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The Muchas Gracias List!

So being that it's Thanksgiving, it's that time of year for my annual Thank You post! This is where I announce my thanks to all the people who probably don't get enough of it from me.

Interestingly, most of the people I thanked last year, would still go on this year's list. But rather than just repeat myself some more, let me just add a few key new names to the ever-growing list. So without further adieu (in no particular order)...

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Time to give thanks...

Being Thanksgiving, I want to get caught up on my thanksgiving to some really special people who have gone above and beyond this past year for me. I sometimes don't think I thank people enough, but I want everyone to know how grateful I am to have people like these around me. I'll add pictures of as many of them as I can come up with down the road.

So without further adieu (in no particular order)....

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Great News (at least for me)!

Thanks to Raf, and his wonderful cousin Mietsie, I managed to get most of the pics back that were lost by the server/laptop debacle last week. Woo-hoo!

I'll be re-organizing the pics shortly, and will start posting them up soon. So stay tuned. I've already posted up 2 of the lost updates, and should have everything caught up soon.

Thanks alot Raf and Mietsie!

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Ode to Raf

Raf left with Miet and Cil a few days after my birthday. He had to go back to Belgium and the real world. He had spent a lot of time onboard, and become quite a good friend. Unfortunately, our goodbye was very short and quick, and I thought he needed a more appropriate sendoff. So I came up with this seafarer's ditty one day after having a few Cuba Libres too many...

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Another Andiamo update, brought to you by Cialis...

Still enroute to Isla Mujeres. Weather has been clear with light winds, so we've been mostly motorsailing. Though last night we got some great wind again and shut off the diesel and let Andiamo rip. It was great sailing, mostly 12-15 knots of wind off the port beam, kept us cruising along at around 7 knots. We probably could have gone a knot or two faster, but there was a strong current from Yucatan Channel working against us.

It was also pretty eventful, we got ambushed by a fast-moving thunderstorm that spun off the coast of Cuba and slammed us from behind. It was a bit hectic getting the boat into the wind to get our sails in, but we managed, and soon after, the storm passed over us. There was another HUGE thunderhead coming off Cuba that we had no desire to meet upclose and personal, so we shifted course to avoid it. That one was blazing with lightning activity, with lots of ground level strikes. Yikes!

Then, just when all got nice and quiet, a small finch-like bird headed right into the cabin of the boat. At first, we thought it may have been a bat, but Lucy was on the case, and literally grabbed the bird within minutes. She brought it back up into the cockpit, where we had to pry it out of her mouth so it could get free. It didn't appear to be hurt, but it flew over to our swim steps and just stayed there. Lucy was ready to grab her again, and probably jump right into the water doing it, so I had to grab her and stick her below pronto. After a little more coaxing, the bird finally took off and headed to Cuba, hope it made it.

So again, here's our position for anyone who wants to know:

22.08.77 North, by 85.56.55 W, we're about 70 miles off of Isla Mujeres, with a course of about 220 degrees.

We hope to make landfall around midnight tonight. I'm usually leery of getting to a new port at night, but Mike, our crewmember for this trip, has made landfall at night before and knows the area, so we should be able to get into the anchorage ok at least for the night.

More news as it develops...

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The Andiamo is currently sailing in the Western Caribbean, but that's subject to change without notice. By the way, "Andiamo" means "Let's go" in Italian.

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