il restera dans ces valeurs.Navigation vers le sud ouest a 5-6N de. read more...


11/10/2013

Hanami II - Des ronds dans l'eau a Cascais

09/10 octobre 2013Au large de Cascais.13:00 heure localeBon, et bien nous voila partis apres avoir fait les pleins d'eau de de gasoil (cuves et 4 jerycans de 20 litres). Ca nous a permi de calculer notre consomation moyenne sur le dernier trajet: 3.8 litres heure.Nous avons du racheter un pavillon national francais car le notre est parti, hampe et pavillon ensemble, naviguer avec un autre equipage. En clair on nous l'a 'pique'. celui la est plus petit et, faute de hampe, il est fixe sur la pataras tribord.Le dernier fichier meteo a ete charge a partir de MaxSea pour 11 jours et le module de routage nous fait arriver le 13 soit lundi prochain.Avant le depart nous sommes alles faire des reglages de pilote.Trois phases pour cela.1 - Mesure du cap donne par le compas du bord et celui du. read more...


10/10/2013

Firefly - Leaving Portugal

We have just left Cascais heading out now on our longest leg to Lanzarote. Our stay here has been brief but we managed to do some exploring; its has a very impressive and well managed marina stacked out with super yachts. The town is attractive, full of traditional streets and squares and a bustling nightlife. After a traditional Portuguese supper last night we succumbed to an Irish bar and toasted absent friends and the next leg of our journey. We filled up with fuel and water in Peniche and this morning stocked up with fresh food at the local Jumbomarket including the delicious custard tarts. So after lunch we were ready to go heading off at 3PM local time. The wind is blowing from the West at around 15 knots so we are making a good start but expect the wind to go round to the North. read more...


10/10/2013

Golondrina - The Final Push

 After a long wait in Vilamoura, Gareth and Golondrina are hoping to start the final leg to Gran Canaria and arrive in Las Palmas early next week.  A few crew changes have taken place since leaving the UK and for the final leg Dave and Stuart will be joining Gareth and Owain who have been in Portgual so long they’re starting to become local residence.   The repaired Satellite phone was collected this morning from Mailasail, Wimbledon and after Stuart managed to crowbar into an already stuffed suitcase it’s hoped that we can start making use of the blog site on way to the Canaries.  Hopefully more news tomorrow when Stuart and Dave arrive in Faro and the Satellite phone gets plugged in.   Vilamoura.. read more...


Golondrina - The Final Push
Golondrina - The Final Push
Golondrina - Golondrina at home in Neyland Yach Haven
Golondrina - Golondrina at home in Neyland Yach Haven
10/10/2013

Free Spirit - On the threshold

So here we are on the threshold of something big.  We are about to cross the vast emptiness of the Atlantic Ocean on our sailing boat “Free Spirit”.  The thing is - I am not really a sailor; at least, not a proper ‘salty-dog’ sort of sailor with anchor tattoos, and thousands of sea-miles to my name. And, as the day of departure draws near, I am perturbed by trepidation just as much as I am invigorated by excitement. Getting out of one’s ‘comfort zone’ is surely what the quest for true adventure is all about and, if this is the aim, it must be something to be accepted or even welcomed.  However, ‘getting out of one’s comfort zone’ is not a concept that has much appeal for Carole, my long-suffering wife of 45 years, and I am amazed and overjoyed that she has overcome her fear of the. read more...



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