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Buganvilia - Azores a Portugal - Cruce completo!
Buganvilia - Azores a Portugal - Cruce completo!
25/06/2021

Buganvilia - Azores a Portugal - Cruce completo!

Luego de unos días disfrutando de Azores, zarpamos a Portugal. Como dice el capitán, no hay que relajarse, aún queda bajar la montaña. A veces esa parte puede ser la más difícil, en este caso así fue.Todos los días sin sol, mucha ola, mucho frío y vientos cruzados de entre 17 y 25 nudos. Las olas golpean y entran. La escora del bote hace casi imposible hacer algún tipo de vida a bordo.Así es como pasamos los 5 días y 850 mn que navegamos desde las Azores a Lagos, Portugal. El que estaba de turno era el único que salía al cockpit, hacía andar el bote, aguantaba las olas y el frío.¡Ya estábamos cansados y queríamos llegar! Los turnos se hacían cada día más cuesta arriba y cocinar era digno de un circo.Cuando ya estábamos más cerca del continente el viento subió a más de 28 nudos, la lluvia. read more...


03/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 9 y 10 - Hace Frío

Día muy muy frío. Primera capa, pantalón impermeable, doble polerón, parca, botas, esa es la tenida que no nos hemos sacado durante esta travesía. Las sopitas Campbell, esas de Andy Warhol han apañado con todo. Ya se empieza a sentir el cansancio de las dormidas entrecortadas pero queda poco para llegar a tierra.Los delfines nos siguen viniendo a saludar, pareciera que son los mismos que nos están escoltando hasta Azores y nos dicen que vamos bien.Respecto al agua, estuvimos 3 días a pura agua salada, usando agua mineral para tomar, hacer el café y lavarnos los dientes. Luego de eso empezamos a racionar el agua del estanque del bote. Cada dos días estamos llenando un bidón con agua dulce del estanque para lavarnos los dientes, cocinar y lo que sea estrictamente necesario hacer con agua. read more...


03/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 7 y 8 - La Mitad

Y hemos llegado a la mitad de la singladura!Cuando todos ya estábamos en cubierta luego de una noche con viento cambiante y olas molestosas, nos comimos un rico smoothie bowl de frutas caribeñas hecho por mi y luego cumplimos nuestra tradición de tirarnos un “chapuzón de media singladura” y en este caso en medio del Océano Atlántico.Justo salió un rayito de sol. Bajamos escalera, amarramos un cabo a la popa, nos pusimos shampoo y a bañarse! El mar estaba muy rico y como siempre el mar, fue renovador, refrescante, energético. Todos quedamos felices. Luego pusimos el gennaker aprovechando que estaban perfectas las condiciones. Que lindo es navegar con gennaker. Hoy nos vinieron a saludar delfines dos veces!!! Jugaron en la proa su buen rato. Los había esperado tanto!!! Y como si fuera poco. read more...


01/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 5 y 6 - Poca Agua

Los últimos días han sido buenos. Ya adaptados al ritmo del barco. Todos con buen ánimo y disposición para ayudar en lo que sea necesario. ¡Vamos camino a Europa!Los días han sido variados dentro de ellos mismos. Horas de buen viento y horas de poco viento. Momentos con buena corriente a favor en que hemos alcanzado hasta 10 nudos de velocidad y otros momentos con olas para todos lados, de esas bien molestas. Los días han sido más bien fríos, hemos pasado mucho frío día y noche. La humedad también se ha apoderado de cada rincón en el barco y nuestra ropa. Todo está mojado y salado permanentemente y apenas sale un poco el sol hacemos el intento de secar lo que podamos. Y hablando de agua salada, el día 5 lamentamos la noticia de que tuvimos una gran pérdida de agua dulce de nuestros. read more...


