Antigua Sailing Week - Day 4, 2013-05-02


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Today marked Day 4 of the Antigua Sailing Week, the lay-day on May 1st had been a welcome break to recharge the batteries and it was well that we did so as we faced our first real challenge to see how we worked in crisis management. The first problem was a broken starter motor on the port engine of the catamaran the day before; the broken part was off in the shop being repaired and we were down to a single engine (plus our sails as a backup) but Hans mastered the de-docking and mooring pickup manoeuvre masterfully and small hurdle had been successfully taken when a real problem occurred. As we were finishing the day's first races the IMOCA Open 60 Ambersail came too close to us and managed to entangle themselves on our mooring. The water was quite clear and I could see that the line had wrapped once around their deep torpedo keel and that we weren't going to separate without us dropping our line. Hans got the engine started and I found myself at the bow with our biggest fender, thinking to myself “This isn't going to help much...”, considering I had 2 hulls which were now only feet from the entangled Ambersail. Hans and I agreed that we'd cast off the mooring but his challenge was to somehow remain on station in order to make the finish a fair one for the boats arriving - in a big gaggle, of course.
We managed to keep on station and pick up the mooring with help from a photographer's dinghy after Ambersail had freed herself with the help of a crew member jumping into the water with a mask. And nary a protest from the finishers although we did protest Ambersail but later discussion of the rules showed that the mooring line isn't part of the course and since they hadn't touched us they were under no compulsion to do a 720° turn before continuing racing.

Committee powerboat and mark Power boat preparing to drop the mark.
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Committee powerboat and mark
Our mooring at the start/finish line The mooring used for the committee boat at the races.
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Our mooring at the start/finish line
Powering up to set the mark About to motor off and set the start mark.
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Powering up to set the mark
Steve calling the time check Steve counting down to the time check on the VHF as everyone sets their watches.
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Steve calling the time check
Ready to set the start line Waiting to get the command to motor off and drag the mark with sufficient chain and scope to set it firmly.
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Ready to set the start line
Committee Boat Bouy Our mooring spot for the day.
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Committee Boat Bouy
Measuring the day's winds Steve using his high-tech tape to measure the wind direction while James and Jane write down the time and direction for the official files.
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Measuring the day's winds
Alfred deciding upon where to set the mark Alfred in the process of making a determination and decision as to where the mark is to be put.
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Alfred deciding upon where to set the mark
Committee work - wind checks Committee work - wind checks
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Committee work - wind checks
Sails on the horizon Boats at our start and the distant start doing their rounds prior to starting.
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Sails on the horizon
James and Alfred comparing notes The winds this day were rather steady in speed but variable in their direction.
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James and Alfred comparing notes
A collegial atmosphere aboard A collegial atmosphere aboard
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A collegial atmosphere aboard
Alfred calling to the mark setter Alfred, our race officer aboard, talking with the powerboat which is setting our starting mark.
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Alfred calling to the mark setter
James and Hans discussing tactics James and Hans discussing tactics
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James and Hans discussing tactics
Cary identifying starters Cary with binoculars prior to the race begin to identify the competitors and make sure that all are present for the start.
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Cary identifying starters
This is race course #3 This is race course #3
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This is race course #3
Paul Wyeth Setting up for the correct line during the upcoming start, Paul Wyeth the photographer is at the beginning of a long day.
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Paul Wyeth
Making sure the lists are in order Ensuring that the lists and the boats at the start match up.
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Making sure the lists are in order
Tripod and the finish line The tripod, sans camera, next to the finish mark (a stay) on the committee boat.
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Tripod and the finish line
Counting down the minutes to starting Counting down the minutes to starting
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Counting down the minutes to starting
Final discussions prior to starting Final discussions prior to starting
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Final discussions prior to starting
Jane taking a break Jane was our scrivener aboard, taking copious notes of just about every action or measurement we took aboard, from wind speed to protest flags to finishes. Not an easy job at all, particularly when the seas were up.
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Jane taking a break
James calling the finishes James blowing the whistle to mark the official finish times. He uses the shroud as the mark on the boat and the remote yellow buoy as the other side of the finish line.
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James calling the finishes
Warming up before the start Warming up before the start
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Warming up before the start
Sailing past the committe boat Prior to the race, many boats pass the committee boat in order to be identified.
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Sailing past the committe boat
Start of the race seen from the line As the horn blows, all the boats are behind the line, but one is rather close while the others are a bit more conservative.
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Start of the race seen from the line
Seconds after the start All boats started behind the line and are off on their 2-hour course.
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Seconds after the start
Boats starting close together Boats starting close together
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Boats starting close together
Waiting for the upcoming prizegiving Some of the crews and spectators waiting for the prizegiving ceremonies for the day's races.
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Waiting for the upcoming prizegiving
Paul Wyeth Paul Wyeth zipping about.
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Paul Wyeth
Catching that perfect moment Professional photographers such as Paul Wyeth cover the event from dinghies - trying to capture that elusive perfect shot.
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Catching that perfect moment
Jubilant racers finishing James blowing the finishing whistle as the racer celebrate their good finish.
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Jubilant racers finishing
Yacht finishing Yacht finishing
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Yacht finishing
(unknown yacht) (unknown yacht)
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(unknown yacht)
James calling a distant finish James about to blow the whistle as a racer crosses the finish line on the distant side.
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James calling a distant finish
Ambersail Ambersail
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Ambersail
Ambersail Ambersail
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Ambersail
Ambersail Ambersail
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Ambersail
Arethusa Arethusa
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Arethusa
Jubilant racers finishing James blowing the finishing whistle as the racer celebrate their good finish.
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Jubilant racers finishing
Spirit of Athena Spirit of Athena
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Spirit of Athena
Spirit of Athena Spirit of Athena
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Spirit of Athena
Auliana Auliana
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Auliana
Auliana Auliana
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Auliana
Auliana Auliana
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Auliana
Auliana Auliana
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Auliana
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Cary writing down Bristolean's finish
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Bristolean Bristolean
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Bristolean
Caccia alla Volpe Caccia alla Volpe
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Caccia alla Volpe
Caccia alla Volpe Caccia alla Volpe
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Caccia alla Volpe
Caccia alla Volpe Caccia alla Volpe
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Caccia alla Volpe
Caipirinha Caipirinha
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Caipirinha
Caipirinha Caipirinha
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Caipirinha
Caipirinha Caipirinha
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Caipirinha
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Caipirinha Caipirinha
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Caipirinha
Digicell Challenger Digicell Challenger
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Digicell Challenger
El Ocaso El Ocaso
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El Ocaso
El Ocaso El Ocaso
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El Ocaso
El Ocaso James blowing the finishes whistle as El Ocaso crosses the line
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El Ocaso
Hip Hop Hip Hop
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Hip Hop
Jaguar Jaguar coming to the line as Cary takes note and James prepares to whistle to mark the official finish time.
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Jaguar
Jaguar James whistles up a good finish for Jaguar
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Jaguar
Jaguar Jaguar
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Jaguar
Jaguar Jaguar
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Jaguar
Jaguar Jaguar
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Jaguar
Kick 'em Jenny Kick 'em Jenny
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Kick 'em Jenny
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun coming to the finish line.
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Kuankun Kuankun
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Kuankun
Lancelot II Lancelot II
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Lancelot II
Lancelot II James blowing the finish whistle for Lancelot II
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Lancelot II
Lancelot II Lancelot II
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Lancelot II
Maximizer Maximizer
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Maximizer
Maximizer Maximizer
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Maximizer
Milanto Milanto
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Milanto
Nix Nix
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Nix
Nix Nix
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Nix
Nix Nix
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Nix
Nix Nix
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Nix
Nix Nix
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Nix
Northern Child James blowing the finish whistle as Northern Child crosses the finish line.
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Northern Child
Quokka Cary taking note as Quokka approaches the finish line.
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Quokka
Quokka Quokka
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Quokka
Quokka Quokka
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Quokka
Scarlet Oyster James confirming the good finish with a whistle for Scarlet Oyster.
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Scarlet Oyster
Scarlet Oyster Scarlet Oyster
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Scarlet Oyster
Sea Gal Sea Gal
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Sea Gal
Sea Gal Sea Gal
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Sea Gal
Sea Gal Sea Gal
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Sea Gal
Selene Selene
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Selene
Selene Selene
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Selene
Selene Selene
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Selene
Selene Selene
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Selene
Selene Selene
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Selene
Selene Selene
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Selene
Team Shambles Team Shambles
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Team Shambles
Sleeper Sleeper
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Sleeper
Sleeper Sleeper
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Sleeper
Sleeper Sleeper
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Sleeper
Slippery Slippery
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Slippery
Slippery Slippery
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Slippery
Slippery Slippery
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Slippery
Sonic of Ayr Sonic of Ayr
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Sonic of Ayr
Sonic of Ayr Sonic of Ayr
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Sonic of Ayr
Sonic of Ayr Sonic of Ayr
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Sonic of Ayr
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child
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Southern Child
Southern Child Southern Child approaching the finish line as Cary takes note and James prepare to signal the finishing time with a whistle.
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Southern Child
Spirit Spirit
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Spirit
Starry Night Starry Night
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Starry Night
Starry Night Starry Night
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Starry Night
Sumatra Sumatra
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Sumatra
High Tension High Tension
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High Tension
High Tension High Tension
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High Tension
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Venomous Venomous
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Venomous
Maximizer Maximizer coming to the finish line.
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Maximizer
Maximizer Maximizer coming to the finish line.
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Maximizer
Visio Optik Visio Optik
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Visio Optik
Visio Optik Visio Optik
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Visio Optik
Visio Optik Visio Optik
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Visio Optik
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whisper Whisper
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Whisper
Whistler Whistler
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Whistler
Whistler Whistler
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Whistler
Whistler Whistler
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Whistler
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Wings Wings
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Wings
Antigua Races Day 4 Panorama Antigua Races Day 4 Panorama
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Antigua Races Day 4 Panorama
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