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Acceleration Zone - Richard
Fri Jul 25 12:46:58 EDT 2008, Southwest Corner of Gran Canaria

On Friday, July 25th, Richard, George and I departed Puerto Mogan on the south side of Gran Canaria for Tenerife. Our friend Maxime had warned us of the strength of the winds in the acceleration zone as you round north up the eastern coast of Gran Canaria. As you can see from the quality of the sea and the angle of the boat in relation to it, Maxime was right. And yet, our intrepid Captain Richard is unfazed by the seas crashing over the sides of the boat, giving him a refreshingly briny bath, over and over again. Is that the hint of a smile I see? :)

Acceleration Zone - Brittany
Fri Jul 25 12:36:00 EDT 2008, Southwest Corner of Gran Canaria

Given the wild surf, the highly focused look on my face, and the fact that my hair is literally standing on end, you might gather that steering in the acceleration zone is not exactly a piece of cake! The wind and waves amounted to a few notches below gale force, and in this photo, I was steering while Richard was busy reefing the main. The wind was so strong that frequently I had to use my entire body to steer. This was done by throwing the tiller hard over, and using my entire body as a "tiller extension" by forcing my arms and legs out horizontally between the tiller and the side of the cockpit...a la "Cirque de Issuma." :) Shortly after this shot was taken, the powerful winds broke several of the mainsail hanks, forcing us to return to Puerto de Mogan for repairs. This was not a bad option as Puerto de Mogan, called the Venice of Gran Canaria, is a beautiful location in which to conduct repairs.

Tue Aug 12 9:40:07 EDT 2008 | Suzette
what an excellent shot! britt, you look muy serioso and a little bit frightened. plus, i can't imagine how long it took you to get all that gear on... or off!
oh, and your entry with all it's technical language that sound like a joke to my uneducated ears reminds me of that crazy cartoon of mom and dad on the sailboat!
xo sue
Charting the Course
Fri Jul 25 12:12:09 EDT 2008, Southwest Gran Canaria

Richard the Lion-Hearted Navigator, scepter of parallel rules in hand.

Bronzed Dog
Mon Jul 14 12:08:08 EDT 2008, Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Richard and me on one of our outings to Vegueta. We are standing before La Catedral de Santa Ana. The dog that appears to be licking Richard's hand is actually bronze...not bronzed. :)

Approaching the Harbor of Las Palmas
Sun Jul 13 9:39:44 EDT 2008, Gran Canaria

Richard carefully scans the entry of the harbor of Las Palmas for freighter traffic. Um, Richard, there's a freighter on your shoulder. :) Actually, that one was anchored.

Home Depot
Sun Jul 13 9:35:04 EDT 2008, Punta de Antiquera, Tenerife

Home of Issuma's more colorful sponsors. :) We are departing Punta De Antiquera for Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Approaching Punta de Antiquera
Sun Jul 13 9:32:59 EDT 2008, Tenerife

There's our beautiful anchorage of Punta de Antiquera. We will rest here overnight before commencing our 50-mile sail to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, tomorrow.

Captain at the Helm
Sun Jul 13 9:12:51 EDT 2008, Tenerife

Ahoy! Handsome captain at 7 o'clock!

Brittany Steering
Sun Jul 13 8:28:26 EDT 2008, Departing Santa Cruz for Punta de Antiquera

In Santa Cruz, Tenerife, we picked up George, who was a tremendous help in repairing the (not so) Lost Rudder. :) Shortly thereafter, we departed Santa Cruz and headed to the north end of the island, to the anchorage of Punta de Antiquera. The quietude of this small, isolated bay is always a pleasant contrast to the endless party scene at Marina del Atlantico.

Tug of War
Sun Jul 13 8:27:33 EDT 2008, En Route to Punta de Antiquera, Tenerife

A typical power struggle between me and the mainsail cam cleat. It's made of wood, is the size of a small lobster, and is stubborn as heck. One really needs to throw one's back(side) into the job. :)

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