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17/07/2020

Suffisant - Suffisant - ARC 2020, Insurances Part 2

(german below)About insurances, Part 2In the meantime, I have also received the report from eta glob. I have had to ask several times about my inquiry, and I think I can say today, that those Brookers have been holding me back rather than acting.Here is the result of my research, which will certainly not be complete, but we do not want to do the doctorate either!Accident insurance SwitzerlandSince I will continue to be registered with my home address in the municipality during my world around journey in Switzerland, an obligatory accident insurance is necessary. I have cancelled my accident insurance with AXA. From 1.9.2020, accident insurance will be included in my Atupri health insurance scheme. The costs for this additional insurance amount will be CHF 15.00 per month. That is almost. read more...


15/07/2020

Suffisant - Suffisant - ARC 2020, Insurances Part I

(German below) The question of which insurances must be renewed, cancelled or changed during my round-the-world cruise will not be so easy. Health insurance and pensionAlmost every country requires a valid health insurance that is not only valid abroad, but also covers the return flight to the country of origin. Furthermore, hull and liability insurance must be adapted to the route, the amount in the event of damage must be increased, etc. First, it is necessary to check the existing insurances carefully and to check exactly what is covered or not. For example, my health insurance only covers the stay abroad for up to 3 months. After that, cases of illness are no longer covered. Further treatments are drastically shortened. You cannot cancel this health insurance unless you. read more...


Suffisant - ARC 2020, Outfit and changes on the yacht Suffisant
Suffisant - ARC 2020, Outfit and changes on the yacht Suffisant
10/07/2020

Suffisant - ARC 2020, Outfit and changes on the yacht Suffisant

Today we start with the description of the yacht:Yacht Suffisant, Bénéteau Oceanis 331, ClipperThis type of sailing boat was built between 1999 – 2004. Three cabin version, V-berth plus port & starboard double aft cabins, all fitted with hanging storage, single head with hot and cold pumped fresh water, sea water pump + waste holding tank, approx. 70 L, electric shower drain pump.Galley equipped with 3 burner hob & gas oven, 12v fridge, stainless draining sink with hot & cold fresh water. Table and seating for dining.Heute beginnen wir mit der Beschreibung der Yacht:Yacht Suffisant, Bénéteau Oceanis 331, KlipperDieser Segelboottyp wurde zwischen 1999 - 2004 gebaut. Dreikabinen-Version, V-Kojen plus Doppel-Achterkabinen an Backbord & Steuerbord, Stauraum, heißem und. read more...


07/07/2020

Suffisant - ARC 2020, Preparations and other things

(German below) Many things have to be clarified and prepared for a regatta with the ARC and a following sailing around the world. In my reports I would like to describe my preparations, about the yacht equipment, about me, about my crew. For 2020, I have set myself the goal of participating in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) once again. Already in 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012 I took part in this event, partly as crew member, partly as owner and skipper. The regatta, organized by the World Cruising Club, has a friendly character, was always carefully and super organized and its really impressed me. With my own sailing yacht VIA CON ME at that time, I had once finished 83rd and once 87th. Not bad for a short 12m yacht... Now in 2020 I start with a smaller yacht (only 10 m), with my. read more...


Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
Skyelark of London - ARC Finish
21/12/2019

Skyelark of London - ARC Finish

It was nice to have a daylight arrival for a change!Team Skyelark crossed the finish line at around 7 am local time - we had boatsin sight ahead and behind and the last evening at sea was spent trying toimprove and maintain our position. There was some suspicion amongst the crewthat Kitty was letting out sail to speed up, and Steve was sailing extra milesin order to sway the arrival time for our ETA competition - the coveted prize helming Skyelark across the finishline. The winner was Kitty whose estimate came within a recordbreaking 15 mins! We crossed the line in fine style,  slightly overpowered with all sailsblazing, a fridge full of cold beers and a frittata in the oven. Smiles allaround, and a  great sense ofachievement as we were welcomed into the marina and handed. read more...


Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 4
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 4
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 3
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 3
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 2
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 2
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 1
Meltemi - Fehlende Fotos 1
19/12/2019

Karhammel IV - News from Karhammel IV

News from Karhammel IV, Thursday December 2019 19th :Our last –at sea, Las Palmas to Santa Lucia- messageAbout the broken jib : After 12 hours sewing, 132 holes in the ropes+head sail, 792 knots,the reparations allow the jib to work : grey plumber tape over the 6 sewed ropes & 12 jib weaknesses over the crema-white sail allow an original, excentric look, indeed, J J.Strong winds, 30-33 knots are our daily life, with a rough sea – 4 to 6 m,4 to6s, « crossed swells ». Main issue is that Karhammel IV is badly rolling,everything is flying across the cabin, including the crew members.Our hydrovane, Jean-Louis is working fine & beautifully : yesterday morning, his previous somehow neurastenic face welcome us completely illuminated with red nose –we immediateay checked but neither the. read more...


