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LETTERS phone connections. All of us aboard were incredibly concerned about our families and friends. Yet there was an almost creepy irony that, there we were, safely on a boat in the marina, with plenty of power, pretty good communications (TV, VHF, sideband, etc), and plenty of food and fresh water. If only we could beam our families on board. Since that day, our sailboats — later a Farr 44, a Santa Cruz 52, and now our M&M 52 catmaran — have always had an Ark-like essence for me. And we'll never forget that afternoon sail. Pete & Susan Wolcott Route du Vent (in '89) Currently Kiapa, Morrelli & Melvin 52 Kapa'a, HI ⇑⇓SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY I am writing to express my eye-rolling disappointment in the Liz Clark piece — with the overly dramatic title “An SOS from Liz Clark on Swell Swell” — in the May 11 edition of ‘Lectronic Latitude. At first I was worried there had been an accident or that Liz was in other serious trouble. As it turns out, this was not a true SOS; Ms. Clark is simply in need of money. Who isn’t in need of money these days? I completely understand that Ms. Clark needs the money to repair her boat so she may continue her sailing and surfing adventure, but considering the economic climate back here in 'Reality World', it strikes me as odd that a person capable of getting the initial funding and multiple sponsorships at the journey’s onset, would now feel it’s appropriate to ask for donations from the general public. And if she has, as you wrote, “made the transition from a relatively novice sailor to a courageous and competent adventurer, never shying away from the hard work that's needed to be done,” it seems to me she should consider getting a job in one of the fabulous locales she’s been privileged to visit, or even back home, to earn the $5,000 she feels she needs. In reading some of her blog entries, I find it hard to believe that a person with the stamina and courage to sail alone to the South Pacific and the determination to conquer the surf at Teahupo'o would ask working people for money while she spends her days exploring, sailing, and surfing in exotic ports. I find this more than a little offensive, considering I work hard for my money so no one else has to foot the bill for my fun. Perhaps the generous souls who are considering sending money to Liz Clark should instead send their contribution to Bismarck Dinius — someone who is truly in need of help! Kathe Hashimoto Seahound, Cal 27 T2 Sausalito Kathe — You're not the only one who feels the way you do, but we think you're overly grouchy about it. As for your complaint that you were worried Liz had been in an accident — please, you can’t seriously believe that she would call for urgent help via the online edition of a sailing magazine! In addition, it’s not as though Liz was asking for donations from the “general public.” Over the last three years, she’s written many interesting and well-received pieces for Latitude and other publications, and we think she rightly felt that some readers might be happy to pitch in a little to help her out. She received over $1,400, and has expressed her sincere gratitude to all those who contributed. What we can’t figure out is if you’ve got something against everyone who receives money from others to go sailing — which as we mentioned last month, would include Robin Lee Graham,
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The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.