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Surya - even lijnen netjes hangen
Surya - even lijnen netjes hangen
Arkouda - Land Ho--Sooner than expected! Sao Vicente, Cape Verde in the Distance!
Arkouda - Land Ho--Sooner than expected!  Sao Vicente, Cape Verde in the Distance!
02/12/2013

Jade - How quickly a week goes...

Well that's 1 week under the belt and routines are beginning to fall in place. For instance, we spend 2 hours a day (before lunch) all huddled round the SSB radio listening to the ARC weather forecast and Net Contoller chat. Something new yesterday as Noah and Ferne opened the first window on their advent calendars. This has sent them into Christmas mode and they are now midst writing their Christmas lists (again!)We are about to sail past the Cape Verdes - avoiding lots of low pressure out there - then we'll turn right and hit the Trade Winds (hopefully). Lots of love to allMichelle and all on Jade xxxx. read more...


03/12/2013

Arkouda - Days 7 and 8

Land Ho--We arrived around 2 pm to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde.We had these grandiose plans of anchoring, dropping the dingy down (much harder than usual due to all the extra straps to secure it to the davits,and trying to replace the 90 lb outboard motor we had removed to keep it safe for passage) going into town to buy a courtesy flag, check in, and find the other Ark boats.We sailed in in light winds and glorious sunshine, intrigued by steep cliffs and all of the birds.We arrived at the anchorage, found a likely spot and dropped our hook.Oh my God, what is that smell? I say sewage, Sean thinks burning trash...either way we are NOT sleeping here! Up goes the anchor and we spent at least an hour motoring around the anchorage to find a spot where A) there was enough room and B) didn't. read more...


Surya - Alles lekker bol
Surya - Alles lekker bol
03/12/2013

Surya - Dag 10 begint

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Surya - Dag 10 begint
Surya - Dag 10 begint
03/12/2013

Free Spirit - Monday 2nd December

It’s my Birthday today!  Here I am 69 yearsold in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Wow!  What a way tocelebrate!  {make of that what youwill}…..   Anyway it has been alovely day in every way.  I startedwith a pampering session – that is to say I had a shower, shampooed and blowdried my hair – such luxury!  Then Ihad my first Birthday present…… A fish from Alex…..another beautiful mahimahi.  As if this was not enough hethen donned snorkel, mask and flippers and dived under the boat!  Oh what drama!  What a palava!  Just as the fish had been landed theengine was put in to gear to start moving forward again when BANG!!  Don’t like the sound of that, said Peter,we  could be in trouble……{Anotherdread realized – the. read more...


02/12/2013

Pannikin - Days 7& 8

Sunday 1st December – Day 7Boat speed during the night was slow as we only had a very small headsail out because of the rough conditions with the wind around 35kts and gusts up to 40kts and with a long way to go we thought it best to be a little conservative. There was heavy rain squalls and the waves and swell were up as well. Every so often a wave would slap the side of Pannikin and the helms person would get a little more wet, if that was possible. John was suffering from seasickness and Dr Andrew gave him a shot and sent him to bed for the night. The morning wind slowly veered around onto the nose, but eased making a weary crew a little more comfortable. By mid morning we were not getting very far without a mainsail so we had to attempt a sail change – not an easy exercise with an. read more...


03/12/2013

Webster - Log 11- Touch and Go

Monday 2nd: Mindelo is a bit of a weird place, Albert describes it somewhat more strongly. Woke to sunshine and heat, much warmer than on passage and the boat was a bit humid. We set about cleaning the fridge, making provision lists and assembling the information for registration so the boat looked like a bomb had hit it. Jeremy was up top doing the washing using up the remnants of the water in the tanks ready to refill. I took off for the immigration office which was some hike away and I'm glad I did so when I did because a number of skippers came into the office after me and it took forever. They were in for a long wait and a 7 Euro bill. Then it was around the corner to the Police office to check documents again - yet another crew list to write out on the prescribed form and a few. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - 350 Miles from St Lucia

