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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...


Makena - We are loving this!
Makena - We are loving this!
20/11/2014

Makena - We are loving this!

November 20, 2014Makena Lagoon 620Position at noon16.49.136 N28.12.043 WThe amazing sled ride that we started at sunset last night continued all through the night. As a matter of fact, at about 4:00am we pulled in the first reef, lowered the gennaker and went back to the genoa. We have constant 18-24 knots on the beam. WE ARE LOVING THIS!!!!! We see Outrageous about seven miles ahead. They are sailing brilliantly. We just moved past Easy Rider at dawn, with Lir and Alia Vita right behind then. Off our port beam is Eleanora 2 and off the starboard beam is T&T. We are in good company and I am sure that everyone is really enjoying this ride.Two dorado have taken our lures. Neither made the decision to come onboard with us. Luckily, wedidn't lose too much time and more importantly, 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...


19/11/2014

Domini - The First Post

Hello Boatbloggers® This is our first blog on the Official ARC website, so apologies to our Boatblog® fan if he has read all this before. But if I'm being really honest I'm just checking to see if this uploads properly. So dear reader, if you are looking at this, it means that my computer skills have improved enormously, but I'm afraid you are little more than a guinea pig.  And if this is your first taste of The Boatblog, and you like what you see, please feel free to go to www.boatblog.com to catch up on any back issues that you may have missed. But for all future editions, make sure you bookmark this site now.We're just a few days away till we cast off our lines and start the crossing, so it's all getting a bit hectic here in Las Palmas.  Not only have we been. read more...


Makena - Who is your money on?
Makena - Who is your money on?
19/11/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc14 Blogoramma - Testing testing 1,2,3...

28:07.7N 015:25.6W   Little Pea fans, Little Pea fans, this isLittle Pea.   We're just testing our new comms kit, but docomeback soon as we're due to leave Las Palmas on 23rd Nov - destination: StLucia!   The adventure continues...   Mike, Jags, Minkey andBen. read more...


19/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 317; Leaving Richards Bay for Durban & a Humpback Whale 'Performs; for Us; Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I forgot to mention yesterday that the cost of a movie ticket to see Gone Girl was 50.00 Rand, or $4.50; and popcorn, M&M's and a medium Coke Zero cost 68.70 Rand or $6.18. So $10.68 total versus about $20.00 in the US. Also, even though the theater only had about 12 people in it, and it seated probably 200; all tickets had a seat number on them, so you were supposed to sit wherever the ticket number said. Like the US also there was about 20 minutes of previews before the movie started. The popcorn was lousy, as they don't put butter on it. You can put 'butter salt,' 'sweet & sour salt,' or just 'salt' on your popcorn, but no butter. Up at 6:45 AM to listen to the Roy weather net. I turned the SSB radio on at 7:00 AM, but unfortunately, unlike yesterday where there was good. read more...


19/11/2014

Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014

We have finally made it to the start line of ARC 2014. Phew.The ride down to Las Palmas from Lanzarote was fast. We left at 4am and covered 100 miles in 12 hours arriving at the reception pontoon in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria at 4pm. We filled up with fuel, spilling smelly diesel all over the decks as usual, trying to squeeze an extra few litres into the tank: this despite the absorbent pad fashioned ingeniously by Fatty from a personal hygiene product. We head for our berth and in the falling light we tie up next to our friends Mervyn and Amanda on El Mundo.The marina is crammed full of Arc boats. Around 200 yachts, but many of the crew are absent, packing in a few more days at work before they leave the shores of Europe for the Caribbean.; Then on Saturday, 3 flights arrive from Gatwick,. read more...


Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Juno - Las Palmas preparations for ARC 2014
Exjuvantibus -Test-Einkauf und-Essen
Exjuvantibus -Test-Einkauf und-Essen
19/11/2014

Sanuk - Crew kommer

Nu har vi legat här i Las Palmas sedan 15/10. Nu börjar det dra ihops sig. Start på söndag. Idag kommer besättningen så det blir full rulle ombord kan jag tro. Allt är klart för start. ( nästan )Olle. read more...


Magelanus III - Foto 4 - Sun set
Magelanus III  - Foto 4 - Sun set
Magelanus III - Foto 3 - Sun set
Magelanus III  - Foto 3 - Sun set
Magelanus III - First catch!
Magelanus III  - First catch!
Magelanus III - Foto 1 - Ready to go!
Magelanus III  - Foto 1 - Ready to go!
18/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG 4 -18NOV14

Cabo Verde! Chegámos e, amanhã partimos para Santa Lúcia amanhã. O tempo voa em terra! Reparações, reuniões, passeios turísticos. Visita de um dia a Santo Antão, ilha com uma parte linda de verdura, lembrando a Madeira e ida à praia em São Vicente, Baía das Gatas, onde eu (skipper) tomei grandes banhocas e foi organizado um barbecue. O Magelanus III terminou a primeira manga da viagem em honroso penúltimo lugar da sua classe ;-). Mas chegou inteiro e pronto para outra. Bem, isto depois de algumas pequenas reparações que, comparadas com os danos verificados em vários outros barcos, pouco ou nada significam. Houve retrancas caídas, velas rasgadas, electricidade avariada e até um participante que ficou sem leme e teve que vir a reboque de um barco de pesca cerca de 200 milhas! A bordo o. read more...


18/11/2014

Babsea - ARC+ 2014: Ankunft in Mindelo

Der Wind hat sich an die Wettervorhersage gehalten. So konnten wirnoch ein ETMAL von 159 SM segeln und hatten am letzten Tag nur noch134 SM ins Ziel. Eine weitere Goldmakrele haben wir auch noch an dieSchleppangel bekommen.Am Sonntag, 16.11. um 09:14 Ortszeit (=UTC-1 Std) segelten wir mitüber 8 Knoten Fahrt unter Parasailor über die Ziellinie, die zwischender Insel Ilhéu de Pássaros (kleines Inselchen mit altem Wachturm undLeuchtfeuer) und der Ponta Joao Ribeiro (Nordhuk der Insel SaoVicente) liegt.Super in der Zeit – fast 8 Stunden vor dem offiziellen Zeitlimit.Über UKW-Funk melden wir uns bei der ARC-Rallycontrol und werden aufunseren Liegeplatz in der Marina MINDELO eingewiesen.Die Marina MINDELO bietet 120 Liegeplätze an Schwimmstegen und eine„Floating Bar“ auf einer Art Schwimmsteg,. read more...


Babsea - BabSea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
Babsea - BabSea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
Babsea - BabSea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
Babsea - BabSea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
18/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Happy Birthday

Rüeblitorte alla Exjuvantibusimage.. read more...


Babsea - Babsea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
Babsea - Babsea through the eyes of a flying fish ;-)
Exjuvantibus - Exjuvantibus - Happy Birthday
Exjuvantibus - Exjuvantibus - Happy Birthday
18/11/2014

Celebrate - Extended stop over in Durban

Our 'short' stop in Durban lasted almost a week- Wednesday to Monday waiting for a suitable weather window to head further South. It became clear shortly after we arrived that it was not going to be a quick turn around so we with the other 6 storm bound World ARC boats made the most of it catching up with boat jobs and exploring what turned out to be a delightful city.The marina is right in the centre of the city with a dramatic backdrop of the high rise business district. The marina facilities are jointly owned by the local yacht clubs, including the Point Yacht Club and the Royal Natal YC. We enjoyed both club's hospitality; our arrival coincided with regular Wednesday night sailing in the harbour. We were even invited to join in but were happy to just watch and join the locals in the. read more...


18/11/2014

Sandvita - Framme i Las Palmas

För fyra månader sedan lämnade vi Sverige och Stockholm för att segla ned till Las Palmas, vi tog en liten omväg in till Mallorca och stannade sju veckor där,helt underbart väder och underbart varmt vatten! Sedan ut till Lagos och Sopramar för landsättning några dagar och reparation av storsegel som tyvärr visade sig vara lite onödigt! När vi kom till Madeira så insåg vi att detta segel inte kommer att segla över atlanten,så ett samtal till Lundh Sails i Göteborg och de bara lungt säger,vi fixar ett nytt åt er innan starten, bara att bocka och buga åt dessa grabbar! Och på onsdag anländer det!!! Lite bunkring och fix före besättningen anländer på onsdag är vad som återstår innan starten på Söndag. Lasse& Anne samt Sigge på SandvitaOver and out. read more...


OOROO1 - Logging on
OOROO1 - Logging on
17/11/2014

Sandvita - Det närmar sig??

För fyra månader sedan lämnade vi Sverige och Stockholm för att segla ned till Las Palmas, vi tog en liten omväg in till Mallorca och stannade sju veckor där,helt underbart väder och underbart varmt vatten! Sedan ut till Lagos och Sopramar för landsättning några dagar och reparation av storsegel som tyvärr visade sig vara lite onödigt! När vi kom till Madeira så insåg vi att detta segel inte kommer att segla över atlanten,så ett samtal till Lundh Sails i Göteborg och de bara lungt säger,vi fixar ett nytt åt er innan starten, bara att bocka och buga åt dessa grabbar! Och på onsdag anländer det!!! Lite bunkring och fix före besättningen anländer på onsdag är vad som återstår innan starten på Söndag. Lasse& Anne samt Sigge på SandvitaOver and out. read more...


17/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 316; Last Full Day in Richards Bay?, First Movie Cinema in 12 Months, B-Day Party for Jonathon of Merlyn of Poole & Jeanine Back on American Spirit II; Monday, November 17, 2014

Up at 6:55 AM. Turned on the SSB radio and listened to Roy's weather broadcast. Roy had given us a presentation last week about sailing down the Wild Coast, as the east coast of Africa is called. Then I talked to Roy about our planned departure from Richards Bay tomorrow afternoon. Roy said our leaving Tuesday afternoon looked OK and that once we're in Durban he'll help us get to East London or Port Elizabeth next. He indicated that the swell should settle down to 1-2 meters late Tuesday, early Wednesday; and that the wind will turn southeast at 9-12 knots before going light. Durban is 85 miles away and we expect the trip will take 15 hours.Joel got up at 7:55 AM. At 8:00 AM I called the Durban marina and was told that no slips will be available for us Wednesday; and that we'll have to. read more...


Oynas - In Mindelo
Oynas - In Mindelo
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...