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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...


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
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...


Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly
Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly
13/11/2019

Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew

Introducing the crew for Lubilu III and the 2019 ARC Crossing! Graham Helsby (IT specialist, 62). Skipper, with experience dinghy sailing as a boy in 'Lubilu I' and offshore sailing for over 20 years originally in 'Lubilu II' and now with 'Lubilu III'.David Helsby (Head of Mathematics and Computer Science, 29).Sailing for 16 years offshore with his dad in both 'Lubilu II' and 'Lubilu III' .Phil Haigh (IT Operations Specialist, 55).Dinghy sailing and then 15 years offshore, long-time former working buddy of Graham.Aidan Magee (Retired database specialist, 65).Sailing for 7 years entirely offshore and long-time former working buddy of Graham.All raring to go!LL3 4. Aidan Magee 3. Phil Haigh 2. David Helsby 1. Graham Helsby. read more...


Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew
13/11/2019

Charm - To S Africa 6

We are 18 miles from our destination at Richards Bay and the Indian Ocean did not disappoint!After a week of mostly great weather, we started to get the “spicy” winds and seas that Joe predicted.Winds have been in the 20-25 knot range all day, with gusts up to 30 knots and a period of sustained 30-knot winds.In addition, we encountered the Agulhas Current that has been pushing us southwards at a rate of 6-8 knots.This means we were pointing the boat at a right angle to our desired direction of travel in order to make the bearing to our final destination.Basically, we’re sailing sideways. Incidentally, one of the reasons we spent so much time motoring a few days ago was because of another current south of Madagascar.In order to make any kind of decent headway against the current in the. read more...


Charm - To S Africa 6
Charm - To S Africa 6
Charm - To S Africa 6
Charm - To S Africa 6
Charm - To S Africa 6
Charm - To S Africa 6
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...


Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words
Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words
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...


11/11/2019

Charm - To S Africa 5

Of all the things I thought we would be doing on the Indian Ocean, motoring in light winds is not something that had occurred to me.But here we are, and we’ve been motoring since the end of my watch last night when the main and the gennaker were flopping violently with each successive wave. The wind is around 10 knots and we could sail but we would only go about 4 knots which is slower than we’d like.If we can keep our average speed above 6 knots, we will have a nice window to approach Richards Bay – winds and seas are forecast to be in the manageable range (15 to 30 knots, depending on when we arrive, with winds increasing the longer we wait).So we’ve had the engines running and various sails up to try to accommodate the weather. Today we had fried rice for lunch and pork, mashed. read more...


Charm - To S Africa 5
Charm - To S Africa 5
Charm - To S Africa 5
Charm - To S Africa 5
Charm - To S Africa 5
Charm - To S Africa 5
10/11/2019

Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III

Lubilu III is a French Jouet 37 built in 1978 making her a one tonne Bermuda Sloop with a mast head rig & full keel. A typical racing cruiser of the era she is sturdy and reliable and has proven to hold her own in heavy seas. She joined our family in June 2010 and we have been sailing her with friends and family in the Western Mediterranean Sea over the last 10 years whilst continuously worked on improvements and modifications for this trip. Much fun has been had in and around Corsica, Sardinia, Majorca, Ibiza, Cote Bleue & Marseille Basin. We now have all we need and are keen for the Atlantic crossing Nov/Dec 2019.1. Living The Dream(Corsica) 2. Here We Go Again (Cote Bleue) 3. Heading For The Ocean (Gibraltar). read more...


Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III
10/11/2019

Charm - To S Africa 4

Another beautiful evening on the Indian Ocean!After a brief flurry of bigger wind and waves, we’ve had nothing but gorgeous sailing in 12 – 17 knots of wind on the beam, with light seas.Last night, Charm sailed herself for much of my watch, requiring only a nudge now and then to keep her on course.The wind died down, allowing Joe to sleep when he was off watch which means that everyone was in good spirits today. It was Sunday, which is cleaning day on Charm.The kids did a great job with their chores and we spent the rest of the day alternating between actual games, podcasts, and group Minecraft sessions.On cleaning days, we try not to have school and on passages, we try to have three days of school and then a day off.This time, the two coincided so we took a day off because of cleaning. read more...


Charm - To S Africa 4
Charm - To S Africa 4
Charm - To S Africa 4
Charm - To S Africa 4
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

Charm - To South Africa 3

This morning, when I got up and noticed Carl hand steering, I asked how Jeff (our auto-pilot) was doing and Carl said Jeff was “listless.” His health went downhill quickly and later that morning, Joe told me Jeff had seized up altogether.While Carl continued steering, Joe found our old auto-pilot motor and we began Operation Revive Jeff. Joe cracked open the steering unit and it was immediately obvious to all of us that there was an issue.One of the springs had broken but otherwise, it looked to be in fairly good condition.We thought maybe we could take the current Jeff, who was only a few months old, and, between the two, create a new, working auto-pilot. Joe and Cobin dove into the port engine compartment while Carl maintained a steady course.It quickly became obvious that Carl, whose. read more...


Charm - To South Africa 3
Charm - To South Africa 3
Charm - To South Africa 3
Charm - To South Africa 3
Charm - To South Africa 3
Charm - To South Africa 3
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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