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21/11/2016

Albatross - Nov 21 - Second Day at Sea

Nov 21 - Second Day at SeaAll is well. Wind continuous to be light at 5-7 knots. We have been flying the spinnaker since we left Las Palmas and already jibbed twice in the last 24 hours! We are moving at around 5 knots, helped by one knot of favorable current following the route suggested by the weather routing service, which is north of the usual "Great Circle Route".Today we had cereals and expresso coffee for breakfast, serrano ham sandwiches with tomato and olive oil for lunch, and paella with mussels and clams for dinner (Chuck, our "fussy" eater, had some cereals and ramen noodles).Batteries are holding nicely even with both fridges on. We run the engine for about 1 1/4 hours this morning and got voltage back to 13.6. Our consumption seems to range from 4-9 amps.Weather is warm and. read more...


Shalan - End of Day 2 at Sea
Shalan - End of Day 2 at Sea
21/11/2016

Jayana - Jour 1: Anniversaire à bord!

Enfin, le jour du grand départ est arrivé. La fatigue de l'équipage commençait à se faire sentir, surtout après 10 jours à festoyer comme nous l'avons fait. L'approche de l'heure du départ apportait son lot d'excitation et d'inquiétudes, surtout avec la frénésie à laquelle s'agitait tous les équipages sur les quais. La veille du départ, un magnifique feu d'artifice a illuminé le ciel au-dessus de Jayana. Belle façon de souligner sa dernière nuit en territoire européen. À notre réveil, nous avions déjà un premier événement à souligner: Mélanie fêtait son 30e anniversaire! La journée a donc bien débuté, avec de belles boule d'amour parmi les membres d'équipage. Le reste de la journée a été mémorable pour plusieurs raisons: la fanfare à la sortie de la marina, la parade des bateaux devant. read more...


21/11/2016

Sanya - Day 2 midnight work

Na een dag met opstartende wind, vanavond enkele uren rond de 14-15 knopen met onze masthead gennaker kunnen varen. Onze targetkoers lag rond de 270 en dat haalden we net. Volledig gestacked, alle zeilen naar loef, mensen naar loef, binnen in alle mogeljke gewichten naar loef en naar achteren (met licht weer gaat alles naar voren), knalden we vanmiddag richting St.Lucia en lieten we ook het laatste eiland Hiero in hoog tempo achter ons.Ik voel goed dat de Sanya zwaar beladen is, met 17 mensen, eten en kleding. Met wat meer wind en alles goed stacken merk je dat dit ook positief kan uitpakken. Targets worden makkelijker gehaald en overschreden. Ik voel ook dat de druk in het hele schip hoger is dan normaal. Alles laat ik dubbel checken, en het ziet er goed uit.Zojuist de wissel gedaan. read more...


21/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Message from the Irish Frenchie

Last night started with Mairead's watch...and a monsoonpooring on her. This was the start of a loooong wet andwindy night. Squalls are the worst king of weather youcan sail in my point of view. I rather have a steady galethan squally weather. Squalls are vicious, stressful andunexpected at night. So, we all started our night watchin the total dark. I think I have nerver seen such a darkenvironment before. Denise said she thought about Conor'smonsters stories. Well, yes, I agree! You feel like youare in another dimension and that a monster is gona bringyou down in the deep ocean. Fortunately nothing of thathappened but we just got veeeery drenched and flew downthe waves. Sorry no horror stories!We had a bit of sunshine today though and some greatmusic-almost-dancing moments on deck. Also,. read more...


21/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 2 - Vindstille

Etter en stille natt og dag med lite eller ingen vind kjørte vi for motor i dag.Vinden kom tilbake ikveld og vi går nå med full seilføring med rundt 4 knops fart.Midt på dagen idag stoppet vi for å ta et bad i Atlanteren. Martin og Jørgen hoppet uti.Kokkeleringen er full gang. 3 varme måltid er blitt spist. Kylling og spanske pølser har stått på menyen.Kursen er satt til vest for Kapp Verde hvor vi håper å finne passaten. Derfra regner vi med krysse over til karibien med østavind helt frem.Kapteinen har nå åpnet luke 1 og 2 i adventskalenderen sin.Vi regner søndag 20. nov som dag 1 og at vi er fremme dag 24:)Jørgen, Martin, Roald og Alf. read more...


21/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day One

The Journey BeginsFinally, the big day that we have all been waiting for has arrived!!! Majority of the crew were even too excited to manage a full night’s sleep and were up and about long before sunrise. But that was all good since we did have a couple of things on our to do list before leaving the marina to get a good spot as close as possible to the start line. Between 8am and 11am we managed to complete the last minute shopping, storing and organizing and we all went to put on our brand new crew shirts, to get into proper racing mode. To complete our look Bruce had brought sombreros for everyone, which was not only a fabulous complement to our outfits, it might also have confused our competitors into thinking we are heading for Mexico instead of the Caribbean. Tactical move by. read more...


21/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 First Days

First daysBy late afternoon on Thursday the full crew had assembled, buzzing with anticipation of our journey ahead. A mixture of excitement and trepidation visible on familiar faces whilst we search for long forgotten knowledge gained on our training weekend in September.Thursday night was the first team night which of course started as planned with a few drinks and some light tapas.Friday was boat preparation day, setting her up ready for sea, but also more importantly the large delivery of our fresh fruit and veg. All of which needed to be removed from its packaging, washed and spread on the deck to dry before being stowed. Sarah volunteered to be our creative crew member painstakingly place each piece of fruit on our deck to form colourful patterns.Saturday morning came, and Terry. read more...


21/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Skyelark Start Day

Skyelark of London has a multinational crew this year. Skipper Dan, Richard, Richard and Bob are from England, Bill and Eian from Australia, Anthony from Wales, and our Mate Richard from Ireland. Good job there isn't room for a rugby match on board! First job was to decide what to call the three Richards on board. Rich? Rick? Dick? No one wanted to be a Dick so we have Mate Richard, Rick and Bidders! Richard Bidwell has assumed his long term nickname.Having overcome the early identity crisis we set about coming together as a crew by sharing beers and wine at the ARC Happy Hours and the Farewell Party. Final preparations including the big shop and washing all the fruit and veg .At last it was time to go. Skipper Dan and his well oiled crew were ready for the big adventure. Lots of boats,. read more...


21/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter -first 24 hours!

Sailing 4.2knots in 6.3kts of wind, bearing 245 degreesJust over 24 hours into our voyage we are all alive and well. We were one of the first boats over the line and battled with the big cruisers most of the day yesterday, and sat second in our division, 40-something overall, by nightfall. Light winds and chop overnight followed by more light winds today, butwe snuck into the lead around noon and have been playing leapfrog with second place (our sister-ship, an Élan 43 called "Frigg" from Norway) the rest of the day...she is currently directly astern following us and if they come much closer we are liable to catch them with our fishing gear! Some wildlife around but not much...a few birds, a couple of fish rolling around and a pair of small whales. Getting used to boat and watch systems.. read more...


21/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday 21st November: Becalmed

A good day yesterday and overnight has turned into wind levels down topretty much zero.  I guess we should enjoy it – its not often you get theopportunity to be in calm seas, with the sun out, in a small yacht a thousandmiles from the mainland.  It’s just that we’ve seen the weather forecastand it might last like this for a few days! More positively – we saw a fair few leaping tuna yesterday – a thrillingsight. Here’s hoping for even a touch of wind soon. Colin CBO. read more...


21/11/2016

Sunrise - Report day2 - SUNRISE

Nach einem aufregenden Start in Las Palmas ging es bei moderatem Wind Richtung Süden.Wind aus NE Richtung ermöglicht eine gute Geschwindigkeit mit Schmetterlingssegeln.Auch in der ersten Nacht kommen wir gut voran uns alles läuft nach Plan.Am 2. Tag schläft der Wind ein und alle möglichen Segelstellungen werden ausprobiert.Am Nachmittag gleicht der Atlantik vom Wellengang ehr einem Baggersee.Unter Motor geht es in südlicher Richtung weiter.Die Prognose für die kommenden Tage sind nicht besser.--. read more...


