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De­par­ture: Ar­rival: Du­ra­tion:

We were con­cerned about what lay ahead, and ap­pre­hen­sive. Out in the vast ex­panse of the South­ern In­dian Ocean, 1,000 miles from the near­est land­mass, we would be re­liant on each other in the event of a dis­as­ter, in a place no­to­ri­ous for its hos­tile weather. But af­ter ten days ashore to eat, sleep and re­cover and, per­haps most im­por­tantly, get away from each other, we set off with cau­tious op­ti­mism about our voy­age. The five of us were now bol­stered by three ex­tra crew mem­bers, An­drew Cut­ler, Ian James and Tony Hud­son.

Sur­pris­ingly, this voy­age was to be a dod­dle com­pared to the South At­lantic. The high­est wind speed we saw was 47 knots, and the breeze was con­sis­tently be­hind us. We felt com­fort­able truck­ing along in over 35 knots of wind, mak­ing 10 knots with only our or­ange storm sails up. With eight peo­ple on board, sail changes were more man­age­able. The boat re­mained wet in­side, but we had a fair amount of sun­shine for the next four weeks. There was time again for Travel Scrab­ble. We waited for the weather to worsen.

We made a brief stop at one of the most re­mote is­lands in the world. Île Saint-paul is si­t­u­ated al­most di­rectly be­tween South Africa and Aus­tralia, around 1,600 miles from the near­est land. In the early hours of 2

Novem­ber we ap­proached a loom­ing mass on the port bow in the dawn light and turned to an­chor in

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