Friday, January 22, 2010

Greetings from Port Stanley

 Looks like many are wondering about our disappearance after rounding the Horn almost a week back! Apologies for not updating the blog earlier but things moved a bit too fast after the Horn and the crew kept getting busier as we entered the Port and got on to the most important task of turning around Mhadei for the next leg. We are presently berthed at Port Stanley, getting the steering and generator fixed while also pampering Mhadei by meeting her small little demands which while not critical, are best attended to when there is a little shore time. She has weathered the Pacific at a trot and deserves all the attention! Meanwhile the crew, self and Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy who landed up a day after I reached to help me with the work, are being looked after by the British armed forces and the friendly Falkland Islanders. This is perhaps the first time an Indian boat has touched the shores of the Islands so we are quite a novelty here. We landed up in time to meet "Ocean watch", and her crew. It was great to exchange notes with her skipper Mark Schrader who has two solo circumnavigations under his belt. Taking heed of the old saying that,"a picture is worth a thousand words," I will stop writing for now and let the viewers see some photos of the trip from rounding the Horn till reaching Stanley. Hopefully this will make up for the silence of the last few days to some extent!

The Horn!





Cape Deceit



Sentinel of the Islands!



Sunset off Falklands



A Royal Escort!



Port Stanley

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mhadei looks great!

Great to hear from you -- checked so many times with no update was beginning to wonder if those British pubs in Stanley had swallowed you up!

Fairwinds,

David in Vancouver, Canada

Anonymous said...

Great to hear from you! The pictures are fantastic!

Susan said...

The pictures are worth more than a thousand words! Really nice pictures...thank you!
Not being a sailor, it's funny how hooked I am on following along with you solo sailors!
Glad you have a chance to rest up and get everything working again and ready for the final leg.
Namaste,

Susan in Oregon

Scott said...

So glad to hear from you again. It's good to hear you're getting Mhadei back in top shape for the next leg. The Atlantic should be a breeze after the Pacific.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

samurai said...

Well hello there Cdr Dilip, long time to see...I hope you're well and enjoying the moment at Port Stanley.

I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to you and Mhadei for the serious and unforgiveable typo on the original graphic I prepared for your rounding of Cape Horn, so sorry about that but it has now been corrected...see attached pic.

I hope everything goes well for you through your maintenance processes in Port Stanley so you can be on your way again towards completing your voyage.

Thankyou so much for the fantastic photos, they are beautiful beyond belief. The sunset one in particular is simply gorgeous.

Congratulations on all your accomplishments so far. I shall look forward to reading about your continuing journey.

Fair winds and calm seas Sir Dilip. Take good care of yourself and bye for now.
Kind regards, Sam XX

RP said...

Hearty congrats, Dada. Enjoying your snaps with Aai-Pappa.

Cobrarog said...

Thank you for the update Dilip.
I suspected you were busy with repairs and the TLC that Mhadei richly deserves along with a rest for you.
Soak up the hospitality of Port Stanley while you can as you will soon be back on your way to complete your epic adventure.
Congratulations on your progress and I'll be looking forward to your onward voyage.
Kind Regards,
Cobrarog in Hervey Bay.

hezakiah299 said...

01-21-10 @23:30
Hi Dilip,
Really great to see that everything is alright with you. Enjoyed your pictures, and was glad to hear that Mhadie was getting some TLC, she deserves it. Read somewhere that you had quite an escort into Port Stanley, I'll bet that was a joyful moment.
I hope you had some good R&R and plenty of hot food. Get yourself prepared for another leg of your journey.
When will you be departing from Port Stanley, and can you give us a little insight as to your future plans? Looking forward to hearing from you again, and I really enjoyed those pictures.
Good luck on your repairs, the big ones and the little ones, and take care of yourself. Safe travels and may God be with you.
Your in my prayers.
Michael(75)from Kingwood, WV (USA)

GlobeMasterOne said...

Hello Commander Donde,

Wonderful to hear from you again.

For those of us who will most likely not have the opportunity to travel to the cape and the Falkland Islands your writing and beautiful photographs bring us closer to what it must be like...thank you Dilip. I especially like the "escort" and Mhadei sailing into Port Stanley.

Hello and best wishes to Lt. Cdr Abhilash Tomy who is helping you with the repairs.

