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06/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 2 - Better weather sailing

Position23:40.10 S 051:40.40 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Saturday 05 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 169nm over the ground, 163nm through the waterLeg total 277nm over the ground, 266nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 1,129nmRoute distance 1,395nm as originally planned Dawn brought a much improved looking day with bright skies, the swell down to 2.5 metres and from the east which with wind gradually decreasing from 25 to 16-17 knots also from the east made for a much more comfortable ride.It is amazing how much better life looks after the rather brutal start to the passage.We were now able to get into the “at sea” routine that has become so familiar to us.Reasonable progress was made and for the afternoon and evening as the wind backed we were able to set the pole. read more...


Fleet II - Glorious views from our berth
Fleet II - Glorious views from our berth
05/11/2016

White Satin - The ARC opens officially

Saturday 5th November (but not Bonfire Night for us) ARC preparations (in conjunction with the ARC+ Farewell) commenced officially last night with a wonderful reception hosted by Las Palmas City Council, with carnival dancers (see photo), drag queens and a drumming band who were ‘conducted’ by a man with a whistle – somewhat reminiscent of Mrs Boyden and the Prince’s Mead staff performance for the children a couple of Christmas’ ago.   David has had an uplifting experience; he needed an M8 tap and there are all sorts of technical shops/chandlers right outside the marina so he wandered around them all but was unable to find what he wanted.  Eventually he went into a Yamaha shop, asked the usual question, the man behind the counter didn't speak of word of English but. read more...


05/11/2016

Orion - Die Nacht vor dem Start

Die Nacht vor dem Start   Hallo Ihr Lieben,   heute war zum ersten Mal die gesamte Crew an Bord. Jetzt gab es den neuesten Wetterbericht. Das Schiff ist so voll. Vielleicht gibt es von Regina noch ein Foto, das ich Euch Schicken kann. Es wird jetzt auch Zeit, dass es los geht.   Auf das Kommende bin ich sehr gespannt. Bei Euch bedanke ich mich. Ohne Eure Unterstützung wäre das nicht möglich. Danke und jetzt wird es spannend.  . read more...


White Satin - The ARC opens officially
White Satin - The ARC opens officially
05/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 3: ready for the off

We've enjoyed some fantastic hospitality here in Gran Canaria, and it will be a shame to lose these views, but the high seas and some sailing await! We're as ready as we'll ever be, fully (over?) provisioned and raring to go.Many thanks to WCC for all their help and advice - very friendly but also hugely professional.We'll see you in Cape Verde!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


05/11/2016

Shelena - SHELENA Departs USA

36:44.85N 075:46.2W5th November, 2016First thing to say is, HAPPY BIIRTHDAY ME!The ARC 1500 departed one day earlier than expected. So no celebrationdinner ashore today. Instead, being reasonably well prepared, we had a supermeal at the Mediterranean restaurant in the High St, Portsmouth. It wasactually really good. Helen, my wife, and Petri our crew from Finland madeup our triumvirate. This means a second celebration tonight at sea. So I seethat as definitely positive. Now a word about Petri. The fact is that I haveonly seen him twice in my life. First time was the ARC+ last year when hejoined us for that crossing. That too left the Canaries in November so Petriwas there. Here we are again, our second ARC, but the 1500, and here isPetri again! Fantastic! Now our final crew has been. read more...


05/11/2016

Caffè Latte - C'est le départ !

Ce matin 10h00 nous quittions la marina pour le grand départ.Le ciel est bleu, le temps un peu frais et le moral est excellent!Yolène et JeanCaffè Latte. read more...