27/05/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 1 y 2 - Mahi y tormenta

A un par de horas de zarpar desde Bermuda, pescamos un mahi mahi!! Fue un buen comienzo. Partimos con buen viento a la cuadra y perfecta velocidad rumbo al este para darle tiempo a la tormenta Ana para que pase. Lo bueno es que la tormenta rápidamente comenzó a disiparse.El segundo día a la mar partió con un sol radiante. Nuestro Perro usó el mahi mahi que pescó el día anterior para lucirse con unos sushi deliciosos. Anduvimos todo el día a una velocidad cercana a los 8 nudos con viento de aleta que nos llevó un poco más al norte de lo que buscábamos pero resultó ser una buena estrategia ya que ahora se avecina un fuerte viento de jeta (proa) en que tendremos que ceñir y nos podremos dejar caer un poco. En la noche subió harto el viento y me desperté en la centrifugadora que es la cama. read more...


Minimole - Guest for 4 days on Leg1
Minimole - Guest for 4 days on Leg1
13/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 5 - Mahi Mahi y Bermudas

Al amanecer del miércoles 12 de mayo, luego de una noche de poco y nada viento, al capitán le picó un Mahi Mahi. Junto con el Perro lo sacaron, lo filetearon y el resto fue un día de puro banquete de Mahi. Lo hice al horno mientras el perro se motivó con un puré de papas muy rico para acompañarlo.Al medio día el viento subió un poco y le metimos gennaker. Son las 14:15 hrs y nos quedan solo 160 millas para llegar, no queda nada! Hoy jueves 13 de mayo. El viento subió a media noche y pudimos abrir velas. Y subió con todo! Se cumplió el pronóstico de un frente frío que iba a entrar por el norte. Durante el día llegaron a haber rachas de 31 nudos y el mar muy revuelto, con olas grandes pero perfecto para darnos el último empujoncito y llegar a Bermudas. Timoneamos harto, 2 rizos a la mayor. read more...


12/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 4 - La Calma

Martes 11 de mayo. La tercera noche fue otra noche sin luna pero con estrellas. Mi turno de 2 am a 4 am lo disfruté mirando las algas fosforescentes que iluminan la espuma (o estela) que va dejando Buganvilia. Fue una noche con viento cambiando harto de dirección lo cual nos mantuvo a todos en sus respectivos turnos bastante activos. Al amanecer Juani y Perro tiraron las cañas. Al Perro le pico una barracuda pero la dejó ir, estamos en busca del tuna fish!! Más tarde casi pica un mahi mahi pero no cayó en la trampa. No perdemos la fé, la pesca se trata de paciencia. Mientras tanto no nos podemos quejar con la comida porque hemos comido bien rico!Es un día maravilloso, con sol,una que otra nube y el color del mar es azulino intenso. Durante la tarde el viento empezó a bajar y se fue más a. read more...


DamaSi II - Catch of The Day with the Propellar
DamaSi II - Catch of The Day with the Propellar
10/05/2021

Buganvilia - Dia3 - Mitad de camino a Bermudas

Lunes 10 de mayo. Segunda noche a la mar. Una noche oscura aunque pudimos ver las estrellas fugaces más impresionantes. Emocionantes.Ya vamos bien adaptados, moviéndonos más, comiendo más, teniendo buenas conversas, a ratos escuchando el paso de Buganvilia por las olas, a ratos escuchando buena música. Hemos estado haciendo turnos de 2 horas y han funcionado bien. Como dice nuestro gran tripulante Yellow Dog - “Vamos bien. Vamos perfecto”-.Han caído un par de pescaditos voladores en la cubierta.Llevamos 374 mn de 860 mn que son hasta Bermudas. Hoy se viene el chapuzón a media singladura!! ¡¡Feliz día mamá!!¡Con todo Buga!La contramaestre.From @sailingbuganvilia. read more...


09/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 2 - vamos bien

Ya pasamos las primeras 24 horas con 185 mn navegadas. Muy felices de haber zarpado vamos acostumbrándonos al movimiento del bote y a los turnos con su sueño entrecortado. Hemos mantenido una buena velocidad de 8 nudos promedio con viento a la cuadra. Ayer nos tocó un viento fuerte arrachado por un rato corto pero la tripulación reaccionó perfecto justo a tiempo. Vamos bien.Los [email protected] read more...


