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70 hours in the INNcredible Sea Lodge has traveled 580 nautical miles mostly SW 11/29/2012

70 hours in the INNcredible Sea Lodge has traveled 580 nautical miles mostly SW. Last night for awhile the seas backed off and the winds slowed just as we entered the Canarian Current which runs S at 1 knot. From then on even though we were headed WSW (248) we were drug southward to a COG (course over ground) of SSW (212). But the good news is we eventually have to go more south any way yet we’re trying to keep as much westerly heading as possible on the way, after all if we sailed due west we would land in the Bahamas just like Columbus at about 23.5N when St. Lucia is 12N almost 700 nm south. Back to the 580 nm traveled divided by the 70 hours travel time equals over 8 knots average speed – bloody good!

At this rate we would arrive in 337 hours or about 14 days. That however would be amazing but unlikely. Anyway I’m stopping in the middle of the Atlantic to have a swim which may add an hour. And if we stopped for a picnic?

Crew report: all well, happy and well fed.

 

Brian

Captain of the Inncredible Sea Lodge

 
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Day Two

It’s night now after a beautiful sunset followed shortly thereafter by the rising full moon to light our way. Although today started out with strong winds and high seas both have tempered a bit and the wind is pushing 20 knots more or less almost behind us allowing us to point SW.

Beautiful day today with sun and a breeze which we all enjoyed. Every one  has to follow a watch schedule of on 6 hours and off 9. We always have two people on and during the daytime more people are up any way. The watch schedule moves like a volleyball team so no one is stuck with midnight until 6am more than once every three or four days. No watch schedule is easy to get used to but this one gives one the ability to get a long rest in between. Racing sailors prefer on 4 hours off 4 hours but Nate complains that he can’t get any real sleep within that short 4 hours. Every one agreed so we’re cutting our own path here despite good advice.

When the winds relaxed a bit, Big Blue (our big blue gennaker) went up and has been pulling us along all day and will all night. Tomorrow in the light it’s time to fly the new spinnaker which hasn’t seen the light of day since the sailmaker stuffed it in its sailbag. Excited to see it fly in full color.

Time to get some rest because my watch starts at 3am.

For dinner I made brown rice and fresh pumpkin in a spicy coconut curry sauce.

Brian

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And we’re off!

And we’re off! Except for the handle of racing boats that left on schedule Sunday, all 228 sailboats passed GO yesterday between 10:45 and 11:45 am under squally skies and strong winds. So much for delaying Sunday for weather because Tuesday didn’t turn out to be any relief. The INNcredible Sea Lodge had good position at the start and got out strong keeping up with the front of the Cat pack. Until that is that it was time to reef in and we turned up into the wind and it took us so long to get a good shape in our reefed sail that we had pulled way away to the east of the pack. With the winds coming out of the north and as strong as they were we could not use a spinnaker and had to sail ESE with jib and main. Constantly surrounded by squalls by mid afternoon we gibed to W but  had planned. Winds kept building (up to 35 knots) and we began to pinch a bit more west. Holding 252 WSW all through the night we are headed in the right direction but could use some relief from both the wind’s strength and direction.

 

I did however muster up a satisfying meal of sautéed vegetables and polenta with an herbed feta cheese. Crew is happy and despite the bumpy ride every one is sleeping well when there off watch. You do can actually see our position at www.worldcruising.com/arc and search for the boat name. However I am not keeping a blog there only here.

 

Brian

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Inncredible Journey 11/27

Folks all over are enjoying the INNcredible journey.


This is my last day with any possible WIFI connection until Santa Lucia in the New World so I’m sending pictures.
They clustered all of us catamarans out back in a separate alcove called Vela Latina. Having been living there for over a week now shoulder to shoulder with other crews.

Brian

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Friday night’s Farewell party at Real Club Nautico was probably sailing biggest party of the year with over 1200 crew members from 228 sailboats represented over 30 countries around the world.


Friday night’s Farewell party at Real Club Nautico was probably sailing biggest party of the year with over 1200 crew members from 228 sailboats represented over 30 countries around the world. Talking with crew from boats hailing from Halifax, from Norway, from Northern Ireland, from Estonia, from Russia everyone was ready to go whether they were three crew in a 37 foot sloop or 16 crew in a 70 foot racer. One boat was out of the water with a heater warming its rebuilt rudder so the fiberglass would cure hard. Engines were being replaced, repairs of all sorts made, chandleries selling more stuff in two weeks  than the rest of the year, this ARC has a powerful impact on the economy of Gran Canaria.

