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20/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 16 - windless seas and stolen fish

Afternoon all,It is the evening of our fifth day at sea on our passage to St Lucia and the famously reliable trade winds seem to be off trading somewhere else. Throughout last night our true wind speed dropped steadily from 11 knots down to around 7 and has stayed there throughout the day. A quick chatter amongst the crew this morning and we decided to bang on the motors and focus on fishing. Our fishing successes seem to range from desperate to downright unbelievable. The first "success" if you can call it that was Drew and Paul bringing in a nightmarish looking creature in the middle of the night we have dubbed a ratfish because we dont know what its called. With oil black scales and a set of mismatched large fangs we can assume its a scavenger and threw the creepy fella back. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
20/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West

What followed last night's journal entry was long night on rolling seas with light winds. People found it difficult to settle and sleep was sparse and fitful for most of the crew.  Checking the Yellow Brick race tracker at the bottom of Gran Canaria it was clear that a number of different strategies were emerging across the fleet.  NoStress decided to head north and chase the stiffer breeze that had been predicted - current reports have us at 24 miles behind the leader of our class so we've yet to see if this strategy will pay off.The reward for a night at sea was the start of a beautiful day (see pictures) with blue skies, fair seas and a good sailing breeze.  A day of maintenance and other routine tasks followed and, as conditions were relatively smooth, yet more meals were. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
20/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 2 with Ted; we got visitors!

Today we had a relaxed day with Ted and we have got a bird visiting and a squid onboard.I hope Ted likes our crossing right now!Sunshine from Hilmer, Hampus and Ted. read more...


20/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Sailing has its ups and downs

There are two very different strategies being adopted by the fleet. Some are choosing to stay north close to the rhumb line (the shortest route to our destination) while others have headed south in the hope of finding more wind. We thought about heading south but changed our minds and so we're now wallowing in the middle with very little wind. We really need to be able to fly either our Blue Water Runner or the gennaker to make any progress, but both of those need the spinnaker halyard and that is currently snoozing in the aft locker rather than running up through the mast as it should be. We sent Jacob up the mast a couple of times yesterday to try and fix the problem. The aim was to to run a mousing line from the top of the mast to the bottom, and then use that thinner line to pull the. read more...


20/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Update from Ngahue IV

We've had our first full day at sea now. After a (very) slow start yesterday (Sunday) across the departure line - a venerable Hallberg-Rassy 53s does not move fast - we set about catching up with the rest of the ARC fleet as he headed towards and entered into the "acceleration" zones which are just under each of the Canary Islands. Though just as we began to enter into the jumble of the other boats at the back of the ARC fleet, we hit a wind-shadow spot just south of Gran Canaria. All progress halted; sails needed to be rearranged. An hour of so later, as our boat speed picked up again when we found some useful wind, we could start thinking of joining the fleet's rearguard again.Today, Monday, has been a bit of that too. The better wind at the beginning of the day has died on us as we. read more...


20/11/2017

Blue Top - BLUETOP 19112017 1er jour

Gooood Morninnng BLUE TOPLe blog du TOP n°2 du 19/11/2017Un départ au TOPNous largons les amarres à 11h et c'est la sortie du port en convoi et en musique accompagné par la fanfare de l'île. Des milliersde personnes massées sur le bord des digues nous acclament. Ah les braves gens ! On entend même "Allez la Bretagne".Il y a trois catégories, l'une pour la course et deux autres en rallye (croisière), avec un départ associé tous les quarts d'heure.Pour la nôtre, le départ est à 12H45, alors bien sur nous faisons quelques ronds pour patienter. Un excellent passage, au plus prèsdu batiment de guerre, Le Météoro, qui sert de bateau jury a laisser a babord, et c'est parti!Nous sommes seulement 27 bateaux en course ( et le plus petit aussi ) tandis que la centaine d'autres attendent pour le. read more...


