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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
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - landfall Lanzarote
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Nazare even before the big waves hit!
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - Genniker around Finistere
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
Firefly - landfall and cake at the Ria Altas
03/11/2013

Wings - Wings: Jib Jam at Midnight

Wings:  Jib Jam at Midnight Wings crossed the starting line on Saturday at 3:10, ready to sail into a beautiful evening.  Winds from the north west settled into a steady 15-20 knots.  Got into our routine; set the watches for the night.  All good so far. Early on, the leach line was too loose on the main, so we had to pull in the main.  Dave  climbed up on the boom, worked his way  out to the end, and appraised the situation.  He asked Tommy to get him some line and a sharp razor and then Dave proceeded to hog-tie the sail together.  After about 10 minutes, the job was done.  However, during the event, Dave saw Tommy put his hand on the main sheet, and yelled "Don't let that out!" Tommy calmly responded "I was just holding it so it. read more...


03/11/2013

Trillium - 3 Nov : Off with a Tangled Start!

We made the early Start out of the Elizabeth River yesterday with the rest of the fleet. However, as we were putting up the mainsail, it jammed so we crossed the Start Line with the Genoa and half of a main all crumpled up 3/4 of the way up the mast! Needless to say, as soon as we crossed the Start Line we started to dislodge the jam. After much angst, Tom went up the mast and managed to untangle the top of the sail that had folded over on itself. We all sighed a sigh of relief and started out to see. We were well behind the fleet as we could see them nearing the Chesapeake Bay entrance. Once we finally got out of the Bay, a hot chicken and rice dinner was served and night watches began. It was an interesting night with winds gusting to 30 kts and out of the North. At times,. read more...


03/11/2013

Tal Lira - Day 2

Day one was a fine day, nice weather, no wind, but later at 18.00 it came up, and towards the Gulf Stream it was even better, except for the waves, now we are used to them and it will soon be over, hopefully we can cook our Sunday Morning breakfast as usual!!Have fun!! Peter and Pauline. read more...


03/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog #3

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters." More later... . read more...


03/11/2013

Wings Blog - Long trip down the bay before the start in Portsmouth

Starting at the beginning:  We left Annapolis for Portsmouth at 4:30 on Halloween, just in time to catch the beginning, middle, and end of the weather front.  Loooong trip down the Bay; hence, "the troubled waters."   But, good news! -- after nearly 10 years of a fridge-on-the-fritz, we got it replaced and it works beautifully.  Hence:  "Fridge Over Troubled Waters."More later... . read more...


02/11/2013

Tal Lira - Log day 1 - Goodbye Mia, Andy Miles and all others! at Portsmouth, Ocean Yacht Marina

We will start soon just to get out and don't be in the way of the real rally to Tortola!It was fun and we had a great time at Ocean Yacht Marina, we will stay in touch, and we hope we have a good sail all the way up to Abacos!Cheers, Peter and Pauline. read more...


02/11/2013

Sojourner - Sojourner underway

Looking forward to a great Caribbean 1500 Rally. read more...


Sojourner - Sojourner underway
Sojourner - Sojourner underway
02/11/2013

Solstice - First night at sea

Very calm at the moment.  Expecting to pick up late.  Small craft advisory, so they say.. read more...


Solstice - First night at sea
Solstice - First night at sea
02/11/2013

Windleblo - On our way

36 hours in.Crew bonding well. No issues there. I asked the crew what they like most about sailing.The Irishman likes the self-reliance element of ocean passage-making. The Austrian likes being away from it all, out in the wilderness.So far, we've tried broad reaching, 130% genoa only, and gennaker-ing with the main. Each has its down side and its virtues. Tomorrow we will rig dual head sails and try that without the main. Then we'll have a basis for choosing whichever seems best.. read more...


Solstice - The galley is stocked
Solstice - The galley is stocked
02/11/2013

Solstice - We have shoved off

To avoid NE winds as we cross the gulf stream, we and the fleet are heading out a day early.  Bonn voyage.   Don. read more...


