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Ocean Venture - Duke on course for ARC
Ocean Venture - Duke on course for ARC
12/11/2013

Hanami II - SSB at sea ou la BLU en mer

In the SailMail software to send and receive mails or files through the SSB radiowaves there is a function that tells you which frequency to use at which time of the day to reach the gateway you want to access (to collect your mail) depending on the distance between you and this gateway.As radiowaves propagation depends upon sun light, temperature and seasons, there are many gateways one can choose from.Hence punching this F8 key tells you that if you are where we are, between Canaria island and Cape Verde, there is no way you can get the weather files between 09:00 and 15 to 17:00 either from Belgium (OSY), Lunenburg, or South Carolina.Stangely that is precisely when you want them, before the SSB radio-net starts and at a time the ARC should publish them.The only solution left is to. read more...


12/11/2013

Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft

Wie das so ist, zwischen Leinen los und Leinen fest gibt es keinen Alkohol. Aber dann schmeckt das!!!!!!P1180468. read more...


Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft
Meltemi - nicht mehr unterhopft
12/11/2013

Ninfea - First Day at Sea

First Day at sea –November 10Yesterday November 10 at 1.00 pm we left Las Palmas and set sails for Cape Verde. The biggest challenge on the start was to avoid collision with the 45 boats all leaving at the same time through the narrow gate of the start line. We had two hair raising encounter with an onlooker who wanted a somewhat too close look at us and an ARC boat that approached us from downwind, starboard side. She only moved away after I shouted a “what the …” at the skipper at the top of my lungs! That was close!After we negotiated the classic acceleration zone at the southern tip of the island (20-30 kn) we settled on a more comfortable 14-18 kn, which is what we expect for the next 2-3 days. No squalls in the forecast so far.Marianto prepared a “finger-licking-good” chicken for. read more...


12/11/2013

La Rochelle - 5th member of crew makes an appearance

Louvre our 5th crew member who has been a stowaway in the aft cabin since the med, finally decided to make an appearance yesterday at 5 pm. Having jibed over it must have woken him, the sea state had settled and being only able to helm in reasonable conditions decided to helm all night , to make up for his lost shifts ,( what a legend ). He certainly has not lost his talents, Hopefully today we can pull out the "weapons" and get a move onCrew La Rochelle. read more...


12/11/2013

Hanami II - En allant vers le sud ...

12 XI 2013 - oo:45 UTC25 18 N -17 00 W entre les canaries et le cap verttSeconde journee, plutot calme car le vent a baisse ce qui nous a fait ralentir a 5 ou 6 noeudsde moyenne la plus part du temps et dans le meilleur des cas.Ciel degage avec quelques nuages mais rin de serieux, meme si la pression barometrique baisse: on a perdu 2 hp en 24 heures environ.Quelques bateaux sur l'eau: 2 de la flotte dont un que nous avons remonte et 2 cargos.Par contre, rien au bout de nos lignes de traine et ca, c'est beaucoup moins bien car un peu de poisson serait bienvenu.On ne peut pas tout avoir, ce matin c'etait des dauphins, demain ce sera peut etre une belle coryphene, qui sait.Avec un peu plus de vitesse, le Watt&Sea et la D400 couvrent a peu pres bien les besoins du bord et depuis le. read more...


11/11/2013

Windleblo - Leave No Man Behind

We've had our first tiff.It was the Coach who returned to the boat with his feelings hurt.We were at the Sailor's Bar having a couple of beers in the name of crew unity. A couple more turned into a couple more, and the Austrian and I had had enough. It was time to go back to the boat for dinner. But the Irish kept buying for us. After first relenting, then politely refusing, we finally had to get up and walk away.Well, when he got back to the boat a bit later, the Coach said he had felt abandoned by his mates. "Leave no man behind," should be our creed, he declared. Though we weren't obliged, we apologized once again, in the hope that the Coach would forgive us. We went on to have a delightful meal prepared by John Hoopes.If our apologies weren't enough, the new ARC Windleblo pride wear. read more...


11/11/2013

Free Spirit - One more thing...

Happy Veterans Day to all our veteran family members, friends, and all those who have known the privilege of serving.The Cruising Colonels salute you!. read more...


