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08/11/2015

Timaios - Log day 1 - Good start!

Timaios started and it's been good sailing!  Thank you for following us dear family and friends!. read more...


08/11/2015

Encore II - Log Day 1-at Portsmouth

We are glad to see blue skies today after a very rainy week. We are docked with the other ARC rally boats here at Portsmouth, near Norfolk. We were scheduled to depart today for the Bahamas, but due to a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic, we are delaying our start for a day or two. We are getting tasks done on Encore II and enjoying meeting the other boaters.IMG_20151108_091815990. read more...


Encore II - Log Day 1-at Portsmouth
Encore II - Log Day 1-at Portsmouth
08/11/2015

Chimo - Thank you yellow team

Thank you marina Las Palmas for a wonderfull stay. Thank you Worldcruising for a perfect organisation. Specially thank you to the yellow team for your hospitality, helpfullness, kindness and your smiles. Chimo! Leo, Maaike and Mark. read more...


08/11/2015

Raylah - Test

Way to go. read more...


08/11/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 8th November, 2015

Noon Position: 27.34S 37.06EDaily run: 159 logged milesAll day yesterday we had our genoa furled to the extent that the tear in the sail would not be exacerbated. Unfortunately, it leaves the Hydrovane to steer an unbalanced boat, so before night time we put one reef in the mainsail to bring some balance back and allow the Hydrovane to steer a reliable course. During the night, however, the wind piped up to 27 knots sending Luna Quest careering across the waves at great speed despite having a countercurrent of 1 knot, but this morning the wind has calmed and we shook the reef out of the mainsail and deployed our staysail in addition to our half-furled genoa. The two foresails are pulling well and together with a full main we are making 7 knots of speed in a moderate breeze of 15 knots.. read more...


08/11/2015

Hejira - Ready for the 'off'.

Sunday 8th November 2015It’s finally ‘start day’ and we are off at 1300 today!Bob and I attended the ‘skipper’s briefing’ yesterday for the final instructions and we spent the day in a fairly leisurely manner as we are pretty well ‘on top’ of things. This is more than can be said for some of our neighbours who have been rushing around in blind panic all week. What do they say about preparation……………….. now that’s tempting fate! Stephen writes:-After yet more victualing we are now fully laden with all we need (I hope) The skipper put back the tinned tuna and in voice carrying just a hint of menace said “we won`t need these as we will have fresh tuna Stephen!” The rod and reels are now loaded with 80 lb breaking strain line and some very expensive lures on the advice of the fishing. read more...


08/11/2015

PG Roshni - Hoorah exit Las Palmas

28:07.51N 15:25.54WFinally ! I never imagined the amount of preparation and work involved to put this voyage together on a new boat. It has been fun and a valuable learning experience in getting to know the boat; the sometimes interesting and novel 'features' of Roshni. Of particular note: Don't trust a UK boat yard to tighten your keel bolts correctly Don't trust a UK boat yard to fit your bilge pump correctly Do everything you can yourself or watch people do the work so you can be confident its done wellWhatever your first year budget is for the boat double itLive the dream and strip down your electric toilet at least twice a week to ensure you can do it blindfold Better still don't specify an electric toilet at all and get a pump one Anyway enough of toilets :)We are all off on our. read more...


07/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 4 ARC+

Wat een spetterend feest hebben we gehad. Heerlijke sfeer, goede band, dansen, lekkere hapjes en drankjes, een Caribische dansgroep met een vrolijk optreden en veel nieuwe mensen leren kennen. De volgende ochtend eerst uitchecken en daarna het serieuze werk. De schippersbriefing. Alles werd kort en bondig doorgesproken. We kregen een laatste update van het weer (ziet er tot nu toe zeer goed uit!) en een leuk aandenken en toen was het, voor wat Las Palmas betreft, klaar. We tanken water en we spreken nog wat laatset zaken door en dan zijn we echt klaar. We krijgen gedurende de dag steeds berichtjes uit Nederland van mensen die ons veel plezier en succes wensen. Fijn dat er zo aan ons gedacht wordt. We gaan nog een hapje eten bij de sailorsbar, waar we geregeld hebben gezeten omdat daar. read more...


Chimo - Reisverslag 4 ARC+
Chimo - Reisverslag 4 ARC+
07/11/2015

Annabella - Found at sea

Well we didn't make it very far but at least were happy. Actually this is the crew of Annabella showing where we don't want to be, in a four-person life raft. Could be worse.This was part of the safety equipment demonstration conducted by Peter Burch and the world cruising crew. Well worth attending. If we were really in a liferaft, I would probably be attached to the outside. Harpo suggests that the attachment is optional depending on how I behave.More later, safe sailingGilligan IMG_0246. read more...


