The course is preliminary. Two big factors are weather and fuel range. As it is, the dates
miss the traditional times of bad weather. The longest legs are 2,500 miles and the boat
has a range of about 3,500 miles.
final determination of the course will be in the hands of one of the two major companies
that do this for the commercial shipping industry. This is fairly expensive for individual
ships or boats, but we can get a fleet deal that comes to about %400 per boat.
Plus, we must be concerned with the political
situation in various countries at the time. Sri Lanka - says the U. S. State Dept. - is
not a good place to stop at this time.
The lay days are so we can rest and resupply and
get a fresh start together. Remember, each leg is a race. There may not be a need for as
many as I show; we may be able to cut a day at each port. (I do show five at Hawaii
because I think we will all need a rest at this point.) Plus a big party! And a bigger
party at the finish. Each new start will be timed so that everyone should finish in