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03/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 2

13:28.9S 092:24.1E  280 miles covered, 2050 to go The wind has been 23 to 28 knots all day so we have been sailing defensively, with two reefs in the genoa and mainsail. The Indian Ocean is so far living up to its reputation for uncomfortable waves.  They are not particularly big waves, perhaps 3 metres high right now, but they are made up of a combination of waves coming from the east, generated by the prevailing wind, plus waves coming from the south that are apparently the remnants of the monster swell in the Southern Ocean. It has also been raining on and off all day. Mauritius seems like a long way away.. read more...


10/06/2012

Sookie - Leg 3 Day one Ready for the off

We have now been joined with Pete who arrived in  Ponta Delgado.  A few days ago.  Since then we had an interisland race down to Sta Maria with the local Acoriana yacht club and managed to acheive our first first by a narrow margin to Zingara to the delight of all the crew.  We are now busy getting ready for leg 3 to Lagos Portugal in less than an hour so this log is a little rushed.  We start by heading west then north around the island before headin east towards our intended destination.  Due to the reduced number of boats everybody is getting to know each other very well and the comradeship is great between all.   Haveto sign off now race starts in 45minsKeith, Pete, Jay and Pipaaa  . read more...


10/06/2012

Luna - Log 20 On the move again

Så er vi igang med det sidste ben og er på vej ind til Portugal, Lagos. I dag er vejret støvregn og let vind, men så kører vi lidt motor, så vi kommer der ind af. Astat og Rolf er kommet ombord og vi har nydt øen, og vejrudsigten ser god ud for den næste uge, så nu er vi på farten igen Hilsen Luna og besætning. read more...


04/05/2012

Trillium - Log 3-A Potpourri of Weather

The S/V Trillium crew was anxious to set sail as we left the dock at Nanny Cay. The excitment was dampen when we got into Sir Francis Drake Channel and saw the lack of wind and rain drops! At the last minutes before the Start, the crew decided to put up the Gennaker. It was probably quite funny for the Committe Boat to watch as we worked furiously to get it up. At least it is a beautiful sight when the blue and white sail is up.We tried to sail out of the channel. After two hours where we hadn't even gone more that two knots or made it to the end of Tortola, I asked the Captain if we could put up the Iron Genny. Trillium is a heavy boat and doesn't really move until at least 10-12 knots of wind. So we logged our engine hours and motored out of the channel and past Jost Van Dyke. So the. read more...


05/11/2012

Escapade - Day 3 - survived the storms

Discovering we had no gas getting to the oven, we opted to cook our lasagna in the grill.Dietmar finally lights the pilot in 29 knot winds under the backdrop of a nasty storm…one we hoped to avoid but did not.Not long after the grill was lit, the storm caught up and raged for hours with winds over 35 knots, heavy rain, and lightening all around.When it finally passed over we would find ourselves trying to dodge the worst of several storms throughout the night.Thank goodness the skies cleared up by noon today.All in all, we faired well, but lost our wind meter.IMG_4305. read more...


26/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 24 Day 1 - A Star is Born

Maiden Flight for New Kite.   For nearly a week now, it has lain dormant, primly clothed in its snuffer,and smouldering inside its magnificent new Turtle.  For the first few days,it shared the skipper's bunk.  But then it had to fend for itself, stuffedinto the sail locker along with all the other smelly old sails.  But today,at long last, the new Spinnaker flew for the first time.  Squallspredominated last night, with bursts of heavy rain.  Today, towards the endof the morning, the Skipper finally accepted that the wind was steady enough,and the decision was made to fly the kite.  Reverently, the Turtle waseased from its lair below deck, and soon Paul and the Skipper were ready on theforedeck, with Volker concentrating for all he was worth at the helm. "Hoist!" came the order, and the. read more...