19/12/2019

Hatha Maris - Hatha maris day 20 / 14/12/19

Saturday day 20 / 14/12/19The final countdown (It’s a wrap .... only 100 more to eat ;-) )This is my 5th Transatlantic crossing and my longest one, ending tomorrow by sunrise in Rodney Bay after 19 1/2 days of great sailing with 6 awesome crewmates and a marvelous;) skipper. There is a lot of chitchat going on during watches which kept me from sleeping at times but made me smile very often. Everybody new to sailing made big progress and skills get polished. In my watch group people like to ride the squalls and surf the waves. The girls longing to arrive and join the party. Words to listen to: chop shop, bare off, keep it down, push ;) Words of wisdom: stay on course, TGV, 150 wind angle, faster! Looking forward to my first rum! Love corinneOh well, what a journey! I will arrive back home. read more...


Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 11 - we've arrived!
Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 11 - we've arrived!
Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 11 - we've arrived!
Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 11 - we've arrived!
18/12/2019

Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 11 - we've arrived!

Since arriving at 03:01 on Sunday morning, Hawkeye’s crew has been enjoying the rum punches and St Lucian hospitality – as well as decks that don’t keep jigging around in those waves.  We are rapidly working down our to do list and will leave St Lucia on Saturday to explore the rest of the Caribbean.  We are hoping to spend Christmas in Antigua and New Year in St Barthelemy.  But the beauty of cruising is that if we find some place we like better—we’ll just stay there!It’s been an amazing journey, especially for our novice Atlantic sailor, Lizzie, who we think was quite brave at her tender age jump in at the deep end.  She weathered every storm in a teacup, was a dedicated sunset watcher, vibrant painter and kept the rest of the crew on our toes with her remarkable. read more...


Sea to Sky - Caught a Mahi Mahi
Sea to Sky - Caught a Mahi Mahi
17/12/2019

Little Island - We made it!

We made it! And quite naturally I’m nowhungover whilst writing this. With every rum punch the achievement sunk in, and so we celebrated that moment with another rum punch; and so on...The first sight of land yesterday was an amazing feeling, coming into view as the sun rose and lifted the cloak of mist and darkness that had covered the island. We knew it was there for a while, but could never be too sure until we got that all important visual. Thankfully it was the correct piece of land, which was a relief having had no chart plotter for the final 300 miles or so. Despite standing next to each other at the time, we gave it a bloody good “Land ho!” call to mark the occasion, and briefly thought of those early explorers that stumbled across this green gem among thousands of miles of ocean. read more...


17/12/2019

Hatha Maris - Hatha Maris day 20 14/12/2019

Saturday day 20 / 14/12/19The final countdown (It’s a wrap .... only 100 more to eat ;-) )This is my 5th Transatlantic crossing and my longest one, ending tomorrow by sunrise in Rodney Bay after 19 1/2 days of great sailing with 6 awesome crewmates and a marvelous;) skipper.There is a lot of chitchat going on during watches which kept me from sleeping at times but made me smile very often.Everybody new to sailing made big progress and skills get polished. In my watch group people like to ride the squalls and surf the waves. The girls longing to arrive and join the party.Words to listen to: chop shop, bare off, keep it down, push ;)Words of wisdom: stay on course, TGV, 150 wind angle, faster!Looking forward to my first rum!Love corinneOh well, what a journey! I will arrive back home and. read more...


Arausha - dinner for one ?
Arausha  - dinner for one ?
16/12/2019

Meltemi - Tag 23: Bordbuch der Meltemi, Fluch der Karibik, oder: last order

Hach, hier ticken die Uhren ja komplett anders. Da seile ich mich kurz ab letzten Freitag Abend, kaum daß die Festmacher ausgebracht sind, um unseren Verfolgern - also denen in diesem Block - mitzuteilen, daß wir gut angekommen sind, um am Samstag zu erfahren, daß nix erschienen ist. Was machen wir? Schicken das ganze noch mal 'raus, um am Sonntag zu erfahren: umsonst. Dafür steht Tag 20 jetzt 2 Mal im Blog... Also bitte auch 2 mal lesen, sonst war die Mühe am Samstag umsonst! ;-)Fluch der Karibik?Freitag Abend waren wir noch fix in einem Restaurant, Samstag Mittag schnell mal zum Lunch. Was uns nicht klar war: man nimmt am besten eine Dose Nüsse mit, denn vor mindestens einer Stunde Wartezeit serviert man hier nicht. Aber total nett und freundlich, immer laute Musik, die Petit Punch der. read more...


