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Oynas - Kiwi Pavlova on passage
Oynas - Kiwi Pavlova on passage
17/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 315; Jeremy Flies Home, GRIB Meeting at 4:00 PM & Bradley B-Day Party at Dros Restaurant; Sunday, November 16, 2914

Jeremy is up at 6:00 AM. His last 'getting up' on the boat. I'm up at 6:40 AM. Joel is last. At 9:00 AM I host the Rally net and update the fleet on the Boingo Alive crew member who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance (Dominick?) with a back problem; when boats are starting to leave (Tuesday and Friday); and that a velvet monkey troop was moving in column formation along the marina shoreline yesterday at 6:10 AM.Breakfast consists of bacon, potato, eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and banana bread. After breakfast Jeremy finishes up packing and is ready, even anxious, to go home to Heather. I go to Nexus around 10:00 AM to have a weather meeting. On the way I see two velvet monkeys running down the boat yard and then one climbs up on to a boast under repair. These monkeys are really. read more...


Oynas - New crew entering into the ARC+ spirit in Las Palmas
Oynas - New crew entering into the ARC+ spirit in Las Palmas
17/11/2014

Oynas - End of Leg 1 - Las Palmas to Mindelo

After 6 days and 860NM we rushed down between the islands and arrived inMindelo... just in time to refuel, berth ‘Oynas’ and head to the ‘officialwelcome’!  The first day was pretty rough and seasickness remedies were inorder.  Day 2 saw us having to motor!  By Day 3 all appetities wereback.  We crossed into ‘the tropics’ and passed the halfway mark sorewarded the crew with dessert that night – a traditional kiwi favourite –pavlova.  On the morning we had left Las Palmas we had swopped our passeral(gangway) for a (slightly bent) spinnaker pole.  On day 4 Russell and theboys lashed this to the mast and we poled out the genoa! Yeeha ... much less‘flogging’!  On the last morning we found a flying fish lying in front ofthe oven on the galley floor.  It. read more...


Oynas - End of Leg 1 - Las Palmas to Mindelo
Oynas - End of Leg 1 - Las Palmas to Mindelo
17/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Hurray It's Richards Bay!

  Hurray It’s Richards Bay!With less than 200 miles to go we thought that we had all our gear breakages behind us and were already putting beers in the fridge. Never count your harbours before you enter them! We had just reefed and were sailing beautifully with under 20 knots of wind in big and lumpy, but not excessive seas, when there was a krump and the boom appeared to drop 6 inches. Hearts in mouths, we went forward to look at the forestay but that was OK. Everything looked fine until Roger noticed a crack in the boom. We had broken the boom! We quickly pulled the main sail down and strapped the boom down and were on our way again under motor and jib power. Would this be the end of circumnavigating with the World ARC fleet? How long would it take to fix or get a new boom?. read more...


Flomaida II - Hundertwasser zum Sitzen
Flomaida II - Hundertwasser zum Sitzen
Flomaida II - Auf so eine öffentliche Toilette geht man doch gerne!!!
Flomaida II - Auf so eine öffentliche Toilette geht man doch gerne!!!
Flomaida II - Unsere Gabriel wird betankt mit Wasser
Flomaida II - Unsere Gabriel wird betankt mit Wasser
Argalleiro - Chilean flag
Argalleiro - Chilean flag
16/11/2014

Argalleiro - Chile

We are very pleased to have walked in Las Palmas , today with the chilean flag with many people of so many countries .. Manypersons asked to us ..to what country it belongs ..Wefelt very proud that this small and far away country is present in the ARC.Our best regards to all participants Guillermo Ruiz P. read more...


Flomaida II - Gabriel dampft durch das Städtchen Kawakawa
Flomaida II - Gabriel dampft durch das Städtchen Kawakawa
16/11/2014

Hugur - 14., 15. and 16th November

Day 6 Friday 14th November, 2014Steady gooswinged sail through the night and today.Bright and beutyful morning peaceful Atlantic ocean.Kristofer has been fixing the watermaker and is still.Uneventful day otherwise, scool of dolfins again today playing withHugur on the bow, some flying fish but did not land on deck.We had a big China freight ship pass us within a mile, quite scary as it was approaching but we spoke with him on the VHF and he said he would pass a head of us.Anticipation for landfall ahead we see boats come upLily and Zera this morning have passed us. I even heard them on 72 this morning first time I hear something of the ARC+ people on the VHF think it was Lily speaking to someone about the boat with the rudder problem, I do hope everything is well with 44.com.Our. read more...


