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Ham at sea
Richard
Fri Sep 19 0:00:00 EDT 2008

The shops in the Canaries had a lot of Iberian hams for sale. This is salt-cured meat, which seemed like it would keep well at sea. So we hung one off the backstay and covered it with an old sheet to keep the sun off. Periodically, we cut a piece off. So far, the meat is still very good.

Fri Sep 19 17:47:11 EDT 2008 | will
ham sounds tasty. salt pork, hard tack, and of course gluug. bon voyage
Wed Sep 24 9:20:39 EDT 2008 | Richard Hudson
Too hot here for glogg, but hard tack and salt pork are certainly traditional :)
South of Canary Islands
Richard
Thu Sep 18 0:00:00 EDT 2008

We left El Hierro, the southern-most Canary Island, Tuesday afternoon. Winds have been very light so far...0-10 knots.

South of Canary Islands
Richard
Wed Sep 17 20:08:00 EDT 2008



El Hierro
Richard
Mon Sep 15 0:00:00 EDT 2008, El Hierro, Canary Islands

A street in the small, pleasant town of Puerto de la Restinga, El Hierro.

The End of the Known World
Richard
Sun Sep 14 0:00:00 EDT 2008, El Hierro, Canary Islands

El Hierro is the farthest south island in the Canary Islands. It was once known as the end of the known world.

We are arriving here after an overnight sail from La Gomera. The wind was quite light all night, and we spent several hours becalmed, waiting for wind. This morning we changed the yankee (jib) sail for the genoa sail for the light downwind conditions we are expecting to have for this passage and the next. The genoa is harder to handle (can't be tacked), but very nice to have in light winds and waves. It is so low to the water that it gets a lot of strain from white water hitting it when going upwind in seas, so it is only useful in light wind and sea conditions. Changing over to the genoa from the yankee takes most of an hour with three people.

The galvanized hook and turnbuckle on the left are serving as semi-permanent checkstays. We have a running checkstay on each side of the boat, which supports the main mast when the main staysail (voile d'etai) is set. Normally, you let off one running checkstay and pull in the other each time you tack or gybe, which is extra work when you already have three sails to tack. We are testing this arrangement, and may still have to use them as running checkstays under some conditions, so far, they are saving a lot of work when tacking and gybing.

Underway again
Richard
Tue Sep 9 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Off Tenerife, Canary Islands

After a month of work at the dock, we are finally underway again. This rock is on the north tip of Tenerife, in unusually light winds.

Little Sailor
George
Sun Aug 31 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The little girl has sailed from Tunisia to the Canaries (with her parents).

Thu Sep 18 21:58:46 EDT 2008 | Brittany
What a confident and well dressed little sailor! One senses that she'll circumnavigate the globe before she's twenty! :)

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