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Date: 16 Feb 2010 22:15:51
Title: At the turn

Hello Friends            "9:15N 102:26W"
 
All well at sea today and we've been flying the spinnaker continuously. We're still seeing a little traffic - another boat last night - much more than the Atlantic surprisingly.
 
The satellite system is showing an error "NVRAM CRC failure" the meaning of which we can only speculate on. NVRAM sounds like non volatile RAM but CRC escapes us. Anyway, still working today if you can read this !
 
The only other problems are a few squid and flying fish on deck in the morning and the occasional overflight by a nervous booby (if you see what we mean).
 
There are other seabirds around though I've mot managed an adequate photo. Some are about the size and markings of a fulmar, but substitute brown for the grey of a fulmar. Also some about the size of a starling, very dark brown with a white at the root of the tail. Any ideas? These chaps live at sea as the nearest land is Clipperton Island 400 miles away to the WNW.
 
We're about as far west as we want to go at this latitude, so we'll start working down more in the direction of the Marquesas from now. The GRIB file downloaded this morning looked good for this, but the forecasts aren't very accurate out here, so we'll hope for some decent wind.
 
Best Wishes
 
George, Michael, Alex and Simon
 

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