Solstice - We have shoved off
Solstice - We have shoved off
Free Spirit -
Free Spirit -
02/11/2013

Solstice - Under Way

We have departed Ocean Marine Yacht Center and are cruising out to the starting area.   Boat number 2 out.--                            _ _ __.. .__o. .   .  .  .  . .      - -_--.-  _`\<,_                            (  ( (( (_)/ (_). read more...


02/11/2013

Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!

SHELDUCK TO AMERICANeil HegartyWe both enjoy significant birthdays this year, Anne being five years the younger. In order to celebrate in a memorable way I invited her to sail across the north Atlantic to America. Our families were not happy for us to do so on our own so I joined ARC Atlantic 2013.  Gabby (Perry) & Brendan McGarvey accepted the invitation to crew for the Atlantic crossing.Shelduck was laid up ashore at Descobre Ventos at Doca Belem Lisbon in November 2012 to be prepared for our adventure.The first job was to replace all standing and running rigging which, like everything else, was ten years old. Shelduck is a Dufour 34 built in La Rochelle in 2003 fitted with a standard, not the tall racing rig and a deep racing, fully lead keel so she is quite stiff to sail.. read more...


Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
02/11/2013

Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters

We sail in an hour ........ or so.And Anonymous has dropped his specs overboard!!!!!. read more...


02/11/2013

Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf

IT’S all about the bread today. How high it rises, when it rises, why Spanish yeast is fickle, the loaves’ density, the sudden switch to square tins, why Manali’s oven makes hard bread. And Radi’s wise counsel that older flour makes better bread – achieved by sieving the flour a few days earlier which exposes it to air causing it to oxidise, shortening the ageing process. Whoever would have guessed the pivotal point of Manali’s preparation for the ARC focused on baking bread. Makes sense with 2800 nautical miles, 288 meals and 96 six hour shifts separating Gran Canaria from St Lucia. Who said you can’t sail across The Atlantic on the aroma of a freshly baked loaf?-        Team Manali Atlantic   www.manaliblue.comEl Pan. read more...


Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
01/11/2013

La Rochelle - arrived in lanzarote

La Rochelle has safely arrived in lanzarote .friday morning 5am. Some interesting stats gib to lanzaroteMax wind speed 45 knots ( before vane blew off the mast)Max boat speed 14.7 knotsBest sail combo double reefed mainsail onlySea state , bloody awful hand steered 72 hours , 2 helmsman , 2 hour rotating shifts auto helm dangerousKnockdowns 2 ( by the waves and swell)Boat and crew damage , minorWe are definitely ready for the arc +Crew La RochelleSent from my iPad. read more...


01/11/2013

Tal Lira - preparing to leave on Sunday

Hi All!We are preparing to leave on Sunday, with the Carib1500 from Portsmouth VA. The weather is fine here and its just a small party.All problems are fixed and we feel very comfortable on our Tal'Lira.We had a very good time in the Cheasapeake Bay, especially at Annapolis Landing Marina(due to some special peolple Jack's Evie and Sharon)Still have to do some work on pictures and updates, but you can have a look on:http://www.sailblogs.com/member/tallira235094909/ Pauline and Peter. read more...


31/10/2013

Windleblo - Hello Goodbye

The Austrian and the Irishman have arrived in Gibraltar, bringing ARC crew strength to three-quarters.We spent our first 24 hours together with final boat prep and provisioning, plus getting reacquainted. The skipper asked each man what he wanted to see happen before his time aboard Windleblo ended. The Irishman said he wanted to build strong friendships. The Austrian seeks achievement of a life long dream -- to cross an ocean. As for me, my goals, beyond the obvious safe delivery of boat and crew, are to use the passage as a time to practice seamanship and work towards being a better shipmate, husband, and father. As we say hello to each other, we say goodbye to Mainland Europe. We shove off early tomorrow. Our first stop -- Madeira -- is 600 nautical miles and 100 hours away.. read more...


