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22/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 1

We are off!As expected there was no wind today so it was a motor boat start. Still super fun to see 34 boats leaving Bermuda together and all squeezing through the town cut. We are now a few hours out and seem to be one of the most southerly boats. So far we are headed direct for Azores on a great circle route, 68T. The reason being to minimise distance while motoring and there is a potential low coming up from the carribean and I was to be as east as possible so we have the best chance to pick the southerly then westerly winds that a low would bring. It also puts us high on the leaderboard but it means nothing at the moment as we are all motoring.image0image1image2image3image4. read more...


Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
22/05/2024

Epiphany - Explore, Dream, Discover

We saw this quote in a vintage store here in Bermuda. Very apt for today image0. read more...


Epiphany - Explore, Dream, Discover
Epiphany - Explore, Dream, Discover
21/05/2024

Epiphany - Preparation day

It’s our final day in Bermuda. Last minute washing and the skippers briefing. Light winds are forecast for the first few days and then a lot of uncertainty in the weather. Despite this we are still planning to go, the forecasts are never certain and we will head out and make the best of it. When the weather settles we can then make adjustments as we go to find the best way. So we will start with a great circle route course (68T) and motor if needed for a few days. We have 7 days or about 1000km of motoring ability so we can go quite a long way and still have lots of safety fuel.In terms of preparation it’s now my 5th ocean passage so I’m feeling quite comfortable getting everything ready and provisioning. We have lots of onions, squash and cabbage which keep really well into week 2 to. read more...


21/05/2024

Epiphany - Bermuda

We have now been in Bermuda a few days, enough time to catch up in sleep, taste a few dark n stormy and enjoy some of the local food.The last morning was a lovely sail in and we crossed the line at 10:38 local time. Almost exactly 7 days since we left st Maarten. The docks were all busy so we have been at anchor the last few days. A good way to save money as everything here is expensive but as it’s been windy and the water a b it choppy every trip in the dingy is a bit wet!Arrival allowed us to catch up with everyone in the fleet. Most had similar experiences to us and motored about the same amount. On corrected time we were about middle of the pack which I’m more than happy with as there are some strong sailors here with good boats and lots of sails.There have been the usual ARC events,. read more...


Epiphany - Bermuda
Epiphany - Bermuda
Epiphany - Bermuda
Epiphany - Bermuda
Epiphany - Bermuda
Epiphany - Bermuda
18/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 7

It’s almost sunrise on our final morning before Bermuda. We survived the cold front better than most the fleet. Many reported torrential rain and lightning with strong 30knots wind. Somehow, for sure not skipper skill, we found a little hole and had hardly any rain, no lightning and only 10 knots of wind. We had to motor a bit b it crew were happy to avoid the worst of the weather. Still it was a long night for me. Up and down a lot checking the radar which whoever was on watch and reefing/unreefing in case of high winds. At the moment we are crusing in at 7knots on a beam reach. Touching distance behind us is Chiron another ARC boat and looks like we will arrive together. Looking forward to a walk, some nice food and a long long sleep. Another amazing achievement.. read more...


16/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 5

The wind has returnedSails are powered Waves gradually pushingAn occasional surf 250 miles to goAnother two nightsBermuda awaitsDark and stormyHigh Sirius in the skyA warning of what’s to comeA front of coldRain and maybe thunderFor now all canvas is outWing on wingBut ready to reef we areFor ahead lies the unknown. image0. read more...


Epiphany - Day 5
Epiphany - Day 5
16/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 4

Still no fish, but at least the weed has stopped so we can leave the lures out all day.Otherwise all calm. Wind died at lunch today so we started to motor again. It should start up again this afternoon as we hook on the then bottom of a low pressure. A cold front will pass over us too so likely will be some rain and maybe even thunder. All very much expected when heading back to Europe but will be a bit rougher than the last few days.. read more...


15/05/2024

Sequel - Day 5 - Sequel

We’re having a “sporty” sail over the last 24 hrs. And expecting same to Bermuda. My Apple Watch told me I’ve complete my 10000 steps! We’re all safe. Getting reasonable rest off watch on the low side bunks.Lots of prepared one pot stews, fruit, peanut butter, water and snacks help.Water maker is fabulous and the new sails are performing excellently. And the new autopilot - fantastic!!Other than the washing machine wave action it’s been a really great experience. We have 200 miles to go in the same conditions until Bermuda.🌊. read more...


14/05/2024

Sequel - Day 4 Sequel

We’re making our way from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda, 365 miles to go.Currently 7.3kn in the proper direction. The wind is finally favorable. The new sails are performing beautifully. Crew is happy with the meals and the Starlink makes all the difference on the happy scale. We’re happy to be out of the Miami heat and into dry, cool weather on the Atlantic. image0. read more...


