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On the little island of Tristan da Cunha, PUMA crew....plays golf!

Puma crew plays golf in Tristan da Cunha
Puma crew plays golf in Tristan da Cunha ©Amory Ross

While Telefonica and Camper rest in Cape Town, 2 boats are still at sea: one has less than 300 miles to go before Cape Town and the other is anchoring in on of the most remote island's bay.

Ken Read, Puma's skipper reports from Tristan da Cunha:


“We have now been on Tristan da Cunha for 24 hours. It is exactly what we thought it would be. A cloud seems to surround the island always. We still haven't seen the peak of the mountain, but the cliffs that make up the borders of the rock are breathtaking.


Yesterday at daybreak we arrived via a police escort - - one large inflatable boat - - to the anchorage area that they suggested we use. Of course, we are the only anchored boat in about a 1,500 mile radius.


After anchoring PUMA’s Mar Mostro in about 20 metres of water, we all went in on the RIB to meet several of the town administrators, who were eager to help. 


Housing, food, coffee, and showers – all the necessities that we were craving were provided. And, of course, that 9 am cold beer!

Police Inspector Conrad Glass explained the rules. We met the harbormaster – Jonathan Swain’s long-lost relative; Iris, the Minister of Tourism; Lorraine, the Treasurer and hairdresser; Sean Burns, the British government administrator, and of course Andy, the radio and communications director. And, so on and so on. I am leaving a lot of important people out for sure, but the fact is they are all fantastic.


The rest of the day was all about getting organised and relaxing. Figuring out how we are going to deal with our yacht on anchor. A night in the pub for the boys, and Jono and I took the first night shift on the boat. Pretty much setting up a routine that we will likely follow until the ship gets here to bring us back to the mainland.

Today will be golf day. Played in a cow pasture with flags but no greens. For sure the cow patties will bring a new meaning to "lift, clean and place." Ought to be interesting. We have trips planned to nearby Nightingale Island, a hike up the mountain, and of course more boat chores than we know what to do with. For sure, we will keep busy.


In the meantime, we use the internet cafe to constantly check on communication from our families and look up the progress of the ship heading this way. The clock is ticking louder ever minute.

To all who have sent the team notes of support we thank you. Time to relax a bit. And hit a few golf balls.


Kenny"



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