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22/11/2014

Euphoria - Log

Eurphoria's Log is up and running!. read more...


21/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 3 - A Way Down the Line

Having gone south of the rhumb line initially, today we have tended to creepback up to the north in order to maintain a favourable wind angle for oursails and earlier this evening we crossed the dotted line on the plotter andso are just slightly north of the direct line between Cape Verde and StLucia. We've swapped company with CALISTA, who has got ahead of us (as sheshould being a big catamaran in ideal reaching conditions for them) andROXANA (the Italian Malo 47) is now just ahead of us both in real terms andthe latest leader board signal received.Conditions were right today for the cruising schute to have its moment andit was hoisted soon after breakfast and recovered just before sunset withremarkably little drama. The skipper has reminded us all that its colours -shades of light and. read more...


21/11/2014

GarliX - 3. Tag Atlantik? überall sind Squalls,

Ehrlich Leute, dies hätte heute ein schöner Tag werden können…. ging auch echt gut los. Nach-dem wir unseren sportlichen Ritt über die Nacht "überstanden" hatten, konnten wir einen friedlichen und sonnigen Tag begrüßen. Wir hatten viel vor… Wäsche waschen, Haare schneiden, Boot putzen, GARLIX - Reparaturen durchführen. Haben wir auch alles gemacht…. nur mal nebenbei, stellt Euch mal vor, bei dem Geschaukel Haare zu schneiden. Besonders an den Ohren ist dasnicht ganz ungefährlich….-)). So, dann ging gegen frühen Nachmittag der Mist mit den Squalls los. Irgendwie haben wir bei dem sehr englischen Vortrag bei Mr. Tibb wohl nicht aufgepasst. Dachten wir doch tatsächlich, dass das - vielleicht nicht gerade einmalig - aber doch nicht ständig vorkommt. Das kann schon ganz schön gruselig sein,. read more...


21/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur over the Atlantic.

Day 3 on the transatlantic. Friday 21st november.We made a fairly good start over the line in Mindelo , and we have done fairly sailing since. We are now participating in SSB roll calls and that gives a good feeling knowing someone is out there with us.We have had very light winds today, but the forecast say we will get better winds.We have had issues with our Panda the generatiorand Kristófer has an ongoing work on his hands trying to fix this, until then we charge the batteries with the engine.All is well on board Hugur .. read more...


21/11/2014

Celebrate - Short stop over and still heading South

Our visit to Mossel Bay was very short. We arrived at sunrise around 5AM, waited until the fuel dock was open to refuel at 8AM and by 10AM we we out at sea again. Our short stay was not a criticism of the place, everyone was very efficient and friendly at this pretty fishing port. Sadly the harbour was not geared up to accommodate us and Celebrate did not look at home moored up beside and against trawlers and huge tractor tyre fenders. The fuel dock was part of the fish market and a trawler was landing its catch as we re-fuelled. They told us that fish they catch is bound for Spain. We sailed over lots of gas well heads on our way in so their other local industry is exporting gas to who knows where.The sea life continues to impress us, while on the dock two large seals splashed around us. read more...


21/11/2014

Celebrate - Mossel Bay Fuel Stop on Passage from Durban

We are continuing our passage down the South African coast after our a great stay in Durban. Two other rally boats left shortly behind us, Sweet Pearl and Polaris.To get a break from motor sailing into the wind and bumpy seas they decided to have stopover at East London. The next boats coming out of Durban right after were Andromeda, Chika-lu and NDS Darwin. We decided to keep going as the wind had dropped to under 15 knots and the sea state was better as well, for a while we were enjoying 3 knots of Agulhas current under us bringing our boat speed up to over 10 knots.We can report leaving the Indian Ocean and entering the Southern Oceanhaving now passed Port Elizabeth and St. Francis Bay and are sailing towards Plettenberg Bay. The only noticeable changes are that the sea temperature. read more...


