Fw: " A LADY TRIP" Sailing around the World, ( presently at sea, between the Galapagos and the Marquesses Islands)

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Tue 18 May 2010 18:51
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To: A Lady
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:45 PM
Subject: " A LADY TRIP" Sailing around the World, ( presently at sea, between the Galapagos and the Marquesses Islands)

Total distance of this leg .................3000miles
06..hrs  Distance to go...................  1104 miles
Position...........................................97:56S   120:30W
Distance travelled in last 24 hrs.........194 miles
Average speed over last 24hrs...........8.08 knots
Wind..............................................ESE  24 / 28 knots
WEDNESDAY 17th March     St Patricks Day
Uneventfull night,  Cloudy and occasional rain,
05.00hrs  Dawn begins to break, Sunrise will be much later,
Aileen has been on watch since 02.00hrs, she's knackered, and skipper takes over the watch.
Only 42 flying fish today., smelly ones at that, Whwat was originally a novelty is now becoming a nuisence.
10.00hrs  Radio time  ( 12.00 Galapagos time    18.00  UTC  grenwich meantime )
We have already sent our position by email to " Eowyn"
We recieve all the positions of the other yachts, and we are still well up there.
We wished everyone on the trip a happy " Paddys Day "
We cleaned up the decks and got rid of the fish,
Having coffee, we got into a discussion about some of the participants falling overboard and how lucky they were to survive the experience,
This reminded the skipper of the time his " Old Man" ( John Hyde )  fell overboard while sailing towards the Old Head of Kinsale
on " Teddy Pope's" yacht  called  SUSETTE. They were off cruising down west and under spinniker at the time.
Of course he couldent swim a stroke  ( by the way the skipper was about 6 at the time) and after a while let go the rope he was hanging onto.
The wife explained that it took about 30 minutes to retrieve the spinniker , take down the sails , start the engine and turn around .
There is no sign of the " Old Man" anywhere,  Nothing, Oh Cripes and he cant swim,
Meanwhile , under the surface  , John is admiring the sun shining down through the waves ( he told the Skip. this himself)
and knowing that it was just a matter of time before he drowned, He said at this stage he was semi uncontious, but very relaxed,
 Then he thought " Oh My God  !  I have a young family and what will happen to them. thats what he said,
( More like " I have a beautifull young Wife, and family, so what gobshit will take them over)
Anyway whatever the reason, He started to pray like he never prayed before, thats what he said, and whatsmore
He promised God, that if he ( god ) saved the Old Man, then he would go to Mass and Holy Communion every day for the rest of his life,
Thats a big Promise for any one to make,
Meanwhile back on board the " Susette" theres panic, no sign of John. They motor back towards where they think he fell over,
but NO sign,  In the end Teddy stops the boat, not knowing what to do next,
Suddenly Gladys, ( the wife) looks over the side of the boat , and Lo and Behold, there he is , right under the side of " Susette"
They haul him out , pump him out and after a day relaxing in the hospital in Kinsale, He was grand again.
But Hey !  The Promise, Well that man never missed daily Mass or Communion to the day he died at the age of 80 years.
Nice storey that ended well,
Back to our uneventfull dull Pacific crossing by comparrison,  However its a beautifull day now and we are sailing merrily along.
The skipper read some more of the I.C.C. annual, an excellent magazine with some great stories,
18.00hrs Fats prepares to do the dinner,
Tonight it consists of chicken, cooked with veg in a pot with a bottle of wine, ( good way of hiding how much we drink)
also included was mashes potatoes, and too many other things to mention, but it was yummy.
Oh , get a laugh on this,
Rally Control ( the organisers of this trip ) sent us an email and suggested we cook a " sheppards pie" for paddys day,
They even included a reciepe for the dish, which included " Beef"
The Skipper thanked them very much, but pointed out that " Shepperds" looked after Sheep, and not cattle,
and that the reciepe was for a cottage pie nad not Shepperds Pie ( which of course you all know is made with lamb or mutton)
Any way  , We think they were trying to take the piss out of the Irish, because of Paddys Day,
Long live Paddy
Tonights watch :-        Aileen  .................... 21.00 / 01.00hrs
                                 Fats,........................01,00hrs  / 05.00hrs
                                 Skipper....................05.00hrs  /  09.00hrs
Thats it for today,
Signed:-           Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )