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10/11/2014

Reberth - Day 2 ARC+

After a boisterous first twenty odd hours we are all hoping Day 2 will be a little calmer and we can catch up on some sleep!! Conditions have not been for the faint hearted but at least no one on board has sea sickness. After taking last night’s SSB several boats that called in has crew members not too well. Let’s hope all is better for them today. The sun is shining and our first water sample has been taken for the OceanWatch research project.Oh happy day. Now for the Net.. read more...


10/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur bids fairwell and thank you to the Yellowshirts

DAGBÓK fyrir ARC+ blog Day 1.Yey , we are starting today the dream has come true!. With big anticipation and butterflies in the stomach we cast off our lines and set off to the big adventure.The last 11 days in the harbour in Las Palmas have flown out the window, we have been busy busy preparing, doing the seminars and the social program and meeting with new friends to be .Just yesterday our crew Pascal Schuermanna German Journalist for the  German sailing magazine, Yacht arrived on board , he will stay with us to the Cape Verdes, and we are looking forward to sail with him and even learn from his experience as a sailor.   Otherwise we are double handling on our World Cruise most of the time. Today the thing is to remember to buy baguettes in the Minimarket. read more...


10/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 6 - Sail east then cut and run

Position           32:32.21S 171:22.66 EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Monday 10 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 149nm over the ground, 155nm through the water                        Distance (OG) covered from start 843nm                        Distance to destination 220nm 110nm made in. read more...


10/11/2014

Exody - Day 1 - Spanking Start

Conditions were perfect for a fantastic ARC+ start cheered on and snapped by the WCC Yellowshirts - even checking on our fruit/vegetable delivery from the photography RIB. The final morning had been as hectic as the previous 17 days of preparations in Las Palmas, where we had arrived after a 2300 mile three month cruise from Scotland.We had one crew wife waving from the shore plus John and crew from a fellow Clyde boat doing the main ARC. With the big cats starting 15 minutes ahead we were out from our berthg amongst the Cats in good time but found a twisted reefing line so down came the 'just hoisted' main to re-reeve and tie the second reefline by which time we found ourselves almost the most distant boat from the startline at the 10 minute gun.We managed to close the start mid fleet. read more...


09/11/2014

Lydia - Introducing the Crew

Right to left in the photoRichard Jackman (Commodore)Matthew Fyfe - First Mate (Commander)Steve Jones - Ships DoctorDonald Begg - SkipperHenry Wood - EngineerSet sail at 12:30 with good winds behind uscrew_small. read more...


Lydia - Introducing the Crew
Lydia - Introducing the Crew
09/11/2014

Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!

Couldn’t resist letting you see the vessel we had to radio as they appeared to be heading straight for us!! The skipper, very obligingly made a large turn to starboard and we passed port to port.Happy Sailing. Sure it won’t be our only encounter on this trip!!!!Falconberg. read more...


Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!
Reberth - Close encounter with the Falconberg!!
09/11/2014

Zulú - DIA -14

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}En los dias pasados hemos intercambiado muchas impresiones los miembros de la tripulación. A todo el mundo se le nota la elevación del grado de ansiedad, a medida que la fecha se aproxima. No en vano, venimos de una preparación de casi un año y el día 23  esta la vuelta de la esquina.Por lo demás no hay grandes novedades. La amabilidad de Javier y los buenos oficios de Fernando han permitido que mi sextante esté a ya a bordo, listo para competir con el gps. No vendrá mal un poco de ejercicio mental con los viejos instrumentos de marear para no olvidar todo lo que uno ha aprendido y que nunca ha necesitado  utilizar. Espero que, a la vista del interés de algunos por aprender, su uso sea, al menos, divertido. A los útiles de pesca. read more...


