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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
23/11/2013

Idea of London - Idea of London team is ripped and ready to win

But which way will we go-NORTH.....Or maybe south! Bring it on!!. read more...


23/11/2013

Shelduck - Sat 23 Nov Our Last Evening in Las Palmas

We are almost completely ready, just a small list of last minute tiny jobsto do in the morning.  Anne’s son Ian and grandson Lucas flew in to see usoff – what a lovely surprise! We ate out in Las Palmas and went to bedanticipating the morning and setting off verysoon.... read more...


23/11/2013

LUV - Log Luv ARC+

Logbuch der Luv Position 15 Grad 59 Minuten N 33 Grad 25 Minuten W Wetter : leicht bewölkt. Wind ONO 4 bis 5, Böen bis 7, Seegang 2 bis 3 Meter   Mit Columbus über den Teich, aber auf anderem Kurs   Plötzlich sind sie da. Über hunderte von Meilen ist niemand von der ARC-Flotte in Sicht. Ein absolut blanker Horizont. Man hätte sich vorstellen können, die Luv liege vor allen anderen im Rennen über dem Atlantik und heimlich hatte dies der eine oder andere bei uns an Bord wohl auch gehofft. Aber da segeln sie. Die belgische Aronax, steuerbord achteraus, Abstand drei Seemeilen und die dänische Mathilde an Backbord, fünf Meilen voraus. Alle drei X-Yachten, die drei Preisträger der ersten Etappe, wieder dicht beieinander. Nach dem turbulenten Start vor drei Tagen hatte sich die Spreu. read more...


23/11/2013

George - Ready steady.....

Well, we and George are ready to go tomorrow morning and we would all like to say a big thank you to our families and friends who have given us so much support. We will be thinking of you constantly. We'd also like to say very good luck to the friends we have made on other boats who are doing the ARC with us. Thom, Suzie and crew aboard Adina. Donal, Sarah and their two sons aboard Millport II and Adrian and Julia aboard Koala. Bon Voyage and see you safe and sound in St. Lucia. Tim, Mason, Mick, Steve and Jim aboard George. read more...


20/11/2011

Lexington - Arrived safely in Tortol

Hi Friends and Family. This is the last group email for the trip. Lexington crossed the finish line at 12:36:10 on Saturday November 19th. Lexington is slipped safely in Nanny Cay. It was an epic journey for all aboard. We had a beach party and dinner last night to celebrate. We are cleaning the boat and packing in preparation to catch the ferry to St Thomas and on home this evening. I think this sums up the crews' sentiments to Lexington. To quote Paul's second letter to Timothy in the Bible" "Bonum Certamen certavi, cursum consumavi, fidem servavi"  (I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept my word) Thanks to all who sent us emails and thought of us along our journey. "Till the next adventure! Fair winds, Nadxi Hey Jerry Hey Jim Dinger Bob Woods. read more...


23/11/2013

Keoma -

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Keoma - Crew Beer
Keoma - Crew Beer
23/11/2013

Keoma - No chance of scurvy on this ship!

The boat is looking a bit low in the water, never washed so much fruit, no chance of scurvy onthis ship! Mike20131123_124805. read more...


Keoma - Provisioning continues
Keoma - Provisioning continues
23/11/2013

Merlyn III - : Merlyn III - D-1 - Reality and other checks

The pirate picture seems to have led some misguided youth to think that we are on some sort of jolly. Far from the truth: work continued unabated the next day, and by the evening - apart from one or two annoying niggles - Merlyn seemed in pretty good shape as we set off for a very jolly dinner hosted by Discovery Yachts for the crews of the five of their yachts taking part in the rally.Any premature complacency was shattered yesterday: first by the ship's safety and medical briefings in the morning - all the problems which might befall - and then by the arrival of more than 15 crates of fruit and vegetables - all of which had to be washed and dried before stowage!Hopefully any cockroaches or other nasties were exterminated before we set off to the final pre-start party at the Royal Yacht. read more...


23/11/2013

LUV - Log

Gruß heiko Bericht 20 Logbuch der Luv Position 16Grad 25 Minuten N 28 Grad 22 Minuten W Wetter : Sonnig, leicht bewölkt. Wind NO 5 bis 6Und schon wieder zwei Handbreit Wasser überm Kiel  Was dem Fussballer der Rasen, ist dem Seemann das Wasser: sein eigentliches Element. Man sollte meinen, Segler könnten gar nicht genug davon bekommen. Diese Annahme gilt mit zwei Einschränkungen. Zum einen ist zu viel Wasser im Rumgrog durchaus unbeliebt in Seefahrerkreisen, zum anderen mag niemand zwei Handbreit Wasser über dem Kiel. Genau soviel salziger Ozean schwappt heute früh bis an die Bodenbretter im Salon der Luv. Wasser im Schiff! Das darf nicht! Und so viel! Das muß raus. Sinken wir? Alle Mann an die Pumpen! Wo ist der Einbruch? Ist das Rettungsboot klar? Müssen wir jetztz gleich SOS. read more...


