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    Re: Robert Gainer's projected voyage.
    From: Robert Gainer
    Date: 2006 Feb 15, 06:50 -0500

    Not too much to say about this trip George. It is being done in a Tartan 34C 
    which is being refit this winter and spring with trials scheduled mid to late 
    summer this year. Changes and modifications will be made next winter based on 
    the trials and then the boat will be sailed to Maine early summer 07. Late 
    summer my two friends and I will go up to Maine to start the trip and from 
    there sail to Greenland. This trip is being done on a boat with both an 
    engine and electronics. The last high latitude sail I took was on a smaller 
    boat, only 22 feet instead of 34 feet and without any power, meaning no 
    engine or electrical system. That trip went as far north as 55 degrees. This 
    trip will go as far north as the ice permits.
    We will have GPS and two sextants onboard. The navigation time will be from a 
    quartz chronometer instead of one of my Ships Chronometers. This is only the 
    second trip I am doing using a GPS and no need to wind the chronometer every 
    day. My first offshore trip with a GPS was just last year when I went to 
    Bermuda in November. By the way, the best we did with the sextant on that 
    trip was a position by observation that was ? mile from what the GPS said was 
    our location. I instructed Bill in the use of the sextant by having him take 
    a series of sights while I recorded the time. He plotted them on graph paper 
    and chose the best one for determining the position by computer. I had HO 211 
    with me, as is my habit on deliveries. It fits very neatly into the case for 
    my sextant.
    Robert Gainer
    > From: George Huxtable 
    > Date: 2006/02/14 Tue PM 04:52:33 EST
    > Subject: Robert Gainer's projected voyage.
    > Robert Gainer certainly whetted my interest when he casually mentioned a projected voyage to Eastern
    > Greenland next year; and no doubt  he interested others too.
    > I hope he won't leave it at that, but will satisfy our curiosity about his plans.
    > George.
    > contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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