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24/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - And were off! Day 1 log

Quick message this one, we are underway, slightly messy start as my watch was a minute fast; realised in time to avoid a 3 hr penalty tho!Good run down the side of Gran Canaria, boat certainly felt a bit heavy, but made good speed.A squall chased us down the coast, when we saw 30knots we elected to drop. A poled out jib seemed a safer option.As the breeze dropped we hoisted our big 180sqm kite, boat certainly felt quick then.There was a transition on the SE of the island, we struggled our way through it now sailing in a Southerly breeze with the A7, third spinnaker in 3 hrs!Seemed to be surrounded by maxis on the water, think that is a good sign, early days though!All well on boardRoss. read more...


24/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - The start - on our way

Finally  at 13:00 on Sunday 24 November we stared our Atlantic crossing. Bands played music on the quayside as we motored slowly out of the marina in Las Palmas, a very crowded departure with 225 yachts, so very tight for space. A Spanish naval ship let off a maroon and bang we were all on our way. Crossing the starting line under sail we are hoping for a zero engine hours crossing, getting to the finish line in St. Lucia just using sail power. The sunny weather soon turned to a heavy shower with winds blowing force 4 to 5. A good bit of downwind sailing, with twin headsails. And now at 4 in the afternoon we hardly have any wind at all.  The sun is out again and we are all drying out. Currently virtually becalmed, never mind we only have 2690 miles to go! . read more...


24/11/2013

Merlyn III - Underway at last

Writing this just within mobile range. Great start, close by Merlyn of Poole,under Christopher's command followed by a light squall and rain showers and on with jackets. A few controlled jibes - now sailing duesouth about 30 miles into the 3000 or so we'll need to cover!James. read more...


Tamsel - First fish
Tamsel - First fish
24/11/2013

Shenanigan - 24 Nov We're off!

24.11.2013 Final emotional goodbyes were said on a bustling pontoon to Timmy, Phil, Jane, Colin, Amelia and other boats we had met during our time in Las Palmas.  We had a smooth but nerve racking start followed by a squall with rain for 1/2 hour, this was not pleasant for us or our watching supporters but the wind did get the fleet clear of the start line.  A good run to the south of the island hitting the acceleration zone around 3pm with winds increasing to 30 knots.  By 4pm the wind dropped as did our speed! and by 11pm the wind was a mere 3 knots! First night was spent bobbing (serious bobbing!) at sea and still in a huddled fleet with an interesting display, though not necessarily the traditional or correct, navigation lights! We made fairly slow progress during the. read more...


24/11/2013

Polaris - Mein ARC Start in 2000

Am Flughafen von Mallorca verabschiedete ich im November 2000 das Team von 6 glücklichen Seglern, nach einer erlebnisreichen und immer lohnenswerten Segelreise von Mallorca nach Ibiza und zurück über Cabrera. Ich flog am gleichen Tag auf die Kanaren, 3 Tage vor dem Start der ARC im Jahr 2000. Frank und die "Atlantik Crew" waren schon vor einer Woche eingetroffen und kräftig am Wirbeln. Es sah alles sehr gut aus, die Vorbereitungen konnten abgeschlossen werden und alle freuten sich auf den Start. Pünktlich um 13 Uhr ging der Schuss los und wir segelten über die Linie. Leider verabschiedete sich unser Großfall mit einem lauten Knall, uns schoss ein Sch… durch die Köpfe und wir hatten die erste Bewährungsprobe. Das Groß kam auf uns nieder und wir konnten unsere Künste beim Anschlagen des. read more...


Shenanigan - We're off!!!
Shenanigan - We're off!!!
24/11/2013

Firefly - Time change

We have crossed our first time zone and just put the clock back and hour. Unfortunately Murray has to stand another hour on his watch so the times they are a changing for him more than Paul and Peter.After an evening of light winds a good 15 knot wind from the North has kicked in pushing us along at 7 to 8 knots. We started the morning hoisting the gennaker (our reaching spinnaker flown off the bowsprit) but took it down when gusts went over 20 knots. Our 24 hour log was down to 134 miles but at our current pace we are hopeful of an improvement today. As we head South West the temperature will be gradually rising, however the wind from the North is currently a bit cooler, feeling like it has come from Northern Europe! - That is enough about the weather!Peter spotted the water spout from. read more...


Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
Silent Wings - Silent Wings Catch O'the Day. Amazing what a flying fish bait will produce!
24/11/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 2

All victualling now complete and the crew are chomping at the bit for the start. The big question is though, what route to take?Lots of uncertainty with the wind situation and the dockside sea dogs all giving their opinion on likely direction, strength and duration. But that's anough about Nick's digestive situation. We've got a race to win.Just had our first night onboard, and what was likely to have been our last night of good rest.Once the start gun goes, we'll be into race mode. A very detailed rota of sleep, watch, cook and clean has been developed and a disciplined and rigorous execution will be required if we are to avoid on board anarchy with disastrous consequences, eg Gianni boycotting cooking and we end up on scrambled eggs for two weeks......could solve our wind problem. read more...


24/11/2013

La Rochelle - champagne sailing la rochelle

It doesn't get much better than this, 15 knots true , 150 degress apparent, 7.0knots boat speed And pointed in the direction we want to go? the not so fat match loves these conditions and we have finally hooked in to the current we have been looking for , giving us another . 5 knot over the ground.At night the flying fish are committing hari kari on the deck ,who needs to troll a lure? They are quiet tasty , supplementingour staple of vegemite sandwiches.All the crew are well rested as the light conditions have enabled louvre to do back to back to back to back watches, 8 hours at a time.We gave the fleet a 30 hour head start but are taking about 30 miles a day out of the back markers and hope to have caught up to the fleet by tomorrow night. Cheers la rochelle. read more...


Anettine - 24.11.2013 Til Tine
Anettine - 24.11.2013 Til Tine
24/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 28 07 724n 15 25 511w

  Saturday 23rd   So D-day minus two and the tension is mounting like the vast quantity ofUHT milk and bottled water looking for storage space on the yacht .Much to theembarrassment of the guilt-ridden male  members of the crew Pip and Nikihave spent endless hours buying provisions.......so now, as one of themremarked, the boat looks like a floating supermarket. Still, better to be overrather than under provisioned especially in the toilet roll department.   We are 8 ; Matt the skipper who has done about 30 Atlantic crossings so wethink he knows what he’s doing, First mate Michael and his partner Pip freshfrom Antibes, Niki, Fabio, Peter and Yan. And myself who is starting to feel abit of a novice beside all this talent.We had our safety briefing this. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
Great Escape of Southampton - 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
24/11/2013

Shine - We're off...

Firstly, apologies to all our readers for yesterday's typos-we are not guilty,please blame the ARC typesetters .You will all be pleased to hear that we did in fact load up with Argentinian steak last night, sothe heads have been put through their paces and have not been found wanting.As we write a Spanish brass band is playing on the pontoon 10 feet away...............it is definitely time we left this island.We now havethan two hours to the start, so it's thongs on and away(Tiddy,you really are too kind).S Pepysps For those still worried,Steen's kit arrived at 18:00 last night to much relief.pps. Elsker jer basser!. read more...


24/11/2013

Meltemi - SY Meltemi

Buenos dias aus Las Palmas! Um 14 Uhr deutsche Zeit ist der Start in der Cruising Division! Es ist alles geputzt, gebunkert und seefertig gemacht. Wir sind eine harmonische, bunt gemischte Crew und hatten bisher schon viel Spaß zusammen! Das Wetter soll ganz gut werden. Heute werden wir die Insel mit Steuerbord umrunden und dann auf den offenen Atlantik segeln. Heute Abend gibt es Gulasch, Kartoffeln und viel Salat! Nun sind wir sehr gespannt und freuen uns auf eine tolle Zeit auf See und auf den Moment, wenn wir die Karibik "riechen" können:) Wir werden uns nun täglich über unseren Blog melden und freuen uns über eure Klicks und Kommentare!!Wir werden immer mehr als eine Hand breit Wasser unter dem Kiel haben;)Eure Crew der SY Meltemi!!!!!Rüdiger (Skipper), Andrea, Stefan, Anett,. read more...


Meltemi - SY Meltemi
Meltemi - SY Meltemi
Swan Valhalla - Log 5 - Farewell Las Palmas!
Swan Valhalla - Log 5 - Farewell Las Palmas!
24/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer - Ready to go!

The second week has been surprisingly busy.I thought we would have far more time to do things such as paint our flag on the wall.We just ran out time so for the second time we gave left no mark here.On the other hand I did spend about 20 hours making two fantastic musketeer outfits!We also managed to leave the meat and veg ordering late, again!This time, though, the meat was solidly frozen when it was delivered yesterday afternoon.We chose to carry the veg back to the boat with us rather than wait for a delivery.I spent some time washing all the fruit and veg, dividing it into three weeks and laying it out to dry.Normally this is no problem but we had heavy rain on both Friday evening and much of Saturday!It is now safely stored in the aft cabin heads shower area.I managed to squeeze all. read more...


24/11/2013

Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!

It's a warm sunny morning here in Las Palmas, with a complete crew (and now their luggage as well, cheers Iberia!) we are absolutely ready to go and can't wait to get out there and get sailing. Next stop St Lucia. Will --DSCF3350. read more...


Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!
Ayesha II - Team Ayesha ready for the off!
Starla - Starla - Bottom Job complete in Las Palmas before departure
Starla - Starla - Bottom Job complete in Las Palmas before departure
Starla - Starla Crew pre-Departure Picture
Starla - Starla Crew pre-Departure Picture
24/11/2013

Free Spirit - 24 November RICHIE'S LOG

Sunday 24November  (Richie’slog) Ready,steady… Go! Our start time is 13:00 today! The multi-hull and racing divisionswill go first, then it’s us. Ourpreparation last night was to go to the best restaurant in the marina and enjoyour last stable, sit down meal on solid ground and of course to savour the lastfew drops of alcohol, including the most delicious G&T ever, before gettingon our ‘dry’ boat for the next three weeks. (Actually, Alex and I did manage toget one last sneaky pint in this morning after our final gym session but we havebeen keeping that a secret until now, oh well, never mind). We are readyto go, Manfred is playing it cool, he says we go first, so we do and follow inline with the other 219 boats into the harbour. Albatross comes out behind usand already he is. read more...


24/11/2013

Golondrina - 3 hours to go

So here we are... 1 year in the planning ... And 3 hours to go to the start of our 2,600 mile non stop adventure.So did we spend our last night checking over the boat ? .... NO. ... Did we spend our last few hours looking over weather reports ? ... NO ... Did we choose to have a quiet night in and have a final team debrief ? ... NO ...Like all the other crews we dicidedto boost the local economy, especially in the alcohol area, until 'crazy legs Hartshorn' with his own style of the Dad Dance was asked to leave the club because he was scaring the seagulls ...Yesterday we said goodbye to Nina who flew home to the UK with all of the teams thanks for all of her hard work this last week. The tanks are all full and there is enough food on board to last 3 weeks. Owain has returned from his. read more...


Golondrina - 3 hours to go
Golondrina - 3 hours to go
24/11/2013

Hera - 3 Stunden bis zum Start

Gestern Abend ging es für die nächsten drei Wochen mit der Crew das letzte Mal zum Sundowner und anschließend wie jeden Abend in Las Palmas zum leckeren Abendessen.Ab heute wird dann die um 16.00 Uhr Bordzeit aufziehende Wache vorher für alle kochen.Mal sehen, ob das genauso lecker ausfällt. Gestern wurden Obst und Gemüse gestaut, nachdem sie zuvor auf dem Steg gründlich gewaschen und getrocknet wurden, um jegliches Ungeziefer vom Boot fernzuhalten.Wir werden ab heute 16.00 Bordzeit (UTC -1h) mit einem Wachbetrieb von 4 Wachen a 4 Stunden mit jeweils zwei Crewmitgliedern beginnen. Bis St. Lucia werden wir auf den 2800 sm die Uhr 3 Mal um jeweils eine Stunde zurück stellen müssen.Augenblicklich deutet das Wetter auf einen südlichen Kurs zu den Kapverden, um dort den Passat zu erwischen.. read more...


