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Skipper’s Update No 1 2014

Greetings Everyone,

No, there has not been a coup!!  Pam got a very bad dose of the flue in Australia and lost a stone in a week.  She was not well enough to sail yet so Bruce Bentley, a yachting friend has “volunteered” to sail with me as far as the Caribbean where Pam hopes to meet us.

We arrived back in Tunisia on Wednesday and had to wait a day in Tunis as my suitcase got lost.  This allowed us to spend some time with some friends in Tunis who showed us around parts of the city.

We got back on board late Thursday night and have been preparing the boat to leave, hopefully tomorrow (Sunday), if the weather forecast is correct.  We will be reporting our position on Pangolin yotreps each day (scroll down to VK2KMT to find Maranatha then click on track).  We will be making for Gibraltar as quickly as the weather permits.

God bless,

Phil and Bruce

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Greetings Everyone,

My father’s funeral was a celebration of his life and a tribute to him by the many friends and relatives who attended.  Unfortunately all the hectic travelling and the firebox to icebox temperatures took its toll on me and I succumbed to the nasty flu bug that as been devastating NSW this winter.  I have lost a stone (6 kilos) in weight and am only now starting to regain my strength a fortnight later.

So … Phil is going back to Tunisia with Bruce Bentley instead of me.  Bruce and his wife Dianne used to sail their yacht to the Louisiades to do similar work to us and we have a close relationship with them.  Please pray for fair winds and smooth seas and wisdom in passage planning as they head for Gibraltar and then down to the Caribbean where I will meet them sometime in December.  Phil is a bit dubious about facing the new challenges — learing to cook, planning the details of the passage and writing the Admiral’s Update.  Keep them in your prayers especially as time is getting away and the winter storms will be approaching in the Med before too long.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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