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24/05/2015

Starblazer - 22/05/2015 - On our way back to the islands

Starblazer is on her way back to rejoin World ARC in Musket Cove, Fiji where we said goodbye last July to our friends who continued around the world..We have learnt some interesting lessons on this leg.Perceived wisdom says leave New Zealand on the back of a low pressure to get favourable winds to the islands.Our departure on 02/05/2015 was into the middle of a high so the routing suggested motoring east for 2 days before picking up south easterly to easterly winds to bear off towards Minerva Reef and Tonga.I'm sure weather forecasting is one of the dark arts (though we have friends who will quite rightly disagree), the wind filled in from the east north east instead of southeast somewhat sooner than expected and it was a beat all the way..Yes, you can anchor in the middle of the ocean. read more...


24/05/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 23.5.15

Noon Position: 16.29S 167.46WDaily run: 126 milesThe fleet are setting off today and tomorrow from Niue to Vava’u (Tonga) and by the grace of God we shall be level with them tomorrow and arrive at a similar time. We expect to make landfall on Tuesday. Reading about the Tongans, one must remember not to raise one’s voice, dress in long trousers, women in blouses and not to show any affection in public. Sundays are reserved for God and nobody does anything other than going to church. A select few bakeries are allowed to be open by law. Even at the airport, it is extremely rare to see public display of affection between departing family members or friends. Apparently, everybody is very relaxed and has lots of patience (not good to have work done in a hurry). So we are looking forward to. read more...


23/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 4: Shhhhhhhh

It's been a calm day out here today. Winds shifted to our rear and die down a bit, so we launched the parasailor again. Only about 9kts true, but we are still creeping along under sails. Not even a whisper from the fishing department. Apparently there are not more fish in the sea - the rumors are false. Looks like chicken for dinner :)-Ali. read more...


22/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 11: 21 May 2015

Today started extremely badly - and gotworse!  Yesterday we sailed the Parasailor (spinnaker) downwind all day andmade very good progress.  The thing about the Parasailor is that it isquite tricky and the helmsman really does need to be able to see it.  So,we made a deciion not to fly it during the hours of darkness and it was dulytaken down at dusk to be replaced with white sails, main and genoa. Similar winds to yesterday were forecast for today and I got up at first light (0530 hrs) to assist Blue Watch (Ian and Richie) to reset it in anticipation ofanother fine day's sailing.  Like many other spinnakers it is encased in atube of ligh cloth called a "snuffer".  You haul it up the mast inside thesnuffer which is then withdrawn upwards off it by. read more...


23/05/2015

Dala - The DALA express has left the station... for now!

Hi, all,Yes, The DALA express has left the station... for now!We have been very well rewarded by our northernmost option and the weather was excellent for us for the last 36 hours or so. This, in spite of the numerous problems we encountered yesterday but overcame (Thanks for your valuable help, my teammate Richard!).For now, this continues, but I added a cautious "for now!" to the subject if this mail because the weather after the coming 24 hours seems rather unfavorable to us, and also we did only less than 1/3 of the way.The news are not that good on the fishing front: On that leg, the situation is very simple: We caught nothing!Yesterday, of course in the middle of the problems we met, we heard the noise of one of our trolling lines, but the fish made his way out. How. read more...


23/05/2015

Jambo - a bumpy old night!

Wind picked up to Force 5in the night and the sea was very bumpy so sleep at at premium for everyone In the day we had a cracking sail withthe cruising chute up and Jambo cracking along at 7/8 knots - we covered a 143 miles which was a good performance .I just plotted our position on the chart and the Azores look a lifetime away !We have started to track slightly further north in anticipation of the wind changeCarol has finally got control of the galley tonight so gentlemen are being asked to dress for dinnerCan just still see one other ARC boat otherwise it is just us and the sheerwater birds with the odd visit from Dolphins who clearly think we are mad!Philip. read more...


