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18/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 3

Finally, Justin got a fish. Small lure, giant hook seem to be the solution, although I think fishing is down to a type of luck in which I have little. Tasted very good, though, with a squirt of lemon on top. It is truly glorious out here, but the winds are not good and out speed remains low. We have between 8 and 10 knots, which makes for averages of 4 knots which is too little. As it is now, I doubt we shall see land before Desember. We cannot complain though - the alternative to being here is to move the first soggy snow from the yard and getting wet and cold all day. Being stuck here is much better!Peder. read more...


18/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log #4 Jour # 2 Traversée

Bonjour à tous,Tout se passe bien. Le seul problème, manque de vent!Il va falloir s'armer de patience!Toujours ensoleillé et la mer est calme. Nous avons eu la visite d'un stern hier soir. ll semble s'être assommé sur le bateau. Il est resté 30 min à bord puis s'est levé et est parti.Aujourd'hui , nous avons vu une tortue.Nous pensions qu'il n'y avait pas de vent les derniers jours. Cette fut encore pire. 5-10kn seulement. Nous devons continuellement ajuster le cap pour pouvoir profiter au maximum d'éole.À la prochaine.André. read more...


18/11/2017

Blue Mist - Humans Strike again

Blue Mist is a faithful boat, getting us thorough time and again in spite of us. In the middle of the night things started to shut down, insturment lights went off, the the insturments, then the GPS. Visions of having to turn back danced in our heads. The the problem surfaced, some unnamed idiot had been testing the switch that isolates the starter battery from the house batteries. This unnamed idiot who is also the Captain left the switch on the starter battery, which could not meet the demand. Easy solution, just start the engine since the house batteries were full. Well starting the engine with it still in reverse resulted in the prop swallowing a line. Divers in the warter for two hours and the engine/transmission test . All is finally well and sailing on.. read more...


18/11/2017

Charm - Day 3: the hammock

A quick entry today.We have just decided to head south to try to pick up stronger winds.Hopefully the gamble will pay off.Like everything else in sailing, it's a slow game.Another nice day on the water, with the exception of the hammock.The 3 kids and I all piled into the hammock for "Read aloud time" as we have done many times before.Unfortunately this was one time too many.The strap that I had noticed before as slightly chafed had apparently progressed to its failure point because it broke and we all fell onto the cushions below. All except poor Cobin who landed with me pushing him onto a wood edge that gave him a big bruise on the back of his head.For the rest of the day, Tully continued to accuse me of breaking the hammock.Cobin defended me, saying it was all of us and that the. read more...


Charm - Planking with the rainbow spinnaker
Charm - Planking with the rainbow spinnaker
17/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 12

Day 12-Nov 16th.Not all days transmitting HF signals through the ionosphere are created equal. This morning we connected with the station in Virginia Beach immediately. Unfortunately, I made contact about 5 minutes before the morning position report was created. After waiting 10 or 15 minutes, I was never able to make a connection again. This most likely had to do with sun spots, or some other solar anomaly invented just to make these radios interesting. So, we have no idea, if any other boats are still out here with us. We do know there is at least one. We heard them flagging a passing tanker to see if they had any diesel to spare. What few vessels are still out, are most likely sitting on fuel tanks holding nothing but fumes. But then, these are sailboats. Some boats don't have. read more...


17/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Hola amics i família!!!Aquesta nit hemtingut un navegar tranquil d’asimètric. Fèiem bones mitjanes però al llarg del matí el vent se’ns ha anat posant més de popa, i això no és gaire bo pel Windseeker iper tots els barcos en general. Això fa que la nostra estratègia de pujar cap amunt a buscar el vent de moment no ens hagi funcionat gaire, però bé... la regata és molt llarga i encara poden passar moltes coses. Els germans Turró han decidit començar a fer exercicis de gimnàs. S’ho han agafat molt seriosament tal com es pot veure a les fotos.(foto 1)A mig matí hem tingut la visita d’un peix amb complexa de dofí, ja que ha navegat amb nosaltres una estona a la proa del barco, no era massa gros i tampoc hem identificat de quina espècia es tractava, però ha sigut prou divertit. Havent dinat. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
17/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 14 - Smooth sailing

Evening folks,We are coming to the end of our third day at sea now, nothing too dramatic going on at the moment. The start of this leg on Wednesday all ran smoothly with a great view of all the boats leaving Cape Verde. We lost the wind coming around the neighbouring islands and like a few other boats in the surrounding area turned on the motors for an hour to get us out to open sea. The wind conditions have been fairly consistent from 10 knots up to 17 and we have been flying the parasail since leave Mindelo and making steady progress.It seems there are less fish in the ocean than we had been hoping with this leg so far only producing one small Skipjack Tuna for me and a small but pretty Dorado for Paul.In the absence of hardcore adrenaline pumping fishing action we have taken to. read more...


17/11/2017

Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...

Le compte à rebours continue et le départ se rapproche ... La ToDo list était fournie il y a trois jours. Elle s'est presque complètement vidée. Deux gros points nous avaient mis un peu la pression. Une pièce sous la bôme était fendue. Elle a pu être remplacée aujourd'hui. Et nous avions des difficultés à refaire fonctionner le pilote automatique après l'avoir démonté. Ca aurait été dommage de partir sans lui, non?Tout est rentré dans l'ordre :-) ... Nous sommes sortis en fin de matinée pour faire deux ronds dans l'eau et tester tout ce qu'il y avait à tester. Les curieux qui vont voir sur Marine Trafic ont pu le constater ... ;-)Comme tout allait bien et qu'il y avait très peu de vent nous sommes rentrés pour déjeuner et lancer une dernière lessive.Demain ce sera le dernier briefing. read more...


Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...
Manihi - J - 2 !!! Ça commence à chauffer ...
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party

We had our prize giving dinner at the Zulu Yacht Club tonight. They had a very nice program which included some Zulu dancers. Video image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017

We went on a tour designed to teach us about the Zulu people and their history. It was lead by a very articulate intelligent Zulu women and an excellent driver. We went to an area set up as a museum and exhibit. We honestly did not give it enough time to study all the information. We still learned a lot. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay

We went on another tour today to see what we could of the big five animals, lion,elephant,hippos, rhino leopard. The weather was much less than desirable. There is a cold front moving thru which is giving us much cooler than normal temperature and very windy. It was probably in the 50's and 15-20 knots of wind. Luckily we were well dressed and prepared. We were riding in open pickup trucks. Everyone did well but we were glad to get back in a heated van at the end of the day. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
17/11/2017

Marisja - Marisja dag 2

We hebben weer een hoop meegemaakt de laatste 24 uur! Gistermiddag zijn Flipper en 30 van zijn vriendjes weer langs geweest omlekker voor bij de punt van de boot te spelen. Gaaf om die dolfijnen zo dichtbijde boot te zien! Gelukkig stond ik niet achter het stuur en kon ik lekker gaankijken met Nikki op het voordek.   Na een heerlijke pasta bolognese van Nikki hebben we gisteravond beslotenom de A2 (onze grootste gennaker) te laten staan tijdens de nacht aangezien wemaar 12 tot 17 knts hadden en het zo makkelijk snel ging. Alleen de wind namtegen de verwachting in toe (20+ knts) dus toch besloten om geen risico tenemen. Dus iedereen uit zijn bed gehaald en de A2 rond 23:00 weg gehaald enverder gegaan met de genua uitgeboomd.De wind bleef lekker staan en dit ging ook goed. Alleen. read more...


17/11/2017

Helen - Day 2 from Ed

A quieter day at sea with only one other boat in sight. Our captain said that we had sailed 132 miles in the day with no engine hours. A bit slow but I will get there.No fish were caught today, so it was baked potatoes for lunch and pork chops for dinner, yum.When we were in the Cape Verdes the crew of three of the ARC+ boats went to visit the SOS Children's Villages charity in Mindelo. The captain of yacht Helen and I were among them.The charity does fantastic work helping children off and on the streets and supporting challenged families.At the centre we met two boys who were orphaned and were living there. We asked why they had volunteered to stay:" Bad things happen on the street"" I get education, food and a bed"That says it all!The sailors in the ARC+ and the ARC are very lucky to. read more...


