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08/01/2018

Air Power - Jan 6-7

Hello again. Its been about 6 weeks, since we finished ARC Caribean 1500. After spending 10 days on Tortola, BVI having a couple of machine bolts repaired, we pushed on to St John's, AVI (American Virgin Islands). We spent a wonderful evening visiting one of Jill's former A.F. classmates. We then sailed southeast for Guadaloupe, and met up with a sailing friend on Aladdin. After a couple of days eating French food, we followed Aladdin to Les Saints, part of this same island group, and ate more French food. We then sailed past a couple of islands and arrived in St Lucia for preparation for the World ARC.Saturday's weather was a little on the damp side, as a good downpour added to the excitement of not colliding with the other 38 boats at the starting line. While waiting for the starting. read more...


08/01/2018

Skyelark of London - Back in the Atlantic

Cape Town to Cabedelo (Brazil) via St Helena.Narrated by TimTo beginSkyelark was as beautiful as I remembered. The last time I has seen her was in May 2017 when I left her in Southampton after a crossing from Antigua via the Azores. That voyage was so good, with amazing people, leadership, food and sailing, that I vowed never to repeat the experience as I thought it could not be bettered.But I could not stay away.She was moored in the marina in Cape Town as part of the World ARC - a regular 15 month rally of mainly 45 - 55 foot cruising yachts, starting in the Caribbean in January and circumnavigating the globe. Skyelark (51 ft) was just back in the Atlantic on her way home, having crossed the Pacific and Indian Oceans.Around 40 yachts had left St Lucia in January 2017, usually sailed by. read more...


07/01/2018

Libeccio - We are off the docks!

We are very pleased to report that Libeccio and her crew left the comfort of Rodney Bay Marina at noon today and have, finally, started our first passage of the World ARC! Our crew mates for this leg, Bill and Marianne, were delayed due to the snow storm that paralyzed the NY area. While they arrived late yesterday afternoon on St Lucia, their luggage was not so fortunate and so they had to go out and purchase everything for the trip. There was a little delay today as Marianne was scouring the shops of Rodney Bay (remember it is a Sunday) for, shall we say, underclothing. Otherwise, once we had filled up with fuel and checked out we were very happy to get on our way. The day has been brilliant so far. Winds out of the East, perhaps a little south of East, ranging from 18 - 25kn and seas. read more...


07/01/2018

Le Aum - Log dia 1

Dia 6 de JaneiroLargámos de S. Lucia ao meio dia com muita chuva e vento de SE.Rondámos uma bóia frente a Castries e tomámos o rumo S.Marta.O tempo desanuviou e desenrolámos o resto da genoa.Por volta das 15h o vento rondou mais para E ste e optámos por põr a genoa com o pau de spy a bombordo e irmos em borboleta.Entretanto mais uma vez o gerador hidríco gripou...depois de ter sido reparado.Almoçámos uns belos bifes grelhados com pasta Napolitana feita pelo nosso triplante italiano.Por volta das 17h rizámos a vela grande para o segundo rizo e demos algumas voltas na genoa para nos prepararmos para a noite.. read more...


07/01/2018

Mischief - The Start of our World ARC Adventure

Well here we are on the second day of the first leg of the World ARC to Santa Marta, Columbia. Yesterday we started at Midday in torrential rain and strong winds, not what it said in the brochure. We were not helped by over indulging at the farewell party the night before. Despite us all being soaked the skin, which probably helped sober us up, we made a good start and were 4th over the line. We sailed out of Rodney Bay and down to Castries before turning for South America, only 800 miles away. After a few squalls during the night today greeted us with sunshine and good winds, we are sailing downwind at between 8 and 11 knts on a long rolling sea. We are flying a code 0 poled out and a full main on a preventer and a genoa. This is a sail plan introduced by Alf on our crossing of the. read more...


07/01/2018

Amara - Fish ON!

Day 2 days n the water, things are a bit bumpy but we are having fun! The reel on the port sounds de went wizzzzzz and about 30 minutes later a 30 ish pound Bonita Tuna was on Amara! All cleaned and in the freezer! Loving life, even with the bumps!#AMARAROCKSRick. read more...


Amara - Fish on!
Amara - Fish on!
07/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:1/7/2018

We are at sea again on a leg of about 10-12 days to St Helena. We will stay there about 3 days and then head to Salvador Brazil. We will be there for their Carnival which is the second largest in Brazil. Our start from Capetown has been a little slow. We have had fog, mist, rain and light wind on the nose. It is Sunday afternoon and the sun is out and we have picked up 10-12 knots of wind. The forecast is for good winds for the rest of the way to St Helena. Hopefully the wind will be from the SE and allow us to use our twin headsails. Interestingly enough another group of 40 boats has just started another World Arc from St Lucia. That is a big group. I feel for the other people in ports when they arrive. They will fill up ports and harbors. I hope they have a good ride. I wonder if they. read more...