23/05/2015

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

greetings....hello everybody, here we are again. heute erst einmalherzliche gruesse an meine bisherigen mitsegler der arc 2011, 2012, 2013.wolfgang aus schwanheim, malte aus kronberg, reini aus oberursel, ruedigeraus waldshut. es laeuft recht gut im moment, nun zeigt sich, ob unserelaengere nordroute doch die richtige wahl war. etwas holperig ist es schonmit der achterlichen welle. aber alles geschieht ja freiwillig. so, nunnoch ein hallo an ickes lehrer, cpt meier-brinkhoff, rolf u thomas. euchalles gute, herzlichst, ernst. read more...


23/05/2015

Tara - Leg #2 Bermuda to The Azores

Wednesday morning the dreaded start of the longest, most dangerous leg of this three stage passage was upon us. Approximately 1800 miles of the North Atlantic.I know that 35 degrees north of the equator does not seem like very far north but you need to keep in mind that we are advised not to go north of 40 degrees because of ice bergs! WTF!It’s known as the ‘Roaring Forty’s’.The Azores are located at 39 degrees latitude and I’m hoping that the wind God’s allow us to enter the island chain from the west, or even south, without going on a Titanic-like iceberg ‘watch’ (well hopefully we would do it better than they did).The dilemma is that the winds south of the Azores are notoriously light (who wants to take a month to get there? Not me!) and hence the delicate balancing act that is. read more...


23/05/2015

Gozwoz - The case of the Ground Coffee

Today has been sunny and a steady f4/5 breeze from the south west over our starboard quarter has been pushing us towards our destination. It has been a glorious sail with little attention required by the sails and accompanied by bright sun and blue seas. Our Great Leader's study of the weather charts, GRIB files to the uninitiated, has led to the abandonment of the Great Circle route in favour of a foray to the north in the hope of keeping the present wind and avoiding north easterly winds on Sunday night. Fingers crossed it works out. There are a number of yachts in the rally even further north than ourselves but the only ones we have seen today were sailing towards the south. Obviously there are a umber of solutions to the weather conundrum. The disaster of the day has been the. read more...


22/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Call me Ishmail! - First Few Days

The start from Bermuda was a spectacular race out of the town cut at aroaring 6 knots between two sheer cliff walls with a blue sky and a light tenknot wind.  Vying for position early on the skipper held firm as AisligBheag charged towards the gap with an Italian yacht (Mahe 3) a few feet off ourport side.  So close that John shouted out humorously “have you got afender?” which indicated his clear resolve to stick to his line come hell orhigh water. We made it through the narrow channel first and as soon as the lastchannel buoy lay astern we raised the chute and tore away through the pack andleaving a new Leopard 48 in our wake.  The tactical decision had been made to head South and away from adeveloping low to the North and as dusk fell the pack of yachts on the. read more...


23/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Si fila

Si fila a 8,5 nodi di velocità, vento al lasco, randa, trinchetta e janke. Mare calmo, la barca sembra in porto. Non abbiamo niente da fare, infatti ho dormito per tutto il pomeriggio. Navigare così è troppo bello. Siamo in attesa della perturbazione che dovrebbe arrivare Sabato notte. Il meteorologo mi ha consigliato di non salire oltre i 35°di latitudine N in quanto le raffiche di vento potrebbero essere molto forti. In attesa di raggiungere quel limite, continuo la mia ortodromica alla ricerca del vento migliore e della rotta più corta. Oggi ho ricevuto una mail dal comitato di regata con l'elenco delle posizioni delle altre barche, e con grande soddisfazione ho visto che siamo ancora in gara e se il vento arriva, possiamo farcela.Nell'appuntamento radio quotidiano è uscito fuori che. read more...


