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Leg 1 Archive Portsmouth to Gran Canaria 29th August - 10th September 2001
Leg 2 Archive Gran Canaria to Rio de Janeiro 18th September - 16th October 2001
Leg 3 Archive Rio de Janeiro to the Falkland Islands 25th October - 11th November 2001
Leg 5 Archive Falkland Islands to Rio de Janeiro 16th February - 4th March 2002
Leg 6 Archive Rio de Janeiro to Antigua 13th March - 6th April 2002
Leg 7 Archive Antigua to Southampton 15 th April-146th Mayl 2002

Despatches from  Antarctica (Leg 4) 19th November 2001 - 4th February 2002


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( Leg 2 Crew Photos ) Expedition Despatches....

Leg 2 - Gran Canaria to Rio de Janeiro

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16th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Leg 2 crew arrive in RioI personally blame Dave! Three or four days ago he casually mentioned, presumably in jest, that it would be funny to arrive in Rio and discover it was a Bank Holiday and everything was shut! Ha Ha! It was!  more...>
15th October 2001 panorama.gif (1312 bytes) John Laing is alongside in Rio de Janeiro  more...>
14th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Arrival Photos follow tomorrow - in the meantime tonight is Fancy Dress Dinner!   more...>
13th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Our next despatch should be drafted in sight of Brazil - we shall include a photograph as evidence!   more...>
11th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) No posing required for the illustrations today which mostly continue yesterday's theme of damp work on the foredeck, the elements provide their own photo opportunities. more...>
10th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) The requirement for medical treatment brings home another of the realities of life on an ocean passage.  more...>
9th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) We are entering an area where there is likely to be much more shipping traffic and Brazil has a number of rocky outcrops between here and Rio.  more...>
8th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Life on deck, meanwhile, has been enlivened by the spotting of tell-tale fins above the surface of the water.   more...>
7th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Under the glare of the mizzen spreader lights the greasepaint ran, the cameras rolled and the luvvies strutted and fretted their hour upon the stage.  more...>
5th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) After a full night of undisturbed sleep the yacht has now been handed back to the ministrations of the Watch Leaders and crew - some of who were even overheard complaining about the amount of sleep they had had!  more...>
4th October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) King Neptune & his QueenThe Expedition has had a Royal Visitor.  more...>

"As is the Great Man's want, he was introduced to all who had not visited the region of Equatorius before and initiated them into the ways and customs of his Kingdom."

3rd October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) As the sails slap the simple repetitive roll of a pencil on the chart table can be sufficient to eak into sleep and set nerves disproportionately on edge.  more...>
2nd October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) I had not intended to travel this far west but the weather has decided it for us and it will provide the crew with a rare and respect earning landfall to drop casually into conversations in yachtie circles.  more...>
1st October 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) As if attempting to make us work for every inch of distance gained, the wind has now filled in at an ideal strength but it is coming from exactly the direction we want to be going.   more...>
30th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) And it rained..... and it rained....... and it rained.   more...>
29th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Light conditions predominate however and our travels south (mostly) seem to be taking us painfully slowly towards the Equator.  more...>
28th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Mark Todd, the Ocean Youth Trust's Staff Skipper of John Laing warned me in advance (with a glint in his eye) of Simon's prowess with things electrical!  more...>
27th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Simon has been teaching some of the crew the art of making baggy-wrinkles.  more...>
26th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) On deck the sun is relentless and down below the saloon and main accommodation in the forepeak are like sweat ovens - Thankfully the wonders of the internet do not (yet) allow me to attach a smell file!!  more...>
25th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Of course the key is ensuring that the distance made is genuinely towards our destination and this is where a degree of Skipper's intervention is applied.  more...>
24th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) So we have been eating up the miles between us and the Cape Verde Islands which now lie some 80 miles to our west.  more...>
23rd September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) The top, 96 feet away from the deck, is the furthest away one can get from the rest of the crew whilst remaining on board John Laing.  more...>
21st September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) Another lesson from "The Idiots Guide to Astro Navigation". + The latest progress update on today's yacht painting. more...>
20th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s)

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"If one mast should fall over in a storm or because of a structural failure we still have another to get us to safety."  more...>
19th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) "And so it was that your correspondent got the opportunity to go for an evening swim! John Laing is not equipped with airtanks or diving equipment so armed only with knife and mask I took to the water."   more...>
18th September 2001 This despatch includes photo image(s) As the expeditions yacht John Laing departs from Gran Canaria, en-route to Rio de Janeiro, the skipper welcomes aboard a new crew & reflects of the events of the last 10 days.

"It was entirely irrelevant that the reporting was in Spanish - the language of the images, and the amazement and horror of all who were watching transcended the limitations of mere vocabulary."  more...>

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