The ARC has kept us busy all week with fantastic seminars, daily Sundowner happy hours followed by nightly events ranging from the Gran Canarias Tourist Board welcoming extravaganza and last night’s wild Masquerade Night probably to be topped by tonight’s Farewell Bash. Definitely designed for the designed for the party animal, I’m doing my best to keep up but I slip away to a good night’s sleep and a happy sunrise the next morning.
The welcoming ceremony was a minature Olympics-style opening ceremony where each nation’s participants (over 30 nations) gathered together at the start point complete with flags and then lead by the Gran Canaria brass bandplaying New Orleans-style street music proceeded in alphabetical order parading down and around the marina which is all visible to the city of Las Palmas. Since we’re in Spain we, Estados Unidos, were toward the front just behind Estonia and in front of Russia (which I can’t remember how that worked). I was the designated flag bearer and I doubled up the flag with my colonial ‘Betsy Ross’ 13 colonies flag (being this is a British organized event). First mate Andrew Starr held up high the Republic of California flag which is always a big hit wherever we go.
The parade ended with ceremony and speakers ending with all the flags of all the countries raised on flag poles simultaneously with a fireworks salute. This pretty cool little event sets the stage and is a reminder to all that what we are about to do is a major personal and team event. It’s been an adventure just to get here from where we started in Les Sables France (the home of the famous Vendee Globel single-handed round the world race) to the gran Canaria where Columbus himself set off from on his first, second and fourth voyage to the New World. We’re all excited and focusing now on all the last minute details of preparation.
No turkey for my crew this Thanksgiving Day but we’ll put together our own little feast nonetheless.
Captain of the Inncredible Sea Lodge