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Day 24 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Made it to St Lucia, cheers!!!

December 31, 2017 - "Hark how the sailors' cry, Joyously echoes nigh Santa Lucia... Santa Lucia!" - Neopolitan folk song 12 December:...
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Day 24 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Land Ahoy!

December 31, 2017 - 12 December: I'd just got to sleep (it seemed) when the alarm rang. Still pitch black outside, I just about registered i...
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Day 23 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Catch of the Day

December 31, 2017 - 11 Decemeber: I took over from the Skipper on the dawn watch this morning. The rest of the crew fast asleep, it isn't of...
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Day 22 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Full Steam Ahead!

December 31, 2017 - 10 December: Growing ever closer to St Lucia, we spent the afternoon making our courtesy flag in readiness for our arriv...
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Day 21 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Recharging the batteries

December 31, 2017 - 9 December: Three weeks in. We thought we would be at St Lucia by now, but with just under 350 nautical miles to go, I,...
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Day 20 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Squallid Debris

December 30, 2017 - 8 December: Well, the garlic may well have kept the squalls at bay overnight, but my theory fell apart today as, while c...
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Day 19 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Squall!

December 30, 2017 - 7 December: I have to be careful what I write in this log. No sooner had the sunset over an unremarkable (in sailing ter...
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Day 18 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Tha' She Blows!

December 30, 2017 - 6 December: The moment I posted yesterday how reassuring it was to have another Arc vessel in the vicinity, Flying Merli...
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Day 18 - ARC Atlantic Rally - breakFeast of St Nicholas

December 30, 2017 - 6 December: I am on the dawn watch this morning, having swapped with the Skipper. This is not a case of the First Mate s...
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Day 17 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Wide Sargasso Sea

December 30, 2017 - 5 Dec: Ever since we hit the half-way mark at the weekend it feels like the sea has ramped up a notch. A confusion of wa...
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Day 16 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Robin Hood and The Merry Crew

December 30, 2017 - Dec 4: "I've run out of books Mum!" Words any parent stuck in the middle of the Atlantic dreads to hear from their 12 ye...
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Day 15 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Half-way there!

December 30, 2017 - 3 Dec: At around 3am this morning we hit the halfway mark, geographically speaking. Hurrah! Hopefully we are well over h...
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Day 14 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Operation Gennaker

December 30, 2017 - 2 December: Watching another epic battle between Xavier and our foresail this morning, it struck me that our gennaker ha...
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Day 13 - Arc Atlantic Rally - First Day of Advent

December 30, 2017 - 1 December. Catherine (aged 5) dictates: I woke Mummy up and we went upstairs to the cockpit, and I saw the Advent calen...
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Day 12 - Arc Atlantic Rally - On the siren call of circus and clowning around

December 30, 2017 - 30 November: The value of clothes pegs has gone up on the boat now since the kids have devised a bartering system. Cathe...
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Day 11 - Arc Atlantic Rally - Sailing close to the wind

December 30, 2017 - 29 November: Another flying fish landed in the middle of the deck last night while we were having supper. It was quite s...
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Day 10 - Arc Atlantic Rally - Flights of Fancy

December 30, 2017 - 28 November: Second day in the trade winds and it was clear this morning we were in the flight path with a couple of fly...
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Day 9 - Arc Atlantic Rally - Horrible Histories and Silver Linings

December 29, 2017 - 27 November: Well, we have now caught the trade winds and are sailing along, but our dinghy’s a bit deflated. Yesterday,...
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Day 8 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Sun sets on a calm day

December 25, 2017 - 26 November: Today I’m writing from a rippling millpond as the sun sets, amber and gold reflected in swathes of satin. S...
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Day 7 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Wonders of the Sea

December 24, 2017 - 25 November: Dawn watch this morning, wondering at the miracle of the sunrise. Meanwhile next to me at the helm sat Fran...
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Day 6 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Depression

December 24, 2017 - 24 November: Onto Day 6, the longest length of time we’ve ever been without sight of land, or alcohol and we’ve headed s...
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Day 5 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Dicey

December 24, 2017 - 23 November: Sky at night on watch is expanding as I can identify more and more. Just as I had figured out Pegasus, sigh...
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Day 4 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Starstruck

December 24, 2017 - 22 November: Had a breakthrough with the sky at night on watch last night. Found Orion’s Belt, recognised from a slide i...
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Day 3 - ARC Atlantic Rally - On loaves and the fish

December 24, 2017 - 21 November: It’s 5pm. I have to begin today’s post with the catch of the day: a most beautiful blue and yellow iridesce...
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Day 2 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Heave...oh!!!

December 24, 2017 - 20 November: We have split the night watch up into 3 hour slots starting from 9pm each evening and rotating one slot alo...
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Day 1 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Departure Day

December 23, 2017 - 19 November 2017: Passers-by were stopping to take snap shots of our picturesque citrus nets, strung up from the solar...
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Arriving in Las Palmas for the ARC Atlantic Rally 2017

December 23, 2017 - LA CIGALE log entries submitted to the ARC website daily on the Atlantic Rally Crossing 2017 www.worldcruising.com/arc/e...
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