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From Tony & Denis

From Denis:
Bonjour ,
Le SMA rentre a la maison , et je fais parti de l equipage qui le ramene de Papeete a Puerto Williams .
Nous ommes partis le 5/11 a 12h de Papeete pour un petit stop a Raivavae dans les Australes , puis direction Cap Horn .

Aujourd hui le 27/11 il nous reste 1440 miles a courir jusqu qu au Cap Horn .Nous venons de faire 3 semaines de mer et il nous reste ,au minimun , une dizaine de jours de mer.

Nous sommes 7 a bord (3 allemands , 2 Suisses allemands , 1 canadien anglais et moi,francais) .Nous sommes organises en 3 equipes de 2 , le skipper etant hors quart ,chaque quart de veille fait  3h.
Bonne ambiance a bord.

Depuis le depart de raivavae , nous n avons croise aucum bateau, quelques albratos nous ont accompagnes deci dela et nous avons vu ume baleine . Cet ocean est un immense desert oceanique.
Nous allons bientot rejoindre la civilisation donc une bonne douche chaude et j oubliais ,un likt immobile , trop bien!!!

A bientot


47°37'S        103°57'W
Distanz nach Cap Horn: 1430sm
Strecke seit Tahiti: 2881sm

FROM: Tony
Out on the wast Pacific....
Yes Wolf, you were right, this NW-12 sailing leg is indeed an "open-ocean" sailing; actually, I would call it an 'endlessly wast ocean..."! Sharring this voyage with Martin (the skipper), Denis (my friend from France) and Hajo, Hans, Menix and Rato, has been unique and rich experience.

The 'work' with/on the boat, and to provide us with daily provisions, to maintain healthy sanitary conditions is an ongoing one..., days, weeks and weeks of sailing get 'filled up'.

I admire the high-seas sailing skills that Martin, and the rest of the crew, has. I try hard hard to contribute too. Of course, we do not lack giant and majestic wawes, erratic winds, 'pleasant'rocking  around..., and endless blue, grey, foamy, misty, glittering Pacific Ocean.

The playful family of Albatros that has been our faithful company gives us a pleasant felling of that 'other' life out there too..., the 'leader' of these beatiful birds must be quite over one meter accross the wing span. Let's hope Mr. Poseidon will remain friendly inclined to us... We look forward to reaching
"THE" Horn!







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