16/12/2019

Karhammel IV - News from Karhammel IV

NEWS from Karhammel IV, Monday December 2019 16th :About the broken jib : After 12 painful hours sewing (132 holes in the ropes+head sail, 792 knots), we installed the « repaired » jib last Thursday before sundown. Till now, the reparations allow the jib to work : grey plumber scotch over the 6 sewed ropes & 11 jib weaknesses over the crema-white sail allow an original, excentric look, J. Today at 12.00 UTC, we were at 396 NM from Santa Lucia – ARC dixit-, Lubilu sailing boat’s  position in advance with 30 NM.Again strong winds, 30-33 knots are back, with a rough sea – 4 to 5 m,  4 to 8 s, « houles croisées ». Let’s use the pleasant terms picked up in  ARC weather forecasts : « enhanced trade winds », rather than. read more...


16/12/2019

Nizuc - Blogs 27-30

Blogs 27-30BLOG 27 – We Have the Power The brown, Sargasso seaweed is now surrounding us in swathes, and the water is a pure blue. We have been looking for a lost fishing net, and a demasted Transac boat, but would be lucky to see it, but it’s nice to have a focus. We have sorted our battery problem by shorting the VSR, which was hindering us for safety reasons (kind of like when your car goes into meltdown because the puddle light isn’t working). The navigation has been easy without it, and we haven’t used the auto helm, anyway. We ended the day in perfect symmetry: the sun setting ahead of us, and the super moon rising directly behind us; we were definitely going west. Martin has been doing videos, today, so I hope they can be posted. That’ll do.BLOG 28 – A Good Washing Day When the. read more...


16/12/2019

Summerwinds of Cuan - St Lucia

Emily, Ann & I crossed the finish line last night at around 8.15 local time  in a crossing time of 21 days which brings to a close this blog and this part of our adventure. The last 5 weeks have been amazing. The preparations & parties in Las Palmas, the crossing itself and now some more parties with the climax being the final prize giving and party on Saturday night. The reason for the whole affair: 'to cross the Atlantic on our own boat' has been accomplished again. We could have done it without the organisation of World Cruising Club but I think it wouldn't have been half the fun. Full credit must go to them as organisers for making such a great event happen.After this we head to Martinique for Christmas where we will leave Summerwinds in a marina and head back home to. read more...


Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia
Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 10 - 70 miles to go, last sundowners
Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 10 - 70 miles to go, last sundowners
15/12/2019

Summerwinds of Cuan - Penultimate Blog

Less than 100 miles to go. Its 03.45 local time. ( We will have sailed through 4 time zones by the time we reach St Lucia in the coming hours.). Emily came off watch at 03.00. So its me holding the fort until around 8.00 when things start to come to life again. This should be our last night at sea. Hopefully we should be in late this evening or early in the morning tomorrow. We are all looking forward to getting in, as three weeks is a long time to be at sea on an non stop roller coaster ride. However from me anyway there will also be a tinge of sadness. There is nothing that I have ever experienced that comes close to the isolation of being on a little boat in the middle of the ocean and also the 'can do' feeling that you need to be able to do this type of thing.We all agreed that it. read more...


15/12/2019

Agua Dulce - Log Day 20 - Hello, St. Lucia!

I took a day to decompress and sleep and just get reacquainted with land before I sat down to write this final blog post for the crossing. I think we all have mixed emotions about leaving soon. I think we are all a little bit sad to be leaving Agua Dulce in a few days, but very excited to go home to the US and England for Christmas with our families. The good news is our crew will all be back together in February to spend a few weeks cruising the Caribbean with the addition of Oli and Benji, Tracy’s sons. Sorry Cunningham kids. You’ll have to come another time! On our final approach to St. Lucia, we were welcomed by a pair of beautiful brown boobies. Ok, everyone, get your minds out of the gutters. Boobies are very common island birds with several species which inhabit the islands. The. read more...


