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24/11/2014

Exody - Day 15 - 24th November - Rainbows, Roly Night and New Moon

Forgot to mention the fantastic rainbows that went with yesterday's squalls - some appearing close enough for us to search the anchor locker for the pot of gold! The squalls (or perhaps another distant weather system) left us - and the rest of the ARC+ fleet nearby - with a very uncomfortable sea with little sleep for the night - on Exody this was exacerbated by an annoying squeal from the self steering lines which a 2am concoction of squeezy, lithium grease and WD40 failed to cure!Monday was a much better day of clear skies and consistent winds with only a very minor shower.Our days run at noon of 136 miles, with 1404 miles still to go took us within a few miles of the one third point after 5 days.The two 4th December birthday girls on board keep recalculating the ETA in St Lucia based. read more...


24/11/2014

Makena - Nov 24 - *almost* halfway

Sarah here. We're pretty much in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We should reach "half the distance to go" early on the morning of Tuesday 25th (tomorrow morning as I write this).We've seen at least 3 whales, caught a tuna and 2 huge Wahoo/Ono, lost 2 dorado but no lures, and we've been watching flying fish do their dances from the start line onwards. Those wahoo took many hours to prepare for eating/storing. They also required a freezer reorg and some juggling of the meal plans but those are good problems to have. We freeze fish like that for 24 hours before making sashimi, which is what puts lots of pressure on the freezer which had been packed full since Las Palmas. With 3 big food fridges aboard we really can store a lot of days worth of good healthy food using the fridges alone. read more...


24/11/2014

Makena - Nov 23 - PW Reporting

November 23, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the Atlantic Noon position:16.39.0N337.10.9WSqualls to the left of us, squalls to the right...We hoisted Tequila Sunrise at sunrise and flew with her as we made course slightly north of the rhumb line. When the squalls threatened us, all hands to bring her back down. 20 minutes later, back up she went. We were close to our fellow multihulls and wanted to make some good time down the track. This procedure of hoisting and lowering the spinnaker is not a very conservative method, but it worked. By the afternoon position we had pulled into the leading position. We do have one monhull, Eleanora 2, still ahead of us by 13 miles. The day continued with constant squalls hitting us. Oftentimes, they would pass just north or south. We tried to. read more...


Vagaris - Sailing into the sunset on day 1
Vagaris - Sailing into the sunset on day 1
24/11/2014

Vagaris - We're off

Finally we started our transatlantic trip. After being wind delayed yesterday it was nice to leave in the sunshine and cheers from the crowd with the band playing us a farewell. 160 yachts crossed the start line with no problems and we've now been sailing down the island of Las Palmas towards the open ocean. It was an amazing feeling slipping the dock lines and heading out of the marina knowing we're not going to be on dry land again for another three weeks - and then it'd be around the world in the Caribbean. We'll be totally self sufficient and will be eating into the mountains of food we've packed away and using water made from our water maker. So far it's clear, there's a reasonable swell and all in looking good for the start of the passage. Now we just have to tend the boat, keep. read more...


24/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 6 - Rinse & Spin

Progress has been good during the last 24 hrs but at some cost; mostly oursleep. The wind picked up during the night and we enjoyed about 10 hours ofdown and slightly across sea surfing (13 kts is the figure to beat)delivering a horrendous corkscrew motion that meant being below was likebeing inside a front loading washing machine during the 'agitate' phase ofthe wash. We've been spared the 'spin' element but those on watch have hadthe occasional 'rinse' as rain showers have passed through. Thankfully thewind has now eased a touch and the motion has either improved or we've justgot better at functioning despite it.The sea around us remains empty of ships or yachts but the blue is nowbroken quite frequently by green as we appear to be passing through a beltof seaweed. None of us are too. read more...


