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Date: 03 Jun 2006 20:58:03
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Hello All. This is the very first entry on our Blog with Mailasail. We hope to use this as the main diary as it can be added to easily by email in contrast with the main website which needs a broadband connection to edit.
 
This note covers the first month of what may turn out to be a world cruise, which has taken us from Plymouth across to Ushant and along the French coast to La Rochelle; then across to the northern tip of Spain and down the west coast of Spain and Portugal. We did fail to meet up with any of the friends and family as planned - maybe there is a lesson to learn and we should have cut south across Biscay to Spain.
 
We have had some great sailing, though a fair bit of motoring too and a couple of very rough days crossing Biscay from La Rochelle to northern Spain. We have seen many dolphins, three pilot whales and more recently some much larger dolphins south of Lisbon. We need a book to identify the types - perhaps we'll get one in Gib.
 
We introduced Matt from St Ives (pictured with outboard) to sailing and took him as far as La Rochelle. In Lisbon, we picked up Andreas from Sweden and we still have Andy who joined us in Plymouth.
 
Pic - Matt and Andy fixing outboard to tender in Ile d'Yeu using the Ian M Pass patent outboard harness.
 
Matt and Andy fixing up the tender
 
We are now anchored comfortably just SE of Cape Sao Vicente (the SW tip of Portugal) and George is starting to prepare supper. The log has just cicked over 4,000 miles and Michael has just taken his first swim of the year (water 18.5 degrees).
 
Today we used our new carbon spinnaker pole for the first time - and very satisfactory it was too. Very light and easy to rig - probably due to the excellent installation by Eurospars of Plymouth! All the new systems have worked well (thank you Waypoint-1) though we haven't yet commissioned the watermaker.
 
We hope you enjoy keeping up with progress - do let us have any suggestions for the website or blog pages.
 
Tomorrow we are off to Faro for a day or two and then probably across to Cadiz.
 
best wishes
 
George & Michael
 
Pic - fishing boats in Carino, just S of Cape Ortegal, NW Spain.
 
 
 

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