08/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 0 - La noche antes de zarpar

Probando nuestro log la noche antes de zarpar desde Sint Maarten a Bermudas, nuestra primera parada. Ya con todo listo y desvelados por la ansiedad de partir. Por esta vía esperamos poder ir contando como van transcurriendo nuestros días a bordo de Buganvilia mientras cruzamos el océano atlántico. Mañana partimos a las 12 hrs estando a bordo el capitán Juani, la contramaestre Cata y nuestro nuevo tripulante Perro Amarillo.  ¡Buenas noches! Mañana será un gran día. Abrazo a nuestros buganvilievers. Sailing Buganvilia.. read more...


05/05/2021

Big Bear - FINAL preparations........

Excitement starting to bubble on Big Bear as we prepare for the off on Saturday!Testing all the systems and undertaking all the training sessions has been our top priority. 2 crew birthdays before departure so further fun expected before we leave St M.Lots more to follow...........Jonathan. read more...


15/06/2019

Oyster Blew - Goodbye

Goodbye to you all. I am sorry to be missing the prize giving but would like to say what a wonderful bunch of fellow travellers I have met on the ARC Europe 2019. Special thanks go to the yellow shirts. Love HenrySent from my iPad. read more...


Oyster Blew - Oyster Blew
Oyster Blew - Oyster Blew
02/06/2019

Maria Concordia - Not catching up but still following!

Today is the first Sunday at sea, starting with a shower, fresh clothes and an attempt at having a lovely looking, juicy melon for breakfast, which turned out to be so bitter, that it was not even edible with lots of sugar and had to go overboard - shame! The weather is calm but grey skies, no sunshine and even a tiny bit of an occasional drizzle.It is also the last day of the first week at sea and I have a distance of 850 nm behind me and 950 nm ahead. This evening will be half-way, or "Bergfest" as we say in German. All along the mainsail has not been out of its bag, following seas and light winds, just using the two headsails wing-on-wing have made this a very relaxing voyage, though certainly not a record-breaking fast one. The challenge for the next three days will be passing. read more...


27/05/2019

Attitude - Arrived in Azores

Hello everyoneAfter 11 days and 7 hours at sea we crossed the finish lineat 21h05 last night. It looks we have done fairly well in this leg but will wait for final reckoning before declaring anything. Our thanks to family, friends and ARC organizing team for your support and interest in our journey which has been tremendousAs we close out the blog for now, we leave you with some words penned by Bernard Maitessier, a French solo sailor who took part in the 1968 single handed round the world non stop race “ The days go by, never monotonous. Even when they appear exactly alike they are never quite the same. This is what gives life at sea it’s special dimension, made up of contemplation and very simple contrastsSea, winds, calms, sun, clouds, dolphins, peace and the joy of being alive in. read more...


Attitude - Good nights rest
Attitude - Good nights rest
Attitude - Good nights rest
Attitude - Good nights rest
25/05/2019

Attitude - Good nights rest

Hello everyoneMood is good on board after everyone had better quality sleep due to flatter seas and reduced wind overnight.Highlight of the day was a squid jumping on board. After careful consideration for lunch, it was discarded due to size. We opted for Pork casserole instead and used the Lunch conversation to debate the meaning of life. After a long discussion and sharing of experiences we came to no conclusionThe afternoon brought a SE wind of 15Kn and with flat seas allowed for good sailing up to 10kn. We are looking forward to Horta and betting on actual arrival. Some time between Sun evening and Monday morning, wind depending. Pete’s Bar and a Gin and Tonic beckons!Best wishes to allRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


Attitude - Miserable wet day
Attitude - Miserable wet day
Attitude - Miserable wet day
Attitude - Miserable wet day
Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls
Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls
Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls
Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls
24/05/2019