24/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 1 - Taktik, taktik & delfiner

Tjena bloggen,   Efter gårdagens antiklimax med uppskjuten start så var det ett utvilat ochtaggat gäng som unnade sig lite sovmorgon då “to do” listan blivit väldigt kortdagen innan. Vi lyckades få en  glimt av racing-klassens start innan detvar dags att förbereda sig inför vår egen. Med syncade klockor lyckades vi,efter en hektisk diskussion ombord med förslag om allt från genoa, spinaker tillCode 0, pricka starten helt OK. Vi fick fri vind för genoan och valde att hållaut en bit från land. Med vindar från 16-22 m/s i aktern så lyckades vi med nytoppnotering om 13,9 knop samtidigt som vi var noga med att hålla koll de ca3,5m höga vågorna som kom in snett akterifrån. Efter att noga ha observerat delite snabbare båtarna föröver enades vi om att hålla ut en bit från GranCanarias. read more...


24/11/2014

Charisma - Der Startschuss ist gefallen

Durch die Startverschiebung hatten wir am Sonntag einen geschenktenTag, den jedes Crewmitglied individuell für sich genutzt hat. Um 18 Uhrhaben wir uns dann zum Sun-Downer im Cockpit der Charisma getroffen. Zum Abendessengab es, das für den ersten Seetag von Uli vorgekochte Chiliconcarne.Dazu den Kochwein, den wir in kleinen Mengen gebunkert und eigentlichfür die nächsten 3 Wochen vorgesehen hatten. Alte Smutje-Weisheit: Was weg ist ist weg!In der Nacht haben die garstigen Böen nachgelassen - Wind war zumStart aber noch genug da. Um bei 7 Bft aus Nord und einer Flotte von 200Yachten nichts zuriskieren, haben wir einen defensiven Startgefahren.Nachdem sich hinter derStartlinie das Feld etwas gelichtet hatte,haben wir dann die Genua II auf Steuerbord ausgebaumt und dasGroß aufBackbord mit. read more...


24/11/2014

Northern Child - daily blog Day 1

Day One -- Northern Child    ...and finally we areunderway to St. Lucia.  The race got delayed by one day because of strongwinds and heavy seas. The entire crew felt a great sense of disappointment,but trusted the ARC organizers knew what they were doing.  Indeed, having alot of sick people on board the first day would not have been great fun. Some ofus took the extra day as another day of rest; others took it as an opportunityto see the old town of Las Palmas and visit the museum dedicated to the manwhose "footsteps" were are about to follow; yet others were able to spendanother day with their loved ones who had come to Las Palmas to see themoff.  A final crew dinner at the Club Sottovento, just as the crew ofmega-yacht Leopard III left to go to sleep early. read more...


Zulú - Dia 1
Zulú - Dia 1
Zulú - Dia 1
Zulú - Dia 1
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Zulú - Dia 1
Zulú - Dia 1
24/11/2014

Zulú - Dia 1

La salida ha sido emocionante. Con la camiseta del Zulú como enseña y la ilusión muy visibleen los ojos de cada uno, hemos colaborado en una perfecta maniobra de desatraque del patrón. Tratando de guardar el orden y evitando colisionar a babor y estribor o dar alcance al barco que nos precedía, hemos pasado el control. Al identificarnos como un barco español cargado de vascos nos han dedicado una bilbainada por la megafonia: "por el río Nervión bajaba una gabarra...". Todo un detalleDecenasde barcos haciendo evoluciones antes de la hora de salida es todo un goce estético. Una vez comprobado que todo estaba en ordenhemos izado la mayor. Bueno, no todo estaba en orden, porque los rizos trabados de la mayor nos han impedido izarla con limpieza a la primera.La cuenta atrás de la. read more...


24/11/2014

Helen - Start day

Although one day later than planned, today has provided some good weather for the start of our sail across the Atlantic.The last ten days has been a very busy time in Las Palmas. Lot's of repair jobs to do from failed electronics to very blocked toilets. My credit card made a great friendship with a machine in the Chandlery shop!The weather in port was mixed with some days suitable for watching the sights on the beach and some much more suitable for ducks with waterproofs on. The parties all passed so quickly with great food and wine.We are enjoying a goodsail in winds that seem to dropping, we may get a comfortable night for our first night at sea.Philip. read more...


Helen - Leaving the Canaries
Helen - Leaving the Canaries
24/11/2014

Northern Child - ARC 14 Blog 1

Less than 24 hours to go, Northern Child, a beautiful Swan 51, is all set to start the ARC 2014. After ten days of hard work by owners Christian and Lucy, our skipper Chris, first mate Xav and many others, she is ready to set sail tomorrow.  All nine crew have arrived and boarded, and one can sense a great blend of excitement and anxiety to get going on our trans-Atlantic adventure, sailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to St. Lucia in the southern Caribbean.   Thanks to the truly excellent organization by the World Cruising Club, several of us enjoyed a good mix of superb parties and great seminars, but now the time has come to turn our respective dreams into reality.  Our sincere thanks to the ARC team for having done such. read more...


24/11/2014

Easy Rider - Captain's Log...Day 5

Yesterday We had a pleasant morning sailing sedately down wind & sunbathing........by the afternoon we were dodging squalls. Large black clouds would come steaming up behind us, bringing with them high winds (upto 30 knots) & heavy rain. Fortunately they would only last for 10 minutes or so & then the wind would calm down again. One advantage of the heavy rain is that it flattens the sea. So during the squall we were sailing extremely fast without the big waves to contend with.Yesterday being a SUNDAY, it was roast duck for dinner with all the trimmings. From six till seven the wind & rain calmed down, allowing us all to sit and enjoy our favorite dinner washed down with an exellent bottle of Spain's finest red wine.We hadn't even had time to finish the washing up when. read more...


24/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 1 which should have been day 2

Weather looking good. Today is the day after our postponement yesterday due to adverse weather. We all came here to avoid the Scottish weather, little did we know it was worse here. All good today though, so here we go!J. McLeish. read more...


24/11/2014

Thula - Day 0 - One extra Day

This day started with a slight change of plan: due to stronger than expected winds the start of the race was postponed to tomorrow. Of course we are glad that we did not have to leave the harbour to find out about the strong winds (30 knots +). On the other hand, we were all very much excited and happy to finally depart. So the delay was a slight bummer… We ended up using the extra day for the last shopping trips, preparing the boat, sorting out the cabins etc. In the evening, our friends Jeroen and Arie from the Reina came over for drinks. We tried our best to secure ourselves a competitive advantage by offering them slightly stronger long drinks than normal. Today will show if it did the trick. The day was rounded off by a great dinner on the boat (Coq au Vin) followed by a delicious. read more...


21/11/2014

Xanadu - Log 1: Last bits and bobs

Log 1: last bits and bobs  Well all the crew have now finally arrived and the last bits and bobs arebeing sorted out. Last night (Thursday) we had the X yachts drinks party whichwas well attended and was a great evening. Andy didn’t make too much of a foolof himself. This morning (Friday) Val and myself (Erin) were up early thismorning getting the last fresh provisions at the hyper dino aka the supermarket.The boys were busy; Iain has been up the mast and padded up the spreaders, Alan has whipped leather onto the guys to reduce chafing. Tonight is the ARCfarewell drinks party and we will all be on our best behaviour.  We stillcan’t find the gaffer tape, any ideas of where said gaffer tape is will be muchappreciated.  ErinNo. 1 blogger on Xanadu . read more...


Thula - Day 0 - Thula meets Reina
Thula - Day 0 - Thula meets Reina
Tanoa - auf Tanoa wird gebunkert
Tanoa - auf Tanoa wird gebunkert
24/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Dancing with High's and Low's

To safely sail the 850 nm from Richards Bay to Cape down requires a new skill: learning to dance with the weather systems! The good guy is the Indian Ocean High pressure system which sends winds from the North East, down the South African east coast and literally blows you down to Cape Town. The passage is further helped by the Agulhas current which flows a few miles offshore in the same North East to South West direction and can add up to 6 knots to your boat speed! The bad guys are the low pressure systems that come up from Southern Ocean or off the South African mainland and cause strong winds from the South West to blow up the coast. Not only are these head winds, if you are travelling to Cape Town, but the combination of these winds with the Agulhas current can produce "Abnormal. read more...