22/05/2015

Tara - BERMUDA

BERMUDAApologies are due to those readers that have been waiting for more blogs. The explanation is short and simple.The absence was due to exhaustion in Bermuda that had turned into pure laziness and recovery while back on the water these two days.When I last wrote, we were on final approach to Bermuda and happy to be ending two frustrating days of fighting our way into port. As it turns out, that was the easy part.But I’ll explain that later.At 11pm, we entered the well protected harbor and it was bizarre to have no wind and waves at all in there.We ghosted silently to an anchorage just at the same time as great friends (marina mates for 5 months) that we met in Grenada.Charles and Gretchen own, ‘Agua Dulce’, an identical Hylas 54 like to ours.They had just sailed in from Virginia to. read more...


22/05/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 22.5.15

Noon Position: 15.51S 165.23WDaily run: 152 milesAn extensive grey mass of low-hanging cloud, so low that it melded with the sea in places, with ominous patches of deep black, accompanied us on our starboard side for the better part of the afternoon. We had been trying to work out whether it was the biggest squall ever or the advent of a new frontal system. On our port side we had a clear sky with patches of white, grey clouds. It seemed that the starboard mass was chasing us and getting closer, but as we were sailing well on a broad reach on the port tack, we did not take much notice and hoped the ugliness would go sooner or later. By 6pm it had us in its clutches and opened its lock gates accompanied by thunder and lightning. The rain was indescribably dense and so hard that it tended. read more...


22/05/2015

Dala - 2nd leg Bermuda to Horta - 3rd sailing day

Hi, all,Today, we would have loved to say "Thanks God it's Friday!".But sailing is never as you plan it: Yes, we started the day extremely well. After having gybed yesterday night at about midnight, we were right on track to Horta, our VMG equalled our SOG (for the non sailors, this simply means that every mille we were advancing was also taking us a mille closer to our destination, this is not always the case when you sail because the circumstances can lead you to take an indirect route).And the wind conditions improved continuously up to the point where we were sailing between 8 to 12 Knts, at one moment we even touched 15.5 knts. That is my personal record!But that was too much and we decided to be cautious and to take down our code zero sail. It was very difficult to do that in such. read more...


22/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3

Fantastic day sailing the North Atlantic. WIDAGO finally took down her parasailor, and it was a whole family affair. Luckily we were able to sail it even as winds came around at 90 apparent. But speed was being sacrificed for comfort, and we have nice little side bet with DALA, so we needed to make haste! With winds at starboard beam and full sails, we are cruising now at 8.5kts, a little bumpier ride. The currents are brisk out here, edging us southward off our easterly track. No fish (yet) today. We landed a MahiMahi last night just around dinnertime/SSB net call, but the stinker jumped ship after we removed the gaff. Fish 1, WIDAGO 0 - back to the seas, to live another day (or get eaten by something bigger).-Ali image1. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3
Widago - Bermuda-Azores: Day 3
22/05/2015

Jambo - dolphins and breakfast all before 8.00!

A good nights run with the hydro vane keeping us on a decent courseBeautiful sunrise with dolphins playingin our bow wave - they seem to enjoy the company but then get called back by mum as they are probably off to school!Last night the chef prepared a pork dish in a fusion of Asian and Arabic spices and noodles - very tasty but Carol is itching to get in the galley but so far the boys have kept her out as we set the bar very high for her night of glory which is tomorrow.The fashion consultants would have their work cut out as we take on the appearance of extras in the next Film of castaway - toms banana yellow onesey and my Armani linen suit have both suffered in the damp environmentPhilip. read more...


22/05/2015

Gozwoz - The case of the broken cooker

Another day of downwind sailing in wind of 10-15 knots with the genoa goose-winged, not comfortable, as GOZWOZ, like all yachts, rolls with the wind over her transom. We have already made up for our delayed start by overtaking a number of other yachts, several of which we have seen from time to time and which do not seem willing or able to sail dead downwind. Today witnessed remarkable displays of resourcefulness on the part of the Bosun and others. The high point was the repair of the cooker, one of whose trunnions (?) had fallen off in the course of Roger's aggressive cleaning activities. The first thought was that the best that could be achieved would be to prop the cooker on a book (in mid-Atlantic!). An effective repair was, however, achieved to sighs of relief all round from the. read more...


