Monthly Archives: November 2007
i watched the films years ago and this week suddenly realised that is what i have been doing……..chasing the sun around the world.
ok, so tenerife and portugal are warm and sunny by most accounts but when you have been here for a few years you get aclimatised and suddenly the winters feel cold so it makes sense to head further west and enjoy the sweltering winter heat of the caribbean, especially if we get to stay until april. by that time, returning to mallorca or portugal, the weather will be hot and sunny once more.
Today, the conditions are perfect. zero wind, a couple of metres on the west coast and a good wave interval so i wll head shortly to ponta ruiva for a few hours and see what gives.
i just have to hang my washing out first
well, here we are, all in one piece. yesterday scored a nice little wave at barriga and considering i havent been in the water for nearly a year, i did well, even if i could only manage an hour before i was exhausted.
After yesterdays surf, we hit Mitic bar in sagres for a jaegermeister and a few bohemias, and finished the evening completely munted. it was messy.
this morning, breakfast in the drom and checked the race progress and as expected, Nariida are leading. follow the link below for live updates
so a few errands to run before i hit the beach mid afternoon for another surf.
life is good, it has been for the last three years !!
i leave here on the 7th december for st maartin in the caribbean. i will be there for a minimum of 6 weeks but could also end up staying for 4 months, i just dont know until i get there.
will upload a few photos photos from yesterday, be sure to take a look.
the race starts on monday at 13.00 gmt. Officially called the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a mouthfull i know but all boats will be carrying global positioning sensors (i fitted ours this afternoon). you can log on and see the race positions and global positions in real time, just click on the link below, and dont forget to cheer for the family green – NARIIDA!!
apart from that, i will leave tenerife on monday just as the boat pulls off the dock and head home via mallorca for ten days, then i have to leave for the caribbean until mid january.
i will post a new contact number for me in the caribbean as soon as i get there.
over and out
still here in tenerife. its hot. yesterday i went in the sea in just my shorts! imagine that, mid november and still warm enough in the water for shorts.
i rented a car for the weekend and explored the island. i have to say i am impressed, it is a very cool place. I sat at the beach today in playa de las americas watching head high waves crashing in. sadly, i couldnt get a board to go for play, maybe tomorrow will be more fruitful.
i tried to check in to a hotel for the evening too. first one i tried was well impressive. as i stood asking the girl if she had a room, the security guard came up to me and asked me where my shoes were. i told him they were in the car but he would not let me book a room while i was barefoot so i left. the next two hotels i tried were also fully booked so i have returned to the boat for the evening. seems tenerife never has a quiet moment.
so i am back in santa cruz for the evening.
It is unbelievable how hot this place is. i hear there is snow back in blighty, that should cause chaos for a few days. I have a week left here in tenerife and then i fly back to mallorca, grab my car and head home to portugal for ten days.
should hopefully have some good surf and maybe even in shorts too if it is still warm enough. sadly though, i will be leaving portugal on the 7th december, back to palma to get a plane to paris before leaving for the caribbean the following day. So while you are cold and chilly in england (or wherever you are) i will be blissfully unaware of it all in St. Maarten for christmas and new year.
before i go, i have to tell you about the trip down here from mallorca. As we were passing gibraltar we had a fish take the bait from the back of the boat. at the same time, we were also surrounded by the biggest pod of dolphins i have ever seen. I am guessing there were around a 100 of them. Anyway, the fish we hooked was putting up such a fight that we began wondering if we had infact hooked a dolphin. Thankfully, this wasn´t the case. the skipper used one of the deck winches to reel in one of the biggest yellow fin tunas i have ever seen. That also explains the dolphins.
but it gets better. when you sail at night, you get this wierd illuminous glow in the water from small organisms that are there. I am not sure if they glow like a radioactive cell as a defense mechanism from the disturbance of the boat cutting through the water or something else. Anyway, i have seen this before but in the atlantic as we sailed along the coast of morocco, the lime green glow was the brightest i had ever seen. as the waves from the hull of the boat spill outwards, the agitation makes these little critters glow light green, in effect making the waves illuminous. But what was really cool was when the dolphins swim alongside at night too. Imagine watching an old war film of submarines and ships. when the sub fires a torpedo, it leaves a trail of bubbles in the water. now imagine those bubbles are illuminous green and it is night time and you can see the dolphins approaching the boat like a torpedo, spinning and turning under the boat before they turn sharply and dissappear, leaving a light green trail for you to watch. it has to be one of the coolest things i have ever seen.
made it all in one piece.
dont have a lot of time at the moment so will be back in the next day or so.
it´s been 11 days since my last confession.
man, this place. i am completely over palma and cannot wait to leave. thankfully todays sea trials went well, all except for splitting a brand new sail in half but that will be repaired by monday so we will bunker fuel and leave on schedule.
it is wierd though. after such a hectic work period, patience wears thin, not just with me but for everyone. just one little sail today made it all better again. it was a strange feeling though. i was laying across a bildge trying to fix a pump at a good lean angle. suddenly the boat lurched even further over. My concern for the boat turning over was soon outweighed by the need to dodge all of the falling objects around me.
just as i was thinking ´this is getting a bit hairy´i heard the sail go above my head and the boat settled back to a more natural angle. it was a moment, thats for sure!
so monday we head off. 6 or 7 days and we will be in santa cruz, in the north of tenerife where we will stay and finalise the boat for racing which starts on the 26th. after that, i head home until the 7th of december and then St marten in the caribbean where we will stay until new year.
beyond that, i am not sure what i will be doing.
so my last day in palma is here. i am looking forward to sailing tomorrow, slipping into my watch rotation and around 6 days later, arriving in tenerife. today i am packing and stowing my stuff for the trip, i will have a cabin mate for the journey there so need to keep very tidy or should i say ship shape.
tonight i am heading to some friends for dinner, paul and emma. paul used to own the tavarua , which i am sure you have heard me mention on many occasions, and of couse, mason the cock wl be there too.
last night we all sat outside hogans and i had a stark reminder of one thing that is good about this place, there are just so many very attractive chicas, the latina chique is always very attractive but alas, i had little interest.
so that is my time here finished. i am sure i have kept you amused over recent weeks with my usual and unusual antics. stand by for an update in about a weeks time. in the interest of my own sanity, when we leave the dock tomorrow, my phones will be off and you will have no contact from me for around a week, maybe longer if we sink en route !
authors footnote. the author would like to send a massive thank you to the samsung phone corporation. especially, i would like to thank them for one superior function of their phones, the ability to completely block a specified number from contacting you, automatically dumping calls and not allowing text messages to be sent either. hurrah for modern technology