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It was great to “party” and see the Grand children.
From the Sublime………………………………………
But before that we had a long (ish) passage from
I was on watch and not a lot was happening (so far), so I decided to don the iPOD and selected Pink Floyd, “Echo’s”. Then, as I was looking out of the cockpit at the sea, the moonlight was shimmering like a complex series of multiple flashing strobe oscopes. This was then augmented by a pair of Dolphins who appeared beside the boat. Gently diving and re-surfacing, in unison. Their steel grey bodies also glistening in the moon light. What with this visual feast, and the music which was just the prefect accompaniment……………..who needs drugs????
My revere was rudely interrupted the next time I looked at the radar. At a range of 12 miles, all I could see was thunder clouds. Almost immediately I spotted the huge clouds and just then the first flash of lightening occurred in the nearest cloud head. So I raced below, turned off the computer, gathered up the portable VHF Radio, the hand held GPS and the mobile phones and placed them inside the Microwave oven. This acts as a Faraday cage, and so protects these devices from the static emitted by lightening.
This lightening storm turned out to be the most
spectacular I have ever seen. Believe me I have seen some storms in my time so
this was a serious “mother”. Overhead we had dramatic and complex
fork lightening, whilst on the nearby north African shore, huge bolts of
lightening were raining down onto the land. Around this time I spotted a very
large cruise liner. As usual it was lit up like a floating
The storm went on for several hours, and as we
approached the straits of
Now for the Bluewater Rally. The official “muster” for the rally was on Monday 15th October. BUT, some of those who arrived before that decided that an introductory party, as a “get to know each other” event would be a good idea.
So with the “Rock” as the back drop we
had our first pontoon party of the Rally. It was great fun. This was followed
by a trip to the SHIP, bar in the
Since then we have had two official parties, and
tomorrow we are all departing for a weekend sail to Smir in
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