Hera - 3 Stunden bis zum Start
Hera - 3 Stunden bis zum Start
Albatros - Log Day 0 24.11.2013
Albatros - Log Day 0  24.11.2013
24/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 4 - last minute preparations!

Thankfully, everyone woke on Thursday without a hangover after and early night. It was up to Victoria, Yoyo and I to hit Corte Ingles for our last big supermarket shop. The boys did some last minute jobs on the boat - we have discovered the Sam is a hundred times happier in the chandlery than in the supermarket! Victoria and I also bought some paint to start our mural on the ARC wall - a tradition on the wall of out pontoon where the best painting wins a prize. We decided that an image of a swan was most appropriate with the navy and white colours of Swan Valhalla (photo to follow!). The arrival of our last remaining crew members came in the form of Nick and Carl on Friday evening who took rather long than expected as they stopped off on the way from the airport to have a cheeky steak. read more...


Swan Valhalla - Log 4 - last minute preparations!
Swan Valhalla - Log 4 - last minute preparations!
24/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 3 - Skipper Sam to the rescue!

Our best story of the week has come from Skipper Sam who saved the day last week before the arrival of any crew members. Deep in sleep at roughly 4.30am, he was rudely awoken by people trampling on deck. After realising that there were in fact thieves on board, Sam jumped out of bed and chased the suspects down the pontoon in his boxer shorts - and by no means silently - I think he managed to wake most of the neighbouring boats with some very loud swearing! Having got to the locked pontoon gate Sam flagged down a harbour patrol car who preceded to follow the men. Thankfully they scarpered and threw the stolen bolt croppers between the rocks where the police retrieved them. We all got a message from Sam the next morning relaying the story whilst sitting and having a cup of coffee feeling. read more...


24/11/2013

Azzurra - Day (-1) 14 hours to go

We had a nice dinner with exceptional quality, last one on Land for at least the next two weeks. Foto. read more...


Azzurra - Day (-1) 14 hours to go
Azzurra - Day (-1) 14 hours to go
24/11/2013

Windsurf - Re: ARC activities

Windsurf thoughts....Exciting day...Everything well prepared and ready to 'go with the flow...'How do we experience this sailing trip... ?How is the weather for 3 weeks ? Enough wind, no wind, or too much wind ? Showers ?Do we have enough food and drinks, the right medicines and enough toilet paper ?Can we live together on a few square meter on a boat...? There is no escape...Do we catch a fish ? And can we prepare it ?Can we sent messages on the ARC site, on our own mail or on the Windsurf site ?Questions and uncertainties... On the very wide ocean we shall learn about this all.We are ready to go and we shall do our utmost to make this journey the best sailing trip we never forget ! An Unforgettable One !All the best for you all and many thxs for the great preparation time here in Las. read more...


Windsurf - Re: ARC activities
Windsurf - Re: ARC activities
23/11/2013

Abraxas - 23/11/13 Pre Adventure Day

So, here we are – all six of us now on board and managed to finish all ofthe jobs on the list.  These included a final rig check, hull scrub, gelcoat repairs, fuel top up, running the safety lines and how could we forgetstowing the  12 metric tonnes of apples and oranges that Karen had orderedfor the adventure in front of us.  What an adventure it is going to be too– 2,800nm, the only sailing instructions to leave gran canaria to starboard andst lucia to port!!   We are a totally dry boat, not even allowed cheapgin to kill the fish, so today I bought a gaff (long pole with a hook) forbringing the fish on board.  I also invested in some heavy duty fishingtackle which will are told should attract the dorado and tuna fish.  As we type this first blog, we. read more...