22/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - II giorno

Vento leggero di poppa ed onda hanno caratterizzato questa giornata. Andiamo piano, le vele sbattono e non c'è niente che io possa fare. L'idea che le barche più piccole ci stiano lasciando dietro mi fa impazzire. Non possiamo seguire la rotta diretta in quanto sarebbe in poppa piena e quando ci provo rischiamo di spaccare tutto, ci stiamo dunque mantenendo più a Sud, anche in previsione della tempesta in arrivo da Nord che dovrebbe raggiungerci entro Sabato. Prima che facesse buio abbiamo cambiato il genoa grande con lo yenkie, il vento sta già aumentando; siamo pronti alla battaglia. Con questa vela tangonata la barca cammina meglio. Anche oggi abbiamo mangiato pesce, Dorados con ananas e riso tailandese. Stiamo tutti bene!. read more...


22/05/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 21.5.15

Noon Position: 15.35S 163.13WDaily run: 122 milesBecause of a lack of wind, we ran the engine all night, making about 4 knots in a confused sea, but by 6.30am this morning a forecast southeasterly had put in an appearance, at first feebly and then fairly suddenly increasing to 18 knots. Amazingly, the increase coincided with the passing of the front overhead where clear skies followed. What a delightful change from the gloomy, dull and wet days we had earlier week! Luna Quest is loving the strong breeze on the quarter under full genoa and a partly reefed mainsail, exceeding 8 knots of speed from time to time. In the last 6 hours we have run as many miles under sail as we did all night on the engine in twelve hours!The hatches and windows are open at last and the sultry stuffiness from. read more...


22/05/2015

Dala - Leg 2 - Bermuda to Horta - 2nd sailing day

Hi, all,We are now in our 2nd sailing day toward Horta and so far so good:We had most of the time good wind, even too good since it was downwind and on a catamaran we prefer a broad reach. So we took the option to go North for about 24 h, not a bad option considering we better stay North of the direct route. About four hours ago we gybed and are currently enjoying a smooth and fast sailing, starboard broad reach and making good progress.So, a few minutes ago, I had one of those tiny but gigantic pleasures who make sailing great: I drank a delicious coffee while eating a not less delicious dark chocolate, seating in the forward cockpit (what a great idea, this cockpit), and watching the sea, feeling the boat gliding on the swell, WOW!! Life is good!More good news:- Joelle my lovely Lady. read more...


21/05/2015

Zingara

Alleine und Feuer an Bord - Tag 2. Wir haben uns fuer einen noerdlicherenKurs als die meisten anderen Yachten entschieden wie man jetzt auch in derUebersicht sehen kann. Heute Mittag haben wir den Sichtkontakt zu anderenYachten verlohren. Jetzt sind wir erstmal alleine.Wir versprechen unsbessere Winde in den naechsten Tagen auf diesem Kurs. Momentan segeln wirmit ausgebaumten Segeln vor dem Wind (12Ktn) KursOstNordOst. Highlight desTages war die Einweihung des neuen Gasgrills :-) Die Steaks aus Floridaschmecken auch auf dem Atlantik. Die Stimmung ist gut und wir bereiten unsauf die Nacht vor. Liebe Gruesse von Bord der ZINGARANils. read more...


20/05/2015

Aislig Bheag - Day 1- 2nd leg, off to a good start (phew)

HiFolks,   Firstly weapologise for not updating you on the first leg of our sail from Tortola toBermuda.  To say it was quite eventful is putting it quite mildly.  Onthe third night, just as all the crew were finding their sea legs, John ourSkipper, became very dizzy.  He spent a torrid night below decks vomitingand was so dizzy that he couldn’t sit up or hold down water or food. What waswonderful though was the way the rest of the crew rallied round, taking on thewatches and finding their sea legs during the ordeal.   Still, thefollowing morning things were not looking good and John was still unable to keepdown fluids.  The decision had been taken after the first 12 hours tocontact the Arc rally support who in turn put us in touch with. read more...


