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Peter McCrea and Doug Theobolds

For their challenging return of Panacea to the US after the first leg of the Bermuda 1-2 Race, which included a knockdown, chaos and smoke, no engine, 12V jury rig power, a storm in the Gulf Stream, and the following message:

“Arrival-underway-Stream sucks-go West-wind is up-3am knockdown!-chaos & smoke-assess-regroup-jury rig 12V power-Stream crossing-Smiles”

"..this cryptic passage summary was transmitted from Panacea to family using a handheld DeLorme inReach communicator, which utilizes the Iridium Satellite constellation to transmit email messages and current location. The 160-character limitation of this remote messaging system made it a challenge to convey the complex sets of circumstances the crew of Panacea experienced in the six-day passage–every key stroke counting."