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07/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Logbuch m one 7.11.16 0500 Uhr Hallo zusammenUnser erster nachtönen geht langsam vorbei.Nach dem Start mussten wir viel Motoren, da der Wind ausblieb.Wir sind aber zuversichtlich ab heute Mittag segeln zu können.Gruß an alleHans--Transmitted by Hans Mosbacher using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


07/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 3 - further furler games

Position25:19.79 S 049:02.21 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Sunday 06 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 177nm over the ground, 154nm through the waterPassage total454nm over the ground, 420nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 932nm (modified route)Route distance 1,395nm as originally planned The wind gradually backed and at 0400 (0001UTC) it went through the stern to starboard.From the start of this passage we have followed the rhumb line to the recommended waypoint south east of Madagascar however during the morning we bore away to the north of the line, slightly closer to Madagascar.At that time we finally got into some favourable current and from 0600 it was giving us a 1.5 knot lift.The remainder of daylight produced sunshine, reasonable wind and a following sea;. read more...


06/11/2016

Shelena - Having a blast; so abandoned destination Antigua in favour of Tortola

34:36.7N 073:49.15W6th, November, 2016The thing about sailing is that you go where the winds take you, but alsowherever your whim directs you. We sound like we never make our minds upabout anything. That is largely true. Even final crewing was uncertain untilthe night of the leaving dinner. I don't accept that I am unable to make upmy mind. No, it ismore about others that influence our plans; Like paidcrew not getting to Portsmouth on time. But from that change we have thebenefit of Helen aboard and now we have decided not to go to Antigua. Petridoes not matter where we go provided we have a good sail! Too boring toexplain, but there was good reason for us directly to sail to Antigua sincewe did not want to do the beat from Tortola to Antigua. So what are wedoing? Final, final decision. read more...


06/11/2016

Exit Strategy - Fish on!

We're slogging through the Gulf Stream towards your recommended 32.30/73 trying to find the edge.We sailed further south than the fleetfor a better sailing angle for our boat but appear to be converging on several headed for the GS exit.Caught an 8 pound bonita as soon as we entered the gulf stream--it's fillets are in the fridge for fish tacos as soon as the seas calm enough to cook!. read more...


06/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 4: Departure day

At last - we're on our way!Very light winds didn't dampen some interesting manoeuvres over the starting line but FCC will be pleased to note we took a conservative approach.It's been a slow afternoon but we've resisted all temptation to start the engine.Fireworks from the shore and a stunning sky are keeping us interested - and we've seen our first shooting star.Looking forward to some stronger winds tomorrow!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


06/11/2016

White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually

Sunday 6th November Last night, after a hard day’s work/shop exploration, as it was Saturday evening, David and Vicki decided to treat themselves to a meal out in the centre of town.    This was about a 30 min walk away; en route many roads were blocked as it was the local road running race (10/21km) – just as well Jon isn’t here or he would have been off (Paul isn’t averse to the odd Park Run either).  It was interesting that this takes place at night – presumably because it is too hot during the day for such exercise, even at this time of year. This morning, everyone was up and about early, disappearing off for showers etc. so there were plenty of people around on the pontoon.  Vicki walked along to find our next door neighbour kneeling on the. read more...


White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually
White Satin - ARC+ departs + MOB Alert - well COB actually
Eau Too - The first night kicks in. Still about a dozen boats to be seen on the horizon.
Eau Too - The first night kicks in. Still about a dozen boats to be seen on the horizon.
Eau Too - The party begins :)
Eau Too - The party begins :)
Pearl Bali - Pearl Bali under way
Pearl Bali - Pearl Bali under way
Pearl Bali - Rainbow is for luck
Pearl Bali - Rainbow is for luck
Eau Too - Happy crew ready to set sail! Ahoy! Today is the day :)
Eau Too - Happy crew ready to set sail! Ahoy! Today is the day :)
06/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Nouvelles de Caffè Latte

Bonjour,Une belle nuit où on a pu dormir comme il faut. Nous avons de beaux vents et préparons à entrer dans le Gulf Stream. Tout va bien et il faut beau soleil.Yolène et JeanCaffè Latte. read more...


06/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!

The last jobs have been ticked off the lists, the boat is as ready as it will ever be, the crew are suffering slightly nervous anticipation..... but we're ready and only dying to get off. One hour to the gun! The Oompah Band is in full swing piping all the boats out (I wish I could post videos!!) and crowds of spectators are all around to see us off.This is exciting!!!!!! Until the next update from somewhere in the Atlantic.... Endeavour over and out!. read more...


Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!
Endeavour of Cork - Ready for the off!
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)

Dolphin Star has been carefully pampered and is now ready for the big show. Captain Kari takes the ultimate notes at the skippers briefing and the crew organise the lastprovisioning of fresh food. Dolphin Star012 018. read more...


Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL TUNING BEFORE DEPARTURE TO CAP VERDE (05.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)

As some take the opportunity of discovering the island during day time, others save their energy for the night life at the ARC+ farewell party Dolphin Star006 008 WP_20161104_21_51_40_Pro WP_20161104_23_46_59_Pro. read more...


Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Orion - S T A R T

Hallo Jungs Reingard hat uns als drittes Schiff über die Startlinie gebracht. Wahnsinn!!! Die viel  Größeren vorne haben ganz blöde geschaut. So und jetzt schauen wir, dass Seebeine wachsen.  Die Segel stehen, es soll die ganze Zeit nicht mehr als 30 Kn Wind geben und die Sqalls sollen auch nicht viel mehrbringen. Also schätze ich, dass es nicht mehr als 35 werden,  ganz oben und hoch gerechnet mit Sicherheitszuschlag. Wir laufen jetzt so um die 6 Knoten, das ist auch sehr angenehm. Kleinere Verluste sind schon zu beklagen: Zwei Tauwerkschäkel und ein Block mit Curryklemme hat es demoliert.  Sonst geht es uns einfach super nach Reinhards tollem Start.   Danke an die Crew  . read more...


Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY IN GRAN CANARIA (04.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)

Electricity is a very critical item since all the life on board relies on it (navigation, communications, food storage). Dolphin Star is unfortunately affected as she needsto replace swollen batteries due to overcharging and fix her unpredictable thruster. Dolphin Star003 IMG_8082. read more...


Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ELECTRICAL TROUBLES SORTED OUT (03.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)

Dolphin Star undergoes a full revamping to show her best look while crossing the Atlantic. Dolphin Star012 IMG_8109. read more...


Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ONGOING BOAT PREPARATION (02.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)

ARC organise at the Real Club Nautico two days of seminars covering many topics that goes from management of emergencies to route & weather. Here is the slide showing thecritical actions to be taken in case of Man Over Board (MOB). The Club’s pool is very appropriate for rehearsal. Dolphin Star005 007 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - START OF ARC SEMINARS (01.11.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)

Boat preparation is a long process that requires a bit of anticipation. Today is early provisioning of dry food to cover the first leg of Atlantic crossing to Cap Verde.All of us like fruit juice but not exactly the one shown on the picture.002 IMG_7859. read more...


Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - EARLY PROVISIONING (31.10.2016)
06/11/2016

Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)

Our great chef Nick flies back to Sweden and Dolphin Star feels very sad. Although our rally number 338 is regarded as a lucky one by the Chinese, this will not offset Nick’sabsence.IMG_7668 IMG_7962. read more...


Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GOODBYE NICK (30.10.2016)
06/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created

With more bad weather arriving, we decided to stay onboard today.Once Elaine had completed her chores for the day,she re-considered the possibilities of somehow salvaging her boots, but further examination confirmed that they were indeed destroyed, so into the dustbin they went.Feeling more than annoyed, she decided that the best way to spend the rest of the day was to work her way through all the tourist brochures we had collected in Paihia and created our New Zealand itinerary for the remainder of this year. We certainly have plenty to look forward to over the coming weeks before we return to Arizona for Christmas and New Year, which, in itself, is going to make for a wonderful holiday season. Roy busied himself with various boat projects- Fixing the support arm of the wind generator,. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created
Paw Paw - Log Day 301: Our New Zealand Itinerary Created
06/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 2 - Better weather sailing

Position23:40.10 S 051:40.40 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Saturday 05 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 169nm over the ground, 163nm through the waterLeg total 277nm over the ground, 266nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 1,129nmRoute distance 1,395nm as originally planned Dawn brought a much improved looking day with bright skies, the swell down to 2.5 metres and from the east which with wind gradually decreasing from 25 to 16-17 knots also from the east made for a much more comfortable ride.It is amazing how much better life looks after the rather brutal start to the passage.We were now able to get into the “at sea” routine that has become so familiar to us.Reasonable progress was made and for the afternoon and evening as the wind backed we were able to set the pole. read more...


Fleet II - Glorious views from our berth
Fleet II - Glorious views from our berth
05/11/2016

White Satin - The ARC opens officially

Saturday 5th November (but not Bonfire Night for us) ARC preparations (in conjunction with the ARC+ Farewell) commenced officially last night with a wonderful reception hosted by Las Palmas City Council, with carnival dancers (see photo), drag queens and a drumming band who were ‘conducted’ by a man with a whistle – somewhat reminiscent of Mrs Boyden and the Prince’s Mead staff performance for the children a couple of Christmas’ ago.   David has had an uplifting experience; he needed an M8 tap and there are all sorts of technical shops/chandlers right outside the marina so he wandered around them all but was unable to find what he wanted.  Eventually he went into a Yamaha shop, asked the usual question, the man behind the counter didn't speak of word of English but. read more...


05/11/2016

Orion - Die Nacht vor dem Start

Die Nacht vor dem Start   Hallo Ihr Lieben,   heute war zum ersten Mal die gesamte Crew an Bord. Jetzt gab es den neuesten Wetterbericht. Das Schiff ist so voll. Vielleicht gibt es von Regina noch ein Foto, das ich Euch Schicken kann. Es wird jetzt auch Zeit, dass es los geht.   Auf das Kommende bin ich sehr gespannt. Bei Euch bedanke ich mich. Ohne Eure Unterstützung wäre das nicht möglich. Danke und jetzt wird es spannend.  . read more...


White Satin - The ARC opens officially
White Satin - The ARC opens officially
05/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 3: ready for the off

We've enjoyed some fantastic hospitality here in Gran Canaria, and it will be a shame to lose these views, but the high seas and some sailing await! We're as ready as we'll ever be, fully (over?) provisioned and raring to go.Many thanks to WCC for all their help and advice - very friendly but also hugely professional.We'll see you in Cape Verde!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


05/11/2016

Shelena - SHELENA Departs USA

36:44.85N 075:46.2W5th November, 2016First thing to say is, HAPPY BIIRTHDAY ME!The ARC 1500 departed one day earlier than expected. So no celebrationdinner ashore today. Instead, being reasonably well prepared, we had a supermeal at the Mediterranean restaurant in the High St, Portsmouth. It wasactually really good. Helen, my wife, and Petri our crew from Finland madeup our triumvirate. This means a second celebration tonight at sea. So I seethat as definitely positive. Now a word about Petri. The fact is that I haveonly seen him twice in my life. First time was the ARC+ last year when hejoined us for that crossing. That too left the Canaries in November so Petriwas there. Here we are again, our second ARC, but the 1500, and here isPetri again! Fantastic! Now our final crew has been. read more...


05/11/2016

Caffè Latte - C'est le départ !

Ce matin 10h00 nous quittions la marina pour le grand départ.Le ciel est bleu, le temps un peu frais et le moral est excellent!Yolène et JeanCaffè Latte. read more...