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Roaming Solar

by Adrian 24th Jan 2015 - equipment

We’re currently in the Caribbean roaming the seas in a very self sufficient manner. We are making our own water, generating our own electricity, shopping locally and living quite cheaply and well. (We’ll all be reading the Guardian , not washing and wearing dreads soon if we carry on like this!)

(not much chance of that)

Coachroof Solar PanelsOne little modification I made before leaving Las Palmas which is helping considerably was replacing the two 65W factory supplied solar panels built into either side of the coachroof with more efficient 100W mono-crystalline ones.

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Merry Christmas and Thank You

by Adrian 21st Dec 2014 - Caribbean

With the ARC officially over and Vagaris back to a crew of two we are looking forward to taking it easy and cruising the Caribbean at our own pace with fewer parties and not so many rum punch induced hangovers, but before then we have Christmas and New Year to consider.
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We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas – no cards this year, can’t imagine why – and we would also like to thank you all very much for all of your messages and emails during the crossing and when we arrived.

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Party all the time

by Jax 19th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

Barely a day goes by on the ARC without some form of party and last night saw the ARC costume party at the St. Lucia yacht club in Rodney Bay. The theme was naughty or nice. The girl was nice the geek was naughty – go figure!
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Can you see what he is yet? Clue: that’s a gun in his hand (a ‘water’ gun that just happened to be filled with pina colada!) and that’s a cereal bandolero slung across his chest.

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It’s Christmas!!!

by Jax 19th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

XmasDecorations 1Unsurprisingly there hasn’t really been any time to think of anything other than crossing the Atlantic, and all that it entails. Since we arrived we’ve been busy catching up with friends and enjoying the ARC activities (social drinking mostly), but as Christmas is rapidly sneaking up on us, I did find a few spare moments to dig out the decorations yesterday.

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Vagaris crew in day off shock

by Adrian 18th Dec 2014 - Caribbean
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For those of you familiar with the geek you will know how he loves to spend all day every day working on the boat….the boat that is already extremely well prepared for almost any eventuality…in fact he was heard to say during the crossing “I’ll put that on my jobs list for St. Lucia”….wtf?! How about putting “relax and take it easy” on the jobs list for St.

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Fruit & Veg

by Jax 18th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

During our passage we ate very well, as food was quite important for morale and keeping us busy. Despite buying seemingly huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables (100 satsumas, 90 apples etc) we went through most of it.

Before and after photos of fruit and veg supplies…

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This ship is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

by Adrian 8th Dec 2014 - Uncategorized

What do you do with your bananas when even the specially selected bunches of green ones are too soft to retain their banana like shape anymore...

Slightly delayed…

by Adrian 23rd Nov 2014 - atlantic europe

The ARC has been slightly delayed for a day due to bad (30 knot+) winds at the start in Gran Canaria.

These unusually windy conditions over the past few days has had us all on edge and has changed the atmosphere slightly from a tropical sailing adventure to an ocean ordeal with people being worried about seasickness and a rough, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous start to a long ocean journey.

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Hot off the press

by Jax 4th Nov 2014 - The Canaries

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Today’s ‘Provincia’ daily newspaper in Las Palmas ran a double page spread on the ARC, and we were interviewed (only because we were available at short notice, not because we’re special!) for the feature by a charming journalist who didn’t know very much about sailing, but might have learnt a thing or two – first and foremost that heels are not the best footwear on a pontoon.

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