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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, October 24, 2002
    A life on the ocean waves
    The Round the World Yacht Race starts from Liverpool on Sunday. I took an hour today to have a look at the preparations at the Albert Dock, and arrived to find the crew of the Liverpool boat stocking up on their provisions for the year. Seemed to be an abundance of baby wipes and toilet rolls, a few boxes of corn flakes, a fair number of tins of mince, not really much variety by the look of it. Comfort in the form of shampoos, little else of note. An austere existence in store for these folk, it seems. Perhaps they'll restock in Cuba on 5th December at the end of their first leg.

    Fred tells me if you have a few grand to spare you can book a trip with them. Attractive idea: but on which leg - Hawaii to Hong Kong (6,000 miles) sounds attractive; or Mauritius / Cape Town / Salvador (5,800) perhaps. Now I remember how ill I get on the Liverpool - Isle of Man boat (80 miles) and think I'll stay on land. Or briefly, next week, in the air.