11/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Duke and Simon Cowell join Oceanventure for ARC

The Duke of Edinburgh has decided to take a sabbatical from his royal duties and traded his privileged position in the aristocracy in search of a more simple lifestyle aboard 'Ocean Venture ' in this years ARC. The Duke has somewhat surprisingly struck up a good friendship with his cabin mate Simon on the shakedown cruise towards Las Palmas.Check out the photo . read more...


11/11/2013

Free Spirit - Are we there yet?

We've calculated and recalculated our fuel consumption and remaining available fuel hours ad infinitum.We'd like to make a bee line to the finish, but the wind hasn't always been cooperative.We joke about celebrating every degree of progress by doing "the wave".We are all quite proficient at moving about the boat, anticipating every bracing maneuver.Hope our boat bites are sufficiently healed to permit bathing suits and a dip in the pool on arrival.The fans below are going full tilt, as it's rather warm below.I suspect we all smell a bit tired.Looking forward to iced drinks and cold showers so much we can taste it.We got in the Caribbean mood last night with jerk ribs for dinner.The Galley Goddess is in her full glory and the expendable crew man is still alive.Landfall is only a day away.. read more...


Ocean Venture - Duke and Simon Cowell join Oceanventure for ARC
Ocean Venture - Duke and Simon Cowell join Oceanventure for ARC
11/11/2013

Solar Blue - Log 11/11/13 .. Day 2 ... Crew introduction .. Nadya & Sasha

No one normal boat does all the preparations for the Atlantic crossing in the last day. But we did! Unfortunately our SV Solar Blue was late with her arriving to Las Palmas, so we had only one day to buy all the food and complete all the needed equipment. And in these hard circumstances we all were feeling we're a good Crew, a friendly unit for the whole Atlantic. All people from different countries: Australia, Russia, Thailand, Italy, Switzerland - now we're all together in this big, big ocean!That's how our way from Canaries to St Lucia begins. With all the preparations in one day and with the first hard night in the ocean, when some of us were seasick and learned to feel the boat from its inside: now I know how it sounds; I know the sound of propeller and the sound of waves, the. read more...


11/11/2013

Wings - Sat night / Sunday morning

Crossed the line a bit ago.  Trekked down to Spanish Town and are tucked-in at VGYH.  Working hard to let our guard completely down in the form of Dark and Stormies.  Really looking forward to raising a glass or two with all the Carib 1500 fleet in Nanny Cay next week.  It's been a great experience! Anonymous Howard, Dave, Tommy, Bob & Pat.. read more...


11/11/2013

La Rochelle - Day One

Crossed the line a bit ago. Trekked down to Spanish Town and are tucked-in at VGYH. Working hard to let our guard completely down in the form of Dark and Stormies. Really looking forward to raising a glass or two with all the Carib 1500 fleet in Nanny Cay next week. It's been a great experience!Anonymous Howard, Dave, Tommy, Bob & Pat. read more...


11/11/2013

Meltemi - in Madeira

Heute morgen um 04:00 OZ fest in der Marina d. Calheta/Madeira.Marina Funchal hatte keinen Platz mehr vor uns. Eine AIDA, die dirket vor uns eingelaufen ist hat den letzten Platz geschnappt. Tja so isses. Hier ist es aber auch recht nett, vor allen Dingen ruhig. (Wollen wir das wirklich????). read more...


11/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 2 Underway

We had a great first day, large swell but achieving 8s and 9s consistently with the odd wave surfed at 10.5 with big cheers from the crew and skipper. Late afternoon the main came down and we ran with twin headsails poled out and mizzen out on a preventer. Joy felt very balanced and just before sun down we were treated to a visit from 20 or so dolphin, all very playful. I sat on the dolphin seat, feet dangling over the bow and when the bow dipped the dolphin jumped clean out the water splashing my feet. A good nights sail with the occasional set of waves to throw us off balance for a few seconds, and this morning the sun is shining and there are still smiles all around. Awesome!Susie. read more...


