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Old 25-09-2010, 15:09   #211
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Hey Mark,
Glad to hear you did and enjoyed your first long solo!! Great job!! I heard the Canaries were cool to chill in.. Keep us posted on all of it, with photos of course.. and can't wait to hear your thoughts and exposure to your next huge solo!!

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Old 25-09-2010, 15:29   #212
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markj i like yer avvie -- is a good one. maybe soloing is appropriate after a splitting of the sheets. mother nature seems to understand and sends beauty. also hard work. keeps the mind occupied, which is a good thing.
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Old 26-09-2010, 03:47   #213
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surly old men who growls at anyone have fun...???
Don't be so ignorant on the internet! Don't drive that dinghy so close! Turn the music DOWN. You knocking on my HULL? Anchored too close! TOO FAST! TOO CLOSE! GETOUTAMYANCHOARGE! I'M-CALLING-THE-COAST-GUARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAST, way too FAST! I SMELL that SOMKE you DRUGGO!


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Too close *******!!!!!!!!! I'm watchin your anchor!
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Old 26-09-2010, 17:49   #214
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Don't be so ignorant on the internet! Don't drive that dinghy so close! Turn the music DOWN. You knocking on my HULL? Anchored too close! TOO FAST! TOO CLOSE! GETOUTAMYANCHOARGE! I'M-CALLING-THE-COAST-GUARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAST, way too FAST! I SMELL that SOMKE you DRUGGO!


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Too close *******!!!!!!!!! I'm watchin your anchor!

i can hear your dog farting,pal--- yer waaaaay toooo close......
omfg--perfect match!!!!! LOL......


they are fun to watch, tho....
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Old 26-09-2010, 18:06   #215
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Old 26-09-2010, 19:11   #216
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Don't be so ignorant on the internet! Don't drive that dinghy so close! Turn the music DOWN. You knocking on my HULL? Anchored too close! TOO FAST! TOO CLOSE! GETOUTAMYANCHOARGE! I'M-CALLING-THE-COAST-GUARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAST, way too FAST! I SMELL that SOMKE you DRUGGO!


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Too close *******!!!!!!!!! I'm watchin your anchor!
Seriously...get of my lawn.
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Old 26-09-2010, 19:31   #217
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ROFLMFAO--I LOVE IT!!!
curmudgeons arise and gripe!!!! hooooyaaahhhh!!!!!

now, get out of my kayak!!!
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Old 26-09-2010, 19:38   #218
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mark is trying to be the first single handed curmudgeon around the world. Next thing youll know he'll have sponsors and pals that pay with accounts and then disputes will happen.
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Old 26-09-2010, 19:56   #219
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It getting clearer, what you need is a business manager Mark. For a mere 15% (plus taxes, deductions, additions as I think of them) I can set you up with a account for people to put money in just for the privilege of witnessing a curmudgeonly passage across the Atlantic. Think of it, book rights, movies, fame again. What do ya think?
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Old 26-09-2010, 20:09   #220
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$10 ???? What the hell are you talking about. I'd pay a buck for that. Here, I got 50 cents ... take it or leave it.
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No, we didn't know Mark & sorry to hear Plse keep in touch XX W & E
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Old 26-09-2010, 21:45   #222
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EVERYONE needs a business manager--- just some of us cant afford to pay them..>LOL..
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You are thrilled, admit it. Sad, stunned, but great you had your time with her, all the love and life shared, but now you can give all that love and companionship back to yourself. Hang on for the chance in a lifetime. Without compromises! You wrtie like you smell it. You sound like you've got guts and the love of life. Congrats for stepping up to the plate. You are never alone if you are true to yourself. See you out there...
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Old 27-09-2010, 03:33   #224
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A good run for a first solo trip.

It sure was long enough! Plenty of calms and not much wind and some really strong bits too! That Gibralter bit got me at over 40 knots for the 4 hours that boatman61 suggested I'd get. Fortunately up the bum. Before that I was becalmed for 2 days in the approaches (Alborian Sea) watching Dave MaxingOut's current flows.
In the straits I saw neither the Rock of Gib or the Moroccan side as it was misty then night. Of course I got the tides exactly correct and then was becalmed for a whole tide so got the contray one! LOL.........
Nicolle supplied me with weather SMS’d to the satellite phone daily.

She is doing fine, got a house in Brisbane, got a job with a big company, re-enrolled in University to complete her degree. She will take all those things she has learned from the boat and make them part of her background traits: commitment, tenacity, resilience, and most of all something thats lacking in this modern world and few women in 'normal life' exercise: courage.
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OK, let me see if I have understood this thread correctly.

You have just completed your first long off shore solo; Nic is doing fine in Brissy; she has phone; DOJ doesn't have her number.

So I guess now is a good time to ask for her number - before those east coast blighters cotton on to the above facts.

Seriously it is great to hear that the first solo passage went well, wishing you many more of them.
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Mark,

In Cruising World this month, "George Pike, a former organizer of the Bermuda One/Two and the OSTAR events, tracked the finishers. He pointed out that ""about 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, but less than 500 have singlehandedly sailed the Atlantic."""

So I guess that would be pretty cool.
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