21/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 2 Nacht 1

Hallo Zusammen,jetzt sind wir 29 Std. unterwegs. Die letzte Nacht war von wenig Wind und Welle von hinten geprägt. Die ganze Nacht wurden wir Tenerifa nicht los.Der Vormittag war nicht besser, erst Mittag ging es wieder besser. Die Insel Hierro sehen wir auch schon den ganzen Tag, da wir 100 km Sicht haben. Wir sind jetzt noch 15 sm davon entfernt und drehen anschließend auf Kurs 270 bis 275 Grad. Unser erstes 24 Std. Etmal betrug 133 sm über Grund, um unsere geplanten 18 Tage zu schaffen müssen wir am Tag 170 sm schaffen, wir liegen also etwas zurück. Die Vorhersage für die nächsten Tage prophezeit uns mehr Wind, dann von hinten. Wir berichten wie es geht. Allee sind gut drauf und wir gehen jetzt langsam in die 2.te Nacht. Liebe Grüßevon allenWolfgang. read more...


21/11/2016

White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue

Monday 21 November132 miles sailed, 2616 to goA lovely afternoon turned into a pleasant evening withthe twinkling lights of Gran Canaria fading into the distance to our north.After one of Vicki's tasty suppers it was time to begin the watch system.We are doing an 8 pm to 8 am, three-watch system at night, 8-12, 12-4 and 4-8 a.m., and this rotates each night between the three couples, so everyone has a go at each watch in turn.As we are using the forepeak (large front cabin) for storing provisions we only have two cabins available for off-watch sleeping, so we are 'hot bunking' - at the end of the 8-12 watch the couple take over the cabin vacated by the next 12-4 a.m. couple and so on.This means that the first watch couple (last night Jon and Fiona) potentially get a full eight hours. read more...


White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue
White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
21/11/2016

Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind

Unusually the weather is not typical for this time of year and we have been becalmed frequently by lighter winds. Here is a happier picture of Cherish at speed with her mizen staysail billowing, go old girl go!WJGOPR1455.. read more...


21/11/2016

Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind

Unusually the weather is not typical for this time of year and we have been becalmed frequently by lighter winds. Here is a happier picture of Cherish at speed with her mizen staysail billowing, go old girl go!WJGOPR1455.. read more...


Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
21/11/2016

Freedom - Tag1 - Starttag

Jetzt gehts los! Wir werden von der Familie und Bekannten verabschiedet. Viele Zuschauer stehen auf der Mole und winken uns zum Abschied. Beim Start haben wir leichten Wind aus NE. Wir setzten den Genacker und kommen gut voran. Bevor es dunkel wird, bergen wir den Gennaker und baumen die Genua aus und fahren Schmetterling. Das läuft gut bis kurz vor Mitternacht, dann haben wir keinen Wind mehr. Die erste Nacht verläuft ruhig. Wir sehen ca. 6-7 Boote von 224 Booten in unserer Nähe. Lg Sabrina. read more...


21/11/2016

La Contenta - La Contenta Day 1 Becalmed, Bedazzled and Bewildered

La Contenta, or LC as we fondly call her, slipped lines yesterday with hercrew of four:  Skipper Dave with his wife M-C, Master mariner Ewen andSinger songwriter Cal.  We were bewildered with the provisioning, bedazzledwith the send off from Gran Canaria and now we are becalmed.   Together we have packed every nook and cranny of LC with enough provisionsto supply the ARC fleet, enough spares to build another boat and with a medicalkit to enable us to patch, repair and rejuvenate our every square inch!  Weare joined by two saxophones, one guitar and some spare sailcloth to painton.  We are just missing one thing – wind!   We are becalmed.   We have no wind from either the north, south, west or east.  We areaiming to get to the point in the. read more...


21/11/2016

Nisida - We're off

Current position 27:20N 16:48WA hectic start to our race, boats crowding around us, two crashing into each other ,whilst we, as a new crew, wrestled with getting up our first spinnaker. Making a fast start to the race was a challenge as the winds remained around only a steady 10 and we managed a speed of about 6. There was a short spell of winds 15-19 as we accelerated past the airport before the wind settled back down again as a pod of dolphins appeared alongside us. Supper was a delicious pork and vegatable casserole cooked to perfection in the pressure cooker. Watches started at 8.00 with Carl, Tasha and Jane and the wind picked up to 20 knots and for a while we sailed along at just under 10 knots and at one point we could see we were 11th in the fleet. Sadly this was to be a short. read more...


21/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 5 - Monday 21st November

Day 5 - Monday 21st NovemberWell, our wish has been granted.We have flat seas today, about 10kts of wind, and the spinnaker up.It's not exactly blistering sunshine (thank goodness!) but it's warm - very, very warm - and dry.The rails are like a chinese laundry, trying to get our sodden clothes dry.I have thought long and hard, and have failed to come up with a word to describle last night's rain.I consulted the others, and the combined experiences of Nepal, Thailand and India in monsoon season did not match what fell on us last night.They promised us squalls, but not on the scale that hit us once darkness fell yesterday evening.The wind never got to madness levels - probably max 22/23kts - but it skewed everywhere.In my watch alone (6-8pm) I was dragged from doing 260 degrees (our. read more...


21/11/2016

Delfini - day 1

Well we took the 'chicken' route south and after a reasonable bit of wind pushing us along at 7 knots last night we have found doldrums already and wallowing with spinnaker at 4 knots or so - our log shows a massive 102 miles achieved in 24 hoursHoping for more wind further south and looking forward to curry and rice later - perhaps a bit of home made cake beforehand.. more to follow. read more...


21/11/2016

Sanya - Day 2 Light weather for now

Speed: 8 knots, Course: 258 deg.Position: 27,19.27N , 17,24.56WSanya is about 24 hours on the way now, so we have had our first night out. The winds were very light during the night, we even saw a 0 on the clock. Very unusual for VO70. So we struggled through the night to keep up the boat speed and roughly going in the right direction. The crew was getting to know each other a bit better in the quiet of the night under the stars while moving the weight around following the captain's directions and settling into the watch system. After about 6 hours the wind was coming up again, with patches left and right with differing temperatures. When the wind is cold on your face, there was a few knots extra, when the wind is warm, no pressure alas. After two hours of steering through these patches,. read more...


21/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Exciting to leave the dock at Las Palmas on Sunday morning at 11.38, forming an orderly queue to leave the marina, with the local Spanish bands bidding us farewell from the shore. Gavin on the helm for the pre-start manouverings, with the main and genoa up for the downwind start at 13.00. The race fleet left 30 mins before us, with Rambler leading the way, and then the fleet of 30-odd catamarans. Sunny weather, wind from the north-east at 9 kts, so not exactly a speedy start. Asymmetric spinnaker flying shortly after start until 19.00 with Jonathan on the helm – initial report on helming – ‘could do better’, but fortunately we’ve got a lot of time to practice! Steering a southerly course to avoid the wind shadow from the Canaries, particularly from Las Palmas & Tenerife, which. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
21/11/2016

Beltana II - First night all good

Well the Beltana II team have survived the first night. Graham and Johnnysaw in the sunrise through a fair bit if cloud but very pretty theypromised.  We all took turns to do a four hour watch with two people ondeck at all times.  Winds were light at 10-12 knots and Beltana ploughed onat 4-5 knots directly downwind or with the wind at about 150 degrees.  Thegenoa is poled out to port and the main well out rigged with a preventer. Lovely Italian dinner last night thanks to Paul’s culinary skills withLasagne served with a green side salad dressed with balsamic and pure virginolive oil. Johnny saw the first flying fish for the trip (so he claims) so thefisherman juices have started to flow and the new rod is trawling a decent sizedlure at the moment. John and Graham. read more...


