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Magic to sail Home with ARC

14-09-99

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We are also saying Bon voyage to Magic this week, she is the beautiful Columbia 57 that has graced the marina for the last 12+ years, and who brought Karl, Jolene, Pam and Mel over from the USA to sail on her yearly. We shall miss seeing them.

We recently sold her to Ulrik and Connie also of the USA, and so she is going home.

Andrew & Bobby, Alison and John & Gerry Blackburn (pictured above) will be taking her to Florida, hopefully on a nice long gentle cruise of up to 4 months.
A millennium at sea.

We will keep those interested posted below.
They left at 6 am on Saturday 18th September 1999

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Click to enlarge the crew on departure
Left to right Gerry - Bobby - John -Alison - Andrew

Received

Mail Diary

19 Sep 1999

We are all in good spirits, no double meaning intended, and
are making good progress. Our position ,at1800hrs Sunday, is 60NM WSW of Paphos

21 Sep 1999

WE'RE ON THE THIRD DAY I THINK IM GETTING USED TO THE MOTION .
WE SAW THREE YOUNG DOLFINS THIS MORNING, THEY WERE WITH US FOR 15 MINUTES THEY PLAYED WITH US AND DID A NICE LITTLE SHOW FOR US.
OTHERWISE THINGS ARE QUITE UNEVENTFUL AND GOING SMOOTHLY.

24 Sep 1999

    Good news. The confused swell we had with no wind conditions had stopped us examining the underwater parts. Flat water this morning has allowed a thorough check of everything underwater and inside.
As all seemed well we fired up and have been motoring for 4 hours without a recurrence of the problem. It may have been as simple as a plastic bag on the prop. As there is insufficient wind for sailing this is a blessing indeed.
    All well from Magic at 35 25N  23 54E 45 miles south of the western tip of Crete at 15.00p.m GMT, halfway to Malta.

01 Oct 1999

John and myself are spending the day wandering around
the old part of Valetta and have spied an internet cafe, so I thought we'd drop you a quick line. All is well this end. Ulrick has given the go ahead re all the work that needs doing so things are now taking shape.
Andrew is in fine spirits and is taking the day off to show Bobby the sights. It's really a lovely place here and everyone has been most helpful, which is something.
Anyway, bye for now.Hope all is well with you and please, please remember us to Yervant and pass on our congratulations. Best Wishes Alison and John and our Shipmates

11 Oct 1999

Well lots has happened. The yacht has been re-rigged. They were visited by Clarice and Alan as they passed through Malta. Jerry has flown back to Cyprus yesterday so Jean is chirping. No more do they have e-mail on board and today they leave bound for Gib.
There they will pick up a new crew member, Jonathan Reddaway, who will be eagerly waiting on the 21st.

19 Oct 1999

From 19.00 hrs on 17.10.99 the wind which had been very light all the way from Malta increased to force 5.By 20.00hrs it was a force 6 but we were making headway under minimum canvas. At 22.00hrs (at 37 45N  002 4E) I decide to heave to with the wind at force 7.At the same time the mainsail leach was showing some damage and as the wind was increasing I took in the main and ran as slowly as possible. By midnight we were experiencing a force 8 gale from the south west.
We ran to Ibiza where the harbour, and more importantly it's entrance, would be in shelter from a south west gale. The last 15 miles in were not easy as the wind increased significantly and veered to North West.  Enfin all is well and we and Magic are safe and well having entered the harbour at 20.00hrs 18.10.99.
The leach of the mainsail we are repairing ourselves but the staysail will need a patch done professionally. This is being arranged.
For the last 4 days the fridge has not been cooling. This has resulted in the loss of much of our perishables. I am very unhappy about our stock of butter which was to last us, with liberal use, until the USA.
A technician has been called to look at the fridge and replenish the gas or whatever.
The wind still howls around us and is expected to continue from the south west for some 2 to 3 days yet.
We will be ready to leave at a moments notice within 48hrs from now.

25.10.99

They left in windy weather, but it was blowing in the right direction, so Andrew decided to go. Jonathan had joined them from England a couple of hours before, he is looking forward to the trip, and had 'wasted' a ticket to Gib, as they may have hung around in Ibiza for longer.

1.11.99

They went through the 'Pillars of Hercules' today, en route for the Canaries.

15.11.99

They are now moored in the outer harbour at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and waiting for the Arc to leave. They cannot fuel up or get water etc until the very full marina has emptied.

20.11.99

Bobby has left the ship today. He is going to Sweden to see his son Nicklas for a couple of weeks. Enjoy  Bobby

24.11.99

Departing this morning early. A new crew member has joined. A young chap called Chris ?? (bad line on the phone). Anyway Bon voyage until we hear from you again in maybe 18-20 days. I will post Arc info below. 

08.12.99

Bobby returned to Cyprus and brought us some photos and a video of the trip as far as Gibraltar

 


 

20.12.99

They arrived safely in Antigua.  My thanks to Anna Maria, now dubbed fairy godmother, for finding them.

Sketchy report is that there was little wind and the crossing was slow (well we know that)

Jonathan is flying home for Xmas on the 22nd
Andrew on the 24th........Yipee

Hearty greetings to Alison and John, who are staying onboard for Xmas and the New year. 

24.12.99 Andrew arrived in Cyprus and we all had a Joyous Xmas and New Year.
4.1.2000 Andrew left Cyprus and returned to Antigua.
18.1.2000 They departed for Nassau in the Bahamas to pick up the new owner for the last lap.
28.1.2000 Arrived in Nassau
31.1.2000 Departed for Ft Lauderdale.

They all arrived back safely with a job well done.

 

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