Helen - Ed's dinner
Helen - Ed's dinner
17/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - High spirits

Position reports are looking great, both in class and overall so there is wide smiles all around!We are with a few exceptions running a dry ship but we celebrated a successful gybe with a small beer (0,25 litres are almost just a mouthful so one has too enjoy every sip). Weather is perfect with 12-17 knots of wind from ENE and a clear blue sky. The water is 26 C and the temperature down below is 34 C, so its only light clothes and even the life jackets are warm to wear.Have nice day, and thank you for following us!Team Abraxas. read more...


17/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Friday the final 48 hrs before the off

Well it is now only 48 hrs befor the off and the tension on the dock can now be felt as crews are waiting for their victuals to arrive from the local stores wondering if they will be next or just been forgotten! Blonde Moment has had similar thoughts but we seem to have most food onboard now apart from those final items and to replace what we have eaten... yes we still have to eat in harbour ....think that may have been missed from our calculations! This afternoon has been hot and Ian was sent off by the girls to buy more stores -fruit ,biscuits,anti bac etc ;Paul was busy checking final items on deck and buying those extra bits from the chandlery; and the girls .... well they were busy on the foredeck!!And I thought they were hanging out the washing!  picture attachedm_IMG_5842. read more...


Blonde Moment - Friday the final 48 hrs before the off
Blonde Moment - Friday the final 48 hrs before the off
17/11/2017

Santjana - Day 2 before ARC starts

Gran Canaria.After spending quite some intensive days here, filled with preparation tasks, interesting ARC seminars, lots of visits at the chandlers shop and not to forget all the ARC sundowners and ARC parties we joined, we are looking forward to Sunday.We still have some "last minutes jobs" to do, not to forget the shopping list and stowing the hole lot on board!We are both quite excited about the coming days and weeks.. read more...


17/11/2017

Shimna - SHIMNA

Just had a super lunch at our club and only 12 euros, we will really miss this place . Wonderful swimming pool ,good WiFi great location, right in the marina, shame about the company ! Last cocktail party at the Royal Nautical club tonight, let’s hope the crew all behave themselves for once ( me included) . Watergate crisis has been resolved , we now have 80 litres and about 4,000 litres of alcohol. Plus the water in the tanks which at the moment tastes like bleach . Wish us all good luck . Julie Thorp. read more...


Odessa
Odessa
17/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Hallucinations

I was on watch this morning when a large splash on the horizon caught my eye. At first I assumed it was a breaking wave, although on a calm morning with just a gentle swell that would be surprising. I kept watching in the direction of the splash and then I saw it. A large whale leapt half way out of the water and then came crashing down, making an almighty splash. I had been down below five minutes before to wakeup Vanessa and Jacob with a rather tuneful rendition of "Morning has broken" and they were in the process of getting up, or at least opening an eye. I called down the companionway that there was a breaching whale on the horizon. Five times the whale entertained my with its leaps and splashes, but by the time the crew emerged on deck, bleary eyed, all that could be seen was a. read more...


Odessa
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa
17/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 3

Well readers, I think you are getting the gist of this by now, this is the third entry of our blog for Yacht Infinity of Yar and her crossing of the Atlantic. I promised on two occasions to introduce you to the crew and now, finally, I will do just that. With three days to go the intensity is ramping up - even the Italians look like they are starting to think about provisioning the boat - obviously that hasn't slowed down the parties! Our team, as I have said before, are all from Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight. As it turns out we are not alone! A few of the ARC team are from Cowes and one of our speakers today on the art of emergency navigation is from Ventnor. 'Stokey' is frankly bonkers, in a beautiful way. He taught us how to sail at night by the stars as well as many fiendishly clever. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 3
Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 3
Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 3
Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog 3
17/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar Blog Post 2

Welcome back, dear reader, to this our second blog entry from the crewof Infinity of Yar. All our crew has arrived and preparations are going apace. All our crewthat is except for Oliver Davey the owner's younger son who arrivestomorrow; by which time all the hard work preparing the boat will havebeen 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 crewand together we will unpick their characters as the adventure unfoldsbut more of that later. Let me describe the scene here on the pontoon at Meulle Deportivo in LasPalmas. Never have you seen such a hive of activity in a marina. Back inEngland we are used to marinas where 3/4 of the boats never move; herewe are surrounded by nearly 200 yachts and not a. read more...


Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar Blog Post 2
Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar Blog Post 2
Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Mindelo & Days 1-2
Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Mindelo & Days 1-2

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