Leg 2 Rio to Cape Town Part 2

So, leg 2 was filled with wind, rain, gray and some sunshine. Had some amazing crew members, one of which I was totally in awe. Annie initially made me nervous that she would be sailing as she had tremors in her hands. However, as I saw her in action, she was a true inspiration. She tackled each task with an energy and strength that I wish I possessed. And, she was a music major, pianist and general music teacher for part of her life. This meant some great conversations for me. Currently she is a prison investigator. Anyway, she wrote an article on Leg 2 and I am going to share parts of it with you. Yes I have permission! No copyright violation. Continue reading

Leg 2 Rio to Cape Town Part 1

Hello to all!  I imagine most of you are getting ready for Christmas or Chanukah if it has not already been celebrated.  Whatever your holiday season might be I wish you a joyous one!  I am now in Sydney and working to get this happy blog updated.  In between  boat duties it is a bit hard.

So the adventure continues as we leave Rio.

Chris, John's wife and Emilie waving us off as we slip lines.

Chris, John’s wife and Emilie waving us off as we slip lines.

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Time in Rio

Okay all, I know that I am in Albany, Australia and you are waiting for more updates.  However, due to our little trip to the north during Leg 3 to sneak by the high pressure system and feel good when everyone else got stuck in it, this move backfired on us and we were stuck for days, finally had to turn the motor on and I lost count but think we took 4 to 5 days of motor and sail to finally get to Albany! So only here for 2 days so far and Robert, a retired sea captain here in Albany has graciously allowed me to utilize his place to work on blog. Actually we met because he made a comment about Columbus Anan the use of sextant and compasses on the London to Rio part of my blog. If you would like some interesting history check out his comment! Continue reading

Birthday in the Southern Ocean

[Here’s another update while Linda is off the grid. Don’t forget to donate!— Doug]

Happy Birthday Linda!

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the day than in the Roaring Forties, filled with 300 mile days, Dolphins, Albatrosses, and steering the 70-footer to a very impressive 20.6 knots surfing through the Southern Ocean. Way to go! I’m thinking you could do without the wet and cold, though. Continue reading

Okay world, I am back! And in Rio!

First, a big thanks to Doug Kern for keeping everyone informed of what was happening during the race!!

Now, let’s see if I can finish up London pretty quickly.

And add some exciting stories about the trip!

So, I really had a great time being able to visit with Anais and Christina.  The last Sunday I was there, Anais and husband Alistair and I went to the National Gallery to see an exhibit called Sound scales.  It was really neat as it put together musicians making music as they saw a painting.  Provided me a whole new perspective about viewing art.

After that, Anais and I went back to the docks and she viewed the Queen’s yacht.

Pretty interesting boat. Oars and all.

Pretty interesting boat. Oars and all.

Next, Anais got to do a bit of work for me.  Between she and Doug, I finished up one project which is still looking good!

Learning a bit of splicing for end of Halyards (lines that hoist up the sails).

Learning a bit of splicing for end of Halyards (lines that hoist up the sails).

Crew mate Doug and Anais made my work disappear!

Crew mate Doug and Anais made my work disappear!

Getting to spend time with Christina and Anais was a definite highlight of the trip.  Catching up on what they were now doing was great fun!

FUN

FUN

Later some of the crew mates shared dinner in a pretty good Pizza place right by the boat.  I did not break their hearts by telling them I had already had pizza with Anais and Alistair.

Ryan, Jamieson (NBC reporter doing the story on us), Skipper Diane, Chris, Elaine and a few more not seen!

Doug, Ryan, Jamieson (NBC reporter doing the story on us), Skipper Diane, Chris, Elaine and a few more not seen!

I know that many of you refuse to believe that I really worked on the blog while at St, Kat’s.  Well, here is proof!

6am in the morning at Starbucks.

Outside of Starbucks after close with Hal and Doug!

Outside of Starbucks after close with Hal and Doug!

A bit for NBC and a little TEAM building:

Having fun with my famous upper body training. (Hint: never tell anyone what off the wall thing that you might be doing.)

Having fun with my famous upper body training. (Hint: never tell anyone what off the wall thing that you might be doing.)

Han , my South Korean crew mate in actions!  He is very strong!!!

Closing for this portion so I don’t hit the wrong button and lose it!!  More after supper!