11/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 9: Monday 11 June - Day 3 crossing Biscay

Today we passed over the continental shelf.  We were expecting the waves to be huge and very choppy but I am pleased to report that there were no real changes to the conditions.   We had six or seven different pods of dolphins following us for most of the day today.  It was such good fun to see them play in the bow waves and jump out of the water for us.  The boys gave me the nickname 'The Dolphin Whisperer' as they always came over to the boat as I came on watch!Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


16/11/2012

Perle Noire - Log 2 - Tree Planting

A fun morning was had by all as the "Talulah Ruby 11" crew took part in replanting the mountain side to re introduce a Forest area just North of Las Palmas. The Arc have sponsored a 5 year program in association with www.fundacionforesta.es, we took part in the 3rd year of the planting project. The 60 participants did quite well and planted 350 trees on the picturesque hill side.We then enjoyed a picnic before heading back to the Marina, just in time for a siesta before the evening party!Michelle and the TR2 team!> > > photo. read more...


02/10/2012

Anastasia - Indian Ocean - Day 1

12:33.8S 095:34.9E  80 miles covered, 2240 to go We were all sad to leave the beautiful islands of Cocos Keeling, despite it being rainy on our last day.  The start was fairly sedate, with winds of about 12 knots until we got away from the wind shadow of the atoll.  Then the wind gradually picked up until it was 18 to 22 knots and we were happily cruising along at 10 knots.   Not for long.  At 8:30, just after dinner, there was a crack and the asymmetric spinnaker dropped into the water.  All hands on deck and we hauled it back onboard.  Fortunately it had not filled up with water so it was fairly easy to retrieve, we just got rather wet in the process.   The spinnaker had not ripped this time, a steel cable at the head had. read more...


03/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 270 - Moving on....

1 April 2011We have been here now for a full week and the time has come to move on. Most of the fleet have left Port Louis. Crazy Horse, Jeannius, Ariane have been lifted out for repairs, Basia for a surveyor's report. The remainder, like us, are slowly cruising north for Annette and James' wedding in Mayreau and ultimately towards the rally finish at St. Lucia. We shared a taxi for the day with Jenny and John to see a little of the east coast and check out Grenada Marine at St. David's, where our boats are being lifted for the hurricane season at the end of May. The yard has excellent facilities, and like Yatlift in Turkey, has a good shower and toilet block and bar/restaurant, so we think we will be well catered for and live ashore on Voyageur for the five days that it will take us to. read more...


02/04/2011

Crazy Horse - April 1

We waited around the boatyard all day and finally we were launched at 6pm. Jeannius went into the water before us and headed down to Port Louis to pave the way and hold a spot at the dock for us. We didn't arrive until 10pm. Bill, Matt, Anna , and I were exhausted from a full hot day at the yard but we were happy to be out of the yard and back on the water. Before we left, Basia and Michael got a ride to the local hotel that we stayed in while our boat was out of the water. I think they will enjoy La Sagesse and the friendly hosts they have there. Everyone was so nice to us and we feltat home there. I think it will be a wonderful place for them to relax and unwind from all the stress they have been under with the horrible trauma they have been through with the collision.So we will get up. read more...


25/02/2009

Windflower III - Auf zur letzten Etappe

Puh !!!! der Karneval ist vorbei. Aufregend heisse Tage in Recife liegen hinter uns und die Fuesse zucken immer noch im Frevo-Rythmus. Deshalb wird es Zeit,dass es wieder auf See geht. Ab morgen nehmen wir die letzten 2000sm zurueck in die Karibik in Angriff. Entlang der Brasilianischen Kueste an der Amazonasmuendung vorbei, wollen wir zuerst nach Grenada,um dort die erste Abschlussparty der ARC zu feiern.Im Anschluss segeln wir nach St.Lucia.Eine Party loest die andere ab.So werden wir hoffentlich bester Dinge am 28. mit einer Segelparade die letzten 8 sm zur Rodney Bay segeln wo am selben Abend dann die wirklich letzte Abschlussparty stattfindet.Von dort werden wir uns letztmalig melden.Viele liebe Gruessedie Windflowercrew. read more...


16/11/2012

Cheri - trägt HSV-Raute in die Karibik

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10/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 8: Sunday 10 June - Day 2 crossing Biscay

After a fairly rolly 24 hours we continued to head west.  A lot of people had suggested it would be best to get to 10 degrees west before turning south as the sea state would be better.  The sea was still a bit choppy but none of us had succumed to sea sickness.  As the afternoon approached, we saw our first pod of dolphins which was fantastic.Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


09/06/2012

Hanami II - Maman les p'tis bateaux ....

Samedi 09 juin 2007 17:50 UTC   43 39.11 N 12 2.24 W cap 70 vitesse 6N   Apres une nuit ventee a cause de la depression qui nous a depasse pendant le nuit dans la journee le vent est retombe et a vire W puis SW nous forcant a empanner 2 fois.On s'est fait un peu peur vers 23 heures car car au milieu des rafales un des equipiers a malencontreusement et sans s'en rendre compte eteint tout le ssyteme de nav. Plus de GPS, plus de pilote, plus de radar ni d'Ais et nous avions 2 cargos au tour. Heureusement le bateau s'est mis face au vent ce qui l'a ralenti et m'a permis de trouver "la panne" puis de remettre le bateau sur une route sans cargo. Sans VHF, difficile de les contacter pour faire un changement de route commun. On ne voit aucun bateau durant des jours et des jours et tout. read more...


04/11/2012

Escapade - Day 2 - Paying tribute to HMS Bounty

One of Jim Underwood's friends suggested we toss a dozen red roses into the sea to pay tribute to those on the HMS Bounty.As we entered the gulf stream just south of Hatteras, we had a moment of silence and prayer, then did just that.Pictured are Jim, Neil and Shaun. Photo taken by Dietmar.IMG_3639. read more...


04/05/2012

Trillium - Log 3-A Potpourri of Weather

The S/V Trillium crew was anxious to set sail as we left the dock at Nanny Cay. The excitment was dampen when we got into Sir Francis Drake Channel and saw the lack of wind and rain drops! At the last minutes before the Start, the crew decided to put up the Gennaker. It was probably quite funny for the Committe Boat to watch as we worked furiously to get it up. At least it is a beautiful sight when the blue and white sail is up.We tried to sail out of the channel. After two hours where we hadn't even gone more that two knots or made it to the end of Tortola, I asked the Captain if we could put up the Iron Genny. Trillium is a heavy boat and doesn't really move until at least 10-12 knots of wind. So we logged our engine hours and motored out of the channel and past Jost Van Dyke. So the. read more...


01/10/2012

Anastasia - Sunset canoes, island tour and barbecue

Cocos Keeling has been one of our favourite stopovers.  We are anchored at Direction Island, which is uninhabited (except for a policeman with a tent), so it is almost like being back on Suwarrow.  Home Island is a 15 minute dinghy ride away and has a reasonable supermarket for provisioning, plus a small but interesting museum about the time when the islands were used for copra production. West Island is a ferry ride from Home Island. It is the most developed, with the airport, motel, cafe, restaurant, bar and an artist's studio sited in an old barge. We spent a night on West Island, with a sunset canoe tour in the evening and then a tour of the island the next morning. The tour was conducted by John Clunies-Ross, who's father was the last of the dynasty that owned and farmed. read more...


31/10/2012

Miramar - Weathered The Storm

We tied up securely, and removed as much windage as we could in preparation for Sandy. Fortunately the storm mostly missed us!  Jeremy, S/V Miramar - http://jibnotes.com/tiedup. read more...


16/11/2012

Champagne - EATEN MEMORIES

Position : 28°07'7 N , 015°25'•5 W , 14:00 UTCDear Reader,I fully understand that you have been waiting for an update on Atlantic Adventures. The reason for quite a long brake of communication is however quickly explicable. The boat was in Madeira for 4 weeks, and not moving. To cross the Atlantic , you have a certain time window to wait for, which starts at the beginning of November. By that time the Hurricane Season in the Caribbean should be over, and boats start to travel across the Atlantic. This year we will be joining the ARC 2012 , the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, with roughly 250 boats joining. and it will start on the 25th of November. At the same time one needs to get out of the Mediterranean by say the end of September, beginning of October, otherwise bad weather like strong. read more...


09/06/2012

Scarlet Lady - Log Day 7: Saturday 9 June - All systems go!

After watching the weather closely, it was decided that it would be better for us to leave for Bayona on Saturday lunchtime.  After a mad dash to the supermarket to re-provision for the long crossing, I returned to the boat to pre prepare some evening meals whilst the boys got the boat ready.  We left our berth in Falmouth at approx 1pm and headed west.  The sea state was a little rough after the recent bad weather but Scarlet Lady handled things well.  We started our 3 hours on, 3 hours off watch system after a couple of hours to establish a routine for the trip and all went well.Lynne, Steve, John & Peter . read more...


16/02/2009

Kasuje - Northward up Brazil..!!! (Skippers log 16th Febuary)

Hi from Skipper Steve It is good to be back with Kasuje and making ourway northwards along the Brazilian coast. The London boys are with me for thisleg to the Caribbean and after their first couple of days at sea they arestarting to settle nicely into boat life. We left Salvador on Saturday after a boisterousuncomfortable flight from Madrid, and after  the usual hassle ofreplenishing the stocks, cleaning and repairs to Kasuje and making ourpreliminary plans, we are on our way. Salvador itself was hot, bustling and vibrant, alittle dangerous and hugely entertaining. The street music was unbelievable withbands playing every night well into the early hours and it seems the whole cityturns nocturnal around carnival time. The diversity of wealth is extreme with all themoney being held in a. read more...


10/06/2012

Purrr-fect - Leg 3 - Day one -- Sad to leave beautiful Azores

We haven't posted anything since arriving in Azores. Have been busy touring each island and sailing between each of them. We arrived in the Azores from Bermuda in less than 14 days, after crossing the 1900 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. We encountered everything from flat glassy ocean to hugh waves and high winds. we raced to beat a predicted gale and anchored safely in the harbor at Horta, Azores just after midnight after which the winds hit 45 knots inside the protected harbor. It seemed that we either had too little wind or too much wind.The Azores are wonderful with friendly people, reasonable prices and exquisite scenery. We love the local cheese, wine, bread and fresh fruits and vegetables. We spent a great evening in a local village on Terceria watching the run of the bulls. read more...


05/05/2012

Field Trip - Update on Crew and Boat

This is our first update since the race began.We had fun crossing the start line under Parasailor.Painful as we had very little wind, but still a good photo.Crew has been doing great.We had an excellent day yesterday sailing.Today is another story.VERY little wind - from the NNW and swings to the NNE.Painfully slow.We're updating strategy, and keeping engine hours low.. read more...


01/10/2012

Matilda - Cocos Keeling - Another bit of paradise

Cocos is a beautiful coral atoll, but with a very odd history. Basically one Anglo Scottish family, the Cluny-Ross's, took it over and shipped Malay labour to work coconut plantations. Eventually Australia reluctantly became responsible and the population now chiefly resides on Home Island, populated with the Muslim descendants of the workers, and West Island where the government and airport reside, and where the last of the Cluny-Ross's live (the last of the branch is now, amongst other things, a tour guide and clam entrepreneur). The big industry these days appears to be fielding the boat people that swarm in from Indonesia trying to get to Australia (mainly Sri Lankans, with Iraqis and Iranians) - we watched two boats being brought in yesterday, both of very poor quality packed to the. read more...


01/04/2011

Tucanon - On our own again

While we were moored next to Jeannius at Port St. Louis, it was an ideal opportunity for Moe and Bev to move most of their luggage from our boat to the boat they will sail on to St Lucia. Bev’s father is going to cruise to St Lucia, with Mike and Jean and naturally Bev wanted to spend that time with him. Because the crew also used the spare cabin for all their stuff, we had been unable to accommodate an extra person. As Jeannius settled lower in the water by a couple of inches, we now floated higher.On the 27th March, we, with 30+ other World ARC participants took the island tour. Because there were too many of us to get into the large coach, a mini bus was also provided. Leaving the marina at 9am we drove along the road above George Town with its lovely Colonial style property. We. read more...


01/04/2011

Voyageur - Log day 269 - Spoiled for once

28 March 2011Port Louis Marina is all we could have wished for, a lovely swimming pool, restaurant and bar, a gift shop, a minimarket and chandlers a dinghy ride away and the town of St. George's a ten minute bus ride. The pontoons are in very good condition with potable water and shore power that does not keep tripping out. It is rather nice to be spoiled for once. Punch drunk!Jenny and John gave two rum punch parties, inviting all the World ARC boats over two consecutive evenings. Large amounts were consumed but at least nobody seemed to suffer too much from the after effects. Next on our Grenada itinerary was a complementary tour of the island organized by the World ARC. Our guide Mandu was excellent. They take tourism very seriously and attach great importance to it for boosting. read more...


15/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 23C Day 3 - Better Stuff

Oh Joy, Less Current More Wind   And thank you for our Valentine's Day messages.   From about mid-night we started sailing properly; blessed silence with theengine switched off.  For some reason, the current seemed to ease at thispoint as well, so progress from then has been good.  Even so, ourdistance run from Noon to Noon (GMT) was only 108 miles.   But ifthis wind holds up, and the current keeps itself to itself, we could reachRecife before nightfall tomorrow.  Whether we can get into the Marina atthat point is an open question.  In theory there will be enough water, butthe for some reason, even for the smaller, shallowerdraft yachts, approach only at high-tide is advised!  So we willhave to wait and see what transpires.   On the down-side, although Graham's cold is better and he's. read more...


29/10/2012

T'ai Chi - Preparing for offshore...er...no...Hurricane Sandy!

Storms can be so disrespectful. Hurricane Sandy is not only dangerous, it is also extremely inconvenient.  We were so happy to reach Hampton 2 days ahead of schedule, so we could get some of the major issues fixed and do a lot of preparation for our offshore leg to the Bahamas with the Caribbean 1500.  Instead we have been focusing much of our effort on hunkering down for the hurricane. Hampton is just at the convergence of the James, Hampton and Elizabeth Rivers where they flow into the great Chesapeake Bay. We are right on the edge of the storm’s currently predicted path, but within the expected ‘wide swath of damaging conditions’. The storm is expected to make landfall exactly where we were before we arrived here, sailing up the Delmarva coast (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia). read more...


13/06/2012

Ailsa - Survived Biscay 42:07.330N 8:50.710W

Survived Biscay   To many it will have little relevance, to some a name on the shipping forecast, to some a nauseating ferry journey to Northern Spain. To sailors its reputation is well known and fully deserved partly because of its particular geographical features and partly because it is the end point of many weather systems starting in mid Atlantic. The Rally organisers quite reasonably delayed the start because of the storms that the UK experienced last week and which exerted their effects in Biscay.  Things began to look up at the weekend just gone although there were “strong winds” forecast for the southern half of Biscay. Strong winds has a specific meteorological definition but in Biscay it translates to a yachting experience akin to being in a washing. read more...


09/06/2012

Common Sense - Azores High

38°4.5N 20°5.6WWell we finally tootled into Horta Marina after seventeen and a half days atsea, well behind the rest of the ARC fleet but relatively intact – a slightrip in the mainsail and a shattered windscreen in the dodger to show for ourbattle with the elements, plus the replacement of $550 worth of sheets andfurling lines. And a busted gooseneck on the boom. We really appreciatedthe warm reception – cheers and greetings all the way in from thebreakwater, and a lovely cold beer from the guys on Miss Carol. We missedall the Rally festivities on Horta, but made up for it with a few days ofsightseeing, eating and drinking on this lovely island. We took the ferryover to Pico, and of course Padraig is now determined to return to climb thevolcano. Actually we’re. read more...


