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Spruce left New Zealand at the end of May 2014. We had a memorable time in NZ, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia and arrived in Australia at the end 2014. Next comes Tasmania and then north to SE Asia in 2015.
Thrills and Spills!
Sue & Andy
05/Feb/2012, Grande Anse - Grenada

Ready! Steady! Hoot! A crew of five pushed off through gentle surf and leapt into their boat. This was Work-Boat Regatta Grenada style. None of that posturing on start lines nor beating upwind for the first leg. A gusty trade-wind of up to 25 knots hurtled across the bay and slamed into baggy sails held aloft by somewhat agricultural rigs made up of old wire, rope and bamboo poles. Constant bailing by the crew in the bilge was all that kept these wet boats floating as they thrashed across an azure-blue carpet.

Many hung outboard on trapeze ropes, some had a harness to ease the strain on tired arms as they struggled to stay upright in the fresh breeze. As the wind strengthened the number of casualties grew. These boats didn't mess with in-built buoyancy and the tendency to sink if bags of sand ballast were not discarded was remarkable.

An "L" shaped course with an indecipherable number of laps and the leaders headed for the beach. The stylish helms managed to surf onto the intense white strand as they pulled the rigid rudder off the stern. The skipper then jumped ashore and ran up the beach to down a rum punch to stop the clock for their event.

A grand day out on the beach in Grenada. Photo shows a class waiting for the start hooter.

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05/Feb/2012

... and they head offshore to complete a circuit ...

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05/Feb/2012

... running for the prize of rum punch ...

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05/Feb/2012

... a spill meant a tow home and a lot of bailing on the beach...

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05/Feb/2012

... but in spite of disaster a smile was ever present.

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New Rain Catcher/Sunshade
Andy & Sue
05/Feb/2012, Prickly Bay - Grenada

Stitch, stitch, stitch! Another job ticked off. A sunshade to keep both harsh solar rays and the rain off our forehatch; we can now keep the hatch open in the rain while collecting water for the tanks...just a bit challenging in the 25 knots of wind currently blowing :-)

Overall sun awning in background and new catcher in foreground.

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