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15/05/2016

Lerina - Jour de repos à George Town

La journée de samedi a vu le retour du vent (sud ouest 20-25 N) qu'on aurait bien aimé avoir plus tôt. La baie non protégée (les Bermudes sont très plates) écume. A notre arrivée, nous nous sommes mis à couple de deux autres bateaux (en centre ville). Les autres bateaux de l'ARC sont soit a l'ancre soit au Dinghy Club avec eau et électricité. La journée a été consacrée au ravitaillement en fuel. L'ARC a fait venir un camion de fuel détaxe qui s'est positionné sur un quai en béton gardé par des vieux pneus énormes. Chacun a son tour, les bateaux sont venus s'amarrer a ce quai et remplir leur cuve et bidons. Joli spectacle que ce balai continuel de voiliers arborant le drapeau de l'ARC allant et venant dans la baie. Les manœuvres ont été plutôt délicates avec le vent qui poussait contre la. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Safely in Bermuda
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Rum punch in one hand, camera in the other
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Arriving in Bermuda through the Cut
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker number 1
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Happy days
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Man over board practice
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins swimming with us in the rain
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Disco Diva..? Definitely raining anyway
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rigging check
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Rain
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Prize for the smallest fish?
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
Thursday´s Child - Steve, Chris and George
14/05/2016

Hejira - Bermudan Blockade

Dawn prompted a flurry of activity to prepare for our arrival. The mast top burgee had to be hoisted before we could deploy our RVYC defaced red ensign. The Bermuda courtesy flag and the yellow ‘Q’ flag had to be flown at the starboard and port crosstrees and the ARC people like their flag to be on display. We were amongst a ‘bevvy’ of yachts converging on St. George’s Town Cut and after exchanges with the affable and efficient Bermuda Radio officials, we were given permission to enter the harbour and instructions to go to Ordinance Island and moor at the Customs Clearance Dock to complete the entry formalities.The officials were a refreshing contrast to our usual experiences in the Caribbean with only one officer dealing with the many forms. The ARC had even negotiated a waiver on the. read more...


Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
Hejira - Bermudan Blockade
14/05/2016

Lerina - Arrives à Ste Georges Harbour

C'est après plus de 50 heures de moteur que nous avons enfin pu toucher la terre ferme. Notre arrivée de nuit à été quelque peu stressante le chenal d'entrée dans la baie étant très étroit, mais tout s'est bien passé. Nous avons accompli les formalités d'entrée dans la foulée et a 11h du soir, nous pouvions goûter à une bière bien fraîche dans un bar voisin. Nous sommes à couple de deux autres bateaux. Le port est surchargé. Tout le monde est concentré sur le ravitaillement, en fuel en particulier car l'anticyclone des Acores semble se situer très haut ce qui peut nécessiter "quelques" heures de moteur sur notre route vers Horta. La chasse aux bidons est ouverte !! Nous repartons mardi prochain. Nous sommes un peu KO mais pas trop fatigués. La ville est belle et les couleurs du petit. read more...


13/05/2016

Tinia - Last day to Bermuda

65 miles to go no wind, very hot,flat calm, and the sea is getting colder ,only 24. We still seem to be just ahead of the yacht Lerina who have been within sight nearly all week, not that we are racing ! almost caught two huge fish last night ..... but they got away. jl. read more...


13/05/2016

Hejira - Bermuda Radio

We continue to motor across a glassy sea and expect to arrive in Bermuda around 1300 today. Soon after leaving the BVI, we witnessed a spectacular patch of ‘boiling’ water as the surface briefly erupted with quite sizeable jumping fish. It has been notable since then that we have not seen much in the way of wildlife with few birds or flying fish. The water temperature continues to drop, from 25.5 degrees in the Caribbean to a current 20 degrees. The advice for the passage from Bermuda to the Azores is to go north before heading east to optimise the wind but they caution not to go too far north because of ice bergs!!! The ‘upside’ to travelling north however at this time of the year is that the nights are becoming significantly shorter.Rather than carry lots of plastic bottles of. read more...


