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19/11/2019

Layla - Destination is in sight 19 Nov 19

Well on the chart plotter it is in sight as I write this we have about 150 nm to go to get to Mindelo. We had a great sail today wing on wing for long periods, the waves have reduced and it had been delightful eating up the miles in the sunshine. It has been lovely to take your off shift time outside and to catch up on your sleep in the sunshine.Today we have finally experienced a day like the ones we had all imagined. Overnight we had a few visitors in the shape of flying fish landing on the deck – given that we are 100s miles from land a fish must be very unlucky to land on our decks. The fishing competition resumed today with all three rods in play…. Rods 0 Fish 3 so far- we were told it was about 1000 miles per fish which at this rate it means we will have to wait. Our citrus fruit. read more...


Layla - Not flying anymore fish 19 Nov 19
Layla - Not flying anymore fish 19 Nov 19
19/11/2019

Zan - ZAN is in Cape Verde

Sorry for the delay in sending our first blog. We hope to do better on the next leg to Saint Lucia. All has gone well on the first leg; we arrived at Mindelo last Friday at 5:45 PM local time under genniker and jib. On the trip down we tried out the whole sail wardrobe including a brand new Doyle spinnaker set from the two hulls ( no pole required!) Zan performed really we doing over 5kts in 10kts of breeze.The only sail that hasn’t had much of an airing is the mainsail- welcome to cat sailing! Top speed was 20kts but only briefly surfing down a wave and we hardly noticed!!! We are well fed and watered and surprisingly rested unlike some of the monohulls who are still rolling about- this isn’t helped by a rather ‘ bumpy’ marina. We head off this Thursday and assuming local expert Gilson. read more...


19/11/2019

Life of Reilly III - blog

A day-long tour of Santa Antao started at 0615 with a 1 km hike to the ferry terminal. A 60 minute ferry ride took us from Mindelo to Porto Novo (pronounced Portneuf in the local Creole dialect). There we boarded a convoy of Toyota minivans that conveyed us around Santa Antao, the second largest island of the Cape Verde archipelago. Geologically, Santa Antao is a long-dead volcanic seamount - a place where the forces of nature evidence themselves in the folded ancient geological strata vividly displayed in vertical cliff faces. The prevailing northeasterly trade winds build a huge surf that continually pounds the windward side of the island. The high and steep mountains of the island wring the moisture from the winds creating a fertile rain forest on one side and leaving the leeward side. read more...


Layla - Happy Crew 18 Nov 19
Layla - Happy Crew 18 Nov 19
18/11/2019

Layla - Sunshine at last :-) 18 Nov 19

Another night a bit colder than expected but with amazing stars and moon rise to keep us entertained. This morning we changed our auto helm to wind angle to see if we could eek out a little more speed. This morning the sun was shining the whole team was in great spirits and we had the music cranking for a while. At breakfast we watched the “400 miles to go” milestone pass. Around mid-morning Martin put his line out and we snagged a fish which after a heroic fight broke free before he was able to land it. This has spurred on the other two fishermen in our crew to get their lures in the water and now we will wait to see who gets first honours! (hopefully soon as our citrus fruit is passed its best) From the position report it looks like there are six other boats – one still in Las. read more...


Layla - Steady as you go 17 Nov 19
Layla - Steady as you go 17 Nov 19
Layla - Thumbs up for laminated recipes 17 Nov 19
Layla - Thumbs up for laminated recipes 17 Nov 19
Layla - Thumbs up for laminated recipes
Layla - Thumbs up for laminated recipes
17/11/2019

Fidelis - ARC+ 2019 Fidelis video

pls follow link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_9Zzeoysxg&feature=youtu.be. read more...


17/11/2019

Layla - Steady as you go 17 Nov 19

As you all probably know, life on board pivots around watches, sail changes, food and sleeping. Last night it was cold – not what we expected being so far down the African coast. We were all wearing our wet weather gear, hats and jumpers and in the small hours it was pretty chilly.Early morning gave us some sun which put a smile on our faces but as I am writing we have a squall passing and it has gone cloudy again.We breakfasted in the sun with eggs toast and bacon accompanied to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and Sailor by Rod Stewart….:-) let’s just say we are going a bit retro today with the top 100 from 1975!It seems our water conservation efforts are paying dividends with the tanks holding well even though our water makers seems to have stopped working… scores on the doors are. read more...


Layla - Good morning day 2 16 Nov 19
Layla - Good morning day 2 16 Nov 19
16/11/2019

Layla - Good morning day 2 16 Nov 19

Our first 24 hours at sea has passed and we are all getting back into the rhythm of life on board. Not too much sleep reported but we are still getting used to our new lodgings! With the new forestay we decided to sail conservatively yesterday and this morning changed our sail plan to a polled out genoa. With this configuration we can sail a more direct route to Mindelo and we have plenty of smiling facesPaul - Layla BloggerSailing-Arc-Plus-Nov19-494-1-small. read more...


