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Barb and Con Sprenger
After a full day at the O Marisquino BMX Competition Festival Sunday which took place all around the marina, a light rain began to fall so we decided to skip the concert and walked the 100 meters to our boat. At midnight, I went topside and saw hordes of people bouncing on the wooden platform to the rap music totally enjoying themselves. Settling into bed beside sleeping Con, I heard a loud and excited scream and wondered if someone just came on stage. The music stopped (early I thought) and then there was the sound of sirens. Fading into sleep, my last thought was wondering if anyone had hurt themselves at the concert. In the morning, we learned that more than 300 were injured and 5 critical. The marina immediately relocated Big Sky to the west side of the marina since our only exit was along the what is now the collapsed platform.
Organizers had been building the ramps for a month for the past weekend event involving competition in BMX bike tricks and aerials, dirt bike flips, skateboard skills, BMX ballet, break dancing, graffiti, 3 on 3 basketball... For more photos of the disaster, click here.
The Vigo Rias are natural barriers of protected islands taming the Atlantic Ocean making it a paradise for boaters. The waters are filled with dolphins, fish, and marine life with water temperatures 17 - 21. It’s not too hot by day, and cool by night.
Click: Sailing 2018 for stories and photos.
My article from a few years ago: The Inspirational Philosophy of Sailing Through Life: https://www.nauticalmind.com/blog/2012/02/sailing-through-life/
Panorama photos below: View of Sintra from Castle dos Mouros; Erice amphitheatre in Sicily; Gulfo di Castelemmarre, Sicily; castles in Erice; Paxos in the Greek Ionian, and the northern end of the island of Milos.