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Target reached.
07/02/2009, Cadiz, Spain

The target was acquired about 2 weeks ago and now has been reached! Cadiz is not considered the Mediterranean, but the coast of Spain is pretty much in the Mediterranean.

Today was fairly eventful. For a start Alex left today. He left around 11 a.m. to catch a taxi to catch a train to catch a plane to catch a connector flight to go to Frankfurt.

Secondly today is our first day in port for 8 days. It was exciting bring close to land again. I've never experienced the feeling of the land tipping after being at sea for awhile.

The third, but most exciting was our experience with groceries and public transit. It goes as follows:

We took the bus to near the Post Office/Bank. From there we went to a super market. We picked up 8 bags of food there for, guess what...85 Euros (that's cheap)!!!! Check out the exchange rate! Anyhow, 8 bags of food is really heavy (as we soon found out). We moved the groceries to the bus stop and proceeded to cross the street 4 times trying to find the right bus stop (luckily the bus stops we close together)!!! We found the right bus and the bus driver said it was a kilometer to Puerto Sherry. We took his bus. We got off the bus nowhere near the water and started to carry the groceries down the road. We were like, "Boy, I don't think we can do this!" We came to a man who was starting to load up his car and we were so desperate that my Dad asked him for a ride! The man (his name is Rafael) gave us one (God bless him). Rafael took us directly to our dock. "Muchas Gracias!!!"

Anyhow, that is a recount of our adventures so far on land (and a little bit of on-the-water stuff thrown in there).

Off again
06/23/2009, Horta, Azores

We're off for Cadiz, Spain tomorrow. It should take about a week.

Today Jon, Nick, and Alex went up to the crater of Faial and took a lot of pictures. My Dad and I chose not to go (we wanted to save money). I wish I could've gone, though.

The next blog should come from Spain!!

06/22/2009, Horta, Azores, Portugal

We made it to the Azores!!! It was an exciteing trip, though nothing really happend that was too exciting. It was just a fun trip.

In the Azores evrything is cheap. Gas is the only expensive thing. about $5.00USD a gal. (3.60 EUR). But we plan to stay here until wednesday. My dad's blog has a more detailed account of our crossing.

06/07/2009, St. Georges, Bermuda

We made it!! (OK, maybe only part way.) We had intended to go to Hamilton, but the only Customs house is in St. Georges. We hope to leave for the Azores tomorrow morning.

It was a fairly rough ride to get here, though. We had VERY light wind first, then the wind built and we had 25 knots on the beam (With waves. The waves were the wost.). But we made it.

We'll see if the ride to the Azores is as rough. (I hope not!!!) I don't think so, but you never know!!

N32 22.454
W064 40.476

Not as much to do, so much more done
05/24/2009, Charleston, SC

The SSB is now working!! We have got it to transmit AND receive! Now we can download weather fax's. That was a big plus. If we couldn't download weather fax's, we couldn't go sailing.

The boat name is being printed (unfortunately we decided just before Memorial Day) now. We'll have that on around Wednesday.

Right now my Dad is have major difficulties with his Pfaff 130 sewing machine as he tries to sew up some lee cloths. (Shouldn't that be done by now???!) Apparently the motor is not functioning properly.

Let me know if you want some pictures. You can e-mail me at nelson.will att live dot com.

So much to do, so much done
05/21/2009, Charleston, SC

Sorry for the delay in getting a blog up there. As a brief update we are almost done with the navigation system, the SSB is going bungo again, and the refrigerator is pretty much done.

By the SSB going wrong I mean it refuses to transmit. Transmitting is important for other things than "Mayday!" In order to receive a weather fax we have to transmit a request to a nearby SSB station and they can then send us a weather fax. So it's pretty important. We are soon going to move the SSB to a more accessible location.

05/21/2009 | mike
What typr od SSB do you have and what do you mean by not transmitting. ie: Does it send at all. Does it click in to TX when you push the mic button, Does it tune the ant. (Ours did not). Does it not get out very far. It took us two years but finally got it working very well.
05/21/2009 | Will Nelson
Our SSB is an Icom M802. It unfortunately does not transmit at all. I do believe, though, that the TX does come on when we push the mic button. The radio just can't tune the AT-140 antenna tuner.

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