11/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - First Log

Whilst there were only 43 or so boats taking part in the rally, dodging them and some huge tankers in 2m swell before the start line was interesting. However we got off to a good start and headed in a south – easterly direction to pick up the best winds. So far we have notched up 140nm 19 hrs – really not bad. Colin and Keith have set up the sails this morning for gull-winging and we are now racing along touching 9knts at times. None of us have really felt like eating, apart from some well hidden ginger biscuits, so the potential for us opening that restaurant in Cape Verdes may be realised. We have no idea where we are in the fleet as we lost sight of most of the boats earlier as they hugged the GC coastline.. read more...


Easy Rider - 2013 EasyCrew
Easy Rider - 2013 EasyCrew
Ace - ARC+ Milling about before the start. 1230
Ace - ARC+ Milling about before the start. 1230
10/11/2013

Meltemi - 99 Meilen vor Funchal/Madeira

Heute 12 Uhr Schiffsmittag nach einem Etmal von 192 Meilen noch 99 Meilen bis Funchal.Schönes Wetter Wind um die 20Kn aus NNE.Der Mahi Mahi hat gestern Mittag sehr gut geschmeckt.. read more...


10/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Start Day has Arrived

Final preparations are under way before a good breakfast for us all.  We had a great time at the farewell party on Friday night and met up with Steve and Angela from Coffs Harbour who are now here with ‘Pannikin’ getting ready for their ARC crossing on 24th.  The entertainment was fantastic and we had another good dance session!  I have blisters to prove it..   A quiet night last night with a BBQ dinner on Pannikin (thanks guys) and an early night and we are (almost) good to go.  Wind blowing and overcast, should make for an interesting start. SusieJ. read more...


10/11/2013

Windleblo - Approaching the Canaries

Land Ho!The next time we hear this cry, it will be St. Lucia, not Gran Canaria, that we approach.Our two night crossing from Madeira is nearly done. Force 6 winds on the beam, sometimes touching Force 7, propelled us here. The seas mounted to four meters along the way, making sleep elusive. Windleblo seem to revel in the sporty seas. As I've said many times before, the only thing holding this boat back is captain and crew.The rough conditions did nothing to dampen the good spirits aboard Windleblo. We even practiced our sea shanties mid-passage.Moments ago, we held a passage debrief. The only complaint I heard was that we did not do enough to pay homage to Neptune as we departed Madeira. All we did was share a dram of cheap gin while hearing a few words uttered by Joules in German. We. read more...


09/11/2013

Hanami II - Last night in Las Palmas ...

I was just about to write "Last night in twisted river". That's the next to the last John Irving's novel. A very good one I think...Nothing about sailing in this book but the last night it refers to is the beginning of a life time adventure. So is crossing the ARC+ starting line.We did in 2011 but it is still as if it was the first time and I wonder if all people starting for a long crossing feel the same, a little bit anxious about what is going to happen.The difference between our start and the one in the novel is that "we know it is a start", we worked long days and hours to get ready, whereas in the novel it is only after years that the "start" reveals itself. Well, to keep it short, we are as ready as one can be and if there are (as always) a few things to do all the important ones. read more...


10/11/2013

Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer

Hallo Ihr lieben daheim gebliebenen,seit Tagen nun bin ich an Bord und wir bereiten diesen wirklich luxuriösen Katamaran mit seinen 62 ft auf die erste Etappe von Las Palmas zu den Kapverden vor. Die Mannschaft besteht aus immerhin zwei Skippern, einem wunderbaren italienischen Koch (Ricardo) der zusammen mit seinem Mitstreiter und einer guten weiblichen Seele hier an Bord für das leibliche Wohl der Mitsegler und Gäste sorgt.Die ENIGMA mit ihren 62 ft ist als Charterschiff konzipiert und komm frisch aus der Werft mit allen Annehmlichkeiten ausgestattet, um eine solche Reise nicht nur sportlich sondern auch sonst angenehm zu gestalten.Da muss selbst bei schwierigem Wetter niemand seinen Mond an der Reling zeigen, die Dinge, die man sonst immer mal wieder rationiert auf einem Segler hat,. read more...


Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer
Enigma - Enigma_Luxus_Restaurant_Racer
10/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog Sat night / Sunday morning

Crossed the line a bit ago.  Trekked down to Spanish Town and are tucked-in at VGYH.  Working hard to let our guard completely down in the form of Dark and Stormies.  Really looking forward to raising a glass or two with all the Carib 1500 fleet in Nanny Cay next week.  It's been a great experience! Anonymous Howard, Dave, Tommy, Bob & Pat.. read more...


10/11/2013

Starblazer - We have arrived in Gran Canaria

We have found the winds in the Canaries to be case of feast or famine, far too much or not enough!It's usually far too much when you are trying to make progress in a roughly northerly direction, such as the return from La Gomera to Tenerife, it was horrible.In contrast, the trip to Gran Canaria from Tenerife was a boring motor, sailing for only a couple of hours.We spent three nights in the anchorage before coming into the marina on Thursday.We couldn't have picked a better arrival day as we were invited to the Hallberg Rassy party.What a lovely surprise.Now we have a few days before ARC preparations begin in earnest, though the boat is just about ready to go!Friday was also a bit of a surprise.We officially checked into the ARC and went to the combined 'Farewell to ARC+' and 'Welcome to. read more...


Enigma - Kitesurfing
Enigma - Kitesurfing
Enigma - Enigma
Enigma - Enigma
09/11/2013

Tara - Sat Nov 9 - It's noon and it's AWESOME

The sun rising off TARA's bow was accompanied by a flurry of quiet activity.Flying fish in the distance, a bird resting on the rigging, and spotting a sailboat off the starboard bow were each the focal point of their individual moments.We've been motoring for 27 hours, since the wind died.TARA's engine is quiet, affords us a nice 7kt speed, ample charging for electronics, and plenty of hot water. Captain Mark stirs below, double checking the log for position, speed, and direction.Looking for wind information, he decides we should sail!The crew scurries topside, securing lines on winches, while our little sea finch flitters about here and there.I take my place on a beanbag on the bow!It's perfect for a little quiet time to reflect and savor the moment, not to mention pretty darn. read more...


09/11/2013

Tara - Fri Nov 8 - Airing Our Dirty Laundry

Ever-increasing temps continue to boost morale on board.Good morning greetings to sleepy-eyed sailors are passed around with smiles and stories of night watches, no ships in sight or the only one spotted in days that crossed within 2 miles.Energized from the sunshine (or possibly the pancakes) a unanimous work-about begins.As if a whispered desire blew on the wind, first heard by the crewman at the bow and carrying its message through to the stern.A sailor's heart thrives when the hands are busy, taking care of the vessel that carries us to far away places, voyages dreamed about by many, but realized by a tenacious few.Towels, used to mop up drips securing a better foothold against five days of an obnoxious angle of heel, were the first to be clipped to the lifelines.Soon, wet. read more...


09/11/2013

Solstice - Gulf stream crossing

Quote of the day:"Not only is the sea unspoiled and without artificiality, there is a primeval quality, a purity surrounding its environment.Maybe you appreciate the sea because when you are lost upon its vastness your life is not jammed up with the trivia, the meaningless detail, and the foolish stuff of civilization."--Hal Roth[Don]SV Solstice is happy to report that though our GenSet is down and out for the count, we've been able to get our engine repaired and we're back underway. The engine repair took a back-seat while the winds were strong and we were able to keep the batteries charged by other means, but after the wind generator got stuck by a flying lanyard and the GenSet died, it became clear that we didn't have enough solar charging to keep up with demand.So at night without. read more...


09/11/2013

Free Spirit - Excitement is in the air!

After motor sailing for 2 days now, we have wind in the forecast.We unfurled the genoa, shook all the reefs out and went to a full main in anticipation of a little help from Mother Nature.Our excitement yesterday was spotting the Norwegian Gem cruise ship, passing within 2 miles of our location.We contacted them to verify courses to ensure safe crossing, resisting the temptation to request a six pack and bag of ice.  For the folks back home, we are doing quite well.Have had some issues with gremlins in our electronics systems. During our troubleshooting, we took down the Caribbean 1500 tracking device to see if the location might be causing some interference.We have yet to get the Spot tracker up and running, so that put us in the stealth mode.Hopefully we didn't cause any angst. read more...


