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10 January

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


10 January Always agitated sea 

Anne in rage spent on oars all the day and intends to combat again this night. The sea is always very agitated and in fact cathedrals of water break on the Connétable. The boat was about to capsize several times. At a given moment Anne wedged her oar against the wave and her hand remained blocked against the hull. As a result - a hematome, wich have to be cured quickly.

Joined together in small committee some friends helped Anne to beat certain discouragement vis-a-vis the untamable elements. By 19:30 GMT her position was 21.21N 25.53W. 

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9 January First dolphins
This morning weather was much calmer. A very broad swell, accompanied by wind force 4, made it possible for Anne to row for 8 hours under the breaks and downpours. At the time when she wanted to put in function the dessalinisator, a wave came to flood the tight trunk. A meticulous cleaning was necessary before a re-starting. The formidable tool that Mr Taillefer succeeded to bring back in proper state in his workshop-laboratory of Nantes, in spite of the preceeding ill treatments, set out again without problem.
And another remarkable moment of the day ( alas! -Anne left the camera at her cockpit) : a bench of dolphins emerges through the waves. They were about fifteen with many babies.
This evening the sea is formed a little more and the night promises to be agitated.

Tomorrow we reserve a "telephone surprise" for our small sardine. Her friends will be here and she will be able to speak to them for the first time since more than a month.

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8 January Storm
Since last night the storm makes navigation of Anne very uncomfortable. Though the winds are not violent and very between 3 and 4 Beaufort, but the disordered swell reaches significant proportions, more than 6 meters height. The tops of the waves are breaking dramaticaly, sweepping the Connetable like a wisp of straw. Water was falling from everywhere flooding the boat, so Anne has not been able to remain at the oars more than all in all for 5 hours .
And still Anne succeeded in taking some wonderfull pictures.
Well, definitely for these13 days no one has been able to say that the weather conditions resembled summer holidays

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7 January A Rainy Day.
It was under the rain that Anne spent the whole day. Gentle breeze of force 3* sometimes from the North, sometimes from the East continued to carry The Connetable in full conformity with the laid course.
As for food, Anne was now successful to take the advice of Christine Jacques-Demys, her nutritionnist. Balanced meals, at regular hours: for breakfast - Nescafé and dried milk. Around 10hr - cereal bars. At midday - semolina and dried fruits. Around 16hr - cereals and dried milk. And for dinner - of mackerels Connetable and protein of soya. This night the rain is really too fresh to remain at oars. It will be thus an evening of reading and a recovering nap - to rush in fight again as soon as possible.
* Wind speed (knots): 7 - 10. Wave height (feet): 2 - 3

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6 January One more day at oars in a moderate swell and a wind of force 3* for The Sardine which runs forward in the wake of her predecessors. The weather is nice and during the afternoon the temperature goes up to 30 degrees, even if the night temperature falls to 18. Which is "not a big deal", said Anne, when we described her what's going on with weather in  Brittany.
This evening Anne wishes good courage and good year to the children of La
For Fouesnant school and to those of theSaint-Joseph school of Quimper.
At 20:00 GMT, tired with her efforts, Anne went to sleep... for a few
hours.
*Force 3 - Wind speed : 7 - 10 knots; Wave height : 2 - 3 feet;
Sea state: Large wavelets; crests begin to break;scattered whitecaps

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5 January Crossed sea.
North-Eastern moderate to strong breeze today , force 4* to 6**, with crossed sea - strong swells from North-West. It will be the same tomorrow.
Anne spent long time at the oars, like skiing under the Sun - planting the end of oar in the swell as one would plant a stick in snow. This way Anne managed to control Connetable and to accelerate her natural speed, that boat is getting when surfing down the waves

*Beaufort Force 4
Wind speed (knots): 11 - 16; Wave height (feet): 3 - 5; Sea state: Small waves, becoming longer, numerous whitecaps
** Beaufort Force 6
Wind speed (knots): 22 - 27; Wave height (feet): 9 - 13; Sea state: Larger waves forming; whitecaps everywhere; more spray

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4 January An exhausting day
Anne spent the day locked up in her cabin. The swell is so strong that she cannot row without risk to break the oars. And even if the Connetable advances all alone, bravely, in proper direction, to remain sitted for 20 hours on her berth is far not a part of pleasure. She can neither read, nor write, she can only await and that despairs her. 
These particular conditions are related to the depression which we have this moment here in Europe. And Marc thinks that it will be thus until Wednesday. Anne has evil to take her test in patience. She has also not been able to eat, she suffers from the sea sickness. Well, Anne remembers the advise of Sylvie Carde, her sophrologist, but she cannot come to concentrate on it as it would be necessary.
One thing at least is sure - the mattress, manufactured by the Valentine bed linen in Quimper, on which she spends long hours, - is comfortable!

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3 January All is well!
At 20:00 GMT Anne had been rowing for 13 hours - from 7:00 in the morning. A wonderful day under North and than North-East wind , varying in the course of the day from Gentle breeze ( 7-10 knots) to Fresh breeze ( 17-21 knots).
Listening to the music on her CD - « peuple migrateur » ( "migrating people"), Anne was entitled to a ballet - marvelously synchronous - of the Petrels with white bottoms.
So, Anne ate her last orange. Her last fresh product. The Italian ham offered by Manolo and Maria was unfortunately mildewed.
Benefitting from these blessed winds from the North, Anne decided to go down a little more to the South to conform to her projected course.
The morning is always fresh ( part of substencial difference in day and night temperatures), until 11am, when she can put her bathing suit on and work on her sun-tan,... before another change of dress around 16:00hrs, followed with a very thick sleeping-bag for the whole night.

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2 January There finally has arrived the North wind!!!.
Fresh breeze of 17-20 knots takes the Connetable South, - while Anne sleeps peacefully on her board, - on speed more than 3 knots. The average day routine thus will become interesting and Marc envisages ten days under these conditions.
This morning, having found herself in such unhoped-for conditions, Anne did not even listen to her music: some images, some photographs, a shampoo, good small breakfast, and here she is - at the oars, with morale being high, coated (at last!) with ambre solar, and the hands protected by a cream containing silicone given by Anita.
Many Petrels with white bottoms came to visit her, emerging one after the other, in their so particular flight, that Anne called them "Saint-Pierre." (They give an impression, that they walk on the water.)
About fifteen e-mails came to wish Anne a Happy Year and she was very touched by attention of each one.

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1 January New year.
With the chime of midnight Big Ben there emerges from nowhere a new cargo liner. This time, it is even more close that that of last night. Once again the enormous machine passes without noise, neither seeing her, nor hearing her on the VHF. The fear was so violent that Anne does not have any more courage to row. She will sleep to wait until the day rises.
This morning the weather is splendid. There is almost no wind. Anne will make her laundry and will read a little before going back to the oars. She also will modify the fastener of her safety straps, will put the snap hook of opening at her belt and not on the side of the boat.
Good and happy year to you, small sardine, with your tribe, and the small fair ball which will take again the school in the States. 2003 will be the year of achievement of your dream, that thus carries you through time.

T.R.

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