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17/01/2018

Blue Pearl - Surprise Surprise...!

Here we are in Santa Marta, Columbia, 10 days after the start of the Rally and we have already retired from the event once and rejoined it again. Not many boats can claim that accomplishment...!We also proudly arrived in Santa Marta , the destination of leg 1, as the last boat in and with one fewer crew aboard than we started with. Who could have known.So, what happened? Well as the health of our crew always comes first we decided to take a detour to Aruba to allow Laurie to recover from a particularly strenuous first three Rally days with boisterous seas but, more importantly, some ailments that don't combine well with passage making. She is in Miami now, doing well and is planning to rejoin us in Panama City.Aruba was an experience. We had arrived in the dark, found a reef to anchor. read more...


17/01/2018

Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018

We have arrived in St Helena early this morning at 08:40 local time 03:40 time in Lexington. We are waiting for customers to come to our boat. Then we will go In town to do immigration. It should be easy in that we have all the forms given to us by World Cruising and we have completed them. We will have a couple of functions here and do a tour or two. More to followI am attaching a couple of photos May fair winds fill your sails with islands visited not exiled to!Bobimage2 image1. read more...


Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
Lexington - CaptainBob:1/17/2018
16/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 10-11

Drinking rum before 10:00 am in high seas is nuts. Unless you want to throw up. Not a bad way to attract sharks if none of your lures are working. The trek heading west, taking Air Power just north of the ABC Islands, (Aruba, Bonaire, & Caracaou) was pretty fun. We had been cruising in the 8-10 knot range. Depending on whether you are on the the back side of the wave climbing up, or surfing down the face. Many of the waves pushing us along were around 10 feet, with an occasional one, reaching 15 ft. We were glad they were going with us. It's nice to catch up with the fleet after falling behind. Cruising short handed (just 2 of us) keeps us sailing conservatively. If the skies are full of puffy clouds, we have to assume some of them are going to provide us with squall conditions. read more...


16/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/16/2018 17*11'south. 4*17'west

St Helena is 115 miles ahead. It is a beautiful sunny day with 16 knots of wind and 6.5 knots of boat speed. We anticipate being in St Helena around noon tomorrow.From there we will have an even longer leg to Salvado da Bahia Brazil. It is hard to believe that we are as far along as we are. I am going to have to digest the whole trip after I get home and reread my blogs. I am going to have to do a lot of studying to finally figureit all out. It sure has opened my eyes to a lot but it has not given me the understanding that I probably need. It is so much easier to be back home on the farm. I am truly trying to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life. I have made a few list of very short term low priority goals like getting the weeds out of the garden and some long term. read more...


15/01/2018

Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!

Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew!!! After fishing for only 1 hour, Bob the Marlin washooked. It took 35 minute to land and 3 days to eat !!! Estimated weight around 80-100Lbs   Mark Chatfield - SKIPPER  4928. read more...


Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!
Mad Monkey - Bob the Marlin Desperate to Join MAD MONKEY Crew !!!
15/01/2018

Mad Monkey - Why it Tales Half an Hour to Jibe

Circumnavigating is hard work as clearly seen here bythe Mad Monkey crew  !!! Thus it's 'Why it Takes Half an Hour toJibe'   Mark Chatfield - SKIPPER  AD16. read more...


Mad Monkey - Why it Takes Half an Hour to Jibe
Mad Monkey - Why it Takes Half an Hour to Jibe
15/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 4. St Helena Ahoy

4. St Helena ahoyBefore Skyelark left Cape Town there was a get together for those in the ARC 'fleet'. The party continued in the bar of the Cape Grace Hotel afterwards. The evening strangely is a blur, meeting interesting people -mainly 'more mature', from everywhere, and great conversations. So it is hard for me to put names of people to boats. Although not a race as all the boats are different lengths, shapes and sizes, there is a bit of a handicap system so we all know roughly where we should come. On paper Skyelark should come about 7th of the 11 - but Dan likes to punch above his weight. Speedy Russian Arabela,30 miles ahead, is the fastest - having to get to St Helena 15 hours before Skyelark to truly win! On Owl, 'Bill, from my home patch of the UK north east, is 20 miles behind. read more...


14/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Paddington Bear land (or continent, at least)

We've sailed to Colombia, near neighbour of deepest, darkest Peru. That sounds a lot more exciting than we've sailed to Saint Lucia. The past 24 hours have been a rollercoaster ride. The seas pile up in this corner of the Caribbean Sea and so we've been surfing down big, steep waves, which is great for our speed if not our nerves. Unfortunately, Eddy, a close friend of Equatorial Current, did take offence at our faux pas over the name and has been doing his best to push us back the way we came.You'll be pleased to hear that we were too busy yesterday to spend much time fretting about colour-coordinated sailing attire; instead we spent the day changing sails. We even managed to get the mainsail up for the first time since we broke it leaving Cape Verde nearly two months ago. A bit like a. read more...


13/01/2018

Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta

Donnerstag 11.01.2018Am späten Mittwochabend briste gegen 23:30 plötzlich unerwartet der Wind auf 35 Knoten auf. Unser Skipper Wolfgang entschied unter diesen Umständen über Nacht lieber ein Reff in das Grossegel zu machen. Vielleicht kamen ja nun doch noch die angekündigten 35 - 40 Knoten Wind mit den 6 Metern Welle. Die Etappe von St. Lucia nach Santa Maria ist bekannt als die schwierigste und anstrengendste Strecke der gesamten World Arc mit starken Wind und hohem Wellengang. Bislang hatten wir davon jedoch nichts abbekommen.In dieser Erwartungshaltung starteten wir unser Manöver das zweite Reff zu setzen. Das Arbeiten auf dem Vorschiff war bei 35 Knoten Wind im stockdunkeln nicht ganz einfach. Alle vier Mann wurden an Deck benötigt für dieses Manöver. Dennoch lief das Ganze leider. read more...


13/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Pride comes before a fall

Thankfully the Equatorial current is very forgiving and hasn't gone off in a sulk just because we called it by the wrong name in yesterday's blog. It has continued to whisk us along westwards at a couple of knots, helping us achieve a noon-to-noon run of 179 nautical miles. The sea has lost the glorious electric blue of the mid-Atlantic and is now more grey-blue, with splashes of white where the waves over steepen and tumble in on themselves. It's still very beautiful in it's own way.The big news from yesterday is that Jacob and I had showers and so we are both squeaky clean. That also meant new pants for me, this time with a rather fetching maroon waste band that happens to match the maroon belt on my sailing shorts. Perhaps I took a little too much pleasure in my colour-coordinated. read more...


13/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 3. Birthday Kite

3. The Birthday Kite'Fish'.'Fish' Went the excited cries. Having not got off watch until 6am,I jerk awake and quickly bend double to get out of my bunk, no mean feat,and rush on deck to see Dan reeling in another tuna!Dan is 36 today (12thJanuary). Dan is a mature, quiet, safety conscious man but there are timeswhen the little boy within is apparent - this is one of them;he must havebeen a very engaging, possibly quite demanding,toddler! He was literallybouncing with joy. It promised to be a memorable day.The fish was duly gutted and cleaned and with our breakfast bacon and eggsandwiches in hand, we sit down to discuss the day. The wind is behind us at12 to 16 knots, the sea is relatively steady, the sky is over cast and thetemperature a perfect 28 degrees. A good days sailing beckons.It. read more...


13/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 23*22' south. 03*12'east. 675 miles to St Helena. 1/13/2018

We are progressing at a reasonable pace. Our wind has been of 8-12 knots If we were more industrious we would fly a asymmetrical spinnaker. We are spoiled with the simplicity of our twin head sails and always hopeful for slightly better wind. It is 05:30 nearing the end of my watch and I have 12-13 knots and 7-7.5 knots of boat speed. I just finished Hillary Clinton's book, WHAT HAPPENED. After paying a lot of attention to the campaign I am surprised that I read it. I honestly do not know how much I got out of it and I do not know enough to distinguish the bias points. I do know that I think we can improve our political process. I did not vote for Trump but I acknowledge that he was elected and should be given a fair trial at serving. I sure am glad we have checks and balances and. read more...


Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta
Taurus - Ankunft in Santa Marta
12/01/2018

IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish

Oh Two Hundred, as I drag my arse on watch feeling tired and sorry for my self, I meet Phil in the cockpit - dead!  Well, things could be worse for me.  Phil and I share the common fate of burial at sea - no, Phil will not suffer the indignity of becoming bait, of having a steel hook thrust thru the brain.  Not this fish, not Phil.  He will lay in state on my make shift grill alter until my watch is over, and then re-committed to the deep - Davy Jones Locker.  His name makes a nice alliteration and his story is one of humility.IMG_2118. IMG_2121.. read more...


IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
IceBear - Phil the Flying Fish
12/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Pants day

We have made excellent progress over the past 24 hours. Between noon yesterday and noon today we have covered 170 miles, compared to the miserly 110 miles per day we averaged across the Atlantic. Picture a finely tuned crew, constantly tweaking sheets and grinding winches, eking out an extra tenth of a knot here and there - that wouldn't be Shepherd Moon. Picture instead the skipper lounging in the cockpit in just his pants. Not, I hasten to add, common-or-garden pants, but high spec technical pants. Even so, it wasn't a pretty sight. An early morning squall was to blame (which also explains why I was wearing pyjamas in the cockpit when we were pooped by a greybeard). My shorts and T-shirt took all day to dry in the 80%+ relative humidity, but my clever technical pants dried. read more...


12/01/2018

Libeccio - The Start of the World ARC

Guest blogger: Bill SweeneyAs we ease our way towards Santa Marta we bring to a close the first leg of the World ARC aboard Libeccio with Jane and Kevin. When last I blogged we were mid-Atlantic on the ARC rally from Gran Canary TO Saint Lucia!This week has been hectic to say the least - Marianne and I had flights from NYC canceled due to a snowstorm - leading to frantic rebooking and a one day delay in arrival.That translated into a one day delay in departing Saint Lucia - otherwise we'd be sitting with you telling lies verbally rather than via blog. The week has been replete with (mis)adventures and surprises. The misadventure started with our delayed arrival on Saturday to find that our luggage (all of our luggage!) had opted to remain in Newark.Hang Ten benefited greatly from my. read more...


11/01/2018

Skyelark of London - Half way to half way to Brazil

2. A gentle kite and a lovely tunaAlthough in our joining instructions Dan had said we should bring a warm blanket and light wet weather gear for the first few days, the balmy 30 degrees with gentle Cape Town zephyrs caressing the many marina flags had lulled us into a false sense of security. It was an illusion.Cape Town is roughly on the same latitude as southern Spain.It is however open to southerly winds coming in from Antarctica - and they can be unpredictable and cold. Leaving Cape Town we immediately entered a bank of somewhat damp, thick and spooky fog. This would not generally be an issue but rounding the Cape is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes with tankers and container ships carrying goods to and from the east coast of America and Europe to India, the Far East and. read more...


11/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Visitations

We made good progress west yesterday, and we didn't break anything! Even the Blue Water Runner behaved, at least in a relative sense, although that bar is set very low; about sea level to be precise. Yesterday morning we saw a squall approaching on the radar and decided it would be best to furl away the Blue Water Runner until it was safely past. We'd managed to get it more or less furled but it was still a bit baggy around the clews (the bit where the ropes are attached, or more accurately, the sheets). We tried unfurling it a smidge to tidy it up and in the process the top and bottom unravelled, with only the baggy bit left furled. With ominous dark clouds fast approaching, we decided the only option was to drop the sail and get it tied on deck. Now where else would you drop the Blue. read more...


11/01/2018

Hanna - von St. Helena weiter nach Brasilien

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Hanna - von St. Helena weiter nach Brasilien
Hanna - von St. Helena weiter nach Brasilien
11/01/2018

Lexington - Captain:Bob. 1/12/2018. PURE BRAGGING

I am always surprised at how many people are interested in the post I make. I do not consider them to be of much value but I guess it is an interesting trip. I am stretch your potential level of interest but the more I have thought the more I wanted to brag a little. As you know I just spent time with my family in South Africa. I have recently learned that my son-in -law was recognized by his institution. I am copying their press release below for those who are most tolerant of what I contribute. January Physician of the Month: Dr. Lawrence “Drew” ShirleyJANUARY 03, 2018 - 4:42 PMCollaboration is the key for Lawrence “Drew” Shirley, MD.And it’s one of the many reasons he’s January’s Physician of the Month atThe Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Arthur G. JamesCancer. read more...


11/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:2/11/2018. 25*. 57'. south. 6*. 41'east.

We are doing fair in light winds but calmer seas. We have 8-10 knots of wind and are doing about 5.5 to 6 knots of speed. It is overcast and mildly cool. We are just over half way. Wind is predicted to improve. We are in the pack. It is hard to imagine how easy and nice we have it compared to 25-50 years ago. I do my watch while responding to email. I read books on my iPad. I have a chart plotter and GPS. When I get tired I have two shipmates to share watches. I am in no way comparable to sailors that did this sort of thing without my luxuries. Actually I think there is a contest to celebrate the anniversary of the Golden Globe race for solo circumnavigation without stopping. To make it interesting they are only allowing the tools available to the original sailors 50'years ago. Of the. read more...


10/01/2018

Mischief - Final Push for Santa Marta

We are having another great sailing day and all is fine onboard.At first light this morning we decided to put out the code 0. Unfortunatey we managed to wrap the furling line around the it undonedrum which took Mick and I over an hour to unwrap it. We had to cut it to get it unwrapped which was shame as it is a endless line. Good news Mick to the rescue as he managed tosplice it back together so that we could furl it back in.Our tussle with Christine continues so we decided to fly the spinnaker to gain an advantage. He also had a big downwind sail so we couldn't shake them off. They have taken theirs down and we haven't yet so if we are brave enough maybe we can overtake them.We were informed by WARC there has been a large earth quake in Honduras and there was a risk of tsunami in this. read more...


10/01/2018

Taurus - Meilen Rekord

Mittwoch 10.01.2018Seit Dienstag Vormittag segelten wir wieder mit ausgerefftem Großsegel, nachdem der Wind etwas nachgelassen hatte. Heute Mittag 12:00 konnten wir stolze 189,5 Seemeilen innerhalb der letzten 24 Stunden vorweisen, ein neuer Rekord für die Taurus. Dank des guten Windes waren wir seit vergangener Nacht im Schnitt über 9 Knoten Speed gefahren. Die Taurus segelte wie auf Schienen durch die Wellen. Den Meilen Rekord verdanken wir nicht zuletzt auch unserem wohl erfahrensten Crew Mitglied in Sachen Segeln, Gerald aus Österreich. Er sprach sich die letzten Tage bei crew internen Besprechungen zumeist gegen ein Reff aus, und dafür es einfach laufen zu lassen, wenn es denn einmal gut läuft. Der Sternenhimmel wirkte in dieser Nacht nochmal schöner als in den Nächten zuvor. Ich. read more...


10/01/2018

Amuse - repairing the flag

We are hard at work today making important repairs to our Irish flag and catching up on emails. All happening as we hammer along downwind on the Columbia coast in a heavy sea. Thank you to all catamaran designers for making this possible:)image1. read more...


Amuse - repairing the flag
Amuse - repairing the flag
10/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Counting chickens

Now, where were we? A lot has happened since our last blog entry on the 4th December, but some things never change. This morning the Blue Water Runner ended up in the sea, but this time it was down to user error rather than equipment failure, but more on that in tomorrow's blog.Having arrived safely in Saint Lucia we scooped up Daisy and her boyfriend Chris, and spent a glorious week or so sailing down through the Grenadines. I never realised that snorkelling with turtles could be so cathartic. Our accident-prone Atlantic crossing faded into a distant and rose-tinted memory, and all was good with the World once again. We obviously managed to break a halyard whilst flying the Blue Water Runner, but that goes without saying. The only unfortunate thing was that the inevitable "bang". read more...


10/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 8-9

We've put St Lucia in our rear view mirror. We have covered over 500 nm under pretty fair skies. We took our gennaker sail down for a couple of hours yesterday, thinking a large cloud over taking us, was going to really dump on us. Sailing with just a genoa can give us a fair bit of speed in high winds, but that didn't happen, so we put the gennaker back up. The only draw back to the genn is; it's a little too fast for fishing. That is the trade off.Twice each day, we check in on the SSB radio, with the other cruisers, for a quick chat. In the morning we give our current position, the winds we are experiencing, and any engine hours we have had to run, since the last check-in. Then the conversation generally shifts to the fishing report. Quite a few boats have had success, from catching a. read more...


Air Power - Jan 8-9
Air Power - Jan 8-9
09/01/2018

Le Aum - Log dia 3

Dia 8 de JaneiroO mar continua agitado com mas vagas consideraveis tendo uma delas invadido o poço pelo lado de BB e molhado quarto e as roupas do italiano que tinha deixado a vigia aberta.O almoço foi um guisado de frango com legumes.A meio da tarde o vento começou a soprar com forte e tivemos que rizar a grande para o terceiro rizo e enrolar um pouco a genoa.Fizemos 164 milhas no odometro e 168 no GPS.. read more...


09/01/2018

Le Aum - Log dia 2

Dia 7 de JaneiroO mar está revolto um autêntico rock and roll como dizem por aqui ...A vantagem é que já fizemos 150 milhas ese continuarmos a este ritmo talvez cheguemos mais rápido do que previsto.O almoço foi excelente! um entrecosto no forno com batatinhas, feito pelo Comandante ao contrario do jantar que foi um verdadeiro desastre, uma sopa de tomate instantãnea que acabou por ser entornada pelo vaivem do barco.Continuamos a navegar em borboleta com a genoa toda dezenrolada com o pau de spy a BB e VG no segundo rizo a EB.. read more...


09/01/2018

Mischief - Passing the ABC Islands

We have had another great day with constant winds from the east of 20 knots. The sea state has settled this evening to Wendy's delight. The rolling sea makes it difficult to even walk around the boat never mind put your make up on.We have been gybing down the rhumb line avoiding the ABC Islands off the coast of Venezuela and trying to catch the boat in front, Cristine. They must have us on a piece of elastic because every time we start to catch up they stretch out again.We have managed to catch another Mahi Mahi which has given us nice entree for dinner and lunch in the fridge for tomorrow. Its a good job we all like fish and Trevor's skills with a rod never cease to amaze me. we are also refining our skills at dispatching and filleting fish.. read more...


09/01/2018

Taurus - Montag 08.01.2018

Alle Leser sind sicher daran interessiert, wie die Geschichte mit dem blinden Passagier an Bord weiter ging. Nun, nach Sonnenaufgang saß der Vogel nach wie vor auf seinem gemütlichen Plätzchen und machte keine Anstalten weiter zu ziehen. Nun konnten wir jedoch die großen weißen Flecken an Deck, seine Hinterlassenschaften in der Sonne nicht mehr länger dort lassen, weil es sonst drohte sich in das Holzdeck einzubrennen. So machten wir uns an die Reinigungsabeiten. Dies schien dem Vogel nicht so richtig zu behagen, und so entschied er sich etwas träge dann doch weiter zu fliegen. Wir wünschen ihm alles Gute auf seinem Weg und hoffen, er konnte sich genug ausruhen an Bord der Taurus.Bereits in der Nacht auf Montag waren wir in stetiger Nähe von Orion, ein anderes teilnehmendes Schiff der. read more...


09/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 28*. 47' south. 10*. 09' east

I have the 6-9 pm watch. It is a little cool and overcast. I put on my Christmas Fouly wear. Santa Clause treated me very nice. We have started up our afternoon trivia quizzes. We are the quizmaster for tomorrow. It is generally a lot of fun and humbling. I will put in several question from my safari recent knowledge. May fair winds fill your sails with warm foul weather gear. Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 28*. 47' south. 10*. 09' east
Lexington - Captain Bob: 28*. 47' south. 10*. 09' east
09/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: headed to St Helena 29*. 06' south. 10*. 40'east

We are head towards St Helena. It is overcast, about 65 degrees is my guess, 15-18 knots of wind and 6.5-7.5 knots of boat speed. We are again using our twin head sails which require little attention on our part. We should be careful of being too confident. Two boats this morning reported having broken parts from accidental jibs. The group is sailing down wind which often means your main sail is swung wide out over the side of the boat. The wind is coming from the stern. If the boat were to turn in a way to put the boom/main sail on the opposite side of the wind then the boom comes crashing over to the other side with all the force of the wind and a very long arc to swing thru. Both boats had preventers rigged.A preventer is a line attached to the boom to stop it from swinging across the. read more...


08/01/2018

Taurus - Verregneter Start in St. Lucia

Samstag 19.01.2018Hiermit meldet sich das Team Taurus zum ersten Mal von Übersee.Nach einer schier endlosen Schleife von wochenlangen Reaparaturen an der Contest 50 waren wir nun endlich soweit startklar. Sogar am Samstag Vormittag des Start Tages der World ARC wurde quasi auf den letzten Drücker noch eine letzte Reparatur an unserem Bugstrahlruder getätigt. Gegen 10:50 machten wir uns klar zum Auslaufen, um zum offiziellen Termin um 12:00 pünktlich über die Start Linie zu segeln.Gleich beim Auslaufen aus der Box passierte uns das erste Ungeschick. Beim Rückwärts absetzen aus der Box gab unerwartet plötzlich doch wieder unser Bugstrahler den Geist auf. Da wir recht kräftigen vorlich-seitlichen Wind aufs Schiff hatten, trieb das Schiff sofort ab in Richtung des benachbarten Schiffes und. read more...


08/01/2018

Taurus - Blinder Passagier

Sonntag 20.01.2018Am Sonntag spielten sich die Wachen ein und jeder von uns gewöhnt sich allmählich an den Wachwechsel. Wir freuen uns den ganzen Tag über rund 20 Knoten Wind, was uns mit zusätzlichem Schub durch die Welle von hinten zwischen 7-8 Knoten Speed over Ground brachte. In den ersten 24 Stunden haben wir stolze 157 Seemeilen geschafft. Zwischendurch hatten wir etwas mehr Wellengang und Wasser über dem Front Deck. Ich rief noch vom Kockpit runter in den Niedergang, man möge die vorderen Luken schließen, und dachte dabei nicht an die Luke hinten in der Achterkammer. An nichts Böses denkend spritze plötzlich unerwartet eine Welle hinten seitlich über und spülte eine Menge Wasser über das Achterdeck. Als ich mich umdrehte und mir auffiehl, dass die Achterluke noch offen war, war es. read more...


08/01/2018

Mischief - Nearly Half Way

We are nearly halfway to Santa Marta having left St Lucia just 2 days ago. All isgood on board and the sailing is great, C increasing our 24hr run record to 185 miles. We are going to pass quite close to the ABC islands off Venezuela. The weather is sunny and hot and so far today no squalls. When the squalls do come the wind doubles in speed and the rain is biblical. Last nights dinner was a triumph of fish cuisine Rick Stein would have been proud of. Mick prepared a delicious starter called Sashimi, raw, chilled Mahi Mahi served with soy sauce and wasabi. This was followed by Mahi Mahi parcels cooked for just ten minutes in foil, containing olive oil, salt, pepper and on a bed of onions and garlic. This was served with boiled potatoes and a Caribbean salad. Needless to say there was no. read more...


08/01/2018

Amara - Fish ON... again!

Day 3, We had an amazing night of sailing! Great breeze, calmer sea and better VMG to Santa Marta.We put out the line early this morning with hopes of having an early morning catch. Amara didn't disappoint... we hooked a nice 12ish pound WAHOO! All carved up and in the freezer! Dinner in Santa Marta will be difficult... Tuna or Wahoo! I already know what Brenda will say - WAHOO!!! #AMARAROCKSRick. read more...


Amara - Fish on ... Again!
Amara - Fish on ... Again!
08/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 6-7

Hello again. Its been about 6 weeks, since we finished ARC Caribean 1500. After spending 10 days on Tortola, BVI having a couple of machine bolts repaired, we pushed on to St John's, AVI (American Virgin Islands). We spent a wonderful evening visiting one of Jill's former A.F. classmates. We then sailed southeast for Guadaloupe, and met up with a sailing friend on Aladdin. After a couple of days eating French food, we followed Aladdin to Les Saints, part of this same island group, and ate more French food. We then sailed past a couple of islands and arrived in St Lucia for preparation for the World ARC.Saturday's weather was a little on the damp side, as a good downpour added to the excitement of not colliding with the other 38 boats at the starting line. While waiting for the starting. read more...


08/01/2018

Skyelark of London - Back in the Atlantic

Cape Town to Cabedelo (Brazil) via St Helena.Narrated by TimTo beginSkyelark was as beautiful as I remembered. The last time I has seen her was in May 2017 when I left her in Southampton after a crossing from Antigua via the Azores. That voyage was so good, with amazing people, leadership, food and sailing, that I vowed never to repeat the experience as I thought it could not be bettered.But I could not stay away.She was moored in the marina in Cape Town as part of the World ARC - a regular 15 month rally of mainly 45 - 55 foot cruising yachts, starting in the Caribbean in January and circumnavigating the globe. Skyelark (51 ft) was just back in the Atlantic on her way home, having crossed the Pacific and Indian Oceans.Around 40 yachts had left St Lucia in January 2017, usually sailed by. read more...


07/01/2018

Libeccio - We are off the docks!

We are very pleased to report that Libeccio and her crew left the comfort of Rodney Bay Marina at noon today and have, finally, started our first passage of the World ARC! Our crew mates for this leg, Bill and Marianne, were delayed due to the snow storm that paralyzed the NY area. While they arrived late yesterday afternoon on St Lucia, their luggage was not so fortunate and so they had to go out and purchase everything for the trip. There was a little delay today as Marianne was scouring the shops of Rodney Bay (remember it is a Sunday) for, shall we say, underclothing. Otherwise, once we had filled up with fuel and checked out we were very happy to get on our way. The day has been brilliant so far. Winds out of the East, perhaps a little south of East, ranging from 18 - 25kn and seas. read more...



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