09/11/2013

Wings - Sat. morning, Nov. 9

Wings Blog, Sat. morn , Nov 9  The winds returned about 3:00 a.m. this morning, certainly adequate, but far diminished from earlier in the week -- now about 15 knots or so.  Beautiful morning -- hot and sunny. Despite the calm yesterday, it seemed like it was the longest day of the sail so far.  We got a lot done.  The swimming pool locker is now empty of water -- and for awhile, was also emptied of all the stuff inside.  Dave and Tommy found everything in there but Jimmy Hoffa -- we even found two fold-up lawn chairs, despite the lack of a lawn on a sailboat.  The locker is now clean and everything neatly stowed inside. All day yesterday and through most of the night, Howard was able to keep the water-maker working; apparently, it's gone on-the-fritz again. read more...


09/11/2013

Sonsy Lass - The final preparations

Provisioning is now complete and food is being prepared for the first few days out. Every spare nook and cranny has been crammed with packets of pasta, tins of tuna and bags of chocolate (emergency rations). Our new crew, Keith (also known as Emergency Rations) has been put to great use knocking up chills and curries, often first thing in the morning. Slightly concerned we may have bought too much we are thinking about setting up a floating restaurant in Cape Verdes! We have about 28 hours to go to the off and I think we are all ready and itching to go. Weather forecasts have been positive over the past few days so we are expecting a good sail, but maybe not record speeds. IMG_2834.. read more...


Sonsy Lass - The final preparations
Sonsy Lass - The final preparations
09/11/2013

Blue Raven - Blue Raven arrived in Las Palmas

Blue Raven arrived in Las Palmas We have arrived in Las Palmas on Blue Raven and look forward to meeting other ARC participants and completing our preparations for the start. Even though it is my third Atlantic crossing, the excitement is building. ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


08/11/2013

Free Spirit - What a difference a day makes!

We celebrated yesterday's success with cold sodas and showers for everyone.After savoring every drop of fresh water in the shower, we actually feel quite human again.Decided it would be nice to have Chinese takeout for dinner, but were outside the delivery area.Had to settle for home made sweet & sour pork.  We've settled into a rhythm with our watches.Andi (It's Good to be Queen) starts the evening watch, followed by Steve (Rock Star) Runals, then Mike (Head Man), with Steve (Iron Man) Lunsford completing the cycle.  Last night's the cool breezes.The sea is the most gorgeous shade of royal blue, with mild swells gently rocking us onward.The night sky is littered with stars so bright, at times it seems they reach right down to the water.We had a dolphin escort out of the. read more...


08/11/2013

Tara -

Thursday, Nov 7 It's the dawn of a new day, charged by a warm temperature and a big blue sky. Our 20 kt wind is as welcome as an old friend. Sunshine softens the memories of the near gale force winds that blew nonstop over the past few days, which afforded us the opportunity of heaving-to in 20 foot seas, as well as experimenting with various sail configurations. Tara's crew of 5 sailors, sharing her 54 foot LOA, have learned to move in concert with each other in the cockpit, nimbly stepping around tethers and jack lines.With this angle of heel, we're careful not to step on toes, especially the ones with pre-departure stitches.Our foul weather gear, now cast aside for shorts and t-shirts, makes everyone smile.This very diverse group of sailors has one thing in common -- their. read more...


08/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Las Palmas - Ready to go!

We thought this was going to be an easy week!   However, bigdecisions have had to made such as where do we put the extra fuel cans, how wefind  space in the bilge for 8 dozen eggs less the two that Jerry droppedon the pontoon, and in addition it has taken three good men most of theafternoon to send a mouse down the boom and another one up the mast. Finally Gill has been trying to get her head around the SSB email for most ofthe week and has made great achievements sending an email toherself!     We are ready and looking forward to the start of our Atlantic crossing onSunday.  We  have now managed to extricate Mike from the Chandlersthough Jerry, being a US citizen, still needs to get his permission toleave  with us.   Hope. read more...


08/11/2013

Meltemi - Erster Fisch am Haken

Heute um 17:00 Uhr den ersten Mahi Mahi gefangen. Nicht sehr groß (2,5 kg Filet) aber für eine Mahlzeit reicht es gut.. read more...