08/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 307; The Race to Richards Bay & a Bad Weather GRIB Report; Saturday, November 8, 2014

Last night we downloaded a weather GRIB report that was not good. It stated that the wind was going to swing to the southwest at 20+ knots Monday morning at 6:00 AM UTC (10:00 AM boat time). This is a half day sooner than the previous weather report. Therefore, we have to be in by then or we risk an ugly and possibly dangerous condition in crossing the Aghulas Current. As a result of this information, we turned on the motor at 10:17 PM last night (Friday). We have more than enough wind to sail to Richards Bay, but motor sailing, even with 20 knots of wind, will be quicker by a half knot to 1 1/2 knots. So off we go.Also, yesterday I ended the log (Day 306) prematurely, so I will resend it with the added information in it.Up at 6:00 AM. I relieved Jeremy and noticed before he went below. read more...


09/11/2014

Lone Star - Today's Lone Star dribble

I write this under great duress from my salty and crusty skipper Craig. This being my 4th time sailing with Craig, he knows that I resist doing a blog from the boat. So he has been flogging me since we left Port. Now my back can take it no more and I write this piece. Being a Member of the ORDER OF THE SALTY DOG is a very prestigious and Honorable thing. Skipper Craig is still lacking the requirements to become a member and has been soliciting for a rule change. Well I do not think that is going to happen. So Craig will just have to keep on sailing, and in only a few more rallies to succeed in becoming a member in the ORDER OF THE SALTY DOG. It only takes 7 rallies events as boat owner or as a crew member to become one.My crew mate Joe and Stacey are both ardent fisherman and have. read more...


09/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 6

Another interesting, and at times very challenging day. We began with little or no wind, which gave us a chance to throw out a line - and our first catch of the rally: a 7-8lb Mahi Mahi - which was enjoyed (by 3 of the crew) for dinner. The evening brought wind and some major and menacing thunderstorm cells, which we had to spend most of the night and this morning dodging - unfortunately mostly under engine power. We can assure you that alcohol played no part in the seemingly random nature of our track overnight!Just after lunch now and the worst of the squalls are behind us. We are making 7.5kts under sail, beating to the wind. Hopefully these winds will hold up all the way to TortolaTeam Tom Tom. read more...


09/11/2014

GarliX - Start am 9.11.14?. Richtung Kapverden

Start am 9.11.14…. Richtung KapverdenBei guten 20-25 kn Wind sind wir Punkt 13:00 gestartet… und jetzt - gut 3h später fliegen wir mit sportlichen 9kn Richtung Kapverden. Die ersten 3h sind wir erst einmal Richtung Afrika… nach einer Kuhwende haben wir jetzt den richtigen Kurs anliegen. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, kleine Verletzung kurz nach dem Start - aber alles ist wieder gut. Max kam gerade in die Kajüte und meint"… jetzt passieren in den nächsten 5 Tagen keine Aktionen…." er wird noch staunen, was der Käpt'n sich noch einfallen lässt… Genacker, Code Zero…. . Aber dafür ist gerade etwas viel Wind. Gegen 17:00 wurde es dann richtig windig - bis zu 35kn Wind und in Spitze (die Welle runter) 16,7kn Geschwindigkeit… eindeutig zu viel. Haben das Vorsegel weggenommen und das 2. Reff im. read more...


09/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9 - Cape Verde leg day 1

Just some stats: Max TWS 48.9 ktsMax SOG 19.5 ktsCurrent avg speed 8.7 kts55 nm done as I write this. Dinner time aboard.. read more...


09/11/2014

Club Carp - Finally a fish

FINALLY, yesterday just before cocktail hour we managed to hook a Mahi.He was on the smaller side of what one hopes to catch, yet is plenty to feed the crew dinner tonight...we're thinking fish tacos.On the weather front, we ended up with too much wind on our nose to continue on our previous course and are basically only able to sail SW or E, neither really in our favor.We ultimately chose E based on our current wind forecasts.  Adding to today's fun were several squalls this morning (winds in the upper 20s), which resulted in us having to reef our sails on multiple occasions.The one benefit was that we got free fresh water showers on deck.Additionally, we got to see an end-to-end rainbow, which is always a treat.That's it for today as the Captain requested I not write another Club. read more...


Club Carp - Finally a fish
Club Carp - Finally a fish
09/11/2014

Second Wind - Blow the Wind Southerly, no thanks!

