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24/11/2015

Lucky Star - 24/11/2015 160 milles aujourd'hui

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, tout va très bien, on avance vite. On arrive à prendre desris les yeux fermés (on doit en être à notre 15ième manoeuvres) et tout lemonde commence à savoir barrer (Toujours pas possible de mettre lepilote).Mais ça reste assez tranquille, l'équipage gère super bien!!!Bonne entente à bord.Premiers dauphins aperçus au loin.En attente de vos mails.Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


24/11/2015

Isabel - Day 2

Tuesday 12 Noon 24/11/2105262192 N 021 32 58W - 186 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia2325Steady as we go, winds dropped back to around 20 kts as we sail directlytowards St Lucia. We have a couple of other ARC yachts just in sight.Crew all good and not wishing to peak too early supper last night comprisedof sausages, potatoes and beans ........ Currently goose winged (main one side, genoa poled out the other) in thesunshine with a long swell following sea and sunshine. A few issues with the gooseneck connection to the boom, the bolts had workedloose overnight. All now secure and we will monitor dailyHere's a photo of Pete hard at work.. as per..m_IMG_6263. read more...


Isabel - Day 2
Isabel - Day 2
24/11/2015

Bliss II - blogentry day 2

Day2 Nightwas much better than before and we did good pace for confidence of what we arecapable. Several gusts wit rain and 30+ kts means several sail action at night.But all went well. Crew is excellent and everybody is relaxed except Sepp who isstill fighting sea sickness. Hope he gets well soon. Today we want to startfishing if we find the time. I think we are starting a new record for arc. Nominute on Auto Pilot as it seems… We’restruggling a little with wind direction but are confident that northern routestill pays off. Moreto come tomorrow same time BestRegards JB,bliss II. read more...


24/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 2 - Lunch time

November 24, 2015 – It’s the second day of our crossing. The moment I am writing this, Inge just baked a bread, Herman and Daan prepared the fish that we caught yesterday and which is now smoking in the oven, Mariette is taking a nap after her yoga session, and Gerard is outside keeping an eye on the sails and the auto pilot. Last night went very smooth, we are getting used to the shifts of 3 hours up and 6 hours of sleep, it’s very doable. Also we start to get used to the noises and the rock and rolling, we start to get the sea legs!  Today the sun is shining and we have between 15 and 23 knots of wind. We are sailing goose winged (melkmeisje) and the waves are very pleasant, not too high. The distance we made today (day 2) is 177 miles. We’ve just put the clothes of Gerard to dry. read more...


24/11/2015

Cookelu meu - Tuesdays report, day 7, another 1350 nautical miles to go

Trade wind conditions (= Easterly strong winds and occasional squalls) prevailed yesterday night and seem to continue through the next days. Unfortunately the high swell from the northeast creates uncomfortable condition on board making simple tasks and even sleep difficult. We are making plans for our midway party next Thursday. I heard something about a five course dinner including roast beef and a surprise cake.We are all well and the occasional rain and the swell do not succeed to affect our good spirits. Panos and the crew onboard Cookelu Meu. read more...


24/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog

24 November 2015 Fish count: zero It’s day 2 and we’re off and running!  We set off on Sunday at 12:45pm with 35 knots of wind and a fairly choppy sea. Despite some pretty big waves the crew have all now got their sea legs.   Winds have been good for the most part, although moving around a little, and we have been making the best part of 200 miles per day.  We are now officially 2nd in our division. We had the older of our two spinnakers up yesterday and managed to get it back in successfully without getting it in the sea – great team effort.  We’ve now changed our genoa to a larger one to increase sail area. We’ve had the fishing line out in hope of some big fish. The ARC guide tells us there are blue marlin and tuna in this area and we’ve. read more...


