Andy & Mia

ARC Rally Announces 2nd Start Date, plus Cape Verde Stopover

7 May

 

Okay, busy day for Andy & Mia today on SAILfeed! We just got the official word from the main office in Cowes that the World Cruising Club is expanding the ARC Rally, something Mia and I have enjoyed working on for the past four years. Here's the official press release…

 

'Demand from sailors world-wide for spaces in the 2013 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2013) has been unprecedented. The thirty extra boat slips recently installed by the Las Palmas Port Authority has enabled the ARC to grow to a maximum of 245 yachts for 2013; despite this, the ...

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Taking ‘Green’ Crew Ocean Sailing

7 May

Note: I wrote this about a week ago in Tortola, during the ARC Europe / Atlantic Cup start week. It was a nice evening.

I’m back in my element now. After four long days being social and cheerful, I find myself a bit exhausted. Mia doesn’t understand this. Introverts (and I classify myself as one), find it physically tiring to be in social situations. Some more than others, of course (so I’ve read). I’m there now. Don’t get me wrong, I lovethese events, wouldn’t be doing anything different. But being introverted, it takes a real effort to be social,

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Therapeutic Writing in the Caribbean

7 May

Note: I wrote this about a week ago in Tortola, during the ARC Europe / Atlantic Cup start week. It was a nice evening.

I’m back in my element now. After four long days being
social and cheerful, I find myself a bit exhausted. Mia doesn’t understand
this. Introverts (and I classify myself as one), find it physically tiring to be in social situations. Some more than
others, of course (so I’ve read). I’m there now. Don’t get me wrong, I love these events, wouldn’t be doing
anything different. But being introverted, it takes a real effort to be social,...

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Sending off another rally fleet!

4 May

You'll have to excuse our absence on SAILfeed in the past week. It's been full-on getting the Atlantic Cup and ARC Europe rallies underway here in Tortola. But it's been a blast too, and now the fleet is finally at sea! I wrote this press release just now to announce the departure. To follow the fleet, head on over to worldcruising.com. On Wednesday, Mia and I head to Bermuda, where the fun continues! After sailing in ARC Europe last year on Kinship, it's fun to be on the organizing side this year. Enjoy!

Thirty yachts hailing from twelve different ...

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Party! Ocean Research Project at J/World Annapolis, April 27 – Now with Clipper City ‘Heavy Seas’ Beer!

23 Apr

UPDATE! Clipper City Brewery has signed on as a sponsor for ORP’s going away party, and is giving us some of their Heavy Seas beer for the event! It’s FREE, so come out and enjoy it on Saturday!

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Click the flyer pictured for details on Matt Rutherford’s Ocean Research Project party, set for April 27 at J/World Annapolis from 6pm. Schell’s is sponsoring the food, and we’ll have free Heavy Seas beer from Clipper City Brewery in Baltimore! Come hang out with Matt and the ORP team, hear about the new 42′ steel research vessel Ault...

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Remembering Mange – our brief experiences with a sailing legend

21 Apr

Magnus Olsson passed away yesterday. The legendary Swedish sailor was beloved by the sailing community the world over?. Like many others I'm sure, he was one of my heroes. As a sailor for sure, but also just as a person. What follows are some of my experiences with him since we met in 2011 at the ARC, my simple way of remembering someone who is impossible to forget.

Mia and I first met Magnus and his partner Vica in 2011 at the ARC in St. Lucia. He'd been sailing aboard Triumph?, the big Baltic that took the Invitation ...

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Saudade update – less than 150 miles away

18 Apr

Saudade is now getting close to Rhode Island where they will end the trip.

37˚ 20′ N / 067˚ 45′ W

Andy reported a fantastic night last night. No moon was up and it was very dark. The white caps glowed in the dark by all phosphorescent and it was magic according to Andy. Half way through his night watch, a couple dolphins visited him.

Yesterday when they still were in the gulf stream, they took advantage of the warm weather and water and stopped for a swim. As soon as they got out of the gulf stream, the water ...

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Saudade update

17 Apr

37˚ 20′ N / 067˚ 45′ W

Saudade is sailing (and motor) along, less than half way to go.

Billy put a patch on for this leg and Andy claimed he is now a new person, in a good way. He was pretty seasick on the way up to Bermuda but they bought some medicin that worked great. Austin did not put a patch on and got very seasick the first day but starting to feel better now. :) I always get seasick, it is nothing worse in the world, but such a relief when I start to feel better.. ...

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Saudade update – saling fast

16 Apr

Sorry for the delayed update, I will do better and update before lunch tomorrow…

16 April 09,00EST

34˚ 51′ N / 065˚ 56′ W

Andy called in this morning to check for weather. We didn’t talk much about the sailing as I wanted to update him on the awful day in Boston yesterday. I was not there my self, but have friends and family living up there and running in the race, no one of them was hurt.

Anyway, Andy reported fast sailing, around 8kt during the night and at 09.00EST they had already covered 155 miles! They must be ...

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Saudade to Bermuda – Halfway Home

14 Apr

We arrived on Saturday morning, just before noon. Saudade? made a faster passage than I'd expected, averaging about 7 knots for the duration of the 850 miles or so. In perfect weather. For photos, check out Mia's post here, at 59-north.com. 

We left St. Thomas on a Monday morning, having to pawn off the bananas to a big schooner that was our neighbor at the dock. Casey and Lindsey had not heard that particular superstition ("It's not a superstition, it's real!," said Billy at dinner the night before we left. He and I enlightened them with many others, ...

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