Sunday afternoon. The baked Mahi Mahi last night was utterly delicious, eaten on deck with the sun going down. Unfortunately, the wind has swung round to come from the direction of Tortola, so since we can't point the boat at the wind, port tack won over starboard, and we headed off at an angle west of our desired route.By morning, we were 60 miles south west and reckoned that it was time to tack onto starboard to head south east. But the winds are lighter, and the swell is banging straight into the boat, so reluctantly, we are now motor sailing to get east knowing that the wind is set from the south east for the next two days, then should turn easterly. If all goes well, we'll have a lovely reach towards Tortola from the East...of course, followers on yellow brick can see how it works. read more...


09/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9 - underway

I think we got past the start line around two minutes after the gun so that went pretty well. The 400m start line had lots of tankers for decoration so that made it fun to find the coast side marker bouy. Anyway, the famous acceleration zone is certainly no myth and we are in 37 knots wind still now about 5 hours into the race. We long ago took down the gennacker and took some reefs - Lots of excitement for the 3 that have never sailed aboard Makena before. Earlier today the plan was to have the crew make lunch at 10:30 since we were leaving the marina at 11 to wait for the start. Anyway that was not a good idea because everyone was so excited about the sandwiches they made that there had to be some serious persuasion applied just to get them to keep *some* till later! Maybe we are a. read more...


09/11/2014

Firefly - Approaching Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand

Its 0300 on Monday 10th November and its extremely chilly. We were told it could be cold during the evenings when we got closer to New Zealand but were not prepared for an Antarctic like chill - perhaps we have gone soft after a year in the tropics. We have been enjoying lighter winds and the change to starboard tack which finally occurred at midday on Sunday. 5 days close hauled and heeled over on port in 15 to 25 knots of wind and rough seas has been enough and with the wind now at about 10 to 12 knots, the sea slight to moderate we are heading almost due east for Cape Reinga some 170 miles away. The wind angle is a little tight for our required course and we are having to motor sail to make good progress.At the Cape we will turn south east and reach the Bay of Islands sometime later. read more...


09/11/2014

Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!

Having managed to download some photos whilst rocking and rolling over the start line and I thought I would share them with you. Whilst trying to get the code flags down the halyard got caught and Ian had to go up the mast just before we left, but all is now well.We were very happy with our start and now need to figure out the most comfortable sail configuration for our journey to Mindelo. Cape Verde here we come.Just looked up and our speed over ground is over eight knots. WOW for us that is shifting.last supper up mast 0n our way. read more...


Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
Reberth - Last supper and on the way!!
09/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - 11-09 Beating to the finish

Good morning.Well we are about 360 miles from the finish.A long way in a sailboat.Made even longer by the fact that is appears we will be beating the rest of the way.Yesterday was a long windless day of motorsailing and we began to worry we would run out of fuel.That worry has been eased since last evening when a SW wind of 15-20 came up amid numerous squalls.We were largely successful at dodging most of them and most only seemmed to carry rain and little additional wind.We didn't miss then all, however, and a few did have lots of wind.  During one squall the jib roller furler got stuck with the jib out and after we resolved that problem it got stuck with the jib in. After that we sailed with the staysail instead of the jib until morning when we could see the problem. It made for an. read more...


09/11/2014

GEM - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Some of you may remember the amusement park ride listed above.It’s claim to fame was that it was IN THE DARK.Without any visual input any ride seems scary. A lurching CAT at nite has Mr. Toad beat by a mile :-) The last 24 hours has been difficult, motoring through squalls, a lumpy sea and wind directly from the SE. Our DTF has gone up and if you are following our plot you’ll think that we are drunk, insane or just stupid.We are trying to ease the pounding and lurching so folks will feel more comfortable.Our lasts WX suggested this would continue till Monday so we are doing this and trying to get to 65 N in case the trades do fill in.If they don’t we may have to do this all the way to finish :-((.We have talked to Club Carp and Corsair and they seem to be doing the same. Lucky Strike. read more...


09/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 9th Nov 2014

Aelfgifu getting ready in Las Palmas Marina for the ARC start on the 23rd November.Posted by Swiss TonyIMG_9845. read more...


