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Date: 17 Sep 2010 13:41:50
Title: Fw: Sailing around the World ( presently at sea, between BALI and the Coco's Keeling Islands )

 
 

THURSDAY  16th  SEPTEMBER    2010     (  DAY  3  )
 
Again, a lovely starrey night and we still have all the lightning away to the North of us.
Otherwise, an uneventfull night.
 
We often do our emails and the blog during the night, and tonight we have replied to a Mr Mike Dicks, who sent us an email through the World ARC.
inviting us on " A Lady " to his house in the Coco's for dinner, He owns an Oyster, and is considering taking part in the next World ARC in 2 years time.
 
Talking of Blogs, according to Niall O'Rielly and Stefan, Kieran Jameson, Mr Watson, Mr Mc Sweeney and many others in Dublin read our blog, we will have to meet them all when we return to motherland and have a real Guinness, washed down with a Jameson.
 
07.45 hrs  We put up our great KITE and with the benifit of a 15  /  19 knot breeze from the ESE we scooted along 8 knots +,
of course we also had the benifit of a 1.5 knot current , a gift from God. ( as " Fays " would say,........... free miles............)
 
We spent the morning showering and preening ourselves, Its amazing how fast we can become grubby and sticky. In this heat
and with this humidity, its a shower every 2 hours we really need.  At this stage , we can tell who is upwind of us without looking.
 
12.00hrs   Distance travelled.......................................448 miles
                Distance to our Destination........................ 652 miles
                Distance south of the rum line......................47  miles
 
               Our position :-   11 degrees 03'  South
                                       107 degrees 41'East
 
We changed the water pump on the fridge and freezer system, the old one eventually stopped working, but whatever we did, the new one is not
cooling the units down, even though we have water pumping away at a great rate.  we would welcome any suggestions.
 
14.00hrs  We had Dinner.. today it consisted of small pieces of roast Fatty pork and tons of crackling, together with potatoes
and carrots all creamed up together with chopped up  onions and cheese added for a bit of extra taste.We also had green beans for colour.
No one complained,
 
 
Later, the swell got very big, about 4m , even though the wind was getting lighter, and the sea became very confused,
this made it very difficult to keep our KITE and eventually around 7.30pm we dropped the Kite and motored,
the wind at this stage was only around 8  /  9 knots from behind, and we were rocking and rolling like a bitch. yeach.
 
Darkness fell, but there was a good glow from the 1/2 moon, despite the clouds. Ohhhhh its very warm and sticky...
We had tea, biscuits, cheese and fruit for our evening snack...
 
 
The watches for tonight. :-     22.00hrs  /  00.00hrs   ..............................................Aileen
                                          00.00hrs  /  02.00hrs.................................................Neil
                                          02.00hrs  /  04.00hrs..................................................Terry
                                          04.00hrs  /  06.00hrs .................................................Stephen
                                          06.00hrs  /  08.00hrs...................................................Aileen
 
 
Thats all for today .
 
Signed :-     Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )

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