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17/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 1 - The Atlantic!!

Day 1 - The Atlantic!We got away!!! Despite all the doom and gloom and depression, and a fear at one stage that we'd be flying home from Cape Verde - we finally got everything fixed and bought, got refuelled and at 12.25pm local time (23hrs 25mins after most of the rest of the fleet) we cast off and set sail for St. Lucia.Hurray!!Within the hour we had a few small rigging issues ironed out, and are now tramping along at about 7kts under spinnaker, with blue skies, sunshine and in a lovely calm sea.We just have to round the southern end of Sto Antao island and head a little further north, and then that's us for approx. the next two weeks!!The watch roster is being written up as I type (it'll be much the same as before), and we're making decisions along the way about spinnaker at night. read more...


17/11/2016

New Deal - Log day -3 Just testing the comms

Log day -3 Just testing the comms . read more...


17/11/2016

Ludanka - Fancy dress party

Ludanka-log-Had dinner at The British Club good food strange place then great fun had by all at the ARC fancy dress party image1. read more...


Ludanka - Fancy dress party
Ludanka - Fancy dress party
17/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 16. November 2016

Countdown for the final leg! Nervous? No time. Trying to get fixed the SailingGen (water powered generator). Finished 20 minutes before starting time. Restore everything. Clean hands. Motor start. Leave berth. Head direct to starting line. Start. We look around. We are the first ones. And on time. Unbelievable. Maybe "Masa Yume" is a little bit ahead. But they did again things you are not supposed to do in the start area. But as in real life: If you are beautiful you are allowed the little bit extra.So at least once in the ralley we are at the front row.Now get up the "Parasailor" quick. Could not prepare it in advance. But imagine some old fellows getting up a high tech sail on an old lady: Near to disaster.Manage somehow to have it pulling our "Wethomi" forward. Now we attack from. read more...


16/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Better news......

There are glimmers of light on the horizon!There are still teams of men working furiously on the engine, but a few minutes ago they fired it up and put it in gear - and it drove!!Now the question is can we run it in neutral, as we'll need to be able to to that to charge the batteries for the duration of the trip - and we need that for communications and navigation instruments,as well as home comforts like the fridge and lights.And having bought yet MORE batteries, now we discover that the latest ones are too big for their holders!One step forward, one step back.But we have declared an aim to leave at 11am tomorrow - so lets see if we can make that come true!!!We'll be flying that spinny like demons trying to catch up the back markers!!!From a far more cheerful Endeavour - over and out. read more...


16/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg 2, Day 1: Awards Repairs, Friends & Resart!

  Amazingly enough S/Y Unconditional, a 2004 Oyster 49, and its crewof 3 won 2nd place in Leg #1 Class 1B . As the only USA boat and only Oysteryacht to finish ‘in the money,’ actually a small plaque, we felt special andmany fellow sailors congratulated us – Wow!   Repair-wise, I felt that our treasured gennaker with the open heartlogo was beyond economic repair. Well, Tuga arranged for repair at a fraction ofthe price back home, and it was returned to the boat 2-hours beforedeparture.   While a little unnerving, our rock & rolly marina entrance,allowed everyone to look out for each other and being clustered so close,friendships developed – some even ‘close’ friendships!   Sara & I thoroughly enjoyed the Sao Vicente tour, and in spiteof local economic stress. read more...


Eau Too - Off for the Caribbean! 10knots of wind, running 5.5 knots ??
Eau Too - Off for the Caribbean! 10knots of wind, running 5.5 knots ??
16/11/2016

Somnium - Once again...

Once again we had a great start and are looking forward to the next days of sailing. The weather is brilliant and the gennaker works perfectly. Let's see how fast we can go... Happy sailing!image. read more...


Somnium - Once again...
Somnium - Once again...
16/11/2016

Koco - 1. Bericht der KOCO ... Testbericht

HalloWir stehen mit unserer KOCO in der Marina von Las Palmas bereit.Die Vorarbeiten sind zum grössten Teil abgeschlossen, uff … Leider ist unser neues «Vorsegel» noch immer nicht eingetroffen, sollte eigentlich seit 2 Tagen auf dem Schiff sein … aber hier drehen die Uhren halt etwas langsamer … wir geben nicht auf und bleiben dran!Crew ist eingetroffen und guten Mutes!Sofern Segeln morgen eintrifft, machen wir unseren Probeschlag und sind dann bereit für den Start der ARC 2016, yäh …Beste Grüsse an alle KOCO-FansIMG_2533. read more...


16/11/2016

Orion - Start II

Liebe Leute,   So jetzt sind wie wieder auf dem Wasser.  Den Parasailor haben wir gesetzt, aber es war doch wenig Wind. Jetzt wird motort. Wir werden die Nach durch motoren, damit wir Anschluss finden.eWir haben konstant über 10 KnWind.  Ich hoffe, dass der Autopilot hält. Auf dem Wasser fühle ich mich wohl. Welche Temperaturen hier herrschen und wie sich das anfühlt kennen nur diejenigen, die da waren. Es ist super. Der Aufenthalt an Land war nicht so lange, dass Klaus wieder ein wenigseekrank geworden ist.  . read more...


16/11/2016

Cherish - Day 1 - (at sea and backdated due to too much fun!) A great send off!

An excellent send off from L pontoon including vikings brandishing palms, a saxophonist and a cacophony of boat horns! The gathered crowd were glad to finally see the back of us!!“I’ve never suffered from sea sickness”! Buoyed up mood quickly dashed out of port when reality of Atlantic brought the entire crew down with sea sickness! Only one crew member (and Suzanna) could stomach food. Ginger root tablets and mint tea (from our on board herb garden) put paid to most ailments.. read more...


Cherish - Day 1 - (at sea and backdated due to too much fun!) A great send off!
Cherish - Day 1 - (at sea and backdated due to too much fun!) A great send off!
Koco - 1. Bericht der KOCO ... Testbericht
Koco - 1. Bericht der KOCO ... Testbericht
16/11/2016

Caffè Latte - On est arrivé aux BVIs !!

Hier soir à 21h21 nous avons franchi la ligne d'arrivée après 1365 MM de navigation. La dernière journée vraiment spéciale nous avons fait du près serré à 32 degré du vent apparent toute la journée et ce fut assez hot comme navigation. Très heureux de notre expérience. Trop content d'être arrivé. Notre couple se porte très bien ;)A+Yolène et Jean. read more...


16/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Weds 16th November - departure day 2

Once again we've enjoyed fantastic hospitality on these fabulous islands.If you've not been to Cape Verde then you really should; the islands are beautiful, its people are friendly and there's so much to see and do.Thanks again to WCC, who have ensured everything has run smoothly and made it easy for us.So, to Leg 2.2,090 miles pretty much due west - at 7 or so knots that's a long way.A few days at sea should help us catch up on lost sleep - cheers Bar Simpatico!Good luck and fair winds to all our new friends - we'll see you in St Lucia!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


16/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Blog

Test. read more...


16/11/2016

Somnium - We made it!

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Somnium - We made it!
Somnium - We made it!
16/11/2016

La Contenta - prepares

Hi we are so busy on the boat and having great fun meeting the crews of allthe other boats.  So far we have done a rig inspection, sail inspection,repaired many small issues, been sailing to do man over board drill and partiedon the pontoon.   Still so much to do but this is good fun :)  . read more...


16/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Disappointing news.....

The blog has been quiet for the last few days for a reason.....I'm afraid it's bad news from Endeavour this morning.... engine problems mean that we definitely won't make the start line later today. We're all devastated, naturally.It remains to be seen when, or indeed if, we can get the issues resolved. We can't say just now what will happen, the next few days will hopefully bring a resolution of some sort.From a HUGELY disappointed Endeavour... Over and out :(. read more...


16/11/2016

Jasmine - Test Blog

Test Blog Of Jasmine.. read more...


16/11/2016

Remedy - Midnight 40 to go

We are on our final approach now, just east of Tortola and company to our east pushing for the same goal. Janette and I have taken every midnight to 8 am watch and tonight is no different. The sailing vessel to our port is the first since leaving Portsmouth and is a welcome sight, if not a target to be tracked. A quick hail and a French pair of jacks responds, intentions acknowledged, I am on their AIS. Janette, Ed, and I sitting quietly as the miles role off in the cockpit, current speed 7 kt. As the sun rises we will have earned this passage and will proudly join the ranks of many others. Oh yeah, anyone that says this was a walk in the park l got words for you, your full of it. Just as I suspected, a new challenge for us tonight, lightening. No worries, we will handle it, as with all. read more...


16/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Highlights of the day by Pearl Bali crew - First Leg to Mindelo

Pearl BaliSkipper:Barry HarmerCrew:IY - Irina Yatsenko (wife)AY - Alyona Yatsenko (daughter)PY - Polina Yatsenko (daughter)Brandy - Brandy Doubleday (friend) This is the first transatlantic crossing for the boat and the crew… and we are all enjoying it. Due to the lack of light wind sails and a loaded boat, we struggled with the light winds just after the start that lasted until Monday evening.Once the winds kicked in our progress improved, but we played conservative with sail area to avoid trouble if the wind suddenly increased to the gusts forecasted. We are now hoping to arrive before the welcome drinks Sat night, but it is looking doubtful. (we made it by 4pm Sat… and came 5th in our multihull class once handicap and engine hours were taken into account). The crew were. read more...


16/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Happy crew is well fed crew!

We may not win prices for speed, but we are near the front of the fleet forour catering.The highlight meal on board is the evening meal... the menu's so far....Sunday 6th Nov. First meal at sea. keep it simple. Bangers and herb mashwith salad, sausages cooked on the charcoal BBQ. Monday 7th Nov. Fresh Tuna, inch cubes, flash fried with ground pepper, hotchilies, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Served with herb mash and salad.Tuesday 8th Nov. Paella, chicken and seafood, dressed with langoustine,roasted pepper and fresh parsley. and yes it was made with saffron.Wednesday 9th Nov. Lunchtime should be the halfway point of our first leg(time not distance) so an Ice Cream treat. Tonight the guest cook will be myRussian wife, cooking Solyanka, a stew of minced meat, cabbage, potato,carrot,. read more...


16/11/2016

Starblazer - 15/11/2016 - The end of this part of our journey

Sorry this is a bit later than intended but I wasn't on watch between 0500 and 0800 when I normally write my blog!As expected we reached Tortola mid afternoon on Monday and were safely tied up in the marina by about 1700.The day's run to noon was 143 nM, not brilliant but it did include about 7 hours of sailing, peaceful but not particularly fast. Now it is time to reflect on the passage.We had no major problems, just a few niggles which might prove to be expensive!I have previously described the problems with the mainsail slugs which detach themselves from the cars on the mast track.Today I reconnected another one which had popped out before I stowed the mainsail properly.John needs to revisit the design of his pins.A second, relatively minor problem concerns the tricolour light at the. read more...


15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)

A new crew member Jukka Pekka, our finnish judo champion, got on board yesterday. This last day in Sao Vicente is the opportunity to discover the island diversity. We enjoya nice panorama from the peak of Monte Verde and then can have a swim in the hot ocean water.    Dolphin Star 017 020 021. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)

Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten islands from which Santo Antao is the greenest one. Kari and Antti decide to visit this island close to Sao Vicente and get there withthe daily ferry. Among the main touristic attractions, it is worth riding the stone road, that took sixty years to build, or enjoying the local beverage at the distillery, which is called grogue.   Dolphin StarIMG_8233 IMG_1834 IMG_8342 IMG_8282. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)

After six days sailing, Dolphin Star arrives early morning in Mindelo (Cape Verde). The whole fleet is moored in the floating marina, taking some rest and preparing forrepairs.   Dolphin Star 021 020 022 026. read more...


Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)

Every morning Dolphin Star collects plenty of flying fishes on the deck. It seems like they are totally disorientated at night and have no means to detect our sailing boat.Antti has no other recipe than eating them raw.   Dolphin Star 017 019. read more...


Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)

Sometimes winds are peaking up and Dolphin Star then breaks speed record at 14.5 knots. There is nevertheless some risk when the wind conditions are very unstable: DolphinStar’s front boom is damaged. The vertical rail fixed on the mast has been ripped off and the boom can no longer be used to control the genoa.   Dolphin Star 016 018. read more...


Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)

Atlantic Ocean is a reliable food reserve which gives us good tunas whenever Kari takes out his fishing rod. As the night comes, Antti cooks a nice diner with the catchof the day. Dolphin Star015 Tuna Sunset. read more...


Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)