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Re: Jessica
wagga #6647 08/15/10 06:44 PM
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Shame, she'll have an additional half her lifetime so far before she can legally enjoy a vintage Port like a Grahams. And it should be older than her present age.

The drinking age in the Netherlands is 18 - 16 for the weaker beverages.

Re: Jessica
AlanK #6648 08/15/10 07:05 PM
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I could have looked that up, I suppose. I do know that Europeans in general allow younger children a sip at the dinner table.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6701 08/18/10 04:39 AM
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Abby is in good company. The sailors met up with the mountaineer.

The text is weird. Just select it all and then you can read it.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6762 08/20/10 08:40 AM
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Laura has posted from the Marina Portimao.

Babelfish continues to amuse and amaze...

"It was the previous days this way busy that it shot just as in to write blog. The first day to country desalinates the complete boat and the wax gedraait, we had 3 washing machines full! everything this way salt had become because the boat the first days more under if above water its excursion started to the south. With my fathers toe it goes meanwhile what improves. Furthermore we are of course still what small jobs on the boat to winding up. New the radio new for the radar which became by Seiwa immediately available is put there and has been also again inaugurated. Is splendidly here but and I have just as descended of my fur coat, which had I complete gone to Portugal, however, because when it was not this way warm. Here a t-shirt and shorts are sufficient. Laura"  


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6781 08/21/10 10:21 AM
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According to the LA Times Laura sneaked out of port on (our time) Saturday morning and is on her way.

Here's the New York Daily News with a video. Note: video has a 30-sec. commercial.

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Re: Jessica
wagga #6845 08/23/10 03:53 PM
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Making some sense of this now. The English post is just the title, the text is available only in Dutch.

So firing up the trusty??? Babelfish:

22-8-2010 - Start Solo

"I have at last left for my traveltravel travel from Gibraltar. In Portimao I was already approached after a day by the press and tourists. The complete day ran there dozens of people concerning the wharf. And everyone had zonodig all foto' s make! That found I really annoying. Guppy had be tested still with new introduced equipment. I decided to Gibraltar sail because it a piece was quieter there. Moreover with that no adult needed in the 12 miles area. I am also the rock of Gibraltar opgeweest. The monkeys which live there its even car ingeklommen. Also I found the old casemates on the rock really interestingly. Zaterdagmorgen 21 augusts threw my father mooring ropes there separately and went I at last solo!"

23-8-2010 - Freedom

"I am already two days underway and enjoy the rest and space for me gone. At present a good wind after a day little wind, therefore engine. By rolling Guppy a smattering charge of seasickness have. But that goes now fortunately improves. I am already concerning half of my first stage. It goes nicely"


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6898 08/25/10 05:39 AM
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I find myself mocking Laura's English, forgetting that it is not Laura, but Babelfish torturing her words. Any Dutch speakers on this board?

Here is the latest post.

"Sea miles still 170 to the Canary islands. Guppy run terribly. With two " zeiltjes" on, I obtain the genua and the storm foresail 6 tie. Yesterday Guppy rolled rather because I wind slantingly of achteren had. I became even a smattering seasick. But today I am entirely in my rhythm, I am days now 4 on sea and feel myself very well and macaroni tastes best. From time to time to see I in the verte a sail boat. Also a sail boat me has come, a very separate experience on sea! Dolphins come regular look at if it goes well with me."

English version now up...

"170 nautical miles to go until the Canary Islands. Guppy sails great. With only two sails
up, the Genoa and the storm jib, we are doing 6 knots. Yesterday Guppy was rolling
pretty much with the wind coming from behind. I got a little bit seasick. But today I found
my rhythm after being at sea for four days now, I feel fine and the macaroni has a better
taste. From time to time I can see a sailboat in the distance. Actually one sailboat came
to my encounter, a very special experience to have at at sea! Dolphins come by
periodically to see if all goes well with me.
"

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Re: Jessica
wagga #6903 08/25/10 04:51 PM
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Laura has posted Land in Sight.