21/11/2014

Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie

Der Einkauf und das anschließende stauen ist fertig. Die Crew auch. Wieder ein großer Schritt in Richtung Start.Stauprobleme oder was Staumanschaft Kassenzettel Einkauf(1). read more...


Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Meltemi - Tag -2 Einkaufsorgie
Reina - Reina is ready to race the ARC
Reina - Reina is ready to race the ARC
21/11/2014

Sandvita - Lunchkalas.......

Idag firar vi Annes födelsedag....Vi går ut lungt och accelererar till kvällen med Farewellparty och fyrverkeri! I morgon utcheckning och skepparmöte.... Sakta men säkert närmar det sig!bild. read more...


Sandvita - Lunchkalas.......
Sandvita - Lunchkalas.......
21/11/2014

Easy Rider - Day 2

Yesterday was one of those perfect sailing days....sunshine high winds ..and we almost broke our record of 200 n miles in 24 hours. Not quite but almost and that's good enough for me!Crew in high spirits......but plagued by a bugette which is going round here...Smith n I are clear, Max has it now and Neil is next. However as he has the constitution of a goat I bet he stays germ free! On the other hand he could be the carrier......Fishing not so inspired as both lines were broken (another cat caught them)just after the start of the race.....so we only have enough line for one rod......hopefullly that'll be enough to catch a king amongst fish!Today promises to be equally lovely..All of which I put down to an African mask (Winston) which I bought in Cape Verdes. He sits in pride of pace. read more...


21/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Unsere Fleischvorräte

Michael macht sich schon bereit um ein Biss von unserem Gourmetschinken zu nehmen.image.. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Unsere Fleischvorräte
Exjuvantibus - Unsere Fleischvorräte
21/11/2014

Oynas - Nov 21 - Heading west

Great wind yesterday - not so good today.First fish onboard- a small dorado. O shoot, someone turned off the fridge by mistake... Saw 'the green flash' at sunset last night! Can't get the wind meter working.But.. life is good!. read more...


21/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 18. Okt. - Mittwoch, 22. Okt. 2014

Ueberfahrt La Linea (bei Gibraltar)- Funchal (Madeira)616 smUm 13.15 Uhr machten wir uns mit einer Crew von sieben Leuten (Ronny, Juergen, Ivo, Harwo, Andreas und Max) auf den Weg nach Gran Canaria. Nach der Ausfahrt aus dem Hafen von La Linea setzten wir die Segel und spielten zur Uebung mal ein Reffmanoever durch. Dann nahmen wir Kurs auf Madeira. Waehrend der Ausfahrt aus der Meerenge von Gibraltar hatten wir noch etwas Wind (WS 3-4) und viel Strom, aber das Glueck verliess uns, je weiter wir in den Atlantik hinaussegelten. Bald mussten wir auch den Motor einschalten, sonst waeren wir kaum mehr vom Fleck gekommen. Der Wind blies zwar genau von hinten, aber leider viel zu schwach oder er stellte oft sogar gaenzlich seine Arbeit ein. Und das sollte sich auch in den folgenden vier Tagen. read more...


21/11/2014

Cheri - Donnerstag, 23. Okt. 2014

Inselrundfahrt MadeiraAuf Madeira geben wir uns einen halben Tag Zeit, etwas von der Insel zu sehen. Es ist ein wunderschoener Tag, in Funchal richtig heiss, ausserhalb der Stadt angenehm warm. Wir organisieren einen Kleinbus, den wir mit unseren sieben Leuten auch perfekt bis auf den letzten Platz fuellen. Der arme Wagen wird aber ganz schoen strapaziert, denn die Strassen im Hinterland von Funchal sind ziemlich holprig, schmal und vor allem sehr steil. Es braucht schon viel Gottvertrauen in die Bremsen des Autos und in die Fahrkuenste des Chauffeurs, um den Ausflug auch geniessen zu koennen. Er faehrt uns zu folgenden Sehenswuerdigkeiten:Korbschlittenfahrt in FunchalJa, das gibt es! Eine Schlittenfahrt mitten im Sommer! Schnee hat es dazu natuerlich keinen. Aber man kann ja notfalls. read more...


