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Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
19/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 4

After heading a bit north for some wind we turned south again. Another day without the most exciting winds...But then we had some action. During a sail change (back to spreading the two fore sails), it was like the autopilot didn't work properly - and indeed, it was bust. A few thoughts went through my head - we are only three on the boat and it would be a long way to hand steer...We had VHF contact with Shepherd Moon, so gave an update on the situation before digging into the bowels of the ship and getting the drive unit out. This is a powerful arm which is mounted directly on the steering quadrant. So in a rolly sea with Delphinia on the helm, Justin and I got it out, eventually managed to open it, and somehow managed to find out how the belts, magnets and clever engineering works.. read more...


19/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Race Day

Every one up Last minute preps : Fulling up with water and then we off.Expecting good wind for the start and first 24 hours. Down wind through the acceleration zone, hopefully push through the wind window, and off West. Should be broad reach. . read more...


19/11/2017

La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail

Last day and last night in Gran Canaria, and we are ready to set sail for the Regatta.DJI_0886-1. Screen Shot 2017-11-19 at 01.39.09-1.. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
19/11/2017

La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria

After several days of work, preparations and sea trials we are now ready for the start of the Regatta.G0010405-1 IMG_4969-1.. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
Charm - Tim's chili
Charm - Tim's chili
19/11/2017

Charm - Day 4 - nothing broke

The blurring has begun to set in.That feeling, whenever you do the same thing for a while, when you start to lose track of days and time and feel like what you're doing is what you've always been doing and will always do.Our days have variety but, as I sit here in the dark, in front of the lights of the instruments, I have the strangest sensation that I've always been here, writing this to you, whoever you are.It's a bit unnerving.Then I'll hit send and it will be gone.Enough about that.Nothing broke today.No one and no things fell off the boat, except those that were deliberately released during a brief round of rotten-fruit tennis.Tim pitched and everyone got a hit except Kent who was down below resting up for his watch.Only the overripe papaya did any lasting damage to the cleanliness. read more...


Charm - Spinnaker dousing
Charm - Spinnaker dousing
Charm - Kent and the butter
Charm - Kent and the butter
18/11/2017

Avel Biz - J-1 Avitaillement

Samedi 18 novembre 2017Muelle DeportivoLas PalmasGran CanariaBonjour à tousÇa y est, l'avitaillement est fait. Avel Biz s'est alourdi de plus de 250kg, ce qui fait beaucoup pour un voilier d'environ 3 tonnes.L'ambiance sur tous les pontons est fébrile. Nous sommes quand même222 voiliers à partir demain pour une Transatlantique. Il y a partout descamionnettes de livraison, des montagnes de fruits, de légumes, d'épicerie,de liquides divers, etc. Nous avons même reçu par erreur des cartonssupplémentaires que nous avons rendus au destinataire prévu.Nous avons été au dernier briefing des skippers. Ambiance studieuse. On sentune certaine tension. La météo annonce une dépression qui s'approche desCanaries.Route nord, route sud, tout le monde discute. Décision demain dans lajournée.Jean-Noël,. read more...


18/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 14

Day 14-Nov 18th.Last night, fuel got critical enough for two of the boats, they had to be assisted by a passing cargo ship. Rumor had it, the same ship helped both of them out. The U.S. Coast Guard had to get involved in both of these instances. At least no one's life was put at risk. Being out of fuel and being blown away from the islands is more of an inconvenience than a life or death issue. Unless, the crew was threatening the captain for putting them in this awkward situation.Since the stress of running out of fuel was over for us, thanks to those extra long wooden chopsticks able to reach the bottom of the tank, we were able to resume enjoying the trip again. As we sit here in the marina, we still don't know how much fuel we burned. We got in early before the fuel station opened.. read more...


18/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Leg 2 Day 4 Blog

Day 4Losing Our ImmoralHaving just eaten tuna out of a tin fished from Poisiedon knows where, I'm struggling to find the moral high ground. However, that hasn't seemed to stop us from shaking our firsts at the 'Japanese' (?) 'whaling' (?) vessel which is jibing ahead of us as it 'fishes for souls' (?). Where is my Green Peace badge when I need it? Meanwhile, both Kiloran lines are trawling in the hope of snagging a large enough Mahi Mahi to use as a subject for first aid defribrillator practice.Contrary to what I was taught in my sustainable exploitation module at uni, there does appear to be a fair abundance of tuna fish around. Regarless, the lack of shark fins of late managed to coax the crew (not all at the same time) in for an Atlantic swim, following an impromptu Man Over Board. read more...


