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Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself ...

In December I moved to La Gomera in the Canaries (I was living in Budapest, long story). A month ago (April 2014) I joined the crew of the Rocinante.

The Rocinante is a 16 meter ketch crewed by a group of Russian friends, most of them from St. Pete. Our skipper is a cat named Ulysses. The Rocinante has been traveling three years out of Stockholm to reach the Canaries. My friends are not wealthy oligarchs, which means they're ordinary Russians on a tight budget. (In other words: flat broke.)

After three years at sea, the Rocinante now needs a fair bit of repair, including fixing the rudder's hydraulics, a new mainsail, and a new bilge pump. We also intend to install solar panels and a wind generator.

We're currently based out of Vueltas in Valle Gran Rey, where we plan to spend the next year or so fixing up the Rocinante and establishing a base from which we can explore the vastness of the Seven Seas. We're already making many friends on La Gomera.

We've been earning a bit of coin by holding parties onboard the ship for groups of friends. We have a great sound system as well as two DJs onboard. Summers in the Canaries are slow but this could be a nice gig for the Rocinante once the winter Snowbirds begin arriving in the Fall.

We're preparing to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance our first round of improvements and begin a regular Internet radio show. (Does anybody have any experience with crowdfunding?)

I've been trawling the interwebs to teach myself everything I can about sailing and repairing the Rocinante. The SailNet forums look like an excellent place to learn and connect with people.

Looking forward to it!
 

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It's been smooth sailing since the Captain (meow!) joined the ship in Lisbon about six months ago. That's why we're glad to leave him in charge.

The problems so far have been: 1) EU shore authorities freak out when they see Russian passports; 2) Rough waters in the Baltic and North Seas (especially in winter); 3) My friends had absolutely no sailing experience when they started their journey.

La Gomera is a paradise for the Rocinante. It's a pirate island!
 
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