Reina crew From left to right: Rory Gillard, Harry Spedding, Jack Rhode Pearce, Floss Cripps, Arie Blokland, Jarrod Cripps and Jeroen Hemels
Reina crew From left to right: Rory Gillard, Harry Spedding, Jack Rhode Pearce, Floss Cripps, Arie Blokland, Jarrod Cripps and Jeroen Hemels
20/11/2014

Time Bandit - One Down

16 47.7N028 08.3WOne night down and thirteen to go.The ARC+ rally fleet made a quick exit from Mindelo in a good 15 knot northerly. The cats headed out first with Purrrfect making the best start. We followed fifteen minutes later and had a good run down to the wind shadow under the lee of St Antau island.We resisted for a while but eventually succumbed and fired up the engine to motor out the calm. A good strategy as just 1 hour later we picked up 15-20 from the north and had a good nights broad reach in a modest following sea. Ditto for all day today in blazing sun and one downpour to wash the nights salt from the decks.The cats have been in good form and have done a horizon job. We still have 4 or five others in sight but mostly the fleet is spread out, waiting to converge again nearer. read more...


21/11/2014

Hera - Crew komplett

Seit zwei Tagen ist unsere Crew komplett. Bis zum Start sind es zwei Tage und es gibt noch jede Menge zu tun:. Ausrüsten des Bootes mit allem was man für drei Wochen so braucht, Sicherheitseinweisungen, Technikchecks, kleineren Reparaturen, Seminare und Trainings für die Crew füllen jeden Tag bis zum Sundowner aus.Nun sind wir auch über unseren Satellitentracker im Fleetviewer zu sehen.   Stefan  P1050265. read more...


Hera - Crew komplett
Hera - Crew komplett
21/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 319; Clearing Out in Durban, a Snapshot of Vlado from Civetta II & Dinner at the Moyo Restaurant; Thursday, November 20, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Turned on SSB radio at 7:03 AM to listen to the Roy Cook Peri-Peri weather net broadcast. I asked him about leaving Durban for Port Elizabeth and he said we had 40 hours of good weather. We need 58 hours. We'll look at another GRIB weather file tonight. A low pressure system that will create some rain Sunday under sail is weakening and may not pose a significant threat to us. I talked with Russ on Nexus later today and he feels pretty good about the Friday weather window, saying it will stay 'open' until next Thursday. At 8:00 AM we headed up to the restaurant to have breakfast. Joel and I ordered French toast. I added some toast, eggs and bacon. The French toast wasn't very good because not only did they not put syrup on it in, they ran out of honey. French toast without. read more...


20/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg 2 - Day 2: fishing triumph

What kind of lure is best?Is it the pink feather jig or the fancy fish-shaped rapala?If we ask the fish experts at fishing stores, it is sure to be the one we don't have yet!So we dutifully buy the red feather jig when recommended because that one is SURE to land the big one. Yesterday and today we tried the most unlikely lure in our box:the simple cedar plug!It is a plain piece of wood with a hook attached. We have this unusual lure because a fish shop back home in Ventura CA strongly recommended it. And to our surprise, it is catching fish. Yesterday evening Paul caught a bright colored fish but too small to keep (about 14 inches). This evening Dave caught a nice one over 25 inches long. We subdued it with a squirt off rum in the gills and then andfilleted it. Linda fried it in. read more...


20/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 2 - Which Way to St Lucia?