I look forward to the rest of your voyage.
john,
Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada eh!

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

Great photos,thanks. Yes, it was worth the wait. We wish we were there too.

The McGraths said...

Hello Dilip,

Good to hear you're safe & well & being looked after in Port Stanley. Hope your stay in port is not longer than you would like, although I suppose better that the repairs are not rushed.

Your photos are beautiful & also nice to see your escort into port. Quite fitting for a man of your calibre we think.

Best wishes,

The McGraths, Nowra NSW Australia

Anonymous said...

Great going Dilip and great pics - All The Best

Ulhas Kirpekar (F/75)

workerbev said...

Hello Crd Donde (Beverly here in Tasmania). Thank you for your blog and the absolutely stunning pictures. Loved the one of your "escort" - mightly wonderful!
I hope the British are taking very good care of you and you are enjoying their hospitality.

Good thing your "sidekick" got there in order to help you put some finishing touches to Mhadei. Did her builders make it down there also? I hope so in order to redo the automatic steering.

Well, hope you have an enjoyable R&R there in the Falklands and hope to see you "take off" again real soon. Always enjoy your blogs and always love you pictures. You are quite the photographer. God be with you the entire rest of your circumnavigation and remember His Legions of Angels are always surrounding you and Mhadei in your endeavours. Beverly & Andrew Penney (Tasmania)
BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!

Anonymous said...

Dear Dilip Donde,

Thank you for all the nice photo's and to hear your news. You have had a nice time in Stanley, got the boat fit for fight again.
I wish you all the best.
Regarads
Ingrid, Sweden

Attri said...

Cdr Dilip

Thank you for the update.
Do remember to stock up well with WD40. Give a treat to "Chippy" for great idea. He certainly outperformed the electrician.

Trust the bilge pump has been o/hd with liberal doses of WD40 on bearings and bushes.

Our entire batch wishes you great R&R and look forward to some more action from the official photographer.

Do pls post pics of Mhadei's interior and exterior, now that you are in port.

Warm regards
Lalit Attri
Chandigarh

Sara said...

Cdr Dilip Donde, Recently started following the blog, very inspiring and encouraging... all the best on your journey and keep inspiring us :)

Evie from Bendigo said...

Glad to know you made it into harbour safely. what is your next leg and when do you intend to leave?
Enjoy a well earned beer if you inbibe in a tipple.

Thought you might like to know Jessica has encountered foul weather with winds of 60 knots
Cheers
Evie from bendigo

Marg said...

So good to finally hear from you!What stunning photos! I too, am not a sailor, but totally hooked on following you and Jessica, and marvelling at your adventures. Good luck with the next leg of your journey.
Margie
Cooroy, Queensland

Rex said...

Welcome back, Dilip. Been missing you. Thank you for the posting and the photos. Excellent pics. When do you expect to get back sailing?

Cheers,
Rex Gibbons
St. John's, Newfoundland

kina said...

Hello Dilip,

congrats on reaching Stanley safely. Certainly had your share of moments in the process. Comes with the territory I guess. No need for apologies, understand completely the urgency in getting Mhadei ship-shape. I would imagine the local media would've kept you on you toes too and kudos to the British Armed Forces for their hospitality.

Amazing photography Dilip. The pictures certainly belie the infamous reputation one would expect down there. Beautiful moments in time. Hope to see more
:)

I understand you will be back on the water Feb 2. Can't wait to see you sailing again. Best of luck on this next leg to Cape Town.
Rest well Dilip.

Ben (Qld)

Peter/DL said...

Nice hearing from you. Was already worrying. 'What happend to him?'

Take a good rest. It's good for your physical and mental power and as adventureous as Jessica's trip, but without the hardship.

Thanks for updating us and showing us the pictures!

Successful repairs for the ship, a good time for you on the Falklands and a good day when you start continuing your trip!

Best regards and greetings from the south of Germany

Peter

Vishrut said...

