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07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


20/11/2018

In Tune - Prepreparations

We are all connected now by satellite.. read more...


20/11/2018

In Tune - Predeparture

Still busy attending seminars and doing boat jobs.. read more...


19/11/2018

Gitana - T minus 2 (5) what's the last lesson before we go?

It's Monday, it's a school day! Granted it was in a conventional classroom in my school in Portsmouth but the conversation has been switched to the buzz of the ARC across staff and students throughout the day!I've just finished a full day teaching - mostly about the tribes of the Amazonian rainforest, the Iceland advert with the 'Rang-Tan in my bedroom' and the implications of the new Brazilian president due to go into office in the New Year (not to mention, his controversial views of the future of the rainforest and its people!) Bring that home to school and it starts a whole conversation about how we all have a 'tribe' of sorts; people we click with, people we run with, people we keep as life long friends and share adventures with - the ARC crew on Gitana are exactly that! My tribe, my. read more...


Mon Reve - Whale
Mon Reve - Whale
Mon Reve - Morning Sky
Mon Reve - Morning Sky
Mon Reve - Morning
Mon Reve - Morning
Mon Reve - Fruit Net
Mon Reve - Fruit Net
Mon Reve - Departure
Mon Reve - Departure
Mon Reve - Mon Reve
Mon Reve - Mon Reve
Mon Reve - Peer 17
Mon Reve - Peer 17
Mon Reve - Las Palmas
Mon Reve - Las Palmas
19/11/2018

Mon Reve - Blog Part 1

I counted twenty-two-thousand-five-hundred-thirty-eight flying flags in the forest of two-thousand-three-hundred and twenty-seven masts and beams laying orderly in the Muelle de Portivo des Las Palmas, from where we all depart for our transatlanticadventure in a few days ahead of us.But before we can hoist the sails and catch the winds we all need to prepare our ships and fit them to our offshore homes. I am sure, to some of my new neighbours on pontoon 17 this is ”Business as usual”, but for me the idea is as novelas the thought must have been for Columbus’s friends, that sailing into the setting sun will prepare the arrival in the Land of the rising sun. However, the quest for novelty is the foundation of any enterprise and adventure that I have been on and therefore I remain curious. read more...


19/11/2018

Equinox - Herman’s post

So I’ve actually never done sailing before. Well I “test-sailed” for a few hours before coming here in my hometown Stockholm but that was in a closed archipelago, nothing like the Atlantic! So what am I doing here you may wonder. Well, back in Spring my dad told me about my far away relative uncle who was sailing around the world and that he wondered if we wanted to join a short distance. “Sure” said the bored fifteen year old also refered as me. I didn’t have a clue about boats but thought it would be a nice change from the every day life in school. A few months, three skippers exams and several knots later I’m sitting on the plane from rainy Stockholm to Las Palmas. Things doesn’t start to feel real until a couple of hours after setting sail to Cape Verde. My English feels a bit rusty,. read more...


19/11/2018

Degree of Latitude - Test blog message

Hello everyoneThis is a test to see if the blog works.We are in not so sunny Las Palmas, bit windy today, but not raining at the moment.Degree of Latitude. read more...


18/11/2018

Stephias - Security check

Friday 16 November, indpection by ARC team completed. Cool. Ready to cross Atlantic. read more...


18/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 18-11 aankomst in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

Hallo iedereen,   Deze ochtend zijn we aangekomen in Mindelo, onze laatstenacht hebben we grotendeels op motor gevaren. We hebben alle zeilcombinatiesgeprobeerd maar met periodes hadden we tussen 2 en 5 knopen wind en dan ga je opzeil gewoonweg niet vooruit. We zagen op AIS en van de lichtjes van deandere boten rondom ons die ons zo snel voorbij gingen dat we graag ooktoch vooruit wilden, om 's ochtends en niet 's avonds aan te komen. Het waskiezen tussen kletterende zeilen of een ronkende motor om te slapen te laatstenacht.  We zijn bij de kleinste boten en hebben dus theoretisch de laagstebootsnelheid maar we zijn vooral blij met onze zeilprestaties van de eerstedagen, toen er wel nog wind was. We hebben in onze klasse wel de grootstehandicap,. read more...


18/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 4 - 1/2 way party to Mindelo

We are very excited today to be celebrating our 1/2 way point to Mindelo. We predict we will be reaching the point before midnight tonight, and so to celebrate we are having a pork tenderloin with roasted vegetables. The crew have obtained their sea legs, now if only the winds would cooperate. We motored for a few hours last night and plan to motor overnight as we won’t sail at night under spinnaker, and the winds are too light for the white sails. The official G.W. Fishing Derby is under way and has been out since mid morning, with no “fish on” as yet. The temperature is starting to climb, as we hit 29 degrees today - Sun hats and suntan lotion were the essentials today. We had a quick chat with S/V Blue Infinity last night as we past one another, and are keeping in close proximity to. read more...


18/11/2018

Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42

One of the nice things about the ARC is meeting cool people from other countries. As Glory's Canadian contingent was travelling to Las Palmas today and missed the Opening ceremonies parade, our Brit crew Tash and Will Marshall represented Canada for us."Gotta support the Colonies" as Tash would say. And we appreciate it eh!IMG-20181118-WA0001. read more...


Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42
Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42
18/11/2018

Smoke and Roses - The Sporty Indian Ocean

Logged 2350 Nautical Miles 14 days, 7 hours and 45 minutes314.75 hours sailing, 29 hours motoring  October 1 – 24Cocos Keeling to MauritiusOur next two legs include the second longest and the shortest sailing distances of our circumnavigation. Both are on the Indian Ocean which has a reputation of high winds, big seas and strong currents. Today is the start of Leg 11; we will 2350 nautical miles west to Mauritius for the next two weeks. To my surprise the first couple days had light wind and we were motoring. The clouds were unusual looking, like a thin veil on the horizon. Over the next several days the wind increased to 25 + knots, we had stormy grey skies, there were 10 foot waves sometimes breaking alongside the boat and we sailed fat. One afternoon while I was napping a large. read more...


18/11/2018

Smoke and Roses - Romping Around Reunion

Logged 132 Nautical Miles18.25 Hours Sailing, 1.75 Hours Motoring October 25 to November 2          Mauritius to ReunionReunion Island is a bit of Europe transplanted to the Indian Ocean and the sophistication is welcome. It is a French overseas territory with great diversity in landscape and culture. It is said there are a thousand different landscapes on this mountainous volcanic island from clear Blue Lagoons to magnificent mountain views and enchanting volcanic lunar scenery. At 132 nautical miles, the leg from Mauritius to Reunion was our shortest. The beginning started with 20 knots of wind from the North West, we were close hauled and reefed for this sporty overnight sail. Berthed alongside a wall in a commercial port, at Le Port. read more...


18/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn - Land Ahoy

DATE:2018-11-18 04:30ZTITLE: ARC+ LEG1 DAY 7LOCATION: 17:33 024:35AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEYIt's now 04:30 in the morning of the 7th and last day of this leg from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Minedelo, Sao Vincente, Cape Verde. Our destination is now only 45nm ahead of us and there is land only 35nm off of our starboard bow. Although I cannot make out any land mass in the darkness ahead I can quite clearly make out lights on land. By the time dawn breaks in another two and a half hours we should be able to see land clearly.After days with out seeing another vessel our AIS is showing 2 other sailing yachts converging on the same waypoint, I cannot actually see their lights at the moment but I expect we shall them soon, and I expect to see more as we approach our waypoint and the finish line.. read more...


Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
17/11/2018

Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana

We have had two beautiful days at sea. Crew is now used to the cruising routines, and we have enjoyed slow sailing with weak winds, waves and swells. That means we miss the Sunday evening timeline of ARC+ in Mindelo but will arrive there by Monday morning.Ed the Iguana has followed Oskar to read, eat, play and sleep. Ed has given Oskar more courage on those days when our speed has been too slow to arrive in time in Mindelo.Yesterday Oskar and Robert and Ed the Iguana asked again to try fishing. Ok, we put some pink and white to the line and forgot it. We were inside moving our water bottles from front to back when Niko shouted ”Kala!” (Fish in Finnish). We have practiced emergencies with the crew but not catching an open water game-fish. Although, it seemed that everyone knew what to do.. read more...


17/11/2018

Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana

Robert 11years and mahi-mahiimage1. read more...


Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana
Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana
17/11/2018

Equinox - Post by Jacob on Music in Cape Verde.

There’s been almost a week without land in sight and as we are getting closer to Mindelo a voice starts echoing louder and louder in my head. It is the warm voice of late Cecaria Evora. The barefoot queen, she lived and worked in Mindelo and her music about longing, belonging, the sea and the tiny little islands of Cape Verde reached the whole world. For those of you who wonder what the music is like in Cape Verde, I can only recommend Cecaria Evoras popular song Sodade as a great start.. read more...


17/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 3 - The Crew

Dobro Dani currently has 5 crew members on board, 3 females and 2 males (2 1/2 couples). The amount of sailing which the all-amateur crew have done amounts to well over a century - either we are all really old or we started really young - we shall let you decide!Our sailing experience comes from mainly the Pacific Northwest of Canada (Vancouver) with one of the crew members having sailed a lengthy amount of time on Lake Ontario in her youth. Some of the crews’ sailing experience also expands to across the Pacific and even 1 transatlantic voyage as well. As you can see, Dobro Dani is well equipped with crew for her voyage across the Atlantic.Dani the Dolphin. read more...


17/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 17-11 nog 100 mijl te gaan

De eerste dagen deden we op 24u ongeveer 140 mijl daarnais de wind teruggevallen en nu doen we er gelukkig nog net iets meer dan100. Afgelopen nacht was de wind voor de zoveelste keer veranderd van richtingen wij dachten dat het deze keer Oostenwind ging blijven. We hebben vannacht dusalles opgeborgen en de gennacker opgezet. En YES we gingen terug sneller dan5kts onder het licht van de maan in het putje van de nacht, Dave bleef sturen omde shifts op te vangen. Het was voor hem het hoogtepunt van deze oversteek. Hijheeft een boostje gekregen en was voor de komende uren niet meer in slaap tekrijgen. Deze wind was alleen maar voor efkens. Een half uur later was het terugdead downwind. Vandaag houden we het op vlinderen al hebben we wel veel goestingom de spinnacker uit te halen maar. read more...


17/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 7

When we say day 7, in reality its only day 6 of sailing as we've includedthe Sunday we left as a whole day, but it will only be day 7 after 13:00today, if that makes sense?So in short if we maintain our current speed, we are due to arrive around21:00 tonight, which means it has taken us 6 days 9 hours or thereabouts.The landscape, which sounds odd as we are speaking about the sea, has beenat times nothing short of biblical, with sunrises and sunsets that would putmost hollywood directors to shame.(insert one here later)The pack of 70 odd other yachts making this trip have been spread out farand wide, certainly for us, following the more direct route and notnecessarily chasing the wind, we haven't seen a soul in days, with theexception at night of the odd tanker heading in the other. read more...


17/11/2018

Equinox - Tom’s reflections

Rather than an hour by hour, ‘what we did on our holidays’ style blog I decided on the piece below. It’s obviously personal and heartfelt. I hope it triggers, if not similar thoughts, then those of your own stimulated by the greater world around us.“There was once an on old man, well, old in the eyes of his grandchildren at least, who, when asked, set sail to cross a sea and then a WHOLE ocean despite his affliction with sea sickness. Not as an adventure or as a challenge but because it was there and for once in his life he was going to make a positive decision. During his early years decisions were made for him by others, parents, family, friends and teachers. Even in later life ‘positive’ decisions were not Grandad’s ‘thing’.  On the whole he preferred to go with the flow or take. read more...


17/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn only 254 miles to Mindelo

DATE:2018-11-16 17:32ZTITLE: ARC+ LEG 1 DAY 6LOCATION: 20:24 022:28AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEYBODY: 672nm down and 254nm to our destination. We sailed through and beautiful warm and moon lit star studded night with just enough wind to carry us along at 5.6kts in a gentle swell, what more could one ask for. Sunrise greeted us with the wind dropping off to 5-10kts from behind, unfortunately downwind this is not enough to carry us along at a reasonable pace with boat speed of only 2-3kts we threw in the towel and put the engine on. The engine has been trundling along for most of the day, which was fine as this gave us a chance to drop the main and carry out some repairs.Come this evening at 16:40 the wind picked up and the sails are back up and the engine off..yippee...we are now making 5kts. read more...


16/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn

DATE:2018-11-16 17:32Z TITLE: ARC+ LEG 1 DAY 6 LOCATION: 20:24 022:28 AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEY BODY:672nm down and 254nm to our destination. We sailed through and beautiful warmand moon lit star studded night with just enough wind to carry us along at5.6kts in a gentle swell, what more could one ask for. Sunrise greeted us withthe wind dropping off to 5-10kts from behind, unfortunately downwind this is notenough to carry us along at a reasonable pace with boat speed of only 2-3kts wethrew in the towel and put the engine on. The engine has been trundling alongfor most of the day, which was fine as this gave us a chance to drop the mainand carry out some repairs. Come this evening at 16:40 the wind picked up and the sails are back up andthe engine off..yippee...we are now making 5kts under. read more...


16/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 2 - Whoop Whoop’in Along

With the first 24 hours at sea under our keel, Dani’s crew on board are slowly getting used to life at sea. We have 5 crew on board and the watch rotation is 4 hours on and six off, each overlapping of 2 hours. We had our traditional first night at sea dinner consisting of homemade Shepherd’s Pie. The winds toyed with us from the start line and throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours, finallythey came up around midnight and we were able to sail along, doing a very comfortable 6-7 knots. During that time, we were met with a small pod of dolphins wanting to play with us. It was so dark that the only way we knew that they were there, was from the bio-luminescence lighting up around them as they swam through the water - quite a sight to see. Again today, the winds have been up. read more...


16/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 6

Well what an amazing ocean, yesterday we were visited by the largest pod of Dolphins we have ever seen, there must have been over 100 of them, this coupled with Pilot whales and flying fish, is making this trip even more worthwhile, let alone the amazing sunrises and sunsets and stars, so many stars! Zero light pollution, stunning, just stunning!As we prepare for the final leg of our 1st stage from Las Palmas to Mindelo, many lessons have been learnt that will put us in great stead for the atlantic crossing, sail configurations, when to put them up and more importantly when to take them down, ease up on satellite time! its like buying shares in the company! watch your sweet rations, they go so quickly on nightshift, but one of the most important lessons learnt in particular to our boat,. read more...


15/11/2018

Lunni - Day 4, Leg1 - fishing with Ed the Iguiana

We have 400nm to go to Mindelo, slow sailing with big waves. Oskar 9 and Ed the Iguiana have spent time by watching videos, reading comics, and admiring bright stars of African night. They have tried to catch some fish, and they got one but it escaped, maybe good for the fish. Ed the Iguiana has seen one squall, wind went to 35knots in seconds with lots of rain. Mood of Ed and crew is good, hopefully rest of the journey to Mindelo will go good too.Oskar, Ed the Iguiana and Lunni crew. read more...


Dobro Dani - Dani the Dolphin
Dobro Dani - Dani the Dolphin
15/11/2018

Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!

The gentlemen sailors of Rose Marie are underway and enjoying a thoroughly handsome time of it. Wishing a most satisfactory and splendiferous sail to all and sundry. May fair weather and seas speed us all to safe harbour! Toodle pip, what ho and see you on the other side! IMG_20181115_133031_009. read more...


Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!
Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!
15/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Yacht Cerulean ARC+ Leg 1 Day 5

A good 24hrs with another 134nm under our keel.We seem to have the downwind rig sorted and more importantly it is taking us down in the right direction down our rhumb line.Meeting the ARC+ deadline in Mindelo by 17:00 on the 18th November is looking doubtful, but 'it ain't over yet'Very pleasant overnight with a fayre wind and kind sea not too cold not too hot, great view of the milky way, good sunset and sunrise.Woke up to a couple for flying fish hitching a ride on deck this morning...they are now on the hook as bait for something bigger.Current conditions NE force 4, 5-6kts boat speed sea condition slight, blue sky and sunshine with a 3/8 cloud cover.Yacht Cerulean of Penryn. read more...


15/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 5

Well here we are at day 5 already, certainly getting warmer the further south we travel, although its 24-5 degs C at night, with the wind chill, its still cool enough for a fleece and blanket.Spirits are high after our fish came home to supper, a decent 8.5kg Mahi Mahi will keep us in food for a while, Thai last night, Indian tonight, got to eat it quickly as need to get the beers back in the fridge for our arrival in Mindelo.Don't forget to check out our position on the ARC site fleet tracker!. read more...


15/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 15-11 dag 5

Rotwind, alle richtingen tussen ENE en WNW hebben wegehad. Windsterktes tussen 2 en 10 knopen, niet vet dus. We hebben wel goedgeslapen want we hebben gisterennamiddag een nieuwe setup opgezet nl. vlinderenmet de uitgeboomde rolfok aan de ene kant en de hanked-on genua aan de innerforestay aan de andere kant, uitgeboomd met de giek. Op die manier ligt hetmainsail niet te kletteren langs alle kanten. Vandaag gaan we elekticiteitdraaien want de hydrogenerator vertraagt ons nog een knoop en we gaan er al maar4 over het water. Wel bedankt aan Steve en aan Steven om ons een sms testuren naar de satphone, dat was het evenement van de dag. Vandaag gaan we eenmailtje binnen trekken met alle posities. Het wordt nu al een uitdaging omzondag voor 18.00u wanneer de finishlijn sluit binnen te kunnen. read more...


15/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 1 - We’re Ready To Go!

After months of planning and preparing, S/V Dobro Dani and her all Canadian crew are ready to set sail for Cape Verdes. We are very excited to be taking part in the ARC and to doing the inaugural trek to St. Vincent. Dani and her crew would like to thank the ARC staff for a great time in Las Palmas and look forward to meeting our ARC support team in Mindelo. We would also like to thank Puerto de Las Palmas for hosting us. Lastly we would like to wish all the other ARC boats in all three ARC’s a safe trip across the pond.ARC+ St. Vincent - it’s time to go sailing....Dani the Dolphin. read more...


15/11/2018

Smoke and Roses - The Sporty Indian Ocean

Logged 2350 Nautical Miles14 days, 7 hours and 45 minutes314.75 hours sailing, 29 hours motoringOctober 1 – 24Cocos Keeling to MauritiusOur next two legs include the second longest and the shortest sailing distances of our circumnavigation. Both are on the Indian Ocean which has a reputation of high winds, big seas and strong currents. Today is the start of Leg 11; we will 2350 nautical miles west to Mauritius for the next two weeks. To my surprise the first couple days had light wind and we were motoring. The clouds were unusual looking, like a thin veil on the horizon. Over the next several days the wind increased to 25 + knots, we had stormy grey skies, there were 10 foot waves sometimes breaking alongside the boat and we sailed fat. One afternoon while I was napping a large wave. read more...


15/11/2018

Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!

Sunrise yesterday saw a beautiful blue sky and 12-14 kts of wind. We’d overnight sailed on reefed main and jib so decided to try our spinnaker again. Of course the wind immediately increased to 18kts plus, very rapid sailing on aNautitech Open 46; we set a new all-time boat speed record 16.7kts surfing down a large wave but after an hour decided that hand steering all day would get in the way of our relaxing cruise. We reverted to our downwind sail. Plenty of exercise before 1000 on a Wednesday morning.We then decided to take up the most English of pastimes...fishing. We had the line out all day and as I write this at 0745 Thursday morning I can report that we’ve caught two fish. Any other ARC+ boats have more??? Please note in comments below..Only trouble is that neither were Tuna, just. read more...


Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!
Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!

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