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Widago -
21/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Leg: Day 2

So far, all is well aboard WIDAGO on her maiden Atlantic Crossing. We have been enjoying beautiful downwind sunny sailing with our big blue parasailor since we left St. George's. The cinnamon buns from Bermuda were even better this morning. This might become a problem for me as we still have half a dozen or so left, and my foul weather bibs were a bit snug to begin with. I guess there are worse problems to have. Boys are well. They have begun stepping up to their duties with vigor and vim. Dishes were done last night, while another stood watch with Ahab. Now they are rotating in for solo daytime watches so the adults can catch up on beauty sleep.The fleet heading over seems much more spread out than on our way up from Tortola. This is unfortunate because there is less to see on the radar. read more...


Widago -
Widago -
21/05/2015

Defyr - Now we have two gennakers

What a beutiful weather we had for the ARC Europe! We had decided to fuel Defyr before the start. So we agreed that I would go to customs to clear out (boats joining the rally in Bermuda had to do the clearance in customs building) and the others would move the boat to Rubis. So there I was, after customs, internet and buying last minute stuff from the market. But Defyr wasn't there at the gas station. I sat there for a while and tried to call everyone. Finally I did reach Jaakko. Our anchor was tangled with some kind of rope, which in turn was tangled with a carwreck! The diver had just arrived and soon they would be ready to go. Finally we had fuelled and on our way to the start area, fifteen minutes before the start. It wasn't supposed to be this tight of a schedule! We quickly threw. read more...


21/05/2015

Jambo - Azores here we come

The start was quite picture as all the yachts set sail in St George's harbour and then made their way through the town cut into the open seaThe rigmeister Lord Charles of moncreif quickly had Jambo flying along in moderate winds and we had a reasonable night sail. The first few days always take a bit of time to settle down to the routine of the watch system ,Cooking and general chores at an angle We are trying to head slightly ENE in anticipation of a front passing through on Saturday night which may bring rain and a wind shift.This leg is about 1800 miles - our day one distance covered will be about 125 miles !Philip. read more...


21/05/2015

Agua Dulce - Spinnaker Fun, then Wing & Wing

The start was exciting with over 40 sailboats in all shapes and sizes milling around in St. Georges Harbour waiting for the yellow shirts to sound the horn to signal the start and send us off through Town Cut. As we sailed through the cut, we saw several Bermuda longtails wheeling overhead - a good omen for sure! With light winds behind the fleet, many spinnakers were quickly hoisted, and we did the same. Soon, however we had an interesting moment. The belly of the sail got twisted around the sock lines - not a pretty situation. So, we pulled the whole thing down on the deck - seemed like MILES of canvas -and set to work untwisting and unraveling. About an hour and a half later, it was up and flying. At that point, however, the wind had shifted and we decided it would be better to run. read more...


21/05/2015

Exocet Strike - On our way to Niue

It often seems that whenever one put in or takesout a reef the wind does the opposite of what is expected. The forecast was formore wind and moving further South ie forward which both means we need less sailarea. So we put two reefs in at 1830 local time since we were doing 9 to 10 knots but the boat wasn't very balanced. So what happens, the wind staysthe same direction and over the next few hours drops, although as I write thisthe wind has cinversely jumped to 21 to 22 knots so we are now doing 8.6 knotsof boat speed and 8.2 knots SOG (speed over the ground). Whats the differenceand why, I hear the non sailors and pilots amongst you. Well the boat speed isthe speed through the water, whereas the SOG is the same but with the currentcomponent added or subtracted. So you can see we. read more...


