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22/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius

It is Sunday and we are chilling out. We had coffee and breakfast if the cockpit with a nice breeze blowing and moderately comfortable temperature. It is a little hot later in the day. I am posting a few photos of the marina area. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius
22/10/2017

Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS

Hi! By some series of minor, middling and major miracles plus a modicum of champagne, here we are tucked up, stern to, in what can only be described as a fenderama in Las Palmas. Three thousand miles from West Loch Tarbert, Scotland, UK. There have been imperfect storms, whaley ceilidhs and titanic tantrums along the way; Brag has been on and off the market like a very expensive YoYo as everything including the kitchen sink has broken, failed and/or misbehaved; cracking crews have come and gone; and for now it's just Brian and Agnes,  the Accountant and the Journalist...cooking the books...So far, my best friend in LP is the nice young man from El Corte Ingles who is pledged to turn victualling for six for the three (maybe four?) week passage from a nutritional and logistics. read more...


Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS
Brag - PARKED IN LAS PALMAS
21/10/2017

Blue Top - Samedi 21

Depuis la remise à l'eau, mercredi après-midi, la préparation de BlueTop bat son plein...Catherine a l'avitaillement de base......Moi a regréer le bateau, Grand Voile,Bricolages divers sur le pont, inspection en tête de mât, montage du panneau solaire....Et même, puisque c'est la seule Rhumerie d'Europe...visite a la Rhumerie de Porto da Cruz.....avec forcément dégustation et découverte d'un Rhum agricole bon comma la -bas.....si siBref nous sommes débordés.....mais heureux!Beaucoup de bateaux sur les pontons de Quinta.....la saison des Transat's approche!Lundi départ vers l'Île de Graciosa aux Canaries..... read more...


21/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued

This is all the religious buildings around the sacred lake with many statues of gods. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour continued
21/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius

We hired a taxi to take us around the southern portion of Mauritius yesterday. We were out a full day seeing the sights. Our driver spoke fair English and was very friendly. The first thing I was impressed with was the modern and big buildings that were outside Port Louis. There was a area called Cybercity which was an area that was where a lot of new development was occurring. It was comparable to any major city in the USA. A lot of the IT services of this region are based here. The is a lot of international banking done is Mauritius. I will now show some photos and explanation.image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - Captain Bob10/21/2017 Mauritius
20/10/2017

Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!

Have organised the provisioning today , visiting various shops in Largos it's great that we have the car . Unfortunately the water pump still not fixed , though it has arrived. We need to test the new water maker and have shake down sail out of the marina . We hope to off to Las Palmas , the middle of next week . At the moment it seems two steps forward one back . We are not suffering though we are staying in Dave's lovely villa, with pool. Uncle Dave is getting frustrated,Well we all are . We now have to store all this food , and remember where it is, a little plan is called for . We've come up with a menu and based our food shopping around that, plus extras. We also need treats , plus the good old (ginger biscuits) for those times when another day at seaseems all too much . A nice. read more...


Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!
Shimna - SHIMNA prepares for 4 days sail!!!!!
20/10/2017

Muttley - Getting to Las Palmas

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Blue Top - L hélice polie...
Blue Top - L hélice polie...
19/10/2017

Shimna - Preparing for sea

Will the water pump arrive in time, do we have enough gin, how many sedatives do we need to keep the skipper on side, is 36 toilet rolls enough, why are these bananas going brown, where did all these bolts on the deck come from.Looking forward to getting underway and leaving Lagos8ED4F0EE-82E3-4511-9DFD-D36684464865. read more...


Shimna - Preparing for sea
Shimna - Preparing for sea
19/10/2017

Blue Top - Remise a l'eau

18 octobre 14h30 TU...BlueTop est sur l'eau....après carénage effectué de main de maître par Mario de RepMaritima.....super boulot je vais envoyer a photo de l'hélice polie miroir...impressionnant!Nous restons à Quinta do Lorde jusqu' a lundi...mission rangement!. read more...


