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Return from IMO

Posted by Martin Orr on Wednesday, 20 July 2005 at 19:46

I have finally returned from the IMO, not having gone to bed since Saturday night. On Sunday night we had to sleep on the floor in the hotel dining room due to the hurricane. In the event however the hurricane both weakened and turned slightly away from us so it did no damage in Mérida.

On Monday we had the closing ceremony, at which the medals are presented. The final cut-offs were 35 for gold, 23 for silver and 12 for bronze so I got my gold! Between the party after the closing ceremony and leaving at 4.30 on Tuesday morning, there was no point sleeping. Since then I have been travelling home.

-- Martin

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Hurricane Emily

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 16 July 2005 at 20:33

Hurricane Emily is heading straight for the Yucantán peninsula. It seems certain that there will be heavy rain from tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, and we may be hit by the storm itself later in the evening (early Monday morning BST). Preparations ae being made, the windows of our hotel rooms have been taped up and some have been boarded up (the biggest danger seems to be from the windows breaking). The expedition to Chichen-Itza tomorrow has been moved forward a couple of hours to ensure we get home before the rain, and the closing ceremony on Monday may be cancelled.

The hotel is one of the three most hurricane-proof buildings in Mérida, so we will be safe in a windowless room. However, whether we are directly hit by the storm or not, there is a high probability that our journey home will be delayed in the aftermath.

-- Martin

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Scores and excursions

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 16 July 2005 at 20:23

Well, first the scores for the UK team:

|Saul Glasman |2|7|0|7|3|1|20|
|Nathan Kettle|7|7|7|7|3|2|33|
|Andre Kueh   |3|7|7|7|1|7|32|
|Matthew Lee  |1|7|0|7|7|1|23|
|Martin Orr   |7|7|6|7|7|1|35|
|Jack Shotton |2|7|0|7|0|0|16|

That gives us a total score of 159, our highest since 1995 or 1996. Fiachra Knox from Ireland got a total of 34. Predicted medal boundaries are approximately 34 for gold, 25 for silver and 14 for bronze.

Yesterday we visited Dzibilchaltún, an excavated Mayan city, and went to the beach. Today we had a sports and activities day, but it was outside so it was too hot to do much. We also went salsa dancing last night (learning it in Focus had to come in useful some time).

-- Martin

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