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22/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Jubilate Mare Porto to Figueira de Foz

Light winds have continued more or less every day. Today was no different really, but with a promising start from the Duoro river in Porto. A couple of hours later however, it was time to relax & hoist the cast iron genoa.The laws of physics prevent us covering 55 miles in less than 12 hours if we don't maintain an average of more than 4.5 knots. Unfortunately the laws of fishing also dictate that you won't catch much at above 4.5 knots. What to do??Unleash Tom on the fishing line! To his absolute amazement he caught lunch for four of us in very short order. Then followed lessons in how to murder mackerel. We'll get get him up to Yachtmaster standard yet.See the picture. The resulting fillets McFish though were superb and couldn't have been fresher.As a prelude to an "unlimited. read more...


22/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Tuesday 20th June - And where exactly did you hide the baby?

The day started well, the hotel was simple and comfortable, the meal last night was fish and served with a local white wine, we started to believe we were moving forward. Perhaps at this point we should have become slightly suspicious, it was all going a little too smoothly.We checked out from the hotel and made our way the 200 meters across the road to the Monte Real Club de Yates, the local yacht club. Of course we went by taxi, the only way to travel when your bags weigh a ton, this amused the taxi driver but not Andrew as he was given the embarrassing task of explaining to the driver why we needed a taxi for such a short distance, it was only when we found the Spanish word for heavy that the driver finally understood and was more than happy to take the euros. We happened to bump into. read more...


22/06/2017

Starblazer - 22/06/2017 – Quite a good day

First of all, what went right?The cloudy, cool morning gave way to sunshine and, by mid-afternoon, it was positively hot.We had wall to wall sunshine but, as forecast, very little wind.We have taken the decision to motor at 5 knots, if the breeze sends our speed up we can throttle back.This strategy resulted in a 125 nm day, not stunning but the second highest this trip!There are two reasons for our fuel economy strategy: i) we don’t know exactly how much fuel we have and ii) we don’t want to arrive in the dark.It’s currently a little after 0600 UT, broad daylight and we have 260 nM to go so 52 hours at 5 knots, just under 44 hours at 6 knots.0200 is pitch dark because there is no moon!On the baking front, I made probably the best loaf of bread for a very long time, and it was ready in. read more...


22/06/2017

Mischief - HIHO Mischief

19th June 2017.  Bayona to Pavoa de VarzimLeg 2 of our journey south began in fog, the race having been cancelled at the last minute due to the poor weather conditions.  This affected the crew badly, they had already taken performance enhancing drugs and were mentally charged, adrenaline coursing through their veins ready to lead the fleet to the next port. The crew had to do laps of the decks to wear off the affects of this disappointment. The sail started in fog with the engine on. Wind was 2 knots, not good in any sailors memoirs. Coffee and MNS finest stem ginger cookies lifted moral. When the wind did arrive it was on the stern. Skipper Mabel the mouse decided, a preventer on the main sail would be needed with a poled out Code Zero. After a short amount of. read more...


Mischief - HIHO Mischief
Mischief - HIHO Mischief
Blonde Moment - porto marina from the mast top
Blonde Moment - porto marina from the mast top
21/06/2017

Starblazer - 21/06/2017 – A Happy Day

Tuesday was a ‘Happy’ day on board Starblazer for a number of reasons.The day dawned bright and sunny and the temperature increased, to the extent that we were sitting in the cockpit without jumpers on!June is supposed to be summertime but the temperatures here do not agree.The nights are very dark with less than 20% of the moon rising a couple of hours before the sun, they are also cold.At least we have had no rain or squalls. The seas are ridiculously calm for an ocean, but that is because the wind remains very weak.John emptied the diesel cans into the tank, to get an accurate calibration of our usage he should probably have done it on Monday evening.The gauge said the tank was very nearly full, we are just not sure of exactly how much we had used and hence our fuel economy.We believe. read more...


21/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Savusavu

We rented a car today to tour the island. As we were driving along I offered to give a young lady walking along the road a ride. She was carrying a couple of bags. She asked us what we were doing and then offered to stay with us for several hours talking about what we were seeing. She had worked as a tour guide before.We had a nice drive around an area of the island. We ate lunch at a very nice resort where one of her friends worked. All she would accept is the lunch. We dropped her back off at her grandmother's house where she was going in the first place. She was taking her grandmother two bags of fruit.We all had an enjoyable afternoon. I think she enjoyed our company of more normal people than she deals with at her resort. We enjoyed her perspective.First is a photo of the three of. read more...


