National Geographic : 1968 Oct
What do you do all day, alone on the ocean? Mostly navi gate and check the rigging. But there are moments to spare to take pictures and clown a bit, using a piece of rope for a mustache (right). Anchored offshore, Robin constantly repairs his gear, like stitching up his companionway spray shield (below). A cat provides company of a sort, but it can't talk back. And Avanga was not always cheerful. "He just sits around," Robin noted, "or tries to attack me. But he's not sea sick or anything-sometimes he even gets around and plays." Avanga replaced the two kittens that began the voyage with Robin. One jumped ship, and the other was killed by a truck. KODACHROME(BELOW)BY CHARLESALLMON;EKTACHROME(RIGHT) ANDKODACHROME BY ROBINLEE GRAHAM© N.G.S. "I wonder if they are trying to talk to me?" Robin asked himself of the porpoises play ing about his boat. "It's amazing how loud they talk. It has been so long since I heard any voice-almost as though someone was answering me."