Congratulations

your well on thy way to become a national Hero!!!!!

proud to Know you

may the weather goods make the next leg beautiful and safe

Vishrut

tassie devil one said...

so glad to hear you are ok was starting to wonder if you had chucked the whole thing in and returned home ( no I didnt really think you would do that ) have a good rest and looking forward to hearing that you have taken off again.Jessica had a great reunion with her parents when they passed overhead in their small plane,but she is now in very rough weather condition today, however she will battle on ok, I hope you two may be able to meet somewhere in the future.
best wishes from Tasmania, thats a tiny island off the bottom of Australia, we are often left off maps.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear that you're doing well and past the horn. Take care and enjoy the remaining journey. Thanks for the additional update.

Utah, USA

hezakiah299 said...

01-22-10 @ 12:29
Hi Dilip,
Just had to compliment you on the pictures. I really enjoyed them, your escort looks fierce, lol….
Do my eyes deceive me, the picture of the dolphin looks like she has a young one at her side. Yes/no ???
Hope you get well rested before you sail on.
Be safe and please travel without any problems.
Your in my prayers.
Michael(75)from Kingwood, WV (USA)

45° 31′ 0.02″ N, 73° 39′ 0.02″ W said...

नमस्ते Dilip,

Greetings to you and Mhadei!

Waiting to hear from you on the next leg of your voyage.

When will you be sailing out of Port Stanley?

नमस्कार

SaltyDog said...

Commander Donde,

We’ve missed you. So good to here that the much needed maintenance is progressing well. And I don’t mean only Mhadei. I bet you are appreciating the time on shore to recuperate a bit. Your photos are absolutely outstanding. You’re escort into Port Stanley must have felt like quite an honor, but very well deserved. You are indeed making history and should feel extremely proud of your accomplishments. I’m sure looking forward to your departure and further updates from you, Dilip. Best wishes, as always, with much admiration.

From Seattle, WA, USA
Saltydog

Jony the Pony said...

Dear Admiral Didl,
great to hear you are doing well and kicking. I see you also savoured them frolicking dolfens while basking in the Flakland sunset.
It is funny that you are not doing a single-handed non-assited circumnavigation? Maybe you can plan for that when you are back home.
Enjoy them flaklanders.
Keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Kath, Qld said...

Hi Dilip,
nice to hear from you, love the pictures, especially the sunset over the Falklands.
All the best on the next leg if your journey.
Stay safe.

Bob from Seattle said...

Dilip,------Great to hear from you. You sound relaxed and happy. I bet it's a joy to work on Mhadei and get her ship-shape again for the next leg. Maybe some of Jessica's luck in having no electrical or mechanical problems so far will rub off on you.

Thanks for taking the time to download the photos. I can't seem to get enough of looking at Cape Horn from the perspective of a passing boat. It's just awesome!

A little trivia about Port Stanley:
Named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, who served as U.K.'s Prime Minister three times between 1852 and 1868. He never visited.

Anonymous said...

23-Jan-2010
Jessica Watson has faced her toughest test to date on her solo circumnavigation, having experienced a violent storm overnight with hurricane-force wind gusts of up to 70 knots and a swell of 7-10 metres, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

riveter said...

no news sometimes is good news. Great photos, what camera do you shoot with.
My question to you is was experiencing the horn all that you imagined?

oliveslime said...

congrats Dilip on your successful completion of the leg. wish you fair winds on the next leg.....PS the pics are outstanding.

Old Iron said...

Thanks for the update; would check in at your blog each day looking.

Great you hear for you.

Great photos, a thousand words plus each!!

Congratulations so far.

Thanks again for the update.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dilip,
Glad to hear your news and view your photo's. Hope Mhadei and you are well rested and soon will be back on the ocean, hopefully not encountering a storm like Jesse did last night.
Enjoy your time on land,
Joy
Ballarat

cloudburst said...

WOW.... the place looks fabulous... well worth a visit... lucky lucky you.... glad to hear "aal eez well" your side of the world... the pics are fab... pamper your good lady... the next leg is a tough one too.... cheers... and GOOD LUCK....
aniket anindya : HI Donde Uncle... best of luck...

cloudburst said...

WOW.... the place looks fabulous... well worth a visit... lucky lucky you.... glad to hear "aal eez well" your side of the world... the pics are fab... pamper your good lady... the next leg is a tough one too.... cheers... and GOOD LUCK....
aniket anindya : HI Donde Uncle... best of luck...

RichieParis said...

