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24/11/2015

Grand Bleu - voorbereiding, start zondag 22/11, maandag 23/11,dinsdag 24/11

De week voor de start werd gevuld met het klaar maken van de Grand Bleu voor haar eerste crossing. Voor het merendeel van de bemanning was het ook de eerste crossing: voor Lara haar derde en voor Jan Hein zijn tweede. Zeilen , vallen, lijnen controleren, watertanks en diesel bijvullen, navigatie apparatuur controleren en een antenne bij plaatsen. Uitgebreid inkopen doen In El Corte Ingles, en Hyperdino, en dat alles in het Spaans. Biotex vinden was een uitdaging. Ondertussen integreren met onze Engelse en Duitse buren, suggesties vragend over de rigging. Dit alles onder het allesziend oog van de kapitein Adriaan. Voor hem waren de voorbereidingen al 8 maanden geleden begonnen. In de avond ons overgegeven aan het ARC feestgebeuren met als een hoogtepunt onze Bold and the Beautiful. read more...


24/11/2015

Meltemi - Message from: SY MELTEMI

Die gute Nachricht vorweg: Kenny kotzt nicht mehr!! Mit wieder vollzähliger Crew konnten wir uns nun an das Großprojekt Großsegel setzen machen. Die so einfach klingende Aufgabe "Schäkel an Segel" hätte beinahe drei ausgewachsene Männer an den Rande der Verzweiflung getrieben. Die Fähigkeit zur Arbeit über Kopf in 3 Meter Höhe ist sicher noch ausbaufähig ;-). Aber nun ist alls gut und wir segeln mit achterlichem Wind Schmetterling, seit Stunden die Angel hinter uns herziehend, in der Hoffnung, dass wir nix fangen, weil wir der Überproduktion an verderblichem Essen Herr werden müssen. Die Thaicurryreste von gestern müssen verzehrt werden, ebenso wie die bereits vorgekochte Bolognaise. Also an die Arbeit! Thimmy. read more...


24/11/2015

Rhumb - Log 1 - All good so far

Apologies for the radio silence, but it has been rather hairy out here and still is, although conditions expected to settle by Christmas eve!!!!! Very difficult sailing with winds touching 48 knots most of the time - a few lulls here and there, but no chance to get the spinnaker pole ready for poling out the genoa as yet.Anyway, to the start. To a cacophony of sound - ships horns, hooters, yacht music and a brass band we slipped our lines and eased gently of the mooring at 12.15 with a cunning plan to beat the strong wind, learning from the skipper next door making a pig's ear of his departure. Crowds of onlookers lined the marina breakwater to cheer and bid us all farewell as we motored out to the start waiting area to meet winds of 30kn plus. Another cunning plan was put into action. read more...


24/11/2015

Aliena - Martes, 24-11-2015

Noche tranquila con algún chubasco.El mar sigue revuelto con grandes olas y el viento un poco mas fuerte que ayer. Hemos recorrido 178 mn. Por fin, esta mañana, hemos atangonado el yanky a estribor y abrimos foque a babor. Vamos como motos, aunque parezca que siempre estamos en el mismo sitio. La tripulacion ya acostumbrada a los meneitos de las olas, incluso Carlos. Hoy acabaremos de agotar la comida cocinada con lo que mañana toca cocinar de nuevo (con el permiso de Nepturno). A la puesta de sol reduciremos vela para pasar la noche tranquilos. Parece que hace menos frio que estos dias anteriores.¿Que estaran haciendo mis princesas?Carmen. read more...


24/11/2015

Nix - Leg 2 day 7

An exhausted white heron miscalculated itslanding on board the Nix, ripped the head sail and broke our dreams about asecond victory. We dried our tears quickly and became good friends with the lostcreature and after a meal of fresh Mahi Mahi we all see a bright future again.We hope to deliver the Capeverdian white heron in good shape in St.Lucia.   Nix crew white heron. read more...


