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20/11/2017

Hummingbird - Sunday night: Chris's first blog

We really have settled into a routine of the three hour life in the three team watch system. Night duty is great because its so much cooler. Still t shirts only and shorts. Down in the ‘hold’ in the day s in from the small portholes and delight in the simple pleasure of the cheap B&Q fans we were all issued by Rachael to keep our temperatures down. The seas have been much calmer and with so much less swell than I had expected which is great. We are atuned to looking rear for potential squalls heading up on us but nothing so far and nothing on the immediate horizon. Its definitely warmer than I had expected as I had arrived with full wet kit and boots and layers which all sit redundantly at the bottom of my storage locker untilnow.I had hoped to be able to communicate while in the. read more...


20/11/2017

North Star - USA - 20 Nov Log Day 1 - First Day Challenges

Well, venerable North Star sauntered to the starting line and crossed at 1310 19 November with a few miles to go.The winds were light but with the help of our dramatically colored, although a little faded, brown and white spinnaker we flew down the coast of Gran Canaria looking for the dreaded acceleration zone (where the wind sometimes doubles or more in velocity around the end of the Gran Canaria Island). Finally, not having found it, we took the spin down anyway just as a precautionary step for the evening. Our self-steering vane, which we affectionately call Joshua, after Joshua Slocum, decided not to come to work today. After an almost total rebuild of the vane, we did find the seas in that dreaded acceleration zone and found that neither Joshua nor North Star's electrically-powered. read more...


20/11/2017

Charm - Day 5 - The yellow spinnaker

I'm sure some of you winced when I tempted fate last night by talking about nothing breaking.I probably won't do that again.I was just getting up this morning when I heard Kent calling Tim to help.I peeked upstairs and Tim said, "We need Joe."That's usually not good.Poor Joe had just crawled into bed.He takes his regular shifts like the other 2 guys but also usually sleeps on the couch so he is available for any issues.He usually appears at least once during my shift and I assume he does the same for the others.He doesn't get much rest on passages like these.So, Joe went out on deck and I followed him.Kent was dousing the spinnaker and it didn't seem to be going well.I jumped on top of the sail and helped him gather it and saw that the leech tape was caught up high.As we brought it in, I. read more...


Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Spinnaker repair
Charm - Spinnaker repair
19/11/2017

Helen - Day 4 for Ed

140 miles without using the engine is OK for these lightish winds but we need to pick up speed soon. Steering the boat at night is called a "watch" which is nothing to do with a Rolex! According to the captain a night watch can be very beautiful if the stars are out or very frustrating if the weather is against you.Last night I joined the captain for a frustrating watch!We saw some clouds on the radar coming our way and as they did the wind stopped. The sails banged and clattered for a while until the captain decided to put them away and start the engine.The deluge of rain came and we both got wet. Five minutes later the rain stopped, the wind returned and the captain had to put the sails out again.What happened 15 minutes later? More clouds!Today is Sunday so we had bacon rolls with. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
19/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Hola!!!Ahir ens vàrem saltar el blog, és que estem tant enfeinats jaient per aquí al barco que no vàrem tenir temps de fer-lo... hehehe Avui com que és diumenge ens hem despertat amb sardanes i xocolata desfeta. En Jordi no abandona mai les tradicions. Ha sigut un dia de poc vent rarament hem vist superar els 6 nusos de velo. A més a més ahir vàrem detectar un problema amb la drissa de l’asimètric que es sega per culpa d’una roldana que està desgastada, aquesta passada nit hem hagut de navegar amb major i gènova, cosa que ha fet que encara anéssim més a poc a poc. Després de fer la xocolata en Jordi s’ha atrevit a pujar altre cop al màstil per arreglar el tema. (foto 1).Fent tot això ja ha arribat l’hora de dinar i l’Oriol i en David han preparat unes patatetes al forn amb carn de. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
19/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Mr and Mrs Haddock buy a boat

Ode to a boat purchaseI am a salty sea dogand Haddock is my nameI eat raw fish and drink straight rumand fishing is my game.I need a boat to sail the seasbut which one should I choose?I'm doing the ARC in 17and I don't want to loose.It could be a Benetauor a bigger CNBthe children liked them very muchand they look quite good to me.What about a Rustler?Princess Anne has got one tooIf they are good enough for her my manthey are good enough for you.I called her up to ask adviceand she invited me for teathings were going very welluntil she put her hand upon her knee. (I was wearing my kilt)Ok how about an Oyster they look pretty swellI'm told they are an aphrodisiacWhen eaten from a shellMrs Haddock said yes pleaseand then went in a huffI explained in simple termsthat 3 kids was enough.Get a. read more...