31/10/2013

Trillium - 31 Oct: Flat Stanley is Traveling with S/V Trillium

The Caribbean 1500 is just the first leg of our circumnavigation as we will be joining the World ARC in St. Lucia in January 2014. Since our six year old granddaughter is quite upset that we are leaving her for so long (3 years is the plan), we will be communicating with her first grade class in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan USA. We have Flat Stanley with us and he will appear in many photos as we travel around the globe. Flat Stanley will be showing the children many sites via photos, emails and Skype. This will be a big adventure for all of us! We moved out of our house at midnight last Thursday and flew to the boat at Herrington Harbour North in the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of our crew Ron Horton, we managed to get ourselves down to Portsmouth, VA in an overnight run. We. read more...


31/10/2013

Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas

Covering the 650 miles between Olhão (Algarve/Portugal) and Las Palmas in 97 hours, using different sailing modes from one a half day using the engine to a new kind of intense sailing – at least in our Portuguese south sunshine and flat seas perspective – surfing 4/5 meters waves during the night, with more than 30 knots of wind and some rain, the CONQUILHA III is now safely in Las Palmas Marina, with a very happy crew and the ARC 2103 flag hoisted. For us the Atlantic circle has already started, aiming to be back to Portugal – Azores in May 2014.  In this shakedown sail we had a big worry when during a night maneuver under 25 knots of wind and those strange waves, the mainsail unintentionally jibed twice with one crew at the base of the mast. It was not funny and a great moment to. read more...


Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
29/10/2013

Morning Haze - A Family's Journey

Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC2ClafewWw  Rebecca Hayes. read more...


28/10/2013

Windsurf - ARC kriebels....

Eindelijk is het zover dat we de tocht der tochten kunnen beginnen.Al diverse jaren aan het voorbereiden hierop.... Cursussen, boot optimaliseren, bevoorraden, beveiligen, enz. enz....de portemonnee is leger geworden, maar er staat aan de overkant veel voldoening te wachten, wanneer we vast liggen in de baai van St. Lucia...Wij zijn Peter en Marianne van SY de Windsurf en zijn al sinds 2008 aan het zeilen. Eerst met een Ovni 385 van Noord Duitsland via Denemarken, via de Wadden, via het IJsselmeer, naar buiten, het ruime sop van Het Kanaal. Zuid Engeland, de Kanaaleilanden en de oversteek van de Golf van Biskaije naar Spanje, Portugal, Spanje, Gibraltar, Balearen, Zuid Frankrijk. Hier stopte de reis van de Ovni en ging in Antibes op transport terug naar Nederland voor de verkoop. We. read more...


28/10/2013

Millport II - Abandon Ship drills and liferaft practice in Lanzarote!

Last week whilst still in Lanzarote, we took delivery of our new ISO 9650 approved liferaft.  But what to do with our old one?  It was not ISO compliant, so had a negligible re-sale value.  We decided to inflate it and practice "abandon ship" procedures to give the kids a better idea of what a life-raft would really be like and the proper procedure for leaving the boat in case of an emergency.  After the serious bits were over and done with, the poor life-raft became a trampoline - landing pad - floating play house - bouncy castle for the rest of the day.  It gave us a good idea of what would work best in the event of having to leave the boat and also how uncomfortable those floating paddling pools really are!  The day after we disposed of the poor abused. read more...


Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
28/10/2013

Jambo - Ready to go !

Well after 5 months cruising we made it to the start!Here is Jambo in Las Palmas having a rest. We will return for a few weeks then return to make the final preparations and enjoy the build up to the startIMG_1103. read more...


Jambo - Ready to go !
Jambo - Ready to go !
28/10/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle leaving gibraltor

The weather window has opened for our passage to the canaries ,should be dream condition s 15-25 knots up the "clacker", should arrive lanzarote Friday afternoon, first real offshore test for La Rochelle having spent all her life in the med, great chance to try all our hardware, as all the crew are now on board.Crew La Rochelle. read more...


