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Beauty, Power & Passion — July and August 2016 Update

The beauty and the power of Areté and the passion of her crew will be on display over the next three weeks: The Port Huron to Mackinac Race begins this Saturday, July 16th.  You can track Areté and all of the other boats here. The Chicago to...

Emeryville Yacht Club – Distinguished Service Award

Honored to get the following award and message. From the Emeryville Yacht Club: "Congratulations to Rick Warner on receiving the EYC award of "Distinguished Service"!  I would like to personally thank you for representing the club in such high regard.  In my four years as an officer...

Race Report — Bell’s Bayview to Mackinac

ARETÉ REALIZED -- The meaning of Areté is “striving for excellence in all things”. It is not achieving excellence, but striving to attain it that is the essence of Areté. And, occasionally, we can have a moment of excellence. Rick Warner and the crew of Areté had a moment of excellence this...

Mackinac at Midnight

We've just passed under the Mackinac Bridge. Under sail and picking up speed. 19.6 knots with midnight behind us and Milwaukee ahead!   ...

Arete is Home!

I am sitting on the edge of the dock in Port Huron, Michigan that is Arete's new home. We arrived here at 7:30pm this evening of June 3. As you can see from the photo, Arete is a tight fit through the Water Street Bridge, but we made it...

Weekend Update – Wind, Rain and Locks

Here's a recap from the locks over the past few days. As we mentioned before, three crew stepped off in Quebec, and we were joined by Arete's owner, Rick Warner, Tom Gmeiner, a young sailng instructor from the Detroit Yacht Club, and Don Walton, a veteran...

Locks, Weather and Free Pizza — Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Hello! We've pulled into a safe harbor for the night. Everything is fine with crew and boat, we just weren't getting anywhere! After we worked our way through the locks around Montreal, the weather started to be a negative factor. For the better part of the morning,...

Back in Action… Let the Trash Talking Resume

Today's update is from straight down the middle of the St. Lawrence river, passing the town of Rimouski. We had to motor for over 12 hours, and it was great to see "Matilda," as we have affectionately named Arete's motor, running so smoothly. At that pace, we thought...

Au Revoir to Rivière au Renard

We spent a great day here in this small fishing village yesterday.  There was a reasonable job list on the boat – there is ALWAYS a reasonable jobs list on the boat.  We sent Rick Hake below to find the annoying leaks that were adding...

Rivière au Renard, Quebec, Canada

If you have been watching the tracker, you may wonder whatever happened to the sanity of the crew of Areté – our track looks like the angry scrawls of a seriously disturbed five-year-old. Angry is right, but it is the weather that is angry.When we finally passed the...

Warmer Times Ahead?

LOCATION - Right now, we are well into our trip, and have left the snow-covered hills of Nova Scotia behind - and it is really really REALLY cold! We are heading northwest, past New Brunswick and to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. WEATHER - Outside of the cold, we...

Icicles on a Sunny Day Rounding Nova Scotia!

We are sailing along nicely, rounded Nova Scotia and are just off the tip of Cape Breton Island. The skies have been clear and beautiful, and the winds good, but it is also REALLY cold! ------------------- Now that we will be closer to shore, you can also track...

Let the Trash Talking Begin

As she starts to smell fresh water, we covered 250 miles in 16 hours! On the last 4 hour shift Jim, Blaise, and Ron covered 75 miles and wrote 19 on the trash bag for the next shift to see - they averaged 19 knots nicely surfing under...

On the dock in Newport

Areté has been on the dock for six days – quite a lot of rest for a boat that has been on the move for more than a month.  She is getting used to people speaking English to her all of the time (almost…Blaise is...

Areté is in Newport!

Areté is in Newport!  Not surprisingly, there was some serious drama as this chapter of the delivery drew to a close. Rick and I arrived in Newport on Sunday to find the crew about 100 miles out and closing fast. We launched Rick’s 19’ Boston Whaler...

The horse smells the barn

As the crew gets closer to Newport, their speed is building – almost as though both boat and crew can smell Newport like a horse smells the barn. Last night it seemed as though they slowed down, and Pilou confirmed this in today’s call – they...

The path to Newport

The path to Newport is becoming clearer.  Pilou and crew gybed north today and have just passed to the west of Bermuda. Our communication with Pilou has been exclusively by Iridium satellite phone.  These rugged phones usually have excellent connections, making calls sound like they are from...

The conveyor belt

Pilou’s check-in today was filled with good news.  On the mechanical front, the engine is running at normal temperatures…no coolant level or oil level issues…it is behaving like a good diesel should.  It must have been cold down below, because he said they ran engine...

We are crossing

Rick and I spoke to Pilou yesterday and he happily confirmed that, with the engine problems sorted, that there was no need for another stop.  “We are crossing!”, he said and told us that everyone’s spirits were high with the overheating problem behind them. They are...

Up Z River! – The Home Stretch

[caption id="attachment_16520" align="alignleft" width="225"] Arete from the Renaissance Center in Detroit[/caption] We were all awstruck at the view of the water cascading onto Arete's bow as the full moon rose into the night sky just as we slowly approached the front of the massive Welland lock...

Rick reports from Las Palmas

After a week of hard work and support from members of the Las Palmas marine business community, Areté has left the dock.  She has left the marina and turned south at 5:15 pm local time.  Their plan is to sail SSW to pass 70m west of Cape Verde...

Not on Cheeky anymore…

As the crew is gathering in Las Palmas, we would like to share two of the many photos that Ira Heller took on board Areté.  They show just how different this boat is from any that most of us have sailed to this point. The...

Boat Prep In Last Palmas

There is a lot going on aboard Areté, even though she is in port in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Ron, Mike and Ira have all made their way home to the US. Matt has remained behind to help with getting the engine, electronics and sails...

End of Chapter One

I just had a long debrief with Rick about this chapter in the delivery of Areté to her new home. This was a reasonably long chapter, with several plot twists. The first came when the Mistral winds from the Mediterranean decided to chase Areté out the...

Shore leave

Areté is at rest, tied snugly to a dock in Las Palmas, Gran Canria, Spain.  Nothing simple is easy, and arriving in the marina was not as simple as it should have been.  The engine was overheating, so a tow boat was called to get...

In sight of Gran Canaria

The guys are in cell range of Gran Canaria – ready to get to the dock.  It’s a bit complicated, as the engine has decided to run for only about ten minutes without overheating, but it looks like a nice day there, so I am...

Bound for the Canaries

Got a call from the boat this morning.  Our weather analysis yesterday was spot-on – unfortunately.  They were indeed in light air and confused seas with wind on the schnoz.  Not the best way to spend a day. Today, the wind had freed up a bit,...

Schnoz – the (debatable) joys of a yacht delivery.

I have not spoken to the guys today, but if you were able to overlay their course on the tracker with weather information, their path tells a story. Jim Andersen of Harken - an experienced offshore navigator - and I both took a look at the...