Falkor

Falkor – Finally Time for Season 2

The paths we take…

The last 2 years have had their ups and downs, big wins and losses for everyone.

Project Falkor is no different and postponed Season 2 is finally moving forward.

Boat work will begin in September with the goal of being in the water by November / December.

Falkor is coming into the 21st century with a whole new brain. A new NMEA2K System from the ground up:  Autopilot, Radar, Transducers, Gauges, Radios and more. New Batteries, running rigging, mast paint, resewn sails and some general loving are all on the list.

It may be too late to cross the Atlantic by the time all the work, commissioning and shake downs are complete.

With the captain’s recently acquired Dual US / EU Citizenship and Falkor’s VAT Paid status, we may turn our eyes back to Europe.

When Falkor leaves the port, I will see which way the wind is blowing and we will take it from there.

Project Falkor was featured on the staycurious.org podcast

A big thank you to @staycuriousorg for having me on your podcast.

Take a listen at:  www.staycurious.org

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Seas and Greetings w/ @projectfalkor available now!

Had a great time making this podcast with long-time friend and brother from another mother, Al Miller.

Come sail with two everyday guys @heikki6@larellimstudios who had enough of the day to day and chose to forge their own way.

#subscribe@staycuriousorg#podcast available on all your favorite podcast places.

Falkor 2021 – Season 2 Preview

Current Sail Plan for SV Falkor in 2021.

Crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia via Cape Verde, up the Windward Islands to Florida and the East Coast.

New Season, New Crew, New Destinations.

Setting Sail: November 2021

Fly, Falkor, Fly.

Falkor 2020 – Season 1 Recap

After 5 years on the hard, SV Falkor finally made it back into the water. We spent a little over 3 months refitting the 1977 Trintella IV in Portimao, Portugal. We lived on the boat in the port and become a part of the local cruiser community. With many “until next times” and “fair winds,” Project Falkor began to head south for Africa.

 

 

Agadir, Morocco became the first stop after high waves closed Rabat and Casablanca. Time spent exploring the amazing mountains and friendly Berber culture passed quickly and it was time to head out to sea again.

 

 

Season 1 ended in the Canary Islands. After exploring the varied ecology and distinct towns across Lanzarote, we headed out to sea once again. Wind and waves forced us to return to the islands, but not before the world closed for Corona. Quarantined off of La Gomera for over 70 days, before making port in Tenerife was both a blessing and a curse.

 

 

Finally, a week in Tenerife was spent getting Falkor ready for a slumber and finding flights back to the US.

Season’s End

It’s a little bittersweet… Season 1 of “Project Falkor” has come to a close. However, seeing her safe and sound on land is a huge relief. Time to head back to the US and gear up for the next season. A special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible and all the great friends I’ve made along the way. I hope to see you all again.

Please, stay tuned. There is a rumor that next season will be Falkor’s first transatlantic.

Dinner with the Neighbors

Dinner with the other quarantined cruisers Lucy, Simi and Fred. Some caught Barracuda, come brought chicken and some made Mediterranean Salad, but all left happy. Thanks for cooking, Noah.

La Gomera

As the saying goes: Any port in a storm.

After a couple of rough days and nights at sea, we tried to enter the port at San Sebastian. No dice. The world had closed. Needing to find a place to make some repairs and wait for the ports to open back up, we found ourselves sheltered in a small cove. On an often overlooked island, SV FALKOR and four other sailboats are waiting for the quarantine to lift.

Welcome to La Gomera.

Hopefully, the port opens soon and let’s us in. In the meantime, this isn’t a bad place to be stuck.

Leaving Lanzarote

Falkor is ready to fly, again.

Lanzarote is closed, but we have permission to leave. With so many countries closing borders for the next two weeks, the decision has been made to spend the next three weeks crossing the Atlantic. Next stop, any Caribbean island that will take us.

As the old sailors said, “Sail south until the butter melts then turn right… you can’t miss the Americas.”

Water Garden

César Manrique’s Jamas de Agua.

Cactus Garden

Cesar Manrique’s Jardín de Cactus.

This was to be his final work. The Jardín de Cactus was completed in 1991 and is the culmination of his career. Once again combining nature and architecture in his typical style, he created an amazing nature park from an abandoned rock quarry.

 

 

It has around 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus and succulents from 5 continents.

 

 

Unique mosaics combine art and signage for the restrooms. Every detail designed.

 

 

Finally, a restored windmill overlooks the garden.

 

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