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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Voyage Back Day 5 -- Mysterious Helicopter

Hi Everyone,

On Wednesday, June 3rd, at 3:30 they were at 30 degree 2 minutes North and 151 degrees 17 minutes West. They were very happy to have crossed the 30th parallel, which, they said, was the border between Mexico and the US, so they feel they're getting closer home, and have done it fast. They sailed 165 miles today, 650 miles in 4 days, which is more than 1/4 of the way.

The weather was still warm and lovely, though it was cooling off. The wind was blowing steadily 12 to 15 knots during the day, up to 20 knots during the night. The boat was sailing 7 to 7.5 knots on average, with almost no need for sail adjustments. So they're just relaxing, having a real nice vacation.

But something interesting, even weird, did happen yesterday: at about 7:45 pm, a military helicopter appeared and circled twice above them, then went away. They called on the short wave radio, which usually elicits response, but this helicopter did not respond at all.

Later, at 10 pm the helicopter appeared again and circled above them again, and then, Tom, who was on watch, saw what looked like a meteorite, or a rocket, falling about 20 miles away and ending in a fire ball that fell in the water. Again they called the helicopter with no response.

What would you think this was?

Asked if he wanted to add anything, Tom said only that he was having a great time. Bill added, "Yes, this was a great day: we fought off the North Koreans single-handedly and then crossed the 30th parallel".

They had some phone problems, and explained that if I can't reach them tomorrow it's only technical problems, and that Rick the Weatherguy will be able to tell me by the wind situation how far they've gone each day.

Let's hope the phone works alright tomorrow, so we don't have North Korean nightmares...

Take care,


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