CURAÇAO, BONAIRE, VENEZUELA JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2007
 

Mike cooking on Jedi
   
We arrived on Jedi at 14.00 and helped cook the twelve dish meal, which was ready at 19.30!! Mike is cooking the meatballs watched by Colleen from (the US flagged) Unplugged. Also watching was Chippy, the cat, who was always poised to pounce on any food that dropped on the floor. He was better than a vacuum cleaner because he also washed the floor while eating.
 

Jedi
   
Taken in part of Jedi's huge cockpit: from the left, you know who, Nick and Josie the owners who are Dutch but fly a BVI flag and Tom and Colleen from Unplugged.
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The baby shower party. Nienke (Dutch) is opening the presents, behind is her husband Brian (USA).
 

Baby Shower party
 
 

Mavis' bar
   
Mavis' bar at Seru Boca marina.
 

Willemstad swing bridge
   
We finally managed to get a picture of the amazing pedestrian swing bridge in Willemstad.
 

Willemstad channel
   
This picture gives an idea of just how wide the Willemstad channel is. The swing bridge has been opened for the (British flagged) tanker Forth Bridge. On the far bank is a Dutch Frigate and the road bridge is in the background. We were really quite excited seeing the tanker, you don't see many red ensigns out here.
 

Sailor
   
Meet Sailor. We first met him in the Venezuelan out-islands, where he wasn't allowed on the beach after his first visit because, when picking up crumbs, he snaffled lots of sand and was ill for a day. Sailor lives on the yacht Welsh Rover with Tony and Stacey. When on watch in heavy weather Sailor wears his life jacket that has a tether attached to a strong point on the boat.
 

Sailor
   
When he's off watch this boy really knows how to chill out. Sailor is a Norfolk terrier and he's a real sweetie. When we go to visit Welsh Rover he comes to greet us, snuffling around and licking hands, feet and anything else he can reach. Here he is modelling his light weather lifting harness.
 

Wannadive
   
The storeroom at Wannadive. We had just put our dive kit together (it's lying down near the columns) and were waiting in the classroom for the dive briefing.
 

Wannadive
   
And this is the classroom - don't remember anything like this as a kid. We took our tests and had all our dive briefings here. I think Mike is practising safety rule one - always look cool.
 

Mike
   
Mike in his dive gear about to go under the boat to clean the bottom. The hose near his right ear leads to his second stage regulator (that he breathes through). The yellow blob is the alternate air source (another second stage regulator on a long hose hidden under his arm) that I would breathe through if I had an air problem. The thick 'hose' over his left shoulder is the low pressure inflator/deflator for the buoyancy control device that he is wearing. The thin hose by his left hand connects to a small instrument console with depth and tank pressure gauges. All you can see of the big air tank is the valve by his left ear. It might look a bit complicated but you soon get used to what is what. He just neeeds to put his mask on and the regulator in his mouth and he's ready to fall in backwards. Note the very long fins used for diving.