20/11/2017

Hummingbird - Monday - John's Blog

It is now 5 days since we left the exotic islands of Cape Verde and after the drama of 4 spinnaker hoists in 12 hours we have thankfully for all and especially the spinnaker rap crew (rappers Erika John and Chris) had an uneventful and relaxing 24 hours as we approach one third of the way across the ditch pursuing our joint dreams of sailing across. We are a close-knit group of very different people with a passion for sailing and adventure. Fraser and I are the antipodean entertainment on board who relish the dulcet tones of the English who dominate the crew. Our talented skipper produces turns of phrase such as ”I think I am turning a reluctant shade of beige” which to us Aussies means she is getting bloody sunburnt. She is also the enforcer of the one drink rule even though they’re. read more...


20/11/2017

Manihi - Ça c'est de la voile !!!

Un peu plus de 24h qu'on est partis et nous voilà dans le vif du sujet ! Il a fallu commencer à réfléchir (et décider par la même occasion) à une stratégie. Route sud qui descend vers le Cap Vert, un peu plus longue et avec pas mal de calmes (pétoles disent les marins, les vrais !) ; la route directe, ligne droite entre Canaries et les Antilles, la plus courte mais avec un gymkhana entre des molles (pétoles pour d'autres marins) et de la navigation au près pas toujours confortable ; la route nord sûrement la plus rapide, qui remonte entre les iles Canaries et pour aller chercher la baston dans une dépression.Après pas mal d'interrogations et de simulations, c'est la route directe que nous avons choisie. Nous allons essayer de nous faufiler entre les obstacles. Beaucoup de bateaux ont. read more...


20/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017

A bunch of us are tucked into a river at East London. We came down the coast until we met a low approaching front the south. Right before we got in the barometer dropped from 1016 to 1005 in 12 hours. We knew what the weather would be but a good rule of thumb is that if the barometer starts dropping you head for cover. We got in in the early morning and the low got in in the afternoon. They have a nice small yacht club here. We are going in there tonight to have supper. We went to a shopping mall and got a few things. We will hold up here until the low leaves, probably Thursday afternoon. I hope all is well with everyone. The photo is of the anchorage. May fair winds fill your sails with good shelter Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: East London   11/20/2017
20/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Log Day 1 - Starting line

Finally! We're out at sea!The day started with an engine failure that talented skipper Lizzy repaired with a little help from our Swedish gentlemen neighbours at the Marina. What a colourful show. There were so many ships leaving Las Palmas harbour, so many flags of all kinds, musicians, crowds that had climbed up the water breakers to waive us goodbye. The guy at the microphone seemed to be delighted ... una embarcacion de señoritas! Saran las primeras en llegar a Santa Lucia!We're all feeling good, except for the bananas dripping on a berth needed rearrangement. Now we're all in the cockpit watching the boats spread out as they find they're course for tonight.. read more...


20/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 5

Yet another beautiful day at sea. We are a long way behind 'schedule' and will be late in to St Lucia. But we are looking forward to our 1/3 of the way festivities, which should be in 2 days time. Apart from that, not a lot of action. We are trying to trim sails and angle of the wind all the time, to get the most out of what we have. Sails come up and down about twice a day. Good to move around a bit. We hope that day 6 will bring us a brisk breeze to allow Lily to show us all what she can do. Peder. read more...


20/11/2017

Mad Monkey - 1st Day at Sea - A wake up call!

I'm writing our first blog from the nav table of Mad Monkey, on our first night shift of ARC 2017; every 10 seconds being thrown off the chair as the boat heels from side to side! (An instant reminder of what life at sea is really like!) We are having a great sail, coming into the night with 30+kts of wind and sailing somewhat comfortably without a headsail and with a first reef in the main sail… And we've just broken the boat speed record with 15.5kts!Today we had a great send-off from the marina with crowds on both sides of the exit, definitely made us feel like we are doing something special. We thought we would all wear monkey masks so we could hide our soppy tears, or perhaps it was to remind people that we are indeed the MAD MONKYS! On that note --- we would all like to thank the. read more...


Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
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Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
20/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Monday 20thOur trip down the coast of Gran Canary ended in a spinnaker broach nearsunset. No damage to spinnaker but the guard rails in the water ripped offthe danbuoy canister. We then proceeded to jump the traveller car of themainsheet traveller and had ball bearings bouncing round the cockpitfollowing a heavy gybe without the boom brake fully engaged. several hoursof repairs were necessary to fix this issue.Lumpy 25-30 knot wind overnight welcomed our crew to the acceleration zonesouth of the island. Today the sea is calmer we are sailing in sunnyconditions in 15knts of wind and all is well on board.Trifon. read more...


20/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°8 - Slow Boat to St Lucia / Mahi Mania

Bang! The second leg of ARC+ had begun. Aftet a lackluster start from Las Palmas, we turned things around and with a nice breeze behind us had Haji in the thick of it leaving Mindelo. It didn't take long for the quicker boats to seperate themselves, and slowly more and more boats began to pull away from our old gal. The bosun and I hoisted our staysail as Haji turned cutter rigged and an extra half a knot was added to our speed. The island of Sao Vicente behind us, we kept a few miles off the southern coast of Santo Antão. Some headed south, some opted to keep the island closer to their starboard side, but as we all approached the tip of the island the wind died. Everywhere mainsails were flapping and boats were rolling around in the wind shadow. Crews began to furl their genoas and. read more...


20/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Race Day

Great and very exciting start to the Race. 8 to 10 knots at the start but by 4 pm it was up to 20 knots and the spinnaker up. When it gusted at 33 knots with a boat speed of 19 it was time to douse it just before dark. We then had a flukey night with on and off periods. This morning the wind is down to basically becalmed and is expected to remain like this all day. Time to relax and maybe catch a fish?m_DSC_0001. read more...


Gust of Wind - Race Day
Gust of Wind - Race Day
20/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Wind is softning

After a night with quite steady winds, it is now softening a bit and we consider gybing towards the southwest to avoid even calmer winds.Position reports keep looking promising, so we have plenty of reason to try to make the right choices and stay ahead.. read more...


20/11/2017

Hummingbird - Sunday night: Chris's first blog

We really have settled into a routine of the three hour life in the three team watch system. Night duty is great because its so much cooler. Still t shirts only and shorts. Down in the ‘hold’ in the day s in from the small portholes and delight in the simple pleasure of the cheap B&Q fans we were all issued by Rachael to keep our temperatures down. The seas have been much calmer and with so much less swell than I had expected which is great. We are atuned to looking rear for potential squalls heading up on us but nothing so far and nothing on the immediate horizon. Its definitely warmer than I had expected as I had arrived with full wet kit and boots and layers which all sit redundantly at the bottom of my storage locker untilnow.I had hoped to be able to communicate while in the. read more...


20/11/2017

Charm - Day 5 - The yellow spinnaker

I'm sure some of you winced when I tempted fate last night by talking about nothing breaking.I probably won't do that again.I was just getting up this morning when I heard Kent calling Tim to help.I peeked upstairs and Tim said, "We need Joe."That's usually not good.Poor Joe had just crawled into bed.He takes his regular shifts like the other 2 guys but also usually sleeps on the couch so he is available for any issues.He usually appears at least once during my shift and I assume he does the same for the others.He doesn't get much rest on passages like these.So, Joe went out on deck and I followed him.Kent was dousing the spinnaker and it didn't seem to be going well.I jumped on top of the sail and helped him gather it and saw that the leech tape was caught up high.As we brought it in, I. read more...


Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Spinnaker repair
Charm - Spinnaker repair
19/11/2017

Helen - Day 4 for Ed

140 miles without using the engine is OK for these lightish winds but we need to pick up speed soon. Steering the boat at night is called a "watch" which is nothing to do with a Rolex! According to the captain a night watch can be very beautiful if the stars are out or very frustrating if the weather is against you.Last night I joined the captain for a frustrating watch!We saw some clouds on the radar coming our way and as they did the wind stopped. The sails banged and clattered for a while until the captain decided to put them away and start the engine.The deluge of rain came and we both got wet. Five minutes later the rain stopped, the wind returned and the captain had to put the sails out again.What happened 15 minutes later? More clouds!Today is Sunday so we had bacon rolls with. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
19/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Hola!!!Ahir ens vàrem saltar el blog, és que estem tant enfeinats jaient per aquí al barco que no vàrem tenir temps de fer-lo... hehehe Avui com que és diumenge ens hem despertat amb sardanes i xocolata desfeta. En Jordi no abandona mai les tradicions. Ha sigut un dia de poc vent rarament hem vist superar els 6 nusos de velo. A més a més ahir vàrem detectar un problema amb la drissa de l’asimètric que es sega per culpa d’una roldana que està desgastada, aquesta passada nit hem hagut de navegar amb major i gènova, cosa que ha fet que encara anéssim més a poc a poc. Després de fer la xocolata en Jordi s’ha atrevit a pujar altre cop al màstil per arreglar el tema. (foto 1).Fent tot això ja ha arribat l’hora de dinar i l’Oriol i en David han preparat unes patatetes al forn amb carn de. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
19/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Mr and Mrs Haddock buy a boat

Ode to a boat purchaseI am a salty sea dogand Haddock is my nameI eat raw fish and drink straight rumand fishing is my game.I need a boat to sail the seasbut which one should I choose?I'm doing the ARC in 17and I don't want to loose.It could be a Benetauor a bigger CNBthe children liked them very muchand they look quite good to me.What about a Rustler?Princess Anne has got one tooIf they are good enough for her my manthey are good enough for you.I called her up to ask adviceand she invited me for teathings were going very welluntil she put her hand upon her knee. (I was wearing my kilt)Ok how about an Oyster they look pretty swellI'm told they are an aphrodisiacWhen eaten from a shellMrs Haddock said yes pleaseand then went in a huffI explained in simple termsthat 3 kids was enough.Get a. read more...


19/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria

As predicted there were light airs for the start and, as it’s a cruising rally, crossing the line at one o’clock was a leisurely affair when compared to the cut and thrust of the start lines we’re used to.  We were one of a few boats that decided to head offshore to see if there was more wind but there was little to be found early in the afternoon, so other jobs could get done and a late lunch of our last shop-bought bread for sandwiches was served.The cruising chute made its first ever flight and, with a few tweaks to the rigging, was giving us some lovely pace - seeing us pass other boats in the fleet. A minor failure (a strop on one of the blocks snapped) happened as the wind suddenly scurruied from 10 to 16 knots, so the bright red canvas ended its debut and it was back to. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria
NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria
19/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017

We are hopping down the coast of South Africa while headed to Capetown. We have a good weather window and the weather has been benign. As it turns out, you leave right after a low passes which often puts you in the weather that is transitional. For that reason we have motored a good bit. Right now we are using our twin head sails in 8-9 knots of wind but we have 3.5 knots of current helping us do a COG of 8.5 to 9 knots. It is just like a women, nice and gentle until she turns on you and all hell bust out. Right now it is 22:00 11/19/2017 and we are about 80 mile from our next port, East London. This is a free sailing time to Capetown. Most of the boats are sailing along with us. A few stayed to see more sights or to get stuff fixed. Most have plans to go home for the holidays. My wife,. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017
Lexington - Captain  Bob: 11/19/2017
19/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°7 - Mindelo, MindGoodbye

It was a short turn around in Mindelo. Our first afternoon was dedicated to the floating bar at the marina, swapping stories and congratulating our ARC+ friends on completing the first leg. A half day was all we could afford however, as repairs and provisioning were of paramount importance during our short stay. Cold beer and good company kept us there later than intended, but it was much deserved for all.The first full day we managed to get our repairs sorted and most of our provisioning done. Our laundry was sent out first thing and returned eight hours later. That evening we attended the awards ceremony for leg one where, much to our dissappintment, we didn't win anything. Don't even get me started on the joke that is the handicapping system. Two Hallberg-Rassy's, a Moody, and an Ovni. read more...


19/11/2017

Avel Biz - J 0 Départ

Dimanche 19 novembre 201728°06 N15°23 WBonjour à tousAprès les derniers préparatifs, nous avons quitté le ponton du Muelo Deportivo de Las Palmas avec la musique du Bandas de Las Palmas. Au dernier moment, nous avons décidé de remplir notre deuxième jerrycan de 20 l de gazole. nous partons donc avec 85 litres en tout. C'est large mais rassurant.Départ tranquille sous Code 0 en milieu de ligne. En quelques heures les gros disparaissent à l'horizon et les plus lents aussi mais en arrière.Première soirée sous spi.A demain. read more...


19/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Highs and lows

The past 24 hours have been a bit of a rollercoaster, perfectly encompassing the highs and lows of sailing. On the plus side, yesterday was shower day, and it provided one of those moments that make this trip so memorable. I was standing (or hunched, would be more accurate) in the shower, looking out of the window at the bluest of blue seas as a shoal of flying fish skimmed past the boat. They must have travelled a good 50 metres or so before plunging into a wave, with the sun on their scales giving each one a sparkling iridescence. It was magical.That brief moment of pleasure now seems an eternity away. Our prayers for more wind were answered in abundance and we spent the evening charging along at around 7 knots. I was on watch around midnight when there was a loudbang. I was gazing at. read more...


19/11/2017

Manihi - Et c'est parti !!!

Et voilà ... Après avoir dit au revoir et s'être donné rendez-vous à Ste Lucie avec nos voisins de pontons, après avoir dit au revoir a nos famille, nous avons largué les amarres vers midi. Sortie du port de Las Palmas folklorique accompagnée pas un concert de bandas sous les applaudissements des spectateurs venus s'entasser sur les jetées. Même dans cette ambiance bon enfant et décontractée, unepetite émotion est quand-même là. Quitter la terre pour trois semaines, ce n'est pas banal ...Dès le départ, nous avons mis en place le rythme de vie sur le bateau. Aussitôt la ligne de départ passée, nous avons procédé à notre première hydratation au Pastis suivie d'un déjeuner. Tortilla, rillettes de canard au foie gras et yaourt. Arrosé d'un verre de rouge espagnol. Faut commencer léger !Côté. read more...


19/11/2017

Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted

Hi! Sailor Ted is doing well. So far he has eaten pizza and watch the other boats. Now he has a life jacket.  Thank you team ARC for everything - c u on the other side.  20171119_122100_resized 20171119_142358_resized 20171118_214855. read more...


Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
19/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 4 Mijlen maken

Wat een heerlijke dag.. zonnetje..wind..boekjes lezen..dutjes en klusjesdoen.. maar het belangrijkste aanhoudende wind! Gistermiddag hebben wij onze buiken gevuld met broodjes hamburger! Wat eenluxe overtocht. Heerlijk eten, elke avond even douchen, alles kan.   Gisteren aan het einde van de dag moesten wij pas weer in actie komen engingen wij vlak voor het eten en zonsondergang de A2 omwisselen voor de A4gennaker. Inmiddels doen wij minimaal 2 zeilwissels per dag dus iedereen heeftzijn eigen taken en we worden steeds sneller... max 20 min met DJ onze autopilot, Rob en Nikki in de pit en Rodie en Haico op het voordek.Toen de A4 snuffer omhoog ging kwamen we erachter dat er bovenin degennaker een scheurtje zat. Zakken dus maar weer en de genua uitboomen.Gennaker en zeilreparatie team. read more...



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