Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

We’re almost ready to go.

We arrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on October 28th and met Paul at the boat.  He had Asylum in spit-spot shape–clean and ready to roll.   Paul had made many friends whom he introduced to us at the dock gathering before he left for England on the 30th.  We had our first trick or treaters on the docks.  We were not quite prepared this year.  Luckily we had Oreos on board!

Paul Rijckmans

Our “boat manager” Paul Rijckmans

Trick or Treat!

Halloween dockside style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ARC+ team has offered great seminars on provisioning food, weather, safety, communications at sea, and other topics.  We’ve met great people from around the globe:  Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, and Ice Land!

Everyone in the life raft!

Everyone in the life raft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the favorite events the ARC provides is a costume themed party.  This year it was Arabia Nights.  Great fun with lots of time for dancing the night away.  The pictures tell the story!

Thane and Brenda "Arabian" style

Thane and Brenda “Arabian” style

Kristopher and Svanfridur from Iceland

Kristopher and Svanfridur from Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda and Dave from California

Linda and Dave from California (and the Arabian stalker again)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gran Canaria is known for its beaches.  This view is from the beach on the north side of the island.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas

We had our final event on Friday–a farewell for the ARC+ group and a welcome for the ARC.  The ARC+ takes off on Sunday, Nov. 9th with 52 boats in the fleet.  The ARC takes off on November 23rd with 180 boats in the fleet!  The Las Palmas City Council hosted the party for both groups complete with “flowers of Gran Canaria,” local tasty foods and drinks.

Thane and two of the "flowers of Gran Canaria"

Thane and two of the “flowers of Gran Canaria”

Malou and Camille from Denmark with another "flower"

Malou and Camille from Denmark with another “flower”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the double-handers on the trip from Belgium, Patrick and “Helen” were still working on issues with the boat and have changed their route to head to Brazil in a month rather than take the St. Lucia route.  Sad to part, but fun to think about when we might meet again!  After all the world is round.

Patrick and Leentje (aka"Helen") from Belgium on Silmaril

Patrick and Leentje (aka”Helen”) from Belgium on Silmaril

Asylum is ready, and so are we.  It should take us 5-6 days to reach the Cape Verde islands.  We’ll have a couple of days to tour and experience the culture.  Then off to St. Lucia!  You can track us by going to the World Cruising webpage:  www.worldcruising.com/arc.  Then, click on “Fleet Tracker” and look for Asylum #345.

Asylum on R-21 in Las Palmas

Asylum on R-21 in Las Palmas

Sailboats in "full dress" with signal flags  for the Rally

Sailboats in “full dress” with signal flags for the Rally

worldcruising.com/arc

worldcruising.com/arc

You can track us by going to the World Cruising webpage:  www.worldcruising.com/arc.  Then, click on “Fleet Tracker” in the upper left had corner and look for Asylum #345.  Also, in the center at the bottom of this photo, you can locate our blog postings while at sea along with many other postings from other boaters.

More from Cape Verde!

Adios.

 

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