Then today, Saturday, came the Skippers’ Briefing were all near 500 skippers and first mates congregated in the Santa Catalina Hotel Grand Ballroom to hear all the latest on the timing and sequence of the starting of the race. Then came the weather forecasting with a low developing north of the Canaries moving into our area by Sunday evening bringing head winds up to 40 knots and swells topping 6 meters (that’s 20 feet) by Monday with wind chop atop. A bigger low was churning to the west and showing signs of getting stronger. The briefing was all but over when the Chairman took the stage and announced that for only the second time in ARC’s 28 years the start of this race will be postponed. Roaring applause filled. /. the room. Andrew and I weren’t applauding. We were ready to go; we’d been ready to go days ago. Living in the millionaires’ ghetto in the busy marina for more than a week is enough.

The chairman actually gave all boaters a choice: to start the race as planned tomorrow or wait until Tuesday to start. We’ll see how many start tomorrow. The word on the dock is if you started tomorrow the seas would toss you around for 48 hours such that everyone on board would be sea sick and the boat’s forward motion wouldn’t amount to much anyway.

So we went this afternoon for a little near sunset sail. Came back and I made a seafood saffron soup and celebrated Thanksgiving a day late and relaxed. Instead of an evening of anticipation and anxiety prior to the start we’re relaxing after a week’s worth of provisioning and make-ready/ship shape. We’ve got a stalk of green bananas hanging, a hammock full of 100+ onions, 15kg sack of potatoes, hard winter squashes, a 72 quart chest full of apples and oranges,  veggies stashed everywhere, cupboards bulging full of dry goods – you’d think we were crossing an ocean or maybe two.

Brian

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Inncredible Journey~ It’s been an adventure just to get here from where we started in Les Sables France (the home of the famous Vendee Globel single-handed round the world race) to the gran Canaria where Columbus himself set off from on his first, second and fourth voyage to the New World.

The ARC has kept us busy all week with fantastic seminars, daily Sundowner happy hours followed by nightly events ranging from the Gran Canarias Tourist Board welcoming extravaganza and last night’s wild Masquerade Night probably to be topped by tonight’s Farewell Bash. Definitely designed for the designed for the party animal, I’m doing my best to keep up but I slip away to a good night’s sleep and a happy sunrise the next morning.

The welcoming ceremony was a minature Olympics-style opening ceremony where each nation’s participants (over 30 nations) gathered together at the start point complete with flags and then lead by the Gran Canaria brass bandplaying New Orleans-style street music proceeded in alphabetical order parading down and around the marina which is all visible to the city of Las Palmas. Since we’re in Spain we, Estados Unidos, were toward the front just behind Estonia and in front of Russia (which I can’t remember how that worked). I was the designated flag bearer and I doubled up the flag with my colonial ‘Betsy Ross’  13 colonies flag (being this is a British organized event). First mate Andrew Starr held up high the Republic of California flag which is always a big hit wherever we go.

The parade ended with ceremony and speakers ending with all the flags of all the countries raised on flag poles simultaneously with a fireworks salute. This pretty cool little event sets the stage and is a reminder to all that what we are about to do is a major personal and team event. It’s been an adventure just to get here from where we started in Les Sables France (the home of the famous Vendee Globel single-handed round the world race) to the gran Canaria where Columbus himself set off from on his first, second and fourth voyage to the New World. We’re all excited and focusing now on all the last minute details of preparation.

No turkey for my crew this Thanksgiving Day but we’ll put together our own little feast nonetheless.

Brian

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Fifth Crew Member Changes 11/18/2012

The fifth crew member position has been hard to settle down and we’re now on our third change. First a Brit named Trevor whom I was excited to have on board with a range of skills adding to the others had conflicts arise at the last minute with testing for his commercial pilot’s licensing in Great Britain. Then came along a fantastic substitute, Steven from California, with an excellent sailing resume bringing years of experience aboard plus the tremendous bonus of being a doctor. Steven did join us in Lisbon and sailed with us on the wild ride down to the Canaries. Sadly a health issue arose and he made the prudent decision to not continue across the Atlantic. Steven will be missed and thankfully his recovery is progressing well. Our stores of medical supplies provided what was necessary to aid in his recovery.

So the fifth position was again empty. Each of the previous crew member candidates came through friends’ recommendations – a comfortable way to take on someone as opposed to courting someone out of the blue. And the thought of going without a fifth member was worth contemplating too. Quite a handful of boats are going with two, some families with two or three adults and children are going too. So there’s nothing magic about having 5. So i was resigned to letting that possibility develop in a more organic way without pushing it.

Upon check-in with ARC on our arrival in Las Palmas, our ARC representative named Katie graciously orientated us and as conversation ensued her origins arose as a Mainer, that sate that claims ‘the way life should be’. She also recommended that we introduce ourselves to a young couple from Maine at that evening’s Happy Hour who will be serving the beer and wine. And so we did with short conversation because the bar was swamped with thristy sailors.