24/11/2013

Silver Slipper -

Well the Silver Slipper is now ready to sail across the Atlantic to StLucia. After a year of planning and preparing the boat we can’t believe the workwe have still had to do whilst in Las Palmas, but its all behind us now and wecan relax a little and look forward to the start tomorrow. A big thank you to everyone involved in organizing the ARC I’m sure thatyour help and support is very much appreciated by all. We wish all ARC yachts fair winds and safe crossing and we look forward tocatching up with you all in St Lucia. Ian, Wendy, David, Aaron and of course Bumble. The Crew of the Silver Slipper  . read more...


24/11/2013

Dragonfly - Heute geht´s los

Um fünf Uhr bin ich wach. Bleibe noch etwas liegen, aber an Schlafen ist nicht mehr zu denken. Also duschen und Kaffee kochen. Hajo steht auch schon unter der Dusche. Heute Mittag geht es los und die Anspannung läßt sich nicht leugnen.Der Abend war sehr emotional. Wir haben hier viele nette Leute kennen gelernt und auch Freundschaften geschlossen. Beim letzten Sundowner und Abendessen, wünschen wir uns gegenseitig viel Glück und der Abschied fällt schwer.Heute früh bläst der Wind wieder kräftiger. Vor ein paar Tagen sind wir nach der Windvorhersage noch von einer Flaute zum Start ausgegangen. Aber es kommt ja immer anders.Wir werden gegen 11 Uhr den Hafen verlassen und draußen auf den Start warten. Um 12.30 Uhr starten die Multihulls, 15 Minuten später, die Racing-Division und um 13 Uhr. read more...


24/11/2013

Anettine - 24.11.2013, kl 0300

Deilig å komme på vakt å få meldinger fra land om at vi klatrer på listene.Vi kjørte spinnaker i 9,5 timer i går, og det gir resultater. Vi ligger nå på 6. plass totalt. Motiverende, spesielt med tanke på at vi fortsatt går på tomgang om natta. Klokken er 0300 nå. Anettine klarer seg selv og cruiser mot vest i ca. 6 knopp under stjerneklar himmel og måneskinn. Det er ingen andre enn å se.Lørdags feiringen sitter fortsatt i kroppen.Vi startet feiringen på ettermiddagen med hver vår alkoholfrie øl og peanøtter. Utrolig godt!Deretter mexicansk festmiddag med hver vår riktige øl. Alkoholholdig øl serveres kun til middagen på lørdag, kun en hver.Vi har nå logget 600 nm siden Cape Verde og har ca. 1600 igjen til St. Lucia.Anettine. read more...


24/11/2013

Webster - Log 3 : The Start!!

The 24th November 2013. Start date for ARC 2013. It seems to have arrived in somewhat of a rush yet have been planning this for years. I just want to get going now having had nearly three weeks here in Gran Canaria preparing, yet even with the crew all here now there still seemed loads to do. A definite case of getting ready to get ready!Having the rig cleared was a great relief earlier in the week which allowed us to get on with sorting the boat out; without that we would not have been going so many thanks go to Adrian at Eurospars in Plymouth for getting the new spreaders made up and delivered to home within a matter of two days from first cry for help to allow Ken, Carl and Jerry to bring out with them on the plane. Albert was delayed and missed all that fun and games - he got here on. read more...


24/11/2013

Hanami II - Avec plus de toile ...

24 XI 2013-05:03 UTC16 23 N - 33 - 28 WCe fut une belle journee, du soleil, du vent mais pas trop, entre 24 et 18 noeuds, une mer calme, bleue avec 1 a 2 m de houle et que n'est venu troubler aucun poisson.Une journee a Spi donc.C'est sur, avec plus de toile on avance plus vite, 2 noeuds en moyenne et les 140 m2 de toile blanche a l'avant du bateau sont du plus bel effet.Histoire de garder un souvenir de ce second envoi de Spi il a ete memorise sur la GoPro. Bien pratique cet appareil mais nous n'avons toujours pas visionne ce que nous avons pris depuis le depart.Une fois le Spi en l'air Barry a ete mis au repos et Christian, MArie et moi nous sommes relayes a la barre. 3 heures pour Christian. Manifestement il aime ca mais il m'a dit que, habituellement il ne barre pas, il est au. read more...