08/11/2013

Wings - Wings Blog - Friday morning, Nov. 8

Wings Blog for Friday morning, Nov. 8 Quick update:  Weather is sunny and hot -- beautiful day.  Very little wind and what there is of it is "on the nose."  The boat has a laundry air about it -- wet towels and clothes are hanging out to dry all over the place. So, we're taking this opportunity to clean up a bit -- Dave and Tommy are finishing pumping out the swimming pool locker.  Howard and Dave are getting the water-maker back up and running.  I got some "work" work done.  And we're keeping an eye on the Auto-Pilot, which apparently pulled a "Hal" on us (from 2001, A Space Odyssey),  achieved consciousness in the past few hours and starting charting it's own course for us.  This development dawned on us when we noticed that the sun was. read more...


08/11/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!

The Capital-Conseil.com team works hard two weeks from the start.Checklists have the tendency to be hit by inflation, one item checked being replaced immediately by two newcomers!For those currently in Las Palmas, the boat is on the North side of Pier M.We’ll see you soon!L’équipe Capital-Conseil.com met les bouchées doubles à un peu plus de deux semaines du départ.La check-list fait de la resistance, un ‘item’ coché étant vite remplacé par deux nouveaux!Pour ceux sur place, le bateau est ponton M, côté Nord.A bientôt!Morvan BOURBINP1010099. read more...


Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!
Capital-Conseil.com - 16 more days to wait / J-16 du grand départ!
08/11/2013

Beetle - Looking forward to the ARC and ARC staff

Beetle has been in Las Palmas since September the 2nd. We are on a Plane to Las Palmas within the near future - looking forward to meet our Fellow sailors and the boats we have met on our way from Denmark and southwards. Counting the days till November 24th - hoping for settled weather and kick´off as scheduled. CrewS/Y Beetle. read more...


07/11/2013

Windleblo - Madeira

Six hundred downwind miles and four nights from Gibraltar, we landed on Madeira. Windleblo led us here, seamlessly surfing the three meter swell as we practiced watchkeeping and arranged the sheets for best downwind effect. What's more, Martin is now Jules. His ARC alias revealed itself about 300 miles offshore as a consequence of a misheard monologue. Martin asked, "Who is Julie?" as the Coach told a story about a friend with a totally different name. Somehow Julie morphed into Jules, and Martin's new handle. That settled, we pushed on to Madeira, taking a berth in a marina on the island's west end. Our two layover days were spent with a windshield tour of the island's spectacular north coast and populated south, then prepping the boat for on next push, a 300 mile hop to. read more...


Windleblo - Madeira
Windleblo - Madeira
07/11/2013

Solstice - Onward Southward

After the Gulf Stream the winds were still up in the twenties and the seas were still pretty rough. We weren't eating much (or cooking at all) and we had to be careful moving around the boat.Tuesday one slip (by Ray) led to an accident. He wound up with a scalp cut and a strained shoulder.The cut bled like scalp cuts do and we are still finding bloodstains to clean up, but there were no signs of concussion. We had to hold the bandage around his head with blue painter's tape over the gauze wrap.It looked pretty sporty. Tuesday was also marked with an engine overheat.In fact a lot of the coolant was boiled or leaked away. We couldn't immediately find the problem.Yesterday, after our first nice sailing day featured sunny blue skies, fifteen knot breezes, and more modest waves we started the. read more...


07/11/2013

Free Spirit - Day 6- Half Way There

All is well on S/V Free Spirit.It's taken us a few days to get this post up because we were having so much fun rocking and rolling with the rest of the fleet in the high winds and big seas the last few days.Saturday evening and early Sunday were spent motoring south towards Hatteras to make the Gulf Stream crossing. Winds started to build in the wee hours Sunday to 20 to 25.By midday Sunday we were seeing gusts to 30. The wind stayed that way for the next three days with gusts into the mid 30's.Needless to say most of the time was spent trying to keep from bouncing off of things as we moved about the boat.Tuesday night, the fun really began when the jib furling line chafed through and the jib unfurled.It was a little too much sail, but we had no way to reduce it and didn't want to put. read more...