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15/11/2017

Helen - Ed leaves the Cape Verdes

Ed, the Iguana, has crossed the Atlantic 17 times joining yachts crewed withyoung people. This year he sailed down from Las Palmas to the Cape Verdeswith Eve and John on Yacht Helen, who helped him to write his Blog.For the next leg of his trip to the Galapagos he is still on board YachtHelen, which is now an adults only boat.Ed has promised to write his own Blog for this leg but there will bemoreadult themes! This is only appropriate for an Iguana that has passed his18th birthday!Ed enjoyed a refreshment in the Sailor's Bar when the sun went over the yardarm but still managed to get to the start at 1pm. The wind was excellent for the first three hours but then it dropped to 6knots. Engine on with 2,059 miles to go!Captain, Yacht Helen. read more...


15/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Blog 2

Welcome back, dear reader, to this our second blog entry from the crew of Infinity of Yar.All our crew has arrived and preparations are going apace. All our crew that is except for Oliver Davey the owner's younger son who arrives tomorrow; by which time all the hard work preparing the boat will have been done. Thus he will be known henceforth as 'Step Aboard' Davey.Within the chapters of this blog we will examine the make up of the crew and together we will unpick their characters as the adventure unfolds but more of that later.Let me describe the scene here on the pontoon at Meulle Deportivo in Las Palmas. Never have you seen such a hive of activity in a marina. Back in England we are used to marinas where 3/4 of the boats never move; here we are surrounded by nearly 200 yachts and not. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Blog 2
Infinity of Yar - Blog 2
15/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Great to be under sail again

After a few days in Cap Verde it's good to be under sail again.We had a reasonably good start in glorious sunshine we had the big A2 spinnaker up within the first 20 minutes. Speed has been very good until we hit a small patch of light winds in the lee of the big island to the north. We must say that we are somewhat disappointed to se boats turning on the engine after struggling in light winds for only 15 minutes or so, and only a couple of hours after the start.Looking forward to more downwind sailing in moderate winds in the coming days!Best regards Team Abraxas. read more...


15/11/2017

Shimna - SHIMNA

Well we have now been here nearly two weeks we have thoroughly enjoyed our time . We are nearly all partied out , we will need to set off to dry out so many drinks parties. The weather has been fantastic , November in the sun . Provisioning is nearly complete we have enough food to sink a ship let’s hope it doesn’t happen. Dave keeps moaning , at not another load of water and food , but he’ll be the first to moan if he no crisps for happy hour !! Fancy dress party tonight , we have been inventive watch out for the photos . Julie Thorp. read more...


15/11/2017

La Pecadora - Log 003 - The Crew is on its way

After a very warm fare well from Costa Rica in company of the ladies at the Airport, the first leg over the Atlantic on a red-eye 12 hour flight is complete. The Crew is now in Madrid, anxiously awaiting the connection flight to arrive tonight in Gran Canaria and meet our Captain! LCDR. C.Schmidtimage1. image1.. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 003 - The Crew is on its way
La Pecadora - Log 003 - The Crew is on its way
La Pecadora - Log 003 - The Crew is on its way
La Pecadora - Log 003 - The Crew is on its way
15/11/2017

Golok - J-4. Inspection de la tête de mat de Golok

Inspection de la tête de mat et des barres de fleche par Justine: tout va bien. IMG-20171115-WA0003. read more...


Golok - J-4. Inspection de la tête de mat de Golok
Golok - J-4. Inspection de la tête de mat de Golok
15/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 12 - Torn sails and broken buses

Afternoon all,Fair bit to catch up on in this log as we have been too busy to get it written while in Mindelo.Starting with Friday evening our first dosage of drama. Around 1am while I was on watch the GPS system and autopilot decided to shut down at the exact time of a fairly drastic wind change. Add this sudden loss of control to the fact we were flying our parasail Asymetrically and the resulting swing of the boat managed to wrap the parasail around the furler. As all the crew rushed up on deck we worked to turn the boat to release the parasail only to realise we had just succesfully wrapped it around the furler a second time. A moment of realisation and some shouted instructions and we were back at it working the actions in reverse. Parasail tangled on the mast spreaders and three. read more...


