The ultimate love test

This happens way too often…

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Just arrived in Cartagena

It took Cirrus four days to sail 600nm from Los Roques to Cartagena with a last windy and wavy night under storm jib.

Anchored in front of el Club Nautico we have an amazing view on the city and the skyscrapers of Bocagrande. We enjoyed our first “real” fresh water shower since the Canaries. Oh yeah.

We will soon be telling you more about this place as we discover Colombia in company of Big Ben, our friend who lives here.

Un abrazo a todos.

Downwind sailing on Cirrus

There are many ways to sail Cirrus. Because we don’t have a furling sail on the front, we are left with many configurations of stays and sails to be hoisted rather than furled.

In Bilbao we even added a second removable forestay with its dedicated halyard. On the Atlantic crossing that enabled us to sail with two jibs; one poled out in a “classic” manner, the other one with a sheet passing through a block on the end of the boom.

If a squall approached, you just needed to open a clutch and a sail would come down… In theory. Practically many a time one jib would hook itself into both stays, forcing us to drop both at the same time.

It is all blue at night

It took me a few hours to paint and outline this page of the comic, a full day to work out how to put this video together.

Finally it took the computer (let’s not neglect its part in this work) a full afternoon on the poor wifi connection of the marina to upload this video.

So hopefully you will find the time to watch those three minutes of accelerated painting. 🙂

El Roque de los Muchachos

To celebrate Rocio’s birthday we went up Canarias’ second tallest mountain: el Roque de los Muchachos. 

It is on the island of la Palma. When the temperature on the coast is about 20°C or more, at the top of the mountain it cools down to 7°C. The volcanic rock can provide a welcomed extra source of heat as they store the heat from the sun for a little while after sunset.

In those conditions, the crater (la caldera) of the volcano is covered by a sea of clouds and only the peaks poke out.

I thought it was a good moment to get my brushes out. I usually carry my whole drawing and painting kit anywhere we go and end up never using it. Nevermind, it is a good exercise to hike with an extra 2kg in the backpack.

The first attempt at painting the landscape was a failure: an extra drop of water in the middle of the sheet started expanding and ended up occupying the central stage of the painting. Nevermind, those paintings are quick so you can have a second go. I was luckier this time and this is what you see.