Jeff just arrived yesterday in Costa Rica to check on my boat. His initial report is that the boat is clean and looks good. He will be taking it out for a spin today, to verify all is running well. The latest word from the shipping company is that a freighter will pick it up on Sept 6th.
On a different subject…
I notice that on one of the boards I follow http://groups.yahoo.com/group/world-cruising/), the hottest topic I’ve seen recently regards the existence of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Allegedly it’s a large pile of trash floating out in the center of the Pacific, and consists of all the trash we’ve thrown in the ocean floating together in the center of the Pacific. I’m a skeptic, and find the size estimates “unlikely”. For instance, on Wikipedia, it’s size is estimated as:
The size of the affected region is unknown, but estimates range from 700,000 km2 to more than 15 million km2 – greater than twice the size of the continental US.
Other estimates are less grand, but still big. For instance, several sites estimate the size as being roughly the size of Texas.
I do suspect that there are pockets of floating trash in the Pacific, but I sincerely hope they are not anywhere near that big. I’m not sure I carry enough fuel to side step something that is twice the size of the Continental US, while crossing the Pacific. I’m not too worried… My guess is that if anything that big were out there, it would show on Google Earth.