21/05/2015

Gozwoz - Day 1 from Bermuda

The day started well in that we managed to get away from the quay where we had spent a night without further damage to the Bosun. As we prepared for the start of the leg, however, we noticed a tear in the genoa which needed immediate repair. In consequence after crossing the start line we made straight for the town quay. Thanks to prompt work by Ocean Sails we were away again within two hours. Apart from a brief try with the cruising chute which resulted in the sort of "SNAFU" associated with that sail, we have been running down wind with a poled out genoa and are hopefully gaining on the slower boats. The Navigator has deservedly been the butt of Our Great Leader's scorn over his uncertainty as to the accuracy of the great circle track provided by the software from the App Store which. read more...


21/05/2015

GarliX - ? nach Niue?Segeln zum Abgewöhnen

Tour: Suwarrow /Cookinseln nach Niue, Distanz ca. 540sm(20.5.2015) Unser Start in Suwarrow war echt, echt mies. Als es hiess „Anker auf“…, war da nicht viel - höchstens 5m, der Rest war und blieb erstmal unten. Wir ankerten bei 20m Tiefe und hatten rd. 60m Ankerkette draußen. Seglerische Solidarität rief die verbliebenen Segler in der Bay auf den Plan… „können wir helfen“. Aber bei 20m Tiefe ist mit Schnorchel, oder auch mit unserem Freedriver (geht 10m runter) nichts zu machen. Dann kam der Skipper von der schwedischen Yacht ANASTASIA mit Tauchequipment und entwirrte die Kette, die sich mehrfach um Korallenblöcke gewickelt hatte. HERZLICHEN DANK!! Mehrere Stunden später als geplant sind wir dann doch noch gestartet; wir hatten nicht mehr damit gerechnet. Schnell entwickelte sich das. read more...


21/05/2015

Mahe' 3 - Partenza

Oggi alle 11.10 ora locale, dentro il porto di S.George (Bermuda), la Barca Giuria ha finalmente dato il segnale di partenza.Un corridoio stretto segnalato da boe rosse e verdi è il percorso obbligato per uscire dal fiordo. Tante barche in così poco spazio fanno impressione; qualche momento di tensione fino a quando ci siamo trovati a largo del reef ed è iniziata la vera regata.Con Poco vento in poppa ed onda oceanica, le 24 tonnellate di Mahè si fanno sentire ! Siamo lenti. Si dovrebbe alzare lo Spinnaker, ma . il mio equipaggio non mi sa aiutare, e quindi mi rassegno ! A poco a poco le barche più leggere ci superano ed io non sono certo contento.Mentre cerco di escogitare qualche cosa per fare andare Mahè un po' più veloce, la canna da pesca parte velocissima; un bellissimo Dorados di. read more...


21/05/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 20th May, 2015

Noon Position: 15.38S 161.25WDaily run: 36 milesYesterday must be among the most squally days on record. There were few brief periods when the rain did not come pelting down. We tried to set the genoa on a pole, just by itself and no other sail. It was a wet business, only to find that the sail might do better on the other side of the mast. The little wind was fickle and would not give us any direction. Wet through, we decided to have some supper and sort something out later. After all, both poles were out and all we would have to do was pull a sheet to bring the sail out, which ever side appeared better, but the wind had changed again by then and using the poles was no longer an option. In the dark with the deck light on we struggled to take the poles in so that we might use our genoa. read more...


20/05/2015

Juno - Pacific Storm

The next leg of our journey takes us to Suwarrow in the Northern Cook islands, made famous by Tom Neale, a New Zealander who wrote about his experiences living there alone for many years. Now it is uninhabited, an atoll famed for its wildlife, visited only by private yachts and manned for three months in the year by park rangers who will stamp your passport for a small fee. The island is seven hundred miles to the northwest so I email Chris Tibbs, our friend and weather router, for a forecast. There is a cold front developing across our track and we are likely to pass through it in three days time. It looks benign at this stage but as we are to discover, Pacific weather systems are highly dynamic and can quickly develop from gentle depressions into aggressive fronts fuelled by the warm. read more...