Attitude - Miserable wet day

Hello everyone The wind finally abated at dawn this morning and we were left with the remnants on the low pressure which meant rain all day. Everything is a little soggy but we are thankful that the boat withstood the overnight pounding, and nothing broke.Highlight this afternoon was the sighting of a big orange fender which we managed to retrieve. It came with a short rope covered in clams/ barnacles and we harvested some of these for our pre-dinner “Amuse bouche “ - delicious!Other benefits of the retrieval are:- Less plastic in the Ocean- pre- dinner snacks for next few days- João has a new fender for his boat when he gets back to LisbonAnother beautiful sunset and we hope to get to Horta by Sunday nightBest wishes to allRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


23/05/2019

Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls

Hello everyoneWe had strengthening winds overnight and this has prevailed throughout the day causing some upheaval on the boat with waves crashing over and swells of 3-4 meters. The strong wind did however help our passage progress and we recorded 190Nm for the 24hr period which is best for this leg so far. We were again visited by a school of dolphins this morning and we are not sure whether they were trying to tell us to alter course. Time will tell.There was no chance of an elaborate lunch today so we settled for Cassoulet out of a tin complimented with a Cabernet from Chile - Practical and delicious. Discussion around lunch table centered on books we are reading and some unknown facts about Portuguese influence in our World. We are learning something new everydayBest wishes to. read more...


23/05/2019

Attitude - Waves, swells and Squalls

Hello everyoneWe had strengthening winds overnight and this has prevailed throughout the day causing some upheaval on the boat with waves crashing over and swells of 3-4 meters. The strong wind did however help our passage progress and we recorded 190Nm for the 24hr period which is best for this leg so far. We were again visited by a school of dolphins this morning and we are not sure whether they were trying to tell us to alter course. Time will tell.There was no chance of an elaborate lunch today so we settled for Cassoulet out of a tin complimented with a Cabernet from Chile - Practical and delicious. Discussion around lunch table centered on books we are reading and some unknown facts about Portuguese influence in our World. We are learning something new everydayBest wishes to. read more...


Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
Attitude - 1000NM
22/05/2019

Attitude - Big wind

Hello everyoneNot much to report today other than “ baton down the hatches” . We are experiencing winds of 25kn’s with gusts of over 30, so coupled with big short swells it is making for a bumpy ride and testing our balance as we move around the boat. We have 3 reefs in the main and Genoa but still making good speed of 6-7 kn’sHopefully quieter tomorrow and a chance for some photo’sBest wishes to allRui, João and Anton. read more...


22/05/2019

Chantana - ARC Europe 2019 Wed 22nd May: Chantana

Hello ARC,The Rhythm of the OceanHello all the Jolly Jackie’s and Jack Tars of Chantana have been making excellent progress in the wake of all the treasure galleons and adventures of the past.As we reach past the half way point on our journey to the Azores and the rhythm of an ocean passage settles over Chantana it is good to reflect on how individual crew members spend their time.The watch takes eight hours and sleep takes a few more but what of the rest.Terry our Skipper reviews the sail plan and weather routing constantly but always is dreaming of cottage pie with a cheese crust and lots of green vegetables. When on the SSB chat the topic was favourite dinners the description Terry gave was worthy of the prose of Charles Dickens.Iain is our racing sailor and is really handy for points. read more...


Attitude - Close to halfway
Attitude - Close to halfway
21/05/2019

Attitude - 1000NM

Hello everyoneToday we hit the 1000NM point of this leg of the passage and 1st time for Anton, 2nd for Rui and João is a veteran of many. We had a small celebration, and were also joined by a school of dolphins who were equally excited.Today was a pleasant sunny day so we washed clothes and caught up with other chores amidst reading and eating. Beautiful sunset this evening!We are making good progress with steady wind and anticipate some increase in wind velocity in next 24 hours but we will seeBest wishes to allRui, João and Antonimage2 image3 image1. read more...


21/05/2019

Chantana - ARC Europe 2019 Blog: Chantana 20th May

Hello Landlubbers,Lovely sunny day with light Northerly winds.. read more...


Attitude - Wind and Waves
Attitude - Wind and Waves
20/05/2019

Attitude - SY attitude - Skyper notes

Hi there in the comfort of the sofa At Attitude we star to feel the winter and the humidity of the Atlantic the water temperature change from the 27 in the BVI’s to the 20 today together with some rain showers making the evening watch a bit misery ...As we move along with choppy waters and steady windsabove 15 n the 50% of the passageshould be overcome in the next day.The target is to arrive in Azores Monday the 27th and more 2000 nm miles in our belt ... The challenge of the next days are a test for all of us as winds and swell will increase to Atlantic levels... the good news are the directions of the elements are in our favor The highest of the days are the food challenge as the chefs are making the best to make our lunch a memorable one Is now 5 am ( dark night in the sea ) boat time. read more...


20/05/2019

Attitude - Close to halfway

Hello everyoneWe are making good progress in steady 15-20kn winds and trying to skirt just south of gale force winds. Current wind is from North as are swells making for a bit of a “bumpy” ride, but are getting used to it. Everyone reading books and mood on board is good and looking forward to crossing halfway point in leg sometime tomorrow morning. The lunch challenge continues and today was turn of Chef Joao who turned out a superb fillet steak with Penne pasta and pepperocino and complimented with a fine Douro red wineBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
19/05/2019

Attitude - Wind and Waves

Hello everyoneMay the swell be with youThe wind finally picked up around 3am this morning and has been with us all day blowing a steady 15-20 knots and sometimes gusting to 25. Boat is progressing well but the choppy swells are throwing us around a bit and testing our core stability musclesThe Lunch challenge continues and Chef Anton produced a baked Chicken dish today which was enjoyed by all. A big challenge for João tomorrowBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Wind
Attitude - Wind
18/05/2019

Attitude - Full moon tonight

Hello everyoneA beautiful full moon rising over the Atlantic this evening.We had another day of relatively light winds so we focused on the lunch challenge. We will each put forward a signature dish over next few days and photo’s will follow. Chef Rui prepared a delicious seafood pasta today and set a high standard. More news on this challenge tomorrowDue to light winds today we set all the sail power we have, with code zero, Genoa and full main and got a bit more speed out of the boat. Hoping for stronger winds tomorrow and 500NM covered alreadyBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
17/05/2019

Attitude - Potuguese Man O War

Hello everyoneA quiet day for wind so time was spent checking on critical systems and contact points as well as trying to figure out the wind over next few days. We spotted a lot of Portuguese Men O War ( Bluebottles) shaped like sailing caravelle’s floating in the ocean. I’m told these contain enough toxin to kill a man, só best left alone.Again, a good lunch was enjoyed by allBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


17/05/2019

Attitude - Wind

Hello everyoneWind picked up today and made everyone happy and we benefitted from a steady 15- 20 knots as we progress to Horta. We are also noting the water temp starting to reduce as we feel the chilly winds coming.We have noticed a lot of Sea grass along the journey from the Caribbean and now also here in Atlantic. The view is that there is a lot more than people can remember. Any concurrence with this and why? Best wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


16/05/2019

Attitude - Set sail for Azores

Hello everyone We departed from St George’s harbor at 11h00 today and set course for Horta, só back into blog mode after 5 very enjoyable days in Bermuda. We enjoyed the scenery, friendly Bermudians, and of course, the food. We must mention the WAHOO Bistro in St George’s for its delicious Ceviche and Seafood dishes. A return visit to Bermuda definitely on the cards.Back to sailing, and wind has been light at start and everyone trying to rationalize a course to Azores. North, South, follow Rhumb line or a combination? It will change like the weatherBest wishesRui, João and Anton. read more...


15/05/2019

Amanda - Start from Bermuda

Amanda hopes to be on the start at 11 - if they Will just release our skipper in due time.....image1.. read more...



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