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21/10/2019

Ariel - Ariel - Video

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20/10/2019

Charm - Mauritius 5

Tonight is our last night of the passage to Mauritius!We celebrated with spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, and cabbage salad. I am pleased with my provisioning.While we were on “rationing” of some items (milk and eggs) for the last few days, we managed to stretch them out to the end, using the last of the eggs for the celebration cake tonight.We still have about a half box of UHT milk for breakfast tomorrow. The Indian Ocean, known for rougher weather, did not disappoint.We had plenty of wind and waves at the beginning, then a lull just in time for the Babsea maneuvers and some R&R, then the wind surged again and we’ve been accompanied by 20-knot winds and 3-5 meter waves ever since. Joe’s strategy of holding off on turning left to Mauritius has worked.Our weather forecasts. read more...


Charm - Mauritius 5
Charm - Mauritius 5
Charm - Mauritius 5
Charm - Mauritius 5
Charm - Mauritius 5
Charm - Mauritius 5
20/10/2019

Zarya - Ocean conquest

Good morning,Pls find attached short movie about our preparations for ARC + 2019.This trip was from Alicante to Las Palmas in October.. read more...


Layla - Down Time
Layla - Down Time
Layla - Sea Trials
Layla - Sea Trials
Layla - Setting Boom Angle
Layla - Setting Boom Angle
Layla - Les Sables D'Olonne
Layla - Les Sables D'Olonne
19/10/2019

Layla - Getting to the start line 2019

Welcome to Layla’s2019 Arc+ blog. Layla is a Jeanneau 64 owned by Malcolm and Anne GoaterFor us our ARC story started back 2017 with preparation for the ARC that year.However just 10 days before departure we were beset with some medical issues and unfortunately had to call off the crossing. The WCC were amazing and held a place for us at a future time, very impressive as they could not have filled our place at such a short notice. THANK YOU WCC.So for this blog let’s start with the commissioning of Layla a Jeanneau 64 in the iconic sailing port of Les Sables D’Alonne. From the initial excitement of delivery to the inevitable snagging problems Layla took to sea for trials and a few weeks later it was time to leave Les Sables being waved off by the Jeanneau team andthe Pitners who were. read more...


19/10/2019

Bijoux - Oh the painful waiting game!

We are home, working in Australia and our beautiful catamaran, Bijoux is in Las Palmas. She has been there, all alone since July. We have 8 more sleeps until we fly out to London and visit our son and friends. Then we fly down to our baby on the 4th of November and get the party started.Oh the waiting and preparations are just dragging on for so long and I just want to get the shopping done the yacht packed and the race started. No really I want to feel confident that our plans are all done, the provisioning is ordered and we can play for a bit before the biggest sail of our life! Can't wait to get there and meet you all x Deb Turner. read more...


Sally - we are sailing Sally from Sweden to Las Palmas
Sally - we are sailing Sally from Sweden to Las Palmas
Ariel - Ariel Pictures and videos
Ariel - Ariel Pictures and videos
18/10/2019

Santa Esmeralda - ARC Santa Esmeralda

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18/10/2019

Anja - https://peterschlumpf.jimdo.com

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18/10/2019

Charm - Mauritius 4

Photos are of Carl, Cobin and Talia.The bright, sunny ones are from the day before yesterday, before the weather turned squally and windy.Today has been another busy day.I attempted school but eventually called a “Wave Day” because we had too many things to keep track of AND keep kids motivated.It started pouring rain, dishes and books started flying because of the waves and we had to move things inside so they wouldn’t get wet.Josh was on lunch duty but, after finally feeling like himself again in the period of calm weather, his ability to be inside went downhill with the worsening weather.Quiche was on the menu today and so we were making quiche.About 75% of the way through our preparations, as I was pouring the very liquify, sloshy mixture into the crust to put in the oven, Joe came. read more...