14/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)

Dimarts, 14 de novembre de 2017 Hi everybody!Avui reiniciem els escrits al blog perquè desque vàrem arribar a Cap Verd i hem tingut wi-fi la cosa se’ns ha descontrolat una miqueta. De fet, el més interessant és saber què fem mentre no tenim comunicació amb molts de vosaltres però com que també hem tirat moltes fotos volem aprofitar avui per fer una recollida del que han estat aquests 4 dies aquí a Sao Vicente. D’entrada dir-vos que vàrem arribar dissabte migdia (hora local) després de fer un molt bon sprint les darreres 36 hores (Foto 1). A l’arribada vam trobar un vent molt acanalat que ens va fer treure l’asimètric i posar gènova una mica a corre-cuita (en Jordi ja ho havia dit...). A l’arribada vàrem trobar que encara faltaven uns quants participants i per tant semblava que l’opció. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
Windseeker - Windseeker (Cabo Verde)
15/11/2017

Ellen - First test!

Hello ARC, this is our first test trough our satellite telephone from our Arcona 430 Ellen.We really look forward to Sunday and to start our sailing cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Thanks for a good arrangement to the ARC management!//Ellen. read more...


14/11/2017

Air Power - Log day102

Day 10-Nov 14th.A couple of weeks before we departed the Washington, DC area to meet up with the World Cruising Club in Portsmouth, Va, we received a handbook in the mail. With all that we had to take care off, our main focus was on purchasing additional safety equipment that is required. Such as, a spare VHF antenna, in the unlikely event you lose your mast. So I quickly skimmed through pages, figuring I would have plenty of time to read it more thoroughly during this passage. I remembered a topic that said, Prepare your heavy sweater. Now, what is that suppose to mean? Jill loves to knit, and I have a few Irish Aran sweaters. I don't need them where we're going, so they are in those bags you suck all the air out of, and stored in the forepeak. (That's the storage area in the bow of the. read more...


14/11/2017

Angkor - Tage bis Abfahrt: 5 – Viele Fragen

Wahnsinn. Manchmal denke ich es selber, noch mehr denken es andere. Selbst meine Eltern machen sich wieder Sorgen um ihren 44jährigen Sohn. Mit einem Boot mehr als 5.000 km über den Atlantik segeln, Gran Canaria nach St. Lucia. Die Reaktionen sind sehr unterschiedlich: Ich höre Respekt, Freude, Neid, Begeisterung, Sorge -und nicht wenige zeigen mir wahrscheinlich im Stillen einen Vogel: Gefährlich, langweilig…Wir sind 5 Leute und ich bin der unerfahrenste. Gleichzeitig scheine ich auch am wenigsten aufgeregt zu sein – ich denke, das ist der Schutz, den meine Naivität mir bietet.Tatsächlich beschäftigen mich weniger die Naturgewalten. Darauf freue ich mich und erwarte da nichts Schlimmes.Mich beschäftigen Fragen. Ich kann mir die ganze Situation schwer vorstellen. Wir sind 5 Leute. Ein. read more...


14/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay

We arrived this morning at sunrise. With light to get in it was easy. We could have gotten in a little earlier but I tried to time it for daylight. We were greater by folks from the marina and World Arc. They had a nice bottle of champagne for us as a gift. I will show us drinking champagne at 7 am. Then we took a little nap. May fair winds fill your sails with champagne Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
14/11/2017

Hummingbird - Down Down Deeper and Down

The Cape Verde islands gradually came into view on Saturday morning. One by one their jagged teeth appeared on the horizon and Chris set to work identifying them by looking at contours and bearings. It had been a quiet night after a kite wrap and we had decided to finish the race under normal sails so the Yankee 1 was flying nicely giving us a speed of 6.5 knots. We were on target for a lunchtime crossing of the finish line with a cold beer imminent!The freezer had started to falter on Friday, only cooling at -3 celsisus, but after Fraser spent 2 hours dissecting the patient on the operating table in the saloon it fired back into life and acted as an excellent beer cooler, which John stacked up ready for arrival. You can trust the Australians to ensure that there’s cold beer ready for. read more...


14/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 11/13/2017. 28*. 46' south. 32*. 13' east

We are about 5 miles out side the Richards Bay outer markers. It is predawn. We will be glad to be in. Most of the last 24 hours was in 20-30 knot winds but not unpleasant. We did most of it we twin head sails. This leg has been a little more challenging but just that we had wind from the wrong direction. We have been spoiled by lots of down wind sailing. There are two boats that are 1-2 days out. There are two other boats that are within about 40 miles of us. One boat stopped in Madagascar to avoid bad weather near Richards Bay that will occur within 24-36 hours. He was delayed getting rigging fixed in Reunion that was not discovered to be bad until the day before we were scheduled to leave. It was new rigging that may not have been done properly. There is a reason smart people live on. read more...


