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05/11/2017

Wild Iris - Wild Iris

Team Photo! All ready for the off, last checks done.Safe and happy sailing to one and all. read more...


Neverland - Day 1 - the first of many provisioning deliveries
Neverland - Day 1 - the first of many provisioning deliveries
05/11/2017

Lily - Leaving Las Palmas

Early morning in Las Palmas marina and the skipper and crew is still in good spirits. No last minute crisis yet and the start should be a windy afair. Lily needs a good breeze to pick up her skirts, so this is good for us.. read more...


05/11/2017

Louanne - Blog test

Testing the blog. Watch this space!. read more...


04/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Départ DEMAIN pour OUI-CHÉRIE!

Nous sommes prêt! Tous les préparatifs sont terminés. Le grand départ est pour demain, dimanche 12h45 UTC.ANDRÉ. read more...


04/11/2017

Marisja - 1 day to go, all is ready

Hi allemaal, Het is de zaterdag, Nanno is vanmorgen aan boord gekomen dus nu zijn we als  bemanning compleet. Nanno heeft wel een makkie dit jaar, de boot is nagekeken, alle boodschappen zijn weggeborgen en Marja helemaal in d'r element om de heren van eten en drinken te voorzien (de heren die toch nog steeds de dag weten te vullen met aanklooien ondanks dat alles eigenlijk al klaar was!). Het weerbericht voor de start morgen ziet er goed uit, een stevige NO-wind zal ons de eerste dag en nacht lekker op weg helpen, waarschijnlijk krijgen we richting dinsdag of woensdag pas te maken met minder wind, dus dat wordt lekker inslingeren! Zoals gezegd zijn we er klaar voor, de boot is opgeruimd, communicatie is gecheckt, de zeilen liggen klaar en as we speak is Marja alvast een pan met. read more...


04/11/2017

North Star - Just before..

Greetings from North Star to all of you. We are looking forward to get out in the big blue and the count down has started. We are trying to scramble the last things but wanted to share our excitement about this fantastic adventure.Fair winds, Best regardsThe North Star Crew. read more...


04/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar

“ TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! “by Miles PeckhamThis, dear reader, is the official blog for sailing yacht ‘Infinity of Yar’ and her crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with the ARC 2017.This, our first missive, will explore the yacht, her origins and the make up of her crew.The challenge for your author is to entice you into wanting to read beyond this first episode. “ Well good luck with that," I hear you say and thus my challenge has already begun!And, so to the title of our blog “ To Infinity and Beyond! “ Yes, well done sir, it is Buzz Lightyear’s immortal words from the film ‘Toy Story’.Given the name of the boat and the challenge ahead, it didn’t take a genius … “ Just as well, “ I hear coming back at me with a collective sigh - stick with me it might get better.Infinity of Yar is a Hanse. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
04/11/2017

Cabana - Starts tomorrow

Every thing going well - can’t wait till tomorrowGeorge Stents/c CabanaLagoon 450. read more...


Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas
Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas
04/11/2017

Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas

Hola ... Shimna arrived on Thursday evening after an enjoyable passage south.The bag of flags that "Julie was accused of dropping" miraculously turned up in Dave's cabin, the broken water heater was fixed when the highly disciplined skipper switched it on and the on shore blame storming resumed.The heroic crew ventured out to a City of Las Palmas welcome reception and enjoyed Pedro Gilmour and Diego Waters, confirming "We don't need no education" top advice. The excellent evening only slightly marred by our brave skipper taking third degree burns from a Canapés.John. read more...


04/11/2017

Wild Iris - Preparations

Wild Iris has gone wild! Busily preparing to cross The Atlantic with ARC +2017, Skipper Mark, his wife Lisa, Neil and Richard are busy coiling rope, folding, stacking, packing, polishing, shopping, cooking, making check lists - endless lists!,  A first time crossing for them all, excitement is mounting. Rally to leave at 13.00, 5th November from Gran Canaria.. read more...


