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20/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day -2 lots of preparation

Nearly there. My main task has been shopping for food and I have found it difficult to think of provisions for 4 people over 3 weeks without the chance to pop out to the local shop. I thought I was on top of it and had ordered from the green grocers and butchers at the beginning of the week but seem to have become more indecisive as time progressed. Hugo and I went to the supermarket yesterday afternoon. It is quiet in the afternoons as the locals have siesta and are not about. The shop was full of ARC sailors pushing several trolleys around all ladened high. Everyone seemed highly organised with lists and exuding a sense of purpose. Hugo and I went up and down the aisles chucking stuff into the trolleys. Although I did not feel I knew what I was doing the supermarket has seen it all. read more...


20/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Sunday 20th November: Sunday brunch

What to do when the skies are grey and winds are light?  Cook atraditional Great British breakfast.  That’s what Keith did – and yes itwas great! No other major news today – better winds for us and a bit more pace, butotherwise uneventful. Colin CBO. read more...


20/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 4 - Sunday 20th Nov

Day 4 - Sunday 20th NovemberWell, a miracle truly was performed on board Endeavour yesterday!!Dermot and Conor, after a long day stuck with their heads up pipes most of us would prefer not to even know about, fixed the bloody loo.Hurrrraaaayyyyyyy!Turns out it was some calcium deposit that had built up (that may be an over-simplification of the reality, I didn't particularly seek any more details, thanks very much) and with a huge effort they managed to clear it and all is running smoothly again.A major clean-up ensued (of both the heads and the guys) and order has been restored.Phew!The pair of them have definitely earned their place in heaven (and a large pint or two in St. Lucia!!!)The night shift was dark and wet (see Conor's mild ravings in the last blog - we may need to send a. read more...


20/11/2016

Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo

IMG_9233 DSC06755. DSC06774. DSC06778 DSC06788. DSC06790 DSC06791 DSC06796 DSC06751.. read more...


Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
Nemo - Photos from the start day on Nemo
20/11/2016

JoEmi - Day 1

A huge wale passes 20 min after the start between the boats. A brilliant start!. read more...


20/11/2016

M one - Der 5. Tag

20.11.16 Bordzeit 11.30 Uhr Der 5. Tag Not macht erfinderisch.Aufgrund des Ausfalls unseres parasailers können wir mit unserer besegelung keinen vorwindkurs segeln. Wir sind dadurch gezwungen zu kreuzten und das kostet weg und Zeit.Der parasailor hat aber seine Rechnung ohne die Crew gemacht.Mit fender und Leinen wird ein Baum für das vorsegel gebaut, so dass wir fast unseren Kurs segeln können.Die Konstruktion wird den ersten Preis bei dem Wettbewerb pfusch am Bau gewinnen.Auch hat die Crew noch nicht aufgegeben den parasailor wieder zum Leben zu erwecken.Es wird über eine Operation am offenen herzen nachgedacht die den gewünschten Effekt erzielen soll.Insbesondere Michael und Markus scheinen medizinische Kräfte zu entwickeln derweil franz Hermann durch intensives drehen am Steuerrad. read more...


20/11/2016

Ximera - Arc 2016. Day 0. Leaving Muelle deportivo de Las Palmas

Our last step on land 10 minutes ago. Now our feet will be on the deckand our souls at sea for a while, looking forward to our next footstepson land in St. Lucia.Fair winds and follwing sea to all the Arc boats, many thanks to the Arccrew.Giacomo - Ximera teamP1060488. read more...


Ximera - Arc 2016. Day 0. Leaving Muelle deportivo de Las Palmas
Ximera - Arc 2016. Day 0. Leaving Muelle deportivo de Las Palmas
20/11/2016

Estrella - Tag "0" - Kurz vor dem Ablegen das erste offizielle Crewfoto

Von links nach rechts: Skipper Helmut, Harald, Rainer,Uwe, Dirk Axel, Heinz, Christoph, Anna, Ralfimage1. read more...


