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Happy New Year!
Will
01/02/2011, Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies

Well, as you probably noticed, yesterday was one of the four big days of the year. The days with only 1's in the date. It was also New Year's Day, which may or may not be important, depending on who or where you are. Where we are, it is of little consequence. However, on the islands, it offers the locals a new way of greeting when they come out to our boat to try to sell diesel, water, lobster, mooring buoys, etc. which I just found out today. Since we spent the New Year in a small, out-of-the-way anchorage called Windward Bay on Mayreau Island, we didn't have many vendors come out to our boat. Now that we're on Union Island, that's all changed, because Union Island is much busier than Windward Bay.
There are several reasons we came here. For one, we are running low on food (rather important). For another, s/v 'Juno' is here, and has been for several days. For yet another reason, Union Island is close by and we wanted to move somewhere.

The Caribbean!!!!
Will
12/22/2010, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies

A lot has happened since we left Rodney Bay two days ago. Most importantly, we've arrived at the place where we are going to spend Christmas. That's also another important thing that's happened - Christmas is coming up in three days (I'm sure you know this, but just making sure!) and we've met up with our friends from s/v Juno. We are planning to spend Christmas on Bequia with them.

But for now, we're just relaxing and enjoying a very green pre-Christmas. I am sincerely hoping that we don't get a white Christmas like so much of the rest of the world is experiencing.

12/24/2010 | John and Peter
Happy Christmas, Will - and how about this 'Spirit of the Arc' award?

I am definitely impressed, lots of love, J,
The last few weeks
Will
12/16/2010, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, West Indies

First off...sorry for not being able to blog on the crossing. In case you didn't notice, I did post a blog on my dad's site, but only one. Now I'm making up on lost time.

The ARC was fun for being an Atlantic crossing. We had a mid-way party so, even though we had it on the midway point on rhumb line distance and not distance sailed, it helped give us something else to look forward to.

Now that we're in Rodney Bay, we've started to relax. Well, actually, let me put it a different way. Now that we're in Rodney Bay, we've finished cleaning, and my mom has arrived we're starting to relax.

We just got back from the costume party. Since most everybody was scattered about, we gave up the costumes and went in our team gear. And that was just me, my mom, and my dad. My mom and I left early, so we didn't actually meet Andy, Tim, and Tim's family.

Well, that's about it. The last party is on the 18th and that one is the prize giving ceremony.

Getting ready and excited
Will
11/20/2010, Las Palmas, Spain

As you can probably see, we are only one day away from the start of the ARC. Today has been a chaotic scramble to get ready. Andy and Tim have gone on some last minute shopping at Hiperdino, the midsized supermarket near the marina. The rest of the crew (me, my dad, and Elise) are cleaning the bilge, not necessarily the most pleasing task.

We checked out this morning. It was difficult, though, because we hadn't checked in! We tried for a long time, but no one wanted to check us in. In Trapani we walked across town to try to check in, but we weren't successful.

I'll post some photos of Las Palmas on my dad's blog if I can.

ARC
Will
11/14/2010, Las Palmas, Spain

As of today, we only have 7 more days until the start of the ARC. We got a lot of big boat projects done yesterday, including repacking the forward locker, moving the anchor & chain, and cleaning and packing the dinghy. That pretty much took up our entire day.

A couple days ago there was a big welcome party in town. I didn't much enjoy it, but my dad, Elise, and Andy did. Oh, by the way, Andy arrived two days ago. For some reason, we thought that he would be arriving on the 11th, but we were a bit surprised when it got to be 8:00 and he hadn't dropped by.

Today Pedro is having his legendary dinghy race. It promises to be a hot day, so the racers should have plenty of excuses to get wet. Our dock is 'little Norway' (about half a dozen of the boats are Norwegian), and many of them are in it. I'm not.

11/15/2010 | Jane Pimentel
We'll be arm chair sailors watching your progress! Fair winds and calm seas! but get there fast :)
11/20/2010 | JohnAndPeter
Thinking of you all and checking out your blogs - thank goodness you found out about that missing baton! Peter has just had two days of exams (and has a third on Monday) - aren't you glad you aren't a British schoolboy?
Lots of love, best of luck, for tomorrow and the next 25 days.
The Canary Islands
Will
11/11/2010, Las Palmas, Spain

We made it to the long awaited destination two or three days ago. We'd stopped at Isla Graciosa for a few hours, but soon left on another overnighter to Las Palmas. Now we're here, and awaiting the arrival of Andy, one of our crew-members for the ARC.

If I don't get a chance to post another blog before we leave, then you will want to visit my dad's blog for info. I can't post to my blog from the middle of the ocean, but my dad can.

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