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03/10/2013

Adina - Attempt No.2!

Attempt two of our sail from Gibraltar to Las Palmas is about to commence! We now have a new gearbox installed; the engineers unfortunately damaged our drip less stern gland so we now have a new one of those too! So after two weeks of continual chasing, pleading, fighting, pushing, Adina is back in the water and together with our friends on Millport II we are...Ready to GO!!!Our Yellowbrick tracker will be on. Adina and Millport II depart La Linea Friday am Oct 4th. Fair winds, fingers crossed.. read more...


03/10/2013

Firefly - Arrival in Spain

Firefly and crew now safely in Spain;Viveiro one of the Ria Altas just East of La Coruna. We arrived around 10.AM this morning. Last evening our long beat turned into a broad reach as the wind came round temporarily from the East giving us a pleasant broad reach along the coast. The wind has now come back to Southerly with a vengeance so we are glad we are now tucked up in shelter. We will wait until the Northerly's set in before rounding Finistere and continuing our journey South.Strange but we picked up a bird yesterday;an exhausted Stonechat took a while to land on deck, sadly despite lots of TLC our first stowaway did not make it through the night. We are anchored off a beach on the West side of the Ria to sort out our 'plumbing' problems, these are now resolved thanks to Paul's. read more...


02/10/2013

Trillium - We are Homeless and Soon to be Unemployed!

We have sold our home and will move out on October 20th. Dennis will retire on October 31st and Sherry retired in May - so we are going to be homeless and unemployed! Whoopee!!!  This makes us ready to set sail and head off first with the Caribbean 1500 to Tortola and then down the island chain to meet up with the World ARC 2014. We are looking forward to both adventures. The whole ordeal of getting ready for such a lifestyle change has been overwhelming. It is only knowing what great experiences await us that keeps any sense of sanity.  Sailing with the World Cruising Club Rallies also makes it so much more enjoyable. We are looking forward to getting back to sailing and reconnecting with our sailing friends and meeting new ones. We are planning to take time away from the. read more...


Trillium - Sherry at the Helm
Trillium - Sherry at the Helm
Trillium - Dennis always working
Trillium - Dennis always working
Trillium - Trillium on the Atlantic Cup startline
Trillium - Trillium on the Atlantic Cup startline
02/10/2013

Hecuba - some great cruising through Spain and Portugal

Hecuba and crew enjoyed some great cruising through Spain and Portugal after an initial long beat Falmouth to La Coruna at end July.We are now in Lagos preparing to depart to Porto Santo w/c 7th October and then cruising Madeira and Canaries en route to Las Palmas with planned arrival 10th November.Lawrence Hoskins. read more...


02/10/2013

Firefly - Day 4 on the long beat

It seems ages since we passed Ushant and sailed into Biscay, unfortunately the wind went to South and its been beating ever since. For those watching us on the Yellow Brick tracker you will see we have tacked into the bay to avoid most of the wind however we have had our fair share. Thanks to John White's help getting the SSB radio functioning we have been downloading regular weather files so we know what's coming and try to sail round it if possible. Early Tuesday morning we saw gusts up to 30kt as a front passed through - causing a bumpy ride and it stopped progress for a while. As it cleared we saw the wind veer and moderate and we cracked along close hauled all day Tuesday. We allowed ourselves to get gradually headed and now, 0900 on Wednesday we have tacked and are close hauled. read more...


02/10/2013

Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien

Endlich ist die Neue Crew angekommen Etwas Verspaetung gabs, da Susanne noch einen Geschaeftstermin versabelt hatte.Die ganze Liegewoche in Palermo war herrlichstes Segelwetter, nur mein Skipper hat sich mit unserem Leichtmatrosen jeden Vormittag und Abend auf der riesigen Spielwiese vor dem Hafen mit anderen Hunden vergnuegt.Egal endlich gings weiter Richtung Westen. Die Wettervorhersage ging zwar von Westwinden aus, d.h ein ganz schoener Kreuzkurs Richtung Sardinien. Denkste. Kreuzkurs ja aber bei Windstärke 8 - 9 kein Honiglecken fuer die beiden Crewneulinge. Dann noch die Nachtschlaege. Mein Skipper hat dann enstschlossen doch ein zweites Reff einzubinden und mich nur mit gerefftem Groß und Kutter auf der hohn Kante Richtung Sardinien laufen zu lassen. Ging dann eigentlich ganz gut. read more...


Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Firefly -
Firefly -
30/09/2013

Firefly - Day 2 entering Biscay

At Firefly's departure, Paul's great friend Barney arranged for the new Lady Vicar of Kingsbridge to give Firefly and her crew a blessing for the forthcoming voyage around the world. Not wanting to tempt providence but so far the 'Big Fella' is looking after us well and we are doing 7 knots close reaching on port tack towards Finisterre. We are expecting the wind to veer later today and then we plan to tack and head into the Bay of Biscay to avoid some stronger winds that are forecast on the rhumb line. After such a great send off the first night arrived very quickly. We enjoyed Barney's delicious prawn curry and then got into the watch system. This is working well so far helped by a pod of up to 6 dolphins joining us to play, diving in and out of our phosphorescent sparkled wake, they. read more...


29/09/2013

Firefly - And we're off

At 4.00PM Firefly left Salcombe to the hooting of horns and clinking of glasses. Thank you to everyone who gave us a great send off, next stop SpainPaul, Peter and Murray. read more...


27/09/2013

Silent Wings - Silent Wings in Madeira

We are both loving our anchorage in Machico although the weather has been challenging at times.They are so welcoming here and the town is so pretty.We are moving on to Quinta de Lorde marina on Monday ....apparently lots of other ARC boats there and a pontoon party happening Monday evening...not sure I should be advertising that!Steve and Sally.. read more...


27/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Porto Santo

Well the Silver Slipper is moored up in Porto Santo.  Our departure from La Coruna was delayed as we waited for some spare parts to arrive from England but we still had a decent weather window for the crossing.  We arrived on Tuesday after 6 days and 10 hours from La Coruna to Porto Santo. First 5 days were magnificent. Bit lumpy on leaving La Coruna but once pass the shipping lanes we settled down to some great downwind sailing averaging some 140 miles a day.  Day 6 changed all that, wind went into SW and we spent hours tacking back and forth with constant wind shifts, we sometimes only made 2/3 miles towards our destination. Wind was anything from 2/3 and then 6/7. Great sailing but never getting very far, very quickly.Throttle cable broke on passage so very limited use. read more...


EH01 - Monkey business for the Global Yacht Racing crew in Gib
EH01 - Monkey business for the Global Yacht Racing crew in Gib
24/09/2013

EH01 - The Glamour of St tropez

Global Yacht Racing's Beneteau 47.7 set off from Cowes at the end of August on her annual journey in to the Med and then on to Las Palmas for the start of the ARC race 2013. Crew member Kate Loveys has joined the yacht as a Performance Yacht Racing trainee and is taking part in a ten month long traineeship where she will learn to become a commercial yacht skipper. Here Kate describes her journey from Cowes to Gibraltar and is revelling in the differences between her new life and the desk job she left behind. It’s two weeks into my traineeship and I’m still grinning like an idiot at the thought of the next ten months. Week one was spent in the Cowes’ sun converting EH01 from race to cruise mode. I serviced winches, went up the mast, fixed stuff, cleaned stuff and stowed a lot of. read more...


24/09/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar

We are having an extended stay in Gibraltar (La Linea) after our exhaust system from the turbo through to the exhaust hose fell apart on entry to the Gibraltar Straits a couple of weeks ago. We drilled, wired, wrapped and strapped the exhaust together and crawled at tickover for the last 40nm to Gibraltar, anchoring at Tarifa to wait for a renewed tide. Of course the exhaust would fall apart on entry to busy shipping lanes, on a spring tide, just at the point the wind dies uptide of the only shallows in the Straits, with no further winds forecast for 3 days ahead. Hope to get going again early in October.GOPR2520. read more...


Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar
Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar
21/09/2013

George - Safe in Las palmas!

George has arrived safely in Las Palmas after sunrise this morning (Saturday) after a 4.75 day passage, which is not bad going.Great, stress free trip down here although the wind died in the last 15 hours which was a pity.The marina is already getting ready for the ARC with lots of ARC boats arriving by the day.A kind and efficient welcome by the marina staff although we advise all to take your own loo paper with you to the toilets!!Cleaning the boat up now for a rest for 6 weeks before we return for the ARC itself.. read more...


20/09/2013

George - (no subject)

Captains log 200913 supplemental...It was with great relief after many days at sea, with all deprivation and sacrifice, to see finally in the dawn gloom .... of the cabin .... Mason doing the washing up! I have been worried for a number of days that Mason was suffering from Rabies, John said he was sure he wasn't as he had seen him drinking water a couple of days ago. But I must feel some pride in launching Mason on to the path of self reliance... which will enrich his and his family life in many ways.... not forgetting his extensive country music collection!. read more...


20/09/2013

George - Land Ahoy!

Goerge is approaching the Canaries and and this morning greeted us with sight of the northern tip of Lanzarote, at least we hope it is Lanzarote!Yesterday we were treated to a whole afternoon of entertainment from various species of Dolphins.They got so common in fact that they were not even pointed out unless mid air acrobatics were involved.We have had fair winds and moderate sea conditions that have seen a steady 7-8 knots of boat speed for most of the passage.We should make Las palmas by tomoro early hours of the morning.George and her owner Tim have been great hosts and have both behaved themselves extremely well during the passage, although Tim's choice of music continues to cause curiosity and concern, especially as he has a whole terabyte of the stuff to listen to during the. read more...


19/09/2013

Firefly - Keeping in touch

Communications on board Firefly took a major leap forward this week; we got the SSB radio working, the Yellowbrick tracker set up and if this log goes through we can send emails via our SSB and modem. Many thanks to John White for helping us set up and lead us through the systems. All the stuff we take for granted at home is proving a challenge and there's no email help line out at sea. Now to brush up on the semaphore flags!Peter ic coms. read more...


19/11/2011

Sialia

What a difference a day makes! Shortly after I sent yesterday’s blog entry I went for a nap.I woke up to find 15 knots of wind on a broad reach.It was sunny, not a cloud in the sky and the ocean was that aquamarine blue you only ever find in post cards and photoshoped pictures.  All hands, on duty and off, were in the cockpit soaking it up so we decided to go find the jenniker and see what we could do with it. Wow. Just Wow! We got it rigged and then pulled the snuffer.It is a crispy new North Sails red, yellow and blue…. And its just got the nicest shape.It exceeded our expectations in just about every arena.We flew it for almost two hours – curling and trimming – the whole crew smiling and listening to the surf.Then the wind crept closer to 20 and we. read more...


19/09/2013

Adina - Time to head to Las Palmas!

Enough of waiting for good winds - Tom and Susie onboard Adina set sail tomorrow! Gibraltar to Las Palmas, Canaries. Will be our longest passage to date - 6 to 7 days. Very light winds forecast so going to be slow! Hoping to see some other ARC boats enroute. Www.yachtadina.co.uk.. read more...


18/09/2013

George - Progress towards Gran Canaria

Hello from George,We are making good progress towards the Canaries and hope to be parked up in Las Palmas sometime on Saturday.Wind eventually kicked in from the NW and ranges from 7 knots to 16. In the latter we can easily do 8 knots and in the former we are very slow.Weather good and sea conditions quite kind. Sextant and fishing gear have been deployed a few times already.Changing the subject, how many songs did Abba record I hear you ask?80 is the answer.How do I know this, because Tim made us listen to them all yesterday....four and a half hours is the answer to the next question you are asking yourselves.See you in the Canaries.. read more...


