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Blue Bayou - winds back - sailing into night 3
Blue Bayou - winds back - sailing into night 3
Helen - Edwina and partner
Helen - Edwina and partner
21/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment 21nov

Blog 2Hello to all our friends and family!After an exciting start and great send off with brass bands, lots of spectators and boats fighting for the line, we're off, only 5 minutes late over the line!Fabulous sailing conditions and, after 3 sail changes in the first hour, we settled into a great routine of downwind sailing, poled out headsail, goosewinging at a nice, steady 8knots!The first night was spent avoiding other yachts in the ARC but by early Monday morning "Where is everyone, are we going in the right direction was the cry from the crew"!!In the night, the wind died and now we are motoring, the Atlantic is a millpond, but fabulous for seeing the friendly dolphins and sea turtles who have already been to visit! However, the flat sea has enabled us to catch a very pretty Mahi. read more...


21/11/2017

Manihi - Quelle aventure !

Prenez 4 bonshommes, mettez les sur un bateau, secouez, agitez et constatez les résultats.C'est une histoire d'oreille interne parait-il. On a plus l'impression dans ces moments que l'interne voudrait rapidement devenir externe si vous voyez ce que je veux dire, mais si c'est le médecin qui le dit, alors...La nuit dernière a été tranquille et nous avons profité d'une nuit à la voile avec un vent suffisant pour bien avancer. La mer était calme et c'était une grande joie contemplative que de profiter d'un tel ciel étoilé pendant son quart.Qui dit contemplation dit poésie et nous avons des poètes à bord !Ce n'est pas anodin de se trouver ou nous sommes et on mesure cette chance chaque jour.Pour ma première j'avoue être impressionné par cette immensité qui entoure notre petite capsule de vie. read more...


21/11/2017

Tommy - Log 1 - About last night…

Well the good news is that we are all safe and well but last night through a whole heap of challenges at us! We started the race brilliantly, made it to the start line in time. Engine off. Sails Up and away we went. Within half an hour of sailing we noticed our electronic wind instruments were completely out, which means we had no idea what the true or apparent wind speed was or what direction it was coming from. We had to resort to the good old fashioned wind vane at the top of our mast, which was all well and good until we were fast approaching the acceleration zone of winds near the bottom of the Gran Canaria island. YIKES! Do we furl in our Code zero light wind sail incase we suddenly stumble across the acceleration zone? Or do we wait, but then all sorts could go wrong with a. read more...


20/11/2017

Louanne - Catch of the day

We here on Louanne are now on day 5 of the crossing fromCape Verde to St. Lucia. Everything is good onboard, and there is a jovialatmosphere among us crew. We would like a little more wind (who wouldn`t), butour skipper is determined to maximise the output of our limited sail waredrobe-and believe me, we have rigged and de-rigged every possibility with variouslevels of success. On the positive side, the gentle winds havegiven us a chance to fish, and despite the many that got away (and believe methey were huge ), we have enjoyed two good dinners of thedorado-looking fish in the picture, as we have caught two such fish, each ofwhich was just right for dinner for three .   That´s it for my first Mid-Atlantic blog. More tofollow.   Love Beverley, First mate, cook and deckhand.. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Mist - YB Connect Message from David Nichols

Slow going due to the light winds. We are just making enough speed to not use the engine. The crew lost the biggest fish hooked to date--. read more...


21/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Messages home

Rosie: Happy Birthday Mairead! I owe you a beer with interest upon return. Getting use out of the foulies at night (thanks mum and dad x) but already very hot during the day...not expecting much sympathy for that!Silvia: Meine Lieben zuhause! Drei Tage sind wir nun schon auf See und es ist wunderbar. Der Neumond beschert uns den schönsten Nachthimmel, und im Meer hinterlassen wir eine Glitzerspur. Die erste Nacht mit viel Welle u knackigem Wind haben wir gut überstanden u glücklicherweise bin ich nicht seekrank geworden. Küsse und alles Liebe!Naomi: Hey Mum & Dad, there are as many stars in the sky as freckles now on my face! Please give the boys cuddles from me and Norman some T.L.C...thank you and love you loads xxx Hey barre babes: Sea legs have arrived which is an elegant look. read more...


21/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Of mice and men

We sent Jacob up the mast twice yesterday. The first time he was armed with a "mouse" made of fishing weights. We had high hopes that this would have sufficient mass to pull the mousing line down to the bottom of the mast. Getting him to the top of the mast requires a lot of winching, especially in the heat of the day, but it isn't as though Jacob can just sit there in a sedan chair enjoying the view. He has to try and stop himself swinging wildly into the rigging and getting tangled up in the plethora of wires, ropes and sticky out bits of metal, some of which seem to be designed with the sole purpose of catching any passing bit of rope and clinging on to it stubbornly. (I'm using the word rope in its loosest sense. Sticklers for nomenclature would tell you that the only piece of rope. read more...


21/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 6

Another day of 4-10 knots of wind and any discussion of consequence on board is where we should go. At 3 knots it does not mater that much as progress to anywhere is slow... so we decided to use the engine and shape a course to SW where all the GRIB models agree the wind will fill in first. But not until Day 7 is over as well. So we have had a swim, catching up on a few movies, baking bread and reading. We did not see anyone all day until Vega appeared on our AIS and I finally had a good radio discussion:Viljar of Vega, aged 5, wanted to know if I had any fireman Sam toys on board. Askild, aged 8, reported that he was not bored and that they have had a nice swim today. Sigrid, aged 11, asked me a few questions on a Christmas play she wants to set up. She needs a 'nisse' and a few rats. I. read more...


21/11/2017

Avel Biz - J +2 Iles

Mardi 21 novembre 201727°27 N19°41 WDistance sur 24h : 142 millesDistance restante : 2434 millesIlesBonjourComme nous sommes montés assez nord après le dévent de Grande Canarie, nousavons navigué d'île en île toute la journée. D'abord la Gomera puis Hiero. Celanous a permis de nous reconnecter au réseau 4G et de voir toute la flotte sur lesite de l'ARC. Le prochain endroit où nous pourrons le faire s'appelle Ste Luciedans 2660 milles.En quittant l'écran et en regardant "en vrai", le seul voilier que nousapercevons à l'horizon est Meltemi, un Océanis 54. Nous avons fait une routeparallèle pendant la journée et l'avons perdu de vue en soirée.Nous sommes restés toute la nuit au largue, spi asymétrique et GV haute, merbelle et nuit noire très étoilée. En attendant le refus du vent qui vient. read more...


21/11/2017

Nutcracker - Cabin boy summary: waiting for the Low

Weather south of Canaries for day or so after the start is gentle SE'lies. Outlook is for a depression with front some 2-3 days out across the 'northern' route to St Lucia - in fact the great circle route, virtually west magnetic. Lighter winds and variable turning into a wind hole going the 'southern' route - in fact south west. Both were forecast to be the principal conditions for the period until we reach the trades at about 20 deg N. For reference, Las Palmas is about 28deg N and St Lucia is 14 deg N.The racing division (so-defined because they hand steer and hand-grind all the way) go north, which the skip decided to do. Shortest route there...So, started in light NE'lies with gentle reach slightly offshore east of Gran Canaria, and kept apparent wind from going dead aft. Gybed. read more...


21/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6 dobberen

Gisteren bleef de wind tot het einde van de dag uit. Diversen keren hebben wij even overwogen  om de motor te starten, maarwij hebben het geduld kunnen opbrengen. De ons allen bekende RH uit H zou een topdag gehad hebben! Haico heeft de halve opbouw gepoetst, Nikki en Rodie hebben de A4gerepareerd er zijn diversen dutjes gedaan en boekjes gelezen.   Rob en Nikki hebben toen we nog maar met 2.5 knots vooruit kwamen gezwommenin de oceaan met 5km diepte onder zich.   Wat een heerlijk gevoel toen de wind weer terugkwam en wij weer aan hetzeilen waren. We hebben er ‘s avonds goed op geproostmet wat dunnetjes (rum cola) én zelfs witte wijn bij het eten want Rodie enDJ hebben ons verwend met biefstuk! Rob en Haico werden lekker melig en baldadig(met name Haico.. die met glazen. read more...


21/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log 5 Traversée Jour #6

Bonjour à tous,C'est le calme plat. Pas de vent. On progresse lentement. 100mN dans les derniers 24hres.Même petite routine. Dodo, repas et quarts. Le temps passe au ralentit. En attendant que École se réveille !À la prochaine.André. read more...


21/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 2 - 21.11.17 - schwimmen mit einer Schildkröte im Atlantik

Barefoot - Tag 2 - 21.11.17 - schwimmenmit einer Schildkröte im AtlantikGestern war wunderschönes segeln angesagt, so gegen 20 Uhr ließ dann der Wind nach. So wie es aussieht, werden wir nun ca 2 Tage Richtung kapverdische Inseln Motoren und hoffen, dann den Passat mitnehmen zu können. Kulinarisch lag der Tag gestern ganz weit vorne: mittags gab es steinpilzrisotto mit unglaublich viel parmesan und am Abend zauberte Alastair die berühmten alasdairs sausages - ein Gedicht!Pünktlich um 12:10 sprangen dann alle in den spiegelglatten Atlantik - keine Angst: nicht alle gleichzeitig, denn Zwei blieben immer an Bord. Die mutigen - Frida, Brad und Max - entfernten sich gut 200 Meter und leisteten einer Schildkröte Gesellschaft, bis diese genug von der Zivilisation hatte und abtauchte.Wir werden. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 2 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 2 fotos
21/11/2017

Ellen - logg day 1&2

It was with many expections when we left the pier and went out to the start. The public and music is going to be an unforgetable memory!The start went well and we dig not only a race, we started the journey we have prepared for in so many years. First night was real ruff, hard winds started after the airport and increased during the evening, no forsail and two reef was enough. As maximum we had over 30 knots wind and made 16 knot, (SOG), in a long surf and broke our stainless steel bracket to the Watt and Sea.Day two, the wind decreased and we had a fast sailing all day long. We have to mention; we got a big Maui-Maui on 3 kg! It was the best lunch - so far.This is the life!. read more...


21/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Big spinnaker up again

Good morning!We finally have the big A2 spinnaker up again after a few days of very easy sailing with a poled out jib, cutter sail and mainsail. We are trying to get a bit south as we are afraid of very soft patch of wind that is forming at the more northerly latitudes. Position reports are still looking good even though we have lost some of our advantage in the last 12 hours.Weather is brilliant with a clear sky, 27 C in the water and a quite sticky 35 C down below in the saloon.Hope you all of you have a great day!. read more...


21/11/2017

Passepartout - Passepartout Day 2: leading the division with a roast dinner.

End of the second day and Passepartout is leading Division H (the slowest one) and up with the leaders of the next two fastest sitting alongside boats 10 feet longer.We’ve had a good sail so far carrying the spinnaker most of the way hitting 13.6 knots in the acceleration zone SE of Gran Canaria.Going so close meant we entered the island’s wind shadow further on with little wind and had to work our way out for a couple of hours.We are on the north track heading for the stronger winds of a light depression WNW of the Canaries along with many of the other boats that are in racing mode.We’ve a bit of time hand steering with the spinnaker keeping us busy: Doug & Cathy are old hands, but Jean-Louis & Hugo are getting a good lesson on how to handle a spinnaker in a strong wind.That. read more...


21/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog

Infinity of Yar Blog entry No. 6Date: Monday 20th November 2017Position: Lat: 26.52N         Long: 17.33W Well, dear readers, we have been at sea now for 24 hours and a lively 24 hours it has been.Now, this is a rally not a race - like hell it is! Your crew were out on the start line an hour before the start doing timed practice runs, checking the bias onthe line, looking to see whether there was better pressure on the out mark, you know all the usual stuff. Given that the penalty for being OCS (On Course Side i.e. over the line at the start for my non racing readers) was three hours we were not going to be early but we did want to make it good. We hit the line on the committeeboat (Spanish Warship) end about 15 seconds after the gun.. read more...


21/11/2017

Mischief - Log day 1: St Lucia here we come!

Slipped lines at 1105 in glorious sunshine having eaten a last breakfast of croissants, listened to the brass band marching up and down and headed out of the Muello Deportivo (marina I believe in Spanish - no taxi driver knows where "the Marina please" is). All the superyachts were leaving around the same time so we were accompanied out into the bay in some very esteemed company. The harbour walls were lined with spectators and well wishers waving and wishing good fortune which is quite emotional. The starboard end of the start line was a local naval vessel with a huge great howitzer on the bow either to fire the starting signal or perhaps to penalise those boats who were over the line at the start - the Spanish version of the "Black Flag" rule? We watched the catamaran class and the. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone

Only mad dogs and us out in the midday sun!image1. read more...


Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone
Blue Bayou - Playing with a drone
21/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Day 3Very light wind overnight and we resorted to using some fuel to advancetowards the trade winds. Unfortunately the traveller car came off the railagain and another solution was required. We attached two pulleys to theoutside toe-rails and re-rigged the main sheet system in a double sheetsystem in an upside down V shape. This should hold until St Lucia. Onefish has bitten and we are looking for more bites.Jon is still sufferingfrom bad head cold but apart from that all is well on-board.Trifon team.. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 - Scurvy prevention unit
La Cigale - Day 1 - Scurvy prevention unit
21/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 1 - 19 Novermber - Leaving Las Palmas

Departure day. Passers-by were stopping to take snap shots of our picturesque citrus nets, strung up from the solar panels at the bow thanks to Helen and Harley the evening before. The stage was set, but the start of our sailing adventure wasn't exactly as scripted... Scrubbing down the decks, hosing down the bathrooms, I remembered we had ARC tops to put on, but Xavier and Francis refused point blank to wear them as they hadn't been washed yet and would be itchy. Ridiculous, I thought, and got in a strop, while an inner voice piped up "Seriously Lucy?! You are arguing about t-shirts?! You only got them yesterday. Get a grip... get a life!!!" Just as I was simmering, a marching brass band turned up. Am I imagining it, or did they really strike up La Cucaracha (Grasshopper) as they passed. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 Departure - Helen and Catherine on La Cigale
La Cigale - Day 1 Departure - Helen and Catherine on La Cigale
La Cigale - Crew of La Cigale and Raftkin "Under The Sea"
La Cigale - Crew of La Cigale and Raftkin
21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN

This will be a championship to remember. 5 competitors and 45 rounds there will be only 1 champion. Stay tuned for results from the deep blue :)image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN
Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN
21/11/2017

La Cigale - Introducing La Cigale

Greetings from LA CIGALE, setting sail around the world! We are Skipper Xavier, First Mate (!) Lucy, Francis (12), Isabelle (9) and Catherine (5), joined for the Atlantic crossing by Helen and Harley, a fantastic couple who we met through Ocean Crew Finder.We are here as much to good fortune as hard graft. Our journey started in La Rochelle, completing the purchase of a Nautitech Open 40 catamaran from a broker who'd just been let down by a charter company. We rang ARC as soon as sale was confirmed, and were put on a waiting list - places on the rally had filled up by April. Still, within 24 hours, we struck lucky with a cancellation and had our slot on the main ARC rally direct from Las Palmas to St Lucia (the ARC plus set off a week before, going via Cape Verde) confirmed.The boat. read more...


21/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°10 - The NARCs (ARC+1)

In this installment, we introduce Ol' Cap'n Babbage, skipper of the intrepid Madrisa of Poole. Corsair, known madman, and joker - his reputation preceeds him (mainly because we warn people he is coming). 'Funcle' Colin - as we like to think of him - has undergone quite a feat lately. Here is a little backstory: He sailed, single-handedly, from Gosport (UK) to Lisbon pretty much non-stop. The journey took about three weeks; no autohelm, there may have been a chart onboard somewhere, nothing to eat but Mars bars, and yet he made it! He ambled up to Haji one morning in Lisbon, and called out my name. I did a bit of a double take - standing there, a man we had thought lost at sea for sure - twice! He somewhat resembled a dead man standing (no offence, Col), and I ran to hug/hold him up as he. read more...


21/11/2017

Susan Ann II - arc departure day

Here’s the Susan Ann II dream team right before slipping her lines.Our team includes: 3 deep sea divers, 1 journalist and a beauty queen!Hayley and myself bought SAII in June, moved straight onboard and have been sailing the Mediterranean since with a plan to sail around the world over the next 2 years.With our limited sailing experience it’s been quite an interesting journey so far!We’d obviously never been in a sailing race before so found ourselves fairly close to the back of the pack at the start but with some decent routing and good winds we slowly caught almost everyone up over the first 24 hours.So far, the fish are eluding us but “today is the day”.image1. read more...


Susan Ann II - arc departure day
Susan Ann II  - arc departure day
21/11/2017

Queen Bee - giorNATA TRANQUILLA

il secondo giorno è trascorso tranquillamente, abbiamo riparato l'inconveniente alla randa e visto il poco vento ci siamo concessi un po' di riposo al sole. Visto il bollettino meteo abbiamo deciso di puntare a sud , sarà la scelta giusta ? Vedremo. Cena con corroborante zuppa di cipolla ed ottimo vino rosso spagnolo. Un abbraccio Arnaldo. read more...


21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...

Fantastic sunrise this morning accompanied by full drop out of the wind as we head SW to try and avoid the low pressure system. Was a very gentle night with full main and spinnaker and has given all onboard some good recovery and peaceful sleep, except maybe in the starboard hull where some crew make more noise when they are asleep...image1. read more...


21/11/2017

Nisida - 21 Nov: No Wind Tuesday

After a night ghosting along with the kite up the wind has now died to less than 4 kts making progress slow and sloppy in the swell. First round of eggs and bacon was good for moral as was a quick shower for all.. read more...


Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...
Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...
21/11/2017

Avel Biz - J +1 Seuls

Lundi 20 novembre 201727°41 N17°03 WSeulsPremière nuit agitée. Le vent a fraichi à la pointe sud de Grande Canarie.Nous sommes passés de GV (Grand Voile) haute et spi médium au spi lourd etGV avec 1 ris. Uelques belles pointe de vitesse à plus de 15 noeuds et 3départs au lof.Puis le vent est complètement tombé pendant plusieurs heures. Nous avons étésecoués dans tous les sens avec des voiliers qui nous croisaient un peu partout.Sabine et Pierre-Yves ont un peu nourri les poissons.Au petit matin, plus personne. Nous apercevons au loin le relief de Tenerifemais plus une voile à l'horizon. Nous sommes seuls sur l'eau. Et contrairement àvous nous n'avons pas Internet pour voir l'ensemble de la flotte. Nous n'avonsaucune idée des positions des autres voiliers de l'ARC.Avec les fichiers météo. read more...


21/11/2017

Charm - Day 6

This is the part of a trip like this when the days begin to blend. The meditative power of the ocean causes time to pass surprisingly quickly despite what might seem to the outsider like "boredom." I missed much of the morning after allowing myself to sleep in post the 3am to 6am night watch. Tully had made a full recovery after the previous night's dramatic, lack of sleep- induced tantrums. (Kent inviting her to see the planets resulted in screaming, crying "I don't wanna see the planets! Take me to see the planets mamma!!!"). Anyways, this morning Tully was in good form and dressed up in her doctor uniform to perform surgery on her stuffed animals. Cobin continued to teach me things I've either forgotten or didn't know. Yesterday, it was a lecture on quantum computing and the pros/. read more...


21/11/2017

Odessa - second day of race

Сегодня спокойный день - нет волны и ветер не сильный.Определились с маршрутом - идём северным путём.Запустили панду (дизель-генератор) для пополнения запасов электричества и устроили небольшой банный день.Из мелких неприятностей - отстегнулся карабин на генакере (2 раза). Замотали изолентой.На обед - макароны с тушёнкой.. read more...


Charm - Tully catches a flying fish
Charm - Tully catches a flying fish
21/11/2017

Charm - Day 5 - Tim's day

Tim is going to write later tonight.But I wanted to send a photo of Tully and the flying fish she "caught" by picking it up off the deck where it had landed under the kayak.Oh and a photo of our "oasis cake."In world history, we talked about the Bedouin tribes and made an oasis cake.We had no blue food coloring so the water is purple.. read more...


Charm - Oasis cake
Charm - Oasis cake
20/11/2017

Helen - Ed, day 5

We have achieved 147 miles in 24 hours but it took 12 hours of running the engine to achieve that. Thecaptain is hoping to cross the finish line during the morning of Wednesday the 29th November.We had left over chicken in our sandwiches for lunch and meatballs for tea. Yum.It was a busy day making things. I helped make fresh water, fresh bread, fresh yogurt and fresh coffee.The fishermen had their ups and downs. The first fish caught was a good size and looked destined for the dinner table. From our book it looked to be either a Cubera Snapper or a Common Pandora.However, on further reading they both can be a source of ciguatera, a distressing type of food poisoning that can be fatal. You are advised to seek local knowledge before eating them. Tricky when you are more than 1,000 miles. read more...


Helen - Ed pulls a bird!
Helen - Ed pulls a bird!
20/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 2 - Shall we put the Spinnaker up?

After our flat calm night, we got the day off to a bit of a flyer. Made up some decent positions on those in front, and there was a general good feel about today! I indulged in a bit of tanning, Des in a bit of fishing and Simon and Steve in fixing the generator. Yep, it had another problem.Not to let that get in the way though, the engineering team did a mighty fine job and we were back in business an hour or so later. We made water, and whilst they were putting the kettle on, the Skip invoked executive privilege and had a hot shower.After dismissing my dad's suggestion to put the Spinnaker up (I couldn't face sitting here and writing about another ripped sail) we downloaded the latest fleet positions which we all think look okay? They are going to be the source of hours of analysis let. read more...


20/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 1 - We never learn...

The first 36 hours on board the good ship Nutcracker have been interesting, exciting and irritating I think it's fair to say. After a great send off from the Admiral and her shore team, as well as banging bit of Sean Paul from the local DJ, we collectively held our breath, put our fenders away and headed on out.The start was textbook, room at the mark, good speed, well set sails - until we nearly T-boned a 70 footer on the line. I won't say who's fault it was but I will say we are now owed a large case of cold beer in St.Lucia.The Sun was shining, and we were making steady progress - so we thought we'd have a little bit of fun. Let's get the cruising chute up! This is essentially a large colourful sail flown off the front of the boat, that makes you go faster but also increases your. read more...


20/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dilluns 20 de novembre de 2017Hola Winseekers!Avui ha estat un molt bon dia, pot ser no per la navegada, però ha estat radiant. Realment el vent no ens ha acompanyat en tot el dia. De fet, si seguiu l’aplicació veureu que nosaltres fem uns rumbs “descabellats” i altres van rectes i més de pressa... ells van a motor! Així que si la previsió diu que calma, doncs calma. Caaaap problema! A mig matí hem decidit baixar l’asimètric que feia estona que blandava amunt i avall i fotre’ns a l’aigua! El nostre primer bany al mig de l’Atlàntic! La veritat és que s’ha posat de cine, l’aigua ja és calenteta a aquestes latituds però encara refresca. Us enviem una foto però com us podeu imaginar la majoria no són publicables ja que ho hem fet amb els picarols a l’aire, tal com s’ha de fer en situacions. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker