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CLOUDS: stars

SEA STATE:moderate




Ahoy sailing friends,

Today, Friday the 13th of march, we set sail and left the Dominican Republic with a fully loaded cargo hold.
We sailed out of the harbor without the need of a tug boat.
All together we stayed 13 days on this beautiful island in the northern Caribbean.
We met a lot of interesting people from Santa Domingo via Hetty´s project ¨Sail a Future¨. We had a very nice time with them
during our stay on the island. Many Thanks!!!

Also we met the voluntary crew of the ¨Thunderbird¨. This is a Dutch build flat bottom ship, converted for the high seas.
This ship is sailing for the ¨International Rescue Group¨. Their goal is; providing first-line support and humanitarian aid to
disaster-hit coastal communities. www.internationalrescuegroup.org. We met Ray  Thackeray, the captain and founder of this beautiful
project. All the best and good luck, hope to meet again.

Loading the ship with cargo was our main purpose to be here. We had a lot of fun while working hard and fill the hold by muscle power.
Cacao, cacao butter, rum and melasse. The ship is filled with the finest products from the Caribbean. Last year we still had some free space left in the cargo hold, this year it´s completely full.

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We had a change to visit Oliver & Oliver, one of the best rum makers in the Caribbean, and present them a bottle of the fine Tres Hombres Rum. They were very delight to hear this was the winning rum on the Berlin Rum mess.

A visit to the cacao company Conacado was also on the program. Abel Fernandes gave us a tour on the fields and at some production places.
They buy cacao beans from more than ten thousand farmers all over the island. The company is helping the communities in a lot of ways by for example building schools, churches or community centers. This was an amasing educative day, thank you Abel.

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All the crew and trainees had a beautiful time on the Dominican Republic. Now we are underway to the Acores. Which is about 2500 miles to go. 
First we have to tack our way to the Mona Passage, which lays between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Captain Lammert

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