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Windvane Repairs
Richard
Mon Oct 13 20:30:05 EDT 2008

Picture is of George doing a great job of fixing the windvane today. It got overloaded today during a sail change and an eyebolt ripped out of the plywood.

The windvane was built by the previous owner, from plans in a magazine, and has been quite reliable. Comparing this windvane with a commercial unit (Windpilot Pacific Plus) that I had on another boat, the commercial unit would be able to steer downwind in 3-5 knots less wind than this one (when there is lots of wind, all windvanes work, light air downwind is where the windvanes with least friction continue to work longest). Unlike the commercial unit, which required parts from Germany when anything broke, parts for this one can be obtained in most hardware stores.

ITCZ Rainbow
Richard
Sat Oct 11 19:15:05 EDT 2008

One of the nice things about the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone, an area of calms, squalls, variable winds and rain) is the number of rainbows you see. Sailing thru the ITCZ is more work than in most places, as you need to frequently set, reef and douse sails. We hope to be out of the ITCZ and into the Southeast Trade Winds in another day or two.

Sunrise
Richard
Thu Oct 9 2:00:00 EDT 2008

We are in the ITCZ (doldrums), and have had good conditions so far...only one real squall, and not many hours of flat calm. We expect to be in the ITCZ for a few more days, so expect to see several more squalls. All day today we have been pleasantly beating into light headwinds from the south, with sunny skies and small waves.

Fri Oct 10 13:17:02 EDT 2008 | George Conk
The Volvo Ocean race starts in the morning from Vigo. They'll be overtaking you soon!
I have some great shots by Richard Langdon from the 97-98 Whitbread on my blog: www.georgeconk.blogspot.com, or just go to volvooceanrace.org for the latest
- George
Fisherman
Richard
Tue Oct 7 9:00:00 EDT 2008

Went aloft yesterday to fix the AIS (more on this another time) antenna. Was very pleased that it was the easiest trip aloft I've ever done at sea (the steps on the mast are a great help). Yann, the previous owner, used to go aloft every time he set the fisherman (sail that sets up high, between the two masts, visible in the picture), as it had a roller furling system that jammed. The fisherman no longer has that roller furling system, so has not (yet) required any trips aloft.

In the picture, we are going downwind with fisherman, main staysail (below the fisherman) and two headsails, which are obscured by the fisherman. The mainsail is down to keep the sail area forward, making it easier for the wind vane to steer the boat.

We are getting closer to the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone), or Doldrums as they are also called. The sunny tradewind skies have been replaced more and more by squally, overcast conditions. We are doing a lot of sail changes, as the winds keep changing.

Saida
Richard
Mon Oct 6 0:00:00 EDT 2008

Exit (saida in Portuguese) papers from the Maritime Police that allow us to leave Cape Verde. The heat and humidity here in the tropics conspire to wilt any papers.

While we are at sea, comments to the blog will appear on the blog, but I won't be able to read them (I just have limited email access via satellite phone now) until we reach another port and find an internet cafe.

Rainbow Leaving Praia
Richard
Sun Oct 5 0:00:00 EDT 2008

Not only rain to wash the African sand off the decks, but a rainbow as we left the Cape Verde islands. There is a lot of orange sand from the Sahara that sometimes blows onto everything in the Cape Verdes.

Praia Harbor
Richard
Fri Oct 3 0:00:00 EDT 2008

Abandoned fishing boats in Praia harbor. Issuma is just visible way off to the right.

Sun Oct 5 19:27:42 EDT 2008 | will
i'm enjoying the fotos. keep sending them please
Praia Harbor
Richard
Fri Oct 3 0:00:00 EDT 2008

Abandoned fishing boats in Praia harbor. Issuma is just visible way off to the right.

Praia Market
Richard
Wed Oct 1 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde

We arrived in Praia, on the island of Santiago, a couple of days ago. It is hot and interesting here.

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