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Sojourner - Sojourner underway
Sojourner - Sojourner underway
02/11/2013

Solstice - First night at sea

Very calm at the moment.  Expecting to pick up late.  Small craft advisory, so they say.. read more...


Solstice - First night at sea
Solstice - First night at sea
02/11/2013

Windleblo - On our way

36 hours in.Crew bonding well. No issues there. I asked the crew what they like most about sailing.The Irishman likes the self-reliance element of ocean passage-making. The Austrian likes being away from it all, out in the wilderness.So far, we've tried broad reaching, 130% genoa only, and gennaker-ing with the main. Each has its down side and its virtues. Tomorrow we will rig dual head sails and try that without the main. Then we'll have a basis for choosing whichever seems best.. read more...


Solstice - The galley is stocked
Solstice - The galley is stocked
02/11/2013

Solstice - We have shoved off

To avoid NE winds as we cross the gulf stream, we and the fleet are heading out a day early.  Bonn voyage.   Don. read more...


Solstice - We have shoved off
Solstice - We have shoved off
Free Spirit -
Free Spirit -
02/11/2013

Solstice - Under Way

We have departed Ocean Marine Yacht Center and are cruising out to the starting area.   Boat number 2 out.--                            _ _ __.. .__o. .   .  .  .  . .      - -_--.-  _`\<,_                            (  ( (( (_)/ (_). read more...


02/11/2013

Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!

SHELDUCK TO AMERICANeil HegartyWe both enjoy significant birthdays this year, Anne being five years the younger. In order to celebrate in a memorable way I invited her to sail across the north Atlantic to America. Our families were not happy for us to do so on our own so I joined ARC Atlantic 2013.  Gabby (Perry) & Brendan McGarvey accepted the invitation to crew for the Atlantic crossing.Shelduck was laid up ashore at Descobre Ventos at Doca Belem Lisbon in November 2012 to be prepared for our adventure.The first job was to replace all standing and running rigging which, like everything else, was ten years old. Shelduck is a Dufour 34 built in La Rochelle in 2003 fitted with a standard, not the tall racing rig and a deep racing, fully lead keel so she is quite stiff to sail.. read more...


Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Shelduck - Shelduck's Adventure!
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters
02/11/2013

Wings - FridgeOverTroubledWaters

We sail in an hour ........ or so.And Anonymous has dropped his specs overboard!!!!!. read more...


02/11/2013

Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf

IT’S all about the bread today. How high it rises, when it rises, why Spanish yeast is fickle, the loaves’ density, the sudden switch to square tins, why Manali’s oven makes hard bread. And Radi’s wise counsel that older flour makes better bread – achieved by sieving the flour a few days earlier which exposes it to air causing it to oxidise, shortening the ageing process. Whoever would have guessed the pivotal point of Manali’s preparation for the ARC focused on baking bread. Makes sense with 2800 nautical miles, 288 meals and 96 six hour shifts separating Gran Canaria from St Lucia. Who said you can’t sail across The Atlantic on the aroma of a freshly baked loaf?-        Team Manali Atlantic   www.manaliblue.comEl Pan. read more...


Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
Manali - Striving for the perfect boat loaf
01/11/2013

La Rochelle - arrived in lanzarote

La Rochelle has safely arrived in lanzarote .friday morning 5am. Some interesting stats gib to lanzaroteMax wind speed 45 knots ( before vane blew off the mast)Max boat speed 14.7 knotsBest sail combo double reefed mainsail onlySea state , bloody awful hand steered 72 hours , 2 helmsman , 2 hour rotating shifts auto helm dangerousKnockdowns 2 ( by the waves and swell)Boat and crew damage , minorWe are definitely ready for the arc +Crew La RochelleSent from my iPad. read more...


01/11/2013

Tal Lira - preparing to leave on Sunday

Hi All!We are preparing to leave on Sunday, with the Carib1500 from Portsmouth VA. The weather is fine here and its just a small party.All problems are fixed and we feel very comfortable on our Tal'Lira.We had a very good time in the Cheasapeake Bay, especially at Annapolis Landing Marina(due to some special peolple Jack's Evie and Sharon)Still have to do some work on pictures and updates, but you can have a look on:http://www.sailblogs.com/member/tallira235094909/ Pauline and Peter. read more...


31/10/2013

Windleblo - Hello Goodbye

The Austrian and the Irishman have arrived in Gibraltar, bringing ARC crew strength to three-quarters.We spent our first 24 hours together with final boat prep and provisioning, plus getting reacquainted. The skipper asked each man what he wanted to see happen before his time aboard Windleblo ended. The Irishman said he wanted to build strong friendships. The Austrian seeks achievement of a life long dream -- to cross an ocean. As for me, my goals, beyond the obvious safe delivery of boat and crew, are to use the passage as a time to practice seamanship and work towards being a better shipmate, husband, and father. As we say hello to each other, we say goodbye to Mainland Europe. We shove off early tomorrow. Our first stop -- Madeira -- is 600 nautical miles and 100 hours away.. read more...


31/10/2013

Trillium - 31 Oct: Flat Stanley is Traveling with S/V Trillium

The Caribbean 1500 is just the first leg of our circumnavigation as we will be joining the World ARC in St. Lucia in January 2014. Since our six year old granddaughter is quite upset that we are leaving her for so long (3 years is the plan), we will be communicating with her first grade class in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan USA. We have Flat Stanley with us and he will appear in many photos as we travel around the globe. Flat Stanley will be showing the children many sites via photos, emails and Skype. This will be a big adventure for all of us! We moved out of our house at midnight last Thursday and flew to the boat at Herrington Harbour North in the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of our crew Ron Horton, we managed to get ourselves down to Portsmouth, VA in an overnight run. We. read more...


31/10/2013

Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas

Covering the 650 miles between Olhão (Algarve/Portugal) and Las Palmas in 97 hours, using different sailing modes from one a half day using the engine to a new kind of intense sailing – at least in our Portuguese south sunshine and flat seas perspective – surfing 4/5 meters waves during the night, with more than 30 knots of wind and some rain, the CONQUILHA III is now safely in Las Palmas Marina, with a very happy crew and the ARC 2103 flag hoisted. For us the Atlantic circle has already started, aiming to be back to Portugal – Azores in May 2014.  In this shakedown sail we had a big worry when during a night maneuver under 25 knots of wind and those strange waves, the mainsail unintentionally jibed twice with one crew at the base of the mast. It was not funny and a great moment to. read more...


Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
Conquilha III - From Algarve to Las Palmas
29/10/2013

Morning Haze - A Family's Journey

Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC2ClafewWw  Rebecca Hayes. read more...


28/10/2013

Windsurf - ARC kriebels....

Eindelijk is het zover dat we de tocht der tochten kunnen beginnen.Al diverse jaren aan het voorbereiden hierop.... Cursussen, boot optimaliseren, bevoorraden, beveiligen, enz. enz....de portemonnee is leger geworden, maar er staat aan de overkant veel voldoening te wachten, wanneer we vast liggen in de baai van St. Lucia...Wij zijn Peter en Marianne van SY de Windsurf en zijn al sinds 2008 aan het zeilen. Eerst met een Ovni 385 van Noord Duitsland via Denemarken, via de Wadden, via het IJsselmeer, naar buiten, het ruime sop van Het Kanaal. Zuid Engeland, de Kanaaleilanden en de oversteek van de Golf van Biskaije naar Spanje, Portugal, Spanje, Gibraltar, Balearen, Zuid Frankrijk. Hier stopte de reis van de Ovni en ging in Antibes op transport terug naar Nederland voor de verkoop. We. read more...


28/10/2013

Millport II - Abandon Ship drills and liferaft practice in Lanzarote!

Last week whilst still in Lanzarote, we took delivery of our new ISO 9650 approved liferaft.  But what to do with our old one?  It was not ISO compliant, so had a negligible re-sale value.  We decided to inflate it and practice "abandon ship" procedures to give the kids a better idea of what a life-raft would really be like and the proper procedure for leaving the boat in case of an emergency.  After the serious bits were over and done with, the poor life-raft became a trampoline - landing pad - floating play house - bouncy castle for the rest of the day.  It gave us a good idea of what would work best in the event of having to leave the boat and also how uncomfortable those floating paddling pools really are!  The day after we disposed of the poor abused. read more...


Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
28/10/2013

Jambo - Ready to go !

Well after 5 months cruising we made it to the start!Here is Jambo in Las Palmas having a rest. We will return for a few weeks then return to make the final preparations and enjoy the build up to the startIMG_1103. read more...


Jambo - Ready to go !
Jambo - Ready to go !
28/10/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle leaving gibraltor

The weather window has opened for our passage to the canaries ,should be dream condition s 15-25 knots up the "clacker", should arrive lanzarote Friday afternoon, first real offshore test for La Rochelle having spent all her life in the med, great chance to try all our hardware, as all the crew are now on board.Crew La Rochelle. read more...


27/10/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna

After 10 days sailing from Islas Baleares, NDS Darwin arrived safe to Las Palmas in Gran Canarias. After the checking in the marina office and with our ARC 2013 early pack we are ready to visit the city. Two day before we arrived, we fished a very nice (90 pound) yellowfin tuna.  A ceviche and sashimi tuna was amazing..!!P1070304. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
27/10/2013

Calypso - Checking in!

Calypso left its home port of St Peter Port, Guernsey onMonday 24th June with Phil, John and myself aboard. We split thejourney into 3 main stages, (Guernsey to Povoa de Varzim, Povoa to Lisbon,Lisbon to Gran Canaria), and finally arrived in Las Palmas on Wednesday11th September having visited 17 other ports and covered 1650nm onthe way.   The journey was largely uneventful, mostly motor sailing, andit was only when cruising down the Portuguese coast and crossing from Madeirathat we had some decent sailing. We were back to motoring as we approached LasPalmas.   We now have 4 weeks to complete the final preparations beforesetting off on ‘our voyage of a lifetime’.     Yours aye     David Mitchison (Skipper) Phil Ball Dino Castro John Frankland DSC00266. read more...


25/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 9 Friday 25th October

Day 9 Friday 25th October So Hello Benalmadena! We have found some more people here flying the ARC flag!Chatting to them has been of some comfort in a funny sort of way as they have some major problems too.They are scheduled to leave Las Palmas ahead of us on the 10th November with the ARC plus, which goes via the Cap Verde Islands so they have the additional pressure to get there on time.To-day we have all been busy doing jobs, doing the laundry, cleaning, sorting, tidying.We can truly say that Free Spirit is now totally shipshape!So what next?Well the bottles of Cava here are only 3 euros a bottle........ read more...


20/10/2013

Free Spirit - 20 Oct to 25 Oct

Day 4 Sunday 20th OctoberTo-day was another very calm windless day so motoring all the way with a little help from the sails but lots of activity on board !To-day we fitted and tested the water turbine.Success!The storm gib was taken out and deployment undertaken.Success!The genoa pole was taken out and the most efficient method of using it was worked out.Success!Finally we got Internet access.Success! And thank you everyone who wished us well.We should now be able to get our blog up and running.Today was also a chicken fest because we found we had lots of fresh chicken which needed to be eaten.It was chicken salad for lunch and chicken curry for dinner.Just before dinner we were visited by dolphins but they did not stay to play today.Day 5 Monday 21 st OctoberBecalmed !We all went for a. read more...


Calypso - Checking in!
Calypso - Checking in!
26/10/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer has arrived in the Canaries

From Porto Santo, where we met fellow ARC boats Edelweiss and Tumbledown Wind, we made our way to Madeira, taking advantage of the gentle wind to fly the cruising chute again.We spent one night at anchor because the marina was full, before getting a berth for several days.A hire car is a necessity to get the most from a visit to Madeira.On day one we went for a Levada walk, really gentle and peaceful.Even John said it was a good walk and he doesn't like walking! The second day we visited Funchal then had afternoon tea at Reids Palace Hotel.It was absolutely lovely, I could get used to this gracious living.The Canaries beckoned and we had a fairly frustrating trip Tenerife.Day one we sailed surprisingly quickly in very little wind, again using the cruising chute until the wind came. read more...


26/10/2013

Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria

With Adina now settled in Las Palmas for the big start, we had ourfirst Atlantic crew member, Lindsay Cunningham, come and join us for a week.Lindsay was keen to know how the boat operates and sails before we head off in November. With it being an ocean crossing we did a full front to back walk through of theboat above and below decks and safety briefing. Just that took 7 hours -something to think about! The highlight though was a day of doing a thorough testing of all our MOB kit,including hoisting each other out of the water. It was a really usefulexercise, we got a good understanding of our lifejackets, made some tweaks tolocation of MOB devices on the pushpit, but most importantly it gave usreassurance. We're now back in Las Palmas and off chatting to the butcher inthe local market. read more...


Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria
Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria
25/10/2013

At last... in Las Palmas after 2000 miles

At Last.. , our Jeanneau 53 performance, arrived in Las Palmas at the end of August after 2000 miles. Myself (Roberto) with my wife Jessica and our 3-year son Alessandro left Tunisia on July 26th. We had a great sailing with good wind and we reached Sardinia, Minorca, Maiorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Costa Blanca in Spain and finally we arrived in Benalmadena near Malaga, on August 18th,  Here, Gian Cavaletto (a great sailor and a good friend) joined us. We then left for Ceuta and we passed the Gibraltar strait with good current and wind, pushing us at 9 knots. In 3.5 days of great sailing (and great waves too!) we arrived in Isla Graciosa, Lanzarote. We then spent a week, sailing the Canary Islands and visiting Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Finally, on August 29th we arrived in Las. read more...


At last... - flying the ARC flag
At last... - flying the ARC flag
At last... - Hi from At Last in the Atlantic
At last... - Hi from At Last in the Atlantic
At last... - Flying to Garrucha
At last... - Flying to Garrucha
At last... - Fast sailing toward Cabo de Gata
At last... - Fast sailing toward Cabo de Gata
19/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 3 Saturday 19th October

Day 3 Saturday 19th OctoberPriority number 1 - where has all the water gone?Could there be a leak?Investigation under boards and tests on valves and pipes revealed that the starboard tank was still full but the water not being drawn whilst the port tank was empty.The decision was taken that we could manage on one tank + water maker to Gran Canaria by directing water from the water maker to the port tank and drawing water from this tank only.Job done we all breakfasted together - Dorset Cereal and orange juice(very healthy) followed by bacon and egg ( not very healthy). The sea was calm after a very rolly rocky night and there was no wind so we gently motor sailed all day.As we came closer to theBalearics we picked up a mobile signal.So we were all busy trying to make calls.I hit the. read more...


25/10/2013

Conquilha III -Sailing from Algarve to Las Palmas

After several months’ DIY hard work on the water and at the boatyard, with new gear installed and tested – radar, solar panel, batteries, saildrive rubber gaskets, twin headsails, … - benefiting the help of good friends from SEAMOUNT and OCEANUS, the CONQUILHA III is finally ready to set sail from Olhão (Algarve/Portugal) to Las Palmas. Today, as soon this depression finally disappear and the northerlies looks to come back, three of the five ARC crew and one innocent guest will start sailing the 650NM south (215T), getting closer to the parties and to the November 24.Fernando, Miguel, Mário, Pedro & VitorCONQUILHA III at the boatyard. read more...


Conquilha III -At the boatyard
Conquilha III -At the boatyard
24/10/2013

Meltemi - auf dem Weg

Wir sind auf dem Weg. Heute morgen von Formentera auf den Weg nach Alicante gemacht.Bestes Segelwetter 3-4 Bft. aus SSW.ETA ist ca. Mitternacht in Alicante.. read more...


Silver Slipper - Flying the Flag
Silver Slipper - Flying the Flag
24/10/2013

Silver Slipper - In Las Palmas

Well the Silver Slipper has landed. We arrived in Las Palmas on Tuesday 22nd October. After 26 different ports, 2650 miles and over 500 hours at sea we finally made our goal to arrive in Las Palmas ready to start the ARC. Our crossing from Maderia promised very light winds but to our delight we sailed most of the way and only used the engine for the last 60 miles on a flat calm sea.We are now moored up on pontoon I so if anyone is in town please drop by to say hello.Over the next four weeks we will be making final preparations and can’t believe that it’s only a month today that we set sail again; this time to visit another continent.Safe sailing and fair winds.Ian, Wendy & Bumble . read more...


24/10/2013

Blue Raven - In the Canaries

Blue Raven in the Canaries Blue Raven is now in Lanzarote after spending August and September on sailing here from Mallorca. We plan to spend the next weeks here and in Fuerteventura before going to Las Palmas in early November. ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


18/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 2 Friday 18th October

Day 2 Friday 18th October We awoke to a very calm sea and hardly any windwhich meant motor sailing but this also gave us the opportunity to spend sometime cleaning and tidying so we were all ship shape by lunchtime. Sa;adwith ham, salami and cheese followed by tea and brioche.  We all hadshowers at some point as the water tanks were showing almost full and wegenerated water to replace what we had used.........I turned on the tap......nowater!! The tanks hold 300 gallons - where had it gone? So now we have another problem to resolve but asthe wind got up and there was a lot of motion our dinner was the next prioritybefore we started the night watch.  Chicken with Boursin cheesewrapped in Palma ham with new potatoes and green beans went down well. Nowine as the. read more...



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