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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...


04/11/2017

North Star - Just before..

Greetings from North Star to all of you. We are looking forward to get out in the big blue and the count down has started. We are trying to scramble the last things but wanted to share our excitement about this fantastic adventure.Fair winds, Best regardsThe North Star Crew. read more...


04/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar

“ TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! “by Miles PeckhamThis, dear reader, is the official blog for sailing yacht ‘Infinity of Yar’ and her crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with the ARC 2017.This, our first missive, will explore the yacht, her origins and the make up of her crew.The challenge for your author is to entice you into wanting to read beyond this first episode. “ Well good luck with that," I hear you say and thus my challenge has already begun!And, so to the title of our blog “ To Infinity and Beyond! “ Yes, well done sir, it is Buzz Lightyear’s immortal words from the film ‘Toy Story’.Given the name of the boat and the challenge ahead, it didn’t take a genius … “ Just as well, “ I hear coming back at me with a collective sigh - stick with me it might get better.Infinity of Yar is a Hanse. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
Infinity of Yar - Blog 1: Infinity of Yar
04/11/2017

Cabana - Starts tomorrow

Every thing going well - can’t wait till tomorrowGeorge Stents/c CabanaLagoon 450. read more...


Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas
Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas
04/11/2017

Shimna - Shimna - Hemos llegado a Las Palmas

Hola ... Shimna arrived on Thursday evening after an enjoyable passage south.The bag of flags that "Julie was accused of dropping" miraculously turned up in Dave's cabin, the broken water heater was fixed when the highly disciplined skipper switched it on and the on shore blame storming resumed.The heroic crew ventured out to a City of Las Palmas welcome reception and enjoyed Pedro Gilmour and Diego Waters, confirming "We don't need no education" top advice. The excellent evening only slightly marred by our brave skipper taking third degree burns from a Canapés.John. read more...


04/11/2017

Wild Iris - Preparations

Wild Iris has gone wild! Busily preparing to cross The Atlantic with ARC +2017, Skipper Mark, his wife Lisa, Neil and Richard are busy coiling rope, folding, stacking, packing, polishing, shopping, cooking, making check lists - endless lists!,  A first time crossing for them all, excitement is mounting. Rally to leave at 13.00, 5th November from Gran Canaria.. read more...


04/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off

With one day until the race begins we are all itching to get started. The last few days of preparation and provisioning have all run smooth with the arc staff all providing brilliant support and information. Topped off with a farewell party last night featuring a carnival and a great rock band. The mayor even came out to give a speech and show a video (he wasnt wearing a feathered headdress or playing electric guitar though so I know what entertainmentwas my favourites) Now we are just counting down the minutes until we can get some wind in the sails and some fish on the rods. Cheers from the Adele 1 crew!20171101_133019. read more...


Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off
Adele 1 - Adele 1 - log day 4 - one day to lift off
02/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day Three - A day of B's

What's the fastest way to focus the mind? The discovery of a bilge full ofwater. Oh S**T.A quick inspection clarified that as it was fresh, and with no one reallysure as to where it came from we elected to sponge it out and hope for thebest. The Skip, regretting his decision to enforce a dry ship, wondered ifit was possible to make moonshine - any recipe ideas much appreciated. Thejob of spongingfell to the two youngest members and armed with a bucket(insert joke here) the job was done.We then saw something quite breathtaking, Simon in the galley! And lunchbeing prepared!Another boat! Well technically a ship, but it confirmed that were nottotally alone, and now a bird! Sadly the feathery kind, but what excitement.Far more exciting than realising the water maker leaks and the sat. read more...


03/11/2017

Jubilate Mare - Test

Just to see if it works!Pete T.Sent from my Thingy. read more...


03/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - testing satelite communication

Dear all,We are now fully crewed, and hopefully well prepared for the first part ofour Atlantic crossing. We are leaving Sunday at 13:00 UTC and hope to be in Cap Verde in five daystime. It is expected to be a quite windy start, but it shouldn't be todifficult as the wind will be directly in our back when we sail southwest.Have a nice day!Eivind. read more...


03/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log#1. Bientôt le départ de Las Palmas

Les préparatifs vont bon train.Le départ sera le 5 novembre prochain. Cordialement, André DubéÀ bord de OUI-CHÉRIE! Lagoon 52#119LOA: 15,8M  LWL:15,6M BEAM: 8,74M DRAFT: 1,55Mgeorgesandre@mac.com. read more...


03/11/2017

Cabana - Preparations!

Now dealing with personal dietary preferences and a flukey Iridiumconnection - can't wait for the party to start :) cheers,George=. read more...


03/11/2017

Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board

Ladies and Gents, Welcome to the log of Adele 1 in the ARC+ rally.All members for the race are now on board so I will start with a quick introduction for anyone who isnt aware of who is who on this lovely catamaran.Firstly captain and boat owner Andrew Hakin, newly nicknamed 'Skippy' due to the fact he is both the captain and insists on flying an Australian flag off the boat despite noone here being of Aussie orientation.Secondly cheerful South African Paul Munnik newly nicknamed 'Fishy' due to the fact he doesn't actually mind if we ever reach St Lucia as long as he catchs some form of giant marine life on the way.Thirdly myself, George Hakin, 28 year old Englishman newly nicknamed 'Bloggie' because I have the weighty responsibility of addressing you our hundreds and thousands of. read more...


Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board
Adele 1 - Log Day 1 - All crew on board
02/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 2 - The Grand departure

There was a spring in the step of the crew as the day we had all been anticipating arrived, and what a day it was - clear, sunny and calm, which depending on who you asked was the perfect day to depart.The dinghy cover arrived and (sort of) fit, the final checks were complete and the skipper had unpacked, so it must be time to leave. The captains cap was passed down a generation (never to be passed back up) and out we headed.The croissants were fresh and the Tea was hot so the omens are looking good! Crew morale yet further improved by the announcement that lunch was served, the day hit it's first snag. Lunch took a trip across the saloon as the ship rolled and the chef went with it, the pair ending up in a heap on the floor. There was some concern as to whether we would go hungry but a. read more...


03/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights

We went for another tour to visit a house and plantation. The house was part of a big plantation that had about 450 slaves at one time. The house was very nice. It had beautiful woodwork. It had an outside building for cooking which was probably to prevent house fires. We also saw some beautiful waterfalls along the way. I will show some photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights

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