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Just arrived in Opua, New Zealand. An uneventful 7,000nm, 7 month, 60 days at sea, crossing from Panama...Much of the credit goes to my wife Nell who is rock solid at sea and can make homemade ice cream 1,500nm from land.

While we only had minor breakdowns two of the 500 boats crossing the Pacific this year sank!

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Congrats Phil! Don't we deserve at least one story from you "uneventful" crossing?

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Congrats Phil..
Great to hear from you, thanks for checking in!

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While we only had minor breakdowns two of the 500 boats crossing the Pacific this year sank!
Congrats on your crossing. I haven't heard about the sinkings. Any good sources where we can read about them?

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Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude We were a couple of days behind this boat.

The second was a friend on 'Liberty Call' Tim, a single hander. He was ill and fell asleep with the sea sickness medicine and ran aground on Vava'u in Tonga. He had to swim ashore and was rescued by a local boat.

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60 days at sea. Hardcore! Do you have a blog or another account of the trip?

Also, what kind of steering did you use? Vane, auto, both?

What caused the 2 boats to sink?

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'Uneventful' is perfect. Well done! As for home made ice cream at sea... tell your wife I am single!

That NZ leg can get a bit scrappy, glad it went well for you.

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Where are you, Mark?

If you are heading for Coconut Grove just south of Miami. I can get a sailing friend to take you to www.CGSC.org and introduce you to the 'sailin' women'. You can even drink on my account if they have not thrown me out of the Club for going sailing!

I might even get you an unpaid gig giving a talk on 'single handing around the world'. They will at least give you free beer and food for the night.

The Club is a 'working man's sailing club' where the rule is that you have to drink at the bar and tell lies. You will find all my friends at the bar telling lies!

Our boat is the Club's unofficial blue water boat and over 20 members have sailed blue water on her...Puerto Rica to Bermuda to Halifax and back, Miami to the Islands and back, across the Caribbean and Panama to the Marquesas.

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Correction that is the "sailin' and drinkin' women!'
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Where are you, Mark?

If you are heading for Coconut Grove just south of Miami. I can get a sailing friend to take you to www.CGSC.org and introduce you to the 'sailin' women'. .

Best wishes Phil
Hi Phil,
I am currently in Africa doing a couple of camping safaris.
In Zimbabwe today after a week in Botswanba, the tomorrow head to Kenya to go camping in the Serengeti and Masi Mara.

Back on the boat in a few weeks to head direct to the Caribbean from Beaufort North Carolina so won't be heading to Florida at all. Otherwise I would love to take you up on the offer.

Have fun in NZ and don't let them cry on your shoulder when they lose the rugby!


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