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    Is there any up to date news about how the expedition is progressing?

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    Howard has a blog here http://thepocketyacht.blogspot.co.uk/

    and if you are a Facebook user, Howard posts there

    https://www.facebook.com/howard.rice...WSFEED&fref=nf

    Brian
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    Yes, but the last post was in August!

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    Facebook much more up to date, most recent post 1 Nov.

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    Thanks, some good pictures.

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    also some discussion here, and reposts from FB.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...Southern-Cross

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    The boats been shipped, Howard is going to arrive a few days ahead of Denny and I and we'll meet up in Santiago before we head south to Punta Arenas. We've quite a lot to get done when we get there, but that might be all to the good as the southern weather patterns are stabilising and should be much more settled when in a month or thereabouts Howard is looking to sail Southern Cross out into the Straights of Magellan.
    We'll be keeping you posted, Howard will, I have no doubt, be posting as and when time allows, plus I'll be updating my blog on the trip and progress up to that point.

    Watch this space. http://jwboatdesigns.blogspot.co.nz/

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    Howards there in Santiago, the boat will be in Punta Arenas in a week, the film and support crew ( a very small crew all told) will be there in three or four days, and its all on folks.

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    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
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    We arrived in Punta Arenas yesterday, are nicely set up in a small house which is just a few blocks up the hill from the water. It looks as though we will be able to bring the shipping box here and unload then run the boat down the hill on a trolley.
    The weather is cool but not windy, ideal, we're hoping it holds.

    Southern Cross arrives on Thursday, we've some work to do on her, plus provisioning and some appointments to get the "Zarpe" ( cruising permit ) and a few other things organised.
    We're meeting old friends, have Sophia Ortiz, our translator arriving tomorrow, the adventure is well under way.

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    Buenos dias y buena suerte a todos!

    Rick

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    Buenos vientos!

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    Wonderful. I'm looking forward to a highly enjoyable if vicarious cruise as it's reported.
    -Dave

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    Cheers, guys!

    Peace,
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    The ship carrying the crate arrived on Saturday, a week late. We got the shipment through customs on Tuesday, its Friday today and she's safely stowed in the covered driveway beside our accommodation and the crate is stored down the back of our hosts home. ( thanks very much people)
    We seem to be well along with the paperwork, and that is going smoothly.
    There is some work to be done to prepare the ship, stores to be bought, the boat loaded, and test sailed.
    I'm staying on for an extra week to help the preparations, capsize tests and system tests.
    We'll have photos in a day or two.

    John Welsford
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    Thanks for the update!

    Kevin
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    I've just posted an update on my Blog, we're making progress here, a little woodwork to do then stores to sort and pack. Not long to wait now.
    http://jwboatdesigns.blogspot.cl/

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    Great following this!

    By the way, I'll order two more t-shirts as soon as they come out in white! I'm not fussy - I just can't wear black t-shirts as they're too hot for me.

    Rick

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    We're making good progress here, just got the second coat of epoxy on the replacement mizzen mast, bought all but the last of the stores, are sorting out the gear and stowage and expect to have her in the water on Tuesday.
    More blog in a day or so.

    In the meantime, all the very best for the New Year to all of my fellow forum members from Punta Arenas.

    John Welsford
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    And happy New Year to you and best of luck with everything.
    -Dave

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    I've just posted another blog about the good SCAMP Southern Cross here in Punta Arenas.

    http://jwboatdesigns.blogspot.cl/

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    Thanks! Wearing my Below 40 TShirt now (not too hot in northern New England - especially in January! )
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Got the boats gear and stores on board and stowed yesterday, circlestances have delayed our launching by a day so this afternoon we're going to wheel her out into the open and rig her, just check it all so she's ready tomorrow when the truck comes. More on my blog.
    Its getting close!

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    The more one sails a boat, the more familiar you become with it. Enough time and you can find your way around in the dark, can reach for a line without thinking, and when bad weather moves in, you're really ready to focus on the situation at hand.

    I understand Harold has sailed Scamps before. Do you/he feel this one is similar enough to the standard one that he'll be almost instantly comfortable with it?
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

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    I have only just really started paying attention to this..what an undertaking.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

    John Welsford

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    Extraordinary.

    And to think I was going to do a April Fools gag thread about voyaging from San Francisco to Hawaii in a Navigator.

    I will be interested to hear about the locals' reaction to the venture (should there be any), which was a frequent reference in Hal Roth's account of his voyage in the Chilean channels in his book Two Against Cape Horn. Roth voyaged in a Spencer 35. This obviously is something of an entirely different scale, in every conceivable way.

    I will further be interested to hear about how the vessel handles the instantly appearing, and constantly veering, williwaws that bedeviled Roth throughout his voyage.

    Bon Courage!

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    Has anyone posted any map of the planned route yet? The Straits of Magellan are mysterious to me. I should mention that my boat's been there but I certainly haven't!

    Rick

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    I have my admiralty charts of the region ready to go. I do not have all of them, so I hope when he falls off the map its not serious.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilberj View Post
    I have my admiralty charts of the region ready to go. I do not have all of them, so I hope when he falls off the map its not serious.....
    Just keep the chart laid out flat on your table so when he sails off the edge he'll only fall the thickness of the paper.

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    By the way, there is a post that links to an interview on Boat Radio International over on my Facebook page that will be of interest to followers of Southern Cross and her adventures.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/JWDesigns/

    John Welsford
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    I'm on my way home from Punta Arenas, Howards to do list is close to done, the boats in the water down at the Nao Victoria museum, rigged, only needs the sails on and she's ready to go.
    I'll be posting on Below40south.com as I follow his progress.

    Sorry to be leaving, but pleased to be going home.

    John Welsford
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    Yes, Howard is launched. All of the heavy lifting is done. Howard is tidying up around the edges, and will be taking off soon. Months on a Scamp, in some very challenging waters. I wish him well, and appreciate hugely his and John's efforts to keep us updated on the voyage.

    I suspect it'll take Howard a bit to recover from John's departure... and the debilitating effects of steady exposure to punnishing sneak attacks of attempted humor <G>
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    Yes I really appreciate Howard sharing this adventure with us, as it is happening. If I were doing it I'd go and do it, more or less secretly, in case it does not work out as planned, and then tell people about it afterwards.

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    I'm at Santiago airport on my way home, two flights, about 7 hours waiting in airports and 16 hours in the air. I'll be glad to get back.
    But Howard is all but ready to go, has to have the Navy check his paperwork, communications and safety equipment, plus load the fresh vegetables and he's off.
    There is a very good weather window coming that suggests three or four mild days and he's hoping to be off with that.

    I'll be posting regularly on the Below40south.com website, will put up information received from his DeLorme Inreach beacon and his Iridium satphone, plus have the charts and know roughly where he's trying to go.

    John Welsford
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    I remain amazed at Howard's courage, more strength to his arm!
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