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16/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Happy crew is well fed crew!

We may not win prices for speed, but we are near the front of the fleet forour catering.The highlight meal on board is the evening meal... the menu's so far....Sunday 6th Nov. First meal at sea. keep it simple. Bangers and herb mashwith salad, sausages cooked on the charcoal BBQ. Monday 7th Nov. Fresh Tuna, inch cubes, flash fried with ground pepper, hotchilies, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Served with herb mash and salad.Tuesday 8th Nov. Paella, chicken and seafood, dressed with langoustine,roasted pepper and fresh parsley. and yes it was made with saffron.Wednesday 9th Nov. Lunchtime should be the halfway point of our first leg(time not distance) so an Ice Cream treat. Tonight the guest cook will be myRussian wife, cooking Solyanka, a stew of minced meat, cabbage, potato,carrot,. read more...


16/11/2016

Starblazer - 15/11/2016 - The end of this part of our journey

Sorry this is a bit later than intended but I wasn't on watch between 0500 and 0800 when I normally write my blog!As expected we reached Tortola mid afternoon on Monday and were safely tied up in the marina by about 1700.The day's run to noon was 143 nM, not brilliant but it did include about 7 hours of sailing, peaceful but not particularly fast. Now it is time to reflect on the passage.We had no major problems, just a few niggles which might prove to be expensive!I have previously described the problems with the mainsail slugs which detach themselves from the cars on the mast track.Today I reconnected another one which had popped out before I stowed the mainsail properly.John needs to revisit the design of his pins.A second, relatively minor problem concerns the tricolour light at the. read more...


15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)

A new crew member Jukka Pekka, our finnish judo champion, got on board yesterday. This last day in Sao Vicente is the opportunity to discover the island diversity. We enjoya nice panorama from the peak of Monte Verde and then can have a swim in the hot ocean water.    Dolphin Star 017 020 021. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)

Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten islands from which Santo Antao is the greenest one. Kari and Antti decide to visit this island close to Sao Vicente and get there withthe daily ferry. Among the main touristic attractions, it is worth riding the stone road, that took sixty years to build, or enjoying the local beverage at the distillery, which is called grogue.   Dolphin StarIMG_8233 IMG_1834 IMG_8342 IMG_8282. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)

After six days sailing, Dolphin Star arrives early morning in Mindelo (Cape Verde). The whole fleet is moored in the floating marina, taking some rest and preparing forrepairs.   Dolphin Star 021 020 022 026. read more...


Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)

Every morning Dolphin Star collects plenty of flying fishes on the deck. It seems like they are totally disorientated at night and have no means to detect our sailing boat.Antti has no other recipe than eating them raw.   Dolphin Star 017 019. read more...


Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)

Sometimes winds are peaking up and Dolphin Star then breaks speed record at 14.5 knots. There is nevertheless some risk when the wind conditions are very unstable: DolphinStar’s front boom is damaged. The vertical rail fixed on the mast has been ripped off and the boom can no longer be used to control the genoa.   Dolphin Star 016 018. read more...


Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)

Atlantic Ocean is a reliable food reserve which gives us good tunas whenever Kari takes out his fishing rod. As the night comes, Antti cooks a nice diner with the catchof the day. Dolphin Star015 Tuna Sunset. read more...


Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)

As expected the trade winds blow north east at 20/25 knots with a 3/4 meters swell. Dolphin Star has now the main sail and the genoa fully deployed on each side to catchthis nice air flow. Our new chef Antti can show up his cooking skills. Dolphin Star013 Eric wave 012. read more...


Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)

This is the big day with more than 70 boats on the starting line encouraged by the fans. Captain Kari watch out that everything goes right. Dolphin Star007 009 010 011. read more...


Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Remedy - Last 100 miles

This mark that is unseen by the naked eye or estimated by our keen since of smell. But oh yes, there on the chart plotter was the proof, 99.9 to go. I am sure for our larger and faster brethren this was a fast trip, but not to be for Remedy. We were prepared for a few days of rough weather, but we have had only a few days of nice weather. In 2 words, BEAM SEAS, almost every day, cooking in them has to be an art I will need to master with only 3 dinner meals, 3 breakfast meals, and 2 hot lunches under my belt. I had hoped for 50% of the meals, but I hope now to get one more in this 100 miles well short of the goal. It is time for the last supper on this trip, I think it too will be cold sandwiches or microwave soup. No one will complain, eating is only slightly easier than cooking, as. read more...


15/11/2016

Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea

Whelp, we’re here!Isbjorn made landfall early Monday morning, the lights of Anegada, the north-easternmost of the BVI’s, visible shortly after midnight. The moon was so bright that you could see the silhouette of the flat island clearly on the horizon. We continued on a close reach towards the finish line between Scrub Island and the Dogs, crossing at just after 0400 and popping a morning bottle of bubbly to celebrate. We’d been at sea for 8 days & 13 hours, and sailed just over 1,400 nautical miles.Our final night at sea was, no-joke, a career night for me. I’m not sure if the crew realize just how spoiled they were that night. Isbjorn blasted along under her brand-new 140% genoa and full mainsail, close-reaching in calm seas at 7-8 knots in just 12 knots of breeze. There was nary a. read more...


15/11/2016

Diamond Girl - Day -5 / Drinking Beers in the Marina

Party at Wharf K!!!. read more...


Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea
Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea
15/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 11

Hier belle navigation, beau temps, mais les milles se boufent moins vite que prévu ;(On a utilisé le spi et Yo a eu sa première prise : un poisson volant de 3 pouces!tout va bien et on a très hâte d'arriver, plus que 50 MM.Yolène et Jean. read more...


Tiffin - preparations going on
Tiffin - preparations going on
15/11/2016

Nisida - Test and Prep log

Hi AllOur prep on board Nisida is all going well, we were the first boat to have the race division safety inspection and passed with flying colours.We keep buying more food and finding spce to put it away. Somehow!Now looking forward to all our ARC crew arriving on Wednesday, and the last one one on Thursday.. read more...


14/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day -6 Lots of Parties

Gosh, feeling exhausted. Haven't been to so many parties since freshers week and that was some years (decades) ago. The atmosphere of the ARC is a bit like freshers week; the newbies (us) are all excited at being away from home (waters) for the first time; the old hands (senior students) are providing calming words and looking cool; lots of lectures informing us of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. You can go up to complete strangers and ask them all about themselves, their boat and how they got here and everyone is friendly, open and accepting. People are drinking in the sailors (union) bar from 11.00am, there is a drinks party every evening at 6.30 and lots of great parties.We started off on Friday with a farewell for ARC+ and welcome to the ARC party. This was hosted by the. read more...


14/11/2016

White Satin - The ARC Parade - proud to be British

Monday 14th November It was exciting to welcome Helen and Paul aboard on Saturday evening; they have had a frantic few days leading up to their departure collecting spare parts for us and various other last minute items and also wrapping up  things at work. They were thrust straight away into ARC activities with a ‘Red and White’ party on Saturday and the ARC Parade on Saturday.  The ARC team had asked for volunteers from each country to be flag bearers, Vicki managed to hold herself back for about 24 hours before leaping forward, so today’s photo is of her in the parade; she is very proud to be British (despite wanting to remain in Europe!)  We were amazed by the diversity of the nationalities in the parade; the countries were organised in alphabetical order. read more...


White Satin - The ARC Parade - proud to be British
White Satin - The ARC Parade - proud to be British
14/11/2016

Starblazer - 14/11/2016 – Sunday

If Saturday was full of positives I’m afraid Sunday did not follow in the same mould!Overnight there had been several squalls, more rain than wind though the latter waltzed around the compass.I led a charmed life; the squalls all arrived during John’s watches.I didn’t mention yesterday’s sunrise as I wrote the blog because it was unspectacular, light working its way through dense clouds which threatened more rain.We motored most of the morning, sailed during the afternoon, motored again for a few hours then sailed until 0200.There were a number of heavy showers as the black clouds marched past but, by late afternoon, the skies cleared and it became a lovely evening.I do appear to be doing my best to fit the stereotypical Brit, always going on about the weather!At sea there is not a lot. read more...


14/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 10

Bonne navigation hier nous avons franchi la barre des 150MM en 24 hres. Vie à bord un peu difficile hier soir à cause des conditions mer et météo. Aujourd'hui, le matin, tout est cool! A+Yolène et Jean. read more...


14/11/2016

Albatross - Nov 14 - Arriving at Las Palmas!

I am arriving tonight at Las Palmas. Chuck and Lolo are already there and are busy attending seminars, passing safety inspections, and taking care of a myriad of things that need to get done before we leave. James and Kevin are arriving tomorrow and Billy on Friday. Fernando Albatross.. read more...


Albatross - Nov 14 - Arriving at Las Palmas!
Albatross - Nov 14 - Arriving at Las Palmas!
13/11/2016

Noah - ARC starts

Dear friends, this is now the first BLOG entry for sy NOAH on www.sy.noah.de and on the ARC blog (https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/arc_2016_eventlogs.aspx ). We’ll post in english and german. Today was the official launch of ARC2016 and all participating nations gathered to celebrate the opening of the event. The fleet can be tracked on http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx; you will find NOAH on there as well (we are sailing Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia).___________________Heute war die Eröffnung der ARC mit einer großen Flaggenparade aller teilnehmenden Nationen. Übrigens: Position der „NOAH“ könnt Ihr online verfolgen unter http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx (wir segeln die Route Gran Canaria - St. Lucia). Während der ARC werden wir unsere. read more...