Nauplios - Just used all our gas cooking this mahoosive pie!
Nauplios - Just used all our gas cooking this mahoosive pie!
Layla - First Squal Avoided 15 Nov 19
Layla - First Squal Avoided 15 Nov 19
Layla - Happy Captain 15 Nov 19
Layla - Happy Captain 15 Nov 19
Layla - Happy Crew 15 Nov 19
Layla - Happy Crew 15 Nov 19
15/11/2019

Layla - Better "Layla" than never 15 Nov 19

 We are finally away – crossing the start line at 07:50am – crew is in great spirits having finally got away… sails are set… first rumblings  about breakfast are being heard – Martin H is getting ready to rumble in the galley. First squall has been dodged too…. Looking at the YB trackers we are just starting and two boats have already made it to Mindelo. We are hot on your heels :-)Layla. read more...


15/11/2019

Life of Reilly III - Life of Reilly III

the Mystery of the ShearwaterAn ocean passage requires endless hours of standing watch in the cockpit. Nothing to do except watch. Watch the vessel's heading, watch the set of the sails, watch for other boats, watch the wind, watch the waves, and - occasionally - watch the wildlife. Sadly, in recent years the wildlife has been scarcer than in previous years. I try to put it off to the fact that my vision is failing with age, but I fear that the true explanation for the dearth in sea life is much more tragic.One of our frequent companions when 100s of miles at sea is the shearwater. This graceful acrobat of the waves follows us tirelessly. I wonder whether it is out of a need for companionship or out of curiousity. He swoops effortlessly in the troughs between waves, never flapping his. read more...


15/11/2019

Oyster Moon - Oyster Moon Blog

Day 1 - Sunday, 10th November 2019Today is the day!After a very busy week of preparations in Las Palmas, we have now started Leg 1 of our ARC+ Rally.We had considered postponing our start due to the weather forecast, but decided to leave with the rest of the fleet. We knew we’d be in for a bumpy start, but felt that it was more important to have other boats around us on our long journey down to Cape Verde.After lots of hustle and bustle on the family pontoon this morning, the boats wished each other well and waved each other off one by one. Our dear friend Kate (from Kathryn del Fuego) acted as our official pontoon photographer and the Oyster Support crew even came to wave us off and hand us our ropes. Quite an emotional send off. From the exhilaration of leaving the marina, we were. read more...


15/11/2019

Mabetica - Nice Weather Today

15.11.2019 - Day 6 on sea after a wonderful night with all the stars and this lightning moon. Nice weather today :) Bettina. read more...


Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly
14/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly

We have a Blue Water Runner from Elvstrom, designed specifically with Trade Wind sailing in mind.We first saw her at the boat show in Düsseldorf in 2017 and fell instantly in love.The sight of this magnificent sail unfurling like two majestic eagle wings made us go weak at the knees.We knew we HAD to have one.So we saved our pennys and finally a couple of months before the start of the ARC she was delivered to us on Lanzarote.Oh man we could not wait to fly her.We expected to give her a first spin on the sail over to Las Palmas but as luck would have it we had South Westerlies for the passage.Damn it!!So the first outing will be crossing the start line to begin the Atlantic crossing.That’s pretty cool too.Nope ‘fraid not guys, with 28 knots of wind there was no way she was making her. read more...


14/11/2019

Aluaka - Day 3- Flying Fishes

Position: more that half way...in the midl of the AtlanticThe worst is back. Our body is now better and get in feeling with the wave up and down. We had a fantastic sunrise, with a pink light. The temperature is now 30, we are close to Africa. We found a lot of flying fishes on deck, good for a quick pasta. The night has been warmer and always with the light moon. The Cape Verde arcipelago is now closer.The hydrogen did his work and charged more than 60 Amps 24v in 8 hours. Our speed and humor remain high.. read more...


14/11/2019

Aluaka - Day 1 The Start

The boat is ready, but are we ready for the new adventure? We have saw the meteo forecast, will not be easy. The meteo expert in the morning confirm a strong breeze of 28kn, but I’m not scare about wind intensity, however from the waves. The Atlantic’s waves are big and powerful. I’m thinking to the kids on the others boats. We are out from the harbor quite early, the kids on the sail school dinghy said ‘Hey, Hallo, Ciao...’.We hoisted the main, watching the start of the catamarans division. After few minutes it our time:3,2,1 GO. It funny to see many different boats with different sail plan.S. Someone is sailing full main and jib showing a tech-dress, other are just taking the right decision. In one hour we were closed to some of the catamarans. The wind is 30-35 kn, the waves are. read more...


14/11/2019

Mabetica - Full Moon

14.11.2019 - Day 5 on sea after all these nights with the lightning full moon :) For one moment thousands of stars in one bigline - than they disappeared all by a sudden. Bettina. read more...


14/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can

You may recall I said, ‘now we are sucking diesel’ when I spoke about our adrenaline junky speed trip with the Butterfly our Blue Water Runner?Perhaps on reflection not the best choice of words.As it turns out we were snorting diesel, real diesel for the better part of 24 hours thanks to a ratherunfortunate incident when monster waves met a half a dozen innocent enough jerry cans, (or so we thought).The jerry cans were stowed on the bow, 6 in all, a total of 120 litres of extra fuel.They looked cosy, well secured and happy enough to be there.That was until the monster waves of Sunday night/Monday morning started to hammer incessantly at them just willing them to break free, until finally, break free they did, in the middle of the night.We were first alerted to what had happened by the. read more...


Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words
Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words
12/11/2019

Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words

Well as the ARC+ fleet sails south we are still stuck in harbour waiting on our forestay cable to find its way from Mallorca to Las Palmas. On Sunday we walked up to the start line and after watching everyone leave :-(..... we took time to walk the old town which was certainly worth exploring.Here is a photograph of our skipper Malcolm having a little moment - for all of you know this feeling.... enough said.We have been watching the YB tracks of the "leavers" and have been following with interest. One small bonus is that since we occupy the most southerly berth of the six "remainer" yachts still in harbour then at least we are in the lead of something :-)Travel plans of our amazing support crew who were leaving Las Palmas for Cape Verde via Lisbon are being revisited because at this. read more...


11/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries -7- The Magic of Chicken Soup

There was fierce excitement on the family pontoon and in the air generally on Sunday morning as everyone made their last minute preparations.Excitement, anticipation and a good strong helping of nerves and anxiety.The forecast had been increasing all week with a prediction of Beaufort 7 gusting 8 for later in the day.In layman’s terms that translates as really bloody windy!!Not the wind any of us wished for for the start of the crossing and as the week had progressed you could sense a slight air of panic building.The predicted 2-3 metre waves became 8–10 in general conversation and there had been talk among many of not heading out.In the end I think all boats sailed out to the start.Which was quite a sight I can tell you.100 boats all heading out to fulfill a dream.We had moderate 15-18. read more...


Mabetica - 10.11.2019 - Ready to start
Mabetica - 10.11.2019 - Ready to start
Arantelle - Inspired by CC
Arantelle - Inspired by CC
Arantelle - Inspired by CC
Arantelle - Inspired by CC
10/11/2019

Arantelle - AGW for Bibou's team

We are ready and as double-handed couple, we started our 3hrs shaft before leaving Las Palmas...This week has been very busy for us, as Arantelle needed some electrical/mechanical repairs.All set by now and the countdown is going on, we feel excited about this opportunity in our lives and praying that this new sailing ARC+ adventure keeps all of us safe all the way through! Cheers to all & thanks for your assistance Rosamaria & Marc. read more...


Layla - The dreaded Crack :-(
Layla - The dreaded Crack :-(
Layla - and continues some more
Layla - and continues some more
Layla - The Painting Party continues
Layla - The Painting Party continues
Layla - The Painting Party :-)
Layla - The Painting Party :-)
Layla - The Rig Check
Layla - The Rig Check
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party 1st and 2nd
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party 1st and 2nd
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party Entrance
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party Entrance
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party Arrival
Layla - ARC Plus Costume Party Arrival
09/11/2019

Layla - It's not what cards you are dealt..........

……. but the way you play your hand :-)Well what a week we have had in Las Palmas - our plans of a controlled preparation have been less than smooth !! We started off the weeks fun with a stunning win at the costume party with much fun and frolicks. This was  followed by us continuing to climb the Everest of our to do list :-) with good progress being made across engineering and provisioning. After our late rig check we decided to go for a lift out for further investigation which prompted an unexpected midnight painting party (who can resist a bit of antifouling when the opportunity arises)  The followng day an early start to complete the painting was followed by some bad news in the shape of a 2cm crack at the top of our forestay :-( Well it is a reality that a boat that is. read more...


09/11/2019

Ariel - ariel notizie per arc

Most of the crews spend the last hours to prepare sails, check pole and to clean the keel to gain in speed. We believe in comfort and Italian gourmet... so our vegetables and fruit  storage while others "drown" the eggs in vaseline! IMG_5478 IMG_5479. read more...


Ariel - ariel notizie per arc
Ariel - ariel notizie per arc
Ariel - ariel notizie per arc
Ariel - ariel notizie per arc
09/11/2019

Ariel - ARIEL

Dear all, We try to send something bifore the start and to try the system. read more...


09/11/2019

Life of Reilly III - blog

Life of Reilly III arrived in Las Palmas a month ago. We docked stern-to in La Muelle Deportivo and settled in. Most of the crew flew home, leaving Fred and Glenn to mind the boat. Activity on the dock was pretty slow then, so we got acquainted with our neighbours and started in to prepare the boat for crossing the Atlantic. One of our neighbours was Claude, a 75 year old French gentleman who has been living aboard his 1975 vintage boat for 19 years, most recently with his two tiny, cute, well-behaved and yappy dogs. Claude told me with tearful eyes that he had just “swallowed the anchor” and was in the process of selling his boat. Over the ensuing two weeks he laboriously unloaded the many souvenirs of his years afloat. The quantity of gear that he removed from the boat was truly. read more...



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