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21/11/2017

Ellen - logg day 1&2

It was with many expections when we left the pier and went out to the start. The public and music is going to be an unforgetable memory!The start went well and we dig not only a race, we started the journey we have prepared for in so many years. First night was real ruff, hard winds started after the airport and increased during the evening, no forsail and two reef was enough. As maximum we had over 30 knots wind and made 16 knot, (SOG), in a long surf and broke our stainless steel bracket to the Watt and Sea.Day two, the wind decreased and we had a fast sailing all day long. We have to mention; we got a big Maui-Maui on 3 kg! It was the best lunch - so far.This is the life!. read more...


21/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Big spinnaker up again

Good morning!We finally have the big A2 spinnaker up again after a few days of very easy sailing with a poled out jib, cutter sail and mainsail. We are trying to get a bit south as we are afraid of very soft patch of wind that is forming at the more northerly latitudes. Position reports are still looking good even though we have lost some of our advantage in the last 12 hours.Weather is brilliant with a clear sky, 27 C in the water and a quite sticky 35 C down below in the saloon.Hope you all of you have a great day!. read more...


21/11/2017

Passepartout - Passepartout Day 2: leading the division with a roast dinner.

End of the second day and Passepartout is leading Division H (the slowest one) and up with the leaders of the next two fastest sitting alongside boats 10 feet longer.We’ve had a good sail so far carrying the spinnaker most of the way hitting 13.6 knots in the acceleration zone SE of Gran Canaria.Going so close meant we entered the island’s wind shadow further on with little wind and had to work our way out for a couple of hours.We are on the north track heading for the stronger winds of a light depression WNW of the Canaries along with many of the other boats that are in racing mode.We’ve a bit of time hand steering with the spinnaker keeping us busy: Doug & Cathy are old hands, but Jean-Louis & Hugo are getting a good lesson on how to handle a spinnaker in a strong wind.That. read more...


21/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog

Infinity of Yar Blog entry No. 6Date: Monday 20th November 2017Position: Lat: 26.52N         Long: 17.33W Well, dear readers, we have been at sea now for 24 hours and a lively 24 hours it has been.Now, this is a rally not a race - like hell it is! Your crew were out on the start line an hour before the start doing timed practice runs, checking the bias onthe line, looking to see whether there was better pressure on the out mark, you know all the usual stuff. Given that the penalty for being OCS (On Course Side i.e. over the line at the start for my non racing readers) was three hours we were not going to be early but we did want to make it good. We hit the line on the committeeboat (Spanish Warship) end about 15 seconds after the gun.. read more...


21/11/2017

Mischief - Log day 1: St Lucia here we come!

Slipped lines at 1105 in glorious sunshine having eaten a last breakfast of croissants, listened to the brass band marching up and down and headed out of the Muello Deportivo (marina I believe in Spanish - no taxi driver knows where "the Marina please" is). All the superyachts were leaving around the same time so we were accompanied out into the bay in some very esteemed company. The harbour walls were lined with spectators and well wishers waving and wishing good fortune which is quite emotional. The starboard end of the start line was a local naval vessel with a huge great howitzer on the bow either to fire the starting signal or perhaps to penalise those boats who were over the line at the start - the Spanish version of the "Black Flag" rule? We watched the catamaran class and the. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone

Only mad dogs and us out in the midday sun!image1. read more...


Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone
Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone
21/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Day 3Very light wind overnight and we resorted to using some fuel to advancetowards the trade winds. Unfortunately the traveller car came off the railagain and another solution was required. We attached two pulleys to theoutside toe-rails and re-rigged the main sheet system in a double sheetsystem in an upside down V shape. This should hold until St Lucia. Onefish has bitten and we are looking for more bites.Jon is still sufferingfrom bad head cold but apart from that all is well on-board.Trifon team.. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 - Scurvy prevention unit
La Cigale - Day 1 - Scurvy prevention unit
21/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 1 - 19 Novermber - Leaving Las Palmas

Departure day. Passers-by were stopping to take snap shots of our picturesque citrus nets, strung up from the solar panels at the bow thanks to Helen and Harley the evening before. The stage was set, but the start of our sailing adventure wasn't exactly as scripted... Scrubbing down the decks, hosing down the bathrooms, I remembered we had ARC tops to put on, but Xavier and Francis refused point blank to wear them as they hadn't been washed yet and would be itchy. Ridiculous, I thought, and got in a strop, while an inner voice piped up "Seriously Lucy?! You are arguing about t-shirts?! You only got them yesterday. Get a grip... get a life!!!" Just as I was simmering, a marching brass band turned up. Am I imagining it, or did they really strike up La Cucaracha (Grasshopper) as they passed. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 Departure - Helen and Catherine on La Cigale
La Cigale - Day 1 Departure - Helen and Catherine on La Cigale
La Cigale - Crew of La Cigale and Raftkin "Under The Sea"
La Cigale - Crew of La Cigale and Raftkin
21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN

This will be a championship to remember. 5 competitors and 45 rounds there will be only 1 champion. Stay tuned for results from the deep blue :)image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN
Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN
21/11/2017

La Cigale - Introducing La Cigale

Greetings from LA CIGALE, setting sail around the world! We are Skipper Xavier, First Mate (!) Lucy, Francis (12), Isabelle (9) and Catherine (5), joined for the Atlantic crossing by Helen and Harley, a fantastic couple who we met through Ocean Crew Finder.We are here as much to good fortune as hard graft. Our journey started in La Rochelle, completing the purchase of a Nautitech Open 40 catamaran from a broker who'd just been let down by a charter company. We rang ARC as soon as sale was confirmed, and were put on a waiting list - places on the rally had filled up by April. Still, within 24 hours, we struck lucky with a cancellation and had our slot on the main ARC rally direct from Las Palmas to St Lucia (the ARC plus set off a week before, going via Cape Verde) confirmed.The boat. read more...


21/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°10 - The NARCs (ARC+1)

In this installment, we introduce Ol' Cap'n Babbage, skipper of the intrepid Madrisa of Poole. Corsair, known madman, and joker - his reputation preceeds him (mainly because we warn people he is coming). 'Funcle' Colin - as we like to think of him - has undergone quite a feat lately. Here is a little backstory: He sailed, single-handedly, from Gosport (UK) to Lisbon pretty much non-stop. The journey took about three weeks; no autohelm, there may have been a chart onboard somewhere, nothing to eat but Mars bars, and yet he made it! He ambled up to Haji one morning in Lisbon, and called out my name. I did a bit of a double take - standing there, a man we had thought lost at sea for sure - twice! He somewhat resembled a dead man standing (no offence, Col), and I ran to hug/hold him up as he. read more...


21/11/2017

Susan Ann II - arc departure day

Here’s the Susan Ann II dream team right before slipping her lines.Our team includes: 3 deep sea divers, 1 journalist and a beauty queen!Hayley and myself bought SAII in June, moved straight onboard and have been sailing the Mediterranean since with a plan to sail around the world over the next 2 years.With our limited sailing experience it’s been quite an interesting journey so far!We’d obviously never been in a sailing race before so found ourselves fairly close to the back of the pack at the start but with some decent routing and good winds we slowly caught almost everyone up over the first 24 hours.So far, the fish are eluding us but “today is the day”.image1. read more...


Susan Ann II - arc departure day
Susan Ann II  - arc departure day
21/11/2017

Queen Bee - giorNATA TRANQUILLA

il secondo giorno è trascorso tranquillamente, abbiamo riparato l'inconveniente alla randa e visto il poco vento ci siamo concessi un po' di riposo al sole. Visto il bollettino meteo abbiamo deciso di puntare a sud , sarà la scelta giusta ? Vedremo. Cena con corroborante zuppa di cipolla ed ottimo vino rosso spagnolo. Un abbraccio Arnaldo. read more...


21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...

Fantastic sunrise this morning accompanied by full drop out of the wind as we head SW to try and avoid the low pressure system. Was a very gentle night with full main and spinnaker and has given all onboard some good recovery and peaceful sleep, except maybe in the starboard hull where some crew make more noise when they are asleep...image1. read more...


21/11/2017

Nisida - 21 Nov: No Wind Tuesday

After a night ghosting along with the kite up the wind has now died to less than 4 kts making progress slow and sloppy in the swell. First round of eggs and bacon was good for moral as was a quick shower for all.. read more...


Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...
Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...
21/11/2017

Avel Biz - J +1 Seuls

Lundi 20 novembre 201727°41 N17°03 WSeulsPremière nuit agitée. Le vent a fraichi à la pointe sud de Grande Canarie.Nous sommes passés de GV (Grand Voile) haute et spi médium au spi lourd etGV avec 1 ris. Uelques belles pointe de vitesse à plus de 15 noeuds et 3départs au lof.Puis le vent est complètement tombé pendant plusieurs heures. Nous avons étésecoués dans tous les sens avec des voiliers qui nous croisaient un peu partout.Sabine et Pierre-Yves ont un peu nourri les poissons.Au petit matin, plus personne. Nous apercevons au loin le relief de Tenerifemais plus une voile à l'horizon. Nous sommes seuls sur l'eau. Et contrairement àvous nous n'avons pas Internet pour voir l'ensemble de la flotte. Nous n'avonsaucune idée des positions des autres voiliers de l'ARC.Avec les fichiers météo. read more...


21/11/2017

Charm - Day 6

This is the part of a trip like this when the days begin to blend. The meditative power of the ocean causes time to pass surprisingly quickly despite what might seem to the outsider like "boredom." I missed much of the morning after allowing myself to sleep in post the 3am to 6am night watch. Tully had made a full recovery after the previous night's dramatic, lack of sleep- induced tantrums. (Kent inviting her to see the planets resulted in screaming, crying "I don't wanna see the planets! Take me to see the planets mamma!!!"). Anyways, this morning Tully was in good form and dressed up in her doctor uniform to perform surgery on her stuffed animals. Cobin continued to teach me things I've either forgotten or didn't know. Yesterday, it was a lecture on quantum computing and the pros/. read more...


21/11/2017

Odessa - second day of race

Сегодня спокойный день - нет волны и ветер не сильный.Определились с маршрутом - идём северным путём.Запустили панду (дизель-генератор) для пополнения запасов электричества и устроили небольшой банный день.Из мелких неприятностей - отстегнулся карабин на генакере (2 раза). Замотали изолентой.На обед - макароны с тушёнкой.. read more...


Charm - Tully catches a flying fish
Charm - Tully catches a flying fish
21/11/2017

Charm - Day 5 - Tim's day

Tim is going to write later tonight.But I wanted to send a photo of Tully and the flying fish she "caught" by picking it up off the deck where it had landed under the kayak.Oh and a photo of our "oasis cake."In world history, we talked about the Bedouin tribes and made an oasis cake.We had no blue food coloring so the water is purple.. read more...


Charm - Oasis cake
Charm - Oasis cake
20/11/2017

Helen - Ed, day 5

We have achieved 147 miles in 24 hours but it took 12 hours of running the engine to achieve that. Thecaptain is hoping to cross the finish line during the morning of Wednesday the 29th November.We had left over chicken in our sandwiches for lunch and meatballs for tea. Yum.It was a busy day making things. I helped make fresh water, fresh bread, fresh yogurt and fresh coffee.The fishermen had their ups and downs. The first fish caught was a good size and looked destined for the dinner table. From our book it looked to be either a Cubera Snapper or a Common Pandora.However, on further reading they both can be a source of ciguatera, a distressing type of food poisoning that can be fatal. You are advised to seek local knowledge before eating them. Tricky when you are more than 1,000 miles. read more...


Helen - Ed pulls a bird!
Helen - Ed pulls a bird!
20/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 2 - Shall we put the Spinnaker up?

After our flat calm night, we got the day off to a bit of a flyer. Made up some decent positions on those in front, and there was a general good feel about today! I indulged in a bit of tanning, Des in a bit of fishing and Simon and Steve in fixing the generator. Yep, it had another problem.Not to let that get in the way though, the engineering team did a mighty fine job and we were back in business an hour or so later. We made water, and whilst they were putting the kettle on, the Skip invoked executive privilege and had a hot shower.After dismissing my dad's suggestion to put the Spinnaker up (I couldn't face sitting here and writing about another ripped sail) we downloaded the latest fleet positions which we all think look okay? They are going to be the source of hours of analysis let. read more...


20/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 1 - We never learn...

The first 36 hours on board the good ship Nutcracker have been interesting, exciting and irritating I think it's fair to say. After a great send off from the Admiral and her shore team, as well as banging bit of Sean Paul from the local DJ, we collectively held our breath, put our fenders away and headed on out.The start was textbook, room at the mark, good speed, well set sails - until we nearly T-boned a 70 footer on the line. I won't say who's fault it was but I will say we are now owed a large case of cold beer in St.Lucia.The Sun was shining, and we were making steady progress - so we thought we'd have a little bit of fun. Let's get the cruising chute up! This is essentially a large colourful sail flown off the front of the boat, that makes you go faster but also increases your. read more...


20/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dilluns 20 de novembre de 2017Hola Winseekers!Avui ha estat un molt bon dia, pot ser no per la navegada, però ha estat radiant. Realment el vent no ens ha acompanyat en tot el dia. De fet, si seguiu l’aplicació veureu que nosaltres fem uns rumbs “descabellats” i altres van rectes i més de pressa... ells van a motor! Així que si la previsió diu que calma, doncs calma. Caaaap problema! A mig matí hem decidit baixar l’asimètric que feia estona que blandava amunt i avall i fotre’ns a l’aigua! El nostre primer bany al mig de l’Atlàntic! La veritat és que s’ha posat de cine, l’aigua ja és calenteta a aquestes latituds però encara refresca. Us enviem una foto però com us podeu imaginar la majoria no són publicables ja que ho hem fet amb els picarols a l’aire, tal com s’ha de fer en situacions. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
20/11/2017

Queen Bee - notte complicata

Prima giornata complicata nel pomeriggio issato gennaker e in piena velocità dopo circa due ore si è trenciata di netto la drizza, recupero da veri racer del gennaker in mare .la notte è proseguita con genoa tangonato e randa. all'aumento del vento fino a 27 nodi abbiamo deciso di prendere una mano di terzaroli,ma ovviamente abbiamo avuto problemi con le borose e così abbiamo saggiamente deciso di ammainare la randa ed andare olo con il genoa tangonato.... il resto della notte tranquillo. baci Arnaldo. read more...


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
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

Lothlorien - Lothlorien Tag 2 - Windfahnensteuerung und Wassermacher

Der heutige Tag auf dem Atlantik präsentiert sich ganz anders als die letzte Nacht: Kaum Welle, wenig Wind, sehr gemütliches, aber dafür auch langsames Fahren. Zumindest aber konnten wir sowohl den Wassermacher als auch die Windfahnensteuerung richtig austesten und beides läuft optimal (Die Windfahnensteuerung ist wie ein Autopilot ohne Stromverbrauch, der nach der Windrichtung steuert - sehr praktisch. Der Wassermacher wandelt Meerwasser in Trinkwasser um).Gegen Mittag haben wir das Vorsegel gegen ein Code 0 Segel ausgetauscht, das auf wenig Wind ausgelegt ist. Das ging eine Zeit lang sehr gut, aber gegen halb sechs mussten wir auch das reinholen und stattdessen motoren. Ralf und Kerstin geht es zum Glück besser. Während ich das hier schreibe, kocht Kerstin gerade das Abendessen: Salat. 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

Angkor - Tag 2 auf dem Wasser: Gestartet!

Wir gucken und tuckern Richtung Startlinie, plötzlich rennt Skipper Matt nach hinten und guckt ins Wasser – wir haben eine Leine überfahren! Das klingt nicht schlimm, aber eine Leine in der Schraube ist mindestens ein Problem, gern aber auch ein schlimmer Schaden. Ich muss natürlich an unseren ersten Tag denken. Angkor hatte ich gerade gekauft und es war unsere erste Ausfahrt. Vielleicht waren die 100 km/h Wind kein ideales Spazierwetter, aber auch damals haben wir vermutlich eine Leine überfahren. Große Schäden am Boot und wochenlange Probleme waren die Folge.Zum Glück! Die Leine taucht hinter dem Boot wieder auf – sie ist also nicht in der Schraube. Wir schauen hinter uns, da verlassen noch fast 100 Boote die Marina, alle sind in Gefahr diese Leine zu erwischen. Also setzen wir zum. read more...


20/11/2017

Nisida - 20 Nov: Monday 20th Happy Days

All happy on Nisida after a little sickness to start with. Cracking first 24hrs with 190nm sailed!Kite back up now and heading just north of west hoping to pick our way through the weather over the next few days.. read more...


20/11/2017

Lei Lei - 1. Tag auf hoher See - gelungener Start

Hallo liebe Leser, wir berichten von nun an täglich von Bord der lei lei. Die Crewmitglieder bzw. Autoren werden sich abwechseln. Ein großes Dankeschön geht an Christian in Östereich, der sich bereit erklärt hat, die Beiträge auch im "lei lei" Blog zu veröffentlichen. Beginnen wird heute KristianHappyleileisailing ChristianUm 11:00 Uhr steigt langsam der Adrenalinspiegel. Die ersten Konkurrenten legen ab, was wir - noch aus der Box - aufmerksam verfolgen. Frederik dokumentiert photographisch die auslaufenden Schiffe. Die Bilder werden vermutlich in den nächsten Tagen noch vielfach im Team diskutiert werden, wenn es darum geht, die Stärken und Schwächen der anderen Crews und Schiffe zu analysieren. Ehrfürchtig lassen wir Schiffe wie die Mbolo (eine Jongert 2900 mit 29 Metern)und die Clare. 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...