19/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria

As predicted there were light airs for the start and, as it’s a cruising rally, crossing the line at one o’clock was a leisurely affair when compared to the cut and thrust of the start lines we’re used to.  We were one of a few boats that decided to head offshore to see if there was more wind but there was little to be found early in the afternoon, so other jobs could get done and a late lunch of our last shop-bought bread for sandwiches was served.The cruising chute made its first ever flight and, with a few tweaks to the rigging, was giving us some lovely pace - seeing us pass other boats in the fleet. A minor failure (a strop on one of the blocks snapped) happened as the wind suddenly scurruied from 10 to 16 knots, so the bright red canvas ended its debut and it was back to. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria
NoStress - Log Day 1 - Leaving Gran Canaria
19/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017

We are hopping down the coast of South Africa while headed to Capetown. We have a good weather window and the weather has been benign. As it turns out, you leave right after a low passes which often puts you in the weather that is transitional. For that reason we have motored a good bit. Right now we are using our twin head sails in 8-9 knots of wind but we have 3.5 knots of current helping us do a COG of 8.5 to 9 knots. It is just like a women, nice and gentle until she turns on you and all hell bust out. Right now it is 22:00 11/19/2017 and we are about 80 mile from our next port, East London. This is a free sailing time to Capetown. Most of the boats are sailing along with us. A few stayed to see more sights or to get stuff fixed. Most have plans to go home for the holidays. My wife,. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017
Lexington - Captain  Bob: 11/19/2017
19/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°7 - Mindelo, MindGoodbye

It was a short turn around in Mindelo. Our first afternoon was dedicated to the floating bar at the marina, swapping stories and congratulating our ARC+ friends on completing the first leg. A half day was all we could afford however, as repairs and provisioning were of paramount importance during our short stay. Cold beer and good company kept us there later than intended, but it was much deserved for all.The first full day we managed to get our repairs sorted and most of our provisioning done. Our laundry was sent out first thing and returned eight hours later. That evening we attended the awards ceremony for leg one where, much to our dissappintment, we didn't win anything. Don't even get me started on the joke that is the handicapping system. Two Hallberg-Rassy's, a Moody, and an Ovni. read more...


19/11/2017

Avel Biz - J 0 Départ

Dimanche 19 novembre 201728°06 N15°23 WBonjour à tousAprès les derniers préparatifs, nous avons quitté le ponton du Muelo Deportivo de Las Palmas avec la musique du Bandas de Las Palmas. Au dernier moment, nous avons décidé de remplir notre deuxième jerrycan de 20 l de gazole. nous partons donc avec 85 litres en tout. C'est large mais rassurant.Départ tranquille sous Code 0 en milieu de ligne. En quelques heures les gros disparaissent à l'horizon et les plus lents aussi mais en arrière.Première soirée sous spi.A demain. read more...


19/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Highs and lows

The past 24 hours have been a bit of a rollercoaster, perfectly encompassing the highs and lows of sailing. On the plus side, yesterday was shower day, and it provided one of those moments that make this trip so memorable. I was standing (or hunched, would be more accurate) in the shower, looking out of the window at the bluest of blue seas as a shoal of flying fish skimmed past the boat. They must have travelled a good 50 metres or so before plunging into a wave, with the sun on their scales giving each one a sparkling iridescence. It was magical.That brief moment of pleasure now seems an eternity away. Our prayers for more wind were answered in abundance and we spent the evening charging along at around 7 knots. I was on watch around midnight when there was a loudbang. I was gazing at. read more...


19/11/2017

Manihi - Et c'est parti !!!

Et voilà ... Après avoir dit au revoir et s'être donné rendez-vous à Ste Lucie avec nos voisins de pontons, après avoir dit au revoir a nos famille, nous avons largué les amarres vers midi. Sortie du port de Las Palmas folklorique accompagnée pas un concert de bandas sous les applaudissements des spectateurs venus s'entasser sur les jetées. Même dans cette ambiance bon enfant et décontractée, unepetite émotion est quand-même là. Quitter la terre pour trois semaines, ce n'est pas banal ...Dès le départ, nous avons mis en place le rythme de vie sur le bateau. Aussitôt la ligne de départ passée, nous avons procédé à notre première hydratation au Pastis suivie d'un déjeuner. Tortilla, rillettes de canard au foie gras et yaourt. Arrosé d'un verre de rouge espagnol. Faut commencer léger !Côté. read more...


19/11/2017

Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted

Hi! Sailor Ted is doing well. So far he has eaten pizza and watch the other boats. Now he has a life jacket.  Thank you team ARC for everything - c u on the other side.  20171119_122100_resized 20171119_142358_resized 20171118_214855. read more...


Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
Indian Summer - Log day 1 - start of the adventure for sailor Ted
19/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 4 Mijlen maken

Wat een heerlijke dag.. zonnetje..wind..boekjes lezen..dutjes en klusjesdoen.. maar het belangrijkste aanhoudende wind! Gistermiddag hebben wij onze buiken gevuld met broodjes hamburger! Wat eenluxe overtocht. Heerlijk eten, elke avond even douchen, alles kan.   Gisteren aan het einde van de dag moesten wij pas weer in actie komen engingen wij vlak voor het eten en zonsondergang de A2 omwisselen voor de A4gennaker. Inmiddels doen wij minimaal 2 zeilwissels per dag dus iedereen heeftzijn eigen taken en we worden steeds sneller... max 20 min met DJ onze autopilot, Rob en Nikki in de pit en Rodie en Haico op het voordek.Toen de A4 snuffer omhoog ging kwamen we erachter dat er bovenin degennaker een scheurtje zat. Zakken dus maar weer en de genua uitboomen.Gennaker en zeilreparatie team. read more...


19/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 4

There is just one day to go, dear readers, and on Sunday at 13.00 GMTwe are starting on our adventure across the Atlantic to St.Lucia. Preparations are complete, everything has been stowed, the boat has been washed (which I managed to avoid to considerable derision from others) and we are ready to go.In the interests of keeping busy every locker has been packed, unpacked and repacked just to find out if we can do a better job the second time around.The pontoon is eerily quite this afternoon, almost hushed, as everyone contemplates what tomorrow will bring.Our Skipper 'Buzz' Davey and your author attended the Skipper's briefing at the wonderfully antiquated Santa Catalina hotel at lunchtime today. With two people attending from each boat almost 400 people gathered and listened. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 4
Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 4
19/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Sailing as easy as possible towards St Lucia

We have two days now that we have sailed easy as possible with only a poled out jib, a small cutter sail and mainsail. The wind has been from northeast to east, so we have tried to to sail as directly as possibly towards west and St Lucia. But as the weather prognosis showed a light patch forming directly west yesterday we headed slightly southwest and only gybed onto starboard this morning. According to the position reports our strategy has turned out quite well, and it looks like everyone have the same light winds so far.Onboard we keep having excellent food for lunch and dinner, and in the burning sun we have to work hard to drink enough water and soft drinks to keep hydrated. Water temperature is at 26.5 C and down below there is a sweaty 34 C.. read more...


19/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log#5 Traversée Jour 4

Bonjour à tous,Tout va bien. Le seul inconvénient....peu de vent. La traversée s'annonce un peu plus longue que prévue.Un routine s'installe. Dodo, repas et quarts de navigation se suivent tranquillement.La mer est relativement calme. Dauphins vus par Louise hier. Par ailleurs rien de nouveau.André. read more...


19/11/2017

Helen - Day 3 from Ed

Another day of 134 miles and the captain is heading south so that I can have even more sun.Today I have been put on duty to make the bread for the humans. Here is my special recipe:Ingredients: 1 bag of bread mix. 1 litre of white diesel. 1.5 teaspoons of yeast. 20 litres of sea water.Method:Put the diesel in the generator and create two units of electricity.Run the sea water through the reverse osmosisplantusing 1 unit of electricity. Collect the fresh water in a container.Place the bread mix in the bread machine and add the yeast.Add half a litre of the fresh water and drink the rest.Now switch on, use the other unit of electricity and in 3 hours and 5 minutes you will have a fine loaf. Just look at the picture!I found this rather hard work so I am going to have a ready meal, there are. read more...


19/11/2017

Hummingbird - Blog - mmm, bacon

Mmmmm, bacon.I’m up a tad early for my watch this morning as I defy anyone to sleep through the smell of frying bacon.Accompanied by a glorious orange-red sun rising astern and a fresh breeze it’s just what we needed after the sad news we heard last night.Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the person lost in the Southern Ocean on the Clipper Race, as well as the crew and especially the skipper.It is a stark reminder to us of how mighty the ocean is and just how small we are.But we have a great team on board the good ship Hummingbird and we’re taking good care of ourselves and each other; ensuring we are all wearing our lifejackets, are clipped on, have topped up our sunscreen and are drinking lots of water.It is no mean feat to bring together 12 random people on a 60-foot. read more...


19/11/2017

Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4Patience is a virtue. Impatience hooks you a blue marlin. Let me elaborate…Apparently I am ‘the environmentalist’ onboard Neverland. This is pretty ironic given that I have never really recycled, drove a diesel car in and out of central London twice a day for 7 years, have killed most plants I have tried to grow and consume an above average amount of meat and dairy. But, I do buy ‘happy eggs’… Anyway, after their success catching a tuna only a coupe of hours into our journey (thanks to Dino’s lure), Tom and Dad were pretty confident that we would be dining on freshly caught fish for 2 (and a bit) weeks. As long as there is a bit of variety, I’m ok with that. The problem is, the fish they are catching keep getting smaller and smaller... In total they have caught 3 Tuna and 5. read more...


Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4
Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4
Odessa -
Odessa -
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa - Leaving
Odessa - Leaving
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Odessa -
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas