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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Baseball and Fish
Markus
31-Oct-2007, 31=B025'N 011=B013'W - 200 nm to Puerto Calero on Lanzarote

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... our fish must have been Russian - it easily absorbed half a pint of vodka without any effect and we had to resort to more traditional methods. Last but not least Nicky saw a new kind of dolphin today (several Atlantic Spotted Dolphins). Now we're sailing along wing-on-wing with a poled genoa, making between 5 and 6 knots on a gentle Atlantic swell (last night was a bit rocky and rolly since we had still a northwesterly cross swell). Nicky is playing with a new little Lego truck he just got from Mami (3rd day out deserves a little present) and we hope to make it into Puerto Calero by Friday afternoon. Stay tuned for further updates...

02 - Atlantic Crossing
Schau mir in die Augen Kleines (noch ca. 40 sm bis wir Casablanca passieren)
Nana & Markus
29-Oct-2007, 34=B011'N 008=B023'W - Vor der marokkanischen Küste

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. Morgen ist dann hoffentlich endlich Fischen angesagt - diese Gegend soll angeblich eines der besten Reviere Europas sein... mal sehen, ob wir Erfolg haben. Ansonsten sind an Bord alle gesund und wohlauf (wenn auch nicht munter, da der Rest der Mannschaft gerade schläft).

02 - Atlantic Crossing
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...

02 - Atlantic Crossing

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