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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!
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...


14/11/2014

Time Bandit - We Caught a Fish!

Lat: 19 31.5NLong: 021 29.2WFour fish actually. Although not exactly caught. More head butted by 13 tonnes of Island Packet as the poor wee flying fish panicked and flew straight on deck rather than safety.We have lost a lure. Whatever it was would have made a decent catch as it chewed right through our wire trace. We are trying a bright pink plastic squid today but nothing so far.Typical trade wind night and days. Billions of stars and phosphoresence at night and blue skies and blazing sun all day. Its noticeably warmer today so the 500 miles farther south are having an impact; mostly from an excess of sun tan cream......steering wheel slipping though your hands and winch handles you can hardly get a grip of and odd tasting cookies.Genaker is flying just now with full main and genoa. read more...


14/11/2014

Babsea - ARC+ 2014: Start in Las Palmas

Am 09.11. um 12:45 Uhr heult die Startsirene für unsere Gruppe (Multihulls).Als einziger Katamaran gehen wir unter Parasailor (Spinnaker mit Tragflügel) über die Startlinie. Die meisten anderen Katamarane haben Groß und Genua gesetzt. Ein Schiff sogar nur das Großsegel.Der Wind ist gut (ca. 4-5 Bft) und wir segeln mit etwas "Sicherheitsabstand" auf südöstlichem Kursder Küste von Gran Canaria entlang.Wie erwartet nimmt der Wind im Lauf des Nachmittags zu (6 Bft - in Böen 7 Bft) und wir machen richtig gute Fahrt. Häufig haben wir 12 - 14 Knoten Fahrt auf dem Speedometer. Als der Wind weiter zulegt (7 Bft in Böen 8 Bft) stellt unsere BabSea im Surf einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord von 19,6 Knoten über Grund und 20,3 Knoten Fahrt durchs Wasser auf.Die Wellen von Achtern sind schon ganz. read more...


14/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - Final Note (11/14)

Well, we finished at 0138 on the morning of November 12. When we got to the dock at around 0300 we enjoyed a rum punch (or two) provided by the Caribbean 1500 organizers.Then we all took showers before going to bed at around 0500.Because we are used to sleeping only 3 hours at a time we were all up by 0800, and enjoyed a hearty breakfast as our first meal ashore.Since then we've been busy cleaning up the boat and converting it from an offshore passagemaker to a live-aboard cruiser.Pat, Ron and Bernie flew home yesterday morning (11/13) and I have continued cleaning and repairing, which seems like it will never end.  Looking forward to seeing Pam, who should be arriving today.. read more...


14/11/2014

Aviva - Fish story

As you might infer from our earlier blog post containing haiku, we caught a mahi on Nov 12.What a beautiful fish!It measured 27 inches.It was hard to do it, but we are fish-eaters, so we processed and had a fish dinner, with two more dinners in the freezer.Gratitude to mahi!Last night we had our second "fish event."I (Dorothy) was on the 1-4 am watch, sitting in the cockpit, motoring due south at 6 knots in 5 knots of E wind, having my mid-watch biscotti (we have our deprivations at sea, but we also have our simple pleasures!), when suddenly I was hit on the left arm by ... something wet.Quickly but carefully stowing my partially-eaten biscotti for later consumption, I investigated the cockpit floor.It seems we had a hitch-hiker -- a flyingfish!This is where I am supposed to say it was 8. read more...


14/11/2014

Reberth - Nearly there!!

Hopefully by Saturday night we will be in Mindelo. The winds over the last couple of days have been reasonable and we have not had to put on the engine. Hurrah!! Yesterday Ian had to remove another batten from the main sail to stop it getting caught and hang up the sail!! This morning, whilst doing his morning constitution round the deck, Bob cleared several flying fish, a mackerel  and a squid. He also found a screw from the boom vang!!! This then entailed Ian and Bob tethering themselves to the boom to affect a repair of the vang as all the screws were loose!! It just shows daily inspection is essential.The picture shows Ian doing the Oceanwatch water collection.Our communications are now slightly limited as Globalstar has no coverage in this area and we are reliant on the Iridium. read more...


Reberth - Nearly there!!
Reberth - Nearly there!!
14/11/2014

Opportunity - Almost there!

Hi Everybody,It's Friday morning, the 12 day out, and we are within 60 miles of Tortola! It is promising to be another warm sunny day, our 12th in a row. The moon is now on the wane, but has also been a faithful presence each night, as have many many stars. We have been making rather slow progress the last 5 days, as the wind is just now starting to think about coming from a direction other than southeast - that being the direction of our destination. So we have had to tack back and forth to get upwind. It hasn't helped that we have lost use of the headsail. On Tuesday it tore from leach to luff, and to top it off, we have been unable to get it down! It is firmly attached to the furler track, and resists all efforts to pull and even winch down. Without the large headsail it is. read more...


07/11/2014

Celebrate - Calmer seas

'Its a little bumpy' has become the most commonly used understatement on the radio net over the last few nights. However after another day of high winds and bumpy seas the wind and waves have abated. At their worst the waves were reported on our weather reports by email as 4.5 metres high caused by a combination of the gale to our South and strong currents. We did not check but they were a dramatic sight. So we are now enjoying a milder current and wind pushing us towards Richards Bay and the delights of the Zululand Yacht Club. Our ETA should be after lunch tomorrow (Saturday).The 'Bring and Braai' on Monday evening sounds fun.Celebrate continues to look after us well despite the autohelm going on strike for a couple of hours yesterday. It had however just got us through the 'bumpiest'. read more...


14/11/2014

Easy Rider - Captains Log....Day 6

Yesterday was one of those perfect but easily forgetable days. The sun shone & a steady trade wind of around 15 knots pushed us serenely along, on a direct course for Mindelo.........Soy's ideal sailing weather. Her Caribbean tan is fast returning!!Our makeshift steering line is working perfectly, & as long as we keep it well adjusted should see us safely over to St.Lucia. There are a number of boats within a few miles of us & we are all working hard to extract every ounce of speed.Even whilst writing this blog we have jibed again and found another knot!!!Boys with toys!!!David. read more...


05/11/2014

Celebrate - Windy and colorful weather

Celebrate is looking after us well, last night the wind rose to over 30 knots from the East with the occasional gust of 45 knots. Our top speed surfing down a wave was 16.5 knots, not bad sailing with 3 reefs in the main and just a little jib. The only casualty has been Charlie and Cathy's DVD collection which decided to fly around the saloon when one cross wave hit. So tonight when the next low hits us we will be battening down the DVDs as well as the hatches.Today started for Cathy with a good splash of color;a beautiful orange setting moon and a pink sunrise.Sadly another lure was lost yesterday, like the day before we got a bite during supper. This time the line with a breaking strain of 250 lbs snapped. We're not sure we wanted such a large fish joining us for supper anyway!Charlie,. read more...



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