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September 29, 2007

Final preparations for the Channel

LOCATION: Oostende, Belgium
Longitude: N:51deg.14'53.
Latitude: E: 002deg.55'45.
Kms from Istanbul: 3,183

Belgium Moksha is having final preparations hurriedly done on a borrowed dock, we’re desperately running round town to every conceivable shop where we’re told they don’t have something in a foreign language and then nodding sagely as a man semaphores elaborate directions to some other shop to buy screws or sealant or something vital for the ocean. A weather window is looming for the crossing....No hang on... these are my notes from October 1994.It’s Europe 1994 and 2007 with Jason Lewis and the Expedition - nothing much has changed. OK, so we’re sleeping inside more often, we spend half our time messing around with laptops (which barely existed back then) and we’re actually paying for the occasional thing rather than having to beg and borrow every step of the way.


Eilbhe , who we met in France in 94, is painting new figure head on the pedal boat and Chris, who was one of the boat builders, is replacing the windows so they can actually see where they're going on the imminent Channel crossing.


Jason is barely sleeping, is surrounded by charts, electronics and dealing with the authorities in both France and England. He has finally stopped just shaving like an explorer. The generosity of friends old and new continue to propel this expedition westward, almost done - see you all in Greenwich.

Expedition cameraman and photographer


Huge thanks to those of you who have pledged towards the shipping of Moksha to Ostend from Antwerp. The response has been so successful we have $350 surplus which we will put towards the hire of the crane to pull Moksha out of the Thames on the morning of the 6th (425 pounds sterling + VAT).

You can make pledges here. Or email contact@expedition360.com

Sincerest thanks to the following for your pledges -
The Rollers - $200
Karl Sweeney - $100
Susan Schendowich - $50
Patrick Buckler - $50
Neil Reypert - $100
Gretchin Lair - $50
Tim Murfitt - $50
Samantha Carter - $50
Merlin & Carrie Lewis - $200
Jane Koca & John Caldwell - $100
Anonymous - $250

> Total to raise: $850
> Total raised to date: $1200
> Total still to raise: $0

> Surplus towards crane hire: $350
> Crane hire: $998.50
> Still to raise: 650

Posted on September 29, 2007 9:54 AM