Flomaida II - Gabriel hat seinen eigenen Bahnhof
Flomaida II - Gabriel hat seinen eigenen Bahnhof
Flomaida II - Auch so kann eine öffentliche Toilette aussehen (Friedensreich Hundertwasser)
Flomaida II - Auch so kann eine öffentliche Toilette aussehen (Friedensreich Hundertwasser)
Flomaida II - Friedensreich Hundertwasser' s Toilettenhäuschen in Kawakawa
Flomaida II - Friedensreich Hundertwasser' s Toilettenhäuschen in Kawakawa
Flomaida II - Friedensreich Hundertwasser überall in Kawakawa, wo er die letzten 25 Jahre lebte.
Flomaida II - Friedensreich Hundertwasser überall in Kawakawa, wo er die letzten 25 Jahre lebte.
Flomaida II - Kunst an den Gleisen, inspiriert von Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Flomaida II - Kunst an den Gleisen, inspiriert von Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Flomaida II - Blick auf den Fjord vom Fahrradweg
Flomaida II - Blick auf den Fjord vom Fahrradweg
Flomaida II - Der wunderschöne Fahrradweg am Fjord entlang
Flomaida II - Der wunderschöne Fahrradweg am Fjord entlang
Flomaida II - Die schöne Kombitour : Fahrrad und Dampflock
Flomaida II - Die schöne Kombitour : Fahrrad und Dampflock
Flomaida II - Gabriel dampft!
Flomaida II - Gabriel dampft!
Flomaida II - Unsere windige Fahrt mit dem Fahrrad und Dampflock Gabriel nach Kawakawa
Flomaida II - Unsere windige Fahrt mit dem Fahrrad und Dampflock Gabriel nach Kawakawa
Flomaida II - Der war zu schön zum Essen!
Flomaida II - Der war zu schön zum Essen!
14/11/2014

T&T - Gan Canaria / Cabo Verde (3)

Hey daar thuis,Gisteren was weerom een geweldige dag zeilen, niet al te veel wind en schiftend, dus we moesten geregeld onze koers aanpassen om optimaal van de wind te kunnen profiteren .'s Morgens de spinakker opgetrokken die we dan bijna direct terug hebben neergelaten omdat er een scheurtje inzat. Dat is dan in de loop van de dag geplakt en gestreken ( nu vond Dirk het ineens niet meer zo onnozel dat ik een strijkijzer heb willen meenemen) en we hebben die gisterenavond terug opgetrokken en heel de nacht onder uitgeboomde  spinakker gevaren.Dat is echt tof, je hoort alleen de wind in de zeilen, de maan geeft geweldig veel licht en weerkaats in het water. Romantisch zelfs !!! De sfeer aan boord is nog steeds top, Onze jongste crew Nico, 27 jaar en sedert vorige week maandag. read more...


Flomaida II - Mein Lieblingsgericht, der Muskel ist schon von der Schale gelöst! Welch ein Service!
Flomaida II - Mein Lieblingsgericht, der Muskel ist schon von der Schale gelöst! Welch ein Service!
Flomaida II - Die Ankunft der 7 Crew 's in Opua/NZ wird gefeiert!
Flomaida II - Die Ankunft  der 7 Crew 's in Opua/NZ wird gefeiert!
16/11/2014

Flomaida II - Geschafft!! 12.11. 02:00AM- das Schönste ist das Ankommen!

Die Passage von Nouméa/NC nach Opua/NZ hatte wirklich ALLES. Aber angelegt am Quarantäne Steg um 02:00 Uhr morgens bei 30 KN Wind und am Morgen dann aus der Luke geschaut, lässt das schnell vergessen, gut so!Da hier sehr genau kontrolliert wird, ob wir auch keine verbotenen Lebensmittel oder Tiere ( z.B. Kakerlaken oder den Mittelmeerwurm, der am Schiffsboden hängen könnte )etc mitbringen, haben wir uns zum Frühstück die reslichen 10 Eier mit Schinken genehmigt und den letzten Parmaschinken, bevor Bio Security kam mit Schnüffelhund in "Bootsschühchen"!!!Alles und Alle sind hier so nett und entspannt, so dass wir uns vom ersten Moment an wohlfühlen und dann doch mal wieder alle möglichen Versorgungs- und Servicemöglichkeiten geniessen. Der Supermarkt ist wirklich ein Schlaraffenland!. read more...


16/11/2014

Shira - 16 nov

hej!vi kom i mål i cape verde igår lördag eftermiddag efter rätt precis 6 dygns segling. vi väntar nu med spänning på att få resultatet för den här första etappen. racekontoret ska räkna om den seglade tiden för att kompensera för mätetal och tillägg för de som gick för motor. vi har haft en fantastisk segling med mellan 5 och 20m/s. 5 är för lite och 20 gör seglingen utmanande, milt uttyckt. roligt att segla på en av de mibsta båtarna med lägst mätetal och en skeppare som gillar att pressa på och ta risken för att något segel går sönder. vi har inte använt motorn och tror att det gått bra. alla mår bra. autopiloten gick sönder dygn två men med fyra ingenjörer ombord, en dammsugare och lite wd40 så var den igång igen:) och vi kunde fokusera på seglingen.här i cape verde, sao vicente, är. read more...


