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This is the tale of our journey to fulfill a passion of learning to sail and a dream to circumnavigate. Welcome Aboard At Last!

Profile of At Last and the Gorrell's
Who: Mark & Janet Gorrell
Port: Wickford, RI USA
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Dodging the squalls
Mark
November 19, 2011, 7:49 am, 19 30'N:65 04'W, Saturday 3am eastern

We dodged a number of squalls over the past two evenings. The skies are clear in the morning. Then the afternoon heat creates the clouds and they stir up the wind and waves in the evening. We try our best to steer around the bigger squalls which are more than six square miles. Then they dissipate in the night and the cycle starts up again the next day.

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24 Hrs to Tortola
Mark
November 18, 2011, 11:13 am, 21 17'N:65 57'W, Friday Noon eastern, 188 miles to Tortola, ETA late Saturday

We are on our last day at sea before arriving in Tortola late Saturday evening. Everyone is fine and can't wait to hit port. Beautiful weather. The seas have calmed down a bit. Andy won the fishing contest with this record breaking fish, but everyone passed on the idea of sushi.

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Three Days to Tortola
Mark
November 17, 2011, 6:25 am, 24 00.3'N:67 26'W, Thursday 7:00 am eastern, 370 miles to Tortola, ETA late Saturday

The smooth ride with no wind ended 36 hours ago. Since then, we have had 15-20 kts on the nose and 8-12' seas. We have not seen another boat for the last 3 days. We know they are out there, mostly to the north of us, but it would be nice to see someone else out here. We are starting to feel like we may be in episode of the X-Files or an Outer Limits rerun. Could we have been transported to a parallel planet of endless ocean never to see another boat or land again? Ok, this is what happens to crew who are sleep deprived, our imaginations run wild.

Estimated arrival at Nanny Cay Tortola is Saturday afternoon. At Last is happy with the conditions, happier than most of the crew but everyone if fine. We are starting to talk about the first thing we are going to do when we arrive in port. For most, it is a toss-up between taking a shower and drinking a beer. So we thought we would do both at the same time.

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Day four but whose counting
Mark
November 15, 2011, 5:21 am, 28 36.7'N:69 46.8'W, Thurday 6:00 am eastern, 677 miles to Tortola, ETA late Friday

The passage has been a bit boring, flat seas, little wind, no flying fish on deck. The crew is wondering about all this talk of the "challenges" of sailing around the world. I will be happy if they continue to doubt the rigors of our journey for the rest of the trip.

However, my brother Chris remarked this morning on our midnight to four am shift, "saling on a passage like this really makes one appreciate the simple things in life, a shower, clean clothes, and sleep.

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So far this is not a thrill ride ...
Mark
November 14, 2011, 1:27 pm, 30 01.2'N:70 35.6'W,

But who's complaining. It is Tuesday at 3:21 pm Atlantic time. We are 777 miles from Tortola. Very litle wind. Very calm seas. To conserve fuel, we are sailing in the slightest of wind. It is shorts and T-shirt weather. Janet and Andy have been playing gin rummy on thier watch. Andy has kicked off the fishing contest. I think we are near the front of the Rally but it is hard to tell. WE are trying to head east for the next day or so then head south to Tortola to have some favorable winds off our port beam.

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960 Miles to Tortola
Janet
November 13, 2011, 6:37 am, 32 39.4'N:72 41.6'W,

We are having a good passage. Seas are flat with no wind so we are motoring. Everyone is fine. At last is fine. No cookies have been offered up to Posiden. This is last night's sunset.

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At Last in the Gulf Stream
Janet
November 12, 2011, 5:00 am, 35 02.9'N:74 45'W,

First day of sailing was great with winds and waves pushing us to the Gulf Stream. Everyone is fine and At Last is performing well. The Gulf Stream is very calm with 2-3 foot seas. The winds died off after 2:00 am and we have been motoring since.

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