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From Mat-Lau

26 May 2015
Kevin Hiscox
New Position - North West Harbour, Great Sale Cay, Bahamas

Hi Everyone,

Local Time - 15:17. No mobile/internet communication so sending this position report by SatPhone.

We have arrived safely at North West Harbour, Great Sale Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, having sailed overnight from Fort Pierce, Florida USA. Had to motor about 3/4 of the way as the gulf stream current (between the USA east coast and the Bahamas) was running north across us at about 4 knots and was pushing us back in the direction of New York. Once we reached the outer reef north of Grand Bahama, the wind was dead on the nose at 20 knots and prevented us from sailing in shallow water (3 - 4 meters deep). Not too bad a trip considering, and the best news is that we arrived back in the Bahamas safely and in time for New Years Eve.

It may be a week before we can get local SIM cards for our mobiles, and we are sailing around uninhabited islands - hence no mobile reception and no regular emails or messages. We do have the SatPhone working and can send and receive emails and telephone call via it. Please donĀ't send email replies to this SatPhone email address unless it is urgent.

However, you can text message to the SatPhone on +881632648785. The text message is free. You can send emails to our normal email address bu we will not respond to them until we have mobile phone reception.

Love to everyone - Kevin and Patti xxx
Vessel Name: Mat-Lau III
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 500
Hailing Port: Southport, Australia
Crew: Kevin Hiscox and Patti Toogood
About: Very excited couple embarking on a 10 - 15 year World cruise of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North and South America, Pacific Islands and Asia.
Extra: Mat-Lau III is a 2007 Lagoon 500 3 cabin owners version. She has 2 x 75hp Yanmar sail drives with folding props and full suite of Membrane Taffeta/Carbon/Aramid/Taffeta sails.
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