18/09/2013

Silent Wings - Daily Blog Silent Wings

Departure Portugal Povoa de Varzim imminent.Bound for Porto Santo.A great amount of maintenance jobs now complete and looking forward to moving on. Steve and Sally. read more...


17/09/2013

Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira

Fantastic sail down to Madeira and Jambo and crew all happy- as she has been a good girl we have arranged for Jambo to have her bottom scrubbed with new anti fouling- met some other folk on their way down to the start so its starting to feel real.PhilipIMG_1029. read more...


Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira
Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira
17/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper

Well the Silver Slipper plans to leave La Coruna tomorrow, 18/09/13 and head directly to Porto Santo. 5/6 days at sea but some good downwind sailing is promised. We have been in La Coruna for over two weeks now. Much longer than anticipated but we had to have a new alternator and then waiting for spare parts for the autopilot. It’s also nice to see more ARC yachts. Everyone is making their way south and La Coruna has been the meeting point for many of us. In our two weeks here we have met 9 new yachts who are doing the ARC or ARC plus this year. Many new friends and we are all very excited.I’d like to also thank Lorena who works in the office in Marina Coruna. She has been a star and deserves special recognition and thanks for making our stay so enjoyable even under the enforced. read more...


16/09/2013

George - On our way to Canaries

George is now sailing (motoring!) towards the Canaries having just got through the Gibraltar straights this afternoon.The sun has just gone down and we are playing dodge the tanker.On board are Tim, Mason and John.The wind is annoyingly on the nose at 15 knots as we head SW. We are expecting the wind to go north and give us nice reaching conditions in the next 6-12 hours and we can have some piece and quiet!Unfortunately we have flights to catch next weekend back to the UK so have no choice but to hurry with the donker on!This is the first time we have tried the SSB to send emails to the WCC in anger, so hoping it works.Will experiment with photos in due course.See you at Gran Canaria in 6 ish days!. read more...


Tamsel - fishing triumph
Tamsel - fishing triumph
13/09/2013

Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!

Heute um 06:30 Ortszeit sind wir gut am Fuße des Ätnas angekommen. Die Gewitterfronten der letzten Nacht haben uns verschont, nur der Wind war mehr als launenhaft. Aber kein Wunder bei dem Wetter das sich nördlich von uns abspielt.Gestern hat mein Skipper sogar einen Thunfisch an der Angel gehabt, nur leider nicht lange, dann war er wieder weg. Schade. Die Crew hat sich schon auf ein üppiges Abendessen gefreut.Wir sind nicht nach Catania gesegelt, sondern liegen etwas nördlicher im Hafen von Riposto zwischen Catania und Taormina. Wunderschöne Marina - typisch Italienisch - nichts ist wirklich fertig.Morgen gehts weiter nach Taormina und dann wird uns leider Klaus verlassen. Mit der restlichen Crew mache ich mich auf Richtung Palermo, wenn das Wetter passt und die Sturmfronten. read more...


Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
12/09/2013

Silent Wings - Daily Blog ARC+

Once all the excitement of the Red Arrow and fireworks of the Regatta had ceased, Silent Wings sailed from Dartmouth with her full ARC+ crew (skipper Steve, and crew Sally, Dirk from Luxembourg and Peter from Sweden) on 5th on the first leg to La Coruna and towards Las Palmas.The trip gave us a bit of everything from over 30knots of wind and big seas to no wind, calm seas and dolphins under the bow. Both boat and crew performed beautifully; it was a great chance to practice our storm jib skills, get to know each other better and really enjoy some great sailing. In La Coruna, we have caught up with Ian, Wendy and Bumble the dog on Silver Slipper, whilst we sort some technical issues with the iridium phone, etc and wait for some weather to head south... most probably down the coast to. read more...


