Sailing Our Oyster around the World ( presently about to leave Reunion Island )

SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER   2010   ( Bank holiday weekend at home )   DAY 1 at Sea.     LEG 19 of the World rally.
 
Distance to Richards Bay ,  South Africa............................................. 1,365 n miles
Our estimated time to do the trip ............................................................... 8 days 3hrs
 
06.00hrs  All hands on deck as we leave today,
We washed down the decks again and had a light breakfast and then set up all the sheets and guys for the " Bag of Fear " if required.
 
09.00hrs.   Rally control morning radio broadcast.
It became a fact thet the two  U.S. Sundeer 60's are going to stay for another few days, all because Jimmy, the owner of one of them called " Ocean Jasper " has fallen in love with " Annette " from the Botique shop in Mackay and she flew up and joined their boat for a while,
Mackay is one of the two most dissapointing places we visited on the trip, the other was Equador.
 
Mackay :-
*We only finished repairing our outhaul yesterday, which had been replaced in Mackay,
*Our new SSB, which we purchased in Mackay and were told it would be suitable for our trip, turned out to be only suitable for Australian waters,
Of course this can be overcome , by employing someone to retune the radio, But they forgot to mention that when supplying the expensive equipment.
*Our E120 was so badly damaged in Mackay that it had to be sent back to Raymarine  to be completly rebuilt.
*Our Generator was Successfully repaired in Mackay, but the mechanic never screwed back the electrical circuit board properly and the nuts came undone , one falling into the generator and damaging the M.P.U.  Nuturally 2 days later the generator stopped working and we had tpo call into another port to have it repaired.
All this cost big money, and whats more , Australia was certainly the most expensive place we visited on the trip.which just added to all the woe's.
And many others suffered simular problems, so its not just us.
 
Thats enough whinging for today, otherwise we will have to rename the trip  " whinging our way around the World "
 
10.15hrs,  Our neighbours " Chessy " let go her lines and now we were free to leave the dock.
We already had the engine warming up, so at 10.20hrs we reversed out of our space, turned around and headed out to the starting area.
There was a stiff breeze blowing from the north, over 20 nkots,, Now that is totally at odds to the weather forecast, which predicted light winds for
the first 3 days,
11.00hrs,  THE START   of leg 19 ,,
We first headed south to a yellow mark just about 1/4 mile away, and only for " Eowyn's " message on the radio,
all boats would have missed the mark.  Once around the mark  we set a course of 235 degrees T for the first way point abot 30 miles
 south of Madasgar,  Distance to this waypoint is 365 miles
 
We goosewinged for the first 15miles in a good breeze, but as we drew away from the Island, the wind became lighter and lighter,
so we decided to hoist the " Bag of fear ", this increased our speed by about 2 knots and we soon drew away from the flleet,
However, as the wind got lighter, ( below 10 knots, )  many boats turned on their engines and motored past us again.
off towards the horizon.
 
We got out the fishing rod, ( which we have not used for a while ) and after a good cleaning and polishing, attached a brand new lure and
cast it out behind the boat, perhaps about 150m of line,   Our first catch many hours later was a big plastic bag...
 
The weather was beautifull and we were happy scooting along at 6.5knots in 10  knots of wind,
We had a school of Dolphins for a long while and this is always exciting, the cameras were clicking like mad.....
We identified them from our marine book as " Spinner Dolphins " and are common in the Indian ocean,
 
18.00hrs,  The wind was still very light, and a little fluky as well, so we had to keep adjusting the " Bag of Fear " all the time,
We had covered only 46 miles since we started , an average of  6.5 knots,    Ohhhhhh that will certainly affect our estimated time of arrival.
which we calculated to be next Sunday afternoon.   Still there is a long way to go. all we need is a strong breeze..
 
20.00 hrs  We had dinner in the " Liquid Moonlight Restaurant "  ( the new name for the cockpit.)
It consisted of Pork Chops, carrots, baked beans, and creamed potatoes, which were whipped with Mayonnese, you know, that really
made them very tasty ..  yum yum,
Nothing left on the plates, speaks for itself.  gobble, gobble, sleep, sleep, a little reading inbetween the sunbathing and " the cats the Queen "
 
Nothing on the fishing line either, and now its dark,  Its interesting, but most of our catches to date ( not too many now in fairness )
have been around midday, so we will just have to be patient,
 
23.00hrs, Wind and conditions still the same as they were earlier, and lovely sailing conditions too.
Distance travelled .......................................46 n miles,
Distance to waypoint...................................319 n miles.
 
 
Night watches :-               22.00hrs  /  00.00hrs.................................................. Aileen
                                       00.00hrs  /  02.00hrs...................................................Stephen
                                       02.00hrs  /  04.00hrs....................................................Neil
                                       04.00hrs  /  06.00hrs....................................................Terry
                                       06.00hrs  /  08.00hrs.....................................................Collette
 
Thats all for now,
 
Signed :-     Stephen Hyde  ( Skipper )