Howdy and ahoy from Ocean Planet! I happy to say we are fixed up and on our way north to Brazil. We were towed out of the harbor yesterday and took off complete with a dolphin escort. However, I’m unhappy to say that we are beating our brains out in 35kt headwinds at the moment. Yuck! The wind should back tomorrow and giving us a tight reach and it will be much better, can’t wait.
Our unscheduled stopover in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands was an amazing experience. The Islands themselves are starkly beautiful, but the real experience was the resourceful, fun, and friendly people there.
Erich and I would have had a much tougher time if not for several folks giving us their time, tools, food, hot bathtubs, and lodging. A big thanks to all of my new friends there, it was hard to leave!
Also a big thanks to Erich Chase of Chase Boats, who dropped several projects and valuable time with his new daughter to come help. Erich was a big part of the team when we launch Ocean Planet in the spring of 2001, and it was good to see him again.
Bruce and Ocean Planet