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07/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's Log n°2 - They Come in Threes

We haven't been at sea for 48 hours, yet already the days are blending into each other in my mind. This day at sea is similar to that day at sea, and the passing of time has become abstract - one of my favourite things about long distance sailing. If it weren't for the log and our watch system, I could lose track of time altogether. It is an 'eat-when-hungry', 'sleep-when-tired' sort of a regime (with the exception of dinner, when all crew members are expected to dine together like civilized creatures!) If I try hard enough, I can probably recall the events of the past 12 hours...I slept poorly, as I usually do our first night at sea. I do not have our Bosun's wonderful skill of falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, a trait I envy. The moment I got up for my morning watch,. read more...


07/11/2017

Galileo - Glorious sailing

After a slow last place start (Capt. insisted on sailing the start - pretty sure everyone else was motor-sailing) we are keeping pace with Katina and Avanti. It is a treat to travel in the company of other boats. The sailing has been stellar. Of course, as I write this the winds are lessening, lol. This morning’s sunrise was breathtaking - shades of green, orange, reds and yellows. We’re truly enjoying ourselves, getting enough sleep and eating well. Last night’s dinner was chicken and veggie quesadillas with black beans, yellow rice, guacamole and sour cream. On the menu this morning is waffles, bacon and granola parfaits.Anticipating another great day. All is good. Thanks for reading. SariSV Galileoimage1. read more...


Galileo - Glorious sailing
Galileo - Glorious sailing
07/11/2017

Lily - Day 2

On the first night we all started at the unmistakable deep rumbling of the bilge pump. A small leak was coming in via the proeller shaft - I think it is the force of the waves coming directly from behind causing a opposite pressure to what it should be. In any case it was all solved with a shakel bolt and a hose clamp.Apart from this, Day 2 was not really very eventful. The wind and waves faded a little, making sleep easier and boat slower. Discussions throughout the day as to how to negotiate a building low of the coast of Africa causing light or no winds right in our path. We decided to head west into the Atlantic - we shall see in due course if this was a good decision...I've had to get my fleece out again at night - looking forward to packing that away for good!Peder. read more...


07/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Happy Birthday + Happy Sailing

Celebrating Sidsel's birthday in glorious sun, presents and by hoisting the big spinnaker up!Abraxas 3 is a happy ship today, and we try to catch up with the front runners with our 200 sqm A2 spinnaker. The wind is a bit lighter and the sea state is luckily getting calmer so we don't bounce around to much.Best regardsTeam Abraxas. read more...


07/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE

This is the routing alternatives we got last evening image1. read more...


Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE
Abraxas 3 - THOUGH CHOICE
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
06/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 4 - A Race to Torremolinos

Now there's a phrase I didn't think I'd say this trip.After a smooth crossing across towards Cartagena, and an excellent lunch(this sailing thing is tricky, honest). We encountered our first realproblem on our great voyage - the dreaded IT issue, a problem so complex andtime consuming that makes the most experienced sailor run a mile. A smallinvestigation by the skip and some help from further afield identified theproblem, we hadn't turned it on. Ah.Compared to that small lightning storm was fairly routine, but the skipdecided/ordered - whichever you prefer - that we should head to port and sitout the incoming weather system. After dining on the chefs homemade balls,sorry meatballs, we put our foot down and sped down the coast. Our bestoption was to go to Port Benalmedena, Torremolinos.A. read more...


06/11/2017

Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!

First of all, we're alive and well and well fed.The crew loved Tali's coconut lime rice recipe, but hated the brussel sprouts smell.We made it through the gulf stream, and are catching an eddy now that give us current that helps us go South.We had to avoid 7 fishing boats that were in a circle with nets and such, during Nina's watch at 12:30 am...They didn't use AIS or show up on radar for some reason.We've got our own little yellow finch or such.Those of you who are in the know, let us know what type of bird this really is.Yellow Brick got all friendly, hopping on our backs as we slept, checking out the pantry and electronics, before moving on.We tried fishing but the rod tip which was a bit corroded now is no more.Something to work on next crossing.Nina, Don, Lisa and KenSent from. read more...


Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!
Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!
06/11/2017

Hummingbird - Monday night - feeling a bit wooly

Good evening from Hummingbird. We are currently running down wind with the kite up just on the edge of the African continental shelf, anticipating a gybe offshore at some point tonight. The sea has flattened out inshore here nicely and the breeze is a steady force 4 from the NNE. After last night’s guy shenanigans we had a fast and straightforward sail through to midday today, making 200nm on the log. The wind dropped mid morning so after a lovey greek salad with pesto bread we hoisted the kite. It was a tricky wind angle, we wanted to hold port gybe to keep us away from the wind hole further offshore, but we don’t really want to close too much with the African coast in case we find fishing fleets and other obstacles. With the swell this afternoon and light airs we accidentally wrapped. read more...


06/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Difficult choice for days ahead

The Weather routing says it's lighter weather ahead and that we should either continue going southwest or gybe and go into the African coast again.We will probably prefer the western route, but it's a close call.. read more...


06/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

SY Altair is sailing at 10+ knots down the Saharan coast under spinnaker.Two sailors are in the bridge watching the boat gliding over wave tops and surfing down into troughs while three more sailors are doing a yoga session in the salon.N 24*31.71' W 16*34.83' --Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


06/11/2017

Neverland - Day 2 - Neverland's first 24hrs at sea

Well we have consumed a lot of biscuits in the first 24 hours! Conditions last night meant we will be eating our pre made lasagnes for dinner this evening. Neverland broke her speed record last night hitting 13 knots surfing down a wave and we have had dolphins with us pretty much since we left Las Palmas. Lily have been in touch over the radio thinking we might get close enough for them to take a photo of us and vice-versa but they have sped off ahead again whilst Tom was messing around with pole. The winds have decreased from 25 knots to 14 knots but the sea state is still on the lumpy side. The silver lining to the blustery conditions of course is we made good progress in our first 24 hours. We put the fishing line out and hope our next update will be to show everyone the enormous. read more...


06/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele1 log - Day 6

Afternoon ladies and gentlemen,So its the day after the race start. Yesterday was ofcourse a busy day, starting at daybreak the crew were up and raring to go. 2 hours were spent consuming coffee and doing last minute checks and tidying of the boat.A few hours before the start gun we spent just outside the marina running the sails up and getting the feel of the days sailing.An excellent view of all the surrounding boats was on offer as the radio chirped '10 mins to go' '5 mins to go' andddd 'GO!' and we were off! The moment we had been waiting for for weeks had finally arrived and we were underway at last!Feeling of triumph were unfortunately shortlived as a few hours in we went to furl the headsail to be replaced with a parasail now the wind conditions allowed for it. Turns out what was. read more...


06/11/2017

Helen - Day 1 for Ed the Iguana on route to the Galapogas with ARC+

On board Helen, Ed the Iguana hada good day leaving Las Palmas at thefront of the boat with Eve and John, whilst waving goodbye to his yellowshirted friends.Once over the startthe boat progressed well but one crew member was feeingseasick. Ed kindly stepped in as the Ship's Doctor and kept his watchful eyeon the crew.Ed's first watch was at 9pm where he joinedEve and John for some chocolatebefore settling down to sleep at 11.30.144 miles in the first 24 hours was a good run as the skipper sailed understaysail alone to give everyone as good a night's sleep as possiblein theconfused sea conditions.Day 2 has started well with 2 turtles spotted and lots and lotsofDolphins.Best regards, Ed. read more...


06/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°1 - The Starting Line

We slipped our lines and headed out of Muelle Deportivo to the delightful sounds of airhorns, cheers, and a Spanish voice over a speaker system saying goodbye to 'Hahee'; that is to say Haji, with a Spanish accent. As the sounds of the send off faded in the background, the crew began to prep. The skipper decided to put two reefs in the mainsail in anticipation of high winds at the start, rising as we crossed into the  'acceleration zone'. Timing it (almost) right, we made for the starting line. Over the radio Chris counted down, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Five minutes later, we crossed and were off on ARC+ 2017! After two hours the wind finally picked up as forecast and we were glad to have put in the two reefs under more comfortable seas. In the span of thirty minutes we lost two. read more...


06/11/2017

Haji - Haji and the ARC: a family history

"The most welcome participant this year is probably Nick Nixon of Haji, whose dramatic departure on a stretcher and ambulance in Gibralter had many of last year's participents deeply concerned. [...] Sailing together for over 30 years, the Nixons have been living aboard Haji and cruising permanently for the last three years."My throat tightens with emotion as I read the 1987 Yachting Monthly article, still onboard to this day. There is a small photo of Nan and Grandad, looking young, tanned, and relaxed - years before I would know them. You see, to my Dad and me, doing the ARC+ this year means a lot more than crossing an ocean; we are making family history! 30 years ago, my Nan and Grandad took part in the 2nd ARC, sailing from Las Palmas to Bermuda in Haji, their homebuilt Rival 38.. read more...


06/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 2: wat een vliegende start weer

Hallo iedereen,   De eerste 24 uur zijn inmiddels ruim voorbij en we hebben (zoalsgebruikelijk) weer een vliegende start vanuit Las Palmas gehad, met 214 mijlgevaren in de eerste 24 uur. Om 12:00 UTC betekende dat zelfs dat we van de helevloot het dichtste bij Kaapverdië gekomen zijn. Zegt nog niks natuurlijk, maarwe vinden het wel leuk om in de punt van de vloot te varen!   We hebben de nacht goed verdeeld, hadden ook een rif gestoken en de genuaiets weggerold om het wat relaxeder te maken. Bij daglicht weer alles gehesen enuitgerold en de wind begint nu wat af te nemen. Prima weertje om dediepvries-pizza’s (die last-minute gekocht waren en dus bovenop lagen in devriesbox, waar het dus niet écht vriest) in de oven te duwen. Nanno ontfermdezich al snel over enige pizza punten. read more...


06/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 1 - The Girl Who Cried Dolphin

Following a highly competitive start yesterday, whereby we were near to last over the line and narrowly avoided a mooning extraveganza from our elderly skipper, there are now no boats in sight - are we going the right way? Either way, the watermaker is working effectively following a double blind taste test methodologically conducted by our most scientific non-scientist, David. However, our fishing rods appear to be very much broken. Wild Iris, who we watched (not so gradually) gain ground on us through the night, is now out of sight but unfortunately not out of mind, sending David and Dad to their bunks in an air of huff as Richard, the real sailor amongst us, dutifully looks after the helm and calls to the dolphins. David, asleep atop his sheets so as not to distort the oragami. read more...


Queen Bee - Crew picture
Queen Bee - Crew picture
06/11/2017

Queen Bee - We are coming

Still a few days and then we will be there.Queen bee crew. . read more...


06/11/2017

Charm - Losing Joe

Hello Folks,Today is Marin's 7th birthday - Happy Birthday Marin.She gets to spend it off Africa in a following wind and sea. How many seven year olds get to do that?Well, quite a few on this trip.Marin and crew lost skipper Joe yesterday after the start.They didn't see him fall off the boat but he didn't answer to multiple calls of his name so after looking everywhere a man over board was started.Kent and Lara yelled "Man overboard" and started to roll up the jib and start the engines.Lara pushed the mob button on the plotter.Kent was freaked out and wondering how he was going to find Joe when he didn't see him at all or know when he fell off the boat.About that time Joe popped up like a ghost from the forward storage hatch.He had jumped in one to get a block to fix a broken traveler. read more...


06/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Waves, sun and moderate winds

We choose to sail at hotter angels to the wind than most of our competitors, so we ended up quite close to the coast of West Sahara in the morning. So when we started to see lights on fishing nets we gybed onto starboard and are now heading a bit to the west of Cap Verde and still keeping our target wind angel of 150 degrees. All well onboard with the sun smiling at us whilst we roll along in waves that are quite big compared to the wind that is mostly below 20 knots.Sailing now with a full main and our high clewed jib, so we are not pushing it very hard.Have a great day!Team Abraxas. read more...


06/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 0 - Vorbereitungen und Test

13 Tage vor Beginn unserer großen Atlantiküberquerung laufen die Vorbereitungen auf vollen Touren – und wir testen einmal unseren Online-Blog, mit dem wir euch über alles, was auf hoher See passiert, auf dem Laufenden halten können. Nochbewohnt Kerstin das Boot allein, aber Ralf trifft am 9. und Arjan am 13. November in Las Palmas ein. Carina landet am 16. Und vervollständigt damit die Crew der Lothlorien. Unsere Crew-T-Shirts sind heute bereits eingetroffen. Wir finden: Ganz schön schick!Was meint ihr?2017-11-06-PHOTO-00000053. read more...


Lothlorien - Tag 0 - Vorbereitungen und Test
Lothlorien - Tag 0 - Vorbereitungen und Test
06/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east

We are approaching Madagascar on our way to Richards Bay South Africa. Most of our trip has been more consistent downwind sailing while now we are dealing with fronts more. There is a low pressure system south of Madagascar which will develop winds from the west, that is head winds which will be 10-15 knots. The next factor is that there is a current along the east coast of Madagascar which runs up to 2-2.5 knots We are trying to ride that current south. We expect the winds to drop some tomorrow so riding the current will be nice. The next strategy is the closer we stay to the southern tip of Madagascar the further we will be from the low that is the expected to produce the headwinds. The biggest concern is that he long range forecast for arriving at the coast of South Africa. The. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east
06/11/2017

Hummingbird - Across the start line

Hummingbird’s crew arrived in Las Palmas on Wednesday for the Atlantic Rally for Crusers Cape Verde addition. They were just in time for the undersea themed crew party. A quick trip down the cleaning aisle of the local Spar was all we could manage by way of preparation. Having bought every type of coloured bin bag going we soon transformed into three turtles (the boys) four sirens (the girls), a sponge (Rachael) and a protest against plastic in our oceans (Gina). John looked particularly fetching wearing a bright yellow mop head as a wig and pink rubber gloves as earrings, whilst Erika brought some sophistication to the scene with purple coloured, lavender scented bin bags. Meanwhile Nicky had fallen in love with a particularly soft mop head, so we now have a team mascot – ‘Shaggy’.. read more...


05/11/2017

Numada - Log day 1 Numada back at sea

Today we finally crossed the start line And started our new adventure. The weather has been very nice but with light winds so the noise machine has been running all the time. We saw several dolphins (already ahead of boat Taiko on spotting them!) but did not manage to take a good photo. Our new crew members are quickly adjusting to the movement of the boat and the rhythm at sea. I am pleased to be the first out in the night to enjoy the stars and the moon later on: such a great feeling. Maura got the best fortune cookie for dinner tonight " success starts with a beginning!"... well this is ours. Raffaella. read more...


05/11/2017

Interlude - ARC+ Departure Day ... Just Two Weeks Until It's Our Turn!

An exciting and memorable day here in Las Palmas as the 69 yachts participating in the ARC+ rally departed for their first stop in the Cape Verde Islands before continuing on to St. Lucia.  The “buzz" on the docks has been building steadily all week as owners and crew tackled the remaining items on their pre-departure To Do lists.  The weather gods delivered a gorgeous, sunny day with plenty of wind for a fast start.  There were hundreds of spectators on shore cheering and clapping for each departing yacht as they left the marina.   I found a perfect vantage point and watched as new friends onboard Clarelsa, Kiloran, Calla, Amythst 3 and other yachts headed away towards the starting line.  For many of the skippers and crew, departure day marks the beginning of a. read more...


Interlude - ARC+ Departure Day ... Just Two Weeks Until It's Our Turn!
Interlude - ARC+ Departure Day ... Just Two Weeks Until It's Our Turn!
05/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Great start in Las Palmas

Great start, sun, wind 20-30 knots. Max speed 16 knots!Now the wind varies between 20-28 knots with Northeasterly wind that is oscillating with at least 30-40 degrees All well on board as we roll along in a moonlit night!Abraxas 3. read more...


05/11/2017

Windseeker - windseeker

Dia 5 de novembre de 2017, el DIA, el dia somiat per tots nosaltres, desitjat i esperat des de fa molts anys. Avui comencem la nostra aventura a l'Atlàntic. Enrere deixem anys de somnis, mesos de preparació i dies de nervis i neguits. La veritat és que estar avui aquí, al mig de tots aquests velers, compartint un mateix objectiu és molt emotiu per a tots. Aquests últims dies han estat frenètics al Windseeker, compres, "remiendos", estibar tot el menjar, tornar al súper i a la nàutica a buscar més peces i més queviures... que díficil és pensar en tot el que ens pot faltar i si tenim el necessari per afrontar amb garanties aquest repte. Sort d'en Jordi que cada dia repassa el material, ell és l'expert i en la majoria de coses va fent que sí amb el cap. En Francesc ho té tot a punt. Són. read more...


05/11/2017

Marisja - Dag1: we zijn ervandoor

Nou, we zijn ervandoor hoor! Einde van de ochtend hebben we de trossen losgegooid en weer genoten van het spektakel van het wegvaren: bij de havenuitgangeen heuse commentator, grote speakers, muziek en op de pier allemaal uitzwaaierscompleet met vlaggen, fototoestellen en vuvuzela’s (jaja, ze zijn ernog!). Eerst hebben we de catamarans weg zien varen, en een kwartiertje laterwaren wij aan de beurt. Marja vond het toch wel spannend, dus deden we het op destart wat rustiger aan. Niet natuurlijk! ‘Gewoon’ als eerste boot weg, directmet snelheid de goede kant op, zit toch ergens in ons bloed. Maar ook Marjameteen juichen en high-fives geven hoor, haha. De eerste twee uur hebben we relaxed ruime wind gevaren, iets afstandgepakt van de wal om toch wat meer uit de beruchte ‘acceleration zone’. read more...


05/11/2017

Enjoy - We're off to the Bahamas finally!

We've crossed the ARC starting line and are off to the Bahamas. To track s/v enjoy specifically load the ybtracker app. If you use the ybtracker app, you'll want to go to the fleet tracker and select a Rally or Race. Choose ARC Bahamas. That information is updated every 4 hours and is talking to a little yellow tracker beacon on the back of our boat.Don, Nina, Ken and Lisa!. read more...


Twenty Twenty - 1st catch of arc+ at 1420hrs on TWENTY TWENTY
Twenty Twenty - 1st catch of arc+ at 1420hrs on TWENTY TWENTY
05/11/2017

Clarelsa - We are off!

Well what a relief to be at sea after all the preparations. Now we can relax and enjoy the sunshine! Sally. read more...


05/11/2017

Air Power - Air Power ready

Charts and log ready, salon daybed prepped...just a few more checklist items to go and we're ready for the start of Caribbean 1500!20171105_061806 20171105_061825. read more...


04/11/2017

Altair - ARC + Preparations - Day (-1)

SY Altair crew are making last minute preparation for the start of 2017 ARC + tomorrow, Sunday November 5.  ​   Van loads of provisions are arriving to the dock on this mostly cloudy day with rain bursts.  As crew stows the food "blurt" "blurt" sounds of divers bubbles can be heard inside the boat as the hull is being cleaned.  The author of this blog is about to ascend the 35 meter mast armed with wipe cloths, tape, some wrenches and a watchful eye for anything loose.     With full fridges and a clean bottom Altair will be ready to have a good fast start with strong pressure tomorrow.  The heavy winds will favor this heavy boat for the next couple days before the winds lighten and we will all see how the remainder of the voyage shapes. read more...


Air Power - Air Power ready
Air Power - Air Power ready
Air Power - Air Power ready
Air Power - Air Power ready
05/11/2017

Wild Iris - Wild Iris

Team Photo! All ready for the off, last checks done.Safe and happy sailing to one and all. read more...


Neverland - Day 1 - the first of many provisioning deliveries
Neverland - Day 1 - the first of many provisioning deliveries
05/11/2017

Lily - Leaving Las Palmas

Early morning in Las Palmas marina and the skipper and crew is still in good spirits. No last minute crisis yet and the start should be a windy afair. Lily needs a good breeze to pick up her skirts, so this is good for us.. read more...


05/11/2017

Louanne - Blog test

Testing the blog. Watch this space!. read more...


04/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Départ DEMAIN pour OUI-CHÉRIE!

Nous sommes prêt! Tous les préparatifs sont terminés. Le grand départ est pour demain, dimanche 12h45 UTC.ANDRÉ. read more...


04/11/2017

Marisja - 1 day to go, all is ready

Hi allemaal, Het is de zaterdag, Nanno is vanmorgen aan boord gekomen dus nu zijn we als  bemanning compleet. Nanno heeft wel een makkie dit jaar, de boot is nagekeken, alle boodschappen zijn weggeborgen en Marja helemaal in d'r element om de heren van eten en drinken te voorzien (de heren die toch nog steeds de dag weten te vullen met aanklooien ondanks dat alles eigenlijk al klaar was!). Het weerbericht voor de start morgen ziet er goed uit, een stevige NO-wind zal ons de eerste dag en nacht lekker op weg helpen, waarschijnlijk krijgen we richting dinsdag of woensdag pas te maken met minder wind, dus dat wordt lekker inslingeren! Zoals gezegd zijn we er klaar voor, de boot is opgeruimd, communicatie is gecheckt, de zeilen liggen klaar en as we speak is Marja alvast een pan met. read more...