Blog, Las PalmasGran Canaria: Friday 21st November 2008.
is a wet start to this Friday morning here in Las Palmas; we have just had a
short shower to dampen the decks. Since my arrival in Las Palmas last Saturday
with Dave (Needham) we met up with Bob (Jeffery) the first mate who had come
down the Monday before to start the ball rolling. With Bob's help we had
completed the safety inspection without any problems, the rigging check proved
to be a little harder . Jerry the rigger(courtesy of Admiral Insurance)
discovered that a Clevis pin on the cap shroud (top of the mast) was undersized
and needed replacing, although the insurance company eventually accepted
this, however Bob and I felt we should have another look so we sent Dave up
the mast to check it out. On his way fitting anti chafe material to the
spreaders (cross trees).The Clevis pin was 2/3mm undersized and wearing so I
called in a local rigger to fit the correct pin that I had collected from Tate
and Crew at Sovereign Harbour, thank you James for you help and
(Pomfret) arrived on Monday meeting up for lunch by the pool at the Santa
Catalina Hotel (tough life)for lunch after one of the many lectures
provided by World Cruising, the ARC organising company. Returning to Libertad
James (Cowles) our final crewman was sitting in the cockpit looking a
had asked Yachtfunck, a German company to come and check out the SSB(long range
radio) and they discovered we were transmitting in only half power, relieving me
of 300 Euros they fitted spacers and new antenna cable to the back stay. Dave,
Bob and I spent the evening at the local supermarket shopping for the non
perishable stores for five people for three weeks, armed with menus and a
very large shopping list we filled to overflowing two very large shopping
trolleys, you should have seen the check out girls face.
troubles continued when we discovered a broken hinge on the port side
saloon deck hatch. This had to be removed and taken to a specialist welder to
repair, another problem solved!
evening was fancy dress party night, the theme being Caribbean/Pirates.
The crew dressed in very colourful shirts and took full advantage to relax
for a few hours and enjoy the atmosphere. How’s the head Bob? The highlight of
his night was winning a golf umbrella and having his picture taken with two
Thursday morning a team from Hallberg Rassy arrived onboard to offer advice
on the crossing. They spent a couple of hours checking out the steering and
engine room as well as offering some useful tips on downwind sailing ,thank
you David and Pers.
riggers turned up at 10:00am and in less than an hour had changed the
starboard cap shroud clevis pin. Another job jobbed!
atmosphere here in Las Palmas is
electric with more than two hundred yachts from countries as far apart at
U.S.A to Australia, the predominant nationality is British but, we are flanked
by Norwegians in addition there are many German,Dutch,Belgian,Sweedish and
French boats to add to the international flavour that the A.R.C. is so famous
for. The atmosphere is magical, the tension is growing with every boat doing
last minute rig checks and loading stores, the pontoons are a hive of
morning is check- out time, clearing the boat and crew out of Las Palmas, the
final skippers briefing is at noon then a farewell party in the evening before
the mass start at 13:00 on Sunday.
will try to get all crew members to write a piece for the blog on a daily basis
once at sea. Wish us a bon voyage where ever you are.
best wishes to all you Libertad blog watchers, Paul.