Estrella - Tag "0" - Kurz vor dem Ablegen das erste offizielle Crewfoto
Estrella - Tag
20/11/2016

Koco - Das neue Segel

Es war ein ganz besonderer Tag, denn das neue Segel ist doch noch rechtzeitig bei uns eingetroffen. Die Freude war gross und sämtliche Anspannung die sich über Tage aufgebaut hat war wie weggespült. somit konnten wir den neuen Wingacker auf offener See testen. Fazit; kann losgehen und ; wir werden über den Atlantik fliegen! Zum krönenden Abschluss gab es am Abend noch ein grossartiges Feuerwerk. Wir sind bereit. ARC Regatta Las Palmas - St.Lucia 2016. Es , die Crew der Koco - Sybille, Eddi, Günther, Dieter, Gunnar und Christof. read more...


20/11/2016

Skiathos - Tag-3 in Las Palmas - finishing touches . . .

Gestern, Freitag, konnten wir es relativ gemächlich angehen lassen. Kleinere Nacharbeiten am Schiff, kleinere Besorgungen, Gespräche mit anderen Seglern am Steg, Kommunikations-Tests mit dem Iridium Satellitentelefon. Nachmittags haben wir dann den Blog-Eintrag  von meiner „Transat“-Facebookseite testweise auf die ARC-Website gesendet.Heute dafür wiederum volles Programm.Nach Frühstück und Abwasch stand für Skipper Karl zunächst das Ausklarieren auf der Agenda. Der Zeitslot dafür war von der Regattaleitung (The „Committee“) akribisch vorgegeben.Ich zog herum um Stempel für Meilenbücher einzusammeln. Der Weg führte mich an den Bürocontainern des „Committees“ vorbei und ich unternahm einen Versuch, die verzögerte Veröffentlichung unseres ersten Tagesberichts zu reklamieren. Es blieb. read more...


Cherish - Day 5: interlopers
Cherish - Day 5: interlopers
20/11/2016

Cherish - Day 5: interlopers

Saw a ship at night off our stern quarter 17 miles off. Looked through binoculars to check her lights and see which way she was heading; one white light means a boat is less than 50 metres long, two white lights more than 50m. Red light shows portside, green starboard so you can work out if it is coming towards or going away. This was a ship bigger than 50m. Looking on AIS (collision !@£@$%$£@ avoidance system) which gives details, she was heading for Bruges. Saw a second boat briefly touching the arc of our horizon. Ditto a plane. Then nothing. Our own little world back to us again.WJGOPR1462.. read more...


20/11/2016

Bluewaft - ARC 2016 - Day 1

Bluewaft ready to start - ARC 2016WP_20161117_15_12_56_Pro. read more...


20/11/2016

Bluetangos Two - 20.11

Finalmente è arrivato il giorno della partenza, non si poteva più aspettare. Tutti i controlli effettuati, formalità espletate, visitati tutti i ristoranti della zona, fatta cambusa da parte degli esperti, Simone Leonardo Angelo, lavata tutta la frutta e messa nelle reti appese al soffitto ecc. ecc.Ore 11,30,leviamo gli ormeggi e cerchiamo di guadagnare l'uscita del porto. Ci troviamo subito nel mezzo di tutte le barche partecipanti alla Regata. Equipaggi estremamente emozionati, festanti , indossano tutti i Lifejackets obbligatori, sotto si intravedonole magliette colorate con  il simbolo dell'Arc. Le navi in rada suonano le sirene, migliaia di persone assiepate  sui moli  frangiflutto, salutano festose. Tra queste vi sono anche i miei figli Laura e Mario, mi hanno fatto. read more...


Bluewaft - ARC 2016 - Day 1
Bluewaft - ARC 2016 - Day 1
20/11/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 1

SY Bluewaft –20 November 2016 – Las PalmasVella Latina MarinaDay 1After a week of preparation we are now ready to leave.It’s been a bit ofa challenge, with both James and I getting ill with the flu.James has nowfully recovered and I am well on the mend, but it did put a dent in ourpreparations.James has done a great job covering for me and the guys haveall pulled together to complete the final provisioning.It’s been greathaving a resident Doctor on board!The Vella Latina Marina has been challenging.The 3m tides and a wall thatonly had 2cm of freeboard at high tide made fending off a challenge.Inthe end we went bow out which reduced the grey hairs but made access to theshore more complex (climbing over the dinghy).The constant diesel fumesfrom the waiting tankers was also unpleasant. read more...


