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Date: 17 Mar 2008 18:34:16
Title: Radio Reception & St Pat & Elaine

Monday 17th, St Patrick's Day and Elaine Gallagher's birthday. Happy Birthday Elaine. 07:31S 112:03W
 
Question: What was St Patrick's chosen profession? Answer: Engineer.
 
They have been having an Irish question marathon on some of the yachts and I have been cheating by sending them to Helen Campbell and the lovely girl has been Googling the answers for me!
 
Since we broke the boom vang we have had a little trouble keeping the main sail flat, however yesterday I jury rigged a Heath Robinson affair which seems to work OK. Last night we managed to keep a steady pressure of the main sail and managed to get some distance under the yacht in the right direction. During the last 24 hours the winds have moderated a little and we have only managed 169nm.
 
The radio reception is not great now that the yachts are spread out over 1000 miles. Some days I can only hear about 1/3rd of the fleet. Thank goodness for 'Harmonie' a yacht from New York about mid-way through the fleet, with a good radio; and Anne with her clear diction makes for a great relay vessel.
 
The jury rigged boom vang.
 
That's all for today
 
JH
PS Lorraine is baking muffins as I write!

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