Posted by: luisginillo | April 7, 2013

Great day for sailing but not for turtles

We were sorry to say goodbye to two of our American crew and their spaghetti cooking skills today but promised to send them updates and hopefully some great video footage of the turtles! We left Torrevieja shortly after and set sail towards Cartagena. The wind was with us and allowed us to put up all the sails revealing the true capacity of this vessel, which is so well suited to our expedition. Unfortunately, the wind was too strong for turtle surveying. The forecast is calm for tomorrow so we are keeping our fingers (and toes, and arms, and legs) crossed that an early morning sail to a local turtle hotspot will be a success.

Please check out this link to find out more about turtle bycatch and the hardwork going on to help these endangered species:

http://www.tortugasmarinas.info/apoyo-al-pescador/palangre-de-superficie.html

The crew at Torrevieja.

The crew at Torrevieja.

 

The boat in full sail as seen from the RIB.

The boat in full sail as seen from the RIB.

 

Kyler from National Geographic filming the boat.

Kyler from National Geographic filming the boat.

The Luis Ginillo.

The Luis Ginillo.

 

Repairs in the afternoon including replacing the this corroded zinc anode.

Repairs in the afternoon including replacing this corroded zinc anode.

Victor and Esteban contemplating the height of the mast, which is soon to be climbed.

Victor and Esteban contemplating the height of the mast, which is soon to be climbed.

 

Victor ensuring a safe ascent.

Victor ensuring a safe ascent.

A treat for the birthday boy Esteban! Esteban bravely ascends to the top of the mast taking on a cold wind to do repair work on the genoa sail.

A treat for the birthday boy Esteban! Esteban bravely ascends to the top of the mast taking on a cold wind to do repair work on the genoa sail.

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