Nix - Leg 2 day 7
Nix - Leg 2 day 7
24/11/2015

Chimo - reisverslag 7 ARC+

Na vijf dagen beginnen we in het ritme te komen. De eerste dagen waren pittig door harde wind en hoge golven van allerlei kanten waardoor de boot een speelbal op de golven was. De boot heeft veel te lijden en iedere dag horen we een nieuw piepje of kraakje. Sinds dag twee heeft de stuurautomaat een vreemde tik. Inmiddels weten we dat het de tandwielen zijn die aan het kapot gaan zijn. Geen slechte voorbereiding, want hij is gloednieuw. Gelukkig hebben we de oude, minder sterke stuurautomaat als reserve meegenomen, maar we zijn blij met iedere mijl die hij aflegt en sturen overdag wat vaker met de hand om hem te ontlasten. Maar op de hoge golven is het sturen flink werken. Iedere dag wordt het wat warmer. De wind is rond de 18-20 kn uit het noordoosten. Voor de eerste drie dagen had ik. read more...


24/11/2015

Likedeeler - Cruisen oder nicht Cruisen? ...

... Das ist hier die Frage."Leinen los. Segel hoch. Auf zur Karibik!""Noch 5 Minuten bis zum Start. Alle Mann klar?""Klaro."Es fing eigentlich ganz gut an. Der Motor surrte noch ein letztes Mal, bis, ja bis er eben dies nicht mehr tat. "Wir haben ein technisches Problem! Der Motor geht immer wieder aus!", ruft Götz der Crew zu. Und jetzt? Gerade jetzt? "Gehen wir jetzt nicht über den Atlantik?", stürmen die Kinder. "Doch, doch. Aber nicht mit dem Start der ARC", seufzt Lisa. Was war zu tun? Rein in den Hafen unter Segeln? Ankern vor dem Hafen und auf Abschlepphilfe warten? Da sahen wir den Übeltäter. Eine Leine hatte sich von der Reling gelöst und sich unter dem Boot in der Schiffsschraube verhäddert. So ein Mist! Das hieß rein ins Wasser. Während Kai das Seil losschnitt, machte Lisa. read more...


25/11/2015

Vitamina - vitamina diary

After few days more on board crossing the Atlantic we are exciting aboutour trip!.....we celebrated our crossed line of 1.500 miles eating pizza and icecream The night watches are a little bit hard and we continued be in company withthe flying fishes.... every day we talk with the rest of the fleet by SSB and it is a moment veryfunny. The weather is good...some squalls...and the wind is in ourback. read more...


24/11/2015

Bamarandi - Tuesday 24th November - Vibrations

Position 16.14.427N 042.34.007WOur mileage dropped back in the last 24 hours largely due to strong vibrations starting this morning we could feel coming through one of the gearboxes on our port side causing us to stop.  We had just pulled up the mainsail at around 7.30am when it started so had to face into the wind - get wet - and take it down again. Donald then donned his smart new diving shorts and a flotation jacket and complete with piece of rope round his waist, mask and snorkel went under the boat to investigate if anything was wrapped around our prop. There was no sign of anything - it was completely clean. There was then an investigation of the other side, nothing again.We turned back around and set off again only to find the problem was still there. We have lots of olive. read more...


24/11/2015

PG Roshni - 24/11 1345 - Sofas and sleigh-rides

15:51.9N 43:17.0W Waaahhhoooo We passed our halfway point at 0616 and I won the sweep for time of arrival which was set before we had no main sail such has been the wind :)! Apparently I only win glory and the right to tell a storey rather then the free beers for a week I wanted :(. Ali and I finished sewing at noon and hoisted the refreshed main - the flash carbon sail now looks cool with its patch of sofa fabric poorly but strongly sewed all over the tear. We've been pulling 13kn pretty often since setting of on the new gybe so very happy atm as Roshni is doing her stuff again :)! All of us are bushed but in good spirits and on the 1000 mile 'home run' now. More later ... When was the last time you said waaaahhoooo. read more...


Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Rodie met z'n eerste mahi mahi
Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Rodie met z'n eerste mahi mahi
24/11/2015

Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Genoeg te doen!

Wederom een dagje van 220 Nm! Dit ging alleen niet zonder slag of stoot. We hebben met klapperende zeilen stil gelegen, maar ook met 15 knts vangolven gesurft.Veel wolken en buien zorgde voor de nodige druk en windrichtingverschillen, veel zeil aanpassingen dus! Het laatste stukje van de nacht stond er 35 knts en was het pikzwart metgolven uit een rare richting, wat voor het nodige gerol en geslinger zorgdeaangezien je als stuurman compleet je richtingsgevoel kwijt bent (veel blijeniet slapende mensen binnen ;)!)Tot aan de lunch nog aardig wat rare hoeken gevaren door de buien, maarondanks de beperkte nachtrust iedereen blij aangezien we toch weer 220 Nm hebbenafgelegd en we hoorden dat we 40 Nm voor de nummer 2 in onze klasseliggen.   Vlak voor de lunch besloten we nog even te gaan. read more...


24/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2

Der Tag zwei endet mit einem verpassten neuen Rekord für die Bluewater Mooney!Um 48 Sekunden haben wir die Marke von 400 nm in 48 Stunden verpasst - na ja- irgendwann wird alles passen!Im Übrigen alles sehr wechselhaft. Die Nacht war mit 20 bis 28 kn recht windig, trotzdem steht der Spinnaker seit gestern Nachmittag ununterbrochen. Ein paar Squalls (kräftige Regenschauer mit Böen bis 35 kn) haben uns verschont oder wir konnten ausweichen.Zudem war die Nacht lausig kalt - na ja, wenn eines sicher ist dann die steigenden Temperaturen.399 nm seit dem Start 400 nm seit dem Start. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
24/11/2015

Why Not - blog day 2

Tuesday and all going well after being caught in a squall at about 11ishand nearly a knock down , but now all back to normal spinnaker pole out and crewhaving a well earned sleep .  In 2 days managed 307 nm and all good. Sea a little swelly but light winds , still not got cruising shoot out yetbut not long now, Skippers just had a shave and shower and a well earned beer.   Cheers Richard. read more...


LaLuna - dag3
LaLuna - dag3
24/11/2015

LaLuna -dag 3

About last night: Full moon maar helaas geen heldere sterrenhemel zoals vorige nacht. Redelijk wat bewolking af en toe wat druppels maar niet echt koud. Als later het wolkendek toch even openbreekt schijnt de maan vanuit het westen een fel verlichtte strook zee en lijkt het erop dat de maan LaLuna de weg naar St Lucia aanwijst.Heel de nacht hebben we +/- 3 NM aan stuurboord het gezelschap van Laissez Faire. Een Catamaran van 17m lang en 9m breed. Verder nog 1 zeiljacht iets verder achter aan bakboord. Van de andere 200 boten geen spoor meer op onze radar na 2 dagen zeilen. Om 10 u maken we Skipper Lode wakker uit een diepe slaap en besluiten het grootzeil (dubbel gereefd) terug op te trekken en de fok (te loevert) uit te bomen. We lopen al snel een stabiele 7 knots. Als dan ook het. read more...


24/11/2015

Lucky Star - 24/11/2015 160 milles aujourd'hui

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, tout va très bien, on avance vite. On arrive à prendre desris les yeux fermés (on doit en être à notre 15ième manoeuvres) et tout lemonde commence à savoir barrer (Toujours pas possible de mettre lepilote).Mais ça reste assez tranquille, l'équipage gère super bien!!!Bonne entente à bord.Premiers dauphins aperçus au loin.En attente de vos mails.Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


24/11/2015

Isabel - Day 2

Tuesday 12 Noon 24/11/2105262192 N 021 32 58W - 186 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia2325Steady as we go, winds dropped back to around 20 kts as we sail directlytowards St Lucia. We have a couple of other ARC yachts just in sight.Crew all good and not wishing to peak too early supper last night comprisedof sausages, potatoes and beans ........ Currently goose winged (main one side, genoa poled out the other) in thesunshine with a long swell following sea and sunshine. A few issues with the gooseneck connection to the boom, the bolts had workedloose overnight. All now secure and we will monitor dailyHere's a photo of Pete hard at work.. as per..m_IMG_6263. read more...


Isabel - Day 2
Isabel - Day 2
24/11/2015

Bliss II - blogentry day 2

Day2 Nightwas much better than before and we did good pace for confidence of what we arecapable. Several gusts wit rain and 30+ kts means several sail action at night.But all went well. Crew is excellent and everybody is relaxed except Sepp who isstill fighting sea sickness. Hope he gets well soon. Today we want to startfishing if we find the time. I think we are starting a new record for arc. Nominute on Auto Pilot as it seems… We’restruggling a little with wind direction but are confident that northern routestill pays off. Moreto come tomorrow same time BestRegards JB,bliss II. read more...


24/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 2 - Lunch time

November 24, 2015 – It’s the second day of our crossing. The moment I am writing this, Inge just baked a bread, Herman and Daan prepared the fish that we caught yesterday and which is now smoking in the oven, Mariette is taking a nap after her yoga session, and Gerard is outside keeping an eye on the sails and the auto pilot. Last night went very smooth, we are getting used to the shifts of 3 hours up and 6 hours of sleep, it’s very doable. Also we start to get used to the noises and the rock and rolling, we start to get the sea legs!  Today the sun is shining and we have between 15 and 23 knots of wind. We are sailing goose winged (melkmeisje) and the waves are very pleasant, not too high. The distance we made today (day 2) is 177 miles. We’ve just put the clothes of Gerard to dry. read more...


24/11/2015

Cookelu meu - Tuesdays report, day 7, another 1350 nautical miles to go

Trade wind conditions (= Easterly strong winds and occasional squalls) prevailed yesterday night and seem to continue through the next days. Unfortunately the high swell from the northeast creates uncomfortable condition on board making simple tasks and even sleep difficult. We are making plans for our midway party next Thursday. I heard something about a five course dinner including roast beef and a surprise cake.We are all well and the occasional rain and the swell do not succeed to affect our good spirits. Panos and the crew onboard Cookelu Meu. read more...


24/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog

24 November 2015 Fish count: zero It’s day 2 and we’re off and running!  We set off on Sunday at 12:45pm with 35 knots of wind and a fairly choppy sea. Despite some pretty big waves the crew have all now got their sea legs.   Winds have been good for the most part, although moving around a little, and we have been making the best part of 200 miles per day.  We are now officially 2nd in our division. We had the older of our two spinnakers up yesterday and managed to get it back in successfully without getting it in the sea – great team effort.  We’ve now changed our genoa to a larger one to increase sail area. We’ve had the fishing line out in hope of some big fish. The ARC guide tells us there are blue marlin and tuna in this area and we’ve. read more...


20/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip

Catch of the trip   After 3 days sailing in a strong breeze of 20knots, all other yachts are lost behind the horizon. The hole crew is in anunstable condition, due to the high seas. The keel of the Nix starts singingevery time we surf a wave with 12 knots or more. Boris is busy getting his luresin the right condition, but our speed is so high now, that only a very big MahiMahi or Wahoo can get hold of the lure. Fishings starts to look like acatastroph till......   Nix crew. read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
24/11/2015

Friskus VI - log day 2

Posisjon: 15:03.371N 19:14.695WSeilt distanse: 300 nm   Vi har det bra her ute på havet. Bølgene er fremdeles store og vinden ergod og fører oss i riktig retning. VI har vært oppe i 14 knop fart gjennomvannet, og det er ny rekord! Det er mye bevegelse i båten, og noen er mersjøsyke enn andre, til tross for medisiner. Det går likevel greit, og vaktenedeles mellom de voksne med 2 timers skift og 2 timers hvile.   Den flotte bananklasen vår liker seg ikke, så nå har vi snart en haug avbrune ihjelslåtte bananer. VI har funner oppskrift på banankake.   Barna har lekt med de nye spillene og DVD’ene de har fått, men vi ser allefrem til litt mindre bølger om noen dager.. read more...


24/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361ARC 2015 Blog Tuesday 24 Nov

Tuesday 24 NovRace Day 2Hello world! Spinnaker has just been hoisted and seems to still be in the right place still… Events over the last 24 hours include some drama with a torn Yankee 1 sail, to be replaced with Yankee 2 and now the spinnaker, sighting of a moonbow (or moon rainbow?). Apparently like a rainbow but without colour…), some successful showers due to the brilliant water maker (Be is even about to take a second shower), everyone has had a go at helming and there’s been an improvement in seasickness (I am now able to walk around down below without having to rush to my bunk. So unpleasant!). Some people reported a dubious dolphin sighting (Jerry says next to the dodo and the unicorn). Had some rain overnight but now blue skies. Sewing up the torn sail has commenced. We have. read more...


24/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 3- Brisk start to the ARC

Hello from Ruby Rose!   What a start! As I’m sure everyone else is reporting, conditions werelively for the first day of the ARC. Swell was pretty big (I couldn’t tellexactly how big- maybe 10 metres at times) and we got some excitement looking atthe speeds we were doing as we surfed down the bigger waves. Our previous recordwas 11.5 knots- well, we smashed that with a whopping 15 knots! We chose to gooffshore to avoid the worst of the acceleration zone, but not sure howsuccessful this was: we still had gusts of 40 knots within the first few hours.Unfortunately, we lost an avocado, a couple of mandarins and a mango off theside, probably joining a fruit medley from many other yachts who didn’t securetheir netting quite tightly enough! Far more tragic was the loss of our bean bagover. read more...


24/11/2015

Hejira - Squally squally night

13 24.761N 039 10.466WTuesday 24th November 2015Today we mourn the departure of a trusty friend, taken in its prime, lost overboard after years of loyal service. No one saw the departure but a suicidal leap into the deep is the only explanation for the missing winch handle. It leaves behind a twin sister in the cockpit and a smaller brother at the mast, adoption attempts will be made for twins in a chandlery upon arrival in St. Lucia so the survivor can retire to back-up status.The winds became light around noon but by 15.30, the approach of squalls with big winds and shifts made it prudent to drop the Parasailor after 28 hours of great sailing and revert to the safe twin poled out Yankees. It is during this period with bundles of ‘string’ everywhere that we think the winch handle made. read more...


Hejira - Squally squally night
Hejira - Squally squally night
24/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 3: sea sickness...

Half the crew of 7 is suffering from sea sickness symptoms in variouslevels. Only the Skipper (Andy) and 1st Mate (Rob) are handling the seaconditions well. Looking forward to get my “sea legs”.   Johan on Hanse Sailor. read more...


24/11/2015

Hera - Der erste Wal

Nach einer ruhigen Nacht mit wechselndem Wetter und einem ersten geordnetenFrühstück gab es plötzlich Aufregung an Bord. Die Wache hatte einen kleinenFinnwal gesichtet, der ruhig vor sich hinblasend, unser Boot auf Gegenkursunmittelbar an Backbord passierte. Wir haben beschlossen, die südliche Route nahe dem 20. Breitengrad zuwählen. Wind und Welle haben deutlich nachgelassen und wir laufen nur mitGroßsegel vor dem Wind. Alle an Bord sind wohlauf und das eine oder andere anfängliche Unwohlseinhaben sich gelegt. Der Skipper gab am Morgen mit einer kräftigenSalzwasserdusche das Signal zur Eröffnung der Badesaison im Cockpit. Um dieseZeit war das Wasser noch wärmer als die Luft.   Stefan. read more...


23/11/2015

PG Roshni - 23/11 2000 Sewing

15 57.1N 41:24.0WEvening all from Mid Atlantic 100nm to the half way mark for us.The leech repair to the main held fine in the night where we had some 40kn sessions of exciting breeze and some BIG seas. Thankfully we reefed down and controlled our downwind speed which was getting a bit hairy when your arse gets pushed around so much by the big waves :).Sadly the sail repair tape didn't hold though so we dropped the main again this morning - you wouldn't want to be sailing up wind here - I got very very wet at the mast flaking the sail and looking head on at the 3m + waves is quite a sight if not a little emotional as you hang on to the mast !We dropped the boom back into the cockpit again by removing the kicker and started sewing patches on the split sail made out of the Bimini cover. read more...


23/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - We have our boom!

19-ish UTC: the boom arrived to the pontoon and the work intensity wasintense yet thorough. 21:10 UTC: And we are off and away! Final check outside the break water tosee that the everything with the main sail is working as it should. To other and fellow ARC participants, watch out for a “white flash” at thehorizon of your stern!  . read more...


25/11/2015

Sunrise - D und ich Sunrise Tag 4

Der heutige Tag steht ganz im Zeichen der notwendigen Reparaturarbeiten an Bord. Alles bei entsprechendem Seegang. Sonst würde es ja keinen Spaß machen. Im Vordergrund steht die Reparatur des zersplitterten Spibaums, die letztlich fast2 Tage dauern wird. Die beschränkten Bordmittel erfordern viel Krativität und handwerkliches Geschick. Die beiden Stücke des Baums werden innen durch längere Holzstücke verbunden , verkeilt und von außen verschraubt. Zusätzlich wird unser Segelschoner, einAbflußrohr, halbiert und mit großen Schlauchschellen entlang des Baums festgezogen. Ein langes Edelstahlrohr dient als letzte zusätzliche Stabilisierung. Eine unglaublich schweißtreibende Arbeit. Sind mit dem angeschlagenen Rigg nun deutlich langsamer geworden. Gerefftes Groß und etwas eingerollte Genua.. read more...


24/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 3

2:00 in der Nacht. Eine große Welle läuft achterlich auf das Schiff zu. Der Horizont und Wellenhöhe sind in der Dunkelheit nicht auszumachen. Bei top Speed von 11 Knoten schlägt das Boot quer. Ein peitschender Knall. Der Bullenstander derden Großbaum bei achterlichen Winden fixiert und eine unkontrollierte Halse verhindern soll, reißt aufgrund des mächtigen Winddrucks wie ein Bindfaden. Der Großbaum rast mit tonnenschweren Wucht in einem Sekundenbruchteil auf die andere Seite. Mehrere Mastrutscher,die das Segel im Großmast halten reißen aus. Im gleichen Augenblick bricht eine Leine der Spibaumhalterung. Mit einem explosionsartigen Krach zersplittert sofort unser großer Spibaum , der die Genua ausbaumt und reißt sie ein Stück weit auf. Die Crew hat unglaublichesGlück, dass niemand durch. read more...


23/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - day 2: still chilling in las palmas...

11:40 UTC: After refuelling water to the boat and beer into our bellies wenow long to cast off from Las Palmas to catch up with the rest of fleet. Our boom are being repaired as we speak (being a little fatter yet stronger inthe middle).   . read more...


23/11/2015

El Gato - half way party!

Today we sailed past the 1/2 way point and donned costumes, decorated half the boat, and toasted with a half a bottle of Catalan wine.It's been a really fun ride and three of us are getting lots of driving time since the auto pilot quit two days ago. Top speed so far on this leg is 16.6 VMG. We've had three over 200 mile days so we hope to finish in 10 to 11 days. The competition is tight and we can't slow downWe are all instrument rated pilots now that we steer to a compass at night.Old school.Reading about Columbus.Loving the journey.The Cat People. read more...


El Gato - half way party!
El Gato - half way party!
23/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 15 – Sunday

  22:36 Local LeaTime I’mcurrently under a blanket in the cockpit with my ipod, looking at stars while onwatch with my mom, who is the lookout at the moment. Who by the way was justattacked by one of those fish with wings. It just flew right in between her andher seat. So one of our comfort-seats kind of smells like fish now. Or maybeit’s my mom. Earlier this morning, while doing a stroll on deck, we picked up 14flying fish on deck. Fourteen! Those poor things, I mean, with an ocean thisbig, what’s the chance of hitting this one, tiny sailboat invading their spacewhen they’re out flying. Which is also weird because they are fish and should beout swimming, not flying.Todaythe waves have been hitting us from the side, creating a new, fun movement ofthe boat, and I’ve really had to. read more...