Tanoa - alles waschen und trocknen
Tanoa - alles waschen und trocknen
24/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 0 - Excitement Builds

0630. An early morning and the wind has quietened down a little to a 15 - 20 Knot blow. Much more comfortable. For the moment no wind - a blessing!!! Crew is ready (Clean and shiny.....although not quite new!), Miss Liz II (Clean and shiney....and almost new) is ready, now we just need to go!. read more...


24/11/2014

Nexus - Rainy day in Port Elizabeth, leaving for St Francis Bay

It's been a welcome rest in Port Elizabeth as it has rained all night, but we are tied to a horrible fishing peer with tires pushing our fenders aside, so we need to get out of here! The marina is old and the slips are in poor condition and only made for under 40ft boats, so we're tied up with the fishing fleet. We appreciate their hospitality as we came in during pea soup fog last night with thunder and lightening. The American Spirit crew was here to greet us and help tie us up, and brought some great caramel vodka to celebrate, which was really great! It's good to be part of the WARC family!This morning, as soon as we can clear in and out, we will set sail for St Francis bay, where NEXUS was built. We need to get into a proper marina before Wednesday as a large low with high winds is. read more...


Makena - Meet Todd
Makena - Meet Todd
24/11/2014

Makena - Meet Todd

November 24, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticNoon Position17° 06.6' N40° 23.6' WIn the wee hours of the morning, while I was still asleep, the wind came up and the crew dropped the main and opened the genoa to port and the staysail to starboard. From the sound of the water rushing by the hull I knew we were going fast, there weren't the usual slams and bangs that are usually associated with that speed. Winds varied between 23 and 28 knots and we glided easily over the waves, occasionally taking off on a surf. This "no-main" sail configuration is easy on the boat and crew and we were making good time. The contrast was stark. The proverbial wild horses, wave tops breaking and crashing alongside us, whipped by the strong winds versus the easy rhythm of the Lagoon with. read more...


24/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 5: wind and squalls all day

Yesterday we hoped for more wind, and today we got more than we hoped for. The day dawned with lines of storm clouds all around, and squall clouds full of rain threatening. During the course of the day, we changed sails and direction numerous times, always hoping the wind would settle in that direction. Unfortunately, the squall lines meant that the winds would clock from 30-60 degrees, and we would need to gybe to maintain a favorable course. Exhausting day!And we got soaked making a sail change during the last heavy rain. At least there was a full rainbow this evening to enjoy. Finally it is after midnight and we have just completed yet another sail change. Maybe this will stay constant so the "offwatch" crew can get some rest during the night. With 3 of us on board, we normally stand. read more...


24/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 322; Arriving at Port Elizabeth in Heavy Fog & the Hydro Generator is Damages; Sunday, November 23, 2014

As I indicated in the previous log, I stayed up at midnight with Jeanine for the 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM watch. Too much going on for anyone other than Joel or me to deal with. No offense to Jeanine. Reef, jibe and collisions. At 1:15 AM the wind is 14/16 knots and we're moving at 7.1 knots thru the water and 6.9 knots over the land. We are now entering a counter current, a current going the opposite direction as the Aghulas Current. Its common for there to be a counter current when you have a large current offshore. Its the same way in Florida with the Gulf Stream. At 1:17 AM I sight the light from the light house on Bird Island, an island our pilot book says is a serious navigation hazard due to reefs coming out from it. We're 10 miles away, yet the light looks like its right next door,. read more...


