FROM 1-15. Falmouth, Malta, and environs

Jun 24, 2005 – 0900hrs UTC │Falmouth

0900hrs 24 Jun 2005 UTC Falmouth

Berri is back in the water looking much more like her old self. HF radio works – I think – will have to do some serious testing later – but the laptop is not firing up the USB to serial port box – and the laptop seems to have lost all knowledge of its 20-odd comm ports. Therefore no sailmail. Don’t know what’s going on – Simon, any ideas? The old version of the SOB comm port detector can only find one port – haven’t tried the new one yet.

Have not tried the backup laptop yet either – we just ran out of time – big diagnostic session when we get back fromMaltaon 1/7. We hope to call in at the Fleet Air Arm museum on the way back and we hope that we will be able to get the coal hole in their Sea Vixen opened up for Pete to try out.

The task after that is to sort out the essential racing gear and load it, repack the stuff we will need for the Fmth-Oz voyage and package the rest for sea freight back to Sydney to give us a bit more room. Not as simple as it may look – and we have to get boat and car to Lymington, if possible by 6/7 for a regatta on theBeaulieuRiveron 8,9/7 It’s been a big effort but it seems to be more or less on track except for sailmail.

Then it’s all on again. Hope the laptop can be sorted.

Driving to Heathrow this afternoon and off on the redeye toMaltatonight – gets in at 0115 tomoz. Ugh. After which we will have several Consultations with my Mum who likes her medicine too. Will try to update from there.

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