Charm - Mauritius 4
Charm - Mauritius 4
Charm - Mauritius 4
Charm - Mauritius 4
Charm - Mauritius 4
Charm - Mauritius 4
17/10/2019

Charm - Mauritius 3

The calm winds and seas faded away and were replaced with a brief period of upwind sailing followed by increasing winds and seas, but from the right angle.We have three reefs in the main and our mini-spini (my new name for our smallest spinnaker.Not for a J22 as I previously stated.Maybe a similar size to a size J-122?You’d have to ask Joe to be sure) up and are rocketing along in the 10-knot range, with surfing into the low teens. I have watch in ten minutes so this will be a short one.Watches actually require watching in these conditions so I can’t write at the same time. The passage continues to go well.Yesterday, in the calm seas and sunny skies, we played our foredeck games, including the giant inflatable kickboxing bag we are using as a baseball bat as well as jump rope on the. read more...


Charm - Mauritius 3
Charm - Mauritius 3
Charm - Mauritius 3
Charm - Mauritius 3
Charm - Mauritius 3
Charm - Mauritius 3
16/10/2019

Charm - Cocos Island recap

Normally, passages allow me to catch up on the place we just visited but this passage has been exceptionally busy so I am just now sending out what happened two weeks ago.Later I will send the Christmas Island recap.All is well on Charm tonight.Winds and seas have been extraordinarily pleasant - a nice respite after several days of high winds and seas.We have a few more of those days in our future but nothing out of the normal range.We have caught back up with Nor’easter and have been traveling within AIS range of them most of the day.Cobin accidentally dropped two-thirds of his beloved tiny magnets (called Speks) down a hole in the cockpit floor but everyone else is in high spirits.Before the big loss, Cobin made snickerdoodles for the sub-1,000 mile mark.He rallied later to make. read more...


Charm - Cocos Island recap
Charm - Cocos Island recap
Charm - Cocos Island recap
Charm - Cocos Island recap
Charm - Cocos Island recap
Charm - Cocos Island recap
12/10/2019

Charm - Mauritius 1

It’s Tully’s 6th birthday on the Indian Ocean! We’ve got bigg-ish seas (9-12 feet) and winds in the 25 to 30 knot range. This means it’s bumpy and damp (waves crashing into the cockpit occasionally) and all the hatches and ports are closed inside so it’s a bit on the steamy side but it’s breezy and cool enough that some of that air manages to trickle down to most cabins.Still, of our 8 crew (5 normal plus Carl, Josh, and Talia), only Josh is mildly nauseous. The rest of us are baking cakes, reading, playing video games, and doing all the normal things we do on a passage.We are enjoying decent speeds through these lumpy seas. We’ve got three reefs (the maximum) in our mainsail and our jib out. We took the spinnaker down a couple of nights ago when Joe anticipated that the winds would. read more...


Charm - Mauritius 1
Charm - Mauritius 1
Charm - Mauritius 1
Charm - Mauritius 1
04/10/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 261 October 3, 2019

The wind came up in the morning, frothing the anchorage with white caps, sending the boats dancing on their hooks. We decided to take advantage of the twice a week ferry to Home island, and leaving our Sweet Dream tethered on a 7:1 chain with thirty feet of two nylon snubbers and heavy compensators on each snubber line, we took the 08:30 ferry. About 50 tourists got off to spend the day here on the island, as well as Manel, we bade them good day, and enjoyed the 30 minute ride to Home. About 450 people live on the tiny scrap of sand in government subsidised housing that is depressingly bleak. They are mostly of Malay descent, the children of the old Copra plantation workers. It took us about 15 minutes to see the whole settlement. We met the resident doctor’s lovely wife and her two. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 261 October 3, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 261 October 3, 2019
24/09/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 251 September 23, 2019

In the morning, after the great golden orb ascended to a burning height, the wind came. So softly at first that we seriously flirted with the idea of putting up “the bull”, our cantankerous asymmetrical reacher. Thankfully, the wind direction wasn’t all that great in relationship to the waves, and we were rolling a lot. May as well skip the rodeo and just put up our favourite rig of wing on with the staysail in the middle to dampen the roll. We made the right choice. By the time Sweet Dream had her wings spread we were clipping along at a smart pace. It was a glorious sailing day all day. At morning radio net time we passed a good size fish boat bouncing in the waves next to two of those odd package things and a long line of floats with wires sticking up. Now at least we know that those. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 251 September 23, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 251 September 23, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 249 September 21, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 249 September 21, 2019
24/09/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 249 September 21, 2019