21/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 2 A great send off

A great start to the ARC crossing. Boats all streaming out of the marina,sun shining, crowds cheering and waving, the band playing. We could not have hadbetter weather. Warm and sunny with a light northerly breeze and a flat sea. Alladded to the excitement and gaiety of the occasion. Crews were standing on deckphotographing and videoing the event and calling out to each other. After a not good nights sleep, too excited, we eventually got up to finishpreparing the boat. It still looked like we would not find a place foreverything and we would never get away but eventually we slipped our lines andmotored off the pontoon to join the queue to leave the marina. Last minuteFacetimes to our girls and said our goodbyes to new friends, “see you on theother side” and felt quite emotional as we. read more...


21/11/2016

Koco - 1.Tag af dem Atlantik

Der Tag begann sehr früh. In der sogenannten Action-Schicht,von 03:00-06:00 Uhr, in der Stürme (Squalls) , Container,U-Boote und Monsterwellendas friedliche dahin segeln stören, gesellte sich ein weiterer Feind hinzu; der kein-Wind-Feind. Der Wingaker wurde heruntergenommmen und auf normale Betuchung durch Gross und Vorsegel gesetzt. Wind ca.5Kn. Der Wingaker wurde dann aber wieder ab ca.07:30 Uhr gefahren, da er einfach mehr Ruhe ausstrahlt. Wind zur Zeit 3.5kn. Die See ist Platt. Unsere Internet-fähigen Geräte funktionieren auch nicht mehr. Günther hat sich cleverer Weise vorher noch Google komplett auf sein Smartphone heruntergeladen. Somit ist es ihm möglich, für sämtliche Such.und Wissensanfragen Ergebnisse liefern zu können.-------------------------------------------------Do not. read more...


21/11/2016

Mustique - Day 2 - First Log - Oh, for wind!!

Thought I would take the opportunity to write the first log of this passage to St Lucia and introduce the crew onboard Yacht Mustique.Firstly however, I have to say that as I am writing this, we are NOT making any progress towards our goal of St Lucia, just under 2700 miles away.We are sitting in a great big wind hole and have been doing so since the early hours of this morning.It is very frustrating, but unfortunately that is an element of ocean sailing that is not easy to adjust to, but we have to get used to it!Anyway, all is well onboard.No sea sickness so far and everyone is well rested and fed.We had a great ‘racing’ start yesterday over the line just off the city of Las Palmas and were definitely in the leading end of the racing pack.We decided to stay very close to the shore line. read more...


21/11/2016

EH01 - Day 1

Sunday 20th November- Race start 12.45 – Day 1   So we are finally ready for our transatlantic voyage, 10  people whohave never met each other before (other than Starkers and the Monkmeister (Gilesand Cass) spending up to 18 days together in a 14m x 4.5m space..!!!  Thenerves and adrenalin are running at high intensity, boat has been prepped andinspected, the fruit nets have been stored to prevent scurvy, (it has been knownto happen within 16 days before.!) and the crew planned to be well rested butunfortunately the craic in the Sailors bar put the brakes on any excessrest.   The last task of the day was the EH01 team photos and ones with our “rival”and other Performance Yacht racing boat Quokka, Phillipe`s hair (Quokka’sskipper) did look fabulously shiny and. read more...


Faraway -
Faraway -
21/11/2016

PkBoo - log day 1 - Good start

Hi from PkBoo sailing team.After a good start, the night has been quiet. We waked up with some clouds.Thanks to Foodness for yesterday dinner soup.We are going to south, following the winds.Good windMarco. read more...


21/11/2016

Faraway - log 5, N 27.33.25, W 16.56.30

We are on our way! In line with the forecast, the wind died completely last night, around 3:30am, so we are now using the engine. The wind is expected to return towards the end of the afternoon, after which we will have good sailing conditions throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. The boat's batteries are fully loaded and so are ours, with eggs, bacon and tomatoes for breakfast. We have only one other boat in sight at the moment. So far, so good!E. read more...


