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Ocean Planet Around Alone Log
Friday, October 25, 2002
1230gmt 39 37N 09 31W


Hello from the good ship Ocean Planet!! We are back in the race, but have a LONG way to go to catch up! The reality is that the four leading 60’s are out of reach, and poor Simone on Tiscali is waiting for replacement mast, so my job is simply to get to Cape Town in one piece. Of course there are my pals on the 40’s and 50’s who left Bayonna the day before I did….my job should be to catch and pass them ASAP!

Right now I am right by some islands off the coast of Portugal. One of them reminds me of the Southeast Farallone island at home in California. I may cut inside the islands (plenty of water) to save a mile or two and avoid the constant “rush hour” of freighter traffic in the shipping lanes outside of them.

Barely escaped Bayonna as I was ready to leave the morning after the other guys left, but was awakened by (once again) the sound of howling wind and rain. It looked like our Spanish Paradise might turn into a prison, but the wind abated enough in early afternoon for the Monte Real Yacht club to tow me out and get going.

Just finished one of my favorite boat meals: instant mashed potatoes with salsa, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and a ton of parmesan cheese. Sometimes I throw in a can of sardines, but I would only recommend that for sardine lovers only….;-) 

Getting close to the islands, and the radar shows a boat nearby, so gotta run. 



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