Transatlantic, baby!

Transatlantic, baby!

The ARC race kicks off with an opening parade and ceremonies. Credit: Jeremy Watt

Transatlantic, baby!

Downtown Las Palmas lit up at night. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

The boats in the largest class are tied stern-to to the sea wall. Credit: Jeremy Watt

Transatlantic, baby!

The mall at Las Palmas, at the left, and the Museo de Sciencia, bottom right corner, are two of the many tourist attractions in down town Las Palmas. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

The route of the ARC Gran Canaria to St Lucia, and ARC Europe.

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The marina at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria filled with hundreds of boats, most of which are here for the ARC. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

The Snark, at her berth in Las Palmas, is one sweet ride. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Thanks to roomy stowage space, we put our second week of rations away and had plenty of room left over. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Dugald Moore, left, and skipper Ben Little, right, add some tension to the rig. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Ben heads up the mast, while Dugald and I stand ready at the winches. Credit: Christopher White

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Where the hell is that spinnaker halyard? Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Ben and Dugald make a quick repair to the Genoa. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Andrew Bishop of the World Cruising Club briefs the crowd at the skippers meeting. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

With 209 boats taking place in the voyage, the skippers' meeting was standing room only. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

The Snark immortalized on the sea wall in Las Palmas, where hundreds of yachts have left their mark. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

The boat tied against the sea wall that's referred to as "Millionaire's Row" at the marina in Las Palmas. Credit: Christopher White

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The Wally 80...so sexy. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Ben and Dugald have a chuckle while shopping at the local mercado for our fruits and vegetables. Credit: Christopher White

Transatlantic, baby!

Transatlantic, baby!

Transatlantic, baby!

Transatlantic, baby!

Ben spots whales from the bow.