Juno - Pacific Storm
Juno - Pacific Storm
20/05/2015

Zingara - Guten abend ihr lieben daheim

Guten abend ihr lieben daheim. Und schon gehts weiter, leider....waerendoch gern noch einige tage auf bermuda geblieben, s ist so schoen dort.Aber der zeitplan laeuft. Nen prima start hatten wir, auch jetzt laeuft swieder gut. Hatten wir doch gerade den genaker aus dem wasser fischenmuessen, das fall war gebrochen. Nun, es geht auch ohne recht gut. Wetterund wind voraus sind nicht so toll, aber sehen wir mal. So, genug fuer denmoment, herzliche gruesse vom teich, ernst, ingo, wolle und coscipper nils.. read more...


20/05/2015

Widago - Bermuda-Azores Start

We left the Parrish of St. George's Bermuda this morning with beautiful weather, five souls on board, and way too many cinnamon buns. For the non-rally readers: each leg of our journey cruising with the ARC is done in spirit of friendly competition. This means winners get booze & bragging rights. The vessels are divided into different classes according to size & number of hulls. The start of each leg is staggered by class so as not to increase the ensuing mayhem. Today, Multi-hulls were set to go off at 11:00, followed by the monohull classes in five minute increments. The St. George's Harbor was chalk full of bustling boats, each shaking out their sails and jockeying for the best position at the start. With just a few shy of 40 vessels, plus the regular traffic, it was the. read more...


Widago - Bermuda-Azores Start
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Start
20/05/2015

Dala - This is how a single nut cans screw it all!!

Hi, all (especially the ones of you interested in technical sailing matters),I wrote a few minutes ago a brief report about our stay in Bermuda and how much we enjoyed it.In that message I alluded to a serious incident we had with our main sail. For those of you interested in those matters, here's what happened:1- During the first leg of the crossing, from the British Virgin Islands to Bermuda, the mainsail headboard connector (for my French speaking sailing fiends: c'est la piece metallique triangulaire a laquelle sont attaches trois coulisseaux, qui maintient le point de drisse a la tete du mat) at the very top of the main sail lost its uppermost bolt, and that went of course totally unnoticed.2- A few hours (or days?) later, the headboard connector, not being held any longer, slipped. read more...


20/05/2015

Dala - Farewell Bermuda!

Hi, all,That's it! We left about two hours ago Bermuda and are now sailing toward Horta, Faial Island in the Azores.I could have stayed in Bermuda at least three weeks! What a lovely place: Super lovely people, kind weather, History, exceptional pink sand beaches, exceptional landscapes, excellent seafood (my favorite), the world record of golf courses per capita and much much more...We spent there about 5 days and a half. At least 2 days were taken by taking care of our rigging (we've got a serious incident with our main sail, I'll write another message to the blog for that since it's rather technical and I don't want to bore my non-sailing friends).So we could enjoy touring only about 3 days or less but it was awesome! We toured the historic St Georges Harbour (a UNESCO heritage site),. read more...


Dala - Gibb's Hill lighthouse
Dala - Gibb's Hill lighthouse
20/05/2015

Free Spirit - Log 10: 20 May 2015

This morning, at 10.15hrs we will leave our slip onOrdnance Island Bermuda to begin the next leg of our voyage. We will set acourse for Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores, 1800 NM away onthe other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Free Spirit is in good order, with a newpatch on the Genoa sail for protection against frictional wear against theupper spreader and a new genoa furling line. In light of the problem encounteredon the first leg with flooding of the anchor locker, Ian has devised a cunningsystem, involving the application of Marigold Gloves, forpreventing the ingress of water through the anchor chain ducts. And we havereprovisioned with sufficient fresh food to last several weeks should thisbe necessary.  The island of Bermuda is. read more...


Dala - No golf today but a great donner!
Dala - No golf today but a great donner!
Dala - Farewell Bermuda
Dala - Farewell Bermuda
Dala - Preparing the next leg
Dala - Preparing the next leg

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