05/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 300: Venturing Further Afield

After a lazy morning we decided to venture further afield in the dinghy today. It only took us about 20 minutes to get to Paihia as we enjoyed a slow ride to take in the scenery, this time from the water vs the seaward vistas we enjoyed yesterday during our walk.After enjoying freshly baked pastries with our mid-morning coffee,it was time to find Elaine a new pair of shoes, since the soles of her very comfortable, not to mention,very expensive, leather ankle boots had simple disintegrated after wearing them ashore the other night for the first time in a fifteen months.It seems nothing lasts on a yacht!Having successfully found a pair of very comfortable replacements, it was time for lunch- Steak and Mushroom pies from the local bakery, before we headed back to Paw Paw.We also had the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 300: Venturing Further Afield
Paw Paw - Log Day 300: Venturing Further Afield
05/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 1 - Heavy weather sailing

Position                    21:54.45 S 054:01.23 E Date                          2359 (UTC+4) Friday 04 November 2016 Distance run             in 14hrs 20min 108nm over the ground, 103nm through the water Leg total                   108nm over the ground, 103nm through the water To go to                    Richards Bay, South Africa rhumb. read more...


05/11/2016

Caduceus - Where has Caduceus been since World ARC 2014-15?

Caduceus, with Martin and Elizabeth Bevan on board, dropped out of the WorldARC Rally 2014-15 in Tonga in June 2014.We briefly caught up with thatRally in Fiji, arriving in time to attend the farewell party in Musket Coveand bid our erstwhile companions fair winds.After 12 weeks cruising andcarrying out maintenance in Fiji we sailed on to Vanuatu taking in all theislands from Aneityum in the south via Tana, for the volcano visit,Erromango and then on to the capital Port Vila.As we had extra time wewere able to sail on via the Maskelyne Islands and Malakula to Luganville onEspiritu Santo before heading to rendezvous with other Rally dropouts in NewCaledonia for the passage south to New Zealand.Whilst in the MaskelyneIslands we made contacts with a local community that subsequently lead. read more...


Caduceus - Where has Caduceus been since World ARC 2014-15?
Caduceus - Where has Caduceus been since World ARC 2014-15?
05/11/2016

Starblazer - 04/11/2016 - Getting ready to leave the USA

Where has the time gone?It is a little distressing to find I haven't written anything since Monday 17th October when we left New York so I will try to be brief.The first leg of our trip south was an overnight sail to the mouth of the Delaware river.The anticipated 36 hour run to the C and D canal was doomed from the very beginning!We did not want to enter the canal at midnight and the anchorage we stayed in on the way north would be dangerous to feel our way in during the hours of darkness.Though we shot out of New York, rushing past Staten Island, the current was against us as soon as we met the open sea, slowing our progress quite significantly.Tuesday evening we anchored behind Cape Henlopen, on the south side of the Delaware River opposite Cape May.At first light we pulled up the. read more...


05/11/2016

Exit Strategy - Reporting In 1600 11/5/16

Exit Strategy here.At 1600 the wind died so we decided to motor the rumb line to the G'f Stream hoping to find more wind.All good here.Having fun.. read more...


05/11/2016

Peacekeeper - Our time in Portsmouth

We're here and ready for the start.Kitty flew home to take some time off after a month of sailing and south.Russ Lake arrived they same day to take over duties as first mate and bottle washer. He's done much more than that and has contributed greatly to our readiness.After a week of seminars and preparation we have gotten the word that the rally will start a day earlier than scheduled to take advantage of a weather window between front.Though for us it seems we'll have a fairly rough time for the first 48 hours or so.Here is Russ "the navigator" doing some prep for tomorrow. image1. read more...


Peacekeeper - Our time in Portsmouth
Peacekeeper - Our time in Portsmouth
05/11/2016

Peacekeeper - Preparation Part 2

The next stop on our journey was to be Annapolis for the start of the boat show.But not before Kitty and I had some nice stops in Chesapeake City and Rock Hall.On arrival we we got in touch with Wendy (single handler captain) and Diane who we had met earlier in the year in the Bahamas. They were great getting us around to the chandlers and DC touring.Here is the early morning view from our very cold anchorage in Spa Creek.image1. read more...