This time yesterday our plotter screen was littered with boats showing on AIS (Automated Identification System), which tells us who is who amongst the dots on the horizon or the navigation lights in the darkness. Tonight everyone has settled on their marginally different courses across the Atlantic (the skipper's cunning plan to get the best wind for Lydia is to go south of the rhum line) and tweaked their sails to get their best speed for these lovely reaching conditions, such that we only have one yacht, CALISTA, a Brit catamaran for company.We've brainstormed the events of the day over supper and decided that not a lot has happened really. This may set the tone for the days to come, with only the vagaries of the Mailasail email programme's French spellchecker to provide our readers. read more...


20/11/2014

Time Bandit - One Down

16 47.7N028 08.3WOne night down and thirteen to go.The ARC+ rally fleet made a quick exit from Mindelo in a good 15 knot northerly. The cats headed out first with Purrrfect making the best start. We followed fifteen minutes later and had a good run down to the wind shadow under the lee of St Antau island.We resisted for a while but eventually succumbed and fired up the engine to motor out the calm. A good strategy as just 1 hour later we picked up 15-20 from the north and had a good nights broad reach in a modest following sea. Ditto for all day today in blazing sun and one downpour to wash the nights salt from the decks.The cats have been in good form and have done a horizon job. We still have 4 or five others in sight but mostly the fleet is spread out, waiting to converge again nearer. read more...


20/11/2014

Exody - Day 11 - 20th November - More of the Same Please

After our arrival unreasonably early at 02.30 on Day 7, the whistlestop tour of Santa Antao and Sao Vicente (Days7/8), the restocking, the perennial internet hunt (Cafe del Mar got plenty business)and the ARC+/SOS charity farewell gig - Days 9/10), its good to be at sea again. Our log shows a days run since yesterday's 13.00 start of 160 miles, our best yet under sail- well mostly- just one hour's motoring to clear the shadow of Santa Antao. We bad farewell to Agnes - who finally got her cooking sealegs in port to 'advance cook' for our next leg - and welcomed Kathy on board - who seems to have arrived from Twickenham complete with sealegs fitted!It was a beautifully clear day for the start- without too much acceleration (or exhiliaration) zone and very little of the lighter winds that. read more...


20/11/2014

GarliX - Tag 2? wir fliegen immer weiter Richtung Westen

Tag 2… wir fliegen immer weiter Richtung WestenDie anfängliche Flaute hat sich gewandelt. Seit heute Nacht haben wir dauerhaft NO 16-20kn Wind. Also kein Passatwind - wir fliegen mit gutem Raumwind mit 8-9kn über den Atlantik. Die Gribdaten versprechen, dass der Wind auf Ost dreht… aber so ist es auch gut. Unser erstes Etmal lag bei ca. 190sm; ganz gut für den Anfang. An Bord ist alles ok; wir verbringen die Zeit mit schlafen, essen, lesen und ab und zu an den "Winschen drehen". Bei diesem Wind können sich die Männer nicht mit aufregenden Segelmanövern beschäftigen. Den CodeZero haben wir heute morgen gegen die normale Fock gewechselt. In der Nacht sind wir Seite an Seite mit zwei Katamaranen gesegelt. Tröstet ein wenig…ist man nicht so allein auf dem Wasser. Also - an Bord ist alles ok…. read more...


20/11/2014

Reberth - All aboard the skylark..........REBERTH

Ian, Bob and David were very keen to get a good start, as you can see from their faces!! We have done over 155 nm in the first 24 hours, which for us is excellent. The wind is definitely not what we expected but tomorrow is another day. If these conditions keep up there will be some fast times for the big boats. The sun is shining all is good and dolphins saw us off from Mindelo.. read more...


Reberth - All aboard the skylark..........REBERTH
Reberth - All aboard the skylark..........REBERTH
20/11/2014

Celebrate - Mossel Bay Fuel Stop on Passage from Durban

We are continuing our passage down the South African coast after our a great stay in Durban. Two other rally boats left shortly behind us, Sweet Pearl and Polaris.To get a break from motor sailing into the wind and bumpy seas they decided to have stopover at East London. The next boats coming out of Durban right after were Andromeda, Chika-lu and NDS Darwin. We decided to keep going as the wind had dropped to under 15 knots and the sea state was better as well, for a while we were enjoying 3 knots of Agulhas current under us bringing our boat speed up to over 10 knots.We can report leaving the Indian Ocean and entering the Southern Oceanhaving now passed Port Elizabeth and St. Francis Bay and are sailing towards Plettenberg Bay. The only noticeable changes are that the sea temperature. read more...


