Stamm dives south

The latest Around Alone news including Emma Richards' 4.5 hour ordeal at the masthead of Pindar

Friday November 8th 2002, Author: James Boyd/Mary Ambler, Location: Transoceanic
California Bruce Schwab reports from Ocean Planet

Ocean Planet Around Alone Update
Friday, November 8, 2002 1210gmt
Pos: Lat: 01,34.40n Lon: 024,46.25w
Hdg: 196t @ 9kts

Hurray!! Sunshine and no monster thunderheads in sight. Early this morning we escaped the last of the rainy clutches of the ITCZ, doldrums, or bozo zone. The final analysis is that my easterly dice roll was a flop, but I don't regret giving it a shot, what the heck. I did wind up losing a bunch of miles to Brad van Liew, but that is no dishonour as he is the most experienced American (glad he's in Class 2), and the only returning veteran of the 196/97 race. Good decision, Brad!

He may have gotten enough to hold me till Cape Town, but we'll see about that, as Ocean Planet is cookin' now despite it being upwind. Bit by bit the wind should shift left and we can start to really move. The big problem is getting weather info, with the mini-m dead I can't download data files (or send pics). This is a bummer, but will have to go by the "seat of the pants" as they say. Frankenstein (my nickname for our patched up mainsail) is holding up and only about 3,800 miles to sail to Cape Town.


Ocean Planet Around Alone Update
Saturday, November 9, 2002 0145gmt
Pos: 00 17s, 25 25w

About an hour ago, Ocean Planet, the boat, crossed over to the southern half of the ocean planet (3rd stone from the sun) that we all share and inhabit together. I hope Neptune enjoyed his shot of good single malt scotch as it is the only one I brought. Also, I tuned up the guitar and played "On the Sunny Side of the Ocean" by one of my favorite guitar composers. Guess correctly who the author of the tune is, and get a ride on Ocean Planet (when she's available). Hope not too many get it, so we have enough room...:-)

Till later,

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