20/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Tricks of the mind- Endeavour of Cork

Conor here- We do a lot of sailing in the dark here..just over 12 hours a day..this is unusual because at home in the summer months we'd only have half this amount ofdarkness. Some of the nights are very dark. If the moon hasn't risen and its cloudy it is impossible to see the horizon, all you might see are a few swells or crestsilluminated by the navigation lights of the boat. The 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. shift was mine last night and it is on shifts like this that the mind starts playing tricks. Ikept thinking i saw lights of other boats on the horizon, maybe just a glimpse of a light but on straining to see it again, no joy. Perhaps i changed course slightlyand am staring at the wrong spot. There was a half waning moon last night and plenty of cloud so at times you could see all around,. read more...


20/11/2016

Zingara - Zingara vor dem Start

Guten Tag liebe Freunde,heute geht s also los!Alle Stauräume sind voll, Wetterberichte liegen vor und wir können wohl an denersten drei Tagen mit ordentlichem Wind rechnen.Allerdings wird der Kurs zunächst nicht wie üblich Richtung Kap Verden verlaufensondern gleich hinter Gran Kanaria nach Westen gehen.Die momentanen Druckgebiete produzieren einen entsprechenden Windgürtel,in dem wir natürlich möglichs bald unsere Raumwindfahrt aufnehmen wolle.Einige Schreckstunden mußten nochüberwunden werden, nach auffüllen des Kühlschrankeshatte der plötzlich keine Lust mehr, zu kühlen.Zum Glück war aber kurzfristig ein Experte an Bord, der des System innerhal weniger Minuten wieder zum Leben erwecken konnte.Auch der Wassermacher ist nach einigen Undichtgkeiten im Hochdruckbereich und entsprechendem. read more...


Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II - Beltana II moniker on the Wall at Las Palmas
Beltana II - Beltana II moniker on the Wall at Las Palmas
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
20/11/2016

Beltana II - First Beltana II Log Entry

Hi family and friends of Beltana II and the new ocean crew team, now known as Jono (aka Skip), Johnny, John, Paul and Graham.Hopefully we will keep in touch via this log as long as the sat phone behaves itself!We are nearly ready to go with the following lis outstanding.Make more morning coffeeConsume English breakfast at favourite cafeStow winter mooring linesFill water tanks to the brimHoist Johnny to the top of the mast for final rig inspection (or to really take some great photos)Attach new jack staysStow water hoseDisconnect and stow power cableFinal stow downstairsThat's about all folks Team getting on really wellWill post some photos while we are still ashore but then sorry no more photos via sat phoneI have finally got over the 42.5 hour preparation time for Paul's famous Rogan. read more...


20/11/2016

Estrella - Tag -1 und Start - Brot ist da und Spi ist überprüft

Wie sind soweit! Das letzte bestellte Wasser ist geliefert worden. Gestern Vormittag hat sich die Crew aufgeteilt. Zum einen für die letzten Einkäufe, vor allem für Brot. Leider ist nur wenig Aufbackbrot zu bekommen gewesen. Statt dessen wurde für die erste Woche halbwegs dunkles Brot besorg, danach müssen wir uns mit Hartbrot aus der Tüte begnügen. In jeder sind etwa 100 Stück, wir haben 12 Tüten also 1200 Stück (kleine) Brote. Wenn das nicht reicht, kommen die 4 Backmischungen aus Haralds und Rainer Gepäck zum Einsatz (Dank an Klara, die aufs Mitnehmen bestanden hat).Die anderen haben das Boot geschmückt und die Früchte geputzt - und uns so (hoffentlich) vor ungebetenen Mitseglern bewahrt. Über Facebook wurden wir noch gewarnt nicht die Äpfel neben die Bananen zu legen (dank an Katha).. read more...


20/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 20. November 2016

20. November 2016What a day yesterday. Lots of fresh water from above, much wind and no wind, black clouds and red skies. That's atlantic sailing.Our old lady may be not very fast but constant. Heading west.So the day past by. The normal land life is far away. No internet, no mobile, no tv. Wonderful.What else happened?Another tuna for our daily Shashimi was caught. Fresh bread was baken. Spectacular evening sky with burning clouds. Beautiful moonrise in our stern water.1680 NM to go. read more...


