Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Against All Odds

Yesterday was the first weekday I’ve missed (without posting) since I began Zephyr last March. Details of my personal life that don’t pertain to sailing are not topical...but if anyone has experienced a sleepless night with a seven month old baby spiking a fever of 103 (and even if you haven’t) then I hope you’ll forgive.

A local paper in Camden, Maine reports that Naobi, a 41-foot, white fiberglass ketch, has gone missing off the Atlantic coast. The boat left Rockland on Oct. 15 and was anticipated to arrive at Rye Harbor in New Hampshire Monday morning. The missing men have been identified as Stephen Woods, 55, and the couple's 20-year-old son Asher. I’ve done my fair share of sailing in that region and know that, with the rocks and fog, it can be treacherous. Hopefully they’re tucked safely up in some seacoast harbor.

Also here is a brief report on forty-five-year-old Margaret Williams who set off from Mooloolaba yesterday in an attempt to be the first woman to sail single-handedly, non-stop around Australia. She says that says it will take about 80 days to circumnavigate the country in her 12-metre boat Against All Odds. God speed Maggie!

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