Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ray-marine who?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – We are spending much of  this week on various boat projects such as defrosting the freezer, cleaning and reorganizing every cabinet, cleaning the outside of the boat, and trying to figure out why the RayMarine … Continue reading

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Rock On

Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Gibraltar is a British crown colony, a tax free zone and the Florida of Britain, with warm winters and hot summers.  Real estate is pricey compared to Spain and Portugal.  Gibraltar is only three miles … Continue reading

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Rat Pack

Saturday, July 26, 2014 – After a day of boat projects we decided to go for a walk after dinner.  It doesn’t get dark here until 9:30.  Not far from the boat we heard music and singing that sounded live … Continue reading

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Border Crossing

Friday, July 25, 2014 – There is some truth in the expression that “the definition of cruising is repairing your boat in exotic places”.    As we noted in our Lisbon segment, a new water pump and switches had been ordered … Continue reading

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Out of Africa

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – It had been years of planning and waiting for this day.  Today we were going to sail across the southern end of Spain and through the Strait of Gibraltar, which would put us officially in … Continue reading

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Cathedrals, Tapas and Oranges

July 20 – 22, 2014 – Strapping on our backpacks we took the 2-hour train to Seville for two nights.  What a fabulous city!!  It is filled with history, tiles, young people, tapas bars, and oranges.  Yes, oranges.  There are … Continue reading

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Old Old

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe, founded in 1100 BC by Phoenicians.   Columbus sailed from here on his second and fourth voyages and set up trading with the Americas that brought great wealth to … Continue reading

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Espana

Friday, July 18, 2014 – After 2 nights on the anchor at Faro it was time to put Portugal in the rear view mirror and head to Spain.  A long day of motor sailing with very little wind got us … Continue reading

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All Algarve

July 13 – 15, 2014 – Time to move on again.  We motored west 6.5 miles – our shortest day at sea since leaving Newport last year – to an anchorage off Portimao where we enjoyed some boat made sangria … Continue reading

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Ends of the Earth

Friday/Saturday, July 11 – 12, 2014 – Tucked into our little rental car we headed west back to see Cape St. Vincent, the southwest corner of Europe from land.  Friends who had both sailed around the Cape and visited by land had … Continue reading

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