• A Call to AntarcticaOn March 10, 2009 at 13:43:19 French time, Skipper Rich Wilson and Great American III crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne. Race time: 121 days, 41 minutes and 19 seconds
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Question asked by Rachael:

Have you so far had any serious conditions about your boat?


So far we're doing pretty well; no serious problems. But there is a list if things that need tending to:

  • We have some leaks up forward, and so I bail every other day.
  • We've had multiple software glitches in the computer that requires it to be shut down and re-started fairly often.
  • One of the tubes holding the keel sheaves is turning in its socket, so I straighten back to its proper orientation with a gigantic set of channel locks, by jamming the hook end into the tube and turning.
  • Our backup wind instruments are not working.
  • Our radar has a strange glitch wherein sometimes it transmits and sometimes it just looks as though its transmitting, but its not.
  • Our external camera system is not working, so I've been using a handheld camera to take video beyond the navigation station.
  • The low gear on our utility winch in the cockpit is not catching all its pawls. I may try to service it if we get proper calm weather.


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