Aelfgifu - 20th Nov 2014 las Palmas
Aelfgifu - 20th Nov 2014 las Palmas
Meltemi - -3 Tag
Meltemi - -3 Tag
20/11/2014

Meltemi - Tag -3 Meltemi Crew ist fast vollständig eingetroffen.

Die „MELTEMI“ liegt in Las Palmas und hat ihre Crew fast vollständig an Bord. (Ines fehlt noch, kommt wg. Backenzahn später)Der ARC 2014 Aufkleber ist am Heck. Damit sind wir fast ablege fertig. Das bisschen Einkaufen macht sich ja fast von alleine.Das zweite Großereignis: Niels hat heute Geburtstag, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte zum Frühstück. Gruss an die Welt aus dem mittlerweile wieder regenfreiem Las Palmas Rüdiger ARC 2014 Crew Aufkleber Nils Geburtstag. read more...


Meltemi - Tag -3 Meltemi Crew ist fast vollständig eingetroffen.
Meltemi - Tag -3  Meltemi Crew ist fast vollständig eingetroffen.
Meltemi - Tag -3 Meltemi Crew ist fast vollständig eingetroffen.
Meltemi - Tag -3  Meltemi Crew ist fast vollständig eingetroffen.
Lydia - Lydia 'Rolling Down to Rio' - well Mindelo actuall
Lydia - Lydia 'Rolling Down to Rio' - well Mindelo actuall
Lydia - Lydia's Sao Vicente welcoming party before the ARC+ Yellow Shirts.
Lydia - Lydia's Sao Vicente welcoming party before the ARC+ Yellow Shirts.
20/11/2014

Easy Rider - ..Captains Log.....Day 1 Cape Verde to St. Lucia

Great first day for our third east to west Atlantic crossing!After running around like headless chickens all morning, making ready with the final preparations, it was a real pleasure to slip our lines & motor out into the bay for the start of the 2,150 nautical mile race to St. Lucia. The weather for the start was perfect, with 15 - 20 knots of breeze helping all the yachts make a flying start. The Cats start first & it is a spectacular sight looking back at the fleet of 52 yachts all with full sail, strung out behind us.As the afternoon wore on the wind eased & members of the Easy crew took the oportunity to relax & top up there tans ( even further) on the trampolines!We rounded off our day with a fantastic dinner of seared tuna washed down with a lovely bottle of vino. read more...


20/11/2014

Sandvita - Countdown

Det börjar närma sig! Besättningen är fulltalig och det nya storseglet är på plats, TACK LUNDH SAILS!! (Bilder kommer) Nu återstår bara leverans av frukt,grönsaker och ägg samt Farewellpartyt!!!. read more...


20/11/2014

DreamCatcher - 2nd Leg Day 1

Having arrived lunchtime, Saturday, we all enjoyed our short stay in Mindelo. Everyone of the ARC+ team and the marina staff did a great job making our time as effective and pleasant as possible. Fortunately, we didn't have any major repairs or problems to sort out and could enjoy the trip to Santo Antao and the tour of Sao Vicente to the full. Our swim in the surf at the beach BBQ was a particular delight.And so to the start of the 2nd Leg of our trip - Mindelo to St Lucia.The forecast was for lighter winds, but it was gusting to 19 knots in the harbour as we took a peak outside before getting ourselves settled for the start line. This was not the time for Pandora, and with a single reef in the main, we pulled out and set the genoa as the seconds were counted down.A line of yachts were. read more...


20/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - Vorfreude

Auch wir sind am späten Samstagabend im Hafen von Gran Canaria angekommen. Das Büro war schon geschlossen und so haben wir in der Nähe der Tankstelle übernachtet. Samstagmorgen dann vollgetankt und einen Liegeplatz an "the Wall" bekommen. Und unsere Wandbilder von 2006 sind auch noch da. Die Crew der Bluewater Mooney.. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Vorfreude
Bluewater Mooney - Vorfreude
20/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 318; Arrival in Durban & a Fine Day in Durban; Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Joel is on watch from 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM, when he wakes me. I am in a dead sleep state. Closer to death than consciousness. But as he's waking me Jeanine miraculously stirs and volunteers to take the 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM watch. She's no longer sick. I go back to sleep and get up again at 4:50 AM, just in time to see the sunrise at 4:55 AM. No green flash because of clouds on the horizon. But still its a nice sunrise. We're surrounded by anchored ships off Durban. A lot (a few dozen?). We're 11 miles from the port entrance. Saphir is ahead of us about a mile and Civetta II is behind us maybe 3 miles. I increase the RPM from 1400 to 1600 and our speed increases from 4.9 to 5.4 knots. I want to close the distance between us and Saphir. At 5:50 AM I called the Durban port control office on VHF. read more...


20/11/2014

Firefly - Cruising the Bay of Islands

Firefly arrived in Opua, New Zealand a week ago following a difficult seven and a half day passage from New Caledonia, five of the seven were spent beating into strong winds and rough seas. Once we were checked in with customs and immigration we moved to a berth at the excellent Opua Marina, this being a great place to get everything shipshape again and a good base for some land based exploration. We visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the still current agreement between the British and the Moari was signed in 1840, a recreated Moari settlement at Rewa Village in Keri Keri and the interesting museum at Russell, the town referred to as 'the hellhole of the Pacific' back in the whaling days. Hugh from World Cruising arranged drinks and dinner with the other World ARC yachts whom we. read more...


19/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 1 - Farewell to Cape Verde

We're off again. Starting in mid fleet and sporting Solent rig (just the yankee) the cracking wind quickly began to die and within an hour or so we were ghosting along while many other boats opted to acrue some early engine hours. We eventually joined them and motored for 50 minutes before the wind picked up and Lydia is now bowling along on a fast reach at about 7.5 kts. Based on current progress the electronic gizmo tells us that we will arrive in St Lucia early on 2 Dec. But there's a lot that could change that in the coming days.With it now confirmed at last night's prize-giving ceremony for Leg 1 that Lydia was the winner of her class (Cruising Division Class B) with a corrected time of 5 days14 hrs 58 minutes and 43 seconds, being the only boat to incur zero engine hour penalties,. read more...


19/11/2014

Folie a Deux - gale force sailing with friends in the indian ocean

Sailing is always better and safer with friends.We were in close companywith s/v Saphir (Norway) whilst the 35+ knot sustained gale force front hitus on our sail to South Africa.Watch the video to see what it what like.Tracey, Tim, Brian, and Lucyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bw5jfXLrVE&sns=em. read more...


20/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg 2- Day 1- Excellent start across the Atlantic

We had lots of last minute tasks on our last morning in Mindelo, Cape Verde because we had spent all day Tuesday on a full day tour of the neighboring island of Santo Antao. That island is very dry and arid on one side but green and productive on the other side because of the rain caught by the high mountain from the ancient volcano. The most beautiful sight was the caldera of the ancient volcano which is farmed and has animals grazing. It looked idyllic. The rally started at 12:45 pm for multihulls and we had another good start reaching down the slot between the two islands. As predicted, there was an extensive wind shadow leeward of the island but we ghosted along and only used our engine for a short time to get through it. To our surprise, the fishing reel sang out with a fish on the. read more...


19/11/2014

Tinia - First log

Almost ready to leave ,with four days to go to the start, just the last two crew, meat veg and lots of weather info to get.. read more...



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