ARC Rally Photos

Here are some photos of the ARC Rally.

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Moonshadow romps across Rodney Bay to be the 19th yacht to finish the ARC Trans-Atlantic Rally out of 233 starters.

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This “painting” out in front of the ARC Office in Las Palmas was done in colored salt.  It didn’t look so good after the first rain.

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Moonshadow all dressed and ready to go in Marina Las Palmas.

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The 18 meter + dock at Las Palmas.  Which rig do you think is Moonshadow’s?

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The ARC MooCrew; Kurt (top left), Charles (top right), Graham (lower left), Merima and George in front of our wall painting.

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Merima put in plenty of provisions for a long passage.

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Graham dove on the bottom to clean off every bit of growth.

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On start day there was a parade around the marina.

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With 233 boats heading out to the start line, there was a traffic jam at the marina entrance.

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Fireboats on the Las Palmas city front sent the fleet off in style.

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The Windies and other cruising friends came out to watch the start and bid us farewell.

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We started near the windward end of the start line and then climbed up to clear air above the majority of the fleet.

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It was hand to hand combat with some of the larger boats like Big Spirit, but by nightfall we had shown her our transom.

 

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It was time to have a beer and sing a sea chanty.

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The volcanic peak on the island of Tenerife was the last we saw of the Canary Islands.

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On the first night we were treated to a beautiful sunset and a green flash.

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The next morning the sun rose through the red dust blowing off the Sahara Desert.

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A pilot whale crossed our bow.

 

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The boys set about to repair the reacher.

 

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Another morning, another beautiful sunrise.

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A pod of dolphins rush up to greet us.

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And play in Moonshadow’s bow wake.

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Kurt lathers up and has a shower during a squall.

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The winds filled in a bit before sunrise.

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Sunset in the spinnaker.

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A headstay reach in light airs and calm seas.

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Kurt reels in the first of four mahi-mahi we caught on the trip.

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Snacktician Merima works hard in the galley turning out beautiful meals.

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While we’re gliding along effortlessly at 9.3 knots.

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Merima made a cake for George’s birthday.

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And there was a birthday party that night.

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Kurt drives to windward as the breeze picks up.

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The tradewinds finally arrive with northeast winds and following seas.

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Mahi-mahi number two.

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Merima enjoys a bit of downwind driving.

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The big blue MPS was good in light airs.

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The 2.2 oz. heavy air kite was a a real work horse and great for tight reaching.  This one is a veteran of the 1986 ARC.

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Beautiful sunsets kept on coming.

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Graham performed delicate surgery to repair the B & G wind instruments.

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A small squall showers on the sea.

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Merima keeps an eye on the kite trim.

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Downwind sailing in the trade winds.  This is our wake at 13+ knots.

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Tying to outrun a squall.

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Afterwards, we got a nice rainbow.

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The boys grew beards on the passage.

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The seas started to build up as we drew nearer to the West Indies.

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We were blasted by squalls day and night for the last two days of the passage.

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It was much calmer on the leeward side of St. Lucia.  Rounding Pigeon Island (to port) we entered Rodney Bay.

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The last leg was a tight reach across Rodney Bay to the finish line.

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The ARC committee boat was anchored in the bay, waiting to record our finish.

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The MooCrew after crossing the finish line.

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We were welcomed to the Rodney Bay Marina with steel pan music.

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And a round of pina coladas, beers and a basket of fresh fruit-the beginning of a week of welcome parties.

 

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