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Old 07-12-2010, 13:44   #1
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Anyone Heard from MarkJ ?

I imagine he's well underway, just didn't know if anyone had gotten an SMS from him. Hope all is well.
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Old 07-12-2010, 13:49   #2
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As far as I know, Mark doesn't have any way to communicate when out of cell phone air card range. He left the same time as the ARC, or maybe a day later. The first ARC boat arrived in St. Lucia yesterday. Many of the boats dove way south because of weather, lengthening the trip.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:35   #3
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I gave him a sat phone before he started across "pirate ally"...but its costly to use.
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A HF/SSB radio -- marine or ham -- would have kept him in touch all the way across. Many long-distance cruisers carry them. And, it's free (after the installation cost).

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A HF/SSB radio -- marine or ham -- would have kept him in touch all the way across. Many long-distance cruisers carry them. And, it's free (after the installation cost).

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Perhaps he does not want to be in contact?
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Perhaps. But unlikely, given that whenever he's near wifi he's posting here :-)

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I was thinking last night it should be soon when the honary cuss checks in........i2f
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Shush - we are all enjoying the quiet!!! ;>

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btrayfors, I love your tireless campaign to get SSB on my boat.
I was just curious as to how things were going for him. Hopefully well and hope he checks in soon.

James, I thought SMS were dirt cheap?
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I was wondering about Mark too. He's a techie, or so I gathered, with dough. I'm quite surprised if he doesn't have a way to communicate. Still, I'm looking forward to some good stories when he gets in range.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:45   #11
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I hope whomever hears from him first will get a post up right away. I was going to post this AM but someone beat me to it.
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I too, was wondering where he is. Hope he is doing ok on the trip across.
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Still in the Canaries waiting to go across the Atlantic to St Martin.
The ARC goes this week and I will follow within a day or so.
The weather here has definitly changed and its feeling good to get going. A bit like a flock of migrating birds you can see the weather pattern is different and its cooler here, nights are very long, solar pannels need engine to help, etc

I can't wait to get away!
Part of a message he sent to my on the 15th of Nov.
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Old 08-12-2010, 18:51   #14
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Another MarkJ follower checking in today to see if that darn Ozzie has anything to say for himself... He is usually not at a loss for words (or opinions for that matter) ... Looking forward to when the good lad checks in and all of us can breathe a little easier. Godspeed, Mark.
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Wow, with all these postings looking for the fella, what will Mark think when he gets to St. Martin?

My guess, "Where the h#@% can I get a beer?"
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