13/05/2016

Exody - May 12th: Gunning and Ghosting, Chill in the Air

It is 21.00 and the last of the sunset has not long disappeared, the moon now bright, the skies clear and the seas flat. Heard this before?Just 70 miles out from Bermuda, we are ghosting along at around four knots with the light south easterly breeze.Although progress is slow and we want to optimise our very short three night stopover in Bermuda, it seems a shame to 'gun' the engine and spoil the magical peace.We are feeling chilled having dug out and recharged our old ipods to deliver sweet music over dinner of Frittata! At the 09.00 daily radio net which Exody hosted this morning, we reported 20.5 hours motoring out of the previous 24, but the wind has since picked up allowing us to sail off and on today.Once again at daybreak, we had three boats in sight, Zython, Here & Now and. read more...


13/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 122, 123 & 124: Changed in a Moment

With Olga and Denis in Bora Bora, we decided to use the few days to get some To Dos out of the way in preparation for our departure to Moorea early next week.In particular, taking the bus to Papeete on Tuesday to pick up a Duty-free Fuel Permit and getting some shopping done at the various chandleries and hardware stores. Yesterday morning we decided to combine a dive with cleaning Paw Paw's bottom, but no sooner had we got our tanks ready with BCDs and Regulators attached,when one moment changed everything. As Elaine bent down to rest her tank horizontally on the cockpit floor, so that it wouldn't fall over, the lower part of her back exploded in pain. It was so intense she nearly passed out, but Roy managed to get her to the floor and then to her bed,where, unfortunately, she has. read more...


13/05/2016

Free Spirit - Amazing how we spring to life

12 May 2016We had another beautiful night underway, cruising off the northern coast of Cuba.We had decent wind and were sailing until about 6am when the wind died.We turned the motor on and put the pedal to the medal as we are close enough and have plenty of fuel to reach our destination.Cruising up the Old Bahamas Channel is very civilized, as islands and reefs on either side break up the waves to provide fairly calm waters.Talk on the passage has turned to the subject of boats, with Mike and David tempting Alex with visions of his future boats.Alex has his notebook out and is carefully making notes.I think we have a future Caribbean 1500 skipper in the making.This afternoon's Ladies Chat featured a special guest, Mrs. Doubtfire, with an analysis of the Gulf Stream and strategies for. read more...


12/05/2016

Aurelia - Aurelia Trip Day 6

After a couple of days of really good sailing we reached the entrance tothe Old Bahama Channel, just North of Cuba, around 12.30am this morning. TheSpinnaker had been up for the past 14hrs constant but we now had to move on to acloser reach.  Lots of boats around , sailing, Tankers & a US Navy shipall coming up on the AIS as being dangerously close. We just needed to be extravigilant being night time.   We are now through the Channel & moved on to a more Northerly course aswe pass the Great Bahama Bank headed for the Straits of Florida & then PortEverglades. We hope to pick up some good speed once we enter the northerlycurrent of the Gulf Stream which could add 3 or 4knts to our boat speed inplaces.   For a change on board Sandy made the porridge this morning. read more...


12/05/2016

Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed

We departed Cape Canaveral on May 5th heading for Bermuda. Our crossing was mostly uneventful except for our first day at sea. King Neptune decided to test the teams ability to work together in a high stress situation. That being 12'-14' seas and steady 25 knts winds, a stuck rolling fuller with the full jib out, and full main up. We needed to reef the main badly but had to solve the stuck jib problem first.Even though 3 members of the team had never met until the day before departure everyone came together to work as a team to solve the problems efficiently and quickly.Everyone adjusted well to the helm duty and on call duty quickly. We arrived in Bermuda on May 11th by 10am under sunny clear skies. The team took the remainder of the day to relax and get caught up on some. read more...


Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
Mariposa - Log day 7, Dressed
12/05/2016

Starblazer - 12/05/2016 – The revenge of the engine water pumps.