23/11/2013

Mustique - Mustiques Final Preparation ARC 2013

Mustique, her Captain and crew leave their mark on thefamous wall in Las Palmas marina. ARC 2013 preparations almostcomplete!!   Photo - Fin, Stefan, Scott, Becki with Mustique MuralArc2013 m_001. read more...


Mustique - Mustiques Final Preparation ARC 2013
Mustique - Mustiques Final Preparation ARC 2013
23/11/2013

Dragonfly - Letzter Tag vor dem Start

Letzte Vorbereitungen vor dem Start. Der Obstlieferant bringt die frischen Sachen. Aus Angst vor Kakerlaken, die gerne ihre Eier auf Obst und Gemüse oder in die Kartons legen waschen wir die Sachen ab. Edwin, Volker und Nicole waschen das Obst und Gemüse auf dem Steg und legen es dann zum trocknen auf das Deck. Hajo spannt wieder die bewährten Netze im Salon und rätselt noch wie er das beim letzten Mal gemacht hat, ohne dass wieder alles herausfällt. Nicole hat nochmal alle Bettwäsche und Handtücher gewaschen. Das Skipperbriefing war ganz interessant. Der Meteorologe der ARC versucht anhand von Sattelitenbildern und Wetterkarten den Wind vorherzusagen und empfiehlt weit in den Süden zu fahren. Ich bekomme noch ein paar Unterlagen und gehe auf dem Rückweg nochmal im Angelgeschäft vorbei,. read more...


Dragonfly - Letzter Tag vor dem Start
Dragonfly - Letzter Tag vor dem Start
23/11/2013

Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !

Et bien voilà ! Nous sommes prêts. Ce matin provisions de fruits et légumespour les uns et check-out et briefing skipper pour les autres.   Question fruits et légumes, nous les avons lavés et séchés pour éliminerles parasites, et nous les avons confortablement installés dans leur "hamac", àl'air et au sec !  Le briefing skipper a confirmé que la route la plus raisonnable était parle sud ; la route nord est peut-être plus rapide au début, mais avec beaucoupd'incertitudes par la suite. Donc nous irons sud, tout droit vers une pétole(zone sans vent en langage de marin couillu) que nous devrons traverser aumoteur. En prévision nous avons embarqué quelques jerrycans de gasoil en plus duplein du réservoir. Quand je dis quelques, c'est 11 jerrycans de 22 l !!! Fautc'qui faut ;-). read more...


Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
23/11/2013

Ninfea - Ninfea

We spent our time in Cape visiting the two islands of St. Vincent and St. Antoan. This last one is truly spectacular, all ridges end precipitous drops, sparsely populated by hardy mountain people. We saw more goats than people! Of the two island St. Antoan is the one that receives abundant water which justifies the qualification of Verde (Green) much more than St. Vincent, which is truly arid. The landscape reminded us of the Andes in Peru.We also spent time doing minor repairs to Ninfea, like replacement of a block on the main halyard and few other small things.We started again navigation on the 20th of November with a hair raising race in front of winds up to 35 kn and large waves helping to push Ninfea up to 11 kn. The first night was, like so many other departures from islands,. read more...


Sunrise - Tag 0 - 23.11.13 - Ready to sail!
Sunrise - Tag 0 - 23.11.13 - Ready to sail!
23/11/2013

Shine - Departure Day-1.

Eight supermarket trolley loads of food an drink now safely stowed away, soEl Corte Inglais staff have no been officially stood down until November 2014.It would appear that or final crew member(Steen) has just landed at the airport , and BA have kindly delivered his baggage to Guatamala.A naked Steen for two weeks is probably a little more than we can bear, soassume Giles has marched him into Decathlon to collect some appropriate replacement clothing.Boat in great shape, crew likewise, so all we have to do now is hit the Argentinian restaurant , eat our body weight in steak,drink a gallon of Malbec and get to the start line for 13:00 tomorrow.. read more...


