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|This lovely S&S 40 footer from 1957 is for sale|
Almost all the boats that have passed through the marina in Rabat since we arrived are here because they are hanging around outside of the Canaries for either reasons of cost (marinas there are very expensive and safe anchorages few and far between) or because the time is not yet ripe for crossing the Atlantic. Anyway there are five or more rally fleets gathering in various Canary Island ports in readiness for November or early December departures - with between one and three hundred boats apiece that is a lot of full anchorages and marinas. We can wait until it is a bit more peaceful.
Probably the most well known rally is the ARC which this year has two flotillas one heading via the Cape Verdes and one going direct to St Lucia. The cruising community here has christened itself NARCs - Not the Atlantic Crossing Rally - there are quite lot of us, something like fifty boats have reached Rabat since we arrived of whom only two or three have been flying rally flags or owned up to be joining one or other of them. Some stay like us for ages, others only a couple of days to break their passage from the Med to the Canaries. And, of all of the crews we've met, only Temptress is heading for Brazil, the Caribbean is going to be very crowded this season.
So whilst we are hanging around we plan a few more train trips to other Moroccan cities - Fez or Meknes anyone?