15/12/2019

Meltemi - Tag 20: Bordbuch der Meltemi, Landfall

Hi folks, we are in Saint Lucia!! Leinen fest am Freitag, 13.12.2019, um 19.35 h in Rodney Bay. 3.036 sm im Kielwasser!!! Ziellinie passiert um 18.49 h und 5 sec.!!!! Wievielter Platz? Wen interessiert denn jetzt sowas?Mehr morgen. Wir hatten hier schon einen Willkommensdrink, und nun folgt das Ankommerbier. Also: keine Zeit!!!!!Morgen mehr. Versprochen.Ach So: natürlich alle gesund und munter, ihr solltet sie draußen schnattern und lachen hören... ich bin dann mal weg!Der Autor--. read more...


15/12/2019

Hawkeye - Hawkeye ARC Blog 10 - 70 miles to go, last sundowners

Trade wind sailing has resumed and our last day at sea has been rounded off with a sundowner of a glass of fizz on Hawkeye’s trampolines. As we were quaffing away the radio burst into life with the first transmissions, in French, from Martinique Radio, showing that we are getting ever closer to being served rum punches in St Lucia. Should be in before dawn! Team Hawkeye Final Sundowner. read more...


15/12/2019

Little Island - 480 hours

We’ve been without power for over 24 hours no, but it’s no big deal. The solar panel and wind charger are working, but slowly, so we hope to be able to start the engine by the time we arrive. It’s an emotional game checking the battery level, then waiting a few hours and checking again to see that it’s barely moved, or bizarrely sometimes even gone down!We’ve taken to reading the cruising guide and Arc pack for arrival info and broad plans for where to head next. It’s been a pretty fun day and is making us both very excited. I can almost taste the rum and it’s warming sensation as it trickles down to my belly. Cat is most excited for the fresh fruit the way that fruit is meant to me - full sized and naturally ripened rather than harvested early and ripened with a blast of gas after. read more...


15/12/2019

Salamander - Day 20 In St Lucia

After 19 days of sailing, Salamander crossed the ARC finish line in St. Lucia on Friday afternoon.The crew enjoyed a welcome rum punch, checked into hotels for rest and showers!!and then gathered that evening for a farewell dinner. Many thanks to Chris, Hilary and Greg for making the passage, and all of the experiences associated with it, possible.Here are a few photos to wrap up our blog as the crew of Salamander for this ARC signs off.image0. image2. image3. image4. image5. image6.. read more...


14/12/2019

Little Island - 408 - 456 hours

408 hours. The winds are good and spirits are up as we make good progress towards St Lucia. It’s looking good to arrive on 16, which isn’t too bad given the really slow first week. The sea state is a real pain and a pain probably felt more by us than any other boat. Being the smallest, the rolling affect is massive (as well as being a tubby, shallow keel Moody). Being double handed means that, if you’re not awake on watch, you’re trying your best to sleep but sometimes the rolling sea has other ideas. Last night it felt that 34 and a half feet of boat was the perfect length to fit into the troughs of the waves; perfectly imperfect. We were being sloshed around in all directions to the point where both autohelms were struggling so we hand-steered all of our watches. Cat had a real bum. read more...


14/12/2019

Fish Pie - Saturday 14th December

Nearly there!!!! Only 15 miles to go!! We can see the mighty hills of StLucia forming dark shadows in the haze ahead of us. Black and white skewer birdsare swooping down into the sea around us. Strangely none of us seem particularlyexcited about landfall. We have been living on this small kingdom for the lastthree weeks and we are not sure what to expect in St Lucia. One thing we are allexcited about – no more night watches!!! All looking forward to showers andfreshly laundered clothes, fresh fruit and an ice cold beer. Several boats are around us and there is still that competitive instinctthat make some of us ( well me, really not my sub-alpha male fellow crew!) wantto pull out all stops and sneak past a few boats at the end. I'm getting the camera ready for the arrival photos and the. read more...


Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
10/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 13

Yesterday we had an excellent lunch at the marina bar, using up the loyalty points gained through many dedicated hours of hard work in the summer. By 3 o'clock we had checked out of the marina and headed out to sea.For me there is only one piece of music to play when heading out to sea from a Portuguese port. It's the theme tune from the film 1492, "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis. Stirring music and you entertain any locals who are watching your departure!Once out to sea we went to put the sails up only to encounter our first small challenge. The top sail batten had somehow got a 180 degree twist in it which meant that the sail would not unfurl. An hour or so later we had the main down, removed the offending batten, put the sail back up again and then the wind died. It's a boat!Once. read more...



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