20/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 1. Departure

Day one and off to a smooth startAll up before sunrise and final preparations complete by 10.00 then breakfast ashore and we left the pontoon at 11.00.The race organisers and the local clubs provided a tremendous send off with marching bands and waving spectators as the boats left the marina and motored out through the harbour entrance.Light easterly breezes and a well behaved fleet created the perfect conditions and Joxers racing brain steered Nick through a gap in the line and with Nick achieving good boat speed we were away.We sailed down the eastern coast of Gran Canaria in sunshine making good speed,300 or so boats many flying chutes or spinakers made a pretty picture.Conditions remained the same but the wind eased us and we put up our kite following Mikes tasty lunch.The island. read more...


21/11/2016

Charisma - Tage 1 | Der Startschuss ist gefallen

Es herrschen ideale Bedingungen zum Auftackt der ARC 2016. Der Windweht aus E-NE 3-4, wir starteten unter Genua II (73 qm) und Großsegel(42 qm) ins Rennen. Unter Spi durch die NachtWir nehmen uns etwasZeit die lokalen Wetterbedingungen sowie das Teilnehmerfeld zusondieren. Dann bereiteten wir  - wie in der gestrigen Theoriestundebesprochen - den blauen Spinnaker (180 qm) zum Setzen vor. Seitdemsegeln wir unter 222 qm Segelfläche und sind bei aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen gut durch die erste Nacht gekommen.WettertaktikWir segelen konsequent nach demWind, je nach variierender Windstärke zwischen 110° und 150° am Kompass.Damit wollen wir dem, sich nach Süden ausweitenden Windschattenfeld derKanarischen Inseln ausweichen. Im Tagesverlauf werden wir dann Halsen und westlichen Kurs. read more...


Charisma - Tage 1 | Der Startschuss ist gefallen
Charisma - Tage 1 | Der Startschuss ist gefallen
21/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 21. November 2016

Every morning all boats with HF-Radios on board (about half) meet on a designatedfrequency to share their positions and weather data and if necessary other matters. It is always nice to have contact with fellow atlantic crossers. Yesterday someone complained about the weather forecasters. Yes, he was and is right! The weather does what it wants to do and does not follow the weatherpeople's models. Never 100% predictable. I like it - though not always. Yesterday it was a real advantage for the boats at the rear end of the field: They had more wind. A bit like a handicap in golf. Something like David and Goliath or the turtle and the hare. The turtles love it!What else happened?Caught 2 fish. One a big Mahi-Mahi. About 5 kg. Delicious! Had the Parasailor pull us forward. Had fresh bread. read more...


21/11/2016

M one - Montag 21.11.16

Montag 21.11.16 Bordzeit 01.30 Uhr Adrenalin pur!!!!Wer noch nie gesegelt ist dem sind die letzten Stunden schwer zu erklären.Die M one ist wieder im Rennen!!!!Aktuell rasen wir mit Spitzengeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 10 Knoten durch die Nacht.Aber der Reihe nach.Das was ich gestern andeutet haben wir getan.Es ist uns gelungen unser vorwindsegel, denparasailerwieder zum Leben zu erwecken.Die ganze Crew hat mitgefiebert wie ein crewmitglied mitten auf dem Atlantik in 30 Metern Höhe die Reparatur erfolgreich erledigen konnte.Michael: Spitzenleistung!Dann ging es Schlag auf Schlag.Der Wind wurde zum Abend stärker und wir segelten unter Vollzeug bei 20 Knoten Wind in die Nacht.Sternenklarer Himmel passende Musik irres Tempo und unsere Aufholjagd begann.Mittlerweile haben wir unsere. read more...


20/11/2016

Sanya - Started

Our gratitude to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria--the local people hosted us warmly and sent us off with a band and goodbyes. Also thanks to the super-pro ARC organizers, World Cruising. The Racing Division started at 12:45 UTC and so we are posting this just one hour into the ~2700 mile ARC! As of this moment we are one of three boats, with Rambler and Trifork, that are leading the Racing Division around the bottom of Grand Canaria and into the open Atlantic. The route of Columbus and myriad others following the tradewinds towards The West Indies. There are 17 of us aboard this aerospace-grade beast of a racing machine, the Volvo 70, Sanya. The vessel is based out of Vlissingen in The Netherlands and 16 of our team speak Dutch... As you may have guessed by now, I am the 17th, an. read more...


20/11/2016

Albatross - Nov 20 - Sailing Off!!

Nov 20 - Sailing Off!!7:30 pm. First night at sea. We started the trip at 1.30 pm, today November 20. On board for this leg of the trip we have James Benjamin, Lolo. Cabaille, Kevin Foote, Billy Willman, Chuck Kuehn, and myself, Captain Fernando Assens!We just finished dinner, Spanish potato omelette and "empanadillas", a goodbye present from captain Marta Nuñez and her boyfriend Odin. They did a fantastic job watching Albatross during the two months she was moored at Las Palmas. Thanks Marta and Odin!!So far we are having incredibly nice wind. 11-15 knots, from the NE (45-55°). We are heading south at 6-7 knots of speed 95-105° flying our Asymmetrical Spinnaker.Our ideal course will be 112, but we are unable to point to it.For this leg we are following a "4 hours on-8 hours off" shift,. read more...


Estrella - Erster Tag auf See: Gute Stimmung an Bord
Estrella - Erster Tag auf See: Gute Stimmung an Bord
Woifal - Bild
Woifal - Bild
20/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 1 Start

Hallo alle zusammen,wir sind jetzt endlich unterwegs und hatten gleich anfänglich das Problem, dass eine Winsch kaputt ging und damit Probleme beim setzen des Gennackers entstanden sind. Die Winsch hat Paul zerlegt und repariert. Wir haben zum Abendessen Lachspesto mit Pasta gegessen echt lecker. Wir erwarten für diese Nacht wenig Wind, wird also ruhig sein. Wir sind guten Mutes und probieren es mit der Nordroute. Liebe Grüße von der gesamten Crew. Wolfgang. read more...


20/11/2016

Estrella - Tag "0" Abgelegt

So es ist vollbracht. Wir haben abgelegt. Das war unglaublich. Gänsehautfeeling! So viele Crews und Boote, Musik Fotoapparate usw. Der WAHNSINN. Solange es Empfang vom Land gibt können wir unsere Position im Feld auf der ARC Seite verfolgen. Wir haben uns beim Start aus dem Gewusel herausgehalten, um dann richtig loszulegen. Aus der Heimat wird die hintere Platzierung völlig falsch interpretiert. Na ja, Segelanfänger in Berlin! Seit etwa einer Stunde fahren wir mit Passatbesegelung. Spi wollten wir heute noch nicht ziehen, erst mal sehen was hinter der Süpdspitze los ist - und akklimatisieren. Schönes entspanntes segeln, wenig Welle, aber auch wenig Wind. Sind mit etwa 5 Knoten unterwegs. Stimmung ist gut. Werden heute vor allem nach Ipad fahren um Strom zu sparen. Alle sind auf die. read more...


20/11/2016

White Satin - We are off

Sunday 20th NovemberWe enjoyed a tremendous send off from Las Palmas.The ARC team were at the entrance to the harbour cheering us all on our way, along with hundreds of other people, perched on the rocks on the harbour wall.Rousing music was transmitted over loudspeakers; the atmosphere was amazing.There were a few nerves around this morning but not nearly as many as expected; we were all just caught up in the excitement of the occasion.The fleet en masse was a glorious sight; we feel very privileged to have both the equipment and the ability to make this passage.David made a cautious start and we were a few minutes late over the start line but what the hell, we have the best part of three weeks to go. We have heard of one boat in the racing division which collided on the start and is. read more...


20/11/2016

New Deal - Starten

Starten gikk etter planen, og første varme måltid inntatt. Da er det vel bare å fortsette sånn i 24 dager?image1. read more...


New Deal - Starten
New Deal - Starten
White Satin - We are off
White Satin - We are off