Sailing around the World ( presently at sea )

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Tue 7 Sep 2010 23:24
We had a beautifull starrey night again, but without the moon, the sea was as black, as black could be,
As we said before, it is just so good to lie down on the aft deck and study the stars through the binoculars.
Skipper and Neil  read more of the articles in last years ICC annual, Some of them are great stories and the accounts of various
 journies are excellent..
04.00hrs  734 miles completed. and 182 left to go.
We think we are great to do this trip, but thinking back, the Coveney kids were fantastic to do this journey on " Golden Apple "
without the assistance of the World ARC or Blue water rally.  That was the year their father " Hugh " died.  around 1998.
09.00hrs  RADIO CALL   eowyn was the net controller for today. Our position as lead boat has not changed, but the rest
of the fleet are close behind,  only about 30 miles or so seperate us.
13.30hrs  The wind died down to 8 kknots, so we stuck on the engine again ,  Boy was it hot, hot, It was so hot that one
could not walk on the deck without shoe's. It was 36 degrees below decks.
We motored for 3 hours before the wind reappeared and we then had a steady 16  /18 knots on our quarter for the rest of the day and night.
We saw lots of Whales , along with many ships and trawlers passing as it got dark.
We had a light dinner and as we were less than60 miles from Bali as darkness fell we took our normal turns for night watch.
There was plenty of lightning as midnight approached.. How that lights up the sky.
Thats all for today.
Signed  :-  Stephen Hyde    ( Skipper )