Sequel - Day 4 Sequel
Sequel - Day 4 Sequel
14/05/2024

Hear's2Us - Little River to Bermuda day 4

Yesterday was another eventful day in the life of S/V Hear's 2 Us!. Our traveler car failed on Day 2 so we Jerry rigged a tack point for the main sheet with lines which worked beautifully for 2 days then last night as we sat down for dinner, the line chaffed through and we again had all hands on deck to secure the swinging boom. Mission accomplished with no injuries other than pride. Since the wind was 9 knots and it was calming even further, we left it 'til morning and motor sailed with the jib until around 0100 Tue am then motored for the rest of the night. This am, crewman Bill Wheary and I made chafe guards from fire hose (graciously supplied by our son Erik Osman and Horry County Fire Rescue and re-rigged our new tack point. We are back in business (if we could only find some wind).. read more...


14/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 3

Yesterday evening we finally got across the area of no wind and picked up a NNE wind from a small high pressure to our NW.  Since then we have been on full sails fully sheeted in trying to beat upwind until the wind veers to the E and eventually SE. Epiphany is a lovely boat but she is not so great heading into wind. She has no battens in her main so it has a big leech cut away which reduces her power quite a lot. On the plus side it means she reefs easily into the mast and if we get his by a squall she can normally manage without a reef. Anyway it means our progress was a little slow overnight and this morning. Topaz Rival (photo) came by us at sunrise managing 0.5-1knots more speed even though they are smaller than us. It may also be our weight. We are full of water and. read more...


Epiphany - Day 3
Epiphany - Day 3
13/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 2

Most of the last 24 hours has been motoring. It was expected and to be honest we sailed more that though we could so far. It was frankly a very dull night and morning. No boats in sight, calm seas, no wind and no fish. Just hot and sweaty. Main excitement was fitting another gas solenoid. I think that’s 5 so far this trip!This afternoon has been better. The wind picked up from the west and now sailing steadily. It’s due to shift NE soon and then remain stable for a few days.Crew are fully into watches now and we started our evening meals together. Yesterday I made paella and today dad has made a sweet potato and bean curry. Otherwise all good. Battery is full charged. We have full water still and way too much food so will not need much more in Bermuda. Without kids there is a lot more. read more...


Epiphany - Day 2
Epiphany - Day 2
13/05/2024

Epiphany - Day 1

We have been able to sail a bit more than I expected. Last night we have a good steady broad reach of 10-15knots and then first thing this morning we got the parasail out again. Unfortunately the wind has now dropped again so back to motoring. We are at the back of the fleet but I think most people motored past us last night rather than sail slowly. There is a fairly hefty penalty for motoring so our final position is likely to be a bit better than last Otherwise all well on the boat and everyone is settling in to the routine. Fishing gear is out but no luck so far. We had one bite but the line brokeDinner will be paella tonight and hopefully the wind will pickup again but more likely is we motor now till Tuesday morning when a cold front passes over us and the NE trades will. read more...


Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
Epiphany - Day 1
13/05/2024

Hear's2Us - Day 2 Littler River to Bermuda

The 11th started off strong with good winds from the north and nice progress until shortly after noon when the winds petered it. Ended up motor sailing (a lot more motoring than sailing. In the middle of the night e managed to break our traveler car (Lewmar) when a rogue wave unloaded and loaded it. I secured it at 2245 and Jerry rigged a solution at 0630 on the 12th. Late in the am, the winds built to 22-25 from the west and we flew our spinnaker for the first time this season. We saw up to 15 with a small squall with gusts to 29. Chafed through our tack and secured her for the day. Hopefully no more excitement. Have been tagging along w Queso Grande II which has been nice. Tried out our SSB and tracking w Iridiun  at Ocens.com. Starlink is working well and Chris Parker has been very. read more...


12/05/2024

Sequel - Day Two_Sequel

We departed Ft. Lauderdale on Friday with the Blue Angles overhead. Our practice runs prior to leaving were very helpful to learn to work as a team.  The weather predictions have been a bit off and we found ourselves motor sailing on day two and maintaining our course now with a favorable VMG.  Looking forward to meeting the WCC Arc Europe 2024 group. Stephen and Barbara Lees. read more...


10/05/2024

Epiphany - Day -1. On the eve

On the eve of a passageSkippers calmly preparingSun gradually settingTemperature slowly fallingWind gently rippling through the flagsA sense of anticipation in the airTomorrow a new adventure beginsWe head to the peace of offshoreAt the mercy of natureOnly our skills and training to get us throughAnd yet we still goInto the unknownBecause that is livingMattSV Epiphany HR43-55. read more...


10/05/2024

Epiphany - Day -1. We are ready

Crew is here, all boat jobs down, food purchased. We are ready to go tomorrow morning. It’s about a 900 mile passage from Sint Maarten to Bermuda. Normally 6-7 days but we have light winds forecast. 5-10 knots for the first 3-4 days. Hopefully the Parasailor will get us moving if not we will motor sail a little bit. I got an extra 160l of diesel in Jerry cans here in Sint Maarten so I’m today we have 555l. If we go conservatively and motor at 5.5-6knots then we only use 3l an hour and hence have over 7 days of fuel. Enough to get to Bermuda from the start.Towards the end of a passage a low pressure is forecast to come over Bermuda. It should ease but of course we will keep an eye on it.Our plan for watches is a 3 hour rotating schedule. First afternoon we will have no watches but then. read more...


Attitude - Attitude ready to sail
Attitude - Attitude ready to sail
Attitude - Attitude ready to sail
Attitude - Attitude ready to sail
10/05/2024

Queso Grande II - T -1

Queso Grande II and crew are ready to go! Final provisioning is today. We plan to depart tomorrow afternoon from Little River SC en route to Bermuda.. read more...


09/05/2024

Gian - Day -2: Farewell Party Day

Provisioning is done - everything is stored. Today the life raft presentation will take place in the pool of Simpson Bay Marina. The tracker of the fleet is already online. Next time do yachts will be so close together will be at the Bermudas.Petra & Wolfgangimage0. read more...


Gian - Day -2: Farewell Party Day
Gian - Day -2: Farewell Party Day
07/05/2024

Hear's2Us - Departure update

We are still hoping for departure on Sat am, 11 May from Little River, SC. Will keep our eyes out for Carpe Diem out of Charleston. See you all in Bermuda!. read more...


07/05/2024

Gian - Day -4: Provisioning day

Today was our 'provision day'. We have already bought many things for the trip to Portugal, as supplies here in Sint Maarten are pretty good. So we only have to buy a few fresh groceries in Bermuda and the Azores.Petra & Wolfgangimage1. read more...


Gian - Day -4: Provisioning day
Gian - Day -4: Provisioning day
07/05/2024

Gian - Day -5: Welcome Party ARC Europe 2024

We had a great opening of the ARC Europe in Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The famous location direct at the bay bridge was an excellent location to meet the crews. The ‚Yellow Shirts‘ have been white today, but everybody knows these helping hands by face !Petra & Wolfgangimage0. read more...


Gian - Day -5: Welcome Party ARC Europe 2024
Gian - Day -5:  Welcome Party ARC Europe 2024
01/05/2024

Attitude - Getting ready… at st Marteen

SY attitude at Simpson Bay ready to get in the IGY Marina image0. read more...


Attitude - Getting ready… at st Marteen
Attitude - Getting ready… at st Marteen
30/04/2024

Gian - day -11: Preparations for the ARC Europe are underway….

With just 11 days until the start in Sint Maarten, aboard the yacht Gian still In St. Barthelemy, we're gearing up amidst windy, rainy weather. Hoping for better conditions at the start, we've met some participants and look forward to meeting more. Provisions are partly done, and we're excited to reunite with the 'Yellow Shirts.' Stay tuned for more updates !. read more...


Gian - day -11: Preparations for the ARC Europe are underway….
Gian - day -11:  Preparations for the ARC Europe are underway….
30/04/2024

Hear's2Us - Blog

Hear's 2 Us is in the final stages of prep for the USA to Bermuda leg to join the ARC Europe 2024.Planned departure date is 11 May 24.Will update with any changes.Good luck to the other participants.Rich. read more...


12/03/2024

Pure Fun - WARC 2024 - 6. Tag Galapagos - Marquesas

WARC 2024 - 6. Tag Galapagos - MarquesasDienstag 12.03.2024, 03:00 Uhr, 1190 sm gesegelt, noch 1810 sm liegen vor uns.Am Donnerstag werden wir das Bergfest feiern können. Dann ist die Hälfte der Strecke geschafft. Kaum glauben. Die Zeit verfliegt wie im Flug. Warum heißt das eigentlich Bergfest auf dem Wasser? Kann nicht googeln.....🤔😂 -> [email protected] Es ist schön auf dem Pazifik....bisher so wie von mir gewünscht. Wind von 15-20Kn, keine Squalls. Danke Universum für die Erfüllung! So segeln wir auch diese Nacht mit 8-9Kn Geschwindigkeit und 18-20Kn Wind durch die schwarze Neumondnacht. Über uns ein Meer aus Sternen. Sooo schön. 🤩 Es ist warm. In Shorts und T-Shirt sitzen wir nacheinander im Cockpit. Die Wache von 2,5 std. geht manchmal fast zu schnell zu Ende. Heute haben. read more...


10/03/2024

Corsair - A friend wrote this to me

I thought this might be worth publishing Tribute to Lane.Upon a small sailboat, afloat for days, thirty in count,Beneath the sun's golden gaze and the moon's silver mount,In the vast sea's embrace, where dreams and waves interlace,Here, I journey, I chase, in this endless water-space.With compass and chart, I hone navigation's fine art,Under stars so apart, I learn the ocean's heart.Fishing rod in hand, I seek the bounty of the land,In this expanse so grand, life's simpler demands stand.Pages turn, stories unfold, in books both new and old,Tales of brave, tales of bold, in the sea's untold cold.Ink flows, words spread, on paper, my journey's thread,A diary of where I've tread, by the winds gently led.Through the lens, moments caught, in the sea's wide, wide thought,Memories, dearly. read more...



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