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08/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - day 8

Afternoon all Its been an unusual two days for the crew of Adele 1, now about half way through the journey to Cape Verde we have both positive and negative experiences to report. On the negative side the wind has taken a huge downturn and left us all but bobbing around. This change in the wind had granted us an opportunity to spend abit more time taking in our surroundings though, with flatter seas nature seems tobe coming out to give us our silver lining to the no wind predicament.First unexpected smile to be brought to my lips was when I was on watch and a tiny bird flew into the cockpit, obviously exhausted he didn't mind when I picked him up and sat quite happily in my hand making me feel every bit the Disney princess.Unsuprisingly naming the bird as he sat on the table for. read more...


08/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Sun, light winds and a small repair job

It is at times still frustrating light winds without enough energy to get a good motion through the waves that keeps on rolling in from the northwest.We are still carrying our large A2 spinnaker that we had up all trough the night, but we had to take it down for a small repair earlier as it had two small tears after it had caught something high up in the rig when it flapped around during the night.Otherwise all well here in the sun, where we can feel that we are nearing the tropics. The food is excellent with a lot of food bought in Las Palmas, and to top it up we still have birthday cake left from Sidsel's birthday yesterday:-)Team Abraxas wish you all the best!. read more...


08/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°3 - Turtles, Dolphins, Pirates, and fish.

For the second day in a row, I started my morning up the mast. Our lazy-jacks are old and frayed, now more of a hindrance than a help, so we decided to cut them down. No problem, job done in a matter of minutes. I hung out - literally - at the top of the mast for a little while, bracing myself against the swell accentuated by height, and took a few photos of Haji from above. Once I had had enough, I called out to be let down. Haji has steps running all the way up the mast, so my line is precautionary rather than climbing assistance, and I climbed down slower than usual, timing each step with the rolling of the boat. I had just maneuvered myself over the radar reflector when something caught my eye to starboard. "Turtle! Turtle!" I shouted excitedly. Unfortunately, not benefiting from my. read more...


Helen - Pictures from Ed
Helen - Pictures from Ed
08/11/2017

Oui Chérie - LOG #2 3E journée en route vers le Cap Vert

Bonjour à tous,Tout se passe assez bien. À part quelques petits incidents que nous vous ferons part dans le blogue, la traversée se passe bien. Le départ s'est bien déroulé. Les 2 premiers jours, le vent était présent entre 12-19Kn. Le bateau marchait bien. Depuis hier soir, le vent a beaucoup faiblit,nous obligeant à louvoyer pour progresser sous voile. Nous avons dû utiliser le moteur pour une partie de la nuit. Objectif, au lieu de se diriger en ligne directe vers le cap Vert, nous descendons vers le sud pour retrouver les zones de vent.Nous avons rencontré plusieurs dauphins hier en après-midi. Les dernières journées furent toutes ensoleillées. La mer était assez formée au départ le 5 novembre dernier. Louise a eu besoin de 2 jours pour s'acclimater. Présentement, comme vous pouvez. read more...


08/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH

We are rounding Madagascar this morning. I have hooked two mahi-mahi this morning. Sam and Karen are not into fish that much and we have more to in the freezer so I released one and one released himself. They are beautiful fish. May fair winds fill your sails with fresh fish BobSVLEXINGTON image1. read more...


08/11/2017

Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish

Captain's Log - Still not a fish in sight, getting pretty ridiculous that we haven't caught anything apart from a few measly mackerel since we left the UK in May....and Milly doesn't even like mackerel! When we finally do catch one its going to be epic and the most expensive fish we've ever eaten. Nothing much to report onboard Neverland,I've been chasing my tail all day today with the wind; pole out, pole in, spinnaker up, spinnaker down, pole out again, still no decent speed, mutiny meant the engine has gone on for a few hours today. I now have to try and convince the crew that its worth putting the spinnaker up again. We've had lots of visits from dolphins today, some performing acrobatics for us as the sun is setting, its not all bad. We found the source of some weird stains on. read more...


08/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Light and frustrating winds

The night felt at times long with winds of less than 5 knots that made the sails flopping around with every wave that passed. A beautiful night sky filled with stars and later on the moon came along with its sparkling light. So not much progress has been made towards Cap Verde tonight.After sunrise we once again have warm and sunny day in front of us. We already had our first dolphins on visit and hope to get even more visits with their acrobatics and grace. So we enjoy the day and look forward to have another 24 hours under spinnaker:-)Team Abraxas 3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
08/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 4: en toen was de wind op!