20/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip

Catch of the trip   After 3 days sailing in a strong breeze of 20knots, all other yachts are lost behind the horizon. The hole crew is in anunstable condition, due to the high seas. The keel of the Nix starts singingevery time we surf a wave with 12 knots or more. Boris is busy getting his luresin the right condition, but our speed is so high now, that only a very big MahiMahi or Wahoo can get hold of the lure. Fishings starts to look like acatastroph till......   Nix crew. read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
24/11/2015

Friskus VI - log day 2

Posisjon: 15:03.371N 19:14.695WSeilt distanse: 300 nm   Vi har det bra her ute på havet. Bølgene er fremdeles store og vinden ergod og fører oss i riktig retning. VI har vært oppe i 14 knop fart gjennomvannet, og det er ny rekord! Det er mye bevegelse i båten, og noen er mersjøsyke enn andre, til tross for medisiner. Det går likevel greit, og vaktenedeles mellom de voksne med 2 timers skift og 2 timers hvile.   Den flotte bananklasen vår liker seg ikke, så nå har vi snart en haug avbrune ihjelslåtte bananer. VI har funner oppskrift på banankake.   Barna har lekt med de nye spillene og DVD’ene de har fått, men vi ser allefrem til litt mindre bølger om noen dager.. read more...


24/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361ARC 2015 Blog Tuesday 24 Nov

Tuesday 24 NovRace Day 2Hello world! Spinnaker has just been hoisted and seems to still be in the right place still… Events over the last 24 hours include some drama with a torn Yankee 1 sail, to be replaced with Yankee 2 and now the spinnaker, sighting of a moonbow (or moon rainbow?). Apparently like a rainbow but without colour…), some successful showers due to the brilliant water maker (Be is even about to take a second shower), everyone has had a go at helming and there’s been an improvement in seasickness (I am now able to walk around down below without having to rush to my bunk. So unpleasant!). Some people reported a dubious dolphin sighting (Jerry says next to the dodo and the unicorn). Had some rain overnight but now blue skies. Sewing up the torn sail has commenced. We have. read more...


24/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 3- Brisk start to the ARC

Hello from Ruby Rose!   What a start! As I’m sure everyone else is reporting, conditions werelively for the first day of the ARC. Swell was pretty big (I couldn’t tellexactly how big- maybe 10 metres at times) and we got some excitement looking atthe speeds we were doing as we surfed down the bigger waves. Our previous recordwas 11.5 knots- well, we smashed that with a whopping 15 knots! We chose to gooffshore to avoid the worst of the acceleration zone, but not sure howsuccessful this was: we still had gusts of 40 knots within the first few hours.Unfortunately, we lost an avocado, a couple of mandarins and a mango off theside, probably joining a fruit medley from many other yachts who didn’t securetheir netting quite tightly enough! Far more tragic was the loss of our bean bagover. read more...


24/11/2015

Hejira - Squally squally night

13 24.761N 039 10.466WTuesday 24th November 2015Today we mourn the departure of a trusty friend, taken in its prime, lost overboard after years of loyal service. No one saw the departure but a suicidal leap into the deep is the only explanation for the missing winch handle. It leaves behind a twin sister in the cockpit and a smaller brother at the mast, adoption attempts will be made for twins in a chandlery upon arrival in St. Lucia so the survivor can retire to back-up status.The winds became light around noon but by 15.30, the approach of squalls with big winds and shifts made it prudent to drop the Parasailor after 28 hours of great sailing and revert to the safe twin poled out Yankees. It is during this period with bundles of ‘string’ everywhere that we think the winch handle made. read more...


Hejira - Squally squally night
Hejira - Squally squally night
24/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 3: sea sickness...

Half the crew of 7 is suffering from sea sickness symptoms in variouslevels. Only the Skipper (Andy) and 1st Mate (Rob) are handling the seaconditions well. Looking forward to get my “sea legs”.   Johan on Hanse Sailor. read more...


