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World ARC Leg 1: Bonaire – Santa Marta

Yesterday we left Bonaire around 10:20 in the morning. We first had to clear out of immigration and all had to attend. After the last big rain squall passed we hiked to town. When we came there we had to wait for the immigration officer, this would take some time, so I sent the crew […]

World ARC Leg: quick stop in Bonaire!

After a week of preparation, that incorporated a training sail to Marigot bay, with the crew, food shopping, paperwork and checking out, Starling was finally ready to start the WORLD ARC20-21 rally on Saturday the 11th of January out of Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Our crew Is formed out of round the worlders Gary and […]

Starling arrives in St Lucia

After an epic crossing of the Atlantic, Starling and her crew arrived safely in St Lucia on Friday morning. They are spending the next few days exploring the island and getting their land legs back and will update you soon!

Starling can almost smell the land (and the land can smell them!)

After 17 days at sea we are all smelling of eau de onion with a hint of diesel and a waft of whatever is lurking in the lazarette. Good job we have all managed to get along ok and live with each others night time orchestrations. Almost everyone now cooking and we haven’t starved. Fresh […]

Thursday 6th Dec

We are 11 days out of Las Palmas and today was a good day. Refreshed from the showers yesterday, we find that we had completed another 200-plus mile day. Had a visit from a dozen of the tiniest dolphins, passed within quarter mile of a sloop heading the same way, shook out a reef and […]

Starling’s international crew members update us from mid-ocean

Translated from Hebrew: “You are too old, don’t even try….your experience is not good for blue water sailing.” Those were the comments when we told people we would be joining Starling for the ARC 2019. We arrived in Gran Canaria, met a group of nice people and got into action: changing sails, ropes, moving gear, […]

Wind seeking

During the past few days I have become very fond of my knee pads, the spinnaker, and warm water. The knee pads will not stop me being first in the bruises competition but at least one area is bruise free. Me and the spinnaker cuddle up when I am too tired to fight my way […]

Starling is off!

Greetings from the Atlantic high-then low-seas! We are 11 souls on board the good ship Starling, with approx. 300 nautical miles already behind us as we head south then south west off the African coastline. Only another 2400 NM or so to go… We have already spotted dolphins and a friendly whale, as well as […]

Sailing, training and exploring the coast of Galicia, Spain

We left the anchorage at Cedeira just before the sun made an appearance, as part of operation: make progress west. Ten hours later the evening saw us pull into Camariñas, just north of Finisterre, where we were both grateful for the refuge from the forecast breeze and bowled away by the hospitality of the locals. […]

Starling sails across Biscay

Starling’s crew have had a jam packed time this past week. After the acclimatising safety briefs and intense day of sail training, we spent our first night away from Falmouth anchored in the pretty Helford River – although not for long, as a 5am start called. We set off downwind across the English Channel, sailing […]

Starling evens the scores

By wednesday this week it was Start Point 1 Starling 0 but yesterday a very small weather window provided the opportunity to even the scores and even the scores we did! We slipped out of Darthaven Marina in the dark and the placid conditions could well have made us question the forecast had we not […]

Day 1 of Starlings next adventure and an introduction to sailing for our crew.

The inclement weather in no way deterred our enthusiastic adventurers and no sooner was lunch and safety briefs complete than we found ourselves setting off I to the mizzle. A pod of dolphins soon distracted from a slightly uncomfortable sea and we sailed cautiously under head sail as the wind was deep behind us. Our […]