Peacekeeper - Preparation Part 2
Peacekeeper - Preparation Part 2
04/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 2

Another busy day in the sunshine.Capitan Fish assures me we'll now be successful mid-Atlantic, while the boat must be in as good condition as it's ever been (that's per Captain Peter).Tonight we've been enjoying the Farewell party - I think 'eclectic' might be the word!Very much enjoyed the R&B.Just one full day to go now - hope the meat and veg deliveries arrive!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


04/11/2016

Breeze On - We leave tomorrow!

Our departure has been moved up a day to take advantage of the wind direction. The wind will eventually be clocking around to the northeast which is not a good direction for crossing the Gulfstream.By leaving tomorrow we hope to get ahead of that.Sent from my iPhone. read more...


04/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 299: It's a Strange Ol' World

Today was a restful day aboard, although we did get a few things done.Roy spent most of the day re-imagining his tablet after it started behaving strangely, while Elaine tidied a few things on deck and then changed our bedclothes - Nothing like a fresh, clean bed to get into at night.We did, however, have to dig out our blankets to supplement our duvets. It's still freezing here. In fact, we've had to run the central heating on Paw Paw every morning,which is another first,since moving onto to her. A wonderful start to our day was spending time with Keenan,Brooke,Brayden and Carter via Facetime. All are doing really well. Both babies were awake, but were quietly observing their surroundings and looking straight at the camera. You could almost see them wondering: "Who are these strange. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 299: It's a Strange Ol' World
Paw Paw - Log Day 299: It's a Strange Ol' World
04/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Our departure is now Saturday / Notre départ est maintenant Samedi !

Nous avons été informé que le départ est devancé d'un jour, ceci pour bénificier des meilleures conditions météo.A+Yolène et JeanS/V Caffè Latte----This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using IRIDIUM's AxcessPoint Mail & Web software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...


Endeavour of Cork - Getting closer now...!
Endeavour of Cork - Getting closer now...!
04/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Getting closer now...!

D-day minus 2..... The last couple of days have been a flurry of fixing, buying, testing, breaking, fixing again, making lists, ticking items off the lists, adding even more to the lists.... the first load of provisions arrived yesterday evening and somehow has been magicked away into nooks and crannies all over the boat.... 200 litres of bottled water, 24 litres of milk, I lost count of the litres of juice.... and that was just the stuff that was easy to count.  Fresh fruit/veg and meat are due tomorrow, let's hope the Tardis is big enough!!! Anaïs is up and down the mast like a jack-in-the-box as we try to identify a problem with the radar and fix it. Mairéad was in charge of hoisting her (thank goodness for electric winches!) and not dropping her onto the deck on the way back. read more...


04/11/2016

Peacekeeper - Prep for Carib 1500

We began back in June to reposition Peacekeeper from Florida to the northeast. Russ captured this photo when we were in Charleston, SC.image1. read more...


Peacekeeper - Prep for Carib 1500
Peacekeeper - Prep for Carib 1500
Eau Too - Boat preperations We fixed 348of the 365 things&situations Close to being ready! :)
Eau Too - Boat preperations We fixed 348of the 365 things&situations Close to being ready! :)
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
Faraway - Preparations
03/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway, log 2. Gibraltar, 3 November 2016

The 5 member Faraway POL9494 international crew have boarded in Benalmádena marina on the 30th of October. The boat and skipper are Polish. The crew are Canadian, Spanish and Dutch. Age range 29-63.We have worked hard for 2 days, turning the entire boat upside down, stocking it with extra diesel and food for 10 days. We have sailed to Gibraltar (spotting lots of dolphins!) were we have completed more work and had the engine and generator serviced. We have tested our fishing gear and have developed a pretty good understanding of who loves eating and drinking what. We found time to visit Gibraltar rock as well. Tomorrow we will leave the Med  for Morocco.During the weekend the wind will turn to NNW, which should provide excellent conditions to sail to Las Palmas in one go.. read more...


Lucky - Cosideracions previes
Lucky - Cosideracions previes
03/11/2016

Lucky - Consideracions prèvies

CONSIDERACIONS PRÈVIESBenvolguts amics,Avui comencem a escriure aquest blog que esperem que us acompanyi duranttota la travessa oceànica que començarem d’aqui un parell de setmanes.Aquí hi trobareu el “report” diari de les vivències abord així com tambéfotografies que diàriament anirem penjant. Ens farà molta il·lusió que desde casa pogueu acompanyar-nos en aquesta per nosaltres aventurafantàstica.Com sol passar sempre en aquests casos, un comença amb uns projectes queal cap de pocs dies es van fent petits. Durants els darrers anys, en Luckyha navegat per tota la mediterrània, des de les Illes Balears, fins aSardenya o Còrsega, la costa del sud d’Itàlia, Sicília... L’estiu passatva creuar el mar Jònic fins arribar a Ítaca. Aquesta darrera singladura iles aproximadament 2.000 milles. read more...


03/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 1; D day -3

Having been on board since Monday we've achieved a lot, albeit the to-do list doesn't seem to shrink!Keith has been up the mast and Kim currently has his head in a cupboard installing the water-maker.A trip to replace the defective microwave is next on the list.The ARC seminars have been hugely informative and well put together, tho' perhaps we shan't comment too much on the evening entertainment (although if you're FB friends with Peter you'll have seen the pics already!).Only three days to go!Colin Chief Blog Officer 👮. read more...


03/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 297 & 298: The Birth of Our Twin Grandsons

Yesterday and today have been spent getting ourselves settled in. That included getting to the nearest town, Paihia, in order to get to a bank and pick up some groceries, getting access to all the marina facilities,obtaining membership to the Opua Cruising Club and getting some high priority issues resolved like our depth sensor and wind generator bracket. A trip to the farmer market was a wonderful outing and,needless to say,Elaine arrived back with all sorts of delightful goodies, like smoked salmon pate from the local smoke house, homemade chocolate clusters, a huge butter lettuce, freshly baked potato bread and avocados, which we cannot even remember when last we were able to purchase them. We also had the opportunity to reconnect with Time Bandit (Ann and Stewart)whom we last saw in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 297 & 298: The Birth of Our Twin Grandsons
Paw Paw - Log Days 297 & 298: The Birth of Our Twin Grandsons
Paw Paw - Log Days 297 & 298: The Birth of Our Twin Grandsons
Paw Paw - Log Days 297 & 298: The Birth of Our Twin Grandsons
01/11/2016

Breeze On - Testing Iridium Go

I am sending this post using our Iridium Go satellite phone. It is what we will use when we are offshore. Today we attended seminars on weather and Diesel engines. I also attended a women's round table discussion which was fun and helped to reduce the anxiety I have been feeling (at least a little).. read more...


02/11/2016

La Capitana - Log 1, Essaouira, Morocco 28.10.2016

Last stop before Las Palmas and the start of ARC+. We had to come in forbunkers due to motoring most of the voyage from Portugal. A trip on the flatbedof a small Tuk-tuk with jerry cans to a fuel station was quite an experiencetoo! We arrived safely at Las Palmas on November 1 – on our 44 anniversary.   Captain Essaouira_small. read more...


La Capitana - Log 1, Essaouira, Morocco 28.10.2016
La Capitana - Log 1, Essaouira, Morocco 28.10.2016
01/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home

By 1900 local time yesterday evening we were safely tied up to the customs wharf in Opua, helped by Talulah Ruby with our docklines, since they had arrived about an hour ahead of us. We'd no sooner had our celebratory drink, when three more yachts arrived, so we returned the favour of assisting them with their docklines. Needless to say,we were all very relieved to have arrived safe and sound and not having to spend another night at sea. Since the temperatures had plumeted, we were absolutely freezing, so we decided that the only way to stay warm through the night was to actually sleep together in the same cabin. It was snug alright, but we both had a good night's rest, nonetheless. What struck us though was the silence. After the roar of the ocean and wind in our ears for a week, the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home