Today we tied up loose ends, went ashore to check out with the authorities, use the WiFi, and to pick up the kilo of Lombok coffee we’d ordered from the grocery delivery folks. A very frustrating morning all around. Our plan had been to get these three things accomplished by noon, then take the fast ferry to Gilli Air so we could have a nice beach experience for our last day in Lombok. Firstly, the coffee we ordered did not come. Secondly, the WiFiwas so slow, it was useless, thirdly it took 3 and 1/2 hours to complete the clearance out and the WARC folks changed the skipper’s briefing to 14:30! No visiting a lovely beach today! Captain brought me back to the boat and he went back for the skipper’s meeting. It was a wickedly hot 98 degrees in the cockpit and 96 degrees inside the boat! I. read more...


29/09/2019

Charm - Indian Ocean - Cocos bound

I will send some more details about our time on Christmas Island in the near future.Just sending a quick update to those of you following our daily progress so you can be here in the moment with us!It is Sunday and therefore our cleaning day on Charm.The kids have progressed from groaning and fussing and dawdling to just doing their jobs.This is great except I still have more jobs than they do and I hate working alone.So I have to decide when to embrace a new round of groaning and fussing and dawdling as I introduce a new level of work.I continue to delay and it isn’t getting any easier to involve the children because we have Carl, the cleaning machine, on board.Who wants to train a reluctant 8 year-old on the finer parts of wiping down walls when you can just turn the job over to a. read more...


Charm - Indian Ocean - Cocos bound
Charm - Indian Ocean - Cocos bound
Charm - Indian Ocean - Cocos bound
Charm - Indian Ocean - Cocos bound
26/09/2019

Charm - Indonesia - surfing

While I didn’t mind the volcano hike, what I truly wanted to do on Lombok was surf.In Darwin, I did a little research and found out that Lombok had decent surfing, including for beginner and intermediate levels.Cobin and I bought boogie boards in Tahiti but still haven’t been able to use them.It turns out that places that make nice anchorages (calm, without rolling waves, etc) don’t usually make good surf beaches.We had a great time surfing on Isabella Island in the Galapagos and wanted to do it again. When we first arrived, Joe and I talked about what we could do in our limited time in Lombok and we agreed that doing the volcano and a surf trip would make it difficult to prepare the boat, provision, and get caught up on rest for the next leg.So, we compromised.I took Cobin down to the. read more...


Charm - Indonesia - surfing
Charm - Indonesia - surfing
Charm - Indonesia - surfing
Charm - Indonesia - surfing
Charm - Indonesia - surfing
Charm - Indonesia - surfing
26/09/2019

Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani

The day after the Wildlife Park, we woke up at 5 am and hiked a volcano called Mt. Rinjani.It was Marin’s idea.The ARC had sent out a flier about a tour they were offering as well as other options offered by the same tour company. One of the options was an overnight hike up Mt. Rinjani.Marin had been dying to go camping for some time.I told her we didn’t have to hike 8 hours up a volcano to go camping but she persisted.Joe thought it was a good idea as well.Cobin and I wanted to go surfing but we thought we might be able to do both.Tully didn’t want to go until Marin talked up the camping aspect and then she was all for it. We got into a nice air-conditioned van that transported us two hours to a hotel where we had breakfast, met our guides Gus and Surya, and got a briefing on the hike. read more...


Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
Charm - Indonesia - Mt. Rinjani
25/09/2019

Charm - Indonesia - Medana Bay

Medana Bay Marina was not immediately impressive.After fighting a strong current in the Atlas Strait for most of the day, we were anxious to get to our destination.We arrived close to dusk and called the ARC staff, learning that we would have to spend the night on the boat and clear the next day.The “marina” was actually a series of mooring buoys in a small space, surrounded by coral.As we threaded our way through the ARC boats that had already arrived, we learned that an atypical wind had been blowing all day which had raised significant waves that were rolling everyone around.A few hours before we arrived, a non-ARC boat had chafed through its mooring line and was now lying on the beach. We grabbed a mooring ball and got all our lines affixed, only to discover that it dragged and left. read more...



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