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Around the world in 333 days with Mark Osgood

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42 - Round the World  - July 2003

At 2145 GMT, the crewmembers on board the good ship London who have sailed all the way from Liverpool on 28 October last year completed their circumnavigation of the globe's lines of longitude.  We started at 3 degrees west and we crossed that line of longitude again after eight months and ten days of generally heading west.

Benny and Ossie were at the helm when the line was crossed and celebrated with a can of coke, which had been smuggled aboard for just such an occasion.  The other round the worlders celebrated in their own way, generally by sleeping through the moment but no doubt with a quiet sense of achievement.

For Benny, it may be more than just a personal sense of achievement - we are looking to see if he is the first transplant patient to sail round the world. 

There are now two other round the world landmarks to look forward to the first is when we cross the line we made on the way out, known as tying the knot, which will be in the next race to New York. The second will be when we step off the boat in Liverpool.

Well done to skipper and all crew who have made it possible.

(PS from the rest of the crew: The above is to be read out in a clipped 1950's BBC voice whilst the reader also hums "Land Of Hope And Glory".  Images that might help the reader summon the suitable tearful eye and swelling chest are perhaps Hillary at the Everest summit, Churchill smoking a 'phat one' and maybe the Queen's coronation. Tally ho old boy!)

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