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Babate to La Linea

Here Steve is with Jeff who we met over winter in La Linea last year sailing with us to Gibraltar a couple of days ago. We made good time under engine, the wind being on the nose - again! Things did not go to plan but at least we had a week of sailing and she went beautifully on a beam reach on a number of occasions reaching 7-8 knots. We saw lots of dolphins and a large turtle off Tarifa.

In the Boatyard
06/25/2011, Lagos

Here is Kaivalya looking very smart after anti-fouling in Sopromar.

No more Electric banana
06/11/2011, Lagos

While we have been here we have repainted the window boards to change the colour from the dazzling yellow-duster colour (which did not live up to our expectations from the paint chart) to Biscay Grey - which is actually a pale blue. Much more reserved.

The new Bimini
06/11/2011, Lagos

Better shade in the cockpit.

Getting some shade
06/11/2011, Lagos

I have finally got round to photographing the new dinghy cover and "New, improved larger Bimini cover made by Uncle Jack on both his and my new sewing machine at home. More economical than getting it made here, as we were quoted 400e for the Bimini while wintering in Lagos in 2009. The wider Bimini keeps more sun off then the old one and doesn't affect windage when cruising.

My new Singer sewing machine is light enough to come out in hand luggage next time - it will be great not having to sew by hand! However it is robust enough to cope with heavy materials and quite a powerful motor for it's size. It will also so work off the boat 12v supply which might be handy.

I remembered to bring the needles out in our hold luggage last time!

Nice Roundabouts
05/31/2011, Lagos

When folk give directions here it often involves mention of roundabouts because most of them, certainly the large ones, have a sculpture or fountain which makes them very distinctive. My favourite is the sailing boat.

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