24/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J-1. Problème électronique

Bonjour à tousDans un jour le départ. La tension monte sur tous les pontons.Nous avons eu une mauvaise surprise pendant notre sortie d'essai dans labaie de Las Palmas. La girouette électronique a rendu l'âme. Après denombreux coups de téléphone au chantier, elle est impossible à réparer. Etc'est dommage, nous perdons la girouette de nuit, le mode vent du piloteautomatique et toute une partie de la gestion de la tactique par l'ordi.Tant pis, nous naviguerons à l'ancienne avec les pennons dans les haubans.Les pleins sont faits, l'intendance embarquée. Mais la dernière nuit vaêtre quand même un peu courte.. read more...


24/11/2013

Azzurra - DAY (-1) ARC Start Count Down

After the ARC Parties we finaly got fixed our sails. Wind forcast is toour favor4 to 5 Bftfor next two days; then who knows a lot of mixedweather we don’t know yet how to get around. Zero to five Bft. All theprovisioning was exceptional good organized by crew. Wer have water andprovision for 20 days. We hope to participate the charity in St Luciagivng the surplus food to those who need it. It means we have to race togive away as many as possible.We hope to make it under thefirst 70 cruisers out of 251 and hopefullybeat some Racers. IT requires a lot of the first decision to make whatcource we are heading for.Good luck AZZURRA. read more...


23/11/2013

Zingara - Wir sind bereit

Die Vorbereitungen sind abgeschlossen,...fast,... fertig wird man wohl nie.Die Anreise eine Woche vor dem Start war schon knapp, es blieb kaum Zeit,die vielen angebotenen Veranstaltungen zu besuchen.Der Höhepunkt war natürlich die gestrige Veranstaltung im örtlichen Yachtclubmit Karibischen / Südamerikanischen Tanzvorführungen und einem grandiosenAbschiedsfeuerwerk.Viele nette bereichernde Bekanntschaften konnten bereits geschlossen werden,die Gruppe der deutschen Yachten besteht immerhin aus 25 Yachten, also satten10% des Teilnehmerfeldes.Die Wettervorhersage für die nächsten Tage entspricht nicht gerade Glückseligkeitfür Segler, ein beinahe stionäres Tief muß sich erst auffüllen, um dann die erwartetenöstlichen Winde nutzen zu können.Die Dauer des Trips ist uns beinahe egal, sofern es. read more...


23/11/2013

Shenanigan - Ready to Go!

Final update before we leave tomorrow.  We have had a fabulous time inLas Palmas enjoying events laid on by the World Cruising Club, finishing with acolourful Farewell Party last night.  We are partied and lectured out! Ourtime here has been made more enjoyable by visits from our friends Trevor andAlison last week and then Jane, Phil, Amelia and Colin this week and Timmy thisweekend. Timmy has been kept busy washing the boat and collecting thefuel.  Jane and Amelia have done sterling service cooking, bagging andfreezing meals for the trip along with doing our washing and looking after Timmyafter we depart. We are now ready for the start tomorrow with Shenanigan loadedto the gunwales with food, beer, wine, fuel and water all stored and stashed inevery available space. Thank. read more...


23/11/2013

Albatros - Log Day -1 Albatros ready to go

The last water bottles have been purchased and stowed, the last fruits and vegetables were delivered, the last spinnaker has been placed in the bow. The Albatros picture has been updated on the wall of the pier with the actual year and the names of our crew members. Our skipper took a dive and checked the underwater ship including the folding mechanism of the propeller. We had our last crew dinner on shore in the old part of the town of Las Palmas. Now it seems we are ready to go. The pier was really busy over 3 days but today it seemed to be very crowded. Everyone was packing food, painting walls and other curious things normal people would wonder about.Now the whole team is excited and looking forward to get out on the open sea.This is our last blog from Las Palmas Harbor on Gran. read more...


Albatros - Log Day -1 Albatros ready to go
Albatros - Log Day -1  Albatros ready to go
George - Beautifully clean and dry fruit and veg
George - Beautifully clean and dry fruit and veg

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