14.40.34N56.29.85 WAtlantic Ocean - 350 Miles from StLuciaWe are on the downhill leg of our crossing. Well, Archimedes would disagree saying that the Earth is round - but you getthe drift.Hard to believe the long legs we have sailed to gethere.  700 miles from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands, 850 miles from theCanaries to Cape Verde (of which we sailed all 1150 miles), and now this finalleg 2100 miles to St Lucia.  Ugh.  We need a Pina Colada, a shadetree, and A CHEESEBURGER!The weather has been anything but supportive ofthis last leg.  Today we sailed through a low pressure cell.  Windscontinue to be light, but our Spinnaker - which we set two days ago - keeps uscharging towards our goal.  Shawn and I enjoyed a cup of coffee on thefront of the boat. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - The last 24 hours have improved.

15.24.25 N51.55.46W Atlantic Ocean - 550 miles ENE of StLucia The last 24 hours have improved.  Now whensomeone passes gas-the smell actually blows away!   Yesterday we had all reached rock bottom, hungour heads in shame, and started our motor.  We realized things could onlyimprove - the concern was how long would it take for us to get wind.  Turnsout - last night at 1825 we turned off the motor for a nice "quiet" dinner andto watch the sunset.  The winds and boat built speed over the next fewhours and we were able to get some miles in motor free!  In fact - today at1600 (4pm) we swapped out the main and code zero for our spinnaker - the sail wehope to have take us the rest of the way to St Lucia.  Imagine thatspinnaker set - Ron. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - I Give Up. I Quit.

Amaris sails the world15.49.12N47.49.74WAtlantic Ocean I give up. I quit. I ask for a refund.  THEREIS NO WIND! It is day 10 and still no wind.  Whereare these famous trade winds.  We just had e-mail contact with our friendson "Joy of Shamrock Quay" who started their motor 30 hours ago - and were ableto stop to sail for 3...  before taking a dip in the water and restartingtheir motor. In previous days, I was calculating potentialwind angles and selecting sails based on predicted winds.  Now I havestarted calculating how far we will get with our limited amount of fuel - theanswer...  about 40% of the way.  I figure we can run our engine forabout two days straight.  Fingers crossed wind will fill in between now andthen. And. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - Becalmed - The Reprise

Becalmed - The Reprise Amaris Sails the World 16. 13. 60 N46.17.93WAtlantic Ocean Becalmed - the reprise After a day of bobbing in the Atlantic - we had anice bit of breeze late yesterday that took us into the night.  Itstopped.  And again we are bobbing.  We actually have started aimingfor the squalls as we know there is a little bit of wind in them (caused by thecooling of air from the descending rain).   On a bright note - we were able to throw allcaution to the wind (or lack there of) and jump off the boat into the refreshingbath water of the Atlantic.  The water was perfect!  And no one waseaten by a shark. Apparently, the crew has become restless and hasstarted a mustache growing contest.  It isn't pretty... Thankfully,. read more...


03/12/2013

Hanami II - Terre pas encore en vue mais ca approche ...

Lundi 02 XII 201323 09 UTC14 19 N51 44 WLes Antilles pointant le bout de leur nez sur l'ecran la notion de temps reprend de la force a bord et vient se superposer au rythme des quarts. On recommence a compter en jours, 4 jours avant Ste Lucie par exemple, alors qu'il faut reflechir pour savoir depuis combien de temps nous sommes partis et quel jour nous sommes.Ce matin lors de la vacation radio, dans les bateaux joignables, il y en avait plus derriere nous que devant. On ne regatte pas mais c'est agreable a entendre.Demain c'est nous qui coordinerons la vacation radio. Nous en aurons coordonnees quatre, c'est pas mal et ce devrait etre la derniere.Pour ne pas fausser notre compte de jours restants, le vent semble avoir repris un peu de vigueur: entre 9 et 15 noeuds toute la journee mais. read more...


03/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - What a night on Tatt av vinden

This night it feels like somebody stole the trade winds. We are below 18N,and the sea is absolutely calm. Until one oclock we had just so much wind thatthe autopilot kept us on course, and during the day we had a light 8 – 10 kn. Afantastic day! But nothing beats the bright skys with all its stars. It is thenight of no moon. The moon is on the same side as the sun, and the sky is leftto the stars and the planets alone. We saw Venus as bright as we never did. Itruled entirely in its part of the sky. I woke up one hour before I should turnin at midnight UTC. When I saw the beautiful scenario over me, I brought thenight carpet with me to the cockpit, lay down on my back, and took the sight allin. In deep breaths. I felt so lucky, and so humble in the middle of theuniverse, in this soft. read more...


03/12/2013

Surya - Kitesurfers

Over die kitesurfer die we enkele dagen geleden langzij kregen hebben we van het thuisfront inmiddels de volgende informatie ontvangen:"In de HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge steken zes kitesurfers non-stop de Atlantische Oceaan over. De groep is vertrokken op de Canarische eilanden en hoopt in 2 á 3 weken via de Zuid-Atlantische route naar Puerto Rico in het Caribisch gebied te surfen. De deelnemers zijn initiatiefnemer Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar (NL), Max Blom (NL), Camilla Ringvold (NO), Bruno Sroka (FR), Francisco Lufinha (PT) en Eric Pequeno (VS). De kitesurfers wisselen elkaar tijdens de 6.000 km lange tocht om de twee uur af en kiten dag en nacht. De groep wordt op deze langste 'downwinder' ooit begeleid door een catamaran, een Lagoon 500 van ruim 15 meter, genaamd de. read more...


Surya - Kitesurfers
Surya - Kitesurfers
02/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6

Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6     No. of Italian Canapés – 3 each No. of washed ladies - 9     Fairy ARC spa opened with the arrival of the sun today. We decided that Hotstuff was too heavy in the now light winds and a removal of grime was necessaryfor proper weight distribution. Operation complete - skipper is happy toannounce that 9 clean women can now finally sail in the right direction(!) andhave topped a speed of 11.7 knots upwind. Impressive!It's been a day of new beginnings. A new word 'clean' was added to our dictionaries. The Laundrette opened at dawn - read ahead to understand bucket and washingprocess... The Great ARC bake off started. Jo and Nikki kicked it off with a stunninglemon drizzle cake. They went for the rustic style of a. read more...


02/12/2013

Shine - Day 8 : Inadequate undergarment

Notwithstanding the ongoing depression at having lost the fishing rod,we have had a beautiful sunny day sailing in favourable winds,which appear to beimproving all the time.Quite a busy make-and-mend morning spent repairing and drying sails,servicing the outboard ,rigging the hammock etc, whichwas followed by our first foray into kite-land since last Thursday.With a bit of luck, and if the forecast holds, this could well be us to the finish line.We are now officially over half way, and unfortunately Michael missed the revised order that it's thongs at the finish, not half way. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, as having had a dry run, he now has a week to work out how he is going to accommodate his other testicle, as accommodate he must !Kite staying up all night , so stand by. read more...


02/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 12 - What a difference a day makes!

After some dodgy weather for the past few days, it was awelcome relief to actually see a full sky of stars on shift last night. We had acontinuous breeze of about 10-12 knots for most of the night, and the windshifted round to the north. This meant we were at last actually pointing westtowards St Lucia. There were a lot of shooting stars reported and a beautifulsunrise at about 8am this morning - we are going back in time, so haveadjusted meal times according to when the sun rises and sets.   Blue skies meant only one thing - time to do somewashing and air all of our damp clothes! They were getting a bitsmelly in the boat with not much ventilation. We had our last bit of tuna forlunch with some more delicious home made bread. We attempted to. read more...


02/12/2013

Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13

17:11:58N034:51:43WThis awesome picture shows Harry mending our torn main sail, Peter at the helm holding the boat steady. The rest of us holding lines and our breath.All well now and today was brilliant, definitely getting into trade winds as the wind has trickled around to the north east. Wind died earlier so we drifted along, lit the barbie and had a few beers, all alone in the Atlantic with nothing to the north of us but the Arctic and the Antarctic to the south. We were so tempted to dive in and have a swim but Harry and Imo have had two close shaves with sharks appearing and didn't want to tempt fate……scary! Sarah and I are planning our mid point party, fancy dress and games, pictures to follow. Its amazing how little time there is what with helming, cooking, cleaning, fishing. read more...


Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13
Hebe - Day 9  2.12.13
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 16 30 990n 28 52 770w

Log Day 9 Not another day in theoffice. The last 24 hours has seen steadyprogress to the West with sunny skies and gentle breezes from all round thecompass, but mostly enabling us to sail in the desireddirection. We have now travelled over 1,100 NMand have less than 1,900 NM to go to St Lucia. The unsettled weather of recentdays seems to have moved to the North East and we are hoping for cooperative –if light - winds for the next 48 hours, and Matt continues to promise that thevaunted Trade Winds will at some point arrive to waft us on a “conveyor belt” toSt Lucia. Away from sailing the boat, the mostexciting event of the last day was Matt and Mike succeeding in fixing the watermaker by ingeniously utilising the boat’s fresh water pump to bypass the watermaker’s failed primary. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eight

I had the 4 - 6 a.m. watch last night (UTC). At this longitude, that was well before dawn. There moon was new, the sky cloudless, and the sea glassy. I took the bimini down to open the cockpit to the sky. The Milky Way was as dense as I have ever seen it. Several shooting stars crossed the sky. Priceless.As dawn came, the wind remained elusive. We motored on. It was my turn as Galley Master, and I fixed the guys walnut banana pancakes with syrup, sausages and coffee. Afterwards, we killed the motor and coasted to a stop. Then, we dove over the side for a swim. The water was perfect -- not too cold and not too warm and perfectly clear. It was weird knowing the bottom was 4,000 meters below. A few laps around the boat got the heart going. It felt good to get a bit of aerobic exercise.The. read more...


02/12/2013

Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.

Als Erstes:Heute erreichte uns eine Meldung der Rennleitung, dass die französische Yacht Pinkas zwischen Gran Canaria und Cap Verde vermisst wird. Die Crew der Diva wünscht unseren Sportsfreunden eine sichere Heimkehr trotz der extremen Bedingungen. Morgens um vier Uhr beginnt meine Nachtwache. Kein Windhauch, absolute Stille, Null Knoten, die Genau eingeholt, den Bullen gesetzt und gewartet. Gespenstische Stille, nur Sterne undkein Mond. Die nächsten Menschen zu uns - außer auf einem Boot oder im Flugzeug, sitzen in der Raumstation ISS. Ein Windhauch schiebt uns mit 0,5 Knoten geräuschlos durch das spiegelglatte Wasser. Aus dem Hauch wird Wind und wir segeln friedlich durch die Nacht. Da die Dämmerung an diesem Morgen so schön ist, komme ich gar nicht ins Bett, sondern segele zusammen. read more...


Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.
Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort.  Nachtwache extended.
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 17 11 240n 26 35 750w

Log Day 8 – The Quantum ofSausage... So after the events of Friday nightchronicled by Jan in yesterday’s blog last night was pretty quiet aboard  the Great  Escape. We had a few sharp rain showers,flashes of distant lightning and thunder and during the night about a dozenflying fish landed on the deck one of which struck Fabs (as Fabio is now known )on the back as he sat in the cockpit in the dark. Everyone seemed strangelyreluctant to remove them and, having done so, I now know why….they areespecially smelly – once touched never forgotten. We have had a lovely sail today; amodest SE  to E wind, clear skiesand it is certainly warming up….even had to erect the bimini. We’ve seen pods ofhunting dolphins and several whales which Peter claims can be identified by theshape and. read more...


02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 18 17 190n 24 44 970w

 Great Escape’s progress over the pastseveral days may have been glorious, wet, frustrating but never could it bedescribed as ‘oceanic’. That was about to change. In the early hours of Saturdaymorning the wind began to build. Standing orders required notifying the skipperof a blow of over 20 knots. Since this occurred at watch change just about thewhole crew was in the cockpit putting in their 10 cents’ (6p) worth. As the windcontinued to build and the boat increasingly difficult to handle – we werehurtling into a black abyss and about 8 knots – Skipper ordered the mainsailtaken down. We would progress using the headsail alone. Peter and Jan were selected for theEVA and ventured out into the blustery black night to lower the sail armed withsafety tethers sail ties and head lamp. The. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Seven

We had just finished a scrumptuous Shepherd's Pie prepared by Coach when it happened.Sounding a bit like the raw whir of a dentist's drill, all of a sudden the drag on the fishing reel sounded off. In a flash, John jumped from his cockpit seat and grabbed the rod. A strong force bent the rod and fought with him as he worked the reel. Less than ten minutes later, the winner of the wrestling match between man and fish had been decided. John and Coach held big grins for the cameras as they hoisted their trophy, a ten kilo tuna. We hastily filleted the fish and stuck him in the fridge, wrapped carefully in plastic, wishing we had caught him just a few hours earlier. Tomorrow's menu was clear. Tuna for breakfast, tuna for lunch, tuna for dinner.The lumpy seas gradually diminished as we. read more...


02/12/2013

Skyelark of London - The one that got away, and the one we freed.

To celebrate the start of the Christmas season on 1 December, we cracked open some Danish Christmas beers over sundowners last night and put some Christmas music on. We hope and believe that we will reach St Lucia before Christmas! But the weather gods have not been kind to us and we keep on finding ourselves in a wind hole. Hopefully that will change soon.Over the last 36 hours we have had 3 lures on the line. Yesterday afternoon saw Loftus and my lure, Maximus, catch two fish. The first was a small tuna, called Donnatella, which was turned into sushi and the second was a catch and release we named Ethics. Loftus and I both felt that it was right to set this small fish free. After lunch Danielle, Kit's lure, was deployed.Another week, another swim in the sea! After a day of motoring we. read more...


02/12/2013

True Colours - Ready to go again

All provisioned again, re-filled with diesel, and ready to go again.   Given that a lot of the food had deteriorated in the seven days it took toget here, les reliance on meats and more on dried foods.  And we can catchfish.   We had used 56 litres of diesel in 39 hours of motoring;  for the nextleg we will up the speed a bit, but it still suggests we should have about 90hours of motoring and a range in excess of 500 miles.   Now we just need the weather gods to be a little kinder to us.   Plan to be off by 10.00 tomorrow.. read more...


02/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 9

“Heavy clouds but no rain.” Sting   Quite a contrast. Today was picture perfect and gave us a chance to dry out. A 360 degree view of white fluffy clouds with varying shades of blueskies. Somewhat like the wallpaper of a baby’s nursery.   The boat and the rest of us got a good wash. Voluntarily, not from theheavens. Tried the gennaker but the winds would not cooperate.  So we rested and worked on projects.Go-Pro, bread, and food sorting. And maybe some reading.   The fruit hammocks have dwindled to one. And the pasta dishes are appearing. The saloon is now usable for activities other than foul weather gear, lifevests, clothing changes, and our Atlantic paper chart. Somehow it does seem appropriate that the old charts would be labeled,“there be dragons here.”  . read more...


02/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 8

2013-12-02, 1500Hi Folks, the guitar is gently weeping, the wind is rising, the wingakermakes the speed after hours of calmness. WE ARE CRUISING !Wir sind völlig fertig – die Super Makrele mit mehr als 35 kg und 1,40 m(die Augen waren so groß wie Kaffeetassen) hat nicht nur den Fänger HP undden Catcher Charly fertig gemacht – auch der Kurs war nach diesen Stundendes Kampfes im Eimer und der Taktiker am Ende.Alle Überlaufer und Schnürlwickel konnten beherzt bekämpft werden, Sorgenbereitet den Andren die KAFFEE Reserve – Gin Tonic gibt’s genug, Gott seiDank !Wie Ihr schon gelesen habt, sind wir ein ganz besonderes Schiff – mitschreibenden Hunden und fliegenden Pastafischen, wir trotzen jeder Flaute(leider fehlen Karlis Flautenbeisser), gehen leidenschaftlich baden (heuteschon wieder - ???). read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 8
Selivra - ARC Tag 8
02/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 8 - 2nd Dec

Just to deter any complacency, we encountered 2 days of stormy weather. Winds up to gale force, constant rain and heavy seas helped to us see the other side of the ocean, mainly from peering through the hatch.This was followed by headwinds, (hence the sudden change of direction for those looking at the location tracker), and another of very light wind. However we have crossed the line of the tropics, and it is hot!The bimini (cockpit shade) has gone up, and we are waiting for more north-easterly winds to use the big cruising chute. So probably another slow day before we get the tradewind proper.Life on board is not too tough at present, other than the banana-biased diet. These have ripened faster than expected, and there are many to eat. Oh well, only another 1824 nm, as the seagull. read more...