Aelfgifu - 9th Nov 2014
Aelfgifu - 9th Nov 2014
09/11/2014

Free & BrEasy - Bumpy Windy Indy

The Indian Ocean has a reputation for ever changing winds fuelled by a series of low pressure systems travelling up the South African eastern coast towards Madagascar. Also swells are constantly being generated by southern ocean storms, and turbulent seas are common off the southern tip of Madagascar andSouth Africa. This is largely due to the effects of the strong Agulhas current which runs in a south westerly direction along the African coast. The Indian Ocean has not disappointed us!A lesson on the rapid changing weather was metered out to us while we were stillsome way off Madagascar. We had been watching the barometric pressure drop for 12 hours from 1023 to 1012mb and were waiting for the wind direction to change from the north east to the north west, a text book sign of an. read more...


09/11/2014

Juno - Lanzarote at last

At 0100 local time we round the breakwater in the pouring rain, into the calm and sheltered setting of Puerto Calero marina.  My prediction that we might outrun the weather front was premature and we have spent the last 8 hours dodging squalls in a wild ride down to Lanzarote.As the day has worn on, the cloud cover has increased and by mid afternoon a huge line squall has developed with heavy black clouds covering the western horizon, moving rapidly towards us.  The tell-tale black column from cloud to sea that blots out the horizon is the sure sign that heavy rain is falling from the cloud. This releases energy in the form of cold air that hits the sea and spreads out in all directions, bringing an increase in wind velocity, especially at the leading edge of the squall.. read more...


Juno - Lanzarote at last
Juno - Lanzarote at last
Juno - Lanzarote at last
Juno - Lanzarote at last
Easy Rider - Team Easy Rider On the Dock
Easy Rider - Team Easy Rider On the Dock
09/11/2014

Easy Rider - Log Day 1 - T minus 1

One hour to go!....after 1,000 miles at sea to get to the start line we are finally setting off on the first leg to Cape Verde, the official start time is 12.45GMT Sunday 9th November. If we cross the line early we will receive a punitive 3 hour time penalty.The boat is well stocked, the weather forecast is great and morale is high as we set off on ARCplus 2014....St Lucia or bust!A picture of the good ship Easy Rider  and her fine crew under Captain Smith is attached.. read more...


09/11/2014

Flomaida II - 5.-9.11. Überfahrt von Nouméa/ NC nach Opua/NZ ist fast geschafft!!

Nach heißen Diskussionen, wie wohl das ideale Wetterfenster für dieÜberfahrt aussehen sollte- entweder hinter dem letzten Tief mit Aussichtauf ein freundliches Hoch,was aber nie sicher ist, oder dem Rat der vielenWettergurus folgen, haben wir uns für die erfahrenen Wettergurusentschieden, die aber auch gleichzeitig sagen, dass gerade hier dieVorhersage extrem unsicher sei,und das Wetter sich fast täglich verändern könne.Ziemlich einstimmig wird der 5.11.als gutesWetterfenster proklamiert!Na, wenn das ein gutes Wetterfenster sein sollte, dann möchte ich ganzsicher kein schlechtes kennen lernen.Nun sind wir den 5. Tag auf See, und zusammengefasst war es eine brutaleSch....überfahrt!! Die 880 SM haben wir nur Wind von vorne mit 25-30/35KN und 3-4 Metern Welle von der Seite.Wie masochistisch. read more...


09/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 10. Tag - Auf Zielkurs

Heute morgen haben wir mit einem Tankerkapitän gesprochen: Er hat uns ein Kompliment zu unseren Segelschiff gemacht. :-) Und noch ein paar Infos über die Strömung gegeben. Wir haben noch etwa 100 Meilen vor uns und sind guter Dinge, heute nacht anzukommen. Wir freuen uns auf eine dicke Mütze Schlaf in Richards Bay.Sandra & Tom. read more...


09/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 5 - Ready about

Position           32:41.85S 168:34.76 EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Sunday 9 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 142nm over the ground, 149nm through the water                        Distance (OG) covered from start 694nm                        Distance to destination 330nm 90nm made in. read more...