We must have seriously annoyed the Norse God, Volvo!No sooner had I written that the engine was running well, it decided to cause us further grief. During Tuesday afternoon John decided to check the fresh water cooling reservoir and the oil levels, he’d meant to do it on Monday but forgot.The water reservoir was almost full, thankfully.The pipework is push fit pieces that go in various different directions and they do tend to leak, according to the Volvo engineer in Cape Town. The oil level was a different matter, the dip stick showed too much oil (about twice as much as there should be!) with the tell-tale grey emulsion evident, a sign that water had got into the oil.It was too late to start dismantling the water pump and draining the oil, that was yesterday’s job.We first encountered. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - Half way

Three days 4 hours and we are half way to Bermuda. Still no fish, so tinned tuna salad for lunch. great sailing and another amazing sunset/sunrise. Andy has mastered sleeping,with help from his mentor Luke, Dave is running low on coca cola, and Matt is running low on fishing lures.JL. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - oops

190 miles to go. We had a good day yesterday ,caught a fish ,spotted some whales, Luke learnt how to play the guitar, baked some bread and Andy found the time to wash his shorts. Flat calm this morning going to stop for a swim, maybe we will be able to find out what type of fish keeps biting through the steel cable on Matts lures X jl .. read more...


12/05/2016

Tinia - Tinia, day one

After getting our roller reef line jammed just before the start we actually managed to catch up to and overtake five other boats last night,amazing .Matt hasent caught any fish yet,but has lost his favorite lure,not so amazing and its pouring with rain, not at all amazing.738 miles to go.. read more...


12/05/2016

Free Spirit - Sunshine and more sunshine

11 May 2016We had a beautiful evening last night.The sky was littered with stars and the moon was in her glory.The nightly lightening was in the far distance and the squalls were reduced to a light sprinkle.The waves have settled down and we're enjoying a very civilized passage off the coast of Cuba.The sun came up on schedule this morning and everyone is working on a tan.David fixed a big farm breakfast for the guys with plenty of protein this morning.With dinner leftovers for lunch, bellies are full.The fishing line is out again today, but no hits yet.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


12/05/2016

Exody - May 11th: New Moon, Procession, Doldrums

It is nearly midnight and for the second night in a row the bright new moon is setting in the west under a clear starlit sky.Tonight I can see the lights of three yachts heading north, last night there was a procession of five ARC yachts all appearing evenly spaced.It must be something about the psychology of a heading of 000 True, or the minuteness of Bermuda as a target that keeps us all so close to the same track! It has not happened anywhere else so consistently on our rally travels.Exody was creaming along at around 7 knots on a close to beam reach with a 12- 14 knot trade wind through the night, the wind easing as another sunny day dawned, earlier yet again than the day before - I detected first light not long after four in the morning. Downloading the position report, there were. read more...


12/05/2016

Hejira - Routine

Hejira being a heavy solid cruising yacht, needs a ‘bit of a blow’ to get her going. The light sailing conditions experienced since the period of squalls has provided good relaxed sailing but it has also meant that the lightweight production yachts have ‘got away’ and we have slipped back down the fleet. As we are now over half way (a milestone celebrated with a beer) to Bermuda, we are able to begin to focus on our arrival time, it being important to arrive off St. George’s in daylight to negotiate the narrow entrance channel and ‘clear in’ with Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority. The ARC organisers kindly provided us with the myriad forms to be completed so we should be prepared for the inevitable onslaught of bureaucracy. Ollie joining the crew is a complication but at least. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 11 de Mayo 2016

Roberto es un italiano, que habla frances y parece tambien. Hace dos años llegó a Tahaa y alli se estableció. Tiene un hotelito llamado Perle de Tahaa, en cuyo restaurante cenamos añoche. El sitio en cuestión esta en un lugar muy bonito junto a la laguna, al igual que el resto de hoteles de la zona, pero las habitaciones no estan sobre el agua. Decorado con cosas tipicas locales, pero con buen gusto, es acogedor sin llegar a ser pretencioso ni mucho menos de lujo. Roberto rapidamente entabla conversación con los clientes com si fuera tu amigo. Anoche, despues de cenar, hablamos con él un rato y nos dijo que la habitacion en su hotel cuesta 1000€ la noche sin desayuno. Da igual donde estes y el modo en que llegues, somos una sociedad decadente.Carmen. read more...