Thank you Commander Dilip, for the news and the SUPERB pictures. There must have been a third ship around to take at least one or two of them!
Mhadei looks fine.

Have a good rest, and good repairs for her.

Jessica went through a dreadfully violent storm and is safe after four knock-downs. Her boat is tough and she is made of some kind of aussie steel, what a girl!

I have no idea if you can catch her before The Cape, but probably not. It would have been fun though to reach Good Hope (about) together, as for the Horn.

All the best for you!

Anonymous said...

Great Pictures..
Congratulation on having made it this far..waiting to read your next blog enteries.

Desai
Los Angeles, USA

workerbev said...

Hi Cdr Donde (Beverly here in Tasmania). Well, my heart is still beating out of my body after reading what our little Jessica has just come through. The 70kt winds, humonguous waves, and four knockdowns. NOW, please don't you get into any weather like that and do the same thing just because you can. I swear, I don't think your "adopted" family can take it twice. I think I will never be a sailor, I'll just stick to my little cabin cruiser and stay in the smooth rivers here in Tassie. No venturing out at all. Please take care of yourself and PLEASE stay clipped on, Jessica experienced some really huge rogue waves and I wouldn't want anything to happen to you because you weren't clipped on. Promise???
God be with you as you carry on your journey. Beverly & Andrew Penney, Tasmania
BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!!

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Commander,

So great to hear from you again and that you are safe and berthed in Port Stanley tending to your repairs.

Fantastic pictures and I particularly enjoyed the sunset. Heck, I enjoyed them all.

Look forward to future postings and I am sure the good people of the Falklands are taking very good care of you.

My word verification was "CHINA". Do they have any good Chinese restaurants in Stanley?

Safe sailing and Godspeed

Georgia Guy
USA

Jan said...

Hi Dilip,

Great to hear that yourself and Mhadei are getting the royal treatment while you are in Port Stanley. You have had to endure some pretty challenging moments in the last leg of your travels so you deserve all the lovely hospitable treatment you get.

Thanks for the awesome photos. Pictures do paint a thousand words!

Take care and warmest wishes from Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

Ranen said...

Hello Captain,

Nice to see your blogg n pic, yes, pic says lot, I like your pics, too good, nice to know that u r taking care of your Mhadei, happy to know you are getting good hospitality from Poms.....I believe, you already covered more than 50% of your journey, now South africa is not very far....and from south africa to India will be very nearer....so u r not very far from ur ultimate destination.....wishing you a terrific journey on the Atlantic....I believe you might meet few ships on your way now.....take care captain. Regards, RD from San Antonio, Tx

Faye and Max said...

Hi Dilip

Great pictures, thanks for sharing them with us, and the escort into Port Stanley must have been really something.
Just make sure all those repairs are carried out to the letter, not many repair stations between there and the Cape. Stay safe now Sir.

To Workerbev: Great sign off slogan !!

Cheers from Faye and Max (Mulgrave, Vic, Aus)

ET Gurl said...

Ye Dilip

You should apologies for for not updating your blog its just like leaving me at the Alter with no word on our wedding day so tell me did that Currie work for you ha ha ha

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hello Dilip,
Just drifting across from Jesse's blog to say hi hope you are well and wondering how repairs to Mhadei are proceeding.

Those pictures are quite spectacular and hey what an escort!

Well as you are probably aware young Jessica has had 4 Knockdowns! in a 8 hour storm she's just been through and a quick look at the weather for the South Atlantic doesn't look good for her, I'm afraid she'll experience more of these, but I am hoping not....

Anyway Dilip....get back out there as soon as you can...it sounds like Port Stanley has been real good to you...its nice to hear that!

Cheers matey

Clint - Melbourne

Toni McLean said...

Hello Dilip,
Congratulations on your safe arrival at Port Stanley. Thanks for the photos. The cape is such a busy place these days! I'm wondering if your dolphin escort is the same as Jessica's?! The dolphin welcoming committee is being kept busy!

Good luck with your repairs and chores, and I look forward to reading of your departure for your next leg.

Best wishes

workerbev said...

Good Evening Cdr Donde (Beverly here in Tasmania) Well, it's Sunday evening here, still beautiful weather. Which is much more than I can say for poor Jessica. Please if you have half a chance, jump over and read her blog for today. Hmmm, maybe you shouldn't, you might not want to leave Port Stanley. But, thanks to our Great God above, she has come through that horrific storm with only minor damage to EPL and inside the cabin - well, her toilet is in a million pieces and she has many bruises and her stove won't light, but those are all minor - she is ALIVE and still just as positive as ever. She is one heck of a girl. She might even appreciate a call from you to buck her up even more. Would be a nice gesture. (Tuesday is Australia Day for her and us.)

Well, continue enjoying Port Stanley for awhile. I'm sure you are being taken care of. And please, please, put extra bolts and duct tape all over Mhadei for the South Atlantic crossing. Just in case...

Take care and God Bless You! Beverly & Andrew Penney, Tasmania
BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!

MJ from Brisbane said...

ET Gurl - you're a deadset wanker!! Dilip - hope you get all sorted out whilst in Port Stanley and good luck with the rest of the voyage. You would not be able to imagine how many people are following you and Jess now - so I know this is a little selfish but please don't leave it too long in between blogs cos we all get worried!!! Cheers MJ and Safe Sailing.........We are with you.........

MJ from Brisbane said...

And I should have added to "ET Gurl" that - if you can't say anything positive or constructive you really need to go to some other sites and impart your wisdom on them. I would suggest www.retards.com would be a good start - they would be like minded with you.

Beverly, Tasmania said...

Hi again Cdr. Donde. Just wanted to step in and say a few words, if I may, to some of your bloggers. Thanks.

Georgia Guy: I'm so sorry for not replying to your email. I really, really meant to, really. About the time I received it, is when my account got hit by hackers, not only did they hack in but then they linked on, screwed up my facebook account too. Was a real mess trying to get it straightened out. But I finally "outsmarted" the hackers and have my yahoo email back (tho' not my facebook), as well as my hotmail account now. So I will return your letter.

Samurai: I "always love" reading your blogs dear Sam, they are so uplifting and funny. And...your artwork is fantastic! I went to your site and checked you out, LOL, and I really love your t-shirt. Keep on keepin' on my dear.
Are you coming to Sydney in May?

The McGraths: I don't think I could go a day without reading a blog from you guys either. You are real rocks, just like Michael(75).

Michael(75): Just like the McGraths' blogs, Michael, my day just wouldn't be complete with reading a blog from you! ...and Sam, and Richie, and Georgia Guy, Susan in Oregon, Paul, Room 401, Mary in Maine, Molly in Maine, Globemasterone, Ingrid in Sweden, Trudy in Austria/Australia, Stefan in Germany, Evie in Bendigo, Rex in St Johns Newfoundland, SaltyDog in Seattle, Jony the Pony (would love to read your profile), and Toni. There are a zillion others I "have" to read before my day is complete, way too many to name and I'm sorry if I have slighted anyone, that definitely wasn't my intention.

There is one, though, that personally for me, I wish would NOT blog on Cdr Donde's blogspot nor on Jessica's, and that is ETgurl. What ever possesses someone to have such a negative, racist, and demeaning personality, and then to have the nerve to put their comments on paper for all to read I will never know, nor do I want to. I try to pass this person's comments by and not read them, but I do because I feel I need to apologize to Cdr Donde and Jessica and really, to all the Jessaholics for the unthinking, under-handed, stupid, dumb remarks she makes. Oh well, all I can really do is ask God to help me get over the feelings I have for this person. Apparently God has a reason for this person being here and who am I to question Him? I just ask all the Jessaholics to forgive me for being, and getting, so upset over this person that I spend time writing comments regarding her. I normally don't have such a mean, nasty temperment but ETgurl brings some evil out in me that I can't control. I have no idea why. I just ask your forgiveness and God's most of all.

Well family, it is 11:30pm here and I haven't eaten tea yet as I have been reading back comments on Jessica's page. I'm still not caught up but I keep trying.

Cdr Donde, forgive me for using your site to dump about a certain person. I don't mean to take anything away from you. I follow you faithfully each and every day and will continue to until you dock back in India. Oh no, oh no, oh no - what will we do then? As with Jessica when she gets to Sydney, and the blogs cease, we are all going to have withdrawals. Guess you'll have to do it again, this time, back to front, or east to west, or north to south, or up and down, or anything, on a skateboard being pulled by a dolphin? LOL I will definitely miss you when you finish your circumnavigation. (You know, that word is hard to type, I have to slow down and spell it out when I type it). LOL

Be safe, have fun, know that God is on your side and He is with you during this journey. Beverly
BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!!