09/11/2014

Starblazer - 09/11/2014 – Not much to say!

Yesterday evening was horrible, strong winds and big seas.Trying to sleep on my first off watch was very difficult.When John woke me up at 2300 he said the winds had been up to 30 knots but had settled back to the 20-25 knot range.We were well reefed and in no danger but there is a niggling worry at the back of both our minds about the repaired forward lower shroud. We check it regularly and it is rock solid but….. The night improved and by midnight the seas were smoother, the wind was down to 18-22 knots and the moon suddenly rose above the cloud layer and shone like a searchlight on us.On balance I think it is safe to say that Sunday has been a much better day than Saturday.For the first time in 3 days I have been sitting in the cockpit this afternoon in a tee shirt (long sleeves. read more...


08/11/2014

Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg

Here are some misc things from today - the final prep day in Las Palmas. Changed the main halyard, installed the jack lines, took out and checked the spinnaker, attended the skipper’s briefing about weather and race rules, etc., washed the boat, and had another rust patrol. We recieved the final deliveries of fresh fruits and veggies and other general shopping. All that stuff then had to be put and hidden away. The onions have a pretty cool spot under the steps to the flybridge. I will not reveal were the goodies for weeks 2 and 3 are stashed :) We’ve wrapped carrots in tin foil in the hopes that they will last till the end of the trip. It will be interesting to see how the various veggies fare and hopefully we’ll use them up in time. Of course we may try to top in Cape Verde but not. read more...


09/11/2014

Aviva - great wind today

Today we expected winds N to NNE at 13 or so, but we got winds 18-20.The direction stayed favorable all day, and we made great time.Currently the wind is 10 knots SE, the least favorable direction for us since we want to go any heading between S and E.We need to charge the batteries anyway so are motorsailing, which is allowing us to make due south, 180.So it goes.We had ham, roasted sweet potato, fresh pineapple, and biscuits for dinner, and are into our overnight watch rotation.Tonight it's Mark 7-10, Dorothy 10-1, Fred 1-4, Mark 4-7.Our daytime watches are 7-11 am, 11 am -3 pm, and 3-7 pm.With 7 watches per day, the schedule rotates.It seems to be working out well.Time for my nap ...Dorothy. read more...


Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg
Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg
08/11/2014

Adagio - Plenty of wind, just not in the right direction.

Here's where being a rookie at the Caribbean 1500 really begins to show.We've made a couple of good tactical decisions in our decisions to proceed to 30N/70W to avoid a building low pressure system, and we've done well in kinda-sorta guessing where some of the winds would be helpful skirtuing, but not engaging, some smaller squalls so far.But, we just don;t have the expertise to make the longer predictions, nor the familiarity with the way the different portions of the crossing will play out and we have found ourselves with unfavorable winds (or in some cases no wind at all). Not that we won;t eventually get to Tortola; that goal is in sight but it is certainly not to be the elegant ride on the prevailing tradewinds we'd hoped for.. This one has so far involved lots of engine hours and. read more...


Makena - Arrrrhhh boat washing is so much fun!
Makena - Arrrrhhh boat washing is so much fun!
08/11/2014

Second Wind - Life on Port Tack

Today is a beautiful sunny day for a sail, with the wind ahead and blowing us along at 6kts, almost in the direction we have planned.After two days in confused choppy swell, learning to live on starboard tack angles, we've returned to port tack, and it seems the best weather is always on Port. Not only that, but the dishes stay on the counter all by themselves. Cooking is definitely easier, which is great, because our big news today is that we caught a fish! and it's big enough to feed all four of us tonight. It was a beautiful green Mahi Mahi, and all was well until we reeled it in and had to figure out how to deal with it.Luckily, we have a fully trained ex-Icelandic fisherman among our crew, in William, who swiftly filleted it. Not so luckily someone allowed him to have a bucket. read more...


