And... they're off!Nana & Markus
28-Oct-2007, Off the Moroccon Coast
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...
Neues von der Wimpelkette25-Oct-2007, Gibraltar
Ein neues Bild von der Wimpelkette in Gibraltar gibt's in der Photo Gallery. Weiter unten auf dieser Seite gibt's auch einige Videos von Namani in der Strasse von Gibraltar (diese jedoch ohne Wimpelkette).
In Gibraltar - Bye, bye Mediterranean, hello Atlantic!Nana & Markus
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. Happily, there are two other boats in the Rally with small children, both also "only" going as far as Antigua to then explore the Caribbean independently. That means Nicky has been enjoying the company of Beth (4) and Holly (5) here in Gibraltar. We still hope to see Dante and Arearea once again before we depart but they have not yet arrived here.
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Namani at Sea Impression