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09/05/2013

Johanem - 9th May

Hi everyoneThe Cap'n tells us we have only about 24 hour to go and thus this may be the last blog from the good ship Johanem while still en route to Bermuda.Following last nights antics with the corned beef, Giles clearly needed to redeem himself. And how. We were bowling along at about 8 knots and just in the process of setting up the spinacker pole to goose wing, when the fishing line announced the presence of a fish. This required a combined effort to land. The (failed) ballet star (aka Simon) pulled in most of the line, but it required the skills of the key fisher on board (aka Giles) to land it. And what a fabulous fish--a large kingfish. There was some suggestion that this should be presented to the Governor of Bermuda (apparently known to Giles), but common sense (Boo) prevailed. read more...


09/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 8 May

Hi everyoneAssuming the wind holds this may prove to be our penultimate night at sea before we reach Bermuda about 270 miles away. After a very still first few days we now finally are enjoying a steady SE wind of about 15 knots and are bowling along at about 7 or 8 knots. Unfortunately our large beautiful cruising chute has tied itself in knots and can't be used until we get it fixed in Bermuda and our tracker device which should automatically update our position on the fleet viewer has been on the blink since we left Tortola.Happily most other things including the motley crew are working ok although as time passes we discover interesting things about each member. Giles, ex Captain in HM forces led such a moolycoddled life trundling around officers' messes in Germany that he is incapable. read more...


09/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 5 - Wieder ein erfolgreicher Tag

Nichtnur, dass wir am Tag zuvor 163 sm gesegelt sind, heute haben wir das Ergebnissogar noch uebertroffen. Dank des hervorragenden Essens von Peter M. ist unsereStimmung bestens und unsere Einsatzbereitschaft ueberragend. Durch das aendernder Einstellung des Navigationsdisplays haben wir das AIS wieder einsatzbereitgemacht. In BVI hatten wir ein Reset der Navigationssoftware gemacht undvergessen die richtige Baudrate fuer die AIS-Verbindung anzugeben. Wir haben dasAIS direkt als competitive Element eingesetzt. Die ganze Nacht haben wirgekaempft, um den direkten Konkurrenten zu ueberholen. Wir sind naeher gekommen,wir hoffen ihn bis Bermuda geschlagen zu haben.....   AuchPeter J. befindet sich auf dem Weg der Besserung, dank entsprechenderMedikamente und seines abendlichen Gin Tonic.. read more...


09/05/2013

Mad Fish - Getting Chilly!

This is not good. last night I had to wear trousers, a jumper, a jacket and some things called socks. Most strange. We are just not used to this! Still, it was bound to happen. There is much work happening aboard Mad Fish today. I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to repair the steaming/deck light, Emma and the kids are making pirate costumes down below ready for the party.The breeze has dropped a little so we have the spinnaker back up. We have 135 miles to go and should be finishing tomorrow at dawn so this will be my last blog on this leg. For those wondering, we did do a lot of engine hours. We turned it on during the first evening and motored for 56 hours. However, to save fuel we only used 2000 rpm, enough for almost 5 knots. the rest of the speed came from whatever wind we could. read more...


09/05/2013

Alice in Red - Making progress

Much better day over the past 24 hours and we have sailed more than 100 miles - in the right direction for once! First sight of dolphins on this trip, first big ship spotted on the horizon, Martin cooked his first meal and Dawn and Doug had their first attempt at sunbathing. We also managed to dry all the damp clothing from the first days when everything was covered with spray. Alice is doing very well and is looking good.. read more...


09/05/2013

Alice in Red - Making progress

Much better day over the past 24 hours and we have sailed more than 100 miles - in the right direction for once! First sight of dolphins on this trip, first big ship spotted on the horizon, Martin cooked his first meal and Dawn and Doug had their first attempt at sunbathing. We also managed to dry all the damp clothing from the first days when everything was covered with spray. Alice is doing very well and is looking good.. read more...


09/05/2013

Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...

08/05/2013 (21:00 UTC)How radical can the looks and behavior of the ocean change in 24 hours.Take for example yesterday, from windless warmth in the morning we wentthrough one of the heavier, longer and funkier front passage withsqualls I have ever experienced. The rain was so thick and heavy that itflattened out the seas completely, gusts of wind came from everydirection, increasing from 3 to 35 knots in seconds. This mayhem did notcontinue for a normal 20 minutes but for more than one and a half hourwith all four crew members in the cockpit, wearing swim shorts and foulweather jackets, struggling and singing along in the ankle deep waterthat came down more rapidly than the water holes could carry away. Allof us sincerely happy with the boat, the surroundings and each other.And with the. read more...


Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...
Lady Ann - FW: What a difference a day makes...
09/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 8 May

Hi everyoneAssuming the wind holds this may prove to be our penultimate night at sea before we reach Bermuda about 270 miles away. After a very still first few days we now finally are enjoying a steady SE wind of about 15 knots and are bowling along at about 7 or 8 knots. unfortunately our large beautiful cruising chute has tied itself in knots and cant be used until we get it fixed in bermuda and our tracker device which should automatically update our position on the fleet viewer has been on the blink since we left Tortola. Happily most other things including the motley crew are working ok although as time passes we discover interesting things about each member. Giles, ex Captain in HM forces led such a moolycoddled life trundling around officers' messes in Germany that he is incapable. read more...


08/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog 08/05/13

TuesdayIt was another beautiful day onboard Johanem on Tuesday. Since we have moved away from the BVI the intensity of heat and humidity has declined and, of course, the sea breeze has made life on board much more pleasant.Until today the sea has resembled a village mill pond, and the winds have been slight... making progress very comfortable but frustratingly slow.The debate has been whether to put the motor on and incur penalties in the race (Ed: its NOT a race) or to plod on and win the moral high ground.We have tended more to the latter (whilst others seem to have sped ahead) using the time to perfect other interests such as cards, singing and fishing.The loss of our beloved cruising chute which was twisted in a thousand different directions simultaneously (stop sniggering Mssrs. read more...


08/05/2013

Mad Fish - Rolling Along

Our luck changed yesterday as we went faster and faster under our old ragged spinnaker when the fishing line went. A quick snuff of the kite and a round up was proceeded by a monumental battle that we won against a Dorado! We now have stopped fishing as we have enough fish to last until we reach Bermuda.We dowsed the spinnaker at around 1630 yesterday as our speeds were approaching double figures and we don't want to blow out another kite. The wind built nicely to 30 knots overnight. Unfortunatly at around midnight we took a rogue wave that flooded the cockpit and also Ethan's cabin as his window was open. The poor boy ended up with about two gallons of seawater over him and his bedding and his dvd player which may be dead now. This is taking some clearing up and so we are very tired. read more...


08/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 4 - Good Day!!!

Gesternwar segeln wie im Rausch. Wir hatten 15-25kn Wind und wir sind die Nacht mit 7,5bis 8,5 knoten durchgebrettert. Es war zu spaet zum reffen, aber OK wir haben esueberlebt, halbe Wind mit ein bisschen Schraeglage.  PeterJ. (Gehirnerschueterung/Zaehne)  scheint es besser zu gehen nach einePackung Antibiotika und Painkillers. Heutemorgen konnte er sich wieder zuFruehsport bewegen. Unser Tank war fast leer und haben 40 liter Dieselnachgefuellt. Inzwischensind wir komplett vegetarisch unterwegs, das letzte Karibikfleisch mussten wirwg. wenig aromatischem Geruch den Haien spendieren. Hat uns beim Fischen abernichts geholfen, weil die Fische nur die Koeder abbeissen aber nicht haengenbleiben wollen.....fliegende Fische gibt es schon, aber die reichen nicht fuer 3hungrige. read more...


08/05/2013

Lone Star - 7 May - Day 4 - Pure Sailing

Today I started to appreciate the difference between a cruiser and a racer.Having spent many a day with the sails set and never adjusting them, we spent the day trying to optimize the sails for the changes in wind speed and direction while considering the impact of the waves.Although I felt like a rookie with the "heavy hitter crew" I learned a lot and the log enty at 2300 showed we covered 200 miles in the preceeding 24 hours.That was a first for Lone Star.We had fish and chips with the second Mahi we caught the previous day to get ourselves into the proper British mindset for Bermuda.If the winds hold on we may make landfall somtime during the night of Day 5.. read more...


08/05/2013

Alice in Red - Right direction at last - slowly

We had a rough couple of days starting out - freezing cold on day and night one - and then bumpy across the Gulf Stream. Then we have had strong wind on the nose all the way which finally turned last night and has dropped to nothing. Dawn has been fantastic, Martin had a bit of mal de mere but is OK now and Doug has been keeping us all in order.. read more...


07/05/2013

Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann

07/05/2013 (10:00 UTC)Its three days since the start and the Lady Ann looks more like a motor yacht than anything else. Apparently, Mister Wind and his friends have important appointments elsewhere because we didn't see much of them. A sad thing, for sure. On the other hand gives the lack of sailing challenges the opportunity to spend time on other hobbies. Guitar playing at sunset, fiddling around with a sextant and above all: fishing.With three fishes in three days we didn't do bad. I would love to say what exactly we did catch but. it was a wahoo like a barracuda, and a barracuda like a wahoo. A mahi mahi that fought like a shark and lots of tuna that appeared to be seaweed. Anyways, good times in the galley with lots of fresh supplies.It looks like we going. read more...


Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann
Lady Ann - Fish Factory Lady Ann
07/05/2013

Pendragon - Pendragons GOT FISH!

Pendragon is currently sailing downwind, wing on wing with the Yankee polled out, in wonderful, if slightly light conditions, off the coast of the DR, approaching Haiti.We are 130 miles from our waypoint where we will gybe and head into the OBC.Ian started fishing yesterday, and with some advice from Kinship, we popped in a Pink Squid with a weight to hold her down.Bang, fish on.This was a good fight with a 35 to 40 pound Dorado!Nice Job Ian.Fresh fish for the next two nights.Had to use some of Mount Gay Rum to kill him!Bummer.....All is well.S/V PendragonPendragonFish. read more...


Pendragon - Pendragons GOT FISH!
Pendragon - Pendragons GOT FISH!
07/05/2013

Mad Fish - At Last, The Wind!

At 0410 this morning I turned the engine off. So far we have done 56.1 engine hours since the start. We were then only sailing at 4 knots but in silence! I was woken from my off watch at 0800 by the kids demanding spinnaker. That up and boatspeed is up to 6 - 7 knots! So, proper sailing, kite up, fishing line out, happy days!All happy aboard Mad Fish. I have no idea how we are doing relative to the fleet as the positions I got sent were all polled at different times so not relative to each other!475 miles to go!Russell. read more...


Lone Star - May 6 - Day 3 - Sailing and Fishing - Picture
Lone Star - May 6 - Day 3 - Sailing and Fishing - Picture
06/05/2013

Lone Star - May 6 - Day 3 - Sailing and Fishing

Our third day of the trip was the kind where everything went right.At 0534 this morning the wind came up enough to turn off the engine and Lone Star once again became a sail boat.Although our speed was around 5 knots we felt it was better than paying the penalty in motoring hours.After everyone was up and breakfast was over we decided to hoist our mizzen ballooner sail.This is basically a spinnaker that is tacked to the cabin top behind the main mast.After hoisting the sail we were able to improve our speed by another knot or so and enjoyed a great day sailing at around 6 knots.We did not have any luck fishing during our first two days, but continued to drag the two hand lines that Ron brought on board. Then around 1500 we hooked our first fish.It has a Mahi Mahi around two feet long and. read more...


06/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Daily Blog - Monday 6th May

The big news aboard Johanem was the successful capture by Giles of a medium size, but delicious, tuna yesterday afternoon. This was considerably more exciting than the continued lack of wind which is forcing further use of the engine. With the prospect of a first course of tuna sushi (well done, Ian) followed by marinaded tuna steaks and salad for supper (thank you Boo), the boat was temporarily stopped for a very refreshing mid-afternoon dip in the warm, plankton filled waters through which we are sailing. In a fit of optimism, we tried to set the cruising chute at mid-day today. However marine gremlins have been working overtime and the rather sensitive Bamar self furling mechanism is hors de combat and we were unable to effect a running repair. The net result is that we are now flying. read more...


06/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 2 - Flaute! und FOB

2e Tag gepraegt von sehr viel Sonne und fast keinen Wind. Wir versuchen esimmer wieder mit den Gennaker, bis wir unter 2,5 knoten Speed kommen und dannwird wieder gemotort, aber tagsueber versuchen wir so viel wie moeglich denGennaker zu setzen...heutemorgen hatten wir einen FOB – Fender over Board, unterGennaker. Man sieht dann wie schnell der Fender weggetrieben wird und wie langees dauert den wieder an Bord zu bekommen, wir hatten 3 Fehlversuche. Ich bindann ueber Bord gesprungen und habe ihn rein geholt, das war schoen erfrischendauf 5000 Tiefe und 27 Grad Wasser. Es gibt sonst nicht viel neues, ausser, dassder Regler fuer die Lichtmaschine wieder gut funktioniert, der Schlauch von derWasserpumpe 99% dicht ist, man sieht nur ein paar Salzkruste aber kein tropfen,also alles. read more...