08/11/2014

Winedown - Half way there

My apologies for all of you who have been trying to follow this blog. I had thought my emails were being sent when in fact they were not. We think we have figured it out.So this entry is from Friday:600 miles from Florida, 600 miles from Bermuda, 600 miles from Tortola, they didn’t want to tell me that we are in fact in the Bermuda Triangle. We’ve had 10.5 gremlins that have caught a ride on our boat, many have been solved, but who knows what the Bermuda triangle will stir up for us. Last night we saw some rain, gusts of wind,  a bit of lightening , and a moon rainbow this morning. Our Captain left the front hatches open and drenched our V berth, with me in it. The thing with salt water is that nothing ever really fully dries after getting wet. So far we have caught. read more...


08/11/2014

Windswept - Saturday afternoon Who cares what day it is

Turned off the engine at 6am and have been sailing tight hulled all day with autopilot in wind vane mode.We have made 42 miles south in just over 10 hours.Not great but it is sailing and in the right direction.The wind will be coming out of the south later and we will have to tack over and head east to I65.  As for fishing we landed number 5 mia just now another big one but our freezer is full and we want to save some room for the Tuna and Wahoo if we ever catch any.We just keep catching Mia (such problems).Seas are calm and weather is hot all systems are working, we could not ask for more.We are truly blessed…Capt’n Sonny. read more...


08/11/2014

Shira - 8 november

Allt är klart och vi vill iväg! Det verkar komma att blåsa ganska bra tror vi, tur att det kommer bakifrån!Vi har fått vårt mätetal: 0,913. Man tar totaltiden och multiplicerar med mätetalet. I vår klass C är det 12 båtar, vi ligger lite under mitten. Båtarna har mellan 0,801-0,959 i vår klass.Stämningen på Shira är nu samlad. Vi går igenom våra två vaktsschema som vi har. Schema 1 så är man två uppe hela tiden. Varje person är uppe 4 timmar/ sover 4. Ett andra schema är rullande 3 timmarspass där man kör en timme själv.Det andra går att köra på tre personer om det skulle behövas.Nästa gång vi skriver på denna blogg så blir det via kortvågsradion, den går inte att använda i hamnen så vi får se om det hoppar igång ute till havs!. read more...


08/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 5

Somewhat despondent today as we have found ourselves stuck under the center of another low, resulting in more light airs. Even the anaconda won't fly in the swell, so we have ended up running the motor for much longer than we would have liked.Spending today hunting for wind - heading more east to find the trades. Pays to listen to the advice of those that have done this trip before.Crew is taking the opportunity to get a few zzzs under the tropical blue skies (and yes, we are lathered in sun screen)Quick update: we've found some wind - so all hands to the sailsTeam Tom Tom. read more...


08/11/2014

Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more

Today I have a very happy crew on board. Chris from the ARC has been making security check and he found me well and safe for the crossing.Well, most of the time the commander (Jan) and the captain (Carina) are in good mood. Yesterday they joined the farewell and welcome party, which was a very fine arrangement offering local specialities, entertainment etc. I guess the two of them will be quite busy until our departure. There are seminars, meetings, and lots of nice people.Tomorrow we shall say goodbye/see you in Caribbean to our neighbours who are joining the ARC+ sailing from Las Palmas to Cap Verde. And look how nicely the ARC+ boats have dressed up (I shall ask my crew to find  my new flags and dress me up). Greetings from Louise (Carina is writing on my. read more...


Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more
Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more
08/11/2014

Club Carp - How many 360 degree turns does it take for the crew to notice?

Answer: 1.5!So, get ready, this is a good one.Let me first lay the scene.Weather conditions: it's very overcast almost fully blocking out the moon; we had just gone through a small squall; and the wind is extremely light and directly on our nose which means the Yanmar humming it's lovely tune.Crew mental conditions: it's post dinner and all four crew members have settled deeply into their food comas; laying in the breeze up on deck; and bobbing our head to some really mellow tunes (no, not kenny G, more like Eric Clapton genre) which have to loud enough to drown out the engine.As a quick aside, we still have not caught any fish and dinner was the spiral cut ham and canned green beans I had foreshadowed in our last blog.But as I also mentioned, our "Cooke" prepared it in outstanding. read more...



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