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Dear Laura and Jack,
As you will note from the attached e-mail from the Sinclair Discussion
there are many people who would like to receive regular reports about
progress on your truly momentous and courageous voyage.
If you would include email@example.com, when you are
me, many Sinclairs throughout the World - from New Zealand to Nova
- would be able to share the trials, tribulations and triumphs of your
just, as I hope, they will communicate with you on
I realise that you may experience some difficulty in sending and
when you are not in port but the knowledge that there are so many people
your adventures should provide you with some encouragement and
all that you have sacrificed in undertaking such a daunting journey in
such a small
Chief was delighted to receive Stella's communication but says that he is
sea-dog. He doesn't like salt water. He is too young to think about
of ladies - particularly when they are bitches. Last week he was
bitten by an
adder so he is not feeling too bright at the moment although he did
appropriate injections to counteract the poison. I hope he has
learned not to meddle
with snakes. (He had wanted to play with it by tossing it in the
With every good wish for your continued progress. So far, the
weather does not seem
to have been favourable and, as you must now be approaching the notorious
Biscay, (where I was horribly sea-sick when crossing it in a troopship
during the war)
you still have some heavy seas in front of you. Nevertheless, 7
Roses is an admirable
craft and, with you and/or Jack at the helm, it will reach the New World
in good order.
(I hope there will be those yachtsmen on the other side of the
Atlantic who will help
you to give it a new lick of paint).
I am eagerly awaiting your next communication and to meeting up with you
when you reach Orkney.
Note to cc addressees: "Stella" is one of Laura's dogs
which she has on board the 7 Roses.
"Chief" is the best dog in the World.
Laura and Niven are both mad (about dogs).