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Published on December 16th, 2016 | by Moore 24 Class

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Moore 24 Cruising Fleet signing off the Yahoo Group

I am soon going to delete my Yahoo account for reasons obvious to anyone who reads the news.  As far as I can determine, this will mean I can receive emails from the group but not otherwise participate, so I will leave the group as well.  

Many of you already have my personal email.  Should any others wish to contact me, my website:  www.inthepresentsea.com has a contact address.

GANNET is presently in Durban, South Africa.  We sailed 9,000 miles this year in four months.  I return to her on January 12.  I’ll haul and anti-foul, hope to find no unexpected problems, do some other minor maintenance, provision, and expect to be ready to resume the voyage by February 1.  When I actually leave will depend on the weather.  It is a serious coast. 

Time and chance permitting, I hope to complete the circumnavigation and be back in San Diego by mid-2017.  That will require sailing at least 11,000 miles and beating the hurricane season off the west coast of Central America. 

I’m not sure where I will stop, if at all, in South Africa after Durban.  I will stop briefly at St. Helena.  Somewhere in the Caribbean, probably St. Lucia.  Panama.  And then San Diego, unless I decide to go out to Hawaii and then to Seattle.  Or southwest to the Marquesas and back to New Zealand.

You already know how well built Moore 24s are.  Further proof is that GANNET has now sailed more than 16,000 miles, been in two 55 knot gales, and as far as I know suffered no structural damage.

I shot a series of short videos during the 6,000 miles passage from Darwin, Australia, to Durban, South Africa, that might be of interest.  They can be found at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdl7dZLxNI4VIB_eOiaNgiQ

I don’t choose to use Facebook.  I will send future, and perhaps final, updates to moore24.org.

You can also keep up with the voyage at:  http://self-portraitinthepresentseajournal.blogspot.com

The Yellowbrick tracking page is:  https://my.yb.tl/gannet

I apologize for taking up so much of your time, but I didn’t want just to disappear without saying good-bye.

I wish you all continued joy with our masterpiece boats.

Moore 24 Cruising Fleet signing off.

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