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15/01/2024

Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1

We're off again!Nelson (I believe) said ships and men rot in port and I can now see what he means.Not that being tied up on a cosy pontoon with unlimited water, electricity, showers, restaurants, bars, cafes and a full social programme, including a whole community of new friends to share it with, isn't delightful, but it's not sailing!Our ARC farewell party at the Harbour Club beach bar was on Thursday evening and on Friday we woke to the last day of preparation for Leg 1 of the World ARC;Saint Lucia to Santa Marta. This is about 850 miles and should take us until Thursday afternoon.Wind is supposed to be fresh to start with and building to strong as we approach Santa Marta so it should be a quick sail. We're excited to be starting at last.Saturday morning admin out of the way (pay the. read more...


Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Dilema - Start of World ARC Leg 1
Serendipity IV - Blue sky and great sailing conditions for the first day.
Serendipity IV - Blue sky and great sailing conditions for the first day.
13/01/2024

Serendipity IV - Prepweek and start to World ARC 2024

It was a busy prepweek. Not had we get to know so many amazing people with which we will sail alongside and spend happy times with. We also had to prepare SERENDIPITY IV and ourselves for our first leg from Saint Lucia to Santa Marta in Columbia.Checking the boat and the equipment for the safety check was first priority. Get all the last few bits from the ship chandler’s and some food. Luckily, we did the big provisioning in Martinique already.Michael went under water and cleaned the hull meticulously and Nina went up the mast for a check and a bird’s eye view. Our meals and snack bags for the first days at sea are prepared and our bed in the salon made. We also checked our charts and the weather forecast to plan our route.Last preparation on Saturday morning and a short notice change of. read more...


12/01/2024

Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia

Katherine, Promise 4 and Lisbeth, Axel & Flemming from Solaris went for an St Lucians Tree Top Canopy Adventure Tour. After a very long drive, we had some great fun in the rainforest!. read more...


Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Solaris - Pictures and movies from our sightseeing tour on St. Lucia
Tahira - Blog - photos
Tahira - Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
Tahira - Tahira Blog - photos
12/12/2023

Adrienne - Willkommen St.Lucia

Blog vom 9.12.23Angekommen!Aufgezeichnet von Thorsten, Werner und BerndDie Nacht vom 8. auf den 9.12. war kurz und um 0203 Uhr UTC hieß es: Land in Sicht!Am Horizont erschienen die ersten schwachen Lichter von St. Lucia. Aufregung bei der diensthabenden und der Folgewache machte sich breit. Wir umrunden die Nordspitze St. Lucias, mussten noch einmal die Segel schiften, um dann in Rauschefahrt auf Am-Wind-Kurs mit bis zu 10 Knoten in Richtung Ziellinie zu fliegen.Die Ziellinie passierten wir exakt um 0806:29 Uhr UTC oder 04:06:29 Uhr Ortszeit.Trotz stockfinsterer Nacht erwartete uns ein verrückter Jachtfotograf, der die Adrienne mit einem Highspeed-Dinghi stehend einhändig umkreiste, in der anderen Hand die Kamera haltend, Fotos von uns machte.Nachdem die Segel in der Rodney Bay geborgen. read more...


11/12/2023

Adina - Final Blog

We have arrived - what an adventure. Everyone is fit and well - a little tired and just getting introduced to some pink rum punch - what could possibly go wrong?Thank you all for getting involved and following us on our adventure.Seasons greetings from Adina and her crew……Adina, out!. read more...


11/12/2023

Uno - Day 22: Enjoying our last starry sky!

Sunday 10th December.Well if all goes according to plan (ha ha sailing, what plan?!) this is our last day on board Uno, crossing the Atlantic! By midday we were down to our last hundred miles and expecting to arrive in St Lucia tomorrow morning around 8 o’clock. We made it through last night without any autopilot issues just a few squalls to deal with. Such a relief! However, the trouble wasn’t over and as soon as the sun came up the autopilot and rudder sensors failed. This time they would not come back with a power reset, not even after 10 resets! We tried everything that worked in the past, for about an hour. We were stuck hand steering, and trying to figure out what was going on.. C’mon Uno, tell us your secrets! It seemed bizarre that it only happened exactly when the sun came up so. read more...


10/12/2023

Adina - The final miles

Less than 100 miles to go and we are preparing the boat for arrival - warps and fenders are ready to go and our No 125 dodger displayed on our starboard side. The wind has dropped this morning and this will delay our arrival until dawn tomorrow - probably no bad thing as it will be easier to see where we are going in the morning light.Priorities ashore will be a proper shower, clean clothes, rum punch and breakfast - not necessarily in that order - but they will all take place ashore!Since our last blog we have continued to head west and have noted that our last major sail change was on 30th November - 1300 miles ago - and that was a gybe! Hopefully we won’t have forgotten how to do it tonight when we go round Pigeon Island, just before the finish.In contrast to this morning we have had. read more...


