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Grenada Hash–my first time…

 

I suppose it was inevitable that having come to the Carrybean that I would try hash. So it was on Saturday April 4th at 14:15, that the crew of Enterprise (the philosopher; mathematician and I) were picked up and driven along the precarious coast road to the obscure village of Gouyave.

We raced along in 30C heat in an ancient mini van driven by Patrick “Shademan”; windows down; white knuckles gripping the seat in front. Suddenly we came to a resounding halt. A traffic accident way some way ahead was being dealt with by the Police. I wondered what

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Did the earth move for you?..

 

The Eastern Caribbean is a seismically active area with hundreds of earthquakes occurring in and around the region each year. So here we are in Port Louis Marina, Grenada…when…an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 rocked sections of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada this morning.

The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus reports that the epicentre of the quake, with a depth of 85 kilometres, was located 5 kilometres South South west of Irapa, Venezuela. So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

You will

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Grenada – Facts & Fiction..

Grenada – a real spice island – Enterprise has been here just over two weeks. Just bedding down for the “Hurricane Season” which runs from June to November. Insurance company has been notified, marina fees negotiated and paid….now to explore…

The island is famed for its nutmeg – and also for being one the nations invaded by the USA!.

Well you can always rely on the CIA Fact book – cant you?…

“Carib Indians inhabited Grenada when Christopher COLUMBUS discovered the island in 1498, but it remained uncolonized for more than a century. The French settled Grenada in

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I sail therefore I am…

The next crew member to join up was a rather geeky and long nosed Annie Descharts. She presented herself one afternoon as I ordered my second Planters Punch in the notorious Doolittle’s Bar. The bar itself claimed to be the location for the film of the famed Doctor and his powers over animals. A power which I mused would be very useful when confronting crew.

Miss Descharts was a navigator and a mathematician. She wore a T shirt on which the slogan “Evidence is to the eyes of the spirit what vision is to the eyes of the body” –

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Back…in the future…

 

Well, you will appreciate that I have been busy. Livin la vida loca is not as easy as you may think!

For those of you with attention deficit disorder the passage across the Atlantic is well documented at http://blog.mailasail.com/sventerprise and the scurrilous; pock face; lily livered; heinous crew published their own mutinous account here… http://blog.mailasail.com/barnaclepete. I will not say more. Suffice to say the Bligh himself would have been reduced to tears.

I thought that April 1st would be an altogether auspicious date on which to re-open this blog and to try and

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Back to the future..

Well, it is almost time for the long lonely walk out of the tunnel and onto the field of play. We depart on Wednesday 18th at 1100, and assemble outside the harbour for the start at 1200. The past week has been a blur of fantastic seminars – notably from JC himself – as well as some other excellent speakers.

Back on Enterprise its been a week of checks and tests. We took the boat out this morning for a spin with Marco to calibrate the autopilot.All went very well. The fridge is fully operational and awaiting the onslaught of

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Cornell–Atlantic Odyssey

Most of the past week has been spent moving stuff from one place to another and back again trying to get some order in the boat. The aft cabin is still upside down – waiting for “Marco” the Italian repair man to come and fit the autopilot. He did send me a quote when he opened it up for almost 4 boat bucks!…we then met up for a man to man chat – he actually is a lovely guy – we agreed on 2.5 boat bucks. The new autopilot is on order and should come from Spain next Monday. The

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Budgie smugglers…

 

Saturday 31st. Still getting used to dry land, and nursing a hangover! I had a nice rest in Oeiras, and managed to do plenty of walking. A couple of times I did the very pleasant pedestrian promenade covering the 10km to Alges, before succumbing and getting the bus the remaining 10km to Lisbon. I even walked the route on the day of the Lisbon Marathon – and was happy to be handed a bottle of water by one of the officials who must have thought I had entered in some strange fancy dress.

The big news is that Martin

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Lunarcy and symphony…

I was in two minds whether to split my journey to Oeiras, near Lisbon, in two. Eventually after a heated debate with the crew – and some quite robust words – I decided that discretion was the better part etc. and I would break the passage up at Peniche.

Leaving Figueiro was the the usual cross current panic. I did of course make it look like I was in full and complete control. Who would care at 0800 UTC on a grey Wednesday morning. It was 2100 by the time I got to Peniche. There was a large swell running

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Figs..or Flies

Its hard to keep up with this blog when a) your knackered b) the wifi is rubbish c) your thoughts are racing all over the place, like a demented fly.. I find myself narrating my life to myself, thinking of things I may write on the blog. It is as if I am doing a voice over for my life. Sometimes, when times are hard it is like the voice over in Apocalypse Now….except the voice is not always as steady or sanguine as Martin Sheen’s Willard…Other times it is like Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe in Sin City, but perhaps a

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