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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Time to catch up with photos, now that I am connected to the Net via a land-line. Remember, this is a weblog, so the first photos are at the bottom.

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The parade from the marina to the turning basin and out to the Fort Lauderdale sea buoy is under way.

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A chase boat from the Nordhavn 62 Grey Pearl accompanies the departing trawler yachts.

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As the nine smaller vessels in the rally and two support vessels depart Bahia Mar, well-wishers, mainly from the larger-boat division, see us off.

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Six hours prior to departure from Fort Lauderdale, a final briefing about operations, weather and other details takes place for all captains and crew members.

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Dr. Kevin Ware, who will be aboard Atlantic Escort on all three legs of the rally, offers last-minute advice on emergency medicine procedures.

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Mike Martus of the rally organizing committee reviews fleet operations at the final briefing for the small-boat portion of the rally fleet.

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James Leishman of Pacific Asian Enterprises is one of three videographers shooting the rally for posterity.

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Joan Kessler wields the camera for the documentary on the rally being directed by husband Bruce. The Kesslers, circumnavigators with Zopilote, will fly to meet the fleet in Bermuda, Azores and Gibraltar.

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Justin Zumwalt of Pacific Asian Enterprises gets ready to fish from Atlantic Escort, the factory Nordhavn 57 serving as command vessel for the rally. The unusual arrangement of storing the inflatable is so that it can be quickly launched should any participating yacht need assistance.

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In this day of high technology on the high seas, age-old skills are still very much in demand. One of the most sought after people in Fort Lauderdale is Tom Selman, shown here working on a towing line, crew aboard the Krogen 58 Sea Fox, in his other life a Nordhavn 50 owner. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Documentation for customs and immigration in Bermuda, Azores and Gibraltar required the attention of all crews. Here, John Spencer, captain of the smallest boat in the fleet, a Nordhavn 40 named Uno Mas, dives into the papework. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Calvin Kendig Jr., provides care for the Yanmar get-home engine aboard the Nordhavn 46 Satchmo. Aboard all 18 participating vessels, countless hours were devoted to prepare engine and systems for the long passages across the pond. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Provisioning was one the chief activities during the week prior to departure from Fort Lauderdale. Here, Kirk White of Pacific Asian Enterprises, passes groceries to Captain Rip Knot aboard Sans Souci. Yes, that is the captain's name. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Pam Wall of West Marine, center, greets women participating in the rally during a roundtable breakfast sponsored by the giant marine retailer. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Jim Leishman, one of the founders of Pacific Asian Enterprises, conceived Nordhavn Atlantic Rally and is serving as the rally director. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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Bill and Arline Smith, owners of Autumn Wind, and their miniature poodles, Jacqueline and Josephine.

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Finally, thanks to Fred Wunderlich back in Fort Lauderdale, I believe I have solved the problems related to uploading pictures. Later today, I'll be uploading a whole pile of pix, so stay tuned. Here is Autumn Wind, the Nordhavn 62 aboard which I'll be crewing on the first leg. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

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A picture of the girls of Autumn Wind. (Photo by David J. Shuler)

Site see:

Trawler Transatlantic 2004-Welcome

Preparations

Leg 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Hamilton, Bermuda:

Leg 1 photos Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Leg 1 photos Thursday, May 27, 2004

Leg 1 photos Friday, May 28, 2004

Getting ready to depart for the Azores

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Sunday, June 6, 2004

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Saturday, June 12, 2004

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Sunday, June 13, 2004

Leg 2 photos Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Leg 2 photos Tuesday, June 20, 2004

Leg 2 photos Monday, June 28, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Friday, July 2, 2004

A challenge well met Thursday, July 8, 2004

A challenge well met Friday, July 9, 2004

A Statement by NAIAD Marine Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Nordhavn Atlantic Rally

Blog of Sans Souci

U.S. Navy Weather

NOAA Marine Weather Charts

Bermuda Weather

Azores Weather

Gibraltar Weather

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