20/06/2017

Raggy Doll - Monday 19th June 2017 - To infinity and beyond

It is 1520 hours Spanish time and at this moment I am sitting on board an Air Europe flight having just left Madrid and en route to Vigo. A lot has happened since my last blog and hopefully I can fill in the missing pieces. We had hopedthat AJ and I would be fit enough to set sail again on Monday 12th June to try and catch the rally that had left the previous day, we realised pretty quickly that this was not going to be the case and had made the decision to withdraw from the rally. All of us were pretty fed up, AJ and I still felt like rubbish. Various ideas were put on the table, including giving up and going home!By Wednesday we were certain about 3 things:1. We had chosen to join Arc so that we could travel with a group that gave us the security and back up if we needed it, so going. read more...


20/06/2017

Jubilate Mare - Jubilate Mare has made it to Portugal!

Thought it was about time I put pen to paper - well finger to screen! I can't believe how time has flown and miles been motored - not much wind so sailing hasn't really been an option.We are having a cracking time, great crew and fun fleet friends. We will (between us) attempt to make regular contributions, regarding our progress, for the rest of the Rally. We arrived in Porto today and had an electric tuk tuk tour of the city followed by a visit to a port house. Fleet supper tonight at a local restaurant and a 'fun and games' day is being organised for tomorrow. The sun is seriously hot, though I don'tthink it's quite as hot as you are experiencing in England! Boat is staying nice and cool, with a through draught, and days just melt one into the other. We sighted daily dolphins on our. read more...


20/06/2017

Starblazer - 19/06/2017 – The Highs and Lows of passage making.

19/06/2017 – The Highs and Lows of passage making.This title can be taken two ways: meteorologically and in terms of our feelings.I’ll start with the latter.It’s not quite the extremes of mania and depression, rather more a question of happiness or gloominess.What makes us happy?I’m sure just about every sailor will agree that the sight of dolphins playing around the boat puts a smile on the face and a sighting of whales is very special.Seeing the log or GPS reach the heady heights of 6 knots is doing it for us on this passage.In the past we have expected to achieve a 6.5 knot average, then the happiness factor is reaching a 7 knot average over 3 hours or longer. This passage has not been fast but I’ll deal with that when I consider ‘Gloominess’.Good food is a necessity, with pleasant. read more...


20/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Kapteinen er alltid tidlig på an, så klokka 7.30 var vi i dinghyen på vei mot nye eventyr. Han tenkte ikke på at det var 12 timer siden vi kavet for å komme oss gjennom korallrevet. Nå var vi i nesten samme situasjon, men denne gangen i dagslys. Det gikk jo greiere enn sist, og nå begynner vi å lære hvordan vi skal te oss. Taxisjåføren var på pletten. Vi hadde bestilt ham til kl.8, men han var der allerede da vi dro dinghyen på land.Så kjørte vi på austsida av Taveuni. Det var ikke lenge før veien gikk over i grusvei, og vi humpet oss gjennom landsby etter landsby. Også her har husene strålende farger, noen har fått seg murhus, andre har trehus eller blikkskur. Klesvaskene hang på snorene rundt omkring, og hvitt tøy var ikke alltid hvitt.På Fiji er grisene i bur. De har satt buret på. read more...


20/06/2017

Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)

HIHOimage1. read more...


Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)
Arcarius of Plymouth - Mischief HIHO Mischief doubles the trouble. Oh my god (American accent)
19/06/2017

Blonde Moment - blog 8

BLOG 8Monday 19 JuneWow - last evenings shin dig gave us a bit of a shock - BM picked up two prizes!Must have been all that hard work antifouling and polishing in April.It was a great evening out at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona - thank you for your hospitality Bayona!As day dawned, crews busied themselves preparing their boats with Code Zero's, Spinnakers and slipping lines.However, the patchy fog that rolled in on Sunday had reduced visibility to such an extent that Andrew (WCC) had to cancel the racing start for leg 2 (phew says Dee!).We are now motoring down the Portuguese coast dodging lobster pots, some grey skies, some sunshine and some wind.The winds have been equally variable.Having flown our very colourful spinnaker for about 40 minutes, we then beat up wind for a. read more...


Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
19/06/2017

Misto - Days 160-163 June 16-19: Paradise found on Taveuni, Fiji

We departed Bay of Islands for Welagilala, the only true atoll in Fiji. The wind was blowing strongly in the mid to upper 20's, the seas got up somewhat and it was a beautiful beam reach and we revelled in a fantastic sail. However we were to be disappointed in our destination. Probably a beautiful option in settled weather, the seas were breaking heavily over the reef and so the Owl and the Pussy Cats (Laura Dawn, Sumore and Misto) along with Tula Mohr, decided to press on to Matangi. The horseshoe shaped anchorage on the north of Matangi is described as idilic.Arriving as the light was starting to go Laura Dawn explored the anchorage but found it infested with coral and certainly not suitable for 5 boats to find safe anchoring in those poor light conditions. So we pressed on again to. read more...


19/06/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog 7

BLOG 7A great run to the finish line in Bayona getting in at 23:33 on Wednesday 14 June hot onBlue Monde's tail.Bayona - a blissful stopover point after Biscay.The joy of sleeping in a bunk that doesn't lurch!A beautiful drying wind for about seven loads of washing ( what more could the lady of the boat wish for!) and Blonde Moment had a long overdue shampoo and rinse.Much needed sleep was caught up on and fresh provisions easy to buy.Having done all the "domestics" on Thursday, Paul and I discovered the coastal path for jogging and swam off the nearby beach in refreshing but not freezing water.The local tapas has been enjoyed and a great day out at Santiago de Compostella was had Saturday.After the heat of Santiago, few felt they wanted an evening out so neighbours either side ( Blue. read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Enjoying the Fiji Feast

The two fellas in the photo are from Australia. They have come to this resort for several years. They were extremely engaging and fun to share dinner with. They are brothers. . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos of Fiji Feast and Kava Party

Here are photos from the Fiji Feast and Kava Party . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Fiji Feast and Kava Party

The resort put on a Fiji feast and kava party. The food was cooked in an earthen oven. The fire was made over stones which were then covered with banana leaves. The meats were wrapped in banana leaves and the whole thing was covered with banana leaves. Everyone at the resort were seated at long tables. After dinner they had dancing. The dancers were the employees and their children. It was a real family affair. Later everyone danced on the lawn while the tables and chairs were cleared for everyone to sit on woven mats. We were served Kava drinks.  Kava is a drink made of water and ground kava. The Kava drink is made from the dried and ground up roots and stalks of the Kava plant. It is ground into a powder and then mixed with water. It has a little narcotic or intoxicating. read more...


19/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hvilke opplevelser! Vi gir oss ende over! Klokka er 21.15, og vi er i seng! Dagen begynte på Qavea, og vi hadde avtalt med Shamal å gå derfra kl.08. Shamal er et riktig fartsfantom, og vi hadde nok med å holde følge med dem. De kom først til Taveuni, selv om vi motorseilte, og mot slutten hadde vi til og med 9,5 knop innover mot bukta vi nå ligger i. Det lå en 4-5 båter oppankret her fra før, så vi tenkte det var gode grunner til å være her.Vi hviler aldri lenge, så vi var i land allerede 10.30. Da stod vi utenfor en resort (et hotell) og lurte på om vi kunne ha lunsj der. Det kunne vi ikke! Det var kun for hotellets gjester. Vi ville gjerne dra på coastal-walk, den med alle fossefallene. Noen damer utenfor hotellet sa det skulle komme en buss vi kunne ta dit, men vi (Aurora. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Arrival Vanua Balavu

We came up with and talked to Aurora during the day and agreed to go into the island pass together.Managed to sail for a few hours, until wind died and headed us.Even managed to tack - a long time since we've had to do that.More motoring through the night, Owl and Misto came up, Tulla Mhor hove to off the pass, at day break waited for a squall to pass that blotted out the visibility Skylark and Zeeland came up , also Altair appeared and Exit Strategy behind.Finally entering the pass at nearly 11, following Aurora with Skylark and Zeeland in line behind, Owl, Misto and Altair ahead.We were carefully following the waypoints provided by WARC having been warned that in this area (and most of Fiji) that both electronic and paper charts might be wrong.Most of the beacons marked on the chart. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Fiji Vanua Balavu

We elected to stay in the Lomolomo anchorage on Monday having things to fix - e.g. the Lewmar hatches as two hinges one on the fore and one on the aft had broken in quick succession.Most of the other boats set off for the other side of the island which was much more sheltered.But we did spend a very convivial evening as we were invited aboard Zeeland by Bianca and Edwin.Tuesday we set off in convoy with cats Laura Dawn and Sumore, Andrew in LD piloting us in the lead (Stefano was also aboard) and us in the middle, having entered the 20 or so waypoints provided.Lovely day, beautiful scenery but even following one did have to concentrate on the navigation with reefs all around.Eventually we arrived and anchored off the village of Dalicoli with the rest of the fleet.Ashore at 5pm for the. read more...