19/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts

So today is a holiday, Dawali, and most things are closed. I walked around the city just to say I got out of the tourist marina area. Then I came by a bus area and decided just to get on a bus and ride it to wherever and back to see whatever was there. The bus ended up going to Pamplemouse which is a small town several miles outside Mauritius. The bus ride cost me all of about two dollars. It was not all that great but did fill the morning and let me see what was outside the city. May fair winds fill your sails with many sights and sounds. Bobimage1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
19/10/2017

Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius

I am out for a walk in the town area of Mauritius, away from the tourist area of the marina. It is a holiday today, Dawali. Diwali is a religious holiday of India. It is celebrated with fireworks and festivals. I am in a botanical garden which is picturesque. There are many statues. I will have to google the names on the statues to fine out who they were.  May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful parks and statues Bobimage1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
19/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017

We are having lovely weather in Mauritius. The marina is very nice and in the adjacent area of town. The vendors lined up to help with boat repairs seem to be efficient and responsive. I went to the Blue Penny Museum yesterday. Mauritius was early in using postage stamps to send mail to and from the island. The Blue Penny was one of the very early stamps. The one they had was in a case and they only turned the light on in the case periodically which I think was to preserve the coloring. They also had a good bit of info on the history of Mauritius as a colony of the Dutch and French. I also went to the market in the main part of town. The marina area is much more dressed up and new for the tourist. The town across the street from the marina was much older and crowded. I just walked around. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Clarelsa - Clarelsa
Clarelsa - Clarelsa
16/10/2017

Lexington - Captaon Bob: 10/13/2017 19*. 19' south. 64*. 52' east.

We are again without satellite so this is written to be sent later. We are having lovely weather with mostly blue bird skies. We have had periods of slightly light wind (8-9) but now we have a comfortable 12-13 and doing about 7 knots of speed over ground.Just to show everything is not perfect, I had to fix my head yesterday. It was allowing water to back up into the bowl. The calcium in the urine reacts with the sea water and precipitates. There was a thick crust calcium on the joker valve that prevents back up. It was not that much trouble but it was work on my knees while underway dealing with sewage.This morning Sam noticed an abnormal sound. He found that the Watt and Sea had broken an attachment and was rotated up against the hull causing moderate cosmetic damage. We pulled it out. read more...


16/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/15/2017. 19*. 54' south 059*. 07' east

It is a bright sunny day and we are about 100 from our port in Mauritius. The wind is somewhat light. We are not in a big hurry right now, hoping we will get there in the early morning light. A guess is that the majority of boats are within 75 miles of each other. One boat is about 300 miles behind and there were a couple about 150 miles ahead of the pack.We have had a good passage with no engine hours. The first few days were more rough than most people would like. I have finished reading the book on Che Guevara. It was long and detailed. It really opened my eyes on how much our governments are spending on spying, espionage and manipulating other governments. I do not know the answer but the answer does not appear to be obvious from history. I admittedly do not know much but I bet we. read more...


16/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/14/2017. 10*. 29' south. 62*37' east.

This post is written on 10/14/2017. We are without satellite again so it will be sent in a few days when we get to Mauritius.We are 300 miles from Mauritius and it is 07:00. We will get there in two days if all goes well. We have had very pleasant days of comfortable sailing.I have been reading which is uncommon for me. There is not that much else to do. I am reading CHE GUEVARA, A REVOLUTIONARY LIFE.It is sort of a long , detailed and complicated book with lots of names and places that I am not familiar with. I would love to have a big map of Cuba and Latin America in front of me as I read. It always amazes me how complicated and strategized some people's lives can be compared to mine. I worked on the family farm, went to school and became a doctor because my mother told me I always. read more...


16/10/2017

Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole

You can see more about the adventures of MOOSE athttp://blog.mailasail.com/riktomasmoyaphoto-TMc51. read more...


Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole
Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole

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