Robert of Port Orchard, WA, asks:

I have noticed that the further the voyage goe,s the shorter the commentary. I have noticed that most books do the same. The first half of the voyage consumes the first ninety percent of the books with the last half, South Pacific to the United States takes only ten percent. Do you have any thoughts on this phenomenon?

Jeff Leishman responds:

I know what you are saying is true. The only thing I can do is speak for myself and the way I see it is that when I sit down to do a position report, I have to ask myself, 'what has happened in the last 24 hrs. that is noteworthy?' Unless we have been ashore in a new port or have unusual weather or some other thing of interest, I find that the things I can say are some what redundant and boring. I would much rather be very brief than redundant and boring. Granted if I was a better writer I would find ways to describe things that seem fresh and exciting, but telling everyone that I had hot dogs for dinner just doesn't do it.

What we have here on leg three is three (well at least two, Pete and Justin) competent guys running the boat. Our problem is that none of us are in sales or marketing. We're simple production/engineering types without the gift of gab.

I'll do my best to rally the boys for some final commentary before we reach Barbados, but I know you will enjoy the running commentary that will develop with leg four. Keep tuned!


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