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Allow me to introduce my self, my name is AJ, the newly arrived Bosun, and resident SCUBA Instructor/Submarine Pilot aboard Necker Belle.
As mentioned in the last Necker Belle Blog, Jono's wife and chief Stewardess Suzanne has left her post on the boat as she is expecting the couple's first child, so a hearty congratulations to them both. Already a pool has been set up on board with regards to the due date, the lucky winner taking the prize money (and buying the rest of the crew a drink!).
We left Palma de Mallorca to a setting sun on the 1st of November and headed directly towards the Straits of Gibraltar and then onto Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The first leg of an Atlantic Crossing (Palma de Mallorca to Canary Islands) is normally billed to be the worst part of the trip. For example the weather coming from Palma to Canaries right now includes 20 to 30kms of breeze on the nose all the way down. We, however, have been blessed with very little heavy weather. I say blessed because we are a sailing boat, and a bit of breeze is always good!
I'm currently writing this Blog from the island of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where we are re-fuelling and re-provisioning for the long leg from here to Antigua (approximately 12-14 days sailing dependant). I'm just about to tuck into some fantastic lunch currently being prepared by a couple of our delivery crew on board.
So until the next update I bid you Adios, bientt, Auf Wiedersehen and Arrivederci.
Welcome aboard from the SY Necker Belle crew!
Necker Belle: How she came to be
What's in a name?
A Major Milestone
She's moving out!
We're on the water!
Stepping the mast
The Sail Trials