Peter has joined us a week ago, and it’s his turn to do the planktoon samplings. After collecting the planktoon soup with a 20 microns net, we need to filtrate the sampling and dry it.
Once in Peniscola, it’s time for Leo to leave Karukera’s crew. The farewell with our friend, that left Britain with us, are very early in the morning. The bad coffeewe drunk in the morning and our wet legs, depicts quite precisely our mood at the moment. He is going back to France with the plankton samplings we collected since the departure, and a flight being too « easy » after two and a half month of sailing adventure, he will hitchike for two days to arrive in Britain, where he will spend the summer as a sailing instructor ( for Leo’s fans, you can suscribe to his lessons by going to the International Pointe Saint-Gildas Sailing Yacht Club).
The washing up, a matter of disagreement aboard every boat : Peter will put everyone in good mood by doing it moningly in the kayak !
Aymeric has joined us near Salou, in a desert cove, by night, without light nor GPS. The 3km walk will be a little longer than expected ! We will leave next morning, heading to Sitges.
A good opportunity to visit Sitges’ fablab, the beachlab (http://beachlab.org/). In front of Sitges main beach, it will be the first lab that we will visit in swimsuit ! Initially, the town Hall had forbidden that this place was only a « fablab » : in front of the beach they have to sell beverages. It became a hybrid bar/fablab, that finally works a lot with the city Hall. They need a lot of sensors, and the fablab is able to produce/design them for a much lower price than the regular industrial sensors. Sitges might become a high-connected city : useful for public service, the fablab lives from interesting projects that have a direct impact on cityzens ! Noise sensors in front of bars send texts to barmans to prevent them when they are over limit, thermometer giving real-time seawater temperature on line, etc. Francisco, our maker contact, is very entusiathic about the idea of a nautical lab : they have a « Marine research unit » inside the lab, a program that works on complementary issues of those of Lab-REV !
We leave to Barcelona with the wind on the side of the boat : even with this low breeze, we manage to sail at almost correct speeds. Perfect conditions to test a new sail configuration we’ve been thinking about for a long time. In additon to the three regular sails Karukera can carry simultaniously (artimon, mainsail, genoa/spinnaker), we can hoist an other jib, on the artimon mast. We set up a halyard to hoist its 12m2 solent, and Karukera makes the show with 92m2 of sail!
Once in Barcelona, we long to go and visit the masterpieces of Gaudi, exerience the incredible local night-life, and taste all the tapas. But patience is required : a good task list remains before setting sails to Corsica, our next step. We fill up the tanks to prevent the probable lack of wind. Oliver will sew for hours in a raw to install reinforcement patchs on the Genoa, repair the textile arrangements and other pieces of stuffs that require to be stronger. The inflatable kayak requires a patch after a sea urchin accident ! All that works during the European heat wave, under the hard sun beams of Barcelona, on the docks of wealthy Yachtsmen surprised to sea us in underpants manipulating clamps and glues in this incredibly protected and expensive marina.
Released to have reduiced the task list to its minimum, we are free to go and visit this cultural capital. Laura will join us for a few days to enjoy discovering the city with us, and Cassandra comes back for a few months of sailing.
Together we will visit the fabCafé (http://fabcafe.com/barcelona/), a hybrid place mixing fablab, bar and coworking space. Amazing mood in this place where maker clients drink beers while waiting for their 3D printings to finish !
We will also go visit the greenlab (http://www.valldaura.net/greenfablab/). A remote fablab, lost in the mountains just outside the city, on an 144ha property ! Not well referenced on google, we need to take a cab to head there : but the adress is wrong ! We end up visiting the surrounding valleys, and after 1h drive, the cab will drop us « not too far » from our goal. A little hike with flip-flops begins. We will end up lost in a closed restaurant, and use our « joker » by calling Jon from the fablab, who will pick us up with his Land-Rover, a necessity for the trail that leads to the fab.
We discover this amazing place, set up in an old hunting territory for gentlefolks. A big part of the forest was destroyed and replanted in the twentieth century : we clearly make the difference between parts of the valley where old oak trees remain and new pine trees were replanted. The goal of this lab is to look for sustainable solutions for our lifestyles. Food, energy, furnitures, transport… no lead is negliged, the idea is yet to identify the most useful –and feasible- ones. The place is used weekly as a fablab, host workshops for students, rent rooms on airBnB, and organize 400 peoples partys with Djs for the IAAC students (the architecture school linked to the lab : http://www.iaac.net/).
After a fight between the dog and the oaks, we go back to Barcelona : it’s time to finish the boat set up. A good weather forecast is arriving : moderate winds, in the good direction. Routings predict less than 3 hours of engine on the whole crossing : let’s go !
We will leave Barcelona Sunday the fifth of July, heading to the gulf of Porto on the west coast of Corsica !