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February 10

News from the route

The following text is via computer translation program, so expect some minor inaccuracies.
For original text in French go to http://www.antreizh.org/fr_lejournal.asp


February 10 Nice day 
 The days are followed by the other days and do not resemble each other. Today Anne woke up under radiant sun, promising a brilliant day. The morale being high, though the calm flat sea, Anne was rowing for almost 12 hours. 
This nice day ended with rescue of a flying fish, which had a good idea to land, after a gliding flight, in the cockpit of Connetable. Hastily but delicately Anne set poor thing free, back to water.

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February 9 A propos regarding dorado... 
While a merry school of dorado frolic harmlessly around The Connetable, another variety of sea-breams have decided to cause some concern to Anne in the middle of the night. An underhand wave has damaged the ventilation system of Connetable. A significant amount of water entered through it straight on Anne’s berth, making it impossible for Anne to sleep, despite of her accumulated tiredness. After talking to Ronan, her father, Anne sealed the rear vent, and dried the cabin with the help of sycaflex “Bostick Findley” which had been kindly offered to Anne a few days before the departure by Charles Caudrelier, a skipper of a yacht. 
Lack of sleep has reminded Anne about itself later that day, when her hand was clutched in the area between oar and Argos beacon under the pressure of a huge wave. Not to tempt any evil more, Anne called it a day and took cover in her cabin. All in all she was rowing about 8 hours today. 

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February 8 It's a bit of a trek...
The repeating presence of dorado around Connetable make Anne to think that probably the bottom of her vessel is not as smooth as she would wish it. Indeed, 40 days at sea have contributed, despite a powerful antifouling, to a whole variety of sea weed and barnacles, which, being rather small, do definitely slow the boat down. Prior to departure Anne has envisaged the possibility of cleaning the boat at sea. For that reason she had taken masks and tube on board in order to plunge under the hull to scrub the boat and, into the bargain, to benefit from such a moment of relaxation. The accidental meeting with a shark and weather conditions tipped the scale against any water excursion. The only excursion Anne is authorized to is that of proceeding into her cabin to pick up sachets of food. That represents for her an equivalent of a trekking, so much the concept of displacements in this limited environment oppresses her. An exercise that Anne would wish to be able to repeat every day for well-feeling and sound balance - physical and moral, - but which is so difficult, impossible certain days, when the sea is mounting all around.

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February 7 New rhythm.
Anne thanks Martin Wood for the attention that he carries to her in his log book. Each one on that route is living through the same experience, the same fear and the same joy. For some instance it reassures Anne - to know that Martin Wood is in her wake. She regrets not to be able to communicate directly with him for a change, live, to share their impressions. She thinks about him very often - how much has he covered, how much is left to go, what does the weather on his route look like, what is the forecast - most probably, similar to the one she has got. Anne was rowing today for more than 8 hours, but tiredness seems to soften her thoughtful understanding vis-à-vis to dangers of the ocean. Several times she caught herself being drowsy a little, as at the stirring wheel of a car during a long driving by a highway. Thus, she has decided, starting from tomorrow, to rest and eat after every two hours of rowing. A rhythm, which will be more appropriate to her tiredness.

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February 6 To become Zen
"Yesterday I suddenly put aside the oars and stayed simply looking at the sea all around CONNETABLE. I just had a good hour to do nothing but to contemplate and think about my condition of a solitary rower. So all in all, I was rowing not more than 8 hours, which never yet had happened to me. I was watching the colours and shapes of the sea, and with the time passing I was telling myself, that such a performance, tremendous and touching, imposing time and movement to the air and water, creating a perfect harmony - is worth to be seen by all the pollutants and other hooligans, who destroy without shame our so beautiful planet.
With the reflection, I have seen in 40 days of my way and attentive observation that there is few human pollution or garbage, which appeared for me as an excellent news. And when one lives in the middle of this limpid and turquoise-blue sea, when such a pure air is breathed, when one associates with the birds or free and friendly scintillating fish, he says, that it's time to protect all that... and there is no desire at all for throwing his dustbins over edge. This is the reason why, when being in telephone contact with the school-children, I speak to them only about positive things, because I think that the question of ecology is much more persuasive through description of eternal beauty, than through supercharging only the worst catastrophes.

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February 5
Interview realised by Michel Horeau
Naturally, the more time passes the more my thoughts turn to what could be my reunion with the world of people on dry land. In vain I am trying to persuade myself that it is too early to consider the end of the voyage, that it can only put a useless pressure on me, ‘cause there remains a good third of the way ahead of me to traverse, that I would be too disappointed if I spend more time than I think I will... But it is stronger than me. Then I let my spirit rove while trying to think about present, to benefit the maximum of the best moments of this last third of my crossing.
Since several days I appreciate a friendly presence of Сoryphenes which come to pick up some sea-weeds attached to the bottom of the boat. Transferring green with the yellow while passing by silver – blue, their dress scintillates with the sun in a sumptuous ballet which I cannot help but admire. There are some new white birds which go up by the wind and then they return planning. I was told they can be Paillenqueue? This animal presence relieves my loneliness because, to the repeating risk, I can say that it is loneliness that constitutes the principal constraint of the crossing.

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February 4 Storm goes on
After morning, identical to that of the day before, Anne was rowing for fine hours afternoon.. Provided with the safety harness and a handrail she made to maintain her balance, she was stuck to oars despite the big waves which kept crushing on her boat. A dangerous exercise, which, nevertheless, has brought her morale back to normal after 48 hours of forced idling.
Children of Foret-Fouesnant had a joy of communicating by satellite with Anne from the City Hall organized by Raymond Peres, the mayor of Foret-Fouesnant. With the program of the questions: do you always have your coolness? When will you return to Foret? Do you have pan-cakes on Sunday? Do you have a swim with the dolphins?? So many questions whose freshness and innocence made Anne smiling.

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February 3 Agitated sea
Little information to give today. Anne spent the whole day locked in her cabin, so much the swell was dangerous. Her helmet being provided with stereo headphones, she was patiently waiting all these hours, all the night long. A little of reading, and then the rest for her wrist which deserves it, and that will be the only compensation of an interminable moment.

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February 2 New week
A new week starts. The days which will follow will be the longest of all. To imagine the arrival is perturbing enough for Anne. It is still so long... and at the same time - so soon! She will really need some courage to transform all these minutes, all these seconds in a decent countdown. Here at the land we decided to prepare one surprise per day for her. A whole program is organized to support our sardine up till her arrival. In this connection, we would like to thank the Women - Heads of Entreprises, brought together at a congress in Paris this weekend , who were kind enough to send tons of encouraging letters to Anne by e-mail. A drawing of lots made it possible for Karine Bouche to gain one week in Guadeloupe to accompany Anne at the festivals that Boris, the logistician, prepares with the assistance of Yves CANDAU and Victor Jean-Christmas. If Anne arrives on February 21, the FCE Guadeloupe will involve her in their conference as an invited star at the side of Corinne COMAN, Miss France 2002, and of Marilyne SEPHOCLE, President of "The Women Ambassadors Foundation", organizer of the election campaign for Hillary CLINTON... 

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