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Fix mast tricolor & fab bow light on pulpit
Fri May 23 23:53:27 EDT 2008, Vigo, Spain

Keeping busy. Soon it will be time to leave.

Waterfront in Vigo, Spain
Tue May 20 23:51:00 EDT 2008, Vigo, Spain

This is on the same wharf where we are tied up.

Approaching Vigo, Spain
Mon May 19 23:45:25 EDT 2008, 40mi South of Cabo Finisterre

We are 40mi South of Cabo Finisterre.
We'll clear customs, lay over for a couple of days to work on some small issues that need addressing, and provision for the next leg.

Mon May 19 15:03:29 EDT 2008, Vigo, Spain

Boat Birds
Mon May 19 14:55:01 EDT 2008, 47 0.0'N:008 47.00'W

We had a couple of small birds (swallows?) come aboard while we were 100 miles offshore. They didn't seem like seabirds, and seemed to come aboard to get out of the wind. They made themselves quite at home.

Sun Jun 29 16:20:53 EDT 2008 | kris
oh, these are swallows. They migrate around this time[may] to North, maybe they got carried away by the wind and your boat was their life saver. Are they still on board?

It's fun reading your post and seeing pictures of everyone.
Sat Mar 19 13:45:08 EDT 2011 | Rhonda
It's a barn swallow
Did you ever have a bat hitch a ride?
Sat Mar 19 20:49:16 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Ahhh, barn swallows. Thanks for the identification, Kris and Rhonda. Kris, my apologies, I did not see your comment when you made it three years ago :) (sometimes comment notifications dont make it to me when I'm at sea).

Have never had a bat hitch a ride. Some type of seabird made a nest inside the boom when I was in Argentina for a few months. It seemed that a chick or chicks were still in the nest when I sailed away. Until I shined a flashlight into the boom, I didn't understand what the occasional noise was. The chick or chicks flew off one night, I never saw them again (hopefully they were ok, I was fairly close to land when they left).

There was a sad ending to the tale of the barn swallows. We did not know what to feed them, so left bread crumbs, apple pieces and water for them, but they never appeared to eat anything, and one died several hours after the other. We said a few words to commend their bravery for being 100 miles offshore, then buried them at
Mon May 19 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Rio De Vigo, Spain

Note the rowboat that is just leaving the lighthouse after landing someone there.

20 Miles from Cabo Finisterre
Richard and George
Sun May 18 10:46:41 EDT 2008, 43 10.0'N:009 31.00'W

Many more miles to Vigo. Lots of squalls today.

Position 43 10.0'N:009 31.00'W

~Richard and George

Tue May 20 16:23:41 EDT 2008 | Kris Parn
Oh, what a beautiful red schooner.
No Wind, But Dolphins
Thu May 15 17:42:02 EDT 2008, En Route to Azores, 47 24.0'N:008 47.00'W

Today: no wind, but dolphins.

Thu May 15 20:28:56 EDT 2008 | Hank
A good meteorologist would have suggested a route with better winds!
Fri May 16 3:56:06 EDT 2008 | Yann Sergent
sorry for the wind, did you try the other windvane?
Yann and Patricia
Wed May 14 18:00:00 EDT 2008, 48 0.2'N:009 2.2'W

A nice sunset, after several days of rain. Ship crossing ahead.

Bird At the Helm
Wed May 14 16:00:00 EDT 2008, 47 59.9'N:008 43.2'W

One of the adventurous birds that flew so far to sea, and found our boat.

Sat May 31 23:30:07 EDT 2008 | Brittany
So the 4th crew member showed up after all. No doubt he's very skilled at determining wind direction. :) This picture is hilarious!
Sun Jul 13 6:37:25 EDT 2008 | Sylwia

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