06/01/2018

Blue Pearl - At Last

Well, after all the preparations made over the last year or so we are finally ready to get underway. We thought this day would never come!We will be leaving the dock in half an hour or so and make our way to the start line to begin the first leg of the World ARC RALLY to Santa Marta, Columbia.Blue Pearl is in good shape for at least as long something doesn't break which would be par for the course for a sailboat.The crew, although a little on the old side, are fit and healthy and up to the task and eager to get going.We'll drop you a note from time to time. If you don't hear from us it means we are having a good time, when we do write we are blowing off steam.Ruud Bosman. read more...


06/01/2018

IceBear - Buttoned Down

On our trip from Cutler, Maine to St Lucia, we stopped in Hurricane (Maria) devastated Dominica.  A fisherman in an open yellow boat named “Lawrence of Arabia” came out to greet us and takes us to a mooring ($25EC - $10US). A fully clothed soaking wet man paddled out to IceBear on a paddle board selling trinkets and requesting water and a dry shirt in a waterproof bag.  Carol purchased a necklace $40EC, and provided water.  He is surely now the sole resident of Portsmouth with a Brooks Brothers oxford button down shirt - hope he wore it to celebrate New Year’s Eve!. read more...


05/01/2018

Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas

Logged 0 MilesA Martinique Cruisers ChristmasDecember 24 – 29, 2017                Sainte Anne, MartiniqueThis is the longest we have been in one place since we left Florida over two months ago and it has been nice to stay put for a while. Of the twelve days on Martinique, nine of them have been in Sainte Anne. The original plan was to be in St Lucia for Christmas but it is only 25 nautical miles away and there has been a lot of windy weather so for once we are not in a hurry to leave. We heard from Ken and Lynn and on the cruisers net, (a designated time when cruisers all tune into the same channel on the VHF for an organized program about social activities, services and to buy or sell things) of a cruisers pot. read more...


Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
Smoke and Roses - A Martinique Cruisers Christmas
04/01/2018

Hanna - X-mas und Prosit Neujahr !!!

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Hanna - X-mas und Prosit Neujahr !!!
Hanna - X-mas und Prosit Neujahr !!!
IceBear - Photo
IceBear - Photo
02/01/2018

IceBear - IceBear Blog

Delighted to have completed our 2,600 nautical mile trip from Cutler, Maine to Saint Lucia, and now start the World ARC.. read more...


02/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/2/2018 last day at Kapama Lodge

We had our last drive this morning. It was cloudy and cool and rained at the end. image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/2/2018 last day at Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/2/2018 last day at Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/2/2018 last day at Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: 1/2/2018 last day at Kapama Lodge
02/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge

We are at the Hoedspruit Airport waiting to fly to Capetown. I am going to post a few photos of the lodge. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7 image8 image9 image10. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kapama Lodge
01/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018

We had a nice afternoon and night drive for New Year's Day. It was fairly hot to begin with but cooled of as the sun lowered. Other land rovers had spotted a leopard and shared the location with us. It was camera shy. Kelly got a good photo with her better lens but I did not get anything. So for the day we spotted all the big five in one day, lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo.We also saw a civet at night. They are the animals that eat the expensive coffee beans. Not bad for some red necks. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
01/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!We celebrated NEW YEARS at 07:00 when it was the new year in the USA and we were awake in Africa. We had a nice dinner but all went to bed well before midnight because we get our wake up call at 05:00. We had another nice drive this morning. I will show a few photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
Lexington - Captain Bob:1/1/2018
01/01/2018

Amara - All checked in

Amara is all checked in, rally #24 on the Starboard rail, World ARC flag flying, safety inspection completed 100% pass... WOW - we are really doing this!  Karen arrived with a cheery smile but was quickly overcome with a cold or maybe even the flu! Praying she gets well soon! Kevin, Cathy and John arrive Thursday.  5 days to departure! Rick. read more...


31/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:12/31/2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR

We had a nice day today on our morning and afternoon drive and a noon visit to a animal rehab center. Video image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:12/31/2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR
Lexington - Captain Bob:12/31/2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR
Lexington - Captain Bob:12/31/2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR
Lexington - Captain Bob:12/31/2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR

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