02/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters

We are running out of ways to say “No Wind, Flat Sea” in the ship’s log.‘Dead calm’, ‘barely a breath’, ‘hardly rippled’, ‘oily swell’,' ‘painted ship’etc etc ... all have been used ad nauseam and suggestions would be gratefullyreceived.   In all other respects the supplies are holding up well. Some bananas arewaiting to become banana cake and avocados to transform into guacamole; thelettuces are on their last legs and the beans and tangerines are finished. Butmost other fruit and veg – in particular potatoes, cabbages, peppers, fennel,aubergine, oranges, apples, and even some still-green bananas are soldiering on.Our breakfast fruit salad and lunchtime salads are now decided by what hasreached what stage, but they continue to be delicious, and we are all becomingexperts at bread. read more...


Merlyn III - Day 9 - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
Merlyn III - Day 9  - Thesaurus crisis and other domestic matters
02/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - self indulgent

In so many ways we are new to this blogging thing. We grasped the concept with the intent of creating something primarily for friends and family to follow what we are doing rather than opening a book on our lives. Before setting out we followed boats on last year's ARC and found some blogs interesting and other less so. Generally the more interesting were the factual accounts of the how rather than more self indulgent accounts of individuals' lives and emotions. As our world has contracted over the last few weeks it has also been a vehicle through which to rant - anything from tomatoes to the meteorologist. Today's submission is I am afraid self indulgent - today is our 35th wedding anniversary - and we are, if the current wind holds going to spend it bobbing around on the ocean going. read more...


02/12/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper and 1000 miles

Silver Slipper. Well the Silver Slipper achieved 1000 miles today at17.05 on 2nd December. The first 1000 miles has been full of greatmemories. Only one night of 6/7’s and some confused seas but on the whole thesailing has been great. We went south/south east from Las Palmas and followedthe African coast and then headed west to the Cape Verdes.  After motoring for around 100 hours inthe first week we decided to put into Mindelo and top up our fuel tanks. Wespent last night, 1st December hove too just off Sao Nicolau and setoff this morning motor sailing to Mindelo to try and arrive at the fuel dock atdaybreak. What a good decision that was. 8.30am and we were the first yacht tobe refuelled. We said, our hellos to many friend already in port and many othersjust arriving for the same. read more...


02/12/2013

Gozwoz - ARC Rally Day 9 - Advent Calendar Day 2

So we have turned west at last! St Lucia on 2100nm away and the wind swinging into the north-east just like the trade winds! But we need a bit more wind than 8 knots! GOZWOZ is responding well with a steady 5 knots under full sail but at this rate we miss the important parties at the other end! However, the sea is flat and we have not yet experienced the joy of the "corkscrew" that is so often talked about on trans-Atlantic yacht voyages.The crew seem happy although Sheena and Liz are planning pedicure, partying, caffeine martinis (?) and other necessary accompaniments of 21st century life to partake of at the other end. But the catering has been superb - Charles and I (now known as Chas and Dave - rabbit, rabbit) have been dined (note - not wined - dry boat) on a variety of salads and. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - Living the dream

Gareth's journey to St Lucia started in early September 2013 when he slipped lines from Neyland, Pembrokeshire bound for Gran Canaria to take his place on the start line of the annual ARC to St Lucia.  A passion for sailing had long drawn him towards an ocean passage and, as for so many sailors, as part of the ARC – an annual event for the past 28 years. Gareth's passion for sailing started some 40 years ago alongside his long time love of rugby.  Having worked as a surgeon for many years in both Edinburgh, Toronto and California, Gareth found that sailing was a release from the rigors of the hectic lifestyle of the medical world.  Although now retired from main stream surgery, Gareth managed to combine his skills and passion for many years as the surgeon for Llanelli. read more...


