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Old 01 April 2002, 12:47   #1
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I know there are several threads starting out there, and I will read all of them, BUT I will post all the news (and perhaps JK) as we find them out from the boat.
So mainly news rather than talk.

Hope that is fine with all.

We could use your help with any press cuttings, viedo and radio recordings as you see and hear them in various parts of the UK and the world- we have not enlisted the assistance of a press cutting agency, and do need a few people on the look out for materials published and broadcasted.

All your help is appreciated.
Address for posting is:

Nadia Lehmann
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Cardiff CF11 7WP

Many thanks.

If anyone needs to speak to me about whatever, mobile 07811553925 on 24/7. Alternatively hm 02920220757 (but I will not be there much anyway!)
email: centre@spirit-of-cardiff.com

I am flying out to Gib on Thursday arvo from LGW and coming back Sunday night - late.

Anything you need me to take, post quickly to address above!

Will get some photos of GIB farewell.

Keep a window in your diary for the return party - early ish June!
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Old 01 April 2002, 12:50   #2
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Official time SOC left Cardiff

Sunday 31st March 2002
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Old 01 April 2002, 12:52   #3
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SOC has had to slow down to 6-7 knots due to heavy head seas and 25 knot winds.

Slow progress
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Monday 01st April 2002

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SOC in the Bay of Biscay
Making good progress and catching up on some of the time and miles lost due to the bad weather last night.

Crew all fine.

Gibraltar still on target for wednesday.
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Tuesday 02nd April

Should be on the coast of Portugal by now, where they may stop for fuelling before heading on to Gib.

Managing to pick up speed and reaching 15-20 knots at some points.

Expected late afternoon tomorrow now.

The weather is getting warmer! and they are slowly getting used to life on board (having not been together like this since the Atlantic trip last year)

More soon.
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GPS#

N' Can you get the GPS #'s for the updates? Thanks , will be in touch...good luck to all.
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Old 03 April 2002, 01:53   #7
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Will see what I can do once they have left Gib, we will have them on a tracking system anyway.
Hope this helps.

03rd April 2002
07:30

Off the coast of Portugal.

They have had some major bad weather and its blown their autopilot, and thus have had to steer the boat manually - not always ideal!!!- I will be taking a new one with me tomorrow!!!

(if they had the storms , rain and lightning we had light night..........I thought the Tube was going to "blow" away!)

More soon,
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Old 03 April 2002, 05:49   #8
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Nadia,

What's that tracking system you talking about ?
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Really feel sorry for the guys actually having to STEER - whatever next!

(These are Ribsters after all arent they?)

Perhaps the Motto could be changed from:

'Driven by the Challenge'

to

'Driven by the Autopilot'
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Old 03 April 2002, 14:48   #10
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Hey,
Thought this thread was for updates, not chat and banter.
(but have met you now G, so...know what to expect huh!)

Batfalcon, they have a tracking system on board, via Marine Track, so once they leave Gib people can see where they are via the website - handy huh!
We will also know when they have stopped for a pint / cup of tea - just kidding.

Update: 03April 2002
20:30
Stopped to refuell in Lagos.
Two smashed windscreens - got a pici - JK, can you move from email to this forum pls. (when you get a chance)

Due to arrive in Gib lat, late, late.
All okay.
Have been eating mainly mars bars and peanuts!
(must remember to buy them a meal in Gib)

Take it easy.
More soon.
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