23/11/2013

Idea of London - A final meal before we're off

Hello and Good day everyone.The count down is now less than 24 hours until race start.All thelast minute details are seen to.IDEA is packed, stacked and ready togo as is the crew.One last meal ashore, a good nights sleep, andwe're off.Several of us have been studying the weather charts and it seems thatdreams of breaking the record may be off.It's a dynamic picturethat's continually changing and evolving so we may yet get thefavorable weather pattern back as we go.Starting in on the crew introductions today (in no particular order)we have: Lucas Bertrand of the famous Americas Cup Bertrands.Lucasis on this trip with us taking a vacation from his Digital mediacompany.Trying to one up the old man who apparently has not crossedan ocean he is currently taking bets on how long his last meal. read more...


23/11/2013

São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock

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São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock
São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock
23/11/2013

Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff

Letztes Check up & Klar Schiff Nach gestrigen Crewabend im Velero Muelle 1906 einem Hafenrestaurant mit dem unfreundlichstem Personal ever und trotzdem viel Spass haben wir heute die Medikamente die Eilert aus Hamburg mitgebracht hat einsortiert. 600 Liter Trinkwasser in Flaschen, einiges an Bier (Menge geheim), 120 Liter Milch und Kleinkram gebunkert.Claus Uwe macht noch einige Besorgungen, da die Vermutung es könnte nicht langen deutlich zugenommen hat.Sicher ist sicher. Gero ist mit Krause beim Skippermeeting und checkt uns alle mit den Reisepässen aus.Javier erledigt noch Kleinigkeiten am Boot.Gegen 13Uhr kommt die letzte Ladung Proviantin Form von Obst und Gemüse an Bord.Der Vorrat an Klopapier wurde von Javier auf 48 Rollen kalkuliert. Wir haben noch einmal nachgerechnet – da. read more...


23/11/2013

Adina - Adina set to GO

We're as set as we can be! BIG THANK YOU to all the ARC crew in Las Palmas - you've been simply fantastic. Muchos Gracias. Last blog before we go is up at http://www.yachtadina.co.uk/.. read more...


Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff
Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff
23/11/2013

Firefly - Early morning rain

One day in and all is well. Its been a very comfortable re-introduction into passage making aboard Firefly, the sea state being slight. Despite fairly changeable conditions we managed a day one run of 153nm and are pleased that we have placed ourselves a good distance south of the ARC which we believe started from Gran Canaria at noon today.The 'yellow peril' parasailor is up and while it was a bit unstable in less than 10 knots of wind, we now have 13 knots and the boat speed is reaching 7 knots.As we passed South East of Fuerteventura we had several night time visits by dolphins, visible due to the phosphorescence. While Paul was on the midnight to 0200 watch a small dolphin did a couple of leaps of about 4m height. The moon is still quite large although waning and once it rose the. read more...


23/11/2013

Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!

At T-2 (2 days to departure!), Team HADA – Capt. Stuart Starkey, along with Anton Webre, Ed Tobin, Terence (TJ) O’Malley, plus myself, André Wolper, have been here for a couple of days and are busily prepping for the big adventure.    HADA is a brand new Hanse 505, and started her journey in Greifswald, Germany on Wednesday, Oct 9th. Captain Tim Heinrichs piloted her down for us, and arrived here in Las Palmas, Gran Canary Island, on Tuesday, November 19th, at 00:20.    Because the journey from the Baltic Sea down to Las Palmas took 41 days - longer than expected due to some stops along the way - our preparation days have been crunched to an absolute minimum.  To make up for it, Team Hada is working 15 hr days since with everyone doing their very best to get. read more...


Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
23/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day -1: Preparations

Blue Ocean created quite a spectacle by drying out on the slipway next tothe ARC office.  But our saildrives are now fixed, we have most of our food stowed (stillwaiting for the fruit and vegetables), and are otherwise ready for thestartline.  Our crew comprises four Belgians, three Poles, one American and me, thelone Brit.   . read more...


23/11/2013

Anettine - 23.11.2013, Morgen

Vi avsluttet gårsdagen med middag i cockpit ca. 2000, ordentlig oppdekket med duk og det hele.  Vår Cruise and Sale Manager begynner å like det alkoholfrie ølet som serveres til middagen.  Det er veldig spesielt å sitte til bords å spise middag når Anettine lenser i 7-8 knop i mørket. Det er bekk mørkt og vi ser ingenting utenom båten.  Vi spiser i T-skjorte og shorts.  Det er første kvelden/natta som det ikke har vært nødvendig med ekstra påkleding. Ut på natta klarner det opp, månen kommer frem og det blir lyst og fint.Begge har sovet godt og lenge i natt. Skippern våknet lenge etter soloppgang og startet dagen med bad i Atlanteren. Ikke så lett når C&S Manger insisterer på at båtfarten skal opprettholdes. Vi jibber og setter spinnaker, deretter spiser vi. read more...