Zijn we weer! En ditmaal met een ochtend update. Afgelopen nacht begonnenwe met een best lekker windje op koers naar de Kaapverden, maar gedurende denacht draaide de wind weer en begon snel af te nemen. Vanwege de winddraaiingzijn we rond middernacht eerst maar eens gegijpt, om meer richting Z te varendan richting W (dat waren de keuzes) op zoek naar meer wind. Nanno en Marjahebben toen zeker een uur lang bezoek gehad van een groep dolfijnen, wat ergleuk was, want het zeilen werd steeds minder en minder... Rob en Haico namen rond 3 uur over, en ook zij hadden nog steeds dolfijnenrond de boot. Rond 4 uur was de wind echter helemaal op en hebben Rob en Haicode zeilen simpelweg laten zakken (anders flapperen ze toch maar kapot) en zijnwe met z’n allen gaan slapen!We worden nu net wakker,. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
07/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

dilluns 6 de novembre de 2017Ei pipol!Aquí estem, al mig de l'Atlàntic camí del Sahara... avui els vents ens han portat a acostar-nos relativament a la costa africana. La nit ha estat mogudeta, amb ràfagues de vent superiors als 30 nusos i puntes superiors als 12 nusos!!!! Brutal.Quan finalment ha sortit el sol i hem pogut esmorzar un bon pa amb tomata i pernilet del bo la cosa ja ha anat millorant. De fet s'ha tranquil·litzat tant que en Francesc ha decidit que volia fer patates estofades, com aquell que és boig! I les ha fet, o i tant! A més en Mario ens ha delaitat amb un Spritz d'aperitiu que ha estat de luju! (foto 1) La pega és que quan ens anàvem a seure a menjar han picat! Ostres, ja teníem els plats servits i tot però l'estrevada era de les bones! Una llampuga (El Dorado anava. read more...


07/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimarts 7 de novembre de 2017Molt bones! Avui estem vivint l'altre Atlàntic, el de les calmes en un mar immens. Tranquil·litat i bons aliments, doncs de bon matí, mentre estàvem fent la maniobra de pujar l'espi ens ha picat una tonyinonta. Per sort, s'ha esperat que ho tiguéssim tot a punt per pujar a bord. Ben maca, perfecte per fer un bon marmitako demà per dinar. Avui en David per fi ha tret el guitarró (foto 1) i ens ha explicat una mica les seves peripècies en el món de la música popular catalana. Alguns ja li coneixien aquesta faceta però la veritat és que ha sorprès bastant tota la seva trajectòria en aquest món. De fet, ens ha promès una cantada d'habaneres quan estiguem fora de l'horari infantil ;-)La navegació està essent més tranquil·la del que voldríem, i tot i que tenim. read more...


07/11/2017

Hummingbird - Day 3 blog - where has the wind gone?

Not long after the sun rose this morning the wind had dropped a little too low for our poled-out headsail to remain effective. Our never-before seen lightweight spinnaker was swiftly wooled, flung on deck, and whipped up to the top of the mast - with perhaps a little over-eager wooling requiring a few persuasive tugs on the sheet before the kite would burst. It may only be day three, but we’re all beginning to feel totally au fais with the art of spinnaker hoisting and it’s many quirks. No doubt we’ll be Volvo Ocean Racing standard by St Lucia!We all gathered in the cockpit at lunchtime for a passage update from navigator Chris, who relayed the light and fluffy weather forecast to us and put a few routing options to the group vote: 1. donkey on and skedaddle out of the wind hole, 2. gybe. read more...


Galileo - Why we love multihulls - 15kt SOG and a steady drink!
Galileo - Why we love multihulls - 15kt SOG and a steady drink!
07/11/2017

Helen - Ed's adventures

Day 3 on board and the seas are the calmest they have been so I have had abusy day.After a leisurely breakfast watching the rest of the crew change the Sails Iwas put to work with Mark and John crushing cans which was fun and mostimportantly keeps us on top of the recycling. A faulty port light was pickedup on night watch so it was straight down to the next task of changing thelight bulb..... it seemed to take a lot of humans to do this successfully!In the afternoon we made a close sighting of KALLUNA both taking pictures toexchange when we arrive in Cape Verde. We have been chased all day by NorthStar and as the sun comes down we still have the lead......for now anyway.We have put the engine on!As they day ends I have had time for a few pranks on the Capitan, includinga suspected leak. read more...