24/11/2015

Hera - Der erste Wal

Nach einer ruhigen Nacht mit wechselndem Wetter und einem ersten geordnetenFrühstück gab es plötzlich Aufregung an Bord. Die Wache hatte einen kleinenFinnwal gesichtet, der ruhig vor sich hinblasend, unser Boot auf Gegenkursunmittelbar an Backbord passierte. Wir haben beschlossen, die südliche Route nahe dem 20. Breitengrad zuwählen. Wind und Welle haben deutlich nachgelassen und wir laufen nur mitGroßsegel vor dem Wind. Alle an Bord sind wohlauf und das eine oder andere anfängliche Unwohlseinhaben sich gelegt. Der Skipper gab am Morgen mit einer kräftigenSalzwasserdusche das Signal zur Eröffnung der Badesaison im Cockpit. Um dieseZeit war das Wasser noch wärmer als die Luft.   Stefan. read more...


23/11/2015

PG Roshni - 23/11 2000 Sewing

15 57.1N 41:24.0WEvening all from Mid Atlantic 100nm to the half way mark for us.The leech repair to the main held fine in the night where we had some 40kn sessions of exciting breeze and some BIG seas. Thankfully we reefed down and controlled our downwind speed which was getting a bit hairy when your arse gets pushed around so much by the big waves :).Sadly the sail repair tape didn't hold though so we dropped the main again this morning - you wouldn't want to be sailing up wind here - I got very very wet at the mast flaking the sail and looking head on at the 3m + waves is quite a sight if not a little emotional as you hang on to the mast !We dropped the boom back into the cockpit again by removing the kicker and started sewing patches on the split sail made out of the Bimini cover. read more...


23/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - We have our boom!

19-ish UTC: the boom arrived to the pontoon and the work intensity wasintense yet thorough. 21:10 UTC: And we are off and away! Final check outside the break water tosee that the everything with the main sail is working as it should. To other and fellow ARC participants, watch out for a “white flash” at thehorizon of your stern!  . read more...


25/11/2015

Sunrise - D und ich Sunrise Tag 4

Der heutige Tag steht ganz im Zeichen der notwendigen Reparaturarbeiten an Bord. Alles bei entsprechendem Seegang. Sonst würde es ja keinen Spaß machen. Im Vordergrund steht die Reparatur des zersplitterten Spibaums, die letztlich fast2 Tage dauern wird. Die beschränkten Bordmittel erfordern viel Krativität und handwerkliches Geschick. Die beiden Stücke des Baums werden innen durch längere Holzstücke verbunden , verkeilt und von außen verschraubt. Zusätzlich wird unser Segelschoner, einAbflußrohr, halbiert und mit großen Schlauchschellen entlang des Baums festgezogen. Ein langes Edelstahlrohr dient als letzte zusätzliche Stabilisierung. Eine unglaublich schweißtreibende Arbeit. Sind mit dem angeschlagenen Rigg nun deutlich langsamer geworden. Gerefftes Groß und etwas eingerollte Genua.. read more...


24/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 3

2:00 in der Nacht. Eine große Welle läuft achterlich auf das Schiff zu. Der Horizont und Wellenhöhe sind in der Dunkelheit nicht auszumachen. Bei top Speed von 11 Knoten schlägt das Boot quer. Ein peitschender Knall. Der Bullenstander derden Großbaum bei achterlichen Winden fixiert und eine unkontrollierte Halse verhindern soll, reißt aufgrund des mächtigen Winddrucks wie ein Bindfaden. Der Großbaum rast mit tonnenschweren Wucht in einem Sekundenbruchteil auf die andere Seite. Mehrere Mastrutscher,die das Segel im Großmast halten reißen aus. Im gleichen Augenblick bricht eine Leine der Spibaumhalterung. Mit einem explosionsartigen Krach zersplittert sofort unser großer Spibaum , der die Genua ausbaumt und reißt sie ein Stück weit auf. Die Crew hat unglaublichesGlück, dass niemand durch. read more...


23/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - day 2: still chilling in las palmas...

11:40 UTC: After refuelling water to the boat and beer into our bellies wenow long to cast off from Las Palmas to catch up with the rest of fleet. Our boom are being repaired as we speak (being a little fatter yet stronger inthe middle).   . read more...


23/11/2015

El Gato - half way party!

Today we sailed past the 1/2 way point and donned costumes, decorated half the boat, and toasted with a half a bottle of Catalan wine.It's been a really fun ride and three of us are getting lots of driving time since the auto pilot quit two days ago. Top speed so far on this leg is 16.6 VMG. We've had three over 200 mile days so we hope to finish in 10 to 11 days. The competition is tight and we can't slow downWe are all instrument rated pilots now that we steer to a compass at night.Old school.Reading about Columbus.Loving the journey.The Cat People. read more...


El Gato - half way party!
El Gato - half way party!
23/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 15 – Sunday

  22:36 Local LeaTime I’mcurrently under a blanket in the cockpit with my ipod, looking at stars while onwatch with my mom, who is the lookout at the moment. Who by the way was justattacked by one of those fish with wings. It just flew right in between her andher seat. So one of our comfort-seats kind of smells like fish now. Or maybeit’s my mom. Earlier this morning, while doing a stroll on deck, we picked up 14flying fish on deck. Fourteen! Those poor things, I mean, with an ocean thisbig, what’s the chance of hitting this one, tiny sailboat invading their spacewhen they’re out flying. Which is also weird because they are fish and should beout swimming, not flying.Todaythe waves have been hitting us from the side, creating a new, fun movement ofthe boat, and I’ve really had to. read more...


23/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start

After a week of gentle preparations, we all enjoyed the carnival atmosphere in Las Palmas before the start of this year's ARC. Despite a cooling shower or two in the morning and grey skies, there was no rain for the start, however we were not lacking in wind. A particularly boisterous start this year, we opted for our favourite headsail only approach, nice and manoeuvrable and not too much sail up in anticipation of the 30 knots expected in the acceleration zone off Gran Canaria.There was a distinct lack of cruising chutes and spinnakers this year, so not as photogenic as usual but certainly a flying start, surfing the waves at over 10 knots at times. The boats all spread out quite quickly due to the conditions and overnightthere were only a few lights visible. A fast night of sailing. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start
Skyelark of London - Day 1  - We start
23/11/2015

Meltemi - 1.Tag/Nacht

Tatsächlich geschafft. Vor zwei bis drei Wochen hab ich noch nicht daran geglaubt, bei der Morgenwache (0800-1200)mit meinem Mitsegler Kenan bei strahlendem Sonnenschein im Cockpit der Meltemi zu sitzen - Kurs Rodney Bay. Die Wellen von Achtern machen allen - bis auf unseren Skipper Rüdiger - schwer zu schaffen. Die Tage vor der Abreise in Las Palmas waren wirklich gut: Proviant bunkern, Sicherheitseinweisung und ARC-Partyprogramm sorgen dafür, dass der Alltag zu Hause schnell vergessen ist. Außerdem wurde am Freitag schon einmal für die ersten Tage vorgekocht. Und abends gab es dann die ARC-Abschlussparty mit Häppchen und Livemusik. Den kompletten Samstag vor der Abreise hängt die Crew etwas in den Seilen. Abends beim Scheidebecher im Cockpit gibt es noch ein fettes Feuerwerk auf der. read more...


23/11/2015

Aqualuna - 26:22.285N 18:16.667W

ARC DAY TWOThings have settled down and we are flying along under goose-winged Genoa and Staysail.We have now been at sea for a full 27 hours.Night watches have been organised as a rolling night watch so those that are less experienced with the working of Aqualuna have somebody with them until we all know what we are doing.We spent the night steaming along under full Genoa averaging between 8 and 10 knots the wind behind us and a large slightly confused sea so we are rolling a bit.As we were all finding our sea legs again I decided to do a Spaghetti Bolognese with fresh Fettuccine pasta, having already made the sauce in advance for dinner.John Eustace and Ian were on the pontoon to see us off, we took our time rather than rushing out there as we still had a few things to do so we left. read more...


23/11/2015

Emily Morgan - log day 2

We are settling into a nice watch routine and everyone is in good form.Perhaps after our success with the costume party, wisecracks and "dad jokes" abound. No seasickness despite lots of waves and swell, we are all practicing steering, fishing and cooking at sea.I don't think that we will be losing weight this trip though, if tonight's turkey, plum and spinach tagine is anything to go by.There are still several boats around, mostly too far away to identify, but we did get close enough to take some photos of Carisma so hopefully will be able to pass them over when we get to St Lucia.Anna 23.11.15. read more...


23/11/2015

Aliena - Salida a Santa Lucia

El domingo 22-11-2015 a las 13 horas salimos casi 200 veleros. Salida expectacular aunque con mucho viento y mucho mar. Las primeras veinticuatro horas hacemos 200 millas a pesar de llevar la mayor y el yanki con dos rizos. Tenemos unas olas que parecen montañas, pero el barco las navega bien. La navegación es muy incomoda y a pesar de lo cansados estamos bien. Poco a poco hemos ido perdiendo de vista al resto de veleros, pero al medio dia contactamos por radio para dar la posición. Esperamos que mañana ya nos hayan salido las piernas del mar (las que salen cuando haces navegación de altura)Carmen. read more...


23/11/2015

Marisja - log 23-11-2015: de kop is eraf

Nou, de eerste nacht weer achter de rug, en direct een goede om in teslingeren. Gisteravond begon het al wat harder te waaien en stonden er goedekuilen van golven ten zuiden van de Canarische Eilanden. Één van die golven wasspectaculair genoeg om een topsnelheid van 21,2 knopen neer te zetten. Jawelhoor, door Rob, die staat wel weer even.   Voor mij (Nanno) is het echt een deja-vu gevoel: zowel in 2007 als in 2012was de start soortgelijk, direct flink mijlen richting St. Lucia varen.Afgelopen etmaal ook weer 220 mijl gevaren.   Vandaag is het een beetje van alles wat, de wind draait af en toe flink envarieert ook in kracht. Aangezien we allemaal nog ‘vers’ zijn zo in het beginhebben we de diverse zeilwissels alweer geoefend    Vanavond draadjesvlees met gebakken. read more...


23/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 5

Ran well overnight, but wind increased 1st thing - or perhaps seas are more alarming when it gets light and you can see them?Reefed right down to tiny main and tiny yankee poled out.Timshel running comfortably enough but seems to have developed a death roll - how on earth did anyone manage in these conditions before we got that dead frog non-slip stuff?Mind you the washing up us still hurling itself around the cabin.I think wind has dropped as sun came out so maybe more sail needed?. read more...


23/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 1 - Clean start & first night

November 23, 2015 – We have taken off!! On Sunday just before noon we left the harbour of Las Palmas. Many people were waving us out which was great! An exciting feeling to know that you won’t touch shore for the coming 2,5 weeks. Manoeuvring through all the other ARC boats with mainsail (1 reef) and jib up we were heading off to the starting line. At 1PM sharp our group made a clear start. 15 minutes before another group had started with Team Brunel sprinting off and quickly leaving the rest behind them. There was about 22 to 25 knots of wind, with highs of 30 knots. It caused a good wavy sea, in my eyes waves of 4 meters at least, but in reality 3 meters I must say! It is very impressive seeing this blue high wall coming up behind the ship and then feeling the ship surf over this blue. read more...


23/11/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 6

15:00 UTC Monday Nov. 22, 2015Position: 15.650195N, 38.761097Wa ROLLERCOASTER!is nothing compared to this. How is it that a predicted 9ft swell looks like 4-5 meters when you are in it? Since this morning the sea is rough, whitecaps on rolling mountains and huge swells the boat sinks into deep, Everest behind you, then the boat slowly rises, turning to the left, tilting 12degrees, going over the crest, turning at least 45degrees to the right and rolling down the other side of the wave tilting 12degrees the other way. All the time the constant din of a gushing, swirling, rolling sea.Mojeka is taking it much better than we are. We are not seasick in the least (not even Monique!!) but the constant visual and auditory input is extremely tiring and we feel pretty much exhausted. Moving around. read more...


23/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (4): Surf's Up!

So, remember a previous post where I wrote that I hadn't mastered the fine nautical art of hand steering downwind, at night, with the ginormous big blue parasailor dragging us across the Atlantic? Well, I still haven't. That being said, yesterday, or the day before - things are staring to blur together here, I bit the bullet and took the helm to practice. For those of you who don't know me, key point: I'm not a racer, or a sailor, just a barely a cruiser who's primary qualification was related to guacamole production. Needless to say, the hand steering practice went fine, we found that we were swinging less and making better time than using Otto.Then the wind picked up.After that, the swell increased.Now it's dark, and Otto cannot maintain our course and keep the parasailor from folding. read more...


23/11/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 5

18:00 UTC Monday Nov. 22, 2015Position: 15.7536667N, 36.457015WFISH, FISH, beautiful FISH!at last they are biting. 5 fish in one day! Now for the bad news: we initially did not know what they where, so we took one out, then George looked it up in his fish book: "Greater Amberjack” – on the red list!!!So we threw all the others back (the first one tasted fantastic, by the way).Now my theory: if all we catch is them, how can they be endangered? If we catch nothing else, they are possibly mean predators, killing all the others (such as the tuna we are after). So we should take them all out and do the multiculti fish family a great service!We definitely need a second opinion on that question.Apart from that: pleasant sailing, winds around 15 to 22knots, just slightly over the limit. read more...


23/11/2015

Arthur Logic - First blog - from crew member Pudsey Bear

Hello to all from our 9th crew member, that’s me, Pudsey Bear!  Nowthat the sea state is just about calm enough to use the laptop rather than itbeing flung somewhere across the boat I am able to use my big yellow paws totype.  Just over 24 hours in and finally I think most of us are starting tosmile.  I, of course, always have a big smile but I too did turn a shade ofgreen yesterday and overnight.  Our departure yesterday from the marina wasvery good fun (thank you to our lovely shore team), lots and lots of people cameto wave us off; I got extra big waves because I think I am the only large yellowbear making this voyage.  As we left we were serenaded by some classicSpanish Euro-pop as we left the harbour (remind me not to let the rest of mycrew put this on the. read more...


23/11/2015

LaLuna - dag2

Bericht van Laluna na de eerste24 uur. Best heftige nacht achter de rug met krachtige NE wind. Lopen nu lekkerop de fok alleen met NE6. Eerste24 uur log 162 NM. Idereen aan boord komt goed in het ritme. Vanavond pizza.. read more...


23/11/2015

Bliss II - blogentry

Day 1 Afterhaving a rough day and a rough night on the choppy Atlantic and on the northernroute things get more relaxed now. We are repairing minor things that fell apartduring the night and enjoy the nice weather. Sea legs are slowly building andsea sickness hopefully stays away. We have a constant breeze of 20 kts from NEand bliss is on 2 reefs in main and code 0. We are depowering the gooseneck notto risk anything regarding the latest repair. So we will be a little slower thanexpected but anyway, that’s sailing. Onboards mood is good and we’re cruising with around 10 kts straight way to St.Lucia JB, blissII. read more...


23/11/2015

Weohgi - "Every boat goes Surfing, Surfing the Atlantic" to the beach boys tune!

We're surfing well- Big waves 3++m reducing to 2+m later. We had a rope , fender and the cruising chute all wash of the deck early this morning - so everybody was on deck by 7.30. All were fortunately still attached to the boat so we were able to rescue them and tie them more securely!We were trying to take photos of us surfing -The description I came up with was skiing related.It reminds me of taking a nice ski lift to the top of the mountain ( When you're Rocking All over the world) only to be faced with a sheer black run, then there is no choice but to go "Slip, Sliding away, " as Simon and Garfunkel put it!The sun is still shining. We are doing well on water. We should be half way tomorrow so we may treat ourselves to a shower!Love and hugs to allAvryl Alan Colin and Andy xxxx. read more...


23/11/2015

Bamarandi - Monday 23rd November - Whales or Dolphins?

Position 16.24.853N 039.43.060NThe sheer volume of flying fish all around us continues to amaze us. How many millions must there be in the Atlantic! We have returned 9 to the sea so far from the boat, some in a better state than others dependent on how long they have hitched a ride with us for. Large numbers of them fly around the boat every few minutes and skim off across the water.We saw Haumana - a Lagoon 52 catamaran - late yesterday afternoon flying the Canadian flag with Frank Artis the owner / skipper. We had seen them in Cape Verde and chatted to them. What are the chances of hooking up onto a large piece of stray fishing net out here mid-Atlantic? Unfortunately they had managed to as we discovered when we hailed them on the radio to talk. They were about to get in the water and. read more...


23/11/2015

EH01 - Log day 1 - Epic start

Hello World,   The good ship EH01 is now over her first 24 hour sail in this year’s ARCrace. We had a fantastic send off yesterday. Many people were cheering andsinging, DJs were playing while all the boats were leaving the marina in LasPalmas. EH01 crew was very excited and ready to sail across the big pond. The start was amazing with hundreds of boats circling around outside themarina waiting for their respective starts.  It was a fairly breezy day andwe encountered even more after the first 2-3 hours of the race. The wind pickedup to 35-40 knots in the acceleration zone on the south-east side of the islandwhich kept boats and their crews on their toes. Boats were broaching, droppingsails around us, kites were blown up so it was definitely an action packedafternoon. We also. read more...


23/11/2015

Why Not - Day 1 Blog

Eventful first 24 hours with up to 39knt winds, 8m swell and our main sailpreventer failed, causing the main sheet carriages to come off. Luckily ithappened just before dusk, so we were able to do a temporary fix.   The night shift of Richard, Charlie and Paul managed to fix it, but wehaven’t been able to raise the main sail yet, due to the conditions.   Bags and other things were flying around a fair bit in the night! We woketo bacon butties this morning made by Catrin and  Paul.   We’ve covered 175nm in the first 24 hours which everyone’s really happywith.   Too rough to type any more, so Why Not are signingoff!. read more...


23/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Blog DAY 1

Welcome to Hotstuff's Atlantic Crossing blog 2015.Everyone we met in Las Palmas seemed so fascinated at what it would be liketo be onboard with us. Their eyes seemed to widen in amazement and awe as weexplained the challenge that awaited us; Nine strangers (before Monday lastweek), all women (assuming there are no stowaway boys?!), a Beneteau First 40.7(our modestly sized racing yacht), an international team - UK, Italy, Grenada,Germany and Switzerland; 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean. Throughout our journey we hope to share our experiences with you and giveyou all an insight into exactly what it is like to be onboard.   The team: Thalitta - a paramedic from Switzerland looking for a career change. Ullrike - from Germany who has given up her job in shipping in search ofadventure. Sarah. read more...


23/11/2015

Isabel -DAY 1

Monday 12 Noon 23/11/2105271195 N 018 1115W - 175 Miles from race start (Departed 13:00yesterday)- distance to St Lucia 2511Hello -All good here, race set off on warm overcast afternoon 20 knots onthe beam for a reach then run to the bottom of Gran Canaria. 17:00 hrsGybewest onto our course to St Lucia. From 17:00 hrs to midnight winds wereregularly 40 gusting 50 + knots occasionally, Isabel loving it. We arecurrently in glorious sunshine and 30 knots of wind on a broad reachchomping through the miles !Night watches staggered two hours with four hours on each,two on deck -Who are the crew?Philip- really good bloke / owner,gets sunset watch18:00hrs until22:00hrshmmm!! James - Skipper knows how it all works, how to fix it and how to fix us Peter - Suave at times, nice clothes,takes doing. read more...


23/11/2015

Lucky Star - 23/11/2015 162 mille en 22h

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, départ enfin pris le 22/11/2015 à 13h. Nous sommes dansles 10 premiers au départ mais nous ne voyons déjà plus les catégoriesmulticoques et courses.Départ avec un ris dans la grand voile, nous sommes obligés dans rajouterun autre avant la nuit et de mettre le dernier en pleine nuit. Sinon toutva bien on se relaye à la barre car le pilote n'est pas capable de lefaire avec ces vagues.Premier vrai surf à 14,9 noeuds, on aurait cru être sur un hors bord.Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementpTeam Lucky Star. read more...


23/11/2015

Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 1

Oceano Atlantico - 26°32'N 17°15W - Rotta 240 velocità attuale : 7,7Ieri dopo tanta attesa finalmente la nostra ARC è partita. La mattinata emozionante.La banda di Las Palmas gira fra i pontili suonando ritmi locali e stranieri. Le barche una ad una lasciano i pontili, gli amici salutano, le altre barcheancora all'ormeggio, accompagnano l'uscita con un suono di tromba. L'uscita prevede di sfilare davanti alla Direzione del porto e poi davanti alla lanterna rossa del molo di sotto flutto, dove centinaia di persone si sono radunate per salutare il passaggio e la partenza di ogni singola barca. Bellissima atmosfera, davvero toccante. Quando usciamo dal porto sono già presenti almeno 150 barche intente a girare all'interno del bacino portuale, chiuso per l'occasione, in attesa della. read more...


23/11/2015

Meltemi - Tag 1 Start

Wir sind gestartet. Nach den Katamaranen und den Racern viel der Startschuss für die Cruiser um 13:00 Uhr Ortszeit.Bei wind aus NE mit 7 Bft. und Regenschauern ungemütlich aber flott.Mal sehen was uns die erste Nacht bereithält.. read more...


23/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 Blog (Arc #32)

Monday 23 NovRace Day 1Carnage of sea, big boats and spray at the start of the race. Challenger 1 crossed the line astern and kept pace with us for a time however after we put in a stealthy gybe they haven’t been seen again. :DThe day went quickly with strong winds and a maximum of 40 knots through what is called the “acceleration zone” along the side of the Canary Island.The night bought a full moon, shooting stars and massive swells, up to 1 m above the helmsman’s head.  Felt like we were following Orion’s belt. A few have suffered from sea sickness and are recovering well; whilst others discovered the joys of helming downwind in the dark. Only real down note was the big green wave pouring through a forgotten hatch onto Kirsty’s bed, while she was in it!Cooks are producing. read more...


23/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 1 auf See

Nach gelungenem Start unter Genua und ungerefftem Groß mit Raumschots gen Süden.Es ist für mich ein Novum, dass bei einem Start der ARC trotz günstiger Windrichtungen nur weiße Segel gesetzt sind, nicht einmal die Racer hatten einen Spi oben!Verantwortlich war der zunehmende Starkwind, dem einige Yachten bereits beim Start durch Reffs (Verkleinern des Großsegels) und kleinere Vorsegel Rechnung trugen.Wir konnten bis zum späten Nachmittag mit Genua und ausgerefftem Groß fahren - Ergebnis nach vier Stunden 40 sm!Zum späten Nachmittag frischte der Wind immer weiter auf, so dass auch wir das Groß refften, in den Spitzen hatten wir Böen mit 47 Knoten, Windstärke 9!Jetzt ist es der 23.11., 10:00 Uhr, der Wind hat abgeschwächt auf 20 bis 25 Knoten, in Böen 30, noch etwas zu viel für den Spi-. read more...