The McGraths, Nowra NSW said...

Hi Dilip,

Really like looking back at your pictures. We wish you well.

@WorkerBev (Tas) Thankyou for your kind comments. We also love to read all you have to say. As I do shiftwork I may not post straight away but always try to catch up on the comments. Love them!

Understand where you're coming from re ET Gurl, but unfortunately I don't think they get it! I think possibly a 12 or 13yo anyway so not really relevant.

Have a good week.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW Australia

Lalit said...

Hi Bev from Tas

Thank you very much for such kind comments about Cdr Donde.

Don't worry about ET Gurl.
At 42 yrs, Dilip will be too mature to bother about juvenile comments.

Dilip sir

Awaiting more action from official photographer.

Pictures speak louder than words.

lalit Attri
Chandigharh

ET Gurl said...

Hey MJ
from brisbane has your brain been out in the sun too long

I aint got anything to wank but why do you stand in the corner with your little Jack Horner throttling it all the way ha ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

Great Work Sir....Nice to hear about Indian Navy doing such adventurous activities.

Kunal said...

Really great work Sir....I wonder tho if the Indian Navy lets in civilians like me in such adventurous activities...

MJ from Brisbane said...

So exciting now and hope JW through the worst of it but we can't be sure. She is certainly homeward boound now which must be awesome. There have been so many awesome people on these blogs - hope we get to meet some day!! Cheers MJ from Brisbane

Nix said...

Good show sir!! Heartiest congratulations on your progress till date. Cheers and enjoy the break at Port Stanley.
Nikhil E/98

JJ said...

Nice to catch up again Dilip - thanks for taking the time to blog to let us know how you are going. And how fantastic are those photo's.

All the best with your repairs and hope you get to set sail again soon.

Take care

JJ

Attri said...

Cdr Dilip

A Very Happy Republic day
Vande Matram

Lalit Attri
Chandigarh

Anonymous said...

Hi, glad you hear you are safe and congratulatios on passing the horn.
Keep us updated, between you and Jessica it is so exciting following your trip. All the best, Margaret

Vishrut said...

I Am spreading the word of ur adventure in our college, so that ur homecoming is a much attended event.........

Beverly, Tasmania said...

Hi Cdr Donde (Beverly here in Tasmania) Did I miss something or is it your Republic Day? If it is and I missed it, a belated Happy Republic Day. I am remiss in looking up Indian holidays, just been too lazy I reckon. I know the American and Australian holidays because I'm "both" and I know German because I lived there for 17 years. But...now I have to go back to school (Laptop University) and learn more about your country's holidays so I won't appear to be so dumb. See, I do keep saying, "You can teach an old dog new tricks."

I have learned so much from you and Jessica, just by following your blogs and reading the comments of your faithful followers, because whenever I come across something I don't know, well, I just HAVE to look it up. And I thank you both very, very much for that opportunity.

How are the repairs coming? It is getting pretty close to the 2nd of Feb, isn't that your "take off" date? Golly gee whiz, I sure can't wait til you get back "on the road again, making music with your friends", well, it's a song and you don't make music but you blog and we answer, and comment, and comment, and comment.

Well...this is just a "short" note (maybe I should look up the meaning of "short" huh?) to let you know that I'm thinking about you and wishing you all the best as you finish repairs on Mhadei and get a last bit of quality rest yourself. Stock up on some good rations so you can enjoy yourself when you have good weather.

Remember GOD is with you all the way on this journey of yours, just don't forget that. And His Legions of Angels are surrounding you and Mhadei, protecting you and guiding you towards your next stop over.

Remember, take much more WD-40, all sizes of nuts & bolts, duck tape (for sure), and you know, a couple tubes of super glue probably wouldn't be a bad idea, LOL

Have a relaxing week until you leave again for the voyage of a lifetime. Beverly & Andrew Penney, Tasmania

BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!!

ET Gurl said...

Its no fun here anymore!
I'm gonna go over and bug Abby Sunderland some at http://soloround.blogspot.com/
See ya there!