07/11/2017

Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!

Captain's Log:Still not a fish in sight, getting pretty ridiculous that we haven't caught anything apart from a few measly mackerel since we left the UK in May....and Milly doesn't even like mackerel! When we finally do catch one its going to be epic and the most expensive fish we've ever eaten. Nothing much to report onboard Neverland,I've been chasing my tail all day today with the wind; pole out, pole in, spinnaker up, spinnaker down, pole out again, still no decent speed, mutiny meant the engine has gone on for a few hours today. I now have to try and convince the crew that its worth putting the spinnaker up again. We've had lots of visits from dolphins today, some performing acrobatics for us as the sun is setting, its not all bad. We found the source of some weird stains on. read more...


Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!
Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!
07/11/2017

Hummingbird - Gina's addendum to last night's blog: Ladies of the kite

Erhem, correction Rachael, Hummingbird is definitely not out for the night. Greetings from Hummingbird’s titillating Red Light District. Areas of action are the cockpit, foredeck, galley and heads, all bathed in a seedy shade of cough-syrup red to preserve night vision for all sorts of important boaty jobs. No sleeping here. At least three of us are plying our trade in our sexy outfits complete with life-jacket, harnesses and headtorch; and another three on standby in case it turns into a very, very interesting night. The remaining four need their rest, for surely their time will come to walk the deck looking for jobs. Business has been a bit slow tonight, so may I introduce you to two Ladies of the Kite: Erika and Gina. Their hands have been busy rolling and stringing a Mercedes Benz. read more...


07/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

ARC+ day 3 aboard ALTAIR: we have succumbed to the light winds and two meter swell, and are motoring southwest in search of wind, fish, and eventually islands. The mood onboard is relaxed, after the initial hesitation at having to start the iron genny. Board games have broken out, fishing lines are deployed, and the galley is active with big plans after a few nights of limited fare. We are surviving well.--Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


07/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 3: veranderende wind en wildlife

Hi allemaal,   Zoals jullie misschien wel gezien hebben zijn we afgelopen nacht behoorlijkrichting de Afrikaanse kust gevaren. Na eerste mooie NO-wind vanaf Gran Canariadraaide wind afgelopen nacht steeds meer naar N-lijke richting. Wij hebbenrelaxed met de genua uitgeboomd doorgezet en met de wind meegedraaid, waarna wedirect in de ochtend gegijpt hebben en de gennaker ook gezet hebben omdat dewind steeds verder afnam. Dat was allemaal zoals gepland, alleen de eerste 4 uurna de gijp hadden we pech met de wind, hij draaide weer wat terug richting NO enviel tegelijk bijna helemaal weg, wat een drijfpartij! Maar rondom 13:00 kwamdan eindelijk de voorspelde noordelijke wind rond 10 knopen aanwaaien, ensindsdien varen we behoorlijk rechte lijn naar Kaapverdië weer.   Leuk aan dit. read more...


07/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - What tun-a you gonna play?

Bereft of the ‘opium of the people’- which apparently is television from the perspective of 19th Century David- Erica has already moved on from her much needed self-help books to Game of Thrones. Meanwhile dad, the Duke of Haven’t Got a Clue, has been altering sails in the hope of beating some cargo ship to an unknown destination. Having settled on our neon pink spinnaker we are in dad’s words “whipping along!” and in Richard’s words “still moving” - nevertheless I am unsure whether to be proud of or embarrassed by the colour in front of our only visitor of recent, a little song bird by the name of Jerry who seems to be dangerously far from the shore with rather small wings relative to a very large belly. Hopefully he’s as keen to see Cape Verde as we are.David is concerned with the. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - Great first couple of days, by Kent

The first day of sailing is what I came for!Heavy air sailing on a big performance catamaran is what I was looking for and we got it!I told Joe I wanted to see this thing do 25 knots, we hit 21 so we are getting close.We had many sustained runs in the 15-18 knot range.Such a fun boat to sail.We pushed the boat pretty hard all night and we know we were in a great position.The start was interesting, since Joe knows the boat better and where everything is, he had me drive the start.That is fine but I have to say a big cat does not handle like a Thistle or a J105.Thank goodness it has two engines to help get it through a tack when needed!Right after the start a bigger cat tried to roll over the top of us, yeah whatever, we did not let that happen.Anyone who sails with me can imagine. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - The day we lost Joe. By Lara.

We started the ARC + at 12:45 PM and we lost Joe at 4:03 PM.It was a good start.Winds and spirits were high and we made it across the line with the signal.Our speedy catamaran moved to the front of the pack and that was it.We were off to the Cape Verdes!Everyone started to relax as much as possible with true wind of 25 – 30 and waves of 2+ meters.It was comfortably uncomfortable.Joe and Kent fiddled with trimming the sails and we kept going faster and faster.Tim was remarkably composed and comfortable for his first time at sea in a sailboat. At some point, we did an accidental gybe and there was a loud snapping sound as the boom slid across and the traveler block broke.Joe looked at it and said he would fix it later.I went inside for some reason and Tim, Kent, and Joe were out in the. read more...


07/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 1-3

Here we go, Day 1, of the ARC Caribbean 1500. We tossed our lines off the dock early, as Air Power's slip on the end of the pier, blocked others wanting to get out before us. I thought retirement meant, never getting up before the sleep wore off. So we headed off for the starting line about 10 miles north, near Ft Monroe, Va. We all had our sails up tacking back and forth waiting for the starters gun to go off. Jenn & Chris, who kindly loaned us their car, while we prepped, met us on the water in their motor boat. For Jill and I, this Rally Race (with all it's rules and conditions),is sort of like how we treated running marathon races. We don't care about our finish time, just don't eat all the goodies, before we arrive. (Hopefully, we will arrive in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - Whales!

November 6, 2017By CobinToday we saw a whale.It was a humpback whale.My Dad was the first to spot it.It looked like a baby because it was very small.Today is also Marin’s birthday.I got her a Pokemon belt.Later, we saw a pod of dolphins.All the wildlife came out to celebrate Marin’s birthday!. read more...


07/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log day 7 - These things happen at sea

It's been a day of highs, and lows, and no I'm not talking about the crewsstate of mind.I am pleased to report that the highs are not as a result of the largequantities of valium taken by the cabin boy, rather they are resulting fromtodays extensive use of the sail locker! It began with the cruising chuteand finished with the spinnaker via a gybe en route - in fact, when thespinnaker went up first time there was near delirium on the foredeck.The sun was shining, the eggs were scrambling and the wind was blowing - asuperb combination, take my word for it. There had to be a low to followsuch euphoria, and it duly arrived when the skip's favourite hat took thefast lane from his head to the sea and was lost forever more. I am trying tolook on the bright side though, and seeing it as an offer. read more...


07/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's Log n°2 - They Come in Threes

We haven't been at sea for 48 hours, yet already the days are blending into each other in my mind. This day at sea is similar to that day at sea, and the passing of time has become abstract - one of my favourite things about long distance sailing. If it weren't for the log and our watch system, I could lose track of time altogether. It is an 'eat-when-hungry', 'sleep-when-tired' sort of a regime (with the exception of dinner, when all crew members are expected to dine together like civilized creatures!) If I try hard enough, I can probably recall the events of the past 12 hours...I slept poorly, as I usually do our first night at sea. I do not have our Bosun's wonderful skill of falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, a trait I envy. The moment I got up for my morning watch,. read more...


07/11/2017

Galileo - Glorious sailing

After a slow last place start (Capt. insisted on sailing the start - pretty sure everyone else was motor-sailing) we are keeping pace with Katina and Avanti. It is a treat to travel in the company of other boats. The sailing has been stellar. Of course, as I write this the winds are lessening, lol. This morning’s sunrise was breathtaking - shades of green, orange, reds and yellows. We’re truly enjoying ourselves, getting enough sleep and eating well. Last night’s dinner was chicken and veggie quesadillas with black beans, yellow rice, guacamole and sour cream. On the menu this morning is waffles, bacon and granola parfaits.Anticipating another great day. All is good. Thanks for reading. SariSV Galileoimage1. read more...


Galileo - Glorious sailing
Galileo - Glorious sailing
07/11/2017

Lily - Day 2

On the first night we all started at the unmistakable deep rumbling of the bilge pump. A small leak was coming in via the proeller shaft - I think it is the force of the waves coming directly from behind causing a opposite pressure to what it should be. In any case it was all solved with a shakel bolt and a hose clamp.Apart from this, Day 2 was not really very eventful. The wind and waves faded a little, making sleep easier and boat slower. Discussions throughout the day as to how to negotiate a building low of the coast of Africa causing light or no winds right in our path. We decided to head west into the Atlantic - we shall see in due course if this was a good decision...I've had to get my fleece out again at night - looking forward to packing that away for good!Peder. read more...


07/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Happy Birthday + Happy Sailing

Celebrating Sidsel's birthday in glorious sun, presents and by hoisting the big spinnaker up!Abraxas 3 is a happy ship today, and we try to catch up with the front runners with our 200 sqm A2 spinnaker. The wind is a bit lighter and the sea state is luckily getting calmer so we don't bounce around to much.Best regardsTeam Abraxas. read more...


07/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE

This is the routing alternatives we got last evening image1. read more...


Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE
Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
06/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 4 - A Race to Torremolinos

Now there's a phrase I didn't think I'd say this trip.After a smooth crossing across towards Cartagena, and an excellent lunch(this sailing thing is tricky, honest). We encountered our first realproblem on our great voyage - the dreaded IT issue, a problem so complex andtime consuming that makes the most experienced sailor run a mile. A smallinvestigation by the skip and some help from further afield identified theproblem, we hadn't turned it on. Ah.Compared to that small lightning storm was fairly routine, but the skipdecided/ordered - whichever you prefer - that we should head to port and sitout the incoming weather system. After dining on the chefs homemade balls,sorry meatballs, we put our foot down and sped down the coast. Our bestoption was to go to Port Benalmedena, Torremolinos.A. read more...


06/11/2017

Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!

First of all, we're alive and well and well fed.The crew loved Tali's coconut lime rice recipe, but hated the brussel sprouts smell.We made it through the gulf stream, and are catching an eddy now that give us current that helps us go South.We had to avoid 7 fishing boats that were in a circle with nets and such, during Nina's watch at 12:30 am...They didn't use AIS or show up on radar for some reason.We've got our own little yellow finch or such.Those of you who are in the know, let us know what type of bird this really is.Yellow Brick got all friendly, hopping on our backs as we slept, checking out the pantry and electronics, before moving on.We tried fishing but the rod tip which was a bit corroded now is no more.Something to work on next crossing.Nina, Don, Lisa and KenSent from. read more...


Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!
Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!
06/11/2017

Hummingbird - Monday night - feeling a bit wooly

Good evening from Hummingbird. We are currently running down wind with the kite up just on the edge of the African continental shelf, anticipating a gybe offshore at some point tonight. The sea has flattened out inshore here nicely and the breeze is a steady force 4 from the NNE. After last night’s guy shenanigans we had a fast and straightforward sail through to midday today, making 200nm on the log. The wind dropped mid morning so after a lovey greek salad with pesto bread we hoisted the kite. It was a tricky wind angle, we wanted to hold port gybe to keep us away from the wind hole further offshore, but we don’t really want to close too much with the African coast in case we find fishing fleets and other obstacles. With the swell this afternoon and light airs we accidentally wrapped. read more...


06/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Difficult choice for days ahead

The Weather routing says it's lighter weather ahead and that we should either continue going southwest or gybe and go into the African coast again.We will probably prefer the western route, but it's a close call.. read more...


06/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

SY Altair is sailing at 10+ knots down the Saharan coast under spinnaker.Two sailors are in the bridge watching the boat gliding over wave tops and surfing down into troughs while three more sailors are doing a yoga session in the salon.N 24*31.71' W 16*34.83' --Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


06/11/2017

Neverland - Day 2 - Neverland's first 24hrs at sea

Well we have consumed a lot of biscuits in the first 24 hours! Conditions last night meant we will be eating our pre made lasagnes for dinner this evening. Neverland broke her speed record last night hitting 13 knots surfing down a wave and we have had dolphins with us pretty much since we left Las Palmas. Lily have been in touch over the radio thinking we might get close enough for them to take a photo of us and vice-versa but they have sped off ahead again whilst Tom was messing around with pole. The winds have decreased from 25 knots to 14 knots but the sea state is still on the lumpy side. The silver lining to the blustery conditions of course is we made good progress in our first 24 hours. We put the fishing line out and hope our next update will be to show everyone the enormous. read more...


