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Date: 05 Oct 2010 17:34:06
Title: Sailing around the World ( presently at Sea between the Coco's Islands and Mauritius )

TUESDAY    5th  OCTOBER    2010     (  Day 9 at Sea )
 
Total distance of this leg...................2,313 n miles
 
Rugby Matters
As I type this , we have the Munster music playing on the sound system, It brings back such fond memories,
A pity about loosing last weekend, but, but they live to fight another day....................look out Leinster !
We will have to get out the flag and give it an airing in Mauritius,
 
Anyway , last night was a beautifull starrey night, but still extreemly cold.
We observed a number of falling stars shoot across the skies. and no traffic or fishing trawlers to be seen anywhere.
 
09.00hrs  Radio Call .........  todays net controller is " Destiny " They are the Catameran that pushed us to the finish line on the last leg.
We recorded the position of all the yachts and we still made ground on all the fleet ( except Grand Filou ) during the last 24 hours.
However , Grand Filou is still 194 miles behind, and may not have enough time to overtake us,  she is a " Shipman 63 " and an extreemly fast boat.
She left the Coco's 2 days after we left the place. 
 
Distance to our destination.................................795 n miles
Distance travelled.............................................1,554  miles
Weather, ...........................................................good
Sea state ........................................................moderate
Wind      ...........................................................20  /  22 knots ESE
 
The weather kept improving as the day wore on, we were able to leave the main hatch open for the first time in days, and open some of the port
holes to air the ship.
 
Lunch consisted of egg salad sandwiches,  this was specially to give the crew enough energy in case the Skipper called for the " Bag of Fear "
which of course he did later on in the day,
meanwhile we enjoyed the sunshine and great sailing conditions as we scooted across the Indian Ocean westwards to Mauritius,
a real honeymoon destination,
 
17.00hrs we hoisted the " Bag of fear " and this increased our speed by 1.5 knots........
18.00hrs   We had covered 396 miles in 48 hours with just 729 miles to our destination.
 
21,00 hrs  Radio call , Destiny did the nightly roll call of all World ARC yachts,  checking everyone is ok and keeping in touch with one another.
Distance to destination, ....................699 miles.
 
Neil went for a kip before the dinner, Gosh, he would nearly outdo " Fats " in the sleeping stakes,
Terry sys he would certainly win the " Golden Blanket Award "
 
Dinner was just a simple " rack of Australian Lamb " with creamed potatoes, and more cabbage. 
the clean plates spoke for themselves.
We got emails from some of our offspring , describing the great party our son Paul and Christine  held in the R.C.Y.C to celebrate their 10th wedding annaversary and Christines ( Wife ) birthday.  Well done guys ...
 
We decided to change the watch arrangments as we have the " Bag of Fear " flying.
So it is as follows :-
 
                            21.00hrs   /  00.00hrs.....................................Skipper
                            00.00hrs  /   03.00hrs......................................Neil
                            03.00hrs  /   06.00hrs......................................Terry
                            06.00hrs  /  08.00hrs........................................Aileen
 
Thats all from a much more relaxed boat today..
Thanks Marion for all your concern and best wishes, Gutten Nacht.
 
Signed :-     Stephen  Hyde  ( Skipper )

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