23/11/2013

Miciadue - Fast fertig zum Starten

Den Sicherheitscheck haben wir erfolgreich absolviert. Vorgestern Getränke eingekauft und gestern Lebensmittel. Heute Diesel gebunkert und noch restliche Dinge gekauft. Probleme hatten wir mit dem SAT-Telefon. Aber die sind nun auch soweit gelöst. Morgen kann es nun endlich um 13 Uhr losgehen. Heute werden noch alle Lebenmittel verstaut und Kleinigkeiten an der Miciadue gecheckt. Alle sind wohlauf und freuen sich auf den Start.--. read more...


23/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Ambling Along

In many ways just another day at sea. Moderate rather than good progress with a NNE / E wind at 10-15 knots. This can be, at times, a tad frustrating (particularly if we examine the boat position report closely). However, the night was firstly very black, then the cloud lifted to reveal more stars than can ever be seen on land (the only source of light pollution here is our small mast-head light) and we have just had the most spectacular sunrise.To compensate for the lack of progress we had a very busy dog watch: Gilly-mate removed all forms of alien life from the bottom of the fridge, did some fresh vegetable weeding and I set to with some tidying up on deck and gave the engine a check over before washing the kitchen floor - which for those non nautical readers I should point out. read more...


23/11/2013

Keoma - Log day -1 Final Preparations

Keoma is now pretty much up and running and eager to get started! Just waiting for last minute fresh food to arrive then final top up with Dieseland Water.  All systems working, watermaker and Satphone in particular ifyou can read this!  We have done our emergency steering and opted for thedrogue system as it is easier to deploy and seemed to suit the boat, hopefullywe won’t have to use it.  We have so much food on board and Tyronne is busypreparing his awsome looking rod so we are expecting some big fish! Hopefully we can send a picture soon. Best regardsNick.. read more...


23/11/2013

Free Spirit - 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013

Las Palmasde Gran Canaria 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013 (Richie’s log) It’s so great to be here! The feeling of excitement is buildingdaily! One of the first things you notice when you arrive at the marina in LasPalmas, apart from the huge number of boats (including a few very impressive,serious-looking, massive racing yachts!) is the quayside wall! It is covered inwall art (graffiti) left by boats’ crews over the years as they prepared tocross the Atlantic ocean! We just had to add our own contribution to the mass offantastic tags left by sailing folk from all corners of the world, we‘democratically’ decided to leave the Liver bird as oursymbol. Our relatively small boat is berthed next to a boat calledAlbatross which is skippered by a German fella called Manfred who is taking 9fee-paying crew. read more...


23/11/2013

Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start

Endlich sind alle Arbeiten am Schiff beendet. Am Donnerstag hätte ein ausgelutschter Spibaumbeschlag beim Segeltraining fast die ersten Verletzten beschert. Zum Glück konnte Selden innerhalb eines Tages einen neuen Beschlag liefern, so daß wir gestern erfolgreich unser Spitraining durchführen konnten.Heute wurde die Wacheinteilung und damit auch die Belegung der Kammern bekannt gegeben.Wir haben inzwischen schon ausklariert und in einer Stunde findet das abschließende Skipperbriefing vor dem Sart statt.Vorhin gings noch kurz in den Mast, um die Salinge mit Neopren abzupolstern und so das Scheuern des Großsegels zu verhindern.Die Großkreiskarte für den Atlantik liegt bhereits mit eingezeichnetem Kurs auf dem Kartentisch und die Crew fiebert voller Erwartung dem großen Ereigtnis. read more...


Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
23/11/2013

Pelican - Saturday 23 Nov

Meat an veg arrived today so everything is all ready to go!! Pelican. read more...


23/11/2013

Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !

After several attempts of uploading, downloading, reconfiguring, re booting, 2 software reloads, a change of hard drive and 3 SIM cards the Sat Phone eventually burst into life when Gareth resorted to merely shouting at it in Welsh. If all goes well we can not only send but receive e-mails as well. The e-mail address for the boat is ..... Golondrina@mailasail.com...... It's up and running now so feel free to use it.Also the 'fleet tracker'or 'fleet viewer for Golondrina has been turned on so you can see how we're doing .. You may have to load up some software by 'yellowbrick' to do this ... Or you could just shout at your computer as that seems to work quite well.At the moment you will notice that we are shown as being in collision with about 100 other yachts mainly because we're all. read more...


Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
23/11/2013

Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....

Test sail yesterday was worthwhile, tested emergency steering with drogue.Just off for final shop.Mike20131121_182211. read more...



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