Ooroo 1 - Skipper Mike and Floss with Tess and Jeno onboard helped out by ....... Skippy. Looking forward to a great crossing !!
Ooroo 1 - Skipper Mike and Floss with Tess and Jeno onboard helped out by .......  Skippy. Looking forward to a great crossing !!
16/11/2014

Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay

The crew of Lone Star completed the transit from Portsmouth, Virginia to Nanny Cay, Tortola at 1512 hours on the 12th of November.  We were first across the finish line for the racing division boats.  Do not know how we will fare after we turn in our engine hours, but we had a safe trip with no major problems and that is the most important part.The picture below was taken just after we tied up at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina and, as you can tell, we are enjoying our rum punch as we celebrated the passage.Fair winds from the crew of Lone Star,Joe, Craig, Stacey and RonIMG_2382. read more...


Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay
Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay
16/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 313; Work Day & Braai Dinner at the Yacht Club; Saturday, November 14, 2014

Jeremy gets up at 5:15 AM. I get up at 7:15 AM and Joel gets up at around 8:00 AM.Breakfast at 8:20 AM consists of bacon, eggs, pineapple pieces and bread. At 8:50 AM I go up to the management office to see if we have our laundry. We do! Actually, we have 80% of it. However, all the critical items are there: thermal underwear; my pants; and my jacket and Joel's. Still missing: all my Jockey underwear and some T-shirts. But I have plenty of extras, so no problem.At 9:00 AM I start to host the Rally in port broadcast normally given by Rally control. Since Joel left last night, I decided to do the broadcast in his place. Except that after 30 seconds Joel comes on the radio. He hasn't left yet. Oops! Joel tells me to continue with my broadcast and that he'll continue on after I'm done. At. read more...


16/11/2014

Lily - Wonderful

What can I say? Today, we arrived in Mindelo and probably should say that we are happy to be so. We are not so sure. The trip was wonderful. Good wind for most of the time with an easy sea so no real sea sickness or being uncomfortable. Once the body and mind had agreed with the new rhythm of sleep and (lack of) activity, sailing and thus life becomes really easy. We could have easily kept going for another couple of weeks. Good we are leaving again this Wednesday for the ‘big’ event, the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean!Can’t wait.. read more...


15/11/2014

Lydia - Day 7 - Green & Pleasant Land Ho!

The crowd are on the pitch. They think its all over. It is now! The lights of São Vincente & Santo Antão were visible before the dawn and at 0844 and 10 secs UTC (that's UK time but 0744 local time) Lydia stormed across the finishing line off Mindelo. Sao Vincente still flying her twin headsails. Getting them down was marginally easier than putting them up and with the wind being accelerated between the islands and reaching about 20kts the foredeck crew were only slightly offered in the process.We were greeted by yellow shirted ARC+ helpers and are now moored up amidst the other early arrivals (mostly colossal catamarans and larger superyachts) and were soon swapping salty stories. Mindelo Marina is right in the heart of the town and is splendidly modern. It even has a floating bar. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Flagge hissen
Exjuvantibus - Flagge hissen
16/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 314; A BIG Storm Crashes Thru our Marina & We Visit the Mall; Saturday, November 15, 2014

Up at 4:54 AM. Its already light out as we're on the edge of a time zone. Jeremy gets up at 5:50 AM and heads for the restroom on shore. On the way back he comes across a 'troop' of velvet monkeys, 15 or so in number, with each mother carrying a tiny baby on its chest, and the babies are looking around as they nurse. When he gets to the boat he tells me where to look on the shoreline to see the monkeys. I do so, then get my camera and walk across the bridge to the shore and take pictures of the monkeys. Cool. On safari in our marina. Joel gets up at 7:45 AM, only because I had boiled water for his coffee.Breakfast at 8:30 AM consists of bacon, potato, eggs, chilled pineapple pieces and 'banana' bread.Like yesterday the banana bread is bread with butter and jelly on it along with cut. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Unser Boot
Exjuvantibus - Unser Boot
15/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen

Mit etwas Verspätung aber gerade rechtzeitig zum Sundowner sind wir in Las Palmas angekommen! image.. read more...


Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
15/11/2014

Aviva - Land Ho!!