So just coincidence or divine providence brought us together again, this time as candidates for crew member number 5. Unknown to me they had already checked out my websites both the winery & lodge and the INNcredible Sea Lodge. Eric and Emily came calling to introduce themselves when their contact Katie heard we were thinking of a replacement crew member. After a  interview covering a gamut of topics, Eric’s resume as both a charter sailboat captain each summer in Maine and a delivery skipper back and forth several times along the east coast brings much appreciated sailing experience as well as youth. Emily works each summer as an innkeeper mid-coast in Maine and was quick to notice the significance of our boat’s name INNcredible Sea Lodge. Eric quickly touted Emily’s cooking prowess. I know the skills of a seasoned innkeeper and Emily’s experience will add to the culinary skills of both first mate Andrew and myself. I did warn her that we have no freezer, no microwave, no canned food and everything we eat is made from scratch. So their combined skills are excellent additions to any crew.

The INNcredible Sea Lodge is a generous sized vessel with four wonderful staterooms each of which however are already taken with Captain (that’s me) and crew, albeit only one in each room. So my offer was the coffin berth in the port bow, a cozy but snug quarters for two. Eric and Emily actually have experience calling an even smaller coffin berth home on occasion. So after a final interview this afternoon, we will bring aboard a fifth crew member replacement times two.

Brian

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The INNcredible Sea Lodge landed this morning in Las Palmas of the Gran Canaria. 11/14/2012

 

 

Las Palmas of the Gran Canaria

700 nm later 4.5 days (nights and days) sailing south, the INNcredible Sea Lodge landed this morning in Las Palmas of the Gran Canaria about 250 nm off the coast of West Africa. Water is 77 degrees, air is about that too, skies are overcast ready to dump some rain. But we made it, leg 2 of the INNcredible journey home.

Now we get 10 days of safety checks and seminars, classes on everything from weather and routing to rigging and even Fitness at Sea, all the while making ready ship and crew for the Big crossing. Oh yes the 10 days will be peppered with happy hours and other forms of commerodery (help me with this spelling) building through story sharing with hopefully believable content.

Once we push off out to sea on the 25th, we must sail almost 3,000 nm across the Atlantic to St. Lucia non-stop. Non-stop sounds great if you’re flying but this non-stop could take three weeks. This will test not only skills but everyone’s willingness to get along. Way back, a couple months or so, I wrote a letter to the crew candidates describing what they may be getting themselves into and said that on the INNcredible Sea Lodge our motto is “All for one, and one for all”. You could call us the Sea Musketeers.

Brian

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Gorgeous, beautiful Lake Atlantic glistening in the sun. 89 nm from our destination Las Palmas Gran Canary 11/13/2012

Gorgeous, beautiful Lake Atlantic glistening in the sun, the world is made of one color –BLUE – with many shades and the water temp has risen to 74.8, Yippee! We’re running a little too fast to jump in however and if we used a tether and were drug along we’d might as well tye a hook on and troll for the big one. I’ll put Nate out first, he informed me the first night that he doesn’t like being in the water, never has.

Its 1400 (2PM) and our position 28 07.829N / 015 21.661W is only 89 nm from our destination Las Palmas Gran Canary. Our ETA is 0600 tomorrow, a little bit early for good light but if we’re lucky we’ll get a fish on and have to slow down for a fish fight reeling in the feisty scaled bundle of protein – hold that thought.

So the boys on board, my crew, had to enjoy a classic for dinner last night: brown rice and vegetables which they all gobbled up with accolades. Remember that we’re not opening cans here, I provisioned with all fresh vegetables, fruits, rice, beans, etc. and all our cooking is from scratch with the help of our two pressure cookers in less minutes than Rachel Ray ever dreamed possible.

One thing is for sure, we may not win the ARC race across the Atlantic but we’ll eat better than any other yacht in the fleet of over 250. That I’d challenge any boat afloat.

Today every one has shed their foulies for the very first time and are lying around, yes on the trampoline, in T-shirts and shorts – a happy crew, happy captain too!

Brian

The Captain of the INNcredible Sea Lodge

 
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What a difference a day makes!! 11/12/2012

What a difference a day makes. Life is good. Seas are laying down, winds are moderating, water temp is up to 73.3 degrees F. That’s exciting for that’s what I’m anxious for – warm water. And I’ll be suiting up for a dive under to unclog the water intake of the generator in the port hull. Crew is starting to find their own rhythms.

 

Last night I made my Blue Water Fish Chowder: Chopped onions (I packed 30 pounds of onions on board but three days in it’s obvious I’ll need about 50). Every soup starts with onions. In the pressure cooker went four whole fish, whole garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper to boil down. After 10 minutes pull the bones and heads out with tongs. Then throw in fennel, onions, hot pepper…YumYUM!

Brian

 
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