Annabella - Found at sea
Annabella - Found at sea
07/11/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 7th November, 2015

Noon Position: 27.48S 39.39EDaily run: 149 logged milesThe banging of the sails had become so intolerable by 2pm yesterday afternoon that we furled up the genoa and deeply reefed the mainsail to allow the engine to provide the power in stead, but late in the afternoon a moderate breeze sprang up so that the sails were soon out again. We discovered a tear in the top half of the genoa that seemed to be running in parallel with a seam. We attempted to get the sail down to effect a repair, but had to give up soon as the sail was very reluctant to oblige. We furled it so that the tear was hidden in the furling and not suffering any stress. The moderate breeze soon strengthened to a fresh one and Luna Quest was making over 7 knots of speed through the water, but barely 5 over the ground. All. read more...


Hejira - Local colour
Hejira - Local colour
07/11/2015

Hejira - Extremes

Saturday 7th NovemberOur big shop required two large trolleys and we completely emptied the shelves of muesli. I was convinced we didn’t have sufficient stowage for it all but, bit by bit, it all disappeared into the lockers and with only a few fresh items to be bought today, we are pretty well victualed.We decided between us that we needed a Chinese meal, it being the biggest contrast to what we would be eating on passage so we took an early taxi with the instruction to ‘find us a Chinese’. After driving past several that were closed we were beginning to panic as the ‘Civic reception’ at the TAO Nightclub started at 8.30. We were away from the City centre by now and settled on the taxi driver’s recommendation of a good typically Canarian restaurant which turned out to be very good.. read more...


07/11/2015

Exody - Days 296-300: Taking the rough with the smooth!

The passing of the front was a biblical affair- quite the most dramatic weather experience we have ever had!We could see the lightning up ahead in the dark but were still surprised by the combined impact of an onslaught of torrential rain, a rapid increase in wind speed with 180 degree windshift and the sheet lightning surrounding, illuminating the white frothy seascape all around us.For an hour we sailed on, emerging into an unfamiliar southwesterly environment:nearly close hauled into 25 knot plus winds to lay the Madagascar waypoint, crashing through waves, with white water regularly over the deck and the bow regularly buried! We all like a great tradewind breeze of 20+ knots - butfew of us would contemplate turning round and beating back into it. That of course is exactly what we did. read more...


07/11/2015

Firefly - Arrival in Singapore

Today is Saturday 7th of November 2015 and Firefly has just arrived into Singapore. Its been a memorable 2 months in Indonesia but we were very happy to finally leave after problems with their authorities checking out. Over the last week we had attended the Sail 2 Indonesia rally stop at Penuba and then gone on north to an anchorage just off a lovely small beach, right on the equator. There, along with crews from about 20 of the rally yachts we had a 'pirate party' on the beach to celebrate. Some of the yachts had been buying Indonesian made fireworks along the way - as these would not be allowed into Malaysia it was time to set them off. Next we motored (no sailing, all motoring as very little wind here) north through Lingga to the penultimate rally stop at Benan. Benan was a pretty. read more...


06/11/2015

Vitamina - ARC starts

Ready to go!!!  . read more...


06/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 3 ARC+

Het is hier een gezellige drukte. Inmiddels leren we wat medezeilers kennen waarmee we alle ervaringen kunnen delen en gezellig kletsen op de borrels die iedere avond hier georganiseerd worden. Het is niet allemaal pret. Er zijn ook serieuze zaken zoals leerzame seminars en demonstraties. We hebben een demonstratie van een reddingshelikopter gekregen en handige tips voor Kaapverden en St. Lucia. Natuurlijk hebben we hier weer een kademuurbeschildering gemaakt. We gaan het lot niet tarten en hopen dat deze tekening ons geluk en een veilige oversteek brengt. De inkopen zijn gedaan. Het schip is geinspecteerd. Ons bemanningslid is aan boord en heeft alles uitgelegd gekregen. Vanavond een farewell-party en morgen de schippersbriefing. Wij zijn er klaar voor! Chimo! Leo en MaaikeIMG_1831. read more...


Chimo - Reisverslag 3 ARC+
Chimo - Reisverslag 3 ARC+
06/11/2015

Hejira - Quorate

Friday 6th NovemberWhile waiting for a delayed Stephen to arrive, we made a preliminary sortie to the Hippo Dino supermarket. Although initially only intending to ‘check it out’ and buy a small quantity to carry back to the yacht, it turned into something of a ‘major’. Thankfully, the supermarket offers a delivery service so, once we had exceeded the threshold to qualify, we ‘went to town’ and with a full inventory of all the stores we are carrying, we have now compiled a comprehensive list of what supplementary provisions are required and, looking at it, this will easily qualify for the free delivery service again! Stephen writes:-Greetings dear reader. Having experienced a delayed flight due to `technical problems` compounded by a return to the boarding bay for 2 `lost` passengers. read more...