After 48 hours of motoring through calm waters, it was with great pleasure that we turn off the engine last night with 8-10 knots of east wind, able to sail our final night and day.After dark, off the transom in the water churned up by the prop, we saw bioluminescent organisms, their small speck of brightness moving through the water briefly, like aquatic shooting stars.Meanwhile, overhead, there were some night sky shooting stars as well.At dinner (mahi and couscous), we reflected on our bittersweet feelings ... the excited anticipation of reaching Nanny Cay and catching up with those in the fleet who have already arrived; the feeling of accomplishment at making this approximately 1500-mile passage successfully (knock on wood!), and the twinge of sadness at seeing the passage come to an. read more...


14/11/2014

Windswept - The aproach to land

Not Promised or deserved But EnjoyedThe weather on our last day to Tortola has been great.Most of the day has been spent beam reaching at 7 knots at 20 degrees.We did have several squalls with heavy gusts and rain with mixed ups seas.After the calm of one it was shower time in the calm.The day did have its challenges, the generator lost its and we worked in hot diesel fume bouncing conditions for several hours trying to bleed it.We finally gave up on the generator and started the engine to charge the batteries. Made a grand nacho for a late lunch,early super.And even caught another fish.What a great last day only 15 miles to go and in before the marina closes done. Capt’n Sonny Good ByeIMG_20141114_162017. read more...


Windswept - The aproach to land
Windswept - The aproach to land
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
Exjuvantibus - Nov 15: Gut angekommen
14/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG 4 - Cabo Verde (quase) à vista...

Finalmente um 2º dia de Sol. As temperaturas têm sido surpreendentemente amenas para a região, especialmente à noite. A rotina de uma longa navegação está instalada, mas já foi alterada por pequenos percalços, felizmente detectados a tempo e sem consequências. Bojarrona de spi posta de lado (empenou (!)… mas que aço é este?!), travão de retranca caído no convés por desaperto do troço da manilha que o prende à retranca…) e cabo de spi a embrulhar-se na genoa, impossibilitando momentaneamente o enrolar da mesma. Atribulações de pesca também têm trazido momentos de alvoroço. Pescaram-se até à data um lais de guia (sim, um cabo, talvez de bóia, com um nó lais de guia na ponta), um ameaço de peixe grande que levou a melhor acarretando consigo metade da amostra e, enfim, hoje, dois dourados. read more...


14/11/2014

Lydia - Day 6 - A Green Rub

Thankfully the remainingpeas, which featured so prominently in yesterday's post, were pushed overboard just before they jumped by themselves.Today was the day when we expected the fizzing moppet to shine. Acting on information from INFINITY B we deployed the most garish fishing lure we could find. The fizzing moppet does look like something you could buy in the dodgier parts of Soho (so we're told, 'cos of course none of us have been there) and mid afternoon we thought we had actually caught our first fish. But it was not to be. Such is Lydia's speed that as Henry reeled it in the line went limp and there starts another fisherman's story. We was robbed!Its official; we're not lost! The skipper has successfully bamboozled the crew with talk of spherical trigonometry, but the end result of. read more...


14/11/2014

Second Wind - Inching our way to the finish line

We have just passed the '100 miles to go' barrier, and we are tantalisingly close to being able to cross the finish line before mid-day tomorrow.The wind needs to keep blowing, and if it changed direction another wee squeak from the north, we would pick up that little bit of extra speed we need to make it.So it's race trimming and feathering to windward on board today, with a bit of an end of term atmosphere and everyone in high spirits. We played with the sextant today, attempting noon sun sights. Unfortunately a minus sign replaced a plus in the calculation of high noon, so we don't think we'd end up in Tortola if we were trying to get there using the sextant! Better luck tomorrow.Rationing has now extended to limes, but on the other hand we have about five gallons of chilli and a. read more...


14/11/2014

Bahati - Crew arriving on Saturday

The bags are packed and we try to organize everything at home for a long absence. We just gave an interview to our local radio station. See you tomorrow!. read more...


14/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 14th Nov 2014. las Palmas

Made good use of the Gym at the yacht club this morning. Dean serviced the aft head which had a small leak, nice messy job. We also did a large shop of tined food, which  the supermarket will deliver tomorrow morning. posted by SwissTony. read more...


14/11/2014

Asylum - Double-handers at Sea

Thane and I have been enjoying the work and pace of life at sea.We attend to clean-up details in the morning after night watch and dawn and take care of any other items that need attention.Then, time to read!Next, make lunch or dinner and clean up.Sleep when tired. It's a rigorous schedule.On Monday, we put up our Parasailor sail for the first time.The sail is similar to a colorful spinnaker but has a parachute "wing" towards the top which aids in the sail maximizing the wind.The sail requires four lines to be led back to the cockpit, so it takes all of our brain power to work through the logistics.To our delight, our time on the bow was accompanied by 30 or more dolphins jumping and racing with the boat.We have enjoyed our dolphin sightings before, but, on Monday, this group stayed with. read more...