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1 April 03

Dear friends & family,

Jon and Chris enjoy a game of chess while underway
Chris and Jon enjoy a game of chess underway

At 5:30pm  today we were at 4 52' N, 80 00' W, or about 150 miles off the Columbian Pacific coast (see map).  We've sailed some 210 miles through the water (a bit more over the bottom as we've had some assistance from a current) and we have about 350 miles to go to Manta, Ecuador.

We've had a delightful sail today.  Last night we kept the radar busy as we passed lots of ships heading in and out of the canal.  After a fairly calm night under just the jib, we put up a reefed main and we've been running "wing and wing" (sails out on each side) all day, reaching speeds of 10 knots, and staying above 8 knots for extended periods.  Tonight the winds seem to have calmed somewhat, so we'll leave the sails as they are.  We're doing about 5 knots through the water with about 1 knot of assist from the current.  Let's hope it holds for the night!

Cheers -- Jon, Sue, Chris & Amanda

s/v Ocelot, heading for the South Pacific!

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