Hejira - Quorate
Hejira - Quorate
06/11/2015

Aretha - Eventful. Medical Situations, Lightening and Rig Failures. 26 37 South, 46 50 East

Eventful. That’s one word for it. Challenging, thats another. Plenty more spring to mind.   It’s been a busy 24 hours.   Yesterday we were making great speeds and heading on a great course towards South Africa. We knew a wind shift was coming with an approaching front and we were prepared for it - we’d reefed the sails early (reduced the amount of sail wehave up) and have 2 reefs in the main and genoa. We were in constant contact with the other boats and knew what was coming as the weather front went through.   I sent the kids to the forward bunk room to settle down there whilst we finished the boat preps.The calmness was broken by the kids screams. Any parent can tell you when a child is playing or is really hurt. This one was the latter. I raced forwards and found Willow. read more...


06/11/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 6th November, 2015

Noon Position: 28.00S 42.01EDaily run: 140 logged milesThe gale has moved on leaving us with a big swell and banging sails in a gentle breeze of 10 knots from the East increasing occasionally to 15 knots, when the sails will fill and stand. We pray for a sustained 15 knots or more as the banging is unbearable and causing no doubt untold latent damage, but we have had the banging before without evidence of any damage. The frequency of sighting ships has increased markedly and our AIS instruments (Automatic Identification System) are giving us timely warnings of their coming; having checked with several of them, we can be confident that our AIS is not only receiving, but also transponding our signal unto to their screen giving them all of Luna Quest’s details. The AIS system is global and. read more...


06/11/2015

Starblazer - 06/11/2015 – It's not a problem, it’s a challenge!

This was an answer from one of my students many years ago when he needed help with a computer problem and it is a positive way to look at what the weather has confronted us with over the past three days.The challenges have been mitigated to a certain extent by the use of DSC calling on the SSB.DSC was introduced as a compulsory function on all new VHF marine radios in the UK fairly recently but is little understood or used by the majority of sailors.There is also a DSC capability on recent SSB radios, again seldom used.Peter, the skipper of Exody, has galvanised the fleet into action: to enter all the individual ship’s MMSI numbers, rather like a long telephone number; to enter a group number and to maintain a DSC watch.When we left La Reunion we knew we would face various weather. read more...


Annabella - The Annabella crew; John, Wendy, Lou, Jeff/ Harpo
Annabella - The Annabella crew; John, Wendy, Lou, Jeff/ Harpo
05/11/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 5th November, 2015

Noon Position: 27.54S 44.37EDaily run: 174 logged milesAll day yesterday and all night we received the most fantastic buffeting. The wind had risen to 35 knots and sustained between 27 and 33 knots. The swell and waves had been whipped up to furious proportions by the centre of a fast moving low pressure gradient. The troughs were deep and the waves crowning the 3-metre high swell toppled with tremendous force leaving just trails of foam behind. The breaking waves would slew the boat round, cause the sails to shudder as they waited for the Hydrovane to put the boat back on its course. The reef in the genoa of approx. half its size proved too much for crew and ship and Julia urged me to get out into the wave-swept cockpit and in the driving rain to shorten sail more as the bashing we were. read more...


05/11/2015

Sail away - Counting down

Well we are getting close now! Four days left, my sister the first of my crew shows up tonight.  Still waiting on the machine shop to put my gooseneck back together.  My iridium phone is working but not talking to the red box yet?  This morning Jay is coming over to see if there is an air leak in my fuel system which is probably the cause of my racors getting air in them. We will be ready! . read more...


05/11/2015

Hejira - Barry lets his hair (and us) down

Thursday 5th November 2015Wednesday was the last day of formal seminars and they have all been well presented and useful. This final tranche covered weather and routing, first aid, Cape Verde and St. Lucia and the return options. They have mostly been well attended but interestingly, the seminar on the return options was the least supported confirming what we have discovered, many of the yachts will be spending some time in the Caribbean or continuing on around the World – hmmmmmmm………..>Having passed the safety inspection and with Stephen arriving today, we can turn our attention to victualing bearing in mind that the stocking options are limited in Mindelo, Cape Verde.Our efforts at the Fancy Dress party were well received and the formula was a great ice breaker.As a result we. read more...


04/11/2015

Annabella - Dinghy Shrinkage

Somebody told me that they had never seen a hard bottomed dinghy on the fore deck / cabin of an Island Packet before, at least not one with a Hogt Boom on the staysail. Here it is, impinging nothing, allowing for complete control of the staysail.Thanks, Jeff, for the grunt work with me and the final solution to the secure lashing problem. For the land bound, this gets the dinghy off the davits and out of the way of any big following seas or breaking waves over the stern.John has arrived in time to miss the heavy labor. Something tells me we'll find some way to make that up to him.We leave Sunday and it is time. More tomorrow.H LIMG_0244 IMG_0243. read more...


Annabella - Dinghy Shrinkage
Annabella - Dinghy Shrinkage
Annabella - Dinghy Shrinkage
Annabella - Dinghy Shrinkage
04/11/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 4th November, 2015

Noon Position: 27.49S 46.57EDaily run: 164 logged milesLashed to a board between two stanchions, we carry on deck, port and starboard, towards the bow, four 20-litre jerry cans on both sides for additional fuel and water. From the time we carried the jerrycans (yellow for diesel and blue for water), we have had concerns about heavy seas washing them overboard, bending the stanchions or ripping out the stanchion feet. As part of our precautions in the face of the heavy weather to come, we did not take on extra water but only extra fuel in the four yellow jerrycans. The weather forecasts we downloaded told us of heavy seas to come. Day before yesterday we unlashed them and stowed two fuel jerrycans in the focsle with the sails and two in the cockpit locker stashed among the fenders. read more...


04/11/2015

Hejira - Preparations

Wednesday 3rd NovemberOur first social occasion was the ‘Crew Supper’ on the evening we arrived in Las Palmas. Although we didn’t relish the occasion, it was actually enjoyable with a decent meal and plenty of liquid. The duck main course reminded me how good duck can be as it was really excellent. Seminars today on ‘Dealing with emergencies’ and ‘Provisioning’ were far from boring and threw up some interesting facts. Did you know that meat with a bone in will ‘go off’ before meat without, green apples last longer than red and wrapping carrots in tin foil makes them last considerably longer?The fairly major job of re-positioning the water maker pre-filter with the re-routing of all the pipework resulted in a fully functioning unit – in the Marina…………… The water maker was installed by. read more...


04/11/2015

Hejira - Las Palmas arrival

28 07.549N 015 25.597WTuesday 3rd November 2015Resuming the account of our Atlantic circuit, we have some catching up to do. Leaving Hejira in Rubicon Marina on the southern coast of Lanzarote, it proved to be an ideal location on all fronts. Paula and I used it as a base to explore the island and the swimming pool within the marina was the focal point of Paula’s holiday when she returned with Marie, one of her friends from her student days. The visits enabled a good deal of equipment and stores to be shipped including a spare Mamba self-steering drive unit and the water maker following its service and check. Soon after our ‘Bon Voyage’ party at Thornleigh, Barry travelled out to Lanzarote and spent a week with Helen and they kindly hauled Hejira out for a wash and brush up. They. read more...


Hejira - Las Palmas arrival
Hejira - Las Palmas arrival
Widago - Halloween on S Dock
Widago - Halloween on S Dock
03/11/2015

Widago - Halloween on "S" Dock

When we first arrived in Las Palmas, WIDAGO was pleasantly greeted by K1W1 BEANS, and informed that we had in fact landed on “Sesame Street”, also known as “S” Dock. In their great wisdom, ARC/ARC+ organizers did their best to put all the family boats together on the same pontoon. This is a huge bonus for us - to quote David, “Mom, this is awesome. We haven’t played with kids in, like, six months!” Our deepest apologies to any of y’all on Sesame Street who:1. Don’t have kids2. Don’t appreciate getting caught in the cross-fire of daily water gun battles3. Enjoy music other than Bob Marley and The Grateful Dead 4. Prefer to enjoy quiet, peaceful evenings, afternoons, mid-mornings rather than listen to the rolling thunder of Moseleys on parade5. Have never seen a boat trying to dry 47. read more...


Widago - Halloween on "S" Dock
Widago - Halloween on
03/11/2015

Sweet Caroline - Last days of Preparation

We are in Portsmouth, last week countdown... only 6 days away from our departure. Kirk and I arrived on Saturday afternoon about 3pm. It was so exciting coming in the marina and seeing all the Caribbean 1500 flags, and there are more being raised every day. We got here just in time to tie up, shower and go to the first Happy Hour to meet some of our fellow cruisers. We were able to walk downtown to a few restaurants and shops -- we'll wait for a car to get groceries though. Our Safety Inspection was scheduled for Sunday at 11am. I wanted to walk down to the local UMC service, but since I am assigned as the primary safety person, I had to guide Peter Burch through our boat showing him all the through hull plugs, ditch bag, and I was all ready to demonstrate my ability to get the liferaft. read more...


03/11/2015

Nordic Belle II - Nordic Belle II checks into Portsmouth

We arrived Monday November 2nd at noon after a morning of motoring in the rain.We checked in and later we did a preliminary safety check.Looks like we need some more flares and to finish up some of the safety preparation.All looks good for this coming Sunday for a cold and windy start.Torstein BraatenNordic Belle IINordicbelle2.wordpress.com. read more...


03/11/2015

Annabella - Options open

In the search for alternative transportation to BVI we have come up with at least one option below.Tracker is now installed on Annabella's stern rail so if desired you can keep apprised of our progress via the blog. We leave Sunday,assuming weather is favorable.Jeff Harper (Harpo) has arrived. We await John Irving to complete the Minnow's crew.More later9CD35340-88D4-4942-AB45-D76AFB1962F2. read more...


Annabella - Options open
Annabella - Options open
03/11/2015

Starblazer - 02/11/2015 – Sailing and fishing

For the first 4 hours, ‘sailing’ down the west coast of Reunion, we were in the wind shadow of the island so motored but had a lovely sail from early afternoon for about 24 hours.This was followed by about 16 hours of motoring, then motor sailing until we switched off the engine at 0800.We are now sailing again!One reason for motor-sailing yesterday was the adverse current which slowed us down to 4 knots.While the sailing has been a bit of a mixed bag, the fishing seems to be history repeating itself. John put out both lines but attached mine to a metal planning device, designed to drag the line down below the surface.As the planer has a lot of drag the line from the rod is connected to the planer’s line with a rubber band between a swivel on the planer and a swivel clip on my line.The. read more...


03/11/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

Noon Position: 27.38S 49.30EDaily run: 162 logged milesA stable fresh northerly breeze kept Luna Quest with two reefs in the mainsail on a course of 230 degrees towards a waypoint some 200 miles south of Madagascar. Not that we shall make that waypoint as we are expecting a cold front to hit us some time early this evening followed by strong southwesterlies. We have made south as much as possible to give us a reasonable angle to the wind on our way to Richards Bay. It will be a wet sail with much water cascading over the boat, while the swell and the waves are expected to be not less than 3 meters high. We spent all morning preparing the boat and ourselves. Julia has cooked a generous supply of chicken, while I secured the ATU as best I could (which had departed from its fastenings. read more...


02/11/2015

Why Not - "Why not's" signal flags.

It is starting to get exciting, with a list as long as your arm of jobs to do before the start of the ARC. One very important job is getting our signal flags up and hopefully they are in the correct order! - Richard & Tracey on Why Not.IMG_1209. read more...


Why Not - "Why not's" signal flags.
Why Not -
02/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag #2 ARC+

We kunnen ons snel inschrijven bij de ARC, omdat het erg rustig is deze ochtend. Het regende pijpenstelen en we konden zo doorlopen. De veiligheidsinspectie, die we de dag erop hadden, verliep feilloos. Alles in orde en alles goedgekeurd. We zijn de 9e boot pas. Heel veel boten missen wat. Vandaag met de bus op pad. De ARC ondersteunt het project om bossen aan te planten. We hebben met 35 andere ARC+ zeilers 200 bomen geplant. Dit is het 6e jaar dat dit gedaan wordt en vandaag hebben wij een start gemaakt met het tweede bos. Toen de Spanjaarden zo'n 500 jaar geleden de Canarische eilanden veroverden hebben ze alle bossen van Gran Canaria gekapt. Het hout gebruikten ze voor huizen, boten, brandstof etc. Deze vrijwilligersprojecten zijn een mooi initiatief, maar helaas is slechts 1% van de. read more...


Chimo - Reisverslag #2 ARC+
Chimo - Reisverslag #2 ARC+
02/11/2015

Sea Symphony - Log 27 Oct

Mike’s MusingsWell here we are on our berth (T31) in Las Palmas. I actually feel a bit deflated.. or knackered.. Now, as if I have come down from some sort of sailing (well motoring mainly) high. Maybe it is just that we have completed this first part of our journey and a sort of ‘The End’ feeling. Now we get ready for the Atlantic proper, or phase two, in fact, just thinking about it Lesley and I haven’t properly celebrated our arrival…. Have to sort that one.The trip down from Essaouira was quite a nice one and even had to put a couple of reefs in, too much wind from a good direction, that was a novelty! Lesley and I were both quite knackered by this point and there was a lack of fun/laughter, I think we both just wanted to be there! It was my afternoon watch and I really had to. read more...