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Haiti Voyage Day #3
02/02/2010, East of Hartswell

Just received a message from Schooner Liberty regarding their latest position: 23.53'N 75.01'W Crew are doing well, in high spirits and everyone is enjoying the trip down.

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Haiti Voyage Day #2 Latest
Sharon du Plessis
02/01/2010, Approaching the Exumas

Just got a great phone call from the sat phone aboard Schooner Liberty: They are fast approaching the Exumas, Bahama. The ride has been lumpy and slightly uncomfortable, but the crew is all in good spirits and are staying healthy. Due to the good morale on board, they are going to skip their stop in Georgetown and just continue the run down south.

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Pic of Departure
Sharon du Plessis
02/01/2010

Here is a great pic that I received from one of our ground crew last night, showing Liberty raising her sails for her departure from Miami Beach Marina on Jan 30, with the enormous Norwegian Cruise Line leaving the harbor behind them.

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Haiti Voyage Day #2
Sharon du Plessis
02/01/2010, North of Eleuthera Islands

It is now 1:12 am on Feb 1, 2010 almost half way through the second day of the journey down to Haiti. I have just got off the phone with our photographer/videographer's girlfriend who heard directly from Greg and spent about half an hour talking with him on the phone. News is good, they are all doing well. They have made safe passage through to the north of the Eleuthera Islands. Wind 20 - 25, seas 5-7ft. Greg's words were that the sea was rough, but they were all fine.

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Latest Weather Forecast
Sharon du Plessis
01/31/2010

The marine weather forecast is still showing relatively strong winds and seas with growing wave height. Nothing the Schooner Liberty cannot handle or has not handled in the past. This is the latest forecast: "Tonight...East winds 16 to 21 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet. Isolated showers.
Monday...East northeast winds 13 to 18 knots. Seas 7 to 8 feet in northeast swells. Isolated showers.
Monday Night...East northeast winds 16 to 21 knots. Seas 7 to 8 feet in northeast swells. Isolated showers."

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Progress in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Sharon du Plessis
01/31/2010

This is the latest news story from the Canadian newspaper, the National Post, written by Andrew Mayeda:
"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- United Nations aid workers fanned across the Haitian capital on Sunday to set up permanent distribution sites they hope will smooth the flow of food to the hundreds of thousands living in ramshackle tent camps.
The UN World Food Program plans to establish 16 fixed distributions around the capital in the next few days. By midday Sunday, they had set up nine such locations, with no major incidents of violence reported.
In the early days after the disaster, food distributions sometimes devolved into near riots as people jostled in massive lineups. UN officials hope to impose some order by delivering food from the same locations over the next two weeks, a system they hope will calm the crowds and get more aid to the needy.
Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=2506154#ixzz0eEzWZRtd "

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