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Sept 27 -- Richard Jones has beat a hasty retreat from three approaching Hurricanes-Ivan, Jeanne and Karl. Discretion is the better part of valor. Richard left the 23rd of September and has been fighting unfavorable winds and currents since his departure. Today Richard was aware Hurricane Ivan was about to slam him into the coast of Portugal and was able to contact an English vessel that gave him a tow in to Lisbon. He has been through some rough seas but he is well and in safe harbor. More as soon as we get word. Meanwhile we are starting a "guestbook" for people to send messages of encouragement to Richard. Please send e-mails to We will post them on the website and forward them on to Richard. row.jpg (22645 bytes)

Subject: Uncle Richard Jones
Date sent: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 13:59:39 -0800
From: "taraelaine"

Uncle Richard,
You had a dream and you went after it, nothing uneventful about that.
We love you and are looking forward to hearing all the wild stories.
We'll have to have a family BBQ as soon as you make it home to Utah
SAFE and sound. I had the time of my life on the Salmon River with
WWRE. Thank you for sharing your stories and thoughts on ocean row.

Tara Jones

Date sent: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 21:32:16 +0100
From: Diana og Stein Hoff <>
Subject: Richard's guestbook

Dear Richard,
You must have had a rough time! But glad you made it back safely, only I
think you should not wait as long as a year for the next attempt. Why not
start from the Canaries? My daughter Elisabeth is probabely starting from
Los Gigantes in Tenerife in January or early February 1999. Why not make it
a company and keep in touch for the first part of the journey? She wants to
be the first woman solo unsupported across an ocean - you want to be the
first American across the Atlantic. 2800 n. miles should be enough for a
starter, the Portugal-Florida route can wait till you're 60! You chose an
awful task. Tenerife to Barbados is another trip and another kettle of
(flying-)fish altogether. Think about it. But we'll be behind you whatever!

Best wishes, Stein G. Hoff, "Star Atlantic"
(Norwegian participant, ARR 1997)

From: "Darla Jones" <>
Organization: University of Utah
Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 15:17:25 -0700
Subject: Richard Jones

Richard, sounds like you've had a harrowing experience the past few
days. We're glad you're alive and safe. Three hurricanes are a
little too much to contend with. Our thoughts and prayers are with

David and Darla
Darla Jones
University of Utah
Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs
201 So. Campus Drive, Rm 205
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9007
(801) 581-8763

Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 10:27:15 -0700
Subject: I hope you are well...

and staying warm. I've thought about you alot recently and am looking
forward to seeing you. Take care.

Love, Theresa Brown

Date sent: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 13:08:56 -0700
From: Steven Hancock <>
Subject: Richard Jones Guestbook

Dear Richard,
We are so glad to hear that you are safely back on land. It must have
been heartbreaking to end your attempt so early, but we know that you
did the right thing.

Steve, Helen, Galen, and Harris Hancock

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 22:18:48 -0600
From: Darlene Dipo <>
Subject: Richard Jones

Thanks for using good judgement and returning to Lisbon. We are as
disappointed as you but, with three hurricanes in the ocean, we are glad you
are safe. Our hearts are with you, always.

Tom & Darlene Dipo

From: (W.C. Smith)
Subject: Richard Jones
Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 22:57:23 -0400

Can well endorse the concept of 'discretion ahead of valor'. Hope
equipment has served you well and this is only a brief delay. Your
decision(s) are anxiously awaited.

W. C. Smith
American Sculling

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 19:35:04 EDT
Subject: Uncle Richard

We are all very proud of you and your choices. You are with us in our
thoughts always, we are sorry to hear you had to turn back but glad to know
you are safe. We are all thinking about you.

The Lovell Family

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 13:25:56 -0700
From: "Laura Lee Miller" <>
Subject: Pulling for you

Hi Big Brother,
We are all pulling for you here in SLC. Thanks for making a good decision.
Our prayers are with you and pray that the weather will be too. Stay safe,
go to London and regroup.

We love you, Laurie and Lee.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC)

From: "Richard C. Russell" <>
Subject: Richard Jones
Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 14:24:51 -0600

Dear Richard,
I just got word that you had to turn back. I am so sorry your dream is
delayed -- only delayed, not cancelled. I am elated that you and the Brother
of Jared are safe. Your wise and prudent judgment in this matter increase my
confidence in you and I know you will overcome this setback.

Richard C. Russell
Salt Lake City, Utah

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 16:20:42 EDT
Subject: Richard

Dear Richard:
The risk outweighed the reward, I'm so glad that you recognized it! You're
in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless, Judy

From: "Antonio Sanchez" <>
Subject: Richard Jones
Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 21:34:23 +0100

Message to Richard Jones
I am realy relieffed that you have returned to lisbon waiting for
better Meteo conditions.
Since you have departed, me and my wyfe were realy woried, as we have
watched the wether conditions deteriorate.
We live near Cabo da Roca (Portugal), the most western point of the
European Continent, near Lisbon, and we were looking to the very hard
seas, imagining you in your small boat. We only have to congratulate
you on this very wyse desision. The Portuguese coast can be very nasty,
when SouthWest winds combine with the prevailing North current. We know it
for having sailed the area many times. Wait for consisting North winds
to setle for 2 to 3 days, make sure they are likely to stay that way
for the folowing week , and then GO !
I hope to have time to visit you again in Doca de Belem.
If you need anything during this halt, please contact me. I will try to
help. Go for it !

Regards, Antonio

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 13:20:17 -0600
From: Searcher <>
Subject: to Richard

I admire your courage and careful planning in setting out on your
voyage. And I admire your courage to seek harbor when circumstances
beyond human control thwarted your plans. And I am so thankful that you are
all right! You are probably very discouraged right now. Your moral support
team is with you, whether you decide to go for it next summer or to turn
your energies elsewhere.

Jean (

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 12:27:06 -0700
From: "Karen J.Harvey" <>
Organization: Forrest Hancock Dist
Subject: Thinking of you

Hi Richard - glad you decided to come back - we are all following your
progress in the family..webmaster is doing a terrific job...

From New Mexico,
Love - Harveys

Date sent: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 23:21:35 -0600 (MDT)
From: Darlene Dipo <>
Subject: Richard Jones

Thanks for using good judgement and returning to Lisbon. We are as
disappointed as you but, with three hurricanes in the ocean, we are glad you
are safe. Our hearts are with you, always.

Tom & Darlene Dipo

Date sent: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 19:54:41 -0700
From: Leonard and Joyce Hancock <>
Subject: Thinking of you

Hi Richard: We are all thinking of you and will remember you in our
prayers. Good news to know that you are safe in port from the

Aunt Joyce And Uncle Leonard

Date sent: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 00:30:00 EDT
Subject: Give it all you got Richard

Richard you taught me this summer to give it all you got and put up with
adversity. You can do whatever you put your heart in to. Thanks for a
great summer working with WWRE.

GREG Schern

Date sent: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 23:24:10 EDT
Subject: Ocean Voyage

Dear Richard, Don't let the short term setbacks blurr "the big picture".
Our family is praying for your success and safety. Godspeed and keep your
long term goals in sight!!

Todd, Maren and David Evans

Date sent: Sun, 27 Sep 1998
Subject: Good job Richard...

Dear Richard:
     The Ocean Rowing Society commends you for your courage at the outset of your Atlantic solo row. You have not let hubris stand in your way from making a good decision to "put into port" out of harms way. We were very concerned for you as we saw the hurricanes approaching (read of Tori Murden's experiences with Hurricane Danielle). We invite you to stay in London at the Society headquarters and get re-oriented as to whatever decisions you make for future plans. It has certainly been a bad year for Atlantic hurricanes and we are sorry your dream has been changed by Hurricane Ivan. Best to you in your endevours.

take care,
Tom Lynch
American Director
Ocean Rowing Society

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.