15/11/2012

Caryali - The crew is all here we are ready (almost) to go

Caryali is almost ready to go. All the crew are on board Oskar Vincenzo and Paolo along with Stefano the skipper and Carole only girl in the boat.Almost finished with all the preparations and tomorrow the safety check to verify we are on for the trip. Arc courses today revealed extremely useful rigging and provisioning in particular. Now every member of the crew is aware that they can ask for special treats and the list goes from mars bars to good red wine. We wil follow their advice as we do want an happy crew!Carole . read more...


26/09/2012

Matilda - Nearly There

We are all still in a state of shock over Ciao yesterday, I cannot imagine what it must feel like losing your boat that way, not to mention your home for the last few years. Our thoughts are with Sreco and Olga at this time and just hope that insurance etc will go smoothly and not add to the heartbreak. Underwater objects are a constant worry on a crossing, but as there is not much you can do about them it is best not to have too much of an imagination. However it is incredibly bad luck when one strikes, we know sailors who have done many circumnavigations and have never had it happen to them once.We hope to arrive in Cocos before lunchtime tomorrow, but that will depend on the wind. At times we go great guns with the current and barrel along accordingly, other times, like today, we have. read more...


05/04/2012

Comocean - Noon Report 5\4

Author Toby Hynes As I report out during my noon watch I can report a great, but interesting, first 24 hours.  We estimate we made good about 124 Nautical Miles.  Pretty good for a 4 knot wind at the start.  I might add, we believe that Comocean was the first to cross the start line (although another boat might debate this fact) in this very tentative breeze condition. The first few hours required some serious motoring to round the west end of Tortola, And Jost Van Dyke.  We had made a promise to ourselves to hold at least 5 knots at all times as we meet Joanne, Sue Hoffman and our second shift crew in Bermuda.  Before John’s delicious chicken stir fry dinner, we had finally found winds out of the East and were setting a great beam reach to. read more...


31/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 31

Crazy Horse is still sitting in the yard at Grenada Marine. She is looking quite good all polished up and repainted hull. They are currently putting up the antenna for the SSB that fell off during our rough passage on the Indian Ocean. Bill had a makeshift antenna that serviced us thus far. He is certainly good at improvising in his repairs. They look to be doing an excellent job here with all the proper supplies and tools. Life on these islands just goes at a different pace than we are used to at home. We are just trying to get into the water tomorrow so we can get reprovisioned and up to Mayreau in time for the big wedding on Tuesday. We have been cleaning up on the inside and trying to preserve what is left of the food in the refrigerator.Matt is cleaning up his cabin to make room for. read more...


13/06/2012

Murphy - Summer has finally come - in Spain at least

Arrived in Bayona this morning at 7 am Spanish time after a thrilling ride across the Bay of Biscay - on some waves I thought the boat was being dismantled but Murphy is made of stern stuff and came through it well - fast sailing (we did 450 nm in two days and 18 hours) and not a drop of water in the bilge! Now restored with a chat to my wife on Skype (the wonders of wifi) and two lovely cups of coffee at a little cafe opposite the marine (Monte Real Club de Yates) and finally summer has come - blue skies and sunshine - warm and dry for the first time in a while - feels good. read more...


09/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 13 To Terciera

4 June We had supper at six o’clock sharp, then prepared the boat for leaving at seven. Cautious at first we put up a reefed main and genoa but soon it was full sails as the wind stayed steady around 15knots. Settling down for the night, David took the first watch but had to wake me a little early as we needed to pole out the genoa to starboard, the wind having veered more to the west. Oh, what a heavenly night, a full moon not seen for many a long night at sea. Voyageur started to accelerate as the wind increased to around 18knots. We were doing 8 knots under genoa alone. But just when it was getting exciting the wind died away as it had been expected to do so it was on with the engine to reach Terceira early the following morning. The seas were still lumpy from yesterday’s. read more...