12/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 10 de Mayo 2016

Ayer cruzamos a Raiatea, que encontramos mas habitada que hace 8 añoas y tan llena de veleros, transmundistas como nosotros, como Ibiza en el mes de Agosto. Estamos en Taha, la isla de enfrente y que comparte laguna con Raiatea. No para de llover. Estamos al oeste de la isla, enfrente de Bora Bora, en un lugar que llaman Coral Garden y buceando esta mañana hemos visto que es realmente un jardin de coral. En esta isla se dedican al cultivo de vainilla y de tiaré, la flor polinesia por excelencia. Tiene cerca de 5000 habitantes que viven, como en todas estas islas, en casitas, con una piragua en la puerta, alrededor de la isla-montaña, al borde del mar (mejor dicho de la laguna interior).Carmen. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Not much wildlife, but a great ride!

We've been at seas for three days now and have not managed to spot a single, solitary example of ocean wildlife ... unless you count the flying fish.I'm concerned about those fish .. they seem confused about the boundaries of water and air and for whatever reason they tale to flight, it just never lasts. Oh sure, some of them can travel quite a ways, but eventually they must face the reality of ground effect aerodynamics and suffocation and plop back into their home environment.I really worry that the stress of such duality leads to depression among the species, as can only be surmised by the suicidal ones that land on our deck from time to time.If only we could talk to them!Explain that life is worth living and that it's GOOD to be a fish that can fly.But no, they just won't listen and. read more...


11/05/2016

Lerina - Pour faire avancer un voilier, il faut du vent !!

Amer constat !! Le ent a molli toute la journée.Elle a bien commencé avec 10 noeuds de travers. Dès l'aube, nous avons lancé le genaker et tout est allésuperbement bien jusqu'à4 heures de l'après midi où le vent est tombé en dessous d 5 noeuds. Pétole !! Le moteur ronronne depuis 17h15 et nouscraignons de le garder jusqu'à l'arrivée. Pourvu qu'on ait assez de fuel pour 48 heures. Je me demande comment les autres gèrent la situation. Autrement toujours pas de poissons au bout de la ligne !! Tout va bien à bord.Pascal. read more...


11/05/2016

Adagio - Finally had to give in....

..and start the engine up.We thought we had a pretty good thing going! Winds were steady but not necessarily brisk, but we still managed a respectable 5-ish knots from the gennaker and the forecast looked like the winds would clock around and come more southerly so we could fly even more light air sails. But noooo ...glassy smooth water and the lightest whisper of a breeze and after about 3 hours we did the math and decided we'd like to get to Bermuda before August so we'd better motor for a while.Funny things, these forecasts are always subject to change depending on actual conditions :)Nevertheless, we've enjoyed a great ride up till this point and if you have to motor, it's best when the seas are a glassy smooth as they are for us right now.See you soon in Bermuda!GaryS/V Adagio. read more...


11/05/2016

Hejira - BLISS !

At last! Wonderful sailing. No purple patches on the radar, a steady F4 on the beam, full sail and ‘munching the miles’ at a sprightly 7 knots. We even have some patches of blue sky. All is well again.Stephen, who crewed on the Trans-Atlantic to the Caribbean, contributed so entertainingly to the blogs, adding some levity to my sterile sailing centric accounts. He has clearly read about my tardiness in relieving Barry from his watch and has offered this advice in an Email:-Dear Barry,So sorry to hear that ‘He who shall not be named’ has slept through your attempts to rouse him. Being late on watch was a lashing offence on the last trip so I expect to see the pictorial evidence shortly.In the meantime here are a few suggestions to help:-1.       The 69th. read more...