18/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Leg 2 Day 3 Blog

Day 3Erica's Bun in the OvenJohn, also known as "Party John" and "Dangerous John" (self-proclaimed), who owns a biting corn snake, a pig without fur and a rooster named Darth Vadar, has joined the crew for Leg 2 of our Atlantic Adventure. Tricky Ricky finally succeeded in escaping us at Cape Verde following An Unfortuate Series of Events involving some deadly Saharan sand clouds. Subsequently, conversation which once was polite and considerate has descended into school-boy tom-foolery, amongst men who were apparently once school boys together. FYI, Party John doesn't like being ganged up on.Our bid to worship the sun is coming along swimmmingly, if not a little too well, as we spread ourselves around the deck - we have 11ft each so it's fairly cushty and there isn't much sailing to be. read more...


18/11/2017

North Star - Day -1 - Final Preps and waiting

North Star is ready to go.Crew consisting of Henry DiPietro and Rick Meisner and me, Ted Rice are on board and ready to depart.As few last minute items needed from the Hiperdino, which Rick is taking care of and sails, rigging and topside stuff that Henry has taken care of, leaving me, Skipper Ted to play with the communications systems to ensure we can stay connected.Biggest communications concern is staying abreast of changing weather forecasts.I think as we got all of the food aboard, North Star's waterline rose about 2 inches. When the three of us get off North Start in St. Lucia, it will drop 2 inches due to the transfer of weight to our waistlines!We've been on again and off again about fishing.I am not sure when we will make the final decision!I don't think the fish need work. read more...


18/11/2017

Hummingbird - Head south until the duct tape melts

The last 24 hours have been busy busy busy! Cui, our onboard cinematographer, has been making amazing videos with his gopro 6/film making app/selfie stick combo to show off Hummingbird sliding through the big blue. Planking practise has been stepping up a notch in anticipation of our end of trip boat-wide competition: bodies have been strewn around any open patch of space they can find, flexing up on elbows and tip toes, core muscles shaking as they try to beat Frasers current sweaty 30 degree celsius top time of 1 minute 45 seconds. John caught our first fish! A smallish nipper; a warm up for the 7 foot tuna to come. Lunch time brought Nicky’s Nautical Notes; our midday briefing and weather forecast update. This time we had a big decision to make… maintain our westward course on. read more...


18/11/2017

Angkor - Tage bis Abfahrt: 1 – Geht es morgen wirklich los?

Geht es morgen wirklich los? Das steht eigentlich außer Zweifel, am 19.11.2017 um 12:30 UTC (Die Weltzeit, nicht zufällig die Englische Zeit, aber zufällig die Kanarische Zeit) startet unsere Klasse und innerhalb der nächsten 30 Minuten auch der Rest.Gestern haben wir unseren neuen Spinnaker ausprobiert – ein riesiges Segel was man einfach wie ein Handtuch vors Boot spannt und wo der Wind dann schiebend hineinpustet. Das ist ein Segel für schwache Winde von hinten und die erwarten wir reichlich. Die meisten Leute hier haben mehr Angst vor schwachem als vor starkem Wind und mir geht es genauso. Ansonsten gibt es keine Nachrichten technischer Art und das ist sehr gut, denn auf einem Boot sind alle technischen Nachrichten schlechte Nachrichten. Natürlich hoffen wir sehr, dass es dabei. read more...


18/11/2017

North Star - Day -1 - Final Preps and waiting

North Star is ready to go.Crew consisting of Henry DiPietro and Rick Meisner and me, Ted Rice are on board and ready to depart.As few last minute items needed from the Hiperdino, which Rick is taking care of and sails, rigging and topside stuff that Henry has taken care of, leaving me, Skipper Ted to play with the communications systems to ensure we can stay connected.Biggest communications concern is staying abreast of changing weather forecasts.I think as we got all of the food aboard, North Star's waterline rose about 2 inches. When the three of us get off North Start in St. Lucia, it will drop 2 inches due to the transfer of weight to our waistlines!We've been on again and off again about fishing.I am not sure when we will make the final decision!I don't think the fish need work. read more...