10/12/2023

Freedom - The Epiblogue (21) Freedom Sunday 10th December 2023

Editor: CJGood Morning from the balcony of a beautiful waterside house adjacent to the Rodney Bay Marina St Lucia, kindly organised by my brother for our stay here.We crossed the finish line at 0450 UTC (UK time), 0050 local time on Saturday 9th December 2023. The final 48hours, from a sailing perspective, had probably been the most testing part of the trip. We were constantly hit by very heavy squalls and accompanying TORRENTIAL rain, which at one point was none stop for about 4 hours. Night was the most tricky, out of ‘nowhere’ (pitch black nights - you could see very little) dead running, goose winged, sailing by feel only and relying heavily on the instruments, we would be hit by squalls of up to 40knots (gale force 8/9)…..although lasting only 10 minutes before moderating to 20/30. read more...


10/12/2023

Tahira - TAHIRA ARC BLOG D-Day 20 [10-Dec-23]

TAHIRA ARC BLOGD-Day 20 [10-Dec-23]Location: St Lucia - Rodney BayLat: 14.04N Long: 60.57WARRIVING IN ST LUCIAToday we arrive in St. Lucia - fantastic.A journey of 3 thirds culminating in a successful arrival in Rodney Bar, St. Lucia.Our blog will now formally close and we look forward to catching up with everyone face-to-face over the next week or so.You have been following....A team of 6 individuals coming together for one objective only - to successfully complete an Atlantic crossing, and to do so in a way where the full crew would enjoy sitting and having an ice cold beer together on arrival.Our thanks to...Our skippers:Chris and John are extraordinary sailors, leaders and coaches.They have given us huge confidence to take on anything the crossing may have thrown at us.Tahira owners:. read more...


10/12/2023

Uno - Day 21: Are we there yet?

Saturday 9th DecemberHuge swell today, but it’s back to coming from a couple of directions so a bit of an uncomfortable ride. Surfing some really steep waves too! And suddenly we are in a pack of 7 boats only a few miles apart (charging forth towards rum punch & steel drums!) — Adina, Lady Eleanora, Jet Lagged, Nomad, Salamander & one non ARC boat Porrima.We are having major troubles with our auto pilot again today, it suddenly turns off & we lose the rudder sensors, it’s pretty tiring. It means Uno goes into an immediate spin so I have to jump into the helm and hand steer, while Rich & Kenny reset the instruments & unplug/re plug the autopilot down in the starboard aft cabin wardrobe. It’s quite the process & doesn’t always work first or second time. We’ve also. read more...


09/12/2023

Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023

Die Nacht vom 07. auf den 08. Dezember 2023: Downside einer Flaute Die Prognose für die Nacht war vielversprechend. Es sollte ruhig bleiben. Dennoch haben wir sicherheitshalber den Wingaker eingeholt und sind mit dem Hauptsegel im 3. ReFf in die Nacht gegangen. So haben wir die großmögliche Flexibilität.Allerdings barg die Entscheidung auch seine Nachteile. Der Wind hatte recht nachgelassen, dass wir nun noch langsam mit etwa 4 Knoten vorankommen. Zwei Boote waren ganz in der Nähe und es war keine Überraschung, dass sie uns überholten. Über Funk haben wir erfahren, dass sie ihre Motoren eingeschaltet hatten, um schneller voranzukommen. Aber das war keine Option für uns. Noch nicht. Gegen 5 Uhr morgens haben wir dann aber entschieden, ihrem Beispiel zu folgen und ebenfalls die Motoren zu. read more...


Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
Vitamin Sea - Tag 19: Das Finale, Freitag, der 08. Dezember 2023
09/12/2023

Tahira - TAHIRA ARC BLOG D-Day 19 [09-Dec-23]

TAHIRA ARC BLOGD-Day 19 [09-Dec-23]Location: St Lucia approach - 2 days outLat: 14.16N Long: 57.21WBEST AND WORST MEMORIESJust one more day to go.What a trip!As we reflect back on the voyage we realise everyone's goals have been met without exception, and we all rate our experiences as 9 or more out of 10.Did everything go according to plan - no!We have met and overcome challenges and comeout with smiles on our faces.Here are the combined memories of the trip:Best memoriesWe had some great memories:- Sailing under the stars and moon at night, with the bonus of the phosphorescence in the water off the Senegal coast.- The joy of sitting together over dinner at the end of the day - although we all learned not to sit on the leeward side as you are likely to get your dinner or drink in your. read more...


Cloud Jumper - Good evening
Cloud Jumper - Good evening
Cloud Jumper - Knots at sunset
Cloud Jumper - Knots at sunset
Cloud Jumper - Muscles from Brussels
Cloud Jumper - Muscles from Brussels
Cloud Jumper - Mid squall
Cloud Jumper - Mid squall

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