19/11/2016

Ludanka - Archie Gone bananas

Ludanka-log-I think I've got piles of bananas image1. read more...


Ludanka - Archie Gone bananas
Ludanka - Archie Gone bananas
19/11/2016

Ludanka - Farewell to Gran Canaria

Ludanka-log-Last crew meal in Gran Canaria leave at 12.30 tomorrow (Sunday)for St Lucia Crew all fit and well and the boat is ready, all pleased to be on the way. Friends and some family here to see us off, others flying out to greet us in St Lucia image1. read more...


Ludanka - Farewell to Gran Canaria
Ludanka - Farewell to Gran Canaria
White Satin - A picture paints a thousand words
White Satin - A picture paints a thousand words
19/11/2016

Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.

28:07N 15:25WSo we're back in the water after being on the hard for a week. The rudder bearing is all repaired and we're now just waiting for the rigger to come out and adjust the rigging. We noticed that when the backstays were taken off to get on the travel lift, the mast was pulling forward under the forestay tension.We've done all our fresh shop today as well and currently putting that away. I haven't got much time now as theres loads to do, but no doubt we will have more time in the coming days to ellaborate on our daily activities. The main purpose of this blog is to test its all working before we leave tomorrow!!Out for now.m_GOPR0002. read more...


Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.
Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.
Woifal - picture of crew
Woifal - picture of crew
19/11/2016

Woifal - -1Tag Woifal

Hallo Zusammen,die Vorbereitungen sind abgeschlossen. Heute war noch Skippersbriefing, Startzeit bleibt bei 13.00 Uhr UTC, also 14.00 MEZ. UTC ist übrigens auch auf der gesamten Strecke unsere Bordzeit, wir machen keine Zeitumstellung auf der Strecke, was natürlich zur Folge hat, dass am Schluss die Sonne erst gegen 11.00 Uhr aufgeht. Alle sind gespannt und wir wollen nur noch los. Leider wird wenig Wind sein beim Start, mal sehen wie es sich entwickelt. Bis Morgen Liebe Grüße von der CrewWolfgang. read more...


19/11/2016

Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines

On the domestic front. We need to eat and we need to wash; items and ourselves. This presents various challenges at sea! Our fruit and vegetables variously hang in two nets in the saloon and sit in crates. Both need inspecting regularly for bruising or worse rotting and individually require turning. Ali did a sterling job procuring fresh produce twice before we set sail. Because of our delayed departure we had to re think things a bit and eat from our existing stores to make way for new produce. Eggs sit in cardboard trays and the entire tray is turned daily. The cardboard is encased in cling film to deter any pesky cockroach eggs that may have boarded at Las Palmas. Washing sheets on day 4 (we’d lived on the boat 10 days in port before departure), we used the power of the sea by. read more...


Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines
Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines
19/11/2016

Fleet II - Log: Saturday 19th Nov. Living the dream(?)

I can start the blog with another wildlife sighting, as a huge tuna jumpedinto the air and pirouetted before disappearing back into the water – a glorioussight. Since then things have gone downhill a bit - for the first time since westarted our escapade (back at the start of November) we’ve had to face up to abit of adversity – I guess it can’t be perfect all the time! Mishap 1 - just after lunch on Friday, having set the fishing line out andreadying for a relaxing afternoon, the Asymetric halyard snapped and we had ourlargest sail dragging in the sea.  Fortunately we pulled it in quicklyenough to avoid any serious damage, but it slowed us down and dampened spirits alittle.  Mishap 2 - while settling down to dinner, a pretty severe squallblew through from nowhere and turned our. read more...


19/11/2016

Christine - Ready for off.

Sailor Ted has been getting to know his friends,'Woolly Bully' from the Lake District, Sammy seal from Scotland and Mook fromDevon. It's all just the same for us. We have been meeting so manyfantastic people over the last 2 weeks. It has been a marvelous time, a busyfull on time which has been so professionally organised by the ARC. All theyellow shirts have worked so hard to make it such a success. We, Gary, Peter andmyself are ready for the off. We will leave Lynn and Sandra on the dock to waveus off and I think we will be happy to get to sea for a quieter time. Peter 8D69. read more...


Christine - Ready for off.
Christine - Ready for off.