Blonde Moment - "Steve.... Are you sure it's not supposed to be in the water?"
Blonde Moment -
18/06/2017

Blue Monde - Log 1 - In Baiona

Sunday in the sunshine in beautiful Baiona, Galicia, north west Spain. After such an anticipated departure, and floundering about in Falmouth's foul wind and rain, crossing the western end of the English Channel and Bay of Biscay was wonderful. Day 1 and most of day 2 meant a little mal de mer for moi (had to resort to Stugeron. Neither acupressure bands nor 'the glasses' could help) but luckily Nigel and our 'boy' racers, Hugh and Jon, enjoyed the sailing and changing conditions immensely. Using the cruising chute in lighter airs and then poled out genoa and main sail on a preventer, apparently known as 'goose-winged',helped give good speed and a more stable ride.A fantastic part of the journey for me was approaching Cape Finisterre, seeing land and the prospect of the end of our first. read more...


18/06/2017

Mischief - HI HO!!!!!

Mischief gets into "Deep water". 4000 meters to be exact. "Right old mess you've got us into this time Skipper!!!!"As we left Falmouth the wind was blowing old boots, 25 knots were recorded over the deck. Mabel the mouse decided Mischief should be dressed with one reef in her main sail and a full Genoa. The Skippers words "She's moving like a Rat out of drain pipe"  The passage plan was centred around the famed Cornish pasty that would be consumed whilst still hot as we headed off towards The Bay of Biscay. Precision planning allowed just enough time to procure these from the local bakery, the other side of Falmouth. Out of the lee of Cornwall the wind increased and the sea grew, waves were breaking over the bow and the gunnels were often submerged.   This proved too. read more...


Mischief - HI HO!!!!!
Mischief - HI HO!!!!!
Mischief - HI HO!!!!!
Mischief - HI HO!!!!!
18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

I “Bay of Islands” lå svært mange av våre ARC-båter. Vi ble ønsket velkommenav dem der vi kom inn og la oss til rett før solnedgang. Neste morgen droalle de andre videre, og vi og Shamal ble liggende igjen. Vi ønsket åutforske bukta før vi dro videre. Det vi da gjorde, var å ta dinghyen ut oggå med den langs land, rundt øyer og bortgjemte viker for å fotografere ognyte synet av alt det ukjente. Der var øyer som så ut som sopper, og allesammen var helt tilgrodd med vegetasjon. Tok vi borti fjellveggene, måtte vivære forsiktige, for de var kvasse som nåler. Nedi sjøen så vi massevis avnydelige fisker i alle slags farger, og noen av vikene hadde turkis farge ogvar innbydende å bade i.Omtrent midt på dagen, dro vi tilbake til båten for å gjøre forskjelligeting, og rundt kl.15 skulle Shamal. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12.-15. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det gikk som planlagt! Vi kom inn i atollen Vanuana Balavu, og gikk til Lomolomo. Der ventet toll og immigrasjon på oss. Vi trodde de skulle komme om bord, og jeg hadde hatt et svare strev med å rydde opp etter seilasen. En del saker og ting har en tendens til å fly rundt når vi stamper av gårde i slik vind vi har hatt de siste dagene. De speedet imidlertid opp den prosessen, så kapteinen for av gårde med alle papirene til «Laura Dawn». Der fikk han ordnet både immigrasjon og internett for oss.Senere gikk vi i land i den lille fiskerlandsbyen som minner meg litt om en vi besøkte i Las Perlas. Her var det imidlertid litt ryddigere, selv om Lomolomo var ramponert av syklonen Winston i februar 2016. De fortalte oss at bare i denne landsbyen var seks mennesker omkommet. De hadde fått noe. read more...


18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det begynte med sol og fint vær, og vinden rett på nesen. Etter hvert snudde den mot nordvest, og vi kunne seile. Det økte på utover ettermiddagen, og vinden dreide sør/sørvest. Det begynte å bli veldig ubehagelig, med skikkelig «bausing» og jumping, og jeg kjente at jeg måtte være ytterst forsiktig med aktiviteter, ellers kom jeg til å bli sjøsyk.Vi nådde igjen de andre båtene som hadde gått litt tidligere enn oss, så nå er vi i nærheten av hverandre – fem båter i alt – det føles godt!Nå, nattestid, har vinden roet seg noe, og vi har fullmåne. Det gjør det ekstra fint å ha nattevakt! Tidligere i dag hadde vi gråvær, og noen av båtene hadde regnbyger. Vi har hatt mest sjøsprøyt!I dag fikk kapteinen en sværing på kroken! Snella raste ut, og stanga var aldeles krumbøyd. Da han rakk bort. read more...