Pytheas - 4 hour stopover in Bermuda
Pytheas - 4 hour stopover in Bermuda
Pytheas - Stopover in Saint Georges, Bermuda
Pytheas - Stopover in Saint Georges, Bermuda
13/11/2017

Pytheas - Whale sighting

Whale sighting!!! We saw a small group 3-4 times about 50 yds off ourstern quarter over about a 10 min period. Unfortunately, none of us gotit on camera, so you'll just have to take our word for it.See you all in the BVI soon if we can keep cranking along.CrewS/V Pytheas. read more...


13/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 9

Day 9-Nov 13th.Being on watch last night, with gusts blowing to 23 kts, made you sit up straight and keep an eye on the wind gauge. Other than the occasional glance outside to see if there were any lighted vessels in our path, we pretty much kept our eyes on the instruments. Primarily, concentrating on the Apparent Wind Speed. This is different than True Wind Speed. Imagine yourself standing facing a 5 mph wind. The true speed of the wind is 5 kts. Now, get on your bicycle, and head into that same wind at 5 mph, and you now have 10 mph of apparent wind in your face. Since we are at an angle, we rely on our instruments to calculate these speeds. The apparent wind determines how much sail we can put up. We are especially more concerned at night. It's better to have this straightened out. read more...


13/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°6 - Race to the Finish: Haji vs Tao

Ten miles to go. It'd been a long week and the smell of the finish line had the whole crew up and energized. Cutter rigged and heading downwind, the additional headsail had us moving along nicely for the last 48 hours. With a poled out genoa, a preventer on the mainsail, and the additional sail, we had no choice but to stay heading downwind. The skipper had set us up beautifully for the final stretch. Tao was looming close behind though and gaining quickly. To get the most out of Haji we gave Hans (one of our autohelms) a rest in lieu of a more accurate helmsman, our skipper, which added an extra .2 knots to our speed.Our two mile lead was narrowing. Sailing on their mainsail and red, white, and blue spinnaker, Tao was definitely the faster boat. Three miles to go and our lead was down. read more...


13/11/2017

Galileo - Getting closer!

After almost 48 hours of fighting the wind and the accompanying pounding - we are rewarded with an absolutely beautiful day.We are sailing on the CodeZero in generally the right direction. With mixed emotions, we’ve watched the front half of the fleet pass us by. We’re happily cheering them on while wishing we could have been a contender. It will be great to hear everyone’s stories and strategies. We are looking forward to our BVI arrival and so grateful that the WCC has arranged for a volunteer day on Thursday. We’re anxious to see the state of the island and learn more about how we can assist recovery efforts. All is good. Thanks for readingSariSV Galileo. read more...


13/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 8

Day 8-Nov 12th.The winds have certainly picked up for us. We are now starting to make up for lost time. We are on somewhat of a port beam reach or close reach. This means the wind is coming across the left side of the boat, just a little forward of the mast. The wind is out of the NE, but we want to go SE. Of course with the wind, the waves have picked up considerably. They usually travel the same direction as the wind, or somewhere within 45 degrees of it. As it is approaching dark, we feel like we are a carnival ride. You know, the kind that made you sorry you ate all that deep fried food, before getting on.Up until this evening, the sailing was so great, it just made us want to blast that song "Come Sail Away With Me" by Styx, on the stereo. I was thinking how great it would be to. read more...


13/11/2017

Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday

Today we celebrated Matthew’s birthday with pancakes for breakfast, gifts, birthday cake and a movie in the afternoon all in rolling swells and being bounced all over the place. I am still amazed the cake did not end up on the floor!! We have also started heading south towards Tortola which has brighten our moods a lot. image1. read more...


Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday
Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday
13/11/2017

Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November

A long night of light to moderate breezes unfortunately wind shifts gave Wild Iris little room for manoeuvre. Approaching the islands with 8 miles to go we were on a dead run sailing by the lee. At two miles, fortunately with the wind holding at 12Kn against the forecast 8Kn, we were making great  progress. Radioed Rally Control Boat 337 ETA  5:15. Too good to be true well yes. 1 mile to go and the well behaved spinnaker up for a constant record four days decided to wrap. A few expletives later realising this wasn’t impacting boat speed and we were stable we made the finish at 5:16. Now to sort out the problem when suddenly the spinnaker decided to unwrap. Sometimes you get lucky.Spinnaker down, if not wholly conventionally, safely and main down we motored to the Marina to meet. read more...


Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November
Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 2
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 2
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 1
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 1
13/11/2017

Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November

Here we are are enjoying champagne sailing conditions off the West coast of Africa. It is truly hard to believe where we are and what we are doing. Certainly different from the M25!Since Wednesday midnight the weather gods have blessed us with 12 to 20 knots of wind and gently rolling seas. Wild Iris, with her kite full, has again showed her heels averaging in excess of 7.5 knots over 16 hours.In addition the day has again been full of wildlife sightings with further displays from dolphins. The flying fish have been flying all day and a lone turtle gently made his way passed. There was a sighting, by two of the crew, of a slowly moving black fin. Was it a shark?As ever the food aboard has been first class with all the crew taking turns in preparing meals. Today's lunch was freshly made. read more...


Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
12/11/2017

Ngahue IV - HR53 Ngahue IV now in Las Palmas for the ARC

Marco and Laura have finally made it to Las Palmas. The trip was pretty long, stretching from July (departure in Belgium) to November (arrival in Gran Canaria & Las Palmas). But to be fair, a lot of that time we were back in Brussels, working and preparing for the final countdown to join this year's ARC. After more than a week spent in Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife) we managed to get to Las Palmas just before the final deadline, arriving in the Muelle Deportivo marina at quarter past one in the morning of 12th November. We managed to take on fuel and park the boat in what will be our berth for the next week in time for the festive opening of the ARC 2017 today at midday. 21 flags and lots of people in a colourful parade and beautiful weather to make for a happy event. We're now busily. read more...


12/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 5 - Five million million to one

Ah HoyHaddock here again with some deep fishy thoughts................Today imagine your a fish, a flying fish Mid-Atlantic, sun shining, calm(ish) day (less than 13 knots and waves one foot high....usual stuff)your feeling frisky and pretty cool about life after all you're specialand very privileged. Most fish can't fly in fact only flying fish can fly!Dolphins, they think they can talk, but they don't have wings and willnever soar like you do and they can't breath under water, whats's cleverabout that? Many fish have amazing qualities, the star fish for example.The blue whale, blue and big (still can't breath under water). Goldfish, looks valuable but isn't, a loner who swims in circles. Dog fishcan't even bark he is not a dog, he's really just 'a fish' cat fishdon't ever resemble cats. read more...


11/11/2017

Galileo - Code Zero rocks

Flying today, yesterday not so much. We sailed slowly on the jib yesterday. Hours were spent attempting to re-rig (for the second time) our main sail. Our earlier fix significantly chafed our spin halyard and aside from not wanting to ruin the line we also didn’t want to risk another failure. Eric, Don and I worked creatively, cooperatively and diligently in the hot sun. Unfortunately, the solution didn’t work out as hoped. Tired and sailing very slowly we started the starboard engine. We decided to motor through the night - making watches and sleep easy. Today the wind has shifted and out came the Code Zero. On the Zero alone we are flying along at 9+ knots COG - speculating how fast we might be going if we had a main sail! Nonetheless, we are grateful for another beautiful day. I love. read more...


Galileo - Code Zero rocks
Galileo - Code Zero rocks
11/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 7

Day 7-Nov 11th.Today is Veteran's Day, and the closest thing to parade out here, in the vicinity of 29N 66W, is a flotilla of sailboats heading south for the Caribbean. We're like a flock of geese, honking and .... okay maybe not a flock of geese. We're not going to poop all over the islands, like they do in Washington, DC. But we will stay until weather makes us leave--unlike the geese in DC.Yesterday evening's weather made for considerable motoring. Pretty much 3 kts from every direction, none pushing us where we wanted to go. It is just as well, as we plowed through rainy weather all night. Multiple squalls convinced us to to drop both sails. The lightening that went on all night made us wish we could lower the mast, but there were no instructions in our manual, and we're too far off. read more...


11/11/2017

Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada

Matthew is turning 8 tomorrow so today he baked a vanilla cake that we are going to decorate with chocolate frosting and fill it with salted caramel sauce!! Last night we had to deal with several squalls and this morning ended up changing course for 3 hours to avoid a very large one: I have never seen so much Lightning in my life. Lastly today I made the discovery that fruit flies can infect the galley even 500 miles from land!!image1. read more...