10/09/2013

Adina - ARC Boats gathering in Gibraltar

Adina is currently in Marina Bay, Gibraltar. There are three ARC boats flying the banner at the moment and we’re all getting ready to sail off to the Canaries. Opposite us are Donal and Sarah and their two boys Ted and Robert on-board Millport II, and just down the pontoon is Tim preparing his Bavaria 47 called George. We’ve had drinks on-board Adina and a fabulous chilli on-board Millport II. Tomorrow night Tim is hosting us all! Great to meet up with other ARC people and share how the preparations are going. Pop by if you’re close – the ARC banners are flying high! www.yachtadina.co.uk  . read more...


10/09/2013

Moondancer - Moondancer Plymouth - Lisbon

Moondancer and crew are safely in Lisbon after the first leg of our adventure. Our plan to hurry south from Plymouth to avoid the incoming atlantic system and pick up some helpful northerlies didn’t quite go to plan as Biscay showed us how uncomfortable it can be on a pitch black night with a force 6-7 on the nose and horizontal driving rain …lovely… only the dolphins seemed to be enjoying it… it was left to the boys Rob and Riz to guide Moondancer through the night and the growing seas with skipper butch suffering down below a bout of male de mer but adding helpful comments like "don’t break the boat boys" and "that was a big one"… anyway we made it with our brand new hydrogenerator being the only casualty, taken out by a large breaking wave on the stern, new brackets please…..The. read more...


10/09/2013

Selivra - Sailing West

Hurrah - der Start ist super gelungen. Die multinationale Crew bestehend aus Frederica, Andrea, Remo und Klaus haben sich super an Bord zurechtgefunden und sind in den ersten 62 Stunden des Törns von Primosten nach Palermo mit traumhaften Segelbedingungen belohnt worden.Einzig bei Einklarieren in Otranto hat der italienische Amtsschimmel sehr laut gewiehert. Wie kann es das geben das eine italienisch, schweizer, deutsch und österreichische Crew auf einem Schiff unter St. Vincent Flagge segelt.Der mit den größten goldenen Abzeichen auf der Schulter konnte sich das gar nicht erklären, und seine ihm zu Hilfe eilenden Untergebenen habe sich dann bei der Arbeit des Listen Schreibens und ausfüllen des "Permesso" gegenseitig unterstützt. Wir haben es auf jeden Fall einmal geschafft.Im Moment. read more...


Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
Selivra - Sailing West
08/09/2013

Firefly - Great farewell party for team Firefly

With less than three weeks to go before our departure from Salcombe Graham and Meredith Parker invited the team and friends to their beautiful home this weekend overlooking the estuary. It was a great opportunity to explain our plans, and get out our Caribbean outfits. Graham cooked a splendid BBQ with salads and puddings from Meredith, Susie, and Jane.Our hosts tested our knowledge of all the national flags on our route. Fortunately skipper Paul and friend Steve got most of them right navigator Peter needs to try harder! It looks from the picture as if we have already arrived in the Caribbean but now the sun continues to shine on us... we hope it lasts!  Many thanks to Graham, Meredith and all our friends for such a great send off.. read more...


Firefly - Fantastic farewell party for Firefly at Graham and Merediths
Firefly - Fantastic farewell party for Firefly at Graham and Merediths
07/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper & AIS

Family and friends.  Well after many hours of thought, back ache and a sore head I’ve have finally managed to get our AIS tracking up and running. You should now be able to follow us via mobile apps like shipfinder and others or on the web at http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/.Look for Silver Slipper, MMSI No 23509787, Call sign MGUK 6.If you find us we’d love to know just to make sure it’s working.There are no excuses or secrets from now on; you will all know where we are. When we cross the Atlantic we will also have a yellow brick tracker onboard that will show you our daily progress across the pond to St Lucia. More details on that nearer the time.Love to you all. Have a great weekend.Ian, Wendy & Bumble. read more...



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