27/10/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna

After 10 days sailing from Islas Baleares, NDS Darwin arrived safe to Las Palmas in Gran Canarias. After the checking in the marina office and with our ARC 2013 early pack we are ready to visit the city. Two day before we arrived, we fished a very nice (90 pound) yellowfin tuna.  A ceviche and sashimi tuna was amazing..!!P1070304. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
27/10/2013

Calypso - Checking in!

Calypso left its home port of St Peter Port, Guernsey onMonday 24th June with Phil, John and myself aboard. We split thejourney into 3 main stages, (Guernsey to Povoa de Varzim, Povoa to Lisbon,Lisbon to Gran Canaria), and finally arrived in Las Palmas on Wednesday11th September having visited 17 other ports and covered 1650nm onthe way.   The journey was largely uneventful, mostly motor sailing, andit was only when cruising down the Portuguese coast and crossing from Madeirathat we had some decent sailing. We were back to motoring as we approached LasPalmas.   We now have 4 weeks to complete the final preparations beforesetting off on ‘our voyage of a lifetime’.     Yours aye     David Mitchison (Skipper) Phil Ball Dino Castro John Frankland DSC00266. read more...


25/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 9 Friday 25th October

Day 9 Friday 25th October So Hello Benalmadena! We have found some more people here flying the ARC flag!Chatting to them has been of some comfort in a funny sort of way as they have some major problems too.They are scheduled to leave Las Palmas ahead of us on the 10th November with the ARC plus, which goes via the Cap Verde Islands so they have the additional pressure to get there on time.To-day we have all been busy doing jobs, doing the laundry, cleaning, sorting, tidying.We can truly say that Free Spirit is now totally shipshape!So what next?Well the bottles of Cava here are only 3 euros a bottle........ read more...


20/10/2013

Free Spirit - 20 Oct to 25 Oct

Day 4 Sunday 20th OctoberTo-day was another very calm windless day so motoring all the way with a little help from the sails but lots of activity on board !To-day we fitted and tested the water turbine.Success!The storm gib was taken out and deployment undertaken.Success!The genoa pole was taken out and the most efficient method of using it was worked out.Success!Finally we got Internet access.Success! And thank you everyone who wished us well.We should now be able to get our blog up and running.Today was also a chicken fest because we found we had lots of fresh chicken which needed to be eaten.It was chicken salad for lunch and chicken curry for dinner.Just before dinner we were visited by dolphins but they did not stay to play today.Day 5 Monday 21 st OctoberBecalmed !We all went for a. read more...


Calypso - Checking in!
Calypso - Checking in!
26/10/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer has arrived in the Canaries

From Porto Santo, where we met fellow ARC boats Edelweiss and Tumbledown Wind, we made our way to Madeira, taking advantage of the gentle wind to fly the cruising chute again.We spent one night at anchor because the marina was full, before getting a berth for several days.A hire car is a necessity to get the most from a visit to Madeira.On day one we went for a Levada walk, really gentle and peaceful.Even John said it was a good walk and he doesn't like walking! The second day we visited Funchal then had afternoon tea at Reids Palace Hotel.It was absolutely lovely, I could get used to this gracious living.The Canaries beckoned and we had a fairly frustrating trip Tenerife.Day one we sailed surprisingly quickly in very little wind, again using the cruising chute until the wind came. read more...


26/10/2013

Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria

With Adina now settled in Las Palmas for the big start, we had ourfirst Atlantic crew member, Lindsay Cunningham, come and join us for a week.Lindsay was keen to know how the boat operates and sails before we head off in November. With it being an ocean crossing we did a full front to back walk through of theboat above and below decks and safety briefing. Just that took 7 hours -something to think about! The highlight though was a day of doing a thorough testing of all our MOB kit,including hoisting each other out of the water. It was a really usefulexercise, we got a good understanding of our lifejackets, made some tweaks tolocation of MOB devices on the pushpit, but most importantly it gave usreassurance. We're now back in Las Palmas and off chatting to the butcher inthe local market. read more...


Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria
Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria