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Shimna - The crew
Shimna - The crew
18/11/2017

Shimna - Shimna... Cometh the hour come the crew

With less than 24 hours before the 2017 ARC starts the waiting is nearly over, the provisioning complete and the lively, "do we really need to waste space taking water" debate, almost concluded.The skippers briefing confirmed that tomorrow the wind will be light, the sea calm and the temperature high.A total exclusion zone will be in operation, effectively closing Las Palmas harbour tomorrow for all vessels except the departing ARC fleet. If we can avoid getting rammed as 200 yachts cross the start line we should have a happy day.Follow Shimna and her splendid crew by downloading the "YB Races" app.Our race tactics ( but keep this quiet) are to start slow and then pick off the competition one by one.No doubt our speed will increase steadily as we pick up the trade winds and work our. read more...


18/11/2017

Shimna - Last day

Well we are off tomorrow at last it has been good fun , we joined all the activities (mostly drinking ) sailing involves a lot of it. Skippers briefing today , not a lot of wind we have to beat Dave’s personal best 19 days one hour Let’s hope we do . We need The god of wind to help us . The forecast is not good it could take us three weeks . Three weeks withsnoring farting men ! Beam me up scotty ! Julie Thorp07866428093. read more...


18/11/2017

Blue Top - Bluetop 18112017 Veille du Départ

Gooood Morninnng BLUE TOPLe blog du TOP n°1 du 18/11/2017En direct de Gran Canaria aux Canaries (sic) par 28 07N 15 25W. Aujourd'hui ce sont les derniers préparatifs avant le départ qui aura lieu demain dimanche. Pour nous passage de la ligne à 12H45. La fièvre monte sur les pontons de Babel où nos voisins sont:italiens, allemands, norvégiens et nos concurrents anglais, shit !Mais avant toutes choses, sachez que ce n'est pas le Commandant qui vous parle, ni le pilote (à l'ancienne), mais l'écrivain dubord à qui cette tache secondaire et un peu intellectuelle est dévolue, pour tout vous dire, le dernier dans l'ordre d'ancienneté,donc nommé d'office !Profitons de ce moment privilégié où nous prenons contact pour faire connaissance avec l'équipage. Le capitaine/commandant/maître/master/dieu. read more...


Gust of Wind - Diving the hull clean
Gust of Wind - Diving the hull clean
Helen - Ed's loaf
Helen - Ed's loaf
18/11/2017

Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon

Malgré les rumeurs sur un départ retardé pour cause de dépression au  nord, nous on est prêt à partir demain.On a acheté le jambon et le couteau qui va avec! 20171118_133641. read more...


Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon
Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon
18/11/2017

Marisja - Marisja blog 3

Beste Allemaal,   Op dit moment is het zaterdag ochtend om 11:14 uur. We zeilen overstuurboord met de A2 genaker ongeveer 7 knopen.  Afgelopen nacht heeft nietiedereen even goed kunnen slapen door het rollen van de boot en het klappen vande zeilen voor de wind maar de stemming zit er goed in. We hebben net evengeinventariseerd hoe blij we zijn en we halen een teamgemiddelde van een 8,happy dus.   Over lij op ongeveer 4 mijl van ons vaart de Cayuse een Catamaran Outremerevan 51 voet.  We varen ongeveer even hard. Verder zijn er geen boten meerin de buurt. We hebben gister namiddag de koers gezet naar een meer zuidelijkerichting omdat we daar straks meer wind verwachten.   Gisteren heb ik (Dirk Jaap) mijn eerste verse vis aan boord, een Mahi Mahi,gegeten nadat die. read more...


18/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Windless and whaleless

Over the summer we have sailed Shepherd Moon from 58 degrees North to our current latitude of 16 degrees North with the single aim of putting ourselves comfortably in the tradewind belt. The winds that drove commerce for the centuries before Amazon turned up and made us think that even next day delivery is a bit tardy (OK, so there was a bit of a gap between the days of sail and Amazon but a bit of artistic licence never goes amiss). So here we are, smack bang in the middle of the tradewind belt and all we have is a mere zephyr of a breeze. For the past 24 hours we have been sailing at between 4 or 5 knots, which given the wind is only 7 to 8 knots is actually quite impressive, but it's not fast enough to get us to St Lucia in time for the arrival of our daughter on the 2nd December.The. read more...


Odessa
Odessa
18/11/2017

Odessa - Log day 3

Safety inspection пройдена, вода и большая часть продуктов -на борту. Граница закрыта.smime. read more...


Odessa - Log day 3
Odessa - Log day 3
Odessa - grab bag
Odessa - grab bag
18/11/2017

Kindred Spirit - Only one day to go

All the crew have arrived on Kindred spirit. We are feeling excited but also a little anxious. So much to do and only a day to do it in. Bernice. read more...


18/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 3

Finally, Justin got a fish. Small lure, giant hook seem to be the solution, although I think fishing is down to a type of luck in which I have little. Tasted very good, though, with a squirt of lemon on top. It is truly glorious out here, but the winds are not good and out speed remains low. We have between 8 and 10 knots, which makes for averages of 4 knots which is too little. As it is now, I doubt we shall see land before Desember. We cannot complain though - the alternative to being here is to move the first soggy snow from the yard and getting wet and cold all day. Being stuck here is much better!Peder. read more...


18/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log #4 Jour # 2 Traversée

Bonjour à tous,Tout se passe bien. Le seul problème, manque de vent!Il va falloir s'armer de patience!Toujours ensoleillé et la mer est calme. Nous avons eu la visite d'un stern hier soir. ll semble s'être assommé sur le bateau. Il est resté 30 min à bord puis s'est levé et est parti.Aujourd'hui , nous avons vu une tortue.Nous pensions qu'il n'y avait pas de vent les derniers jours. Cette fut encore pire. 5-10kn seulement. Nous devons continuellement ajuster le cap pour pouvoir profiter au maximum d'éole.À la prochaine.André. read more...


18/11/2017

Blue Mist - Humans Strike again

Blue Mist is a faithful boat, getting us thorough time and again in spite of us. In the middle of the night things started to shut down, insturment lights went off, the the insturments, then the GPS. Visions of having to turn back danced in our heads. The the problem surfaced, some unnamed idiot had been testing the switch that isolates the starter battery from the house batteries. This unnamed idiot who is also the Captain left the switch on the starter battery, which could not meet the demand. Easy solution, just start the engine since the house batteries were full. Well starting the engine with it still in reverse resulted in the prop swallowing a line. Divers in the warter for two hours and the engine/transmission test . All is finally well and sailing on.. read more...


18/11/2017

Charm - Day 3: the hammock

A quick entry today.We have just decided to head south to try to pick up stronger winds.Hopefully the gamble will pay off.Like everything else in sailing, it's a slow game.Another nice day on the water, with the exception of the hammock.The 3 kids and I all piled into the hammock for "Read aloud time" as we have done many times before.Unfortunately this was one time too many.The strap that I had noticed before as slightly chafed had apparently progressed to its failure point because it broke and we all fell onto the cushions below. All except poor Cobin who landed with me pushing him onto a wood edge that gave him a big bruise on the back of his head.For the rest of the day, Tully continued to accuse me of breaking the hammock.Cobin defended me, saying it was all of us and that the. read more...


Charm - Planking with the rainbow spinnaker
Charm - Planking with the rainbow spinnaker
17/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 12

Day 12-Nov 16th.Not all days transmitting HF signals through the ionosphere are created equal. This morning we connected with the station in Virginia Beach immediately. Unfortunately, I made contact about 5 minutes before the morning position report was created. After waiting 10 or 15 minutes, I was never able to make a connection again. This most likely had to do with sun spots, or some other solar anomaly invented just to make these radios interesting. So, we have no idea, if any other boats are still out here with us. We do know there is at least one. We heard them flagging a passing tanker to see if they had any diesel to spare. What few vessels are still out, are most likely sitting on fuel tanks holding nothing but fumes. But then, these are sailboats. Some boats don't have. read more...


17/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Hola amics i família!!!Aquesta nit hemtingut un navegar tranquil d’asimètric. Fèiem bones mitjanes però al llarg del matí el vent se’ns ha anat posant més de popa, i això no és gaire bo pel Windseeker iper tots els barcos en general. Això fa que la nostra estratègia de pujar cap amunt a buscar el vent de moment no ens hagi funcionat gaire, però bé... la regata és molt llarga i encara poden passar moltes coses. Els germans Turró han decidit començar a fer exercicis de gimnàs. S’ho han agafat molt seriosament tal com es pot veure a les fotos.(foto 1)A mig matí hem tingut la visita d’un peix amb complexa de dofí, ja que ha navegat amb nosaltres una estona a la proa del barco, no era massa gros i tampoc hem identificat de quina espècia es tractava, però ha sigut prou divertit. Havent dinat. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
17/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 14 - Smooth sailing

Evening folks,We are coming to the end of our third day at sea now, nothing too dramatic going on at the moment. The start of this leg on Wednesday all ran smoothly with a great view of all the boats leaving Cape Verde. We lost the wind coming around the neighbouring islands and like a few other boats in the surrounding area turned on the motors for an hour to get us out to open sea. The wind conditions have been fairly consistent from 10 knots up to 17 and we have been flying the parasail since leave Mindelo and making steady progress.It seems there are less fish in the ocean than we had been hoping with this leg so far only producing one small Skipjack Tuna for me and a small but pretty Dorado for Paul.In the absence of hardcore adrenaline pumping fishing action we have taken to. read more...


17/11/2017

Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...

Le compte à rebours continue et le départ se rapproche ... La ToDo list était fournie il y a trois jours. Elle s'est presque complètement vidée. Deux gros points nous avaient mis un peu la pression. Une pièce sous la bôme était fendue. Elle a pu être remplacée aujourd'hui. Et nous avions des difficultés à refaire fonctionner le pilote automatique après l'avoir démonté. Ca aurait été dommage de partir sans lui, non?Tout est rentré dans l'ordre :-) ... Nous sommes sortis en fin de matinée pour faire deux ronds dans l'eau et tester tout ce qu'il y avait à tester. Les curieux qui vont voir sur Marine Trafic ont pu le constater ... ;-)Comme tout allait bien et qu'il y avait très peu de vent nous sommes rentrés pour déjeuner et lancer une dernière lessive.Demain ce sera le dernier briefing. read more...


Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...
Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party

We had our prize giving dinner at the Zulu Yacht Club tonight. They had a very nice program which included some Zulu dancers. Video image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017

We went on a tour designed to teach us about the Zulu people and their history. It was lead by a very articulate intelligent Zulu women and an excellent driver. We went to an area set up as a museum and exhibit. We honestly did not give it enough time to study all the information. We still learned a lot. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay

We went on another tour today to see what we could of the big five animals, lion,elephant,hippos, rhino leopard. The weather was much less than desirable. There is a cold front moving thru which is giving us much cooler than normal temperature and very windy. It was probably in the 50's and 15-20 knots of wind. Luckily we were well dressed and prepared. We were riding in open pickup trucks. Everyone did well but we were glad to get back in a heated van at the end of the day. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
17/11/2017

Marisja - Marisja dag 2

We hebben weer een hoop meegemaakt de laatste 24 uur! Gistermiddag zijn Flipper en 30 van zijn vriendjes weer langs geweest omlekker voor bij de punt van de boot te spelen. Gaaf om die dolfijnen zo dichtbijde boot te zien! Gelukkig stond ik niet achter het stuur en kon ik lekker gaankijken met Nikki op het voordek.   Na een heerlijke pasta bolognese van Nikki hebben we gisteravond beslotenom de A2 (onze grootste gennaker) te laten staan tijdens de nacht aangezien wemaar 12 tot 17 knts hadden en het zo makkelijk snel ging. Alleen de wind namtegen de verwachting in toe (20+ knts) dus toch besloten om geen risico tenemen. Dus iedereen uit zijn bed gehaald en de A2 rond 23:00 weg gehaald enverder gegaan met de genua uitgeboomd.De wind bleef lekker staan en dit ging ook goed. Alleen. read more...


17/11/2017

Helen - Day 2 from Ed

A quieter day at sea with only one other boat in sight. Our captain said that we had sailed 132 miles in the day with no engine hours. A bit slow but I will get there.No fish were caught today, so it was baked potatoes for lunch and pork chops for dinner, yum.When we were in the Cape Verdes the crew of three of the ARC+ boats went to visit the SOS Children's Villages charity in Mindelo. The captain of yacht Helen and I were among them.The charity does fantastic work helping children off and on the streets and supporting challenged families.At the centre we met two boys who were orphaned and were living there. We asked why they had volunteered to stay:" Bad things happen on the street"" I get education, food and a bed"That says it all!The sailors in the ARC+ and the ARC are very lucky to. read more...


Helen - Ed's dinner
Helen - Ed's dinner
17/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - High spirits

Position reports are looking great, both in class and overall so there is wide smiles all around!We are with a few exceptions running a dry ship but we celebrated a successful gybe with a small beer (0,25 litres are almost just a mouthful so one has too enjoy every sip). Weather is perfect with 12-17 knots of wind from ENE and a clear blue sky. The water is 26 C and the temperature down below is 34 C, so its only light clothes and even the life jackets are warm to wear.Have nice day, and thank you for following us!Team Abraxas. read more...