06/05/2013

Pendragon - S/V Pendragon Atlantic Cup Blog

Pendragon is currently enjoying pleasant conditions, light winds, motor-sailing with light NE winds.We are all doing great, but not having luck with fishing YET!!!!Hopefully my unpainted cedar plug will come through today.Nice picture of the S/V Karina from last night in the Mona Passage.After the start of the Rally the Atlantic Cub, Old Bahama Channel group experience great sailing conditions for about 15 hours with 13 to 18 knots of WSW Winds....a truly cool Day!!All is well on the Pendragon!!!From Merry Beth, Ian, Scott and Jeno......LOVE!!. read more...


Pendragon - S/V Pendragon Atlantic Cup Blog
Pendragon - S/V Pendragon Atlantic Cup Blog
06/05/2013

Lone Star - Lone Star with all sails working

Steve Black and Ron Horton admiring the mizzen ballooner on Lone Star this morning. read more...


Lone Star - Lone Star with all sails working
Lone Star - Lone Star with all sails working
06/05/2013

Mad Fish - Come On Wind!

Well we have been motoring for around 36 hours now and its getting a bit dull. We are looking forward to the promised SSE winds due soon. We had around an hour and a half break from it yesterday when we put the kite up but boat speed was down below 4 knots so it didn't last long. Nice dinner of cottage pie and homemade cake for pudding!Ethan is looking at the plotter for distance to go every ten minutes and I have put Oli on fishing duty to occupy them!600 miles to go.....Russell. read more...


06/05/2013

Lone Star - 5 May - Day 2 - Motor Boating

We are starting into the night shift rotation for our second night at sea.Our progress has been good due to a full day of motoring.We are hoping to pick up the winds that are projected to shift and start blowing from the south east soon, but right now at 1930 the true wind is 2.5 knots.Hopefully, we will become a sailboat sometime during the night.We continued to drag two fishing lines today and lost a lure but have not landed a fish yet.The big treat tonight was the delicious dinner cooked by Ron.As it was during the ARC in 2011 everyone looks forward to the night Roncooks because he always prepares something special.Craig. read more...


05/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 1800 UTC 5 May

So here we are on Johanem , my first experience of sailing anything larger than a Windsurfer. We left Nanny Cay marina on Tortolayesterday in a group of 20 or so boats all heading for Bermuda and a bunk with the Governor in The Pink House. We had an exciting first few minutes as we crossed a tight start line , insulted a Frenchman ,swore at a Chinaman and admired the lines of all the boats behind us. We are now at the back of the pack having taken it gently and towed two large sea monsters behind us for several miles which we failed to land. It is not a race so we are relatively relaxed about our trailing position. The sea monsters , on the other hand are ecstatic as they both managed to elude our advances (so it's Tuna of the tinned variety for lunch)! We are currently motoring (under. read more...


05/05/2013

Traveling Light - Dead Calm, The Fishing Line is out

Sunday  May 5, 2013  10:00 am Dead Calm, The Fishing Line is out Soo  much for predicting the future especiallywhen wind is involved. Contrary to all predictions and our expectations the windshifted to east and eventually died down overnight. We took the spinnaker downaround 11:00 pm and started motor sailing towards our course. It rained a littlebit and the air got quite humid and hot. We switched watch at 3:00 am to givethe Skipper an extra hour of sleep for the time lost during the sail change.After a fitful sleep I woke up to a dead calm with the ocean around us flat as aglass surface shimmering in the light of the early morning sun. The fishing lineis out but so far there is no action to report. If we ever catch one you will bethe first one to hear. I am not really. read more...


05/05/2013

Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!

 Ein sehr abwechslungsreicher Tag. Ruhig gestartet mit einem amWind Kurs, bis wir ums Kap von Joste van Dyke (White Bay!!) vorbei gesegeltsind. Dann haben wir den Gennaker gesetzt und das Feld versucht von hintenaufzurollen. Ein paar Parasailor haben wir hinter uns gelassen...bis in dieNacht. Peter M. hat uns kulinarisch verwoehnt mit leckerem Beef und einemhomemade Punch von Peter J. Dannhaben wir kurz die Batterien laden wollen bis unser neuer Lichtmaschinenreglereinen “high battery voltage trip-error” gab. Er funktioniert bis 15,5V. Wirhaben kurz gewartet und gebetet, dass es nur ein einmal Fehler war. Wir habendann festgestellt, dass wir das Ladelimit bei 1400 Umdrehungenerreichen.....aufatmen mit Einschraenkungen....weil nun werden Motorstundenberechnet mit einer Speed von. read more...


Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!
Paraty - TAG 1 - An Tagen wie diese!
05/05/2013

Mad Fish - Getting Back Into It

Well, it has been a while since we did a long passage. ARC 2012 in fact. I can tell you that so far, the contrast is huge. The arc we had to hand steer, we had huge seas almost all of the time and 20+ Knots of wind. Well, not this time. We had a great "Solent Style" start and and easy fetch to Sopers Hole. Needed 2 x 10 minute engine assists when the wind ran out or we had to tack. (Can't be bothered with that type of thing). Then kite up and running downwind at 5 knots. That came to an end after dark and the wind shut down totally. We have been motoring on a flat sea ever since.On the plus side, the kids wish for pancakes for breakfast is being granted as I type and we all got plenty of sleep last night. However, we were treated to a huge electrical storm, then pouring rain! Still, sun. read more...


05/05/2013

Lone Star - Lone Star - Day 1

After a fun start with 26 boats on the line at noon we started to make the best of the SE wind blowing at 10 knots.It took us five minutes to determinewe needed to start motoring to get clear of the islands and into more favorable winds.The winds freshened after we cleared the east end and we enjoyed three and a half hours of pure sailing with our mizzen spinaker before the winds finally gave up.We are now motoring and expect to have to continue until sometime on Monday when the wind clocks and freshens.All is well on board and I am really enjoying having Ron Horton, Steve Black and Jim Underwood on board.The Rally Team put on a great event at Nanny Cay and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Bermuda.Craig. read more...


04/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!

Finally the Easy Rider Team is ready to set off on the first leg in the ARC Europe. All preparations have been made, and we're excited to get out on the big blue ocean. Boat's stacked up with diesel, water and bacon, so we'll do all right for this first 5 day journey! :) MartinP5040105. read more...


Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!
Easy Rider - Easy Rider 4/5 -2013 Ready to go!
04/05/2013

Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start

One hour before the start. The Lady Ann and her crew are ready set as never before. Mothers have been called, team pictures have been taken and the last precious loves of fresh bread are stowed away.The weather looks good. Almost too good. We are looking at a very quiet first two days. After that we will come under the influence of a high pressure way up north, giving a gentle breeze from the South East. Beam reach to Bermuda. It could have been worse.For now: all the best from the two stallion Italians, JayJay the Swede and a flying Dutchman.Davide, Simone, Joel, Sjors. read more...


Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start
Lady Ann - Ready set? The Lady Ann one hour before the start
04/05/2013

Paraty - DAY 0 - Kurz vor dem Start!

Noch 3 Stunden und dann geht es los richtung Bermuda. Es scheint alles zufunktionieren, vor allem auch der Hightech-Regler fuer die Lichtmaschine. PeterM. hat bereits auf einem hohen gastronischen Niveau bewegt, damit wir jedenfallskulinarisch gut unterwegs sind. Wind wird es anfangs geben, nicht zu viel abergenug um richtung Bermuda zu segeln. Stimmung ist gut an Bord, wir freuen unsendlich loszusegeln nachdem wir den letzten Tagen hier den ganzen Tag am Bootgebastelt haben. Das einzige was wir noch nicht gemacht haben ist im Mastklettern, aber Peter J. hat uns versprochen mich mit dem Ankerwinsch elektrischim Mast zu ziehen....Ihr koennt uns alle ueber den Fleet viewer von ARC Europeverfolgen oder eine email (ohne Anhaenge) an paraty@mailasail.comschicken...... read more...


04/05/2013

Mad Fish - Ready to go

Compared to starting the ARC, ARC Europe is much more laid back. I think this is because the marina is smaller and there are a lot less people around! Yesterday in the briefing we discovered that we are the smallest boat in the fleet and the only family boat. But oddly there are three boats that are rated slower than us on handicap. Obviously the person setting these ratings has never seen our boat! Anyway, we are not falling into the trap we fell into on the ARC and worry about that. This is not a race for us but more of a battle to get to Bermuda inside the 7 day time limit set by WCC. That means we have to average over 5 knots. If we miss this then we miss the discounted fuel deal that has been arranged for us. We have to watch that we don't try so hard that the extra fuel burnt. read more...


