London to Rio, Part 2

Sounds like all enjoyed hearing about the kite.  Just a few more photos of it and we will leave it alone.

Just a view to show you perspective of person to kite.

I told you, it is really BIG!

I told you, it is really BIG!

And we get to trim it. Actually we hold on for dear life, watch the edge to make sure it is curling slightly and then we have one or two people grinding the winch if it starts to collapse.

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Debs trimming the kite with Jenko and DJ grinding and Craig on the helm.

Yep I had to trim also. We would do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at a time. I usually used my knee to help hold it.

Yep I had to trim also. We would do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at a time. I usually used my knee to help hold it.  How about that Carolyn?

Whoops, running out of time.  Less than 2 hours to get to boat for race 2 start.  It promises to be an awesome sleigh ride with giant waves, etc.  I wanted to leave you with something of leg 1 and will have more for you in Capetown.

Crossing the Equator:

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From North

From North to South

Crossing equator

We are at Nav station taking pictures of the crossing.  I am one on the right in constant motion.

The result of this is the Pollywog to Shellback ceremony with Davy Jones, King Neptune and companions.

King Neptune at his finest

King Neptune at his finest

Ritual of kissing Baby Han’s belly covered in Marmite (YUK)

If you have not ever had Marmite, please try it.

If you have not ever had Marmite, please try it.


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You cannot see the lucky kisser, but you can see the fish!  I was lucky and only had to eskimo kiss it.


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And here is the beautiful fish held up by Tony the Tiger. Please note Tony and Han’s hairstyle


Mohawks

Part of King Neptune’s punishment was Hal, Han and Tony received a new hairstyle.


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Because I looked wild and wooly everyday with my hairstyle (like Hal), I was given a new style also.


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All done. It is easier to keep and I now feel it growing out a bit. The question is, will it grow straight forward like Ryan cut it.

I actually feel honored that I had the haircut as it has provided me a chance to honor and remember family and friends who have lost their hair due to chemo treatments.  You are in my thoughts, mind and heart!

And to close today, I will share a picture of a special sunset.

Our first sunset after the start of 1

Our first sunset after the start of 1

My most memorable moment: At the helm with the sun setting on the west and the moon rising on the east with good breeze!  To top it off we were on watch for the entire lunar eclipse that night!  That was truly amazing watching the moon disappear, turn orange, stars come out and fill the sky and then the beginning of the return of the bright yellow moon.

So to finish, a whale that visited us.

He surfaced then rolled over a few times and in essence waved goodbye! So long til Capetown!

He surfaced then rolled over a few times and in essence waved goodbye! So long til Capetown!

10 thoughts on “London to Rio, Part 2

  1. Fabulous , Linda! What a great adventure full of fun, traditions and new friendships. The pictures are awesome and really convey the thrill and ceremony.

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  2. Linda, I love seeing and hearing about your adventure. The haircut looks great! I know it has to be easier to manage. have fun on the next leg and remember you have a guardian angel.

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  3. Linda–thanks for these wonderful posts and the great photos! Hope your journey to Capetown is safe, fast, and fun. If he’s still in Capetown harbor, say hello to Lego man!
    Jan

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  4. Send that Green Monster to the deep and sail on! Thanks for your posts…feel like we are with you but in the comfort of our living room. Great new haircut…harder to feel the wind in your hair but still will feel the spray on your face!
    Sharon and John

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  5. Love reading about your FUN adventure, Linda! The photos really help convey so much of the detail and mood. I love your insight about your haircut and the solidarity you felt with loved ones who had lost hair to chemo (like my brother, Ward…sniff).And what a joy to be able to watch the entire lunar eclipse at sea!! I also love the goodbye wave from the whale. Looks like a humpback, perhaps. Love them. And you!! xo Jana

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  6. Linda –
    And now you’re in Capetown! Have been watching your progress daily on the website. I really had never considered how long it would take to travel around the world at around 10 mph! I hope you’re having a great time.

    I look forward to reading your next installment(s), but can understand if you have other things to do during your brief times in port.

    Bon voyages!

    – Ned

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