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Shiva - Baking our own bread! The next freshly baked bread will be made when surfing on the waves
Shiva - Baking our own bread! The next freshly baked bread will be made when surfing on the waves
Shiva - All gear on table for the safety check
Shiva - All gear on table for the safety check
Shiva - ARC theme party
Shiva - ARC theme party
20/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 12 – Thursday/

Itis day two of leg two and the cockpit’s temperature hasreached 30 degrees celsius. Yikes! After a few cloudy weeks in Las Palmas andMindelo, our putting on sunscreen-game is a little off. You know the feeling –when the morning is turning into noon, the sun is getting warmer and you’ve justfinished putting on sun lotion, which have had time to dry, when a wave hits youfrom the side and it was all for nothing. You start the process all over again,knowing there’s really no use because now the sun is so hot that the lotionwon’t have time to dry before you start sweating it all off. Quite goodfun. It’sbeen quite the productive day – we’ve jibbed once, had a stroll on deck to peeloff the poor flying fish, the skipper has yoghurt in the making and we’ve eventaken something definitely worth. read more...


Shiva - Life raft practice
Shiva - Life raft practice
20/11/2015

Shiva - Log day -3 – Last preparations before take off

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20/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 9

Still driving south down interstate I-65 under double reef main and staysail making 6-6.5kts.  I don’t know that had we been undamaged that we would be doing anything different than we are doing.  The fleet report shows a lot of boats arriving today.  That’s impressive, that means they averaged above 7 kts for the entire trip.  The fact that we will be getting in tomorrow night, making it in just over ten days is outstanding for Sail Away.  I wish I could have read the blogs of the other boats during the voyage.  But It will be fun once we can get online to go back and read everyone else blogs.  As my  sister’s husband said, you’ll have much fonder memories when you’re looking back in the rear view mirror.  I. read more...


20/11/2015

Marisja - Log dag -2 - Even voorstellen

Welkom iedereen! Over 2 dagen starten we de ARC 2015, en de voorbereidingenzijn in volle gang. Daarover later meer, eerst doen we een voorstelrondje:   Haico De schipper aan boord, en dit wordt zijn 9e Atlantische oversteek. Genoegervaring dus, niet alleen wat het zeilen betreft, maar ook qua bevoorraading.Met Haico erbij weet je dat je altijd genoeg lekkers (chocola!) aan boordhebt.   Rob De man aan boord die er op toeziet dat de boot perfect voorbereid is, watdat betreft minstens zo toegewijd als de schipper zelf. Voor Rob wordt dit zijn6e oversteek, en elke keer weer is hij tot het laatste moment druk om zowel bootals bemanning optimaal klaar te hebben voor de start.   Rien Goede vriend van Rob, en in 2012 ook al een oversteek gemaakt. Nu zijn 2ekeer, en is het bekend. read more...


20/11/2015

Shelena - The little things pass the time. Day 2

The first days at sea are tough trying as we all do to catch up on sleepwhen possible. Upset stomachs do not help. Other yachts have the sameproblem but we are well equipped and all are now fine. We suspect it wasconsequent on poor food handling at the last restaurant we ate at. We alsoneed to learn about Shelena. How to get the water maker running and thegenerator too. Most challenging is gybing because we need to bring down thepole that supports the genoa sheet, the one at the bow. This is quite acomplex series of manoeuvres because there are three lines supporting thepole; one forward, one aft and one holding it aloft. The genoa sheet needschanging too. After the genoa there is the main sail with its preventer tobe released, re-stowed on the boom then the opposite preventer put in. read more...


20/11/2015

Hejira - Putanesca

15 30.974N 028 44.858WFriday 20th November 2015My first duty this morning is to say…………………….. Yes, it’s working !!!!!!The watermaker is working - the jointed pipe dropped with a weight on the end of it, down the keel box, past the keel and into the water is picking up bubble free water and the unit is producing water. Having full tanks we didn’t run it for long so we have to temper our euphoria a little but the news allowed fresh water washing up and showers so this morning we intend to top the starboard tank up and hopefully I can report tomorrow that we are able to keep up with demand – I may even get the washing machine out. Now you haven’t heard much from Barry and must wonder if he actually exists so here is a picture of our hero !What a star – doesn’t he look ‘cool’ !With nearly 3. read more...


20/11/2015

PG Roshni - 20/11 0830

16:58.5N 30:49.1WPretty uneventful night - fantastic with the moon but it disappears around 2am then it is as dark as the inside of a cow under part cloudy sky.See loads of shooting stars out ere and plenty of flying fish (now called FFF) for reasons understandable when they hit you.We are debating a gybe today as the wind is coming a little more E S E and giving us a hard time running our course even with the magnificent pole.More later. Susan's tummy seems to be following Ali's - clearly the food quality in cape verdes not up to much !!. read more...


20/11/2015

Santa Cruz - ARC2015 Blog: Testing for SY Santa Cruz #131

Please confirm receipt.Thanks!Iain Wright. read more...


20/11/2015

Why Not - Provisions on board.

All the dry provisions have arrived, just got to get the fruit and veg tomorrow and we are set for departure on Sunday. Exciting times. - Richard and the crew on Why Not.IMG_1234. read more...


Why Not - Provisions on board.
Why Not - Provisions on board.
19/11/2015

PG Roshni - Evening watch

16:56.3N 29:17.3WNot a bad day all told here. We all managed some sleep so the fatigue which I think was making for the odd foredeck grump is much better. Hopefully as we settle on the routine sleep will come easier !Lots of flying fish around today, picked up a few kamikaze ones from the starboard rail today but not worth the mess of trying to eat them! Managed to make our sexy pole a bit scaled though :). Nothing quite like a scaled pole eh. Got the kite up most of the day today, made up some lost ground but decided against flying it tonight until we are more confident of the forecasts. Retrieving it before dinner tonight was a battle with the b... Snuffer being about as much good as a one legged man in an arse kicking contest. Will need to rejig it tomorrow or give up and make it as. read more...


19/11/2015

El Gato - Leg 2, Day 2

Personal best for El Gato as we sailed over 200NM/day for the first time as new owners!Caught a small Dorado and will have it as an appetizer tonight with fresh banana bread made with the famous Canary Island bananas. MmmmmYesterday the start was thrilling as we screamed out the harbor and down the channel with the fleet on our heels. Lir eventually passed us to leeward. The acceleration zone was blasting us all out to sea!Nix and Bepa passed us before dark and we had a few boats on our stern last night including our buddies on PGRoshni.Now we can't see anyone on AIS. It's a beautiful sunset about to happen and then we will bust out our night moves.Lol Thank you ARC+ organizers for a great time in Cape Verde. Take a break and rest up for the Caribbean!. read more...


Shiva - Still some tasks to do: Daan marking the anchor chain
Shiva - Still some tasks to do: Daan marking the anchor chain
Shiva - Mariette, Daan and Nicoline at the life raft practice session ing how to handle the life raft
Shiva - Mariette, Daan and Nicoline at the life raft practice session ing how to handle the life raft
Shiva - Crocodile Dundee film cast at the ARC party
Shiva - Crocodile Dundee film cast at the ARC party
Shiva - Crew pillow covers to ensure good nights of sleep
Shiva - Crew pillow covers to ensure good nights of sleep
19/11/2015

Free Spirit - Thursday, 19 November 2015 And on the ninth day?

After 2 nights of overcast skies, last night the stars and moon came out to greet us.We had light winds E 5-10 kts, making for a comfortable beam reach.The lightening show off the port bow got Steve's attention and he carefully stashed his hand held GPS in the microwave as a precaution, for safe keeping.We are getting close to our destination.Initial estimates had us arriving tonight, but we made good time last night and the estimates have been revised.We should be arriving while it's still light… yeah!!!! By 1100 it was land ho!Signs of the approaching land abound.The water has turned a faint shade of turquoise.Birds soar by as butterflies flutter in the cockpit.Periodically lobster pots dot the water so I'm glad we're approaching in daylight to better be able to spot them.We. read more...


Shiva - Nicoline arrived and is put to work immediately!?
Shiva - Nicoline arrived and is put to work immediately!?
Shiva - Gerard arrived and is put to work immediately!
Shiva - Gerard arrived and is put to work immediately!
Shiva - Daan is numbering the eggs so we'll know the preservability
Shiva - Daan is numbering the eggs so we'll know the preservability
Shiva - Inge and Mariette are busy provisioning the boat
Shiva - Inge and Mariette are busy provisioning the boat
Shiva - Herman and Inge are checking the weather forecast
Shiva - Herman and Inge are checking the weather forecast
Shiva - Great atmosphere in the harbour with many ARC boats around
Shiva - Great atmosphere in the harbour with many ARC boats around
Shiva - ARC Opening Ceremony: 37 nationalities are joining the ARC and carrying their own flag
Shiva - ARC Opening Ceremony: 37 nationalities are joining the ARC and carrying their own flag
Shiva - Daan and Mariette arrived in Las Palmas
Shiva - Daan and Mariette arrived in Las Palmas
Shiva - Herman and Inge are ready to sail away!
Shiva - Herman and Inge are ready to sail away!
19/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 1

Mad scramble to get ready in the morning not helped by lack of water on pontoons, still had shopping washing fruit and veg etc to do as so behind after waiting for repairs.Not organised at all.Made a complete hash of getting out of berth, no idea how you can do it with just 2 onboard under control, maybe you just have to be gung-ho (which we weren't) and ended up swept down onto "It started with a kiss", sorry guys thanks for fending us off, towed off by marineros, stopped briefly by fuel berth to check Hydravane which had been caught and twisted round, luckily it seemed OK but later found some rips in the fabric vane cover (now taped up). Crossed start line with fenders still tied on and a heap of lines in the cockpit. Boisterous sail in the sun by Santa Antao island, then fell into a. read more...


19/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 7 Finish at Cape Verde

Distance logged 101.7nM, Total for leg: 894nm.Sailing steadily all afternoon, main plus poled out yankee and staysail.50 miles to go at 2300.Excitement builds as night wears on (dolphins came to play!)and start to see other boats lights or on AIS.Crossed the line between the headland anad the island at 06.28 local time (GMT-1), still dark hills looming out of the murk.Lots more wind when you round up to take down sails etc, warm welcome at marina from WCC yellow shirts and other ARC+ yachts.Got fuel, luckily marineros there to skillfully get us into the berth, stern to with buoys at bow.Cape Verde and Mindelo seemed to be a fascinating place and evryone very friendly but our time there all too short especially with the amount of things we needed to fix.Wasted a load of time waiting for. read more...


19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina

Chilling out on Seraphina in Las Palmas. Raring to get going. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina
Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina
19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party

The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party Another great ARC party!IMG_2575. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party
Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party
19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina

The drinks are now on board and with over 200 litres of mineral water all will be fine. Hope to save this until we are well on. In the meantime water from the tank and and water maker will be the order of the day. Great team work packingand storing it all away. Thanks Ole and Renne!. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina
Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina
19/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 8

The weather report this morning doesn’t look quite as bad as it did yesterday.  I think we may just luck out on this one.  Still proceeding generally South down I-65 under double reefed main and staysail making 6-7kts.  Haven’t needed the main since we started having filter issues fortunately.  Noticed that Marinade and Island Tales both finally bit the bullet and made and easterly tack.  Allowing us to close the distance on Island Tales a little and get ahead of Marinade.  We went through some squalls where the rain came down so hard that we leaked in places I never saw leak before.  We think we will cross the line Friday night before midnight.  Probably anchor up somewhere until morning, maybe take some showers so Mia doesn’t have to hand us. read more...


19/11/2015

Bamarandi - Weds 18th / Thurs 19th - Goodbye Mindelo Cape Verde

Position 17.10.265N 028.13.907WWe enjoyed our few days in Mindelo to recharge and reprovisions which involved visits to the local supermarkets and there open vegetable market. Great produce and very friendly people. We ate out at various local restaurants each night and the food was excellent and very well priced. Most of the restaurants we went to had entertainment by a local band playing, one night followed by a very good band playing in a street blocked off for the occasion to a large crowd including us.There were also ARC+ entertainment events. A BBQ sounded promising in the local fish market and we had emailed ahead en route, had our email confirmed and replied to ARC+ told us - and then confirmed again with ARC+ people when they visited us on arrival to take our passports and the. read more...


19/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (1): Twilight Zone Winds

After almost a full 24 hrs since the start of our passage from Cape Verde to St. Lucia, WIDAGO has finally settled into trade wind sailing. With the big blue Whomper out front and close to 170 miles behind us, we are riding almost comfortably in confused seas doing 7-9kts. Yesterday afternoon and evening however was a different tale. Between the acceleration zone caused by the wind funnel of the islands, and the deceleration zone caused by the land shadow, we saw true wind speeds range from 1.5kts doldrums to gusts of 35+kts. The wind direction was so shifty, that at one point, it was like a bad game show - rotating about 360 degrees. With variable wind speeds and direction, the sea state settled into chaos. We had initially set out with a single reef, and kept adjusting the wraps on the. read more...


19/11/2015

Weohgi - On Our Way

16:41.597N 027:19.373W - Distance run in one day 153nmA big thank you from all on Weohgi for the help we have received from the ARC staff and to all the local people who made our stay memorable and enjoyable. We visited both Santo Anteo and Santo Vincent and wish the islanders well for their future.We crossed the start line at 13.03 with a good wind and nearly all the fleet. A fantastic site and we were pleased and proud to be there. We were sailing well until about 4pm when we got caught in the "No wind" zone at the end on Santo Anteo! We luffed up and were listening on Ch72 to all those who were with us wondering what to do asking those who were managing to sail saying how great the wind was! We eventually extricated our self by 7pm and the wind have been good since.Love and best. read more...


19/11/2015

Weohgi - How Weohgi got her name - A short history

We did know the history of the name Weohgi before we bought her but Tom Wells' son Glenn emailed us with this. We also think the were are not the 1st Weohgi to do the ARC -Westerly Conway Weohgi did it as well."Did I tell you how the name WEOHGI came about? Probably did but here it is again.Dad was skipper of a Landing Craft in the war and the three crew were:WElls the coxswain,O'Hara the Seaman andGIbson the Stoker. Dad had 6 boats in his time all named Weohgi, a Westerly Centaur, Westerly Conway, Nicholson 32, Jeanneau Sun Fizz, Starlight 35 and finally your boat.". read more...


19/11/2015

PG Roshni - 19/11 Waaaahooo 1245

16:47.0N 28:10.0WAfternoon allIt was a fantastic site leaving Mindelo with 60 odd other boats and cats running down between the islands. Even the local coppers had a RIB out taking pictures. Had a good start and made up lots of places which we lost again overnight due to running a bit too far S but its a long way to go. Wish I'd paid a bit more attention to Rhum lines theory instead of thinking its a dried powdered alcohol! We got the kite up about an hour ago and are charging along at 10-12kn. Main is reefed down to avoid another 'issue' that we don't talk about ! More later. Much fatigue getting back in to the watch patterns but will survive. The old seafarers tales of heading S until the butter melts then go W is quite correct - the wind is good and strong and its is absolutely baking. read more...


19/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Pre-departure Preparations

So this is our first log- hello from the skipper and crew of Ruby Rose. Three more sleeps and we'll be underway- what a bizarre feeling! Currently enjoying a bacon butty for breakfast, but due to lack of fridge/freezer space, we definitely won't be eating these on the crossing! Final preparations in full swing now that our crew have arrived. We allowed ourselves an afternoon off to enjoy some drinks with them yesterday, but now we're all caught up on gossip, we've put them to work today!Off for a test sail later and hoping all is working well. In particular we want to test our new hydrogenerator and the watermaker which has been tripping out (now fixed, we hope!). Will also do MOB and fire drills, and get the crew familiar with the boat.Time is flying past and although we're not without. read more...


19/11/2015

Free Spirit - Wednesday, 18 November 20 15 Doing the Wind Dance

The wind was fickle through the night so we motored on.Today it's the joys of Caribbean sailing with light wind and intermittent squalls.We put a head sail out, we take it in.We change headsails.Squalls hit, wind direction shifts and we adjust sails and course.It all serves to keep us off the street and out of trouble. A few years ago I came across an expression "Gentleman don't go to weather."Now what's that supposed to mean?How in the world do you get anywhere if you don't go to weather?Heck, as a racer, most of our races are windward/leeward races.I think I finally get it now.It's one thing to be racing along, everyone on the rail trying to keep balance and maximize speed.At night when we're cruising or passage making, it's not so much fun and doesn't make for good. read more...


19/11/2015

Taniwha - Test Log 19.11

Joel can you please let me know how you get on getting this posted on our logs.Jobbly start in up to 30knot winds and messy seas. Looking like 160-170nm for the 1st 24 hours. Bearing straight down the "Fat Mans track"We still have 2 or 3 boats in sight, but the field is slowly spreading.Vacuum packed steak has lost its vacuum, so eating like Lords for these 1st few days!Cheers--. read more...


19/11/2015

Hejira - We are off.

16 17.803N 026 27.442WThursday 19th November 2015Preparations became somewhat frenetic as the yachts connected to the water supply to fill their tanks prior to departure. This large demand reduced the water pressure to next to nothing so there was only a trickle coming out of the hose and with half an hour to go to the start, we still needed half a tank. Thankfully as the yachts disconnected, the pressure returned and with full tanks we were only a few minutes late crossing the line.We tackled a boisterous sea and a 25 knot wind with reefs only for the wind to drop and shift as we reached the south end of Ilha de Santo Antao. The wind fell away as we entered the wind shadow of the island and for the first time, we started the engine to power our way out of the shadow and hopefully into. read more...


Hejira - We are off.
Hejira - We are off.
19/11/2015

Firefly - Motoring in Malaysia, reflectioning on the trip so far

Its Thursday 19th November and Firefly is 15 miles from Pangkor Island Marina, the next stop on the Sail Malaysia Rally. Despite needing to either motor or motor sail for a good proportion of the 140 mile trip from Port Dickson - it has been quite efficient as yesterday the north west flowing tide was much more favorable - when it flows towards the south east its not so strong. Yesterday, we did manage some good sailing after motoring for the first 6 hours. The Admiral (our gennaker) came out of 'his' storage spot above the aft cabin and with between 9 and 12 knots and a good angle Firefly zoomed along at up to 7 knots for the next 6 hours. The current was as much as an extra 3 knots so we covered a long distance during that period. There are an unbelievable amount of fishing boats in. read more...