The Pirates are making progress here in Melbourne. The boat is disassembled and the repairs are being affected. Kimo Worthington, our General Manager, will write something later detailing the repairs that we have made and explaining a bit about how these boats are constructed in the keel area.

Manuel Fernandez, Chairman of Pescanova and Manuel Perez, Managing Director of Pescanova Australia arrived last night to visit the team. Manuel Fernandez brought his usual optimistic attitude and a really nice video he made from the work the shore team did in his boat yard at Punta Lagoa (Spain) last October. He spoke to the team today at lunch, then we watched the video. Inspirational stuff, including the team working in the rain and darkness at 0400 on the morning of the relaunch.

Here in Melbourne, the shore team is in the midst of a tough 10 day work period to repair The Black Pearl so it was a nice time to show them that they too are stars! The crew takes the baton at sea and the shore team carries the baton ashore. The Pirates are strong because of all the Pirates.

For today, I just wanted to share a few of the great emails I have received following my Pirate Update of January 25th…the Christopher Columbus piece. A couple of the quotes are keepers and I want to put them up on the wall in my office.

1. Paul – Right on with the bit about Columbus Day etc. in Curmudgeon.

Our motto here: Don’t go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

I don’t know who said it but it works for me. Drive on!

Bill Kreysler

2. I liked Cayard’s e mail this morning – this is the quote i would refer to Teddy Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Justin Smith

3. Great read–love reading your logs and sharing with all my friends.

Today’s was especially good and reassured a lot of naysayers. Taking a risk, taking on a challenge and pioneering new things-isn’t that what the pirates did?

Go guys, you know Paul, I have always said, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up way too much room!”

Cheers to you and the rest of the Pirates,

Dulaney Collins

4. Paul,

Thanks for your comments in Scuttlebutt 2017, just what some of the knockers in our world need to be told.

Wishing you and your team the very best of luck with the remaining race.

Hi to Erle and Craig.

Kind regards

Malcolm, PYBC, Auckland

5. Bravo Paul,

parole sante !!

luca bassani antivari

6. Paul,

Sincere thanks for this. I read every email you send, fascinated by your exploits and your description of them. I hope you are finding time to relax a bit in Australia and I look forward to hearing about the boat as it is nursed back into shape for the next leg.

Bob Iger

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company

7. Paul, Inspirational notes recently published.

Like you always say onboard when something is going well, “THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!”

Jug

Proud Pirate

Thanks for all your support!

Paul Cayard

Pirates of the Caribbean