26/09/2012

Anastasia - A sad day

Yesterday morning was my turn as net controller for the SSB radio roll call.  I dutifully go up at 07:30 local time (we had finished anchoring at about 01:30) to hear a message from Paul (Rally Control) asking us to get more information on the situation with Ciao.  Ciao is a Sweden 45 yacht that joined the rally in Bali.  Apparently Srecko from Ciao had alerted rally control of a problem.  (Actually he called in a Mayday at 05:30 but I didn't know that at this time.) I immediately tried to call Ciao on the SSB but instead got Spirit of Alcides saying they could see that Ciao had a problem and that J'Sea was attempting to assist them.  Linda on J'Sea then came on and informed us that Ciao had hit a submerged object during the night and had a problem. read more...


04/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 2

Just a quick update about the first 30 hours back on an ocean leg.  The first 20 hours were pretty frustrating after sailing with the slightest of winds over the ‘start line’ with the newly repaired ‘Limey’ spinnaker flying for the first time. Soon after we motor sailed on and off with a frustrating lack of wind for the first night at sea. Pat myself and Murray all stand single night watches with Pat having the best of the sailing last night. Today, Friday things have picked up, with a fairly consistent Easterly wind that has allowed us to sail at between 7 and 8 knots. We have less wind predicted over the next few days so it looks like we will be some 5-6 days at sea, especially as the winds towards the end will turn against us. Nothing really exciting to. read more...


15/11/2012

Enya - INTRODUCTION TO THE ENYA BLOG

The Enya is a 53’ Hallberg Rassey, built in 2002. During 2012 she will sail from Troon, Scotland to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The following blog serves to update those interested in following her course, and for crew and friends to make comments regarding the voyage. fred. read more...


14/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE VALENTINE'S DAY MESSAGE

To All OurValentines(You know who you are)??with much lovethe two LonelySailorsofYacht Cleone you'll find us at: 11o30'S37o11'W. read more...


14/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 23C Day 1 & 2 - Going Nowhere Slowly

Two of the most frustrating days ever - and it's Valentine's Day, andwe're all alone....   In the last twenty four hours we have sailed maybe ninety five miles acrossthe surface of the earth, making only eighty miles orso towards Recife.  At this rate, it may take us five days tocover the 400 miles or so, and we may get there on Wednesday or so, in time tomiss the Reception at the Yacht Club, the checking in and the tour ofthe local area.  And to cap it all, our friends from Quasar V, wholeft the anchorage some twelve hours after we did, have already caught usup.  Chatting to the other World ARC yachts, are all reporting similarconditions; wind on the nose, a steep, short head sea that is bringing the boatsto a virtual stop, and, to cap it all, the Brazilian Current, driving ussouthwards. read more...


15/11/2012

Talulah Ruby II - Log 1 - Arrival to Las Palmas

"Talulah Ruby II" is a cruising yacht based in Lanzarote, Canary Islands so our journey is only just beginning. We have 5 adult crew (Paul, Andy, Ronn, Jason and Michelle) and 2 children on board Freddie (13yrs) and Monique (10yrs). We left Puerto Calero at 5pm on the 14th November and had quite a crowd of friends and family to wave us off on our way, as we have all lived on the island for 20 years. There were a few tears as for Paul and Andy this is the beginning of a very long round the world trip - Again! The rest of the crew are participating in just the Arc rally and we are very excited to be involved in such a fun event. The sail across was calm and we managed to sail half the way and had to motor for the rest of our trip,. read more...


26/09/2012

Anastasia - Cocos Keeling

12:05.5S 096:52.9E   We arrived at Cocos Keeling early yesterday morning, at 00:33 local time. Arriving at that time meant anchoring in the dark, but the World ARC provided a set of waypoints to take us through the entrance to the atoll and into the anchorage, plus there was some moonlight which made it fairly easy to see other boats when inside the anchorage. Even so it was a bit nerve racking, with 20 knot wind blowing us sideways as we steered through the boats looking for a place to drop anchor.  It is always interesting after a night anchorage to wake up in the morning and see just how close you got to anchoring on a reef. In this case we were lucky enough to pick a good sandy spot well away from any obstacles, so we do not even have to re-anchor in a better place.. read more...


