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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
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Paw Paw - Log Day 296: Getting Settled in our New Home
Ludanka - if you can’t take the sail to the repairer, bring the repairer to the sail
Ludanka - if you can’t take the sail to the repairer, bring the repairer to the sail
Ludanka - if you can’t take the sail to the repairer, bring the repairer to the sail
Ludanka - if you can’t take the sail to the repairer, bring the repairer to the sail
01/11/2016

White Satin - arrives in Las Palmas

Dear AllTuesday 1st NovemberA very hectic 48 hours began with an emotional departure from home, with three different neighbours standing at their windows/front doors to wave us off early on Sunday morning - thank you Pete, Lynne and Jennifer - that was very special. With the flight behind us, Vicki started to relax (she has been known to inform the stewardess that the airplane she was about to get onto had a crack in the tail - to which the stewardess most tolerantly responded "Madam, that is the rudder." ) The boat, having been left under the watchful eye of a British couple who are permanent live-aboards in Lanzarote, was exactly as we had left her (apart from a small problem in the Heads which will be fixed imminently). Puerto Calero came highly recommended as a safe place to leave a. read more...


White Satin - arrives in Las Palmas
White Satin -  arrives in Las Palmas
01/11/2016

Breeze On - We Passed Our Safety Inspection!

Breeze On arrived at Ocean Yacht Marine Center in Portsmouth, VA late yesterday afternoon. We officially checked in this morning and had our safety check this afternoon. We passed and are so relieved!  Lyall (shown in attached photo with George) had some great suggestions to make our passage easier.  IMG_0060. read more...


Breeze On - We Passed Our Safety Inspection!
Breeze On - We Passed Our Safety Inspection!
31/10/2016

Woifal - The Boat

Here a photo of our Boat during a competition in CroatiaDSC_4374. read more...


Woifal - The Boat
Woifal - The Boat
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - SUCESSFUL SAFETY INSPECTION (29.10.2016)

Dolphin Star has just passed the safety inspection carried out by the ARC safety officer. Nevertheless a few things need to be fixed like the dinghy water leakage or theupgrading of the rescue gear. Dolphin Star032 033. read more...


Dolphin Star - SUCESSFUL SAFETY INSPECTION (29.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUCESSFUL SAFETY INSPECTION (29.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUCESSFUL SAFETY INSPECTION (29.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUCESSFUL SAFETY INSPECTION (29.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - LAS PALMAS TOURING (27,10.2016)

Dolphin Star will stay there until 6/11, which is the kick-off date of the ARC crossing. The crew can rest and take time to discover this famous touristic resort. Dolphin Star030 031. read more...


Dolphin Star - LAS PALMAS TOURING (27,10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LAS PALMAS TOURING (27,10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LAS PALMAS TOURING (27,10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LAS PALMAS TOURING (27,10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - GRAN CANARIA FOURTH STOP (26.10.2016)

Dolphin Star arrives in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria around midday as scheduled. The crossing was tough with heavy rains and strong winds with peak at 48 knt. It finally took16 days to get there since we left Barcelona on 10/10. Dolphin Star029. read more...


Dolphin Star - GRAN CANARIA FOURTH STOP (26.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GRAN CANARIA FOURTH STOP (26.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)

Due to very unfortunate wind conditions, Dolphin Star continuously run the engine for the last 6 days and has to stop in Castillo del Aguil (south of Lanzarote Island) forrefuelling. This marina gets may be the best fuel station in the world with a lovely bar next to it. Dolphin Star026 028 022. read more...


Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - LANZAROTE THIRD STOP (25.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - TECNICAL ISSUE (22.10.2016)

Captain Kari decides to bring up the staysail with the hook system but unfortunately it breaks down for unknown reason. Another repair is now scheduled for our Las Palmasstopover. Dolphin Star019. read more...


Dolphin Star - TECNICAL ISSUE (22.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - TECNICAL ISSUE (22.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)

Our captain Kari is also a passionate fisherman. Today is his day since he caught one sea bream and two tunas. Our chef Nick had then the opportunity of showing his cookingskills. Dolphin Star011 013 015. read more...


Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - FISHING DAY (21.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - GONE WITH THE WIND (21.10.2016)

According to weather forecasts Dolphin Star should have met 15 knt wind from north west. Here are the real conditions encountered on 21/10 : no wind, no waves. Dolphin Star009 010. read more...


Dolphin Star - GONE WITH THE WIND (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GONE WITH THE WIND (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GONE WITH THE WIND (21.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - GONE WITH THE WIND (21.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)

Weather forecasts are totally wrong in terms of wind directions and velocities. No wind at all and the crew lie down for chatting. Dolphin Star006 007 008. read more...


Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - UNRELIABLE WEATHER FORECASTS (20.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - CANARY ISLANDS SAILING (19.10.2016)

Dolphin over speeds at 10 knt when crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on 18/10 at night, under rough sea conditions with very strong winds at reaching. The next day is abit more relaxing and the crew share a nice lunch to recover. Dolphin Star005. read more...


Dolphin Star - CANARY ISLANDS SAILING (19.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - CANARY ISLANDS SAILING (19.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)

Brexit is ongoing and the Brits are not very keen to welcome Dolphin Star when arriving at night. We finally decide to go across the bay and moor the boat in Algeciras onthe Spanish side for refuelling. Here are a few photos of the central square of this small town. Dolphin Star002 003. read more...


Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - ALGECIRAS SECOND STOP (18.10.2016)
31/10/2016

Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)

After three days of sailing, we finally arrive in Gibraltar with its famous rock standing in the fog. The strait is so narrow that you can also see Ceuta (Spanish territory)on the African side. We let you guess which photo is relevant. A lot of commercial ships are standing there before crossing the strait. Dolphin Star112 116 118. read more...


Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)
Dolphin Star - STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (17.10.2016)