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20/11/2015

Weohgi - We're going -This Way, That Way , Forwards and Backwards Over the deep blue sea!

This reminds me of a song we used to sing with Peter and Emily when they were little - We sang it all the way from Appledore to Lundy Island to keep our spirits up as we were only in our little inflatable and it seemed a long way to go in such a small vessel! Well here we are again!We are definitely doing the motions as we have a 2m+ swell mainly from behind so we are corkscrewing around all the time. Even in bed it is hard to wedge yourself in to stop the movement.We are getting back into the routine of watches again. Andy is learning to take sitings with the sextant and trying to teach the rest of us. He is not doing too badly and was only 10nm out today.We had trouble with seaweed yesterday - Andy noticed a lot had collected around the hydrovane rudder. He tried to dislodge it with. read more...


20/11/2015

El Gato - guess who's who!

We have made up a secret code for mapping out the competition on our chart plotter!The cat peopleimage1. read more...


El Gato - guess who's who!
El Gato - guess who's who!
20/11/2015

Bamarandi - Friday 20th - Yachts all around

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20/11/2015

Cookelu meu - 1st report, still big seas

We did a good start on Wednesday at 1300 Mindelo time. We tried to sail as much to the south as possible to avoid the wind shadow of Sao Antao island about 10 nautical miles to our west. In doing so we ran into the acceleration zone and encountered stormy conditions with big seas and wind gusts up to 50 knots (force  9 on the Beaufort scale). But the wind shadow we didn’t avoid after all and ended up stack for 15-20min  in a swell and light winds from variable directions. It was hard even to point to the right direction. A sudden gust from the north freed us from our misery and headed south as fast as possible. On the AIS screen we saw several boats around us struggling with the conditions.After that the conditions stabilized to medium seas and a nice breeze from the east north. read more...


20/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (2): Running Downwind

Spent the past day flying big blue downwind towards St. Lucia. Winds have been steady between 19-21kts with 7-9 rolling seas that continue to get more organized. We seem to be huddled in a nice pack with Distant Shores II, Anorak, and Sea Bear dancing in and out of AIS range. Since we are settled into the passage, I persuaded the boys into their science lessons in exchange for cheeseburgers on grill. We are working our way through the fresh fruits and veg - even felt good enough to eat salad at lunch. Not a bad way to detox after the shenanigans in Mindelo.Once we clear out enough space in the fridge & freezer, the fishing gear comes out. Mahis beware!-Ali. read more...


Shiva - Nicoline loading the fruits on board
Shiva - Nicoline loading the fruits on board
Shiva - Daan loading the ship with beer
Shiva - Daan loading the ship with beer
Shiva - Herman's birthday!
Shiva - Herman's birthday!
Shiva - Mariette practicing yoga on board
Shiva - Mariette practicing yoga on board
Shiva - Shiva from the top
Shiva - Shiva from the top
Shiva - Family Schaap exploring Gran Canaria
Shiva - Family Schaap exploring Gran Canaria
Shiva - Daan and Herman exploring Gran Canaria
Shiva - Daan and Herman exploring Gran Canaria
Shiva - Diver checking and cleaning the boat under water
Shiva - Diver checking and cleaning the boat under water
Shiva - Nicoline and Daan 'at work' (blogging & vlogging)
Shiva - Nicoline and Daan 'at work' (blogging & vlogging)
Shiva - Nicoline and Inge washing the fruit before it gets on board (cockroaches no entrance)
Shiva - Nicoline and Inge washing the fruit before it gets on board (cockroaches no entrance)
Shiva - Herman at the ARC flag ceremony
Shiva - Herman at the ARC flag ceremony
Shiva - Inge happy to have all crew on board
Shiva - Inge happy to have all crew on board
Shiva - Las Palmas harbour
Shiva - Las Palmas harbour
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...