Tanoa - Obst und Gemüse Einkauf
Tanoa - Obst und Gemüse Einkauf
23/11/2014

Argalleiro - Tripulación completa

Se atrasó la salida de la ARC por mal tiempo , puerto cerrado , incluso los grandes barcos cruceros que estaban en el puerto tuvieron que quedarse .El clima ya mejoro y salimos mañana lunes 24 .Agradecemos a la gente de ARC , los yellow teeshirts..,toda su amabilidad y ganas de ayudar para que esta gran aventura sea grata e inolvidable .Hago mención especial de Oliver , que hablando en español nos ha apoyado y guiado muy positivamente durante estos días .un abrazo y hasta la vista ....Guillermo Ruiz P Argalleiro. read more...


23/11/2014

Exody - Day 14 - November 23rd - Squally Squally Day - 1/4 way there!

We've barely seen the sun today as squall after squall marched through. The foul weather gear has been out almost for the first time since Scotland.We dispensed with the mainsail for its own safety and ours early in the day (for the second day in a row).Through last night and today the wind has constantly shifted and our track from last night probably looks like we started tacking- it appears finally to have settled this evening and we are now back on track under genny alone at 6 knots with 20 knots of easterly wind.We passed the quarter way point (523 miles) this morning and we'll need to improve our average day's run quite a bit to get in by our mate and crew birthdays both coincidentally on 4th December - current forecast is 5th/6th.The daily check-ins with the radio net continue to. read more...


23/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 5 - Sunday at Sea Chilling

Touching wood frantically, we can report that the repaired spinnaker boom isstill holding. The wind has picked up a little and the headsail rig issteady most of the time with the sail shake that worried us so muchyesterday happening much less frequently.Whatever the upshot of the fishermen's strategic rethink it has at lastyielded results. The dulcet tones of the reel on the skipper's new rodpaying out was initially mistaken for a sailing instrument alarm but minuteslater a 3lb dorado was onboard and had died a swift death, courtesy ofagood measure of the very cheap and nasty hooch bought in an off-licence inLas Palmas, poured into its gills. No one is prepared to taste the alcoholbut we can certainly endorese its fish-killing qualities!Less than 1 hr from sea to pan the fillets, fried. read more...


Makena - Meet Riki
Makena - Meet Riki
23/11/2014

Makena - Meet Riki

November 23, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticNoon position:16.39.0N33.10.9WSqualls to the left of us, squalls to the right...We hoisted Tequila Sunrise at sunrise and flew with her as we made course slightly north of the rhumb line. When the squalls threatened us, all hands to bring her back down. 20 minutes later, back up she went. Repeat, as necessary. We were close to our fellow multihulls and wanted to make some good time down the track. This procedure of hoisting and lowering the spinnaker is not a very conservative method, but it worked. By the afternoon position we had pulled into the leading position. We do have one monhull, Eleanora 2, still ahead of us by 13 miles. The day continued with constant squalls hitting us. Oftentimes, they would pass just north or. read more...


23/11/2014

Juno - Reprieve

This is my third ARC and the second time that the race has been postponed on my watch.  Last night the wind howled through the marina, shrieking in our rigging.  Yachts in the bay outside the marina dragged their anchors and one boat was on the rocks by themorning. In the nearby Santa Catalina hotel a car was crushed by a falling tree. Angry black squalls charge down off the hills and as they hit, they unleash wind and rain that bounces off the sea, whipping up the surface.  Despite our initial disappointmentit’s a great decision to postpone until tomorrow. Early this morning we took our seasickness pills, had our breakfast of mandatory scrambled eggs and settled down to listen to the final ARC radio broadcast on channel 9. I had received a weather update. read more...


Juno - Reprieve
Juno - Reprieve
23/11/2014

Juno - We leave tomorrow

Its the night before the start of the ARC and a gale is blowing through the marina making every one feel slightly jumpy. In fact the forecast for the start is very good with 20 - 25 knots from the NW, slowly veering and decreasing over the next few days.  The elusive Azores high is becoming well established over the mid Atlantic which should bring us those perfect trade winds for the crossing.We are all prepared now and ready to go. The log has been cleaned and is back in the water (thanks Oxie for the reminder).  The food is all on board and our mid cabin looks like a market stall. The boat definitely has a different feel with the girls on board.Last night was the ARC farewell party. We decided to be sensible and have an early night but were awoken by the fireworks which were. read more...


Juno - We leave tomorrow
Juno - We leave tomorrow
23/11/2014

Hera - Doch noch nicht los!

Die ganze Nacht pfiff es in den Wanten, so dass man einen gesunden Schlaf brauchte.Im Hafen gab es bereits die ersten Schäden. So ist auch unsere Backbord Mooringleine gebrochen. Immer wieder öffnet der Himmel sinnflutartig seine Schleusen.Beim morgendlichen Backen und Banken kam auf UKW-Kanal 09 die Mitteilung, dass der Sart um mindestens 18 Stunden verschoben wird.Eigentlich hat die Crew von der täglichen Hafenroutine die Nase voll und will nur noch raus auf See.Aber da von drauussen bereits der erste Seenotruf einging, sind wir ganz froh, noch einen Ganng durch die Altstadt machen zu können, nachdem nach einer letzten Einweisung in die Notrollen alle Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen sind.   Stefan. read more...


24/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 321; Sailing to Port Elizabeth in the Aghulas Current with a 4.7 Knot Current; Saturday, November 22, 2014

Relieved Jeanine at 6:00 AM. The wind was 3/5 knots and we were moving at 7.4 knots thru the water and 9.3 knots over the land. Low overcast clouds. The shoreline was visible to starboard, 13 miles away. Cliffs or sand dunes. Swells on the port bow. Port Elizabeth is 197 miles away with an ETA of 21 1/2 hours at current speed.At 7:50 AM the sun is shining and the sky is half white clouds and half blue sky. The swells are large, 10-12 feet and really broad. We sail up and then down the large swells. A lot of motion on the boat. The wind is still 3/5 knots and we're moving at 7.1 knots thru the water and 9.5 knots over the land. Ghost hosts the 9:00 AM net. Sweet Pearl, Adela, Nexus and Saphir are on the net with us. Nexus and Ghost say they're trying for Port Elizabeth. Someone says Folie. read more...


Lydia - Emailing: Boom Bodgers at Work
Lydia - Emailing: Boom Bodgers at Work
Defyr - Our crew: Jaakko, Annika, VIlle, Perttu, Mikko, Axel and Ville
Defyr - Our crew: Jaakko, Annika, VIlle, Perttu, Mikko, Axel and Ville
23/11/2014

Defyr - Waiting to GO!!!

I could imagine how it felt in the (really) old days, when the whole family gathered around the radio to listen to news. That is how it felt, when the crew waited for the VHF morning broadcast to start. And what a disappointment it was, when we heard that cruising division will be postponet with at least 18 hours! We had anticipated something like 4 hours or so.Well, if it's postponed, then it's postponed. We decided to enjoy the day. We managed to meet some friends and family, so the day ended being quite nice. We wven managed to get on board of Tosca, the super-beautifull catamaran, skippered and crewed by two frenchman who were going to cross the Atlantic two-handed.We also went to eat and almost the whole crew managed to take part in the Sundowners, for the first time during. read more...


23/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung

Startverschiebung auf morgen früh 07:00 Uhr deutscher Zeit wegen Starkwind…Update: Erneute Startverschiebung auf 12:00 deutscher Zeit - hier regnet essinflutartig und es kachelt!!Wir warten ab und hoffen auf besseres Wetter.Starkwind. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung
Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung
23/11/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 1 Verschiebung

Nach einer Nacht mit Wind bis 35 kn und starken Regenschauern ist der Start auf Montag 11:00 verschoben. Heute haben sich Sonnenschein und Regen mit Starkwind im Viertelstundentakt abgelöst, am Nachmittag nur noch Wolken, Regen und Wind. Die Verschiebung war eine gute Entscheidung, wir haben die Zeit genutzt, die Bilder der letzten Wochen zu sortieren. Im Moment regnet es grad wieder, für den Weg zum Sundowner brauchen wir wieder einen Regenschirm. Morgen kann es nur besser werden. Gerd. read more...