Nov. 23, 2019. Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

We leave tomorrow, internet is very slow – all 240 boats must be on line! My  Youtube video on Las Palmas will need to be posted after we arrive in St. Lucia a couple weeks from now.

Our full crew is now on board and is very international: Robert Levy (Canadian) and Patrizia Fanelli (Italian) arrived earlier this week; Benjamin Sueur (French) arrived late last night. Benjamin brought 6 bottles of good French wine as a present from Outremer. (Thank you Xavier!!!). We will save them and look forward to enjoying those after we arrive in the Caribbean.  Krista and Michael  (my sister and brother-in-law) and  Marie-Pierre and Adam (daughter and son-in-law) will join us for Christmas and help us sample the wine!!!

The ARC provided a GPS transponder, and you can follow our progress on the ARC web site:

There is no wind to light wind predicted. A tropical depression in the north Atlantic is sucking all the air away and leaving no wind in this part of the world. We will have final weather tomorrow morning, and decide on our route. It is not simple!

The day before departure
Tiller: ready to go!

9 thoughts on “Departure”

  1. Hi Lisa and Pierre …. am I to assume that the exhilaration you are displaying are the affects of a little sampling of the wine or youthful exuberance ? Judging from the expression on Tiller’s face … perhaps both ?

    Have a great voyage … stay safe, stay healthy.

  2. Fairwinds and following seas May your ventures be grand and glorious Can’t wait to see you on the other side and the adventures of getting here
    Captain Dennis

  3. Just fell occasionally in the following YouTube video where Biotrek and crew can be observed while leaving Las Palmas Marina for the ARC rally to St- Lucia. (as of minute 6:50 and 10:28)
    Followed up from time to time the rally on the ARC worldcruising website where one can see on a map the yachts with sailing courses under wind or current conditions. Must say you seem to have taken the right decision to follow a more southern route where wind and current are more favorable than the northern route where the yachts need to cross a low-wind field in the first week.
    Wish you further good winds and decisions, a safe voyage and good success in the rally.

    1. We arrived yesterday Dec 13, in the early hours of the day (4:30 am UTC)). Yes, it was the right move! Many thanks for your comment. More Youtube videos to come.

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