23/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start

After a week of gentle preparations, we all enjoyed the carnival atmosphere in Las Palmas before the start of this year's ARC. Despite a cooling shower or two in the morning and grey skies, there was no rain for the start, however we were not lacking in wind. A particularly boisterous start this year, we opted for our favourite headsail only approach, nice and manoeuvrable and not too much sail up in anticipation of the 30 knots expected in the acceleration zone off Gran Canaria.There was a distinct lack of cruising chutes and spinnakers this year, so not as photogenic as usual but certainly a flying start, surfing the waves at over 10 knots at times. The boats all spread out quite quickly due to the conditions and overnightthere were only a few lights visible. A fast night of sailing. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start
Skyelark of London - Day 1  - We start
23/11/2015

Meltemi - 1.Tag/Nacht

Tatsächlich geschafft. Vor zwei bis drei Wochen hab ich noch nicht daran geglaubt, bei der Morgenwache (0800-1200)mit meinem Mitsegler Kenan bei strahlendem Sonnenschein im Cockpit der Meltemi zu sitzen - Kurs Rodney Bay. Die Wellen von Achtern machen allen - bis auf unseren Skipper Rüdiger - schwer zu schaffen. Die Tage vor der Abreise in Las Palmas waren wirklich gut: Proviant bunkern, Sicherheitseinweisung und ARC-Partyprogramm sorgen dafür, dass der Alltag zu Hause schnell vergessen ist. Außerdem wurde am Freitag schon einmal für die ersten Tage vorgekocht. Und abends gab es dann die ARC-Abschlussparty mit Häppchen und Livemusik. Den kompletten Samstag vor der Abreise hängt die Crew etwas in den Seilen. Abends beim Scheidebecher im Cockpit gibt es noch ein fettes Feuerwerk auf der. read more...


23/11/2015

Aqualuna - 26:22.285N 18:16.667W

ARC DAY TWOThings have settled down and we are flying along under goose-winged Genoa and Staysail.We have now been at sea for a full 27 hours.Night watches have been organised as a rolling night watch so those that are less experienced with the working of Aqualuna have somebody with them until we all know what we are doing.We spent the night steaming along under full Genoa averaging between 8 and 10 knots the wind behind us and a large slightly confused sea so we are rolling a bit.As we were all finding our sea legs again I decided to do a Spaghetti Bolognese with fresh Fettuccine pasta, having already made the sauce in advance for dinner.John Eustace and Ian were on the pontoon to see us off, we took our time rather than rushing out there as we still had a few things to do so we left. read more...


23/11/2015

Emily Morgan - log day 2

We are settling into a nice watch routine and everyone is in good form.Perhaps after our success with the costume party, wisecracks and "dad jokes" abound. No seasickness despite lots of waves and swell, we are all practicing steering, fishing and cooking at sea.I don't think that we will be losing weight this trip though, if tonight's turkey, plum and spinach tagine is anything to go by.There are still several boats around, mostly too far away to identify, but we did get close enough to take some photos of Carisma so hopefully will be able to pass them over when we get to St Lucia.Anna 23.11.15. read more...


23/11/2015

Aliena - Salida a Santa Lucia

El domingo 22-11-2015 a las 13 horas salimos casi 200 veleros. Salida expectacular aunque con mucho viento y mucho mar. Las primeras veinticuatro horas hacemos 200 millas a pesar de llevar la mayor y el yanki con dos rizos. Tenemos unas olas que parecen montañas, pero el barco las navega bien. La navegación es muy incomoda y a pesar de lo cansados estamos bien. Poco a poco hemos ido perdiendo de vista al resto de veleros, pero al medio dia contactamos por radio para dar la posición. Esperamos que mañana ya nos hayan salido las piernas del mar (las que salen cuando haces navegación de altura)Carmen. read more...


23/11/2015

Marisja - log 23-11-2015: de kop is eraf

Nou, de eerste nacht weer achter de rug, en direct een goede om in teslingeren. Gisteravond begon het al wat harder te waaien en stonden er goedekuilen van golven ten zuiden van de Canarische Eilanden. Één van die golven wasspectaculair genoeg om een topsnelheid van 21,2 knopen neer te zetten. Jawelhoor, door Rob, die staat wel weer even.   Voor mij (Nanno) is het echt een deja-vu gevoel: zowel in 2007 als in 2012was de start soortgelijk, direct flink mijlen richting St. Lucia varen.Afgelopen etmaal ook weer 220 mijl gevaren.   Vandaag is het een beetje van alles wat, de wind draait af en toe flink envarieert ook in kracht. Aangezien we allemaal nog ‘vers’ zijn zo in het beginhebben we de diverse zeilwissels alweer geoefend    Vanavond draadjesvlees met gebakken. read more...