04/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off

With one day until the race begins we are all itching to get started. The last few days of preparation and provisioning have all run smooth with the arc staff all providing brilliant support and information. Topped off with a farewell party last night featuring a carnival and a great rock band. The mayor even came out to give a speech and show a video (he wasnt wearing a feathered headdress or playing electric guitar though so I know what entertainmentwas my favourites) Now we are just counting down the minutes until we can get some wind in the sails and some fish on the rods. Cheers from the Adele 1 crew!20171101_133019. read more...


Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off
Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off
02/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day Three - A day of B's

What's the fastest way to focus the mind? The discovery of a bilge full ofwater. Oh S**T.A quick inspection clarified that as it was fresh, and with no one reallysure as to where it came from we elected to sponge it out and hope for thebest. The Skip, regretting his decision to enforce a dry ship, wondered ifit was possible to make moonshine - any recipe ideas much appreciated. Thejob of spongingfell to the two youngest members and armed with a bucket(insert joke here) the job was done.We then saw something quite breathtaking, Simon in the galley! And lunchbeing prepared!Another boat! Well technically a ship, but it confirmed that were nottotally alone, and now a bird! Sadly the feathery kind, but what excitement.Far more exciting than realising the water maker leaks and the sat. read more...


03/11/2017

Jubilate Mare - Test

Just to see if it works!Pete T.Sent from my Thingy. read more...


03/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - testing satelite communication

Dear all,We are now fully crewed, and hopefully well prepared for the first part ofour Atlantic crossing. We are leaving Sunday at 13:00 UTC and hope to be in Cap Verde in five daystime. It is expected to be a quite windy start, but it shouldn't be todifficult as the wind will be directly in our back when we sail southwest.Have a nice day!Eivind. read more...


03/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log#1. Bientôt le départ de Las Palmas

Les préparatifs vont bon train.Le départ sera le 5 novembre prochain. Cordialement, André DubéÀ bord de OUI-CHÉRIE! Lagoon 52#119LOA: 15,8M  LWL:15,6M BEAM: 8,74M DRAFT: 1,55Mgeorgesandre@mac.com. read more...


03/11/2017

Cabana - Preparations!

Now dealing with personal dietary preferences and a flukey Iridiumconnection - can't wait for the party to start :) cheers,George=. read more...


03/11/2017

Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board

Ladies and Gents, Welcome to the log of Adele 1 in the ARC+ rally.All members for the race are now on board so I will start with a quick introduction for anyone who isnt aware of who is who on this lovely catamaran.Firstly captain and boat owner Andrew Hakin, newly nicknamed 'Skippy' due to the fact he is both the captain and insists on flying an Australian flag off the boat despite noone here being of Aussie orientation.Secondly cheerful South African Paul Munnik newly nicknamed 'Fishy' due to the fact he doesn't actually mind if we ever reach St Lucia as long as he catchs some form of giant marine life on the way.Thirdly myself, George Hakin, 28 year old Englishman newly nicknamed 'Bloggie' because I have the weighty responsibility of addressing you our hundreds and thousands of. read more...


Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board
Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board
02/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 2 - The Grand departure

There was a spring in the step of the crew as the day we had all been anticipating arrived, and what a day it was - clear, sunny and calm, which depending on who you asked was the perfect day to depart.The dinghy cover arrived and (sort of) fit, the final checks were complete and the skipper had unpacked, so it must be time to leave. The captains cap was passed down a generation (never to be passed back up) and out we headed.The croissants were fresh and the Tea was hot so the omens are looking good! Crew morale yet further improved by the announcement that lunch was served, the day hit it's first snag. Lunch took a trip across the saloon as the ship rolled and the chef went with it, the pair ending up in a heap on the floor. There was some concern as to whether we would go hungry but a. read more...


03/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights

We went for another tour to visit a house and plantation. The house was part of a big plantation that had about 450 slaves at one time. The house was very nice. It had beautiful woodwork. It had an outside building for cooking which was probably to prevent house fires. We also saw some beautiful waterfalls along the way. I will show some photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
02/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/2/2017

A group of the Arc went on a downhill mountain bike tour-ride. Luckily I did not go. I did not learn how to ride a bike until I was in medical school. At least I knew my limits. When we returned this afternoon we learned that Gary had fallen off his bike a broken his collar bone. He is doing fine but was in significant pain and second guessing himself. The day before he had spent the day with us touring in the car. I will show a photo of he and I. May fair winds fill your sails with activities that are age specific. Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/2/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/2/2017
02/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log#1. Bientôt le départ de Las Palmas

Les préparatifs vont bon train.Le départ sera le 5 novembre prochain.Cordialement,André DubéÀ bord de OUI-CHÉRIE! Lagoon 52#119LOA: 15,8M  LWL:15,6M BEAM: 8,74M DRAFT: 1,55M. read more...


Barefoot - Barefoot
Barefoot - Barefoot
01/11/2017

Numada - Log day - 4 Cooking day on Numada

Today the boys helped me out cooking four different dishes for the first few days at sea. Sebastian chopped several onions while wearing his googles and Matthew, still wearing his Harry Potter scar from last night trick-or treat, handled carrots and potatoes. The pressure cooker did the magic. True team work!! Raffaella IMG_4457 ATT00001. read more...


Numada - Log day - 4 Cooking day on Numada
Numada - Log day - 4 Cooking day on Numada
Numada - Log day - 4 Cooking day on Numada
Numada - Log day - 4 Cooking day on Numada
01/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 1 - The Last Land Meal

The first day began at a mellow pace with the crew crawling out of bed. The only sustenance was stale croissants and cold coffee but still, spirits were high.After the discovery of yet another unexplained scratch on the owners car - the day could only get better? A shaky start to the jobs list, the dinghy cover didn't fit and still no one had managed to make a warm cup of coffee. However, crew spirit prevailed and the jobs were done before nightfall.The crew were briefed whilst sipping the first hot drink of the day, a cup of Yorkshire's finest - and things were definitely looking up.The appetite was built, the table booked and the crew (well most of them) were ready for dinner. A glass of Rioja or a cold Cerveza greeted us and during the wait for the last member to arrive, talk turned. read more...


Nutcracker - Log Day 1 - The Last Land Meal
Nutcracker - Log Day 1 - The Last Land Meal
01/11/2017

Barefoot - Noch 48 Tage bis zum Start - Angekommen in Las Palmas

Noch 48 Tage bis zum Start - Angekommen in Las Palmas693sm nonstop von Gibraltar nach Las Palmas - ein erster Vorgeschmack auf die Weiten des Atlantik. 4 1/2 Tage liegen hinter uns und wir fühlen uns so richtig gut!----------------------------------------------------------POS 12:00 UTC:  28 7,4 N  15 25,3 W0.000 sm seit Las Palmas (Durchschnitt: 00,0 Knoten)0.000 sm bis Rodney Bay St. Lucia (geschätzte Ankunftszeit ca.: xx. Dezember 00:00 Uhr)Etmal 00:00 bis 24:00 Uhr: 000 sm (000 unter Segel, 000 unter Motor) -  (Durchschnitt: 00,0 Knoten)Motorlaufzeit seit ARC-Start: 00,0 StundenWind:Wetter: . read more...


30/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour

The second part of our day was going to Cilaos, a valley town tucked in between three mountain peaks. It had roads. The drive up took 420 hair pin turns. image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion tour
30/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Monday 10/30/2017

We hired a tour guide today to drive around with us today.The island was formed by a volcano. You have the choice of sea shore or mountains. We choose mountains. The mountains are tall and steep with huge gorges between the high mountain peaks. There are large caldera also between the high spots. The first area that we went to was Piton Maido. Looking out over this area you could see much lower land where there were villages on small plateaus. There are no roads into these areas. A big sport or activity on the island is trekking thru these areas. We climbed down a trail towards these villages but did not come near getting there. We hiked 50 minutes down and back 50 minutes to get a feel. There are small places for trekkers to stay for the night to continue trekking. image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Monday 10/30/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob:  Monday 10/30/2017