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16/11/2019

Fish Pie - Mountain of supplies still to buy

I think we have broken the back of the work on Fish Pie in preparation for the start in a weeks time.  A few bits left and more spending to be done, but all quite manageable now.  We will need some advice on fishing gear, as none of us has a clue, but there are lots of experienced ocean crossing yachtsmen here and we should get some good advice.  He are hoping to have a sail over the next few days to test the new Hydrovane, but its a bit windy today.  Hoping its going to work out well.  Adrian. read more...


Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
13/11/2019

Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew

Introducing the crew for Lubilu III and the 2019 ARC Crossing! Graham Helsby (IT specialist, 62). Skipper, with experience dinghy sailing as a boy in 'Lubilu I' and offshore sailing for over 20 years originally in 'Lubilu II' and now with 'Lubilu III'.David Helsby (Head of Mathematics and Computer Science, 29).Sailing for 16 years offshore with his dad in both 'Lubilu II' and 'Lubilu III' .Phil Haigh (IT Operations Specialist, 55).Dinghy sailing and then 15 years offshore, long-time former working buddy of Graham.Aidan Magee (Retired database specialist, 65).Sailing for 7 years entirely offshore and long-time former working buddy of Graham.All raring to go!LL3 4. Aidan Magee 3. Phil Haigh 2. David Helsby 1. Graham Helsby. read more...


Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
10/11/2019

Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III

Lubilu III is a French Jouet 37 built in 1978 making her a one tonne Bermuda Sloop with a mast head rig & full keel. A typical racing cruiser of the era she is sturdy and reliable and has proven to hold her own in heavy seas. She joined our family in June 2010 and we have been sailing her with friends and family in the Western Mediterranean Sea over the last 10 years whilst continuously worked on improvements and modifications for this trip. Much fun has been had in and around Corsica, Sardinia, Majorca, Ibiza, Cote Bleue & Marseille Basin. We now have all we need and are keen for the Atlantic crossing Nov/Dec 2019.1. Living The Dream(Corsica) 2. Here We Go Again (Cote Bleue) 3. Heading For The Ocean (Gibraltar). read more...


04/11/2019

Arausha - attempt I

Greatings from arausha. read more...


Grand Cru - Drinks with ARC crews from SV Talisman and SV Desert Eagle in Gibraltar
Grand Cru - Drinks with ARC crews from SV Talisman and SV Desert Eagle in Gibraltar
01/11/2019

Grand Cru - Our Passage so far...

The Passage so far…We arrived in Las Palmas on 30th September.Earlier than originally planned.We were advised to arrive early in case the good weather that we have experienced changed against us.Our passage from Greece started on 2nd September and we spent six weeks crossing the Mediterranean at a leisurely pace.Leaving the Ionian we cruised via Corfu to southern Itally, Sicily then across to southern Sardinia. Good winds helped a crossing to Mahon then on via Majorca and Ibiza.Sometimes using the motor more than we would have liked.We cruised the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol to arrive in Gibraltar on 12th October.Michael and Steve did a wonderful job of fitting a new Garmin chart plotter.The old one had slowly died as soon as we left Greece.Having had a week in Gibraltar, we were keen. read more...


Montana - Looking forward to more Atlantic Ocean!
Montana - Looking forward to more Atlantic Ocean!
Montana - Keep lookout for fishing nets...luckily we did not catch one
Montana - Keep lookout for fishing nets...luckily we did not catch one
Montana - Romantic fueling at Nazaré
Montana - Romantic fueling at Nazaré
Montana - Aglio et olio (+Spaghetti of course)
Montana - Aglio et olio (+Spaghetti of course)
Montana - "Golfinho!" nice name for the buddies, bearing us company for hours
Montana -
Montana - Blue Ocean... the only remarkable wave: our backwash
Montana - Blue Ocean... the only remarkable wave: our backwash
Montana - Lookout for cardinal mark at Cabo Silleiro (happy to have reliable GPS/AIS)
Montana - Lookout for cardinal mark at Cabo Silleiro (happy to have reliable GPS/AIS)
Montana - Visit to castle at Baiona, just above MRCY (great showers)
Montana - Visit to castle at Baiona, just above MRCY (great showers)
28/10/2019

Montana - Portuguese Coast - Great Passage with everything but trade wind

What a pleasure to join Markus along Portuguese coast and experience SYMontana on this part of the passage to GC! We had a cheerful week with agreat crew, very kind people in all marinas, lots of good food (+somebeers) - and a crazy weather-pinball.Checking wind conditions ahead my flight, I thought "Well, let'sexperience Portuguese trade winds", and recalled "How to avoid chinesegybes" with expected 20knots N. Getting to Vigo some days later, thiswas the only conditions, we did NOT get at all.Starting from Vigo with sunshine (but almost no wind), we came along fogin Baiona and Viana do Castello (sight less than half the riverwidth...), sleek blue ocean from Porto to Figueira da Foz, Nazaré atcalm sea (accompanied by dolphins), and crazy wind on our final trip toCascais (25knots SSW +10. read more...


27/10/2019

Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Hawkeye arrives in Graciosa, Lanzarote

Before leaving Gibraltar we took every opportunity to stash as many goodies as decently possible from our last British supermarkets, then launched Hawkeye across the Straits and out into the wide, rolling North Atlantic ocean. We had every type of weather from sunshine to torrential rain, a gale to glassey seas, the NE trades setting in for a while and, thankfully, the return of those lovely long Atlantic swells that the Med doesn't ever somehow manage to match. Sadly, we ended up motoring rather more than we would have liked - but this was offset by the calm seas showing up a massive pod of dolphins dancing away for some hours under the bow, followed by the appearance of a series ofgraciousfin whales. Hawkeye arrived late in the evening into the anchorage of Graciosa, just next to. read more...


Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Hawkeye arrives in Graciosa, Lanzarote
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Hawkeye arrives in Graciosa, Lanzarote
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Lanzarote from Graciosa
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Lanzarote from Graciosa
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Graciosa from Hawkeye's nav station
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Graciosa from Hawkeye's nav station
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Dolphins a plenty
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Dolphins a plenty
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Hawkeye disco
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Hawkeye disco
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Champagne celebration of safe arrival
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Champagne celebration of safe arrival
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Cocktail time!
Hawkeye - ARC Blog - Cocktail time!
24/10/2019

Sally - Sailing to Canary Islands

Hi, in the first post from Sally we make a quick look back and share our reflections on the trip from Sweden to Canary Island.We started our adventure in May and have had a wonderful time so far,  meet with wonderful people, made some new friends, visit a lot of nice places, gained new knowledge. We have experienced the effects from a North Sea storm blowing sand from the beach to the harbor we were in and caught a net in the propeller. What 30+ knots from N can do to the sea state of Bay of Biscay, how 40+ knots from N affect the the Atlantic. We have seen dolphins, bioluminescence during night sails, experienced a collision with a whale, anchored over white sandy bottoms in crystal clear water.Still we have this feeling that it would have been nice to stay even longer in some. read more...


Sally - our beautiful sailing vessel
Sally - our beautiful sailing vessel
Sally - we are sailing Sally from Sweden to Las Palmas
Sally - we are sailing Sally from Sweden to Las Palmas
19/10/2019

Bijoux - Oh the painful waiting game!

We are home, working in Australia and our beautiful catamaran, Bijoux is in Las Palmas. She has been there, all alone since July. We have 8 more sleeps until we fly out to London and visit our son and friends. Then we fly down to our baby on the 4th of November and get the party started.Oh the waiting and preparations are just dragging on for so long and I just want to get the shopping done the yacht packed and the race started. No really I want to feel confident that our plans are all done, the provisioning is ordered and we can play for a bit before the biggest sail of our life! Can't wait to get there and meet you all x Deb Turner. read more...


18/10/2019

Anja - https://peterschlumpf.jimdo.com

My blog web...,;-)BrgdsPeter Schlumpfhttps://peterschlumpf.jimdo.com/. read more...


Hawkeye - Mallorca!
Hawkeye - Mallorca!
19/09/2019

Hawkeye - Mallorca!

Last week we were joined by our son Ross to help with the crossing from Sardinia to Mallorca. We have been enjoying Mallorcan hospitality and will do for the next three weeks as we are on the Royal Thames Yacht Club rally which also goes to Ibiza and Formentera.Today Alexandra and I met up with ARC 2019 entry Kilauea, which is a Nautitech 46 Open – and we’ll see them again in Las Palmas! 20190919_121637. read more...


Next Step - Funchal to Las Palmas
Next Step - Funchal to Las Palmas
16/09/2019

Next Step - Funchal to Las Palmas

Monday 9th September, we slipped our mooring lines and headed away from Funchal, Madeira and out into the Atlantic on our way south to Las Palmas. After a short period of motoring in the wind shadow of the island we set the sails and had a great sail averaging 7 knots over the three days.Unfortunately, our attempts at fishing was pretty hopeless we did not get a single bite. Never mind we will have plenty of time to perfect our fishing skills going across the Atlantic in November and December.After a 255 nautical mile sail we eventually arrived off Las Palmas on the morning of 11th September. We got into the Marina Las Palmas, completed the usual customs formalities, re fuelled and by 1030 we had moored up at our berth on pier L.Over the next few days we will have lots of jobs to do on. read more...


06/09/2019

Next Step - Cascais to Madeira

Saturday 31st August, overnight the wind speed reduced considerably, Jeremy had to radio a ship at about 0400 as it appeared on AIS that they were going to pass very close so wanted to make sure that they had seen us. After breakfast we got out the fishing tackle and started fishing for another tuna. Later in the day the breeze got up and our average speed increased to around 6 knots.It stayed sunny for most of the day which made it very pleasant, but unfortunately it was clearly not good weather for catching a fish as we did not get a single bite…! In the evening Hanna made an excellent supper and we all slotted back in to the watch pattern for our second night at sea.Sunday 1st September, The night was pretty uneventful we had several cargo ships around. The wind became quite variable. read more...


31/08/2019

Next Step - Cascais, Portugal

The trip to Cascais was a little slow at times but the final approach around Cabo Rosa towards Cascais marina was a fantastic fast sail, at times we were making 9 knots over the ground. We had stayed off shore for most of the trip, but when we got closer in shore the number of fishing pots that we needed to avoid increased dramatically.A little earlier than anticipated we arrived at the visitors reception pontoon at Cascais marina, the marina reception were very helpful and they spoke excellent English. Portugal seems to be a bit more organised than Spain as our boat details and insurance were already on a database that the marinas obviously all share, so checking in was very much quicker. We went around to our allocated marina berth and tied up. Once we had sorted ourselves out, we went. read more...


28/08/2019

Next Step - Update Baiona to Cascais

We continue our trip from the UK down to Las Palmas. Baiona our last stopover in Spain is said to be the first European harbour to hear that Columbus had discovered America (RCC Pilotage). We have had a great time in Baiona but it is now necessary to move further down the coast and in to Portugal. We left the marina on 23rd August hoping to be back some day…Our next brief stopover was at Viana Do Castelo, Portugal a small town with a marina on the north bank of the river. As we got in at a reasonable hour we took the opportunity to go into the town and have a look around, have a beer in one of the squares as well as buying some food for an evening meal made by Nicole on board Next Step before turning in for the night.24th August, we left Viana Do Castelo and sailed to Porto, Portugal's. read more...


Hawkeye - Two ARC boats meet in San Remo
Hawkeye - Two ARC boats meet in San Remo
10/06/2019

Hawkeye - Two ARC boats meet in San Remo

Today Alexandra and I met up with ARC 2019 entry Alessandro Greco on his lovely Beneteau Oceanis 523 “Regina del Mare” which, like Hawkeye, is also berthed here at Portosole in San Remo, Italy.Richard AlessandroAlexandra - and Regina del Mare. read more...


25/05/2019

Salamander - from Rebecca Hayter

Salamander Saturday 25 May, lovely flat sea, with 327nm to go. Loving the sunshine and, even better, everyone had a shower yesterday. Skipper is practising and improving his celestial navigation so we are no longer lost. A turtle just drifted past but we have been reading 117 Days AdRebecca. read more...


24/05/2019

Salamander - YB Connect Message from Rebecca Hayter

Salamander, Friday 24 May. We are just loving the back of the front. That big, dark red beast on Skipper's PredictWind screen arrived bang on schedule, bringing gusts of plus-40, big seas and threw buckets of cold rain over the poor souls on watch. Salamander rollicked along under staysail and slightly reefed mizzen, which brought us through unscathed. Today is all about sunshine, hot showers and decks festooned with wet gear and smelly boat shoes. There is still no answer on whose are the smelliest as no judge has survived the assessment process. I hope other boats also came through without problems.--Transmitted by Rebecca Hayter using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


17/05/2019

Salamander - YB Connect Message from Rebecca Hayter

Salamander, day three... yesterday was our wildlife day. We?d already seen lots of Portuguese man of war jellyfish, like a big version of the blue bottles we get in NZ so that cancelled the daily swim. Around mid morning our first dolphins came to play, like speckled small bottle nos--Transmitted by Rebecca Hayter using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry
Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry
Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry
Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry
15/04/2019

Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry

Hawkeye is now back afloat at her home berth in Portosole, San Remo, Italy, after a winter’s refit – and nearly ready to go!It will be a sad day when we finally leave San Remo for the last time at the end of June. We plan to spend a week or two on the Cote D’Azur before crossing to Calvi in Corsica, then down to the Costa Smeralda in North East Sardinia for the rest of July and August. It’s the Balearics for September and early October then Gibraltar and Grand Canaria by early November.All four of us – Peter, Jane, Alexandra and Richard – are incredibly excited! We’ve all crossed the Atlantic before, together, in a Lagoon 560 catamaran in the ARC 2015.Cheers from Hawkeye!ARC flag with Peter and Jane Richard ARC Flag Alexandra ARC Flag. read more...



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