03/05/2013

Johanem - ARC Europe - Johanem 3rd May 2013

Since our arrival in St Lucia at the end of ARC on 15 December 2012 Johanem has had a good few months in the Caribbean. We sailed south as far as Tobago Cays and back to Rodney Bay over Christmas and New Year with son Richard, daughter Lizzie and Eve, a friend of Lizzie's. A further trip took place over second half of Feb with Nick's sister , Ros and her husband Patrick down to Grenada and back to Rodney Bay. Grenada is a fabulous destination. We had a lovely day tour to a chocolate estate and spice shop. we also saw the old airport, which is no longer used, at Grenville which still had a couple of old burnt out planes on it as a reminder of the US "invasion" . The start of April saw Nick arrive out with a group of chaps who brought the boat up from St Lucia to Antigua. Somelovely. read more...


03/05/2013

Paraty - DAY -1 - Noch das letzte erledigen

Morgen geht es endlich los: 800 sm richtung Bermuda, dann 1800 sm nachAzoren und last but not least 800 sm nach Lagos, Portugal. Wir haben die letzten3 Tagen nur geschraubt, eingekauft. Die komplette Ladetechnik (Solarregler,220V7110V Landstrom und Lichtmaschineladeregler) wurde erneuert. Esfunktioniert, ich hoffe es bleibt so....   Es ist sehr sehr heiss hier im Hafen, am Tag mindestens 3 T-Shirts. ZumGlueck gibt es ein Pool im Hafen...Die Crew besteht aus Peter M. (PM) von derARC 2011, noch ein Peter J. (PJ) neu an Bord und Andre.  Wir ergaenzen unsgut und haben eine gute Atmosphaere an Bord. Manchmal gibt es noch kleineKommunikationsstoerungen. Sowie gestern als ich die von PJ selbstvorbereiteteRum Punch serviert habe. Ich bin davon ausgegangen, dass es kein Rum in derPunch. read more...


30/04/2013

La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1

Dressed up for the rally...  and for the spring and summertime up north!Jan. read more...


La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1
La Capitana - Dressed up! Post #1
29/04/2013

Ayama - Waiting for first crew

Anna and I are at a mooring in Trellis Bay a few miles north from Nanny Cay. We are waiting for our first crew, Sverker to arrive. In the meantime we take the opportunity to polish the Stainless Steel with Autosol. It is amazing what saltwater can do to SS !. read more...


27/04/2013

Adina - Crossing Biscay

We had been waiting in Falmouth for two and a half weeks for a weather window to cross The Bay of Biscay to Spain. People were asking "Are you still in Falmouth?". Tom was starting to get a little narked, it was time to get that tracker fired up...Leaving FalmouthSo on Friday 19th April at 0640, Adina slipped quietly out of Falmouth and started heading south. Our planned destination was Bayona, Spain, afour and a half day sail away.Biscay is a notorious stretch of water in sailing lore. Robin Knox-Johnston said at the start of the Vendee Globe Round the World yacht race that the waves were so steep it was like trying to sail a yacht up Mount Everest.  Ironically, after weeks of heavy winds and seas the forecast for us was for light winds.For any other Brits heading. read more...


24/04/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding

Well the boat is now ready. Just need to acquire and install the AIS transponder which is now mandatory. Thought I’d had everything ready until the April newsletter arrived. LOL, more money to spend. Well last Saturday Wendy and I were married on a cliff top in Bigbury on Sea, Devon.  The sun gods looked after us as the sun shone all day and 250 family and friends enjoyed a very special day. Full of fun, dancing and good cheer. With the wedding behind us, our focus is now to go sailing. We plan to leave Brixham around 8th May, weather permitting and look forward to meeting other ARC participants on our way to Las Palmas.  Wish you all safe sailing and fair winds. Silver Slipper295861_10151560242821480_1347051937_n. read more...


Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding
20/04/2013

Anastasia - Full circle

14:04.4W 060:57.0W After all the partying and dinner celebrations in Marigot Bay I expected the “Parade of Sail” back to Rodney Bay to be an anti-climax, but it was actually rather fun. We formed a line, smallest boat first, and sailed back in single file, doing a circle around Castries harbour and waving to the onlookers on the cruise liners who were probably wondering what on earth was going on. The entire fleet docked in Rodney Bay marina in record time, because there were drinks by the pool waiting for us. And after a few rum punches there were about forty fully clothed people splashing around in the swimming pool. In the evening we had the final dinner and prizegiving ceremony. Then it was all over. For the past few days we have been saying goodbye to our. read more...



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