She’s beginning to look like a raft at last.
Rachel has arrived in Valle Gran Rey – almost 3 years to the day since she started her epic trip across the Atlantic in a rowing boat.
She got stuck straight in to work on the raft!
Yesterday was hot and progress was made in various directions. But I want to bring you pictures of Tess who is responsible for some beautiful rope-work.
Many years ago I bought a first edition of “Ashley’s Book of Knots” which is arguably the best book on the subject and a must for anyone interested in ropes. The chapter on splicing really captured my interest and so it’s a pleasure to see Tess practice this ancient skill on the quayside here in Valle Gran Rey.
The AnTiki raft will be a much better vessel for it.
Dave’s arrived and immediately charmed the security guard by showing him which direction lay the Virgin Isles. Anthony is dressing more and more like a hippy in keeping with the tradition of La Gomera.
Today we successfully extracted the pipes from the container and laid them into position ready for the raft to be constructed.
Earnest discussions continue as to how to go about certain tasks.
The container arrived in La Gomera this morning and has been successfully lifted onto the ground.
Souinds easy doesn’t it? Well it was – and I still can’t believe it.
The container vessel Manfred left Felixstowe 3 days late after facing rough weather in the North Sea.
Thus our container load of equipment and provisions will now arrive in Las Palmas on the 18th. From there it is to be transported to La Gomera where we pitch camp and build a raft.
It needed a second crane to lift it onto the shipper’s lorry at Wyton. The driver said it weighed 16 tons!
We still have to lift it off the truck in La Gomera…..I’ll report back with details.