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Old 31 July 2003, 09:01   #1
Boat name: Jolly Sailor
Make: Ribtec
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10 - And they're off again

Thursday 31st July

After the possibility that we may not have got away from Nanortalik till Saturday, the deep depression is moving on, and has given us the break we need to head off for Iceland. Our original plan was to refuel in Reykjavik, but now we've managed to knock a few miles off the passage by heading instead for Heimaey in the Westmann Islands, off the south coast of the Icelandic mainland.

Once we hang a left at Cape Farewell, the wind will be behind us, and not so strong as it was on Tuesday, when we were hit by what's known in these parts as an "Arctic whisper" - where cold air from the north meets warm air from the south.

Yesterday was just a question of doing a bit of housekeeping on the boat, and taking a look at our surroundings. Nanortalik is in a beautiful setting at the end of a fjord, with impressive mountains dotted around. So we took a wander round the town, stopping to look at the pretty church, and some traditional Inuit summer dwellings - low stone walls with wooden frame and seal-skin roofs. These days, of course, the igloos are smart wooden houses or apartments.

We're mindful that from today, we're no longer the only RIB on the ocean. Bear Grylls and his Arctic Explorer sets off from Halifax, pretty much following the same route as us. We understand his weather isn't too good to start with, so we wish him well and hope he and his crew stays safe. On the plus side, by the time he arrives in Greenland, he won't have any ice other than the occasional iceberg to worry about, which will no doubt be a huge relief.

Clive Tully

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Having an ice time - Jan Falkowski catches a few rays as Jolly Sailor heads for Cape Farewell:
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Old 31 July 2003, 11:23   #2
Country: Canada
Town: port aux basques
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the journey

to Eg Walters and crew.-----glad to see u underway agn, good luck.------- this is for my buddy Eg. He said "it is not enough,tell me more". so i answered,"Hardship". The hardship of a razor wind and freezing water Or a dying breeze and the salty swell Of a glaring sun and burned skin Or a black sky and raw wet clothes Of numbed limbs and weary body Or sleepless nights and the monotony of a watery desert The hardship of all who challenge God's sea . Hogan...

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Old 31 July 2003, 18:24   #3
Country: Canada
Town: Devon, Alberta
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Nicer weather

Hi everyone. It is nice to see there is favourable weather in that picture. Here's wishing you all smooth sailing from here on in!

A special "hi" to Dad. How was your whale supper? We are nearing the end of our kitchen renovations so you will have to come for a visit and cook a meal in my new kitchen. I'll make sure to have cornstarch for the gravy this time! Ha! Ha!

Hi Mr. Hogan! I hope all is well with you back in PAB.
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Old 31 July 2003, 18:39   #4
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: St Martins
Boat name: MATRIX
Make: Jeanneau Leader 805
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Engine: Volvo KAD 43 Diesel
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Re: Nicer weather

Originally posted by Deana Angell
A special "hi" to Dad. How was your whale supper?

Whale Supper more like Spam and beans eh Steve
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