Leaving the ILLUSION. Entering Gringo country

Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
Trip End Dec 24, 2008

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Have recieved a few emails from ya'll saying the video diarys don't work. This site won't allow you to stream them, you have to download the whole file. They are big files so set it up and be patient. They are worth the wait.

We sailed out of St. Lucia and headed South, back to where it all began, Trinidad. The sail took around 40 hours and we split the crew into three watches. Three hours on watch and six hours off. Rotating like this you get a maximum of six hours sleep during the night. Day time watches are great, you can sunbath on the deck and drink beers. Night time watches are a nightmare, you have to watch out for the super tankers that roam the seas. They move very quickly, don't have anyone on watch and the normal un-writen rules of the road apply. If their boat is bigger than yours, you have to get out of the way! Trinidad is also very close to Venezuela and this was pirate territory so the last leg of the journey was fun.

However, we are here, safe, in one piece, and going out tonight for our leaving the boat do. We sailed about 350 miles, over three weeks and visited six caribbean islands. We made two really great american friends. Joel, who reminds of us our friend Chris, very funny guy, always laughing and having fun. Brittany, who reminds us of Chris's girlfriend Lucy, also very funny girl, always singing musicals. They have taught us all the cool things american kids say, Swell! Howdy! and Ye Ha! We have reciprocated and taught them, a cup of earl grey please and how do you do.

On monday 30th we fly to Venezuela, to visit the capital Caracas so we can play the maracas, while eating some crackers, don't call us slackers or b.a. baracas coz we will come back and kick you in the knackers!

Cooper Out

Big Love Dan & Kat
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