11/05/2016

Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news

With only a few lulls, the last 48ish hours have been incredible sailing – wind on our beam at 10-15 knots, gennaker up, surfing the waves, flying along at 7-9 knots of boat speed: exactly what we all came for.The boat is incredible. Comfortable, fast but solid, easy to handle.Will’s skippering style is perfect – generally serious, a trait you prize in a situation where your life depends on competent leadership, but relaxed when appropriate. First-mate Michelle is equally well suited to the voyage: pragmatic and knowledgeable, packaged in friendly warmth. Simon is splicing and whipping his way to maritime sainthood. We’ve just waxed philosophy and had a polemic on theft in general (when is it justified?), and modern-day copyright piracy in particular. The chemistry on board makes you. read more...


Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news
Ximera - Log Day 4 – Best possible news
11/05/2016

Free Spirit - Cruising Along

10 May 2016We're cruising along off the coast of Haiti now.Last night we had our usual laser light show with lightening in the distance, but fortunately nothing up close and personal.We had our share of squalls as well, accompanied by wind shifts, gusts to 34 kts, and copious amounts of rain.Makes you appreciate the cockpit enclosure when on watch.Everyone is settling in and finally able to catch a decent amount of z's when off watch.Amazing how some good shut eye will change your perspective on life.Once again we are wing on wing and progressing according to schedule.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


11/05/2016

Exody - May 10th: halfway to Bermuda- savouring the Trades

The skies are clear, the quiet seas are blue and the trade winds are still gently blowing as Exody reaches directly north at just over six knots.Cabin temperature is 28 degrees - the same as London today. This is sailing as it should be - and as it has been for a fair amount of our twenty two month, 30,000 mile plus trip away from home waters, mostly in trade wind belts.Now we are eking out the last of the trade wind pleasures since, all too soon, we will begin to experience the North Atlantic westerlies and weather systems. But not before an expected windless stretch through the doldrums.We passed the halfway point to Bermuda this morning with our three day's runs to noon since the start on Saturday 7th being 136, 150 and 151 nautical miles. The passage has been unusually busy with. read more...


11/05/2016

Lerina - Du vent mais pas pour longtemps ....

La journée a été plutot agreable: du vent, pas de pluie, une bonne pizza au diner préparée par Yves. On a inflechi notre route pour profiter au maximum du vent. On est à 390 M der l'arrivée et les deux derniers jours risquent de se faire au moteur (pas de vent !!). On reçoit bien le routage de Michel. On n'a pas attrapé de poissons. On ne croise pas grand monde sur l'eau. Tout va bien à bord. Pascal. read more...


10/05/2016

Exody - May 7th - "Contestants its time to plate up!"

The Masterchef analogy, coined by Steven of Adagio at the bar last night, is a great one to describe the fear, tension, anticipation and excitement in the final run up to the start of an ocean passage!Forty four boats are assembled at Nanny Cay, Tortola, for the passage to USA or Europe via Bermuda including a handful heading straight for Florida. For Exody, it will be about six days at sea.It is nearly two months since we completed our last ocean passage in Grenada. So, just like a potentially fine meal, the ingredients are together- fuel, provisions, water - but some of the detail stuff has not quite been done and 'presentation' leaves a little to be desired. Just check the storage gloryhole that Exody's forecabin has become since the crew moved out in April, the dust everywhere after. read more...


10/05/2016

Starblazer - 10/05/2016 – BVI and onwards towards Bermuda

Thursday and Friday in Nanny Cay passed in a blur of activity: safety check, washing, cleaning the log impeller, haircut for me (the best one in over two years!), shopping, farewell dinner, skippers’ briefing, ‘Happy Hours’ and a final BBQ.The start was at midday on Saturday with nearly 40 boats on the start line though the Florida bound group had left earlier as they were taking a different route out of the Virgin Islands.We were within the first 6 or 7 boats to cross the line, brilliant for us!Shortly after the start the huge Advanced 80 came powering past us at probably more than twice our speed, and we were doing well.That’s the last we saw of them.The wind freshened as we reached the western end of Great Thatch Island and needed to gybe.We copied several boats ahead of us and tacked. read more...


