Eating our way around the World ( presently at Sea between Reunion Island and South Africa )

MONDAY  1st NOVEMBER   2010
 
There is a Cyclone building around the Coco's Islands,, and looks like being a catagory 3
This is a strong Cyclone, and has not been seen in this area for a long time,
 
It seems that the Cyclone season has arrived early with a bang. all because of the " Indian Ocean Dipole " which is simular to" El Nino"
which we have all heard of over the years.  The waters of the ocean are warmer than normal and therefore cause the weather
in general to be irratic, and this in turn also affects the currents, which we know all about,
Right now we have a 3.2 knot current against us, where as normally here the current would be with us , pushing us along nicley.
 
01.00hrs   Big clouds appear from the SW, bringing with it lots of rain and stronger winds, all hands on deck and we reefed
all sails
The wind shifted from the NW to West and then SW  all in the space of 30 minutes. now right on the nose, just bleedin lovely !
 
07.00hrs We could see two of our own fleet close by, later it turned out that these were " Arianne "  and  "Tzagine"
We had a lot of shipping traffic all night , and apart from the heavy shower, it was a nice night at sea.......
 
09.00hrs,  Radio Call,  We got the position of all yachts, and we have recovered our position towards the front of the fleet.
The conditions remained beautifull, except the wind was in the wrong direction for us all.  dead on the nose. this makes for slow progress.
 
11.00hrs 
Distance travelled................................320 miles
Distance to waypoint............................229 miles
 
Lunch time,  The barometer has dropped to 1010
the food was a Prawn and Avacado salad, with hard boiled eggs, spring onions, cucumber, celery, luttice, grapes, and olives, plus some
of Aileens boat made brown bread, and of course the Marie rose sauce,     yum, yum,
 
Entertainment ,, The fishing rod was working away on its own at the back of the boat, while the rest of the crew played "backgammon."
 
We altered course a number of times to keep within a reasonable distance of the rum line.and did a couple of hours motorsailing as well.
 
Later in the day, the wind increased to 25 / 30 knots fine on our port bow, so we got some good sailing for a while.
The winds have shifted around more or less as " Bruce" predicted, but we have much more wind than he forecast.
the positive side to that is we have much more sailing than expected.
 
Around dusk, the fishing rod went bonkers again,  ha,ha we got you this time, with our wire trace, there's no escape.
well, thats what we thought,  but, BUT, thoughts can make a fool of you , and they did, 30 mins later . the fish was gone again,
Ohhhhhh noooooo and with the lure as well,   can you believe that, the begger ate the wire trace. just like as if it was cut off with a pliers,
no frayed ends,
 
Aileen cooked dinner, a lamb and beef  "spaghetti dish " which we ate in the " Moonlight Restaurant " it was excellent, ( have to say that anyway )
All this took up a good part of the evening.
 
21.00hrs,  The wind eased off again, so we shook out the reefs, tightened up the sails and altered course 20 degrees south,
The sea's were very flat and it looked as if we will have a good night at sea again,
 
Thats all for today,
 
Signed :-  Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )