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Old 10 July 2002, 08:16   #1
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SOC update

SOC had a great stop and service in North Carolina yesterday. Everyone at Cape Fear Yacth's were extremely helpful and professional. Everything went like clockwork. The crew all are in good spirits and all are eager to see family and friends, the green grass of home and plate of Bangers' and Mash. But most important, to finish their run round the World, one hell of an accomplishment. Film is being devloped and pictures will follow.
Cheers...zap
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:18   #2
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The Skipper

Visa?...what Visa?
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:22   #3
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Steve

Still smiling and cracking jokes...
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Clive

eager to push on, says it's been a remarkable journey...His first job when home is to get on another boat for a week's work. Ouch!
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:32   #5
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Spirit front shot

Great weather , even if a little on the warm side...
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:35   #6
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Service lift...

Quick lift, time for the sweat to begin...
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:39   #7
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Hull shot

The hull is in great shape...
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:44   #8
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Tube check...

The only spot that needed attention was on the Bow, and just a small separation that needed repair, the first layer of hypalon , not the tube itself...other than a few friction rub patches and one small puncture in Russia, the tubes are in good shape as well.
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Old 10 July 2002, 15:52   #9
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The doctor...

says he can do this in his sleep now. Maybe 45 minutes max for change out.
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Back in the water

Total time out of the water under 1.5 hrs.
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Old 10 July 2002, 16:00   #11
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one last thing

tip the boat , pump out the bilge...ready to go with a new out drive.
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Alan w' ABC News

I don't think Alan had, had his shower yet, they didn't want to get any closer...
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Fueling up...

a mate's job is never done.
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Clive w' ABC News

Showing off the communication system...
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Old 10 July 2002, 16:20   #15
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A good day

It was really great to see the lads and aid the team closing in on a great achievement!
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Great shots Zap... how fantastic is that, through the power of rib.net and the SOC web-site, you were able to meet the guys and take some photographs for all of us to check out back here. They look in good spirits (oops, pardon the pun!) and I am sure it was exciting for you to be there too?!
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A brilliant report Neil.
Thanks for looking after The Lads.
Let's hope it's all "downhill" from now on.
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