Angus (bris) said...

Hi Dilip.
Looks like your getting along real well. Great photoes
Take care.
Angus.

SaltyDog said...

Commander Donde,

It looks like the little wharf rat is temporarily relocating to another blog. Those darn rodents can certainly be pesky.

I hope all repairs are going well for you. I imagine that you are getting close to your departure date. I just checked one of the weather web sites and it looked like there could be some intense weather hitting the Falklands about Saturday. Perhaps you’ll wait and let it play through before setting sail. Looking forward to your next update, Dilip.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

Jay said...

@ ET Gurl,

Oh God please don't, we all wish you wouldn't!

Unless of course you've grown up overnight.

Jay

hezakiah299 said...

01-27-10 @ 00:51
Hi Dilip,
Hope all your repairs are going well for you, and that you are getting plenty of R&R. I know that you said that you were getting treated very well there, please don’t get spoiled, you may never want to leave. LOL…..
I suppose you heard that Jessica had a pretty rough time further on in the Atlantic. Had four (4) knockdowns and everything got pretty wet. One of her stainless steel frames got pretty well bent, her cabin got messed up a bit, but she, being Jessica, came through it real well. She was laughing and in high spirits. She is an Aussie!!!!!

For WorkerBev: thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate them. I have been slacking off a little bit, but I’m getting back in the groove again. Hey, did you miss any of your favorites????? LOL…..
I enjoy your posts as well, and I hope I see you and Andrew in Sydney.

Well Dilip, you take care of yourself and drop us a line when you get a chance.
Safe travels and may God be with you.
Your in my prayers.
Michael(75)from Kingwood, WV (USA)

samurai said...

Dear Cdr Dilip, I hope everything is going well for you in Port Stanley and you're getting to the end of your "To Do" list. I laugh when I say that because from my experience, the "To Do" lists simply never end, do they?
I'm looking forward to your departure and to following you through the rest of you journey.
Take good care of yourself and bye for now...Sam

Dear Bev in Tassy,
Thankyou so much, it's very kind of you to say so. You are such good value and I enjoy reading your comments and I shall look forward to meeting you in Sydney. Michael's coming too, how cool is that? Cheers!

Jan said...

Hi Dilip,

How are you? I hope that Mhadei is all ship shape again and you are feeling refreshed after a little rest on land.

I guess you have heard about Jesse's encounter with the hurricane force winds. EPL stood her ground and with Jesse being the brave little sailor she is and the strong and sturdy EPL, they got through the storm okay. I was really worried about her, as her parents, team and everyone was.

Also, Abby Sunderland has set off last Saturday on her voyage. She is settling in to a routine, although she is feeling quite tired as she hasn't been sleeping that much. I guess it's something you adjust to?

Well just sign off but take care Dilip and I wish you a safe departure from Port Stanley. By the way, when will you be leaving Port Stanley?

With warmest wishes from Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

Anonymous said...

GREAT Pic's there Capt'

love them all... miss ya' since you been in port... jesse' moving right a long, almost losted her tho.. in a storm... when you think you might be heading out once again'.. soon or later....

take care get what's needed done now while you can... and don't for get to say safe'


JOHN GLENN SHEPPARD USA

Anonymous said...

Great pics Cdr Donde, thanks for sharing them with us.

Have a nice rest during your stay in Port Stanley.

Best wishes,

Marina from Turin

ET Gurl said...

Hey MJ

Has it dropped off yet ha ha ha

ET Gurl said...

Heave Ho heave it will not Grow MJ

ET Gurl said...

Hi Dilip

Yep its me again nothing much to do so i just thought i'll call in & see ya mmmmmm well i just looked at now whats her name ah cant remeber the 1st name but you know who i mean Sutherland but deont you worry about her she's only got a blow up boat so she better have plenty of patches & a lot of super glue with her ha ha ha & MJ from Brisbane is a moron

J&J said...

ET Gurl,

You're the only "Moron" here. Daresay you are a fat overweight short sucker, cause you sure have a big chip on your shoulder. We're right aren't we?
As you put it!!! Ha Ha Ha
J&J

ET Gurl said...

Hey Dilip

Aren't you lot a ugly bunch & dont you believe in blades & by the way where do you all sleep mmmmmmm