18/06/2017

Starblazer - 18/06/2017 – Challenging sailing!

The challenge we are facing on this leg is to keep Starblazer moving as far as possible without reverting to the engine.Friday morning’s efforts are a bit more than our normal cruising behaviour though probably familiar to racers.It was a foggy morning, we only saw the ship passing 1.5 miles behind us as a blurred outline though he knew we were there.AIS is a wonderful tool; we had received notification of his details and a CPA (Closest Point of Approach) of between 0.1nM (18.4 metres) and half a mile when he was 12 miles away.John called him up and he offered to alter course to starboard to pass safely behind us.The separation between us increased when the wind piped up a bit and we sailed at a speedy 6 knots for about a quarter of an hour.Ocne he was clear of us we altered course to. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos

  Here are some more photos.. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - 6/17/17 Taveuni, Fiji

We are on the island of Taveuni, Fiji. We came to the southwest area of the island to Paradise Resort. They have free mooring balls for visiting yachts and they are extremely yacht friendly. They came out to help us tie to their moorings. When we went ashore they were there to greet us and give us a tour of their facilities that we were free to use. We all had dinner there. We are three boats, Skyelark, Aurora, and us. They brought out a birthday cake at the dinner for one of us that they had picked up that had a birthday. They have excellent customer service and were rewarded by us booking a diving trip, snorkeling trip and a tour of the area. Four more ARC boats are coming tomorrow because of what we told them. I am going to send more photos of our tour yesterday. May fair winds fill. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - Tour 6/17/17

We took a tour today. World Cruising had arranged it for everyone. That is one of the things that World Cruising does very well. We had a bus (very old) to take us to Ene’io Botanical Gardens. The owner was a very nice native Tongan who had devoted his land to a botanical garden. He was well educated, with a agricultural degree from the University of Hawaii. He had been the Commissioner of Agriculture. He had about 500 species of plants. They also had a demonstration on the uses of coconut, weaving palm leaves, making a cloth type material from tree bark and making kava powder for a mildly intoxicating drink. After the demonstration we had a very nice lunch with local dancers performing. I did not remember everything but I will try to name off what we were offered. We had a salad, baked. read more...


17/06/2017

Isbjorn - ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

June 17, 20172011A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We've had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was a good opportunity to teach the crew how to use the radar and what a target looks like on screen. Isbjorn sails fast under spinnaker on a waning breeze, 8.5 knots steady and surfing into the tens once in a while, 11.7 our top speed today. We're racing towards Ireland now, committed. read more...


16/06/2017

Misto - Days 156-159: June 12-15 Vanua Balavu, Lau Group

Following the waypoints around the island, and keeping a sharp lookout for rocks and reefs, we made our way north to Mbvatu Harbor. Rather like a fjord, this deep anchorage is surrounded by steep, undercut cliffs covered in vegetation.After a couple of abortive attempts at anchoring in slightly shallower water we dropped all our chain in around 65' of water.That evening we had a great party aboard Exit Strategy.Early the next morning we set off in the dinghy to the jetty on the far side of the anchorage.There we climbed a winding staircase of about 350 steps up the hillside.At the top the devastation wrought by cyclone Winston was apparent, with many downed coconut trees and others just stripped of their vegetation.On the advice of a local lady we followed a path across the plateau and. read more...


Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
16/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos From Taveuni

Here are a few more photos from our tour. . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - Taveuni Island Tour

We are on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. All three boats hired a van and took a tour to several waterfalls in the south end of the island. We had two long walks to see various waterfalls. I am sore and tired from walking. We ended up having a pizza and then coming back to the boat. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with enough energy to walk to your next waterfalls! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - To Taveuni

We are headed to the island of Taveuni which is part of Fiji and west of Bay of Islands on the island of Vanua Balavu where we were last night. Exit Strategy, Skyelark of London and Lexington are traveling together. This is free sailing time so we will go our various ways and end up in Musket Cove to begin the next leg. As usual it was down wind sailing and we used our twin head sails. We have come to the northern tip of the island. We are in the bay near Naselesele Point near the village of Matei. We are anchored in about 20 feet of water well off from land because there is a broad reef which is very shallow at low tides. We all came together because Dan from Skyelark has been here before. So we pooled our knowledge and followed Dan. We are going into the town tomorrow to do a tour. read more...



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