Golondrina - Living the dream
Golondrina - Living the dream
02/12/2013

Ayesha II - Jaws!

A very tranquil Atlantic today, with next to no wind as predicted and the reason for our fuel run to the Cape Verdes yesterday. However we have not wasted the opportunity to stock up the freezer and the picture shows lance with the magnificent mahi mahi he has caught and we shall be having for tea, it was 34 inches long and weighed approx 20lbs!Gloriously starry night last night with numerous shooting stars over a mirror like sea interspersed with the beautiful phosphorence sparkles from the plankton in our wake, just magical.DSCF3446blog2. read more...


Ayesha II - Jaws!
Ayesha II - Jaws!
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Are We Nearly There Yet?.......
02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 5: Motor oder nicht Motor, das ist hier die Frage

28.11.2013Pos: 22° 46,7' N, 018° 58,5' WKurs: 270°Es ist bestes Badewetter, aber das Spiel heißt eigentlich ARC. Den Begriff „im Rennen“ müssen wir dabei weit fassen, der letzte Positionsreport der Flotte ist unschön. Es gibt einen Knopf am Schiff, der den Stillstand beenden könnte: der Motor-Start. Die Versuchung ist groß. Wir versuchen so lange es geht fair (also unter Segeln) das Maximum an Fahrt aus dem Schiff herauszuholen. Dann müssen wir erkennen, dass das nichts bringt. Wir rechnen Option nach Option durch und schmeißen letztendlich den Motor an. Ziel: raus aus der Flaute mit minimalen Motorstunden. Die Motorstunden werden bei der Wertung übrigens später negativ angerechnet.Im Übrigen fangen wir an, die Flotte westlich von uns (ja, die mit den guten Platzierungen) zu bemitleiden.. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 4: Eingeparkt

27.11.2013Pos: 22° 45,5' N, 017° 52,3' WKurs: 290°Alle zwei Tage sollte das Spi-Fall kontrolliert werden auf Beschädigungen direkt am Schäkel. Darauf will unser Fall nicht warten, es reißt direkt im Masttop. Ergebnis die ganze Blase landet im Bach, das Fall innerhalb des Mastes. So schlimm ist das allerdings nicht, da der Wind anschließend sowieso einschläft. Wir versuchen uns nun auch Richtung Westen durchzuschlagen, um nicht noch tiefer in die Flaute zu geraten.Da sich der Schwachwindbereich um uns herum immer weiter ausdehnt, müssen wir nun einen Tankstopp auf den Kap Verden einkalkulieren. Das würde uns natürlich zusätzlich Zeit kosten, geht aber nicht anders, falls wir aus der Flaute nur mit Motorkraft herauskommen sollten. Das Feld im Westen mit richtigem Wind zieht uns in der. read more...


02/12/2013

Magic - Tag 3: Segeln im Süden

26.11.2013Pos: 24° 05,5' N, 017° 03,6' WKurs: 240°Der Tag beginnt gut. 5 Bft bringen uns in der Nacht zügig voran. Nur: wir sind auf Höhe der Sahara und alle tragen dicke Jacken und Mützen. Mit der Temperatur am Tag sind wir eher zufrieden, bloß jetzt ist der Wind wieder weg. Irgendwas ist ja immer. Glücklicherweise reicht es für eine passable Spi-Passage. Die moderate Geschwindigkeit reizt die Crew zum Angeln, insbesondere, weil sich der Farbton beim Aufbackbrot deutlich ins Grünliche verschoben hat. Nur das Angelzeug ist wohl irgendwo ganz unten in den Kisten. Wir berichten über den Ausgang.Wir sichten immer noch Teilnehmer in unserer unmittelbarer Nähe. Unter denjenigen, die sich für die Südroute entschieden haben, sind wir weit vorne. Die Distanz zum Ziel spiegelt das leider. read more...



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