Posted by: luisginillo | April 4, 2013

Arrived in Torrevieja where National Geographic climb aboard

The team sailed 200 miles from Palma Mallorca to Torrevieja on the Costa del Blanca arriving late on the evening of the 3rd of April. Today we are delighted to be joined by three National Geographic researchers. The crew were very busy with a change in captain, picking up all our equipment and getting all the equipment ready for tomorrow.

The research team will be tracking down loggerhead turtles.

The research team will be tracking down loggerhead turtles.

A beautiful sunset as we leave Palma.

A beautiful sunset as we leave Palma.

 

Our first bow riding dolphins! A group of 7 striped dolphins join us for a while on our second evening.

Our first bow riding dolphins! A group of 7 striped dolphins join us for a while on our second evening.

The National Geographic scientists jump on board.

The National Geographic scientists jump on board.

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Posted by: luisginillo | April 1, 2013

All systems are go

After several days in Palma de Mallorca, waiting for the weather to get better and preparing the ship and research equipment, the crew get together around the chart table to plan the route. It’s only been 5 days in port, but we’re so anxious to tag the turtles that it feels like months.  Our departure will be tomorrow night, still with some quite big swells. We hope to be on our turtle tagging site on the 3rd of April. Once there, we’ll meet the rest of the research team, 3 Crittercam specialists of National Geographic and two KAI technicians, Almudena and Esteban.

The crew at the chart table

The crew at the chart table.

The crew at the chart table.

Our objective is the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). This region, at the limit between the Alboran Sea and the Algero-Balearic basin is a major foraging ground for loggerhead juveniles and subadults. Most of them were born on the beaches of Florida and other nesting grounds of the eastern coast of the Atlantic, but we can also come across some of the few that still nest in the Mediterranean.

Loggerhead turtles in the Alboran Sea.

Loggerhead turtles in the Alboran Sea.

The crew continue working hard on various tasks for the upcoming departure tomorrow evening.

Victor working hard to make sure the boat is in top condition.

Victor working hard to make sure the boat is in top condition.

Before...

Before…

...after!

…after!

Françoise preparing for the CMS-ACCOBAMS meeting in Tangier (Morocco) before she leaves tomorrow.

Françoise preparing for the CMS-ACCOBAMS meeting in Tangier (Morocco) before she leaves tomorrow.

Posted by: luisginillo | March 31, 2013

Life’s a breeze

We remain in the port in Palma due to the wind, however work continues with high spirits on the Luis Ginillo.

Walter and Victor sanding and varnishing the wood.

Walter and Victor sanding and varnishing the wood.

Ricardo working hard on the preparations.

Ricardo working hard on the preparations.

Victor sanding down the sides.

Victor sanding down the sides.

Françoise enjoying the view as the crew explore the culture and history of Palma with a visit to Castell de Bellver.

Françoise enjoying the view as the crew explore the culture and history of Palma with a visit to Castell de Bellver.

Posted by: luisginillo | March 30, 2013

The wind won’t stop us

We remain port bound in Palma, Mallorca, due to high winds but the work on board continues with the help of Captain Jack Sparrow, the Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack and our limited CD collection.

Victor ensuring our life boats are in perfect condition.

Victor ensuring our life boats are in perfect condition.

Walter prepares teak oil for the hatches.

Walter prepares teak oil for the hatches. 

Victor changing the light bulb in Luis Ginillo style.

Victor changing the light bulb in Luis Ginillo style.

Walter and Ricardo winch up Victor to the mast.

Walter and Ricardo winch up Victor to the mast.

Posted by: luisginillo | March 29, 2013

Safety on board

The most important thing in a boat is safety. Every crew member gets an on board safety talk by the captain.

Security talk to the crew at Palma de Mallorca

Security talk to the crew at Palma de Mallorca

Walter shows the crew the different elements of the first aid kit

Walter shows the crew the different elements of the first aid kit

Captain teaches the crew how to release the rafts to the sea

Captain teaches the crew how to release the rafts to the sea

Walter shows the crew the beacon security system in case of leaving the boat

Walter shows the crew the beacon security system in case of leaving the boat

Posted by: luisginillo | March 29, 2013

Starting the adventure…

Welcome to the Luis Ginillo’s fabulous adventure. A trip that will take you to every corner of the Mediterranean sea.

Today at Palma’s Port the westerly winds have kept us at bay. But once the winds stops, maybe tomorrow, maybe the day after tomorrow, we will start our journey towards Marina del Este (Granada), the first stop of our trip.

While waiting, we are fixing the boat and getting ready to sail!

Sanding hatches

Small repairs on deck

Small repairs on deck

A clean ship is a happy ship

A clean ship is a happy ship

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