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Soanya is well aware that there will be no turning back, and will undoubtedly need to call upon all her mental and physical strength to see the voyage to its conclusion. Reid conceived of the 1000 Day Voyage nearly 20 years ago, and has single-mindedly prepared for it ever since. The willpower and focus he has sustained to realize his goal is impressive in and of itself. He has also served as a teacher to many — myself included — who got their first sailing lessons from Reid while at the helm of the Anne. Reid has been a friendly, gregarious and generous host to everyone who has boarded the schooner. I dare say that all of us who have had the good fortune to be counted as a friend have been enriched by the experience. This voyage isn’t something many of Reid’s and Soanya’s friends would even consider undertaking, but we all wholeheartedly support them and admire their fortitude. P.S. I was first mate on my cousin Jerry Morgan's Trintella 53 Sumatra in the '05 Ha-Ha. Libby Edwards Planet Earth Libby — Latitude's official position on the 1,000 Day Voyage — as opposed to our smart-ass one — is that Reid and Soanya are both reasonably intelligent consenting adults, have a proven vessel, and Reid has considerable sailing experience. If they want to take off alone together for 1,000 days, we've got no problem with it. And it makes no difference to us if they are doing it for spiritual development or sleazy publicity, we wish them the best of luck. By the way, as we go to press they've already been out for over 60 days, which means they're already 1/20th of the way through their adventure. They were just running out of the last of the fresh fruit. ⇑⇓TWO BUCK CHUCK IS BETTER THAN NOTHING Even if I didn't sail, I'd be a Latitude reader. The content is superb! Thanks to all of you for producing a wonderful monthly read. I savor every word. But please consider reminding us subscribers when our subscriptions should be renewed. Or consider creating an 'evergreen' renewal for Visa or MasterCard payers. The eBooks edition of Latitude is compelling, but I don't think the magazine lends itself to such a version. Latitude is like a fine wine, a cognac, to be savored over time. Only the paper version will do for that. I will continue to prefer the paper version, which I will recycle after a season of appropriate enjoyment of the content. Peter Van Noord Planet Earth Peter — Thank you for the very kind remarks and your honest evaluation of the online version. The online version is primarily for the many readers who have either taken off cruising or live where Latitude isn't distributed. In such cases, a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck is better than nothing. But we think you'll have to admit, the photos look spectacular in the online version. In a typical month, we receive a tremendous volume of letters. So if yours hasn't appeared, don't give up hope. We welcome all letters that are of interest to sailors. Please include your name, your boat's name, hailing port, and, if possible, a way to contact you for clarifications. By far the best way to send letters is to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail them to 15 Locust, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, or fax them to (415) 383-5816.
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The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.