Canary Videos

More video footage from Namani... the first one was taken during the last miles of our approach to Lanzarote, testing our orange peel slingshot (gotta find ways of keeping Nicky busy on days on which we don't catch any fish...):


The next one shows NaMaNi on a camel ride on Lanzarote:


On the Hard

The Blue Water Rally website (see link to the right) has a picture of Namani being lifted out of the water yesterday (look under "Stop Press" on the BWR site). We're putting on 2 new coats of antifoul today (thanks to the help of Jo and Dave from Seabright), before going back into the water tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned...

Angekommen auf Lanzarote

Nach 654 sm sind wir gestern um 1100 Ortszeit (UTC) im Hafen von Puerto Calero auf Lanzarote angekommen. Bilder werden wir in den n�chsten Tagen einstellen... jetzt geniessen wir erstmal einen ruhigen, sonnigen Samstagvormittag auf einem "ruhenden" Boot... f�r diejenigen, die uns telefonisch erreichen wollen/m�ssen: unsere spanische Mobilnummer ist wieder aktiv... stay tuned!

PS: Das Bild zeigt unseren ersten erfolgreichen Fischfang unterwegs - eine halbwegs stattliche Dorade (siehe auch den "Fish and Baseball" Eintrag weiter unten vom 31.10.)

In Port Again

We made it safely into Puerto Calero on Lanzarote yesterday (Friday, 02NOV)) at 1100 local time. We'll post pictures and more details later...right now we're just enjoying a nice and sunny Saturday morning... for those who need/want to reach us by phone: our Spanish mobile number is in service again ... stay tuned for further updates!

Baseball and Fish

A good day aboard Namani today - we heard this morning on the SSB from another Rally boat that the Red Sox won the World Series (we hope that's correct because the transmission was somewhat broken up). Then we got lucky and caught a big fish (we'll post pictures from Lanzarote so you can tell us what type we actually caught) which provided a filling lunch. We were told in Gibraltar that the best way to quickly kill fish is to pour some alcohol into its gills...

Schau mir in die Augen Kleines (noch ca. 40 sm bis wir Casablanca passieren)

Ein "Hallo" von Namani auf See, diesmal auf Deutsch. Wir hangeln uns ca. 30-40 sm von der marokkanischen Küste entfernt nach südwesten Rchtung Lanzarote durch. Nach einer bewegten Passage der Strasse von Gibraltar hatten wir gestern nachmittag herrliche Segelbedingungen (flache See, vor dem Wind mit ausgebaumter Genua). Die Nacht war dann etwas rumpelig, aber heute abend hat sich das wieder gelegt und wir machen entspannte 5 Knoten unter sternklarem Himmel. Unseren Schleppgenerator haben wir heute das erstemal getestet und erfreulicherweise funktioniert er ausgezeichnet.

And... they're off!

Yes, we're off! At 0830 this morning we slipped our moorings at Marina Bay in Gibraltar and went to Europa Point where the Blue Water Rally's official start took place at 1000. While Europa Point had its usual 4m+ waves we are now out of the Strait, off Morocco's northwestern corner, sailing downwind, wing-on-wing with poled out genoa over flat seas... it doesn't get much better! About 550 nm to go to Lanzarote - stay tuned for further upates...

In Gibraltar - Bye, bye Mediterranean, hello Atlantic!

We are in Gibraltar now for a total of two weeks before we set off into the Atlantic. It is a busy and interesting time for us. Here we have joined the Blue Water Rally which is like a flotilla of boats that will sail first to Lanzarote and then to Antigua together (actually, 34 of the 40 boats here are going all the way around the world together over two years). The organizers provide safety and navigation briefings here in Gibraltar, and we will maintain a radio network as we sail over the Atlantic. The safety in numbers aspect is one of the things that attracted us to the Rally.