06/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele1 log - Day 6

Afternoon ladies and gentlemen,So its the day after the race start. Yesterday was ofcourse a busy day, starting at daybreak the crew were up and raring to go. 2 hours were spent consuming coffee and doing last minute checks and tidying of the boat.A few hours before the start gun we spent just outside the marina running the sails up and getting the feel of the days sailing.An excellent view of all the surrounding boats was on offer as the radio chirped '10 mins to go' '5 mins to go' andddd 'GO!' and we were off! The moment we had been waiting for for weeks had finally arrived and we were underway at last!Feeling of triumph were unfortunately shortlived as a few hours in we went to furl the headsail to be replaced with a parasail now the wind conditions allowed for it. Turns out what was. read more...


06/11/2017

Helen - Day 1 for Ed the Iguana on route to the Galapogas with ARC+

On board Helen, Ed the Iguana hada good day leaving Las Palmas at thefront of the boat with Eve and John, whilst waving goodbye to his yellowshirted friends.Once over the startthe boat progressed well but one crew member was feeingseasick. Ed kindly stepped in as the Ship's Doctor and kept his watchful eyeon the crew.Ed's first watch was at 9pm where he joinedEve and John for some chocolatebefore settling down to sleep at 11.30.144 miles in the first 24 hours was a good run as the skipper sailed understaysail alone to give everyone as good a night's sleep as possiblein theconfused sea conditions.Day 2 has started well with 2 turtles spotted and lots and lotsofDolphins.Best regards, Ed. read more...


06/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°1 - The Starting Line

We slipped our lines and headed out of Muelle Deportivo to the delightful sounds of airhorns, cheers, and a Spanish voice over a speaker system saying goodbye to 'Hahee'; that is to say Haji, with a Spanish accent. As the sounds of the send off faded in the background, the crew began to prep. The skipper decided to put two reefs in the mainsail in anticipation of high winds at the start, rising as we crossed into the  'acceleration zone'. Timing it (almost) right, we made for the starting line. Over the radio Chris counted down, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Five minutes later, we crossed and were off on ARC+ 2017! After two hours the wind finally picked up as forecast and we were glad to have put in the two reefs under more comfortable seas. In the span of thirty minutes we lost two. read more...


06/11/2017

Haji - Haji and the ARC: a family history

"The most welcome participant this year is probably Nick Nixon of Haji, whose dramatic departure on a stretcher and ambulance in Gibralter had many of last year's participents deeply concerned. [...] Sailing together for over 30 years, the Nixons have been living aboard Haji and cruising permanently for the last three years."My throat tightens with emotion as I read the 1987 Yachting Monthly article, still onboard to this day. There is a small photo of Nan and Grandad, looking young, tanned, and relaxed - years before I would know them. You see, to my Dad and me, doing the ARC+ this year means a lot more than crossing an ocean; we are making family history! 30 years ago, my Nan and Grandad took part in the 2nd ARC, sailing from Las Palmas to Bermuda in Haji, their homebuilt Rival 38.. read more...


06/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 2: wat een vliegende start weer

Hallo iedereen,   De eerste 24 uur zijn inmiddels ruim voorbij en we hebben (zoalsgebruikelijk) weer een vliegende start vanuit Las Palmas gehad, met 214 mijlgevaren in de eerste 24 uur. Om 12:00 UTC betekende dat zelfs dat we van de helevloot het dichtste bij Kaapverdië gekomen zijn. Zegt nog niks natuurlijk, maarwe vinden het wel leuk om in de punt van de vloot te varen!   We hebben de nacht goed verdeeld, hadden ook een rif gestoken en de genuaiets weggerold om het wat relaxeder te maken. Bij daglicht weer alles gehesen enuitgerold en de wind begint nu wat af te nemen. Prima weertje om dediepvries-pizza’s (die last-minute gekocht waren en dus bovenop lagen in devriesbox, waar het dus niet écht vriest) in de oven te duwen. Nanno ontfermdezich al snel over enige pizza punten. read more...


06/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 1 - The Girl Who Cried Dolphin

Following a highly competitive start yesterday, whereby we were near to last over the line and narrowly avoided a mooning extraveganza from our elderly skipper, there are now no boats in sight - are we going the right way? Either way, the watermaker is working effectively following a double blind taste test methodologically conducted by our most scientific non-scientist, David. However, our fishing rods appear to be very much broken. Wild Iris, who we watched (not so gradually) gain ground on us through the night, is now out of sight but unfortunately not out of mind, sending David and Dad to their bunks in an air of huff as Richard, the real sailor amongst us, dutifully looks after the helm and calls to the dolphins. David, asleep atop his sheets so as not to distort the oragami. read more...


Queen Bee - Crew picture
Queen Bee - Crew picture