10/05/2016

Adagio - Log Days 2 and 3-Limerick Day

Day 2 was our settling in day, getting used to seeing each other at our just-out-of-bed-but-on-time-for-my-watch-best. Good sailing most of the day, no whale sightings, 2 tropic birds, and some GREAT CHILI made by Robin. A wonderful uneventful day at sea.Day 3 is Nautical Limerick Day!! Here are just a few of the NLD winners:A nautical limerick is easyAs long as your stomachs not queasySo use every trickTo avoid getting sickMaking limericks is then easy-peasy! Last night on my watch I had traffic Not one but two ships-it was grafic I love AIS But I won't be a pest But these ships on my course can cause havoc.Those two ships that passed in the nightOne was all covered in lightAdagio sailedWhile Anthem regaledAnd soon they were both out of sight. There was an old sailor named Hun A naked. read more...


09/05/2016

Adagio - Adagio; Sailing Along

Adagio starts day three of the rally having enjoyed favorable, if gentle, winds along our route.Yesterday evening we dodged a few squalls and at times had steady 20-25k winds with a couple of puffs near the squalls approaching 30 knots. All went well and there was no excitement other than the exhilaration of skating by the storms. Following that we ran into a quiet zone with no wind at all so fired up the engine, made headway and charged the battery bank. We've seen three or four big ships along our way including the "Allure of the Seas" (what a light show!), two cargo vessels and a Car Carrier ship. The Allure was visible several miles before it showed up on AIS because it lit up the overcast sky like a rising moon! The car carrier was oddly shaped, making 21 knots and we got a 0.9nm. read more...


10/05/2016

Free Spirit - Winging it

9 May 2016Our fishing efforts yesterday left us empty handed, so we had to settle for spaghetti for dinner.Then the wind shifted on us and we had a rather bumpy night with lots of lightening in the distance, but no drenching squalls in our neck of the woods.Fortunately it's settled down and we're winging it past the Dominican Republic… sailing wing on wing and making decent speed.We're amusing ourselves with knot tying practice and solving the world's problems.. read more...


10/05/2016

Hejira - On the cusp

With such a featureless horizon, the passing of a cargo ship one and a half miles astern becomes noteworthy. The AIS data suggested it was heading for Portsmouth but not whether that is Portsmouth Virginia or Hampshire but judging from its course, it looks like Portsmouth UK although that is a Naval port……..The temperature has dropped sufficiently to render sleeping less of a sweaty ordeal and more of a pleasure and the return to sailing as opposed to motoring means I can open my transom portlight without suffering the ingress of diesel fumes. Having said that, the wind has been capricious and we have been ‘on the cusp’ of sailing/motoring for most of the day. With the wind increasing on the edge of the squalls, we even reefed at one stage and tracking other AIS signals, it is clear that. read more...


10/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 120: Happy Mother's Day

A Happy Mother's Day to all those mothers that were celebrated in various parts of the world today.For Elaine, her day started bright and early with a phone call to Keenan.Then it was a made dash to get to the main road for Olga and Denis to pick her up en route to Sunday Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Papeete to hear the singing by the local choir. This was something that the Tourism representative had recommended and we were not disappointed - It was absolutely beautiful to hear and we'll worth the early start to the day.By the time Elaine was dropped back at the marina,Roy had fitted our new cockpit fridge, washed down the deck and cooked a Sunday brunch for Mother's Day. Besides getting to play her saxophone and enjoy a lovely two hour afternoon nap, the highlight of her day was. read more...


10/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 121: Making Headline News

Before Olga and Denis head for Bora Bora tomorrow,we enjoyed another day with them, lazing around the pool at Le Meriden, before enjoying a late lunch of Nutella Crepes and Café at a local Creperie. By then it was time to catch the bus back to our marina, with promises to see them again after their return to Tahiti and before they head home on Saturday. Before we know it, it'll be time to say our goodbyes once again - Time waits for no man!In between our busy schedule though,Olga and Denis still managed to find the time to stumble upon an article on the 2016 World ARC Rally in one of the local magazines - It brought home just how much many of these islands rely on the contribution cruisers make to their economies,particularly a rally like the World ARC, where 150- 200 sailors arrive at a. read more...



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