Shimna - The crew
Shimna - The crew
18/11/2017

Shimna - Shimna... Cometh the hour come the crew

With less than 24 hours before the 2017 ARC starts the waiting is nearly over, the provisioning complete and the lively, "do we really need to waste space taking water" debate, almost concluded.The skippers briefing confirmed that tomorrow the wind will be light, the sea calm and the temperature high.A total exclusion zone will be in operation, effectively closing Las Palmas harbour tomorrow for all vessels except the departing ARC fleet. If we can avoid getting rammed as 200 yachts cross the start line we should have a happy day.Follow Shimna and her splendid crew by downloading the "YB Races" app.Our race tactics ( but keep this quiet) are to start slow and then pick off the competition one by one.No doubt our speed will increase steadily as we pick up the trade winds and work our. read more...


18/11/2017

Shimna - Last day

Well we are off tomorrow at last it has been good fun , we joined all the activities (mostly drinking ) sailing involves a lot of it. Skippers briefing today , not a lot of wind we have to beat Dave’s personal best 19 days one hour Let’s hope we do . We need The god of wind to help us . The forecast is not good it could take us three weeks . Three weeks withsnoring farting men ! Beam me up scotty ! Julie Thorp07866428093. read more...


18/11/2017

Blue Top - Bluetop 18112017 Veille du Départ

Gooood Morninnng BLUE TOPLe blog du TOP n°1 du 18/11/2017En direct de Gran Canaria aux Canaries (sic) par 28 07N 15 25W. Aujourd'hui ce sont les derniers préparatifs avant le départ qui aura lieu demain dimanche. Pour nous passage de la ligne à 12H45. La fièvre monte sur les pontons de Babel où nos voisins sont:italiens, allemands, norvégiens et nos concurrents anglais, shit !Mais avant toutes choses, sachez que ce n'est pas le Commandant qui vous parle, ni le pilote (à l'ancienne), mais l'écrivain dubord à qui cette tache secondaire et un peu intellectuelle est dévolue, pour tout vous dire, le dernier dans l'ordre d'ancienneté,donc nommé d'office !Profitons de ce moment privilégié où nous prenons contact pour faire connaissance avec l'équipage. Le capitaine/commandant/maître/master/dieu. read more...


Gust of Wind - Diving the hull clean
Gust of Wind - Diving the hull clean
Helen - Ed's loaf
Helen - Ed's loaf
18/11/2017

Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon

Malgré les rumeurs sur un départ retardé pour cause de dépression au  nord, nous on est prêt à partir demain.On a acheté le jambon et le couteau qui va avec! 20171118_133641. read more...


Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon
Golok - J-1. On achète un couteau pour le jambon
18/11/2017

Marisja - Marisja blog 3

Beste Allemaal,   Op dit moment is het zaterdag ochtend om 11:14 uur. We zeilen overstuurboord met de A2 genaker ongeveer 7 knopen.  Afgelopen nacht heeft nietiedereen even goed kunnen slapen door het rollen van de boot en het klappen vande zeilen voor de wind maar de stemming zit er goed in. We hebben net evengeinventariseerd hoe blij we zijn en we halen een teamgemiddelde van een 8,happy dus.   Over lij op ongeveer 4 mijl van ons vaart de Cayuse een Catamaran Outremerevan 51 voet.  We varen ongeveer even hard. Verder zijn er geen boten meerin de buurt. We hebben gister namiddag de koers gezet naar een meer zuidelijkerichting omdat we daar straks meer wind verwachten.   Gisteren heb ik (Dirk Jaap) mijn eerste verse vis aan boord, een Mahi Mahi,gegeten nadat die. read more...


18/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Windless and whaleless

Over the summer we have sailed Shepherd Moon from 58 degrees North to our current latitude of 16 degrees North with the single aim of putting ourselves comfortably in the tradewind belt. The winds that drove commerce for the centuries before Amazon turned up and made us think that even next day delivery is a bit tardy (OK, so there was a bit of a gap between the days of sail and Amazon but a bit of artistic licence never goes amiss). So here we are, smack bang in the middle of the tradewind belt and all we have is a mere zephyr of a breeze. For the past 24 hours we have been sailing at between 4 or 5 knots, which given the wind is only 7 to 8 knots is actually quite impressive, but it's not fast enough to get us to St Lucia in time for the arrival of our daughter on the 2nd December.The. read more...


Odessa
Odessa
18/11/2017

Odessa - Log day 3

Safety inspection пройдена, вода и большая часть продуктов -на борту. Граница закрыта.smime. read more...


Odessa - Log day 3
Odessa - Log day 3
Odessa - grab bag
Odessa - grab bag
18/11/2017

Kindred Spirit - Only one day to go

All the crew have arrived on Kindred spirit. We are feeling excited but also a little anxious. So much to do and only a day to do it in. Bernice. read more...


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...



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