Some more Babelfish torture:

"After 4 days only water vanochtend a bit country appeared. I could it country unfortunately earlier on the radar see then outside because the visibility was not this way terrible well. That improved by the afternoon and all clouds even pulled away fortunately and made place for nicely warm zonnetje. Now I lie on the Canary islands with the first ettape of my travel behind the back. It was terrible first ettape where I can look at feeling with a good on. Sleeps, food navigate and all other things to border descended me good, and both it and my rhythm on the boat became with the day improves. I provisionally just as against country to must look at, but with the delicious and splendid view here that will succeed, however. Sorry that the English site was not updated and that the blogs sometimes what of information was briefly. But it succeeded not entirely to get everything on sea well. I will try it fix now. Laura"


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6939 08/28/10 01:20 PM
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Laura Posted today.

Here is the official Babelfish babble.

"Is still splendid here and on a couple fall bindweeds after it is not endure calm and therefore almost in the full sun. Fortunately I have zonnezeiltje above the tank and stay there I therefore the complete day under. It was nice a complete night sleep. But I want nevertheless also the sea. Now I here nevertheless am I want see gladly more islands. it lasts still even before the storm season is concerning and I have enough time therefore all before I to a another island sail. In the Netherlands, and I have again started most the schools also but slowly in the school books have therefore dove. Because that belongs, but I find it this way a lot do not hear. Laura"


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Re: Jessica
wagga #6940 08/28/10 06:58 PM
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So shouldn't we close the Jessica/Abby thread and start a new Laura thread? We as in Steve or someone.I know it was discussed about putting the Jessica thread to rest in an archived file.It is like 17 pages long now.

Re: Jessica
Rod #7078 09/03/10 05:06 PM
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Jessica & Abby are still actively posting, & Jessica will have a US book tour this month so there is a lot to post. Laura will be hanging around the Canary Islands for as long as two months 'til the Atlantic hurricane season is over. So we'll stay in a holding pattern & see whether Laura actually continues on.*

*last week I met a gentleman from the Netherlands who hinted that the educational authorities might be a problem...

Right now I've got 2 bad lines of code in 700,000, when I find & fix them I'll keep up to date more.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7156 09/08/10 05:26 PM
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Jessica has arrived in New York for her book tour.

Several TV appearances, as well.

Never mind, I didn't notice the am bit...


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7201 09/10/10 06:21 PM
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A Book review of Jessica's "True Spirit" in the San Jose Mercury News.

"Not that the trip is without drama. Watson rounds the treacherous Cape Horn of South America uneventfully. But about a week later, a gale near the Falkland Islands grows bigger than forecast. She records winds of 65 knots (75 mph) before the instrument breaks. The large, steep seas knock her boat sideways into the water four times, once at a 180-degree angle. (Although she doesn't see the wave, she can tell how far the boat has tipped by the dingy water line the marine toilet leaves on the wall.)"


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7202 09/10/10 06:40 PM
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Abby has visited New York and Washington DC.

A great photo of the Lincoln Memorial. Actually, there are some great bouldering moves there. After a few decades I think the Statute of Limitations would have expired, and in any case we cleaned up the smears... I really prefer granite over marble. Both are way better than sandstone.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7203 09/10/10 07:01 PM
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Laura has been posting about her activities in Dutch with pictures, so read the English version & click on NED for the piccies.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7269 09/13/10 05:18 PM
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Jessica has landed in LA, and met up with Zac Sunderland.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7376 09/15/10 06:03 AM
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Here is an article from Brisbane's Daily Mail.

"Like many I was dubious of the whole trip when I first saw Jess on the TV news back in 2009 talking about her plan. What are her parents thinking? I mumbled shaking my head. Why isn't she at school? I muttered rolling my eyes. I mean, for Pete's sake, this slip of a girl looked like she weighed about the same as my left thigh (possibly less). And she wanted to embark on an eight-month solo journey at sea? Had she not seen the cautionary tale that is Gilligan's Island? "


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7468 09/16/10 09:25 AM
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Re: Jessica
wagga #7499 09/16/10 05:31 PM
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This is getting confusing. Abby is in Amsterdam, which is Laura's town, & Jessica is in London, & Laura's in the Islas Canarias, waiting out the hurricane season.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #7507 09/16/10 11:18 PM
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What would we ever do if you weren't keeping track of them? grin

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