09/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 14 Ninety nine miles to San Miguel

6 June Today was without doubt the best sailing we have had since we launched on the 2nd December last year in Grenada. It was such a good call on David’s part. As always he studies the weather assiduously and makes a decision based on several aspects. The wind overnight for our intended sail would be over thirty knots, but experience has taught us that more often than not, you add another ten onto that. But the more important aspect was the direction of the wind. If we left tonight we would have the wind forward or on the beam, but if we bided our time until the morning the wind was forecast to veer round the north west, which would give us the wind and the seas coming from astern, an important consideration especially if conditions are going to be a little bit lively. However,. read more...


12/06/2012

Enterprise - Cape Finisterre Approaches

44.22.213N 009.50.075W1830 hrs 12 June 2012  Evening approaches and we have to set the boat up for the night. We are approaching the dreaded Cape Finisterre and the weather is benign despite expectations. I was expecting the worst but it looks ok - so far. I can tell from the Rally Control reports that many skippers - far wiser than I, took their chance and went further inland, inside the traffic separation zone. I will stick to our original plan and go outside the TSS. Longer I know, but this is "not a race" Rally Portugal.  The Rally Organisers have stressed that this is "not a race" but a Rally. Of course we all agreed with this. But I suspect it is like standing outside the exam hall when all your friends are telling you they have not. read more...


31/03/2011

Ariane - Grenada

GrenadaLiebe SegelfreundeDie Besichtigungstour haben wir hinter uns und beschäftigen uns jetzt vor allem mit dem Boot. Da die Dichtungsmanschette an der Welle ausgetauscht werden musste, stehen wir jetzt bei der Grenada Marine auf dem Land. Übrigens ist auch Basia hier; sie warten auf einen Kostenvoranschlag für eine allfällige Reparatur ihres Bootes. Die Versicherung wird dann entscheiden, ob repariert oder abgeschrieben wird. Wir werden so bald als möglich wieder Port Louis anlaufen, um dort noch einige kleine Reparaturen zu erledigen. Dann geht es langsam und gemütlich nordwärts durch die Grenadinen bis nach St. Lucia, wo sich die Flotte in der Marigotbay treffen wird, um einige Tage später gemeinsam in den Ausgangshafen Rodneybay segeln werden. Dann ist ein grosses Fest angesagt! Die. read more...


04/05/2012

Surprise - Day 1 at Sea: Friday 4 May

Both Tony and I had terrific watches last night with good breeze, bright moonlight and good boat speed. I was zoning with Sara Brightman's classics.Cathy was not so lucky with flukey winds, large swells and threatening lightning. Today is warm with a modest breeze from the NE and we are making 6.5-7.5 kts. Our first 24 run will be about 130 nm- not bad considering light wind at the start and the nose for about 4 hrs in the very early morning.CH for Surprise. read more...


24/09/2012

Anastasia - Nearing Cocos Keeling

11:34.2S 097:58.6E 70 miles to goWe should get in at around 3am local time, all being well. Unfortunately we just had the evening SSB radio net and heard that several boats are having problems. Gunvor has a loose spreader and is having to motor the rest of the way in. It is fortunate that they are only 70 miles away from Cocos so they do not have to use much fuel to get there. Let's hope the spreader is an easy fix when at anchor because they will not be able to motor all the way across the Indian Ocean. We are 25 miles north of them, and there are a couple of other boats even closer, so there is assistance at hand if they need it, but currently they have secured the spreader to stop it banging against the mast and they are motoring along fine.Ruby has some kind of loose plate and they. read more...


14/11/2012

Cheri - die Vorbereitung für die ARC 2012

Anne, Leo und Hans bereiten die Cheri in der Marina Las Palmas auf die ARC vor. Bei dem täglichen Sundowner gibt es die ersten Gespräche mit den Crew der anderen Schiffe.Es macht Spass.. read more...



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