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07/11/2016

Exit Strategy - November 7th

At 1015 ACT, 9:15 EST Exit Strategy is at 33 07.2 N, 074 06.4 W surfing down some breaking rollers.. read more...


07/11/2016

Orion - 0600 UTC 07.11.16

Die Sterne am Himmel sind wahnsinnig. Den Orion kann ich auch sehen. Wir sind immer noch an Las Palmas und dümpeln in der Flaute. Mit 2 Knoten durch das Wasser. Nach dem neuen Wetterbericht werde ich entscheiden, mitder Crew, ob wir Motoren oder weiter dümpeln. Klaus fehlen noch die Seebeine. Sonst tritt hier bald Routine ein. Wir haben ein Eimer über Bordmanöver gefahren, da ein Crewmitglied nicht erkannt hat, dass zwei Eimer ineinander gesteckt sind. Hat aber primaund schnell geklappt.   Ich habe den Motor angeworfen. Wir wollen noch etwas von Kap Verde sehen und nicht kurz vor dem nächsten Start ankommen. Da ich an der Grenzwelle etwas ändern wollte, habe ich viel verstellt, so dass ich am Rally - Lebennicht mehr teilnahm. Der Fehler ist gefunden und geregelt. Es läuft wieder. read more...


07/11/2016

Shelena - Day 3 Winds building seas and final call for Stroganoff

31:06.86N 073:00.1W7th November, 2016Life aboard has become interesting which translates to uncomfortable.Shelena cork screws with the large waves. Sleeping is problematic in themaster cabin. The bed is so big that even with lea cloth I slide about. Imanaged to slide out of bed as did Helen. Petri is in the best bunk in thesmall cabin at the mast. We always treat our guests so well! The gale force winds north and west of Bermuda are not coming our way butthe effects are! Constant winds in the 20's. Max gust recorded at 33.0knots. The seas have grown over night and today. I estimate 4 metres inheight and a little confused. Max speed has surfing the wave at 15.1 knots.We have covered 368 Nm since departure according to the ship's log. Iestimate passage as 1500Nm so we are only just. read more...


07/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Nouvelles de Caffè Latte 7 nov

Bons vents cette nuit, genois seul et arisé, très confo.Tout va bien.Bonne fête à Coralie XXXYolène et Jean. read more...


07/11/2016

Starblazer - 07/11/2016 – Caribbean, here we come.

As the start had been brought forward to Saturday and was to be a passage start we made our way out of Portsmouth just before noon.In fact we were one of the last boats to leave the marina, however it didn’t matter as we had to record our start time as we sailed over the Bay Bridge Tunnel, three and a half hours after tossing our dock lines having motored just about all the way!We only had one minor problem leaving Portsmouth.A huge cruise ship, the Carnival Sunshine, was making its way slowly along the Elizabeth River into Norfolk.A well armed Rib was maintaining a 500 yard exclusion zone around it but the river wasn’t that wide where we passed it!We were told to stay hard to the right, i.e. starboard side, which we did without getting told off for getting too close to the many navy. read more...


07/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 1-2 Sunday-Monday

And we're away!!!Sunday was the usual flurry of frantic activity that we've become accustomed to.The last vistors Derry,John and Carlos came along to say goodbye.Then we cast off and werecheered and clapped out of the harbour by a fantastic crowd.The start was exemplary (as only to be expected on a boat sailed by Denise and Conor!!) - we all headed off in light following winds, and soon cobbled together themeans to hoist the spinny.Hurray!!!Unfortunately the fun lasted only about half an hour, until the wind did a 180 on us.We had a brief period of beating, andthen the wind went back behind us again and settled into about 6kts dead astern.On went the motor, and we've been under engine since.Ah well.We're maintaining a steady 6kts under engine, heading 225 degrees..... a straight line for. read more...


07/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 3, N 34.47.39 W 008.08.08

We are sailing! We left Tanger on Sunday the 4th 10 am and we had a great first day. Constantly 15-20 knots of wind from the NW and clear skies. We used the first hours to position the sails and everything else on board. We started the watchsystem at 1 pm. As Machteld is not with us on this leg we are with only 4 and each shift is 4 hours: 2 hours of driving followed by 2 hours of standby. Thereafter 4 hours without duties. The stars were amazing last night. Sea state: bumpy!Greetings from some of the happiest people on the planet. read more...


07/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 302: A Very Different Cyclone / Hurricane Season

Well, the storm arrived at 0230 this morning as forecasted which resulted in "anchor watch" for a few hours.  While the wind reached 38 Kts and the sea was very lumpy, we were, nonetheless, grateful that we were tucked away safe and sound in the bay at Opua and weren't exposed to the 50 Kts and 2M swells around Cape Brett. For prudence though, we did have both engines on in neutral for a period of time, but fortunately our mooring ball, along with all the mooring balls around us, held as designed, giving us the confidence that Paw Paw will be just fine when we return to the USA next month.After an interrupted night's sleep,  we were in no hurry to get up this morning, but we eventually ventured ashore mid-morning to do laundry, following which we enjoyed a delicious lunch at. read more...


07/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Logbuch m one 7.11.16 0500 Uhr Hallo zusammenUnser erster nachtönen geht langsam vorbei.Nach dem Start mussten wir viel Motoren, da der Wind ausblieb.Wir sind aber zuversichtlich ab heute Mittag segeln zu können.Gruß an alleHans--Transmitted by Hans Mosbacher using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


07/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 3 - further furler games

Position25:19.79 S 049:02.21 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Sunday 06 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 177nm over the ground, 154nm through the waterPassage total454nm over the ground, 420nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 932nm (modified route)Route distance 1,395nm as originally planned The wind gradually backed and at 0400 (0001UTC) it went through the stern to starboard.From the start of this passage we have followed the rhumb line to the recommended waypoint south east of Madagascar however during the morning we bore away to the north of the line, slightly closer to Madagascar.At that time we finally got into some favourable current and from 0600 it was giving us a 1.5 knot lift.The remainder of daylight produced sunshine, reasonable wind and a following sea;. read more...


06/11/2016

Shelena - Having a blast; so abandoned destination Antigua in favour of Tortola

34:36.7N 073:49.15W6th, November, 2016The thing about sailing is that you go where the winds take you, but alsowherever your whim directs you. We sound like we never make our minds upabout anything. That is largely true. Even final crewing was uncertain untilthe night of the leaving dinner. I don't accept that I am unable to make upmy mind. No, it ismore about others that influence our plans; Like paidcrew not getting to Portsmouth on time. But from that change we have thebenefit of Helen aboard and now we have decided not to go to Antigua. Petridoes not matter where we go provided we have a good sail! Too boring toexplain, but there was good reason for us directly to sail to Antigua sincewe did not want to do the beat from Tortola to Antigua. So what are wedoing? Final, final decision. read more...


06/11/2016

Exit Strategy - Fish on!

We're slogging through the Gulf Stream towards your recommended 32.30/73 trying to find the edge.We sailed further south than the fleetfor a better sailing angle for our boat but appear to be converging on several headed for the GS exit.Caught an 8 pound bonita as soon as we entered the gulf stream--it's fillets are in the fridge for fish tacos as soon as the seas calm enough to cook!. read more...


06/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 4: Departure day

At last - we're on our way!Very light winds didn't dampen some interesting manoeuvres over the starting line but FCC will be pleased to note we took a conservative approach.It's been a slow afternoon but we've resisted all temptation to start the engine.Fireworks from the shore and a stunning sky are keeping us interested - and we've seen our first shooting star.Looking forward to some stronger winds tomorrow!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


06/11/2016

White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually

Sunday 6th November Last night, after a hard day’s work/shop exploration, as it was Saturday evening, David and Vicki decided to treat themselves to a meal out in the centre of town.    This was about a 30 min walk away; en route many roads were blocked as it was the local road running race (10/21km) – just as well Jon isn’t here or he would have been off (Paul isn’t averse to the odd Park Run either).  It was interesting that this takes place at night – presumably because it is too hot during the day for such exercise, even at this time of year. This morning, everyone was up and about early, disappearing off for showers etc. so there were plenty of people around on the pontoon.  Vicki walked along to find our next door neighbour kneeling on the. read more...


White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually
White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually
Eau Too - The first night kicks in. Still about a dozen boats to be seen on the horizon.
Eau Too - The first night kicks in. Still about a dozen boats to be seen on the horizon.
Eau Too - The party begins :)
Eau Too - The party begins :)
Pearl Bali - Pearl Bali under way
Pearl Bali - Pearl Bali under way
Pearl Bali - Rainbow is for luck
Pearl Bali - Rainbow is for luck
Eau Too - Happy crew ready to set sail! Ahoy! Today is the day :)
Eau Too - Happy crew ready to set sail! Ahoy! Today is the day :)
06/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Nouvelles de Caffè Latte

Bonjour,Une belle nuit où on a pu dormir comme il faut. Nous avons de beaux vents et préparons à entrer dans le Gulf Stream. Tout va bien et il faut beau soleil.Yolène et JeanCaffè Latte. read more...


06/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!

The last jobs have been ticked off the lists, the boat is as ready as it will ever be, the crew are suffering slightly nervous anticipation..... but we're ready and only dying to get off. One hour to the gun! The Oompah Band is in full swing piping all the boats out (I wish I could post videos!!) and crowds of spectators are all around to see us off.This is exciting!!!!!! Until the next update from somewhere in the Atlantic.... Endeavour over and out!. read more...


Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!
Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)

Dolphin Star has been carefully pampered and is now ready for the big show. Captain Kari takes the ultimate notes at the skippers briefing and the crew organise the lastprovisioning of fresh food. Dolphin Star012 018. read more...


Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)

As some take the opportunity of discovering the island during day time, others save their energy for the night life at the ARC+ farewell party Dolphin Star006 008 WP_20161104_21_51_40_Pro WP_20161104_23_46_59_Pro. read more...


Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Orion - S T A R T

Hallo Jungs Reingard hat uns als drittes Schiff über die Startlinie gebracht. Wahnsinn!!! Die viel  Größeren vorne haben ganz blöde geschaut. So und jetzt schauen wir, dass Seebeine wachsen.  Die Segel stehen, es soll die ganze Zeit nicht mehr als 30 Kn Wind geben und die Sqalls sollen auch nicht viel mehrbringen. Also schätze ich, dass es nicht mehr als 35 werden,  ganz oben und hoch gerechnet mit Sicherheitszuschlag. Wir laufen jetzt so um die 6 Knoten, das ist auch sehr angenehm. Kleinere Verluste sind schon zu beklagen: Zwei Tauwerkschäkel und ein Block mit Curryklemme hat es demoliert.  Sonst geht es uns einfach super nach Reinhards tollem Start.   Danke an die Crew  . read more...


Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)

Electricity is a very critical item since all the life on board relies on it (navigation, communications, food storage). Dolphin Star is unfortunately affected as she needsto replace swollen batteries due to overcharging and fix her unpredictable thruster. Dolphin Star003 IMG_8082. read more...


Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)

Dolphin Star undergoes a full revamping to show her best look while crossing the Atlantic. Dolphin Star012 IMG_8109. read more...


Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)

ARC organise at the Real Club Nautico two days of seminars covering many topics that goes from management of emergencies to route & weather. Here is the slide showing thecritical actions to be taken in case of Man Over Board (MOB). The Club’s pool is very appropriate for rehearsal. Dolphin Star005 007 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)

Boat preparation is a long process that requires a bit of anticipation. Today is early provisioning of dry food to cover the first leg of Atlantic crossing to Cap Verde.All of us like fruit juice but not exactly the one shown on the picture.002 IMG_7859. read more...


Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)

Our great chef Nick flies back to Sweden and Dolphin Star feels very sad. Although our rally number 338 is regarded as a lucky one by the Chinese, this will not offset Nick’sabsence.IMG_7668 IMG_7962. read more...


Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
06/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created

With more bad weather arriving, we decided to stay onboard today.Once Elaine had completed her chores for the day,she re-considered the possibilities of somehow salvaging her boots, but further examination confirmed that they were indeed destroyed, so into the dustbin they went.Feeling more than annoyed, she decided that the best way to spend the rest of the day was to work her way through all the tourist brochures we had collected in Paihia and created our New Zealand itinerary for the remainder of this year. We certainly have plenty to look forward to over the coming weeks before we return to Arizona for Christmas and New Year, which, in itself, is going to make for a wonderful holiday season. Roy busied himself with various boat projects- Fixing the support arm of the wind generator,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created
Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created