Day 18 - rolly rolly seas and wind and rain - are you sure this is trade wind sailing?

andromeda of plymouth
Susan and Andrew Wilson
Fri 10 Dec 2010 15:31
...........faster we must go should always be careful what you wish for..................We have decided that collectively everyone we all know has at the same time sent a big puff of wind in our direction.  We have been having lovely gusts up to 32knots and rolly seas which make life fun.  Vanessa the wind vane has been doing her bit to help keep us on track after all the hand steering we have done to date.  Last night was a real mixture of sailing.  On one watch I was quoting "Scintilate, scintilate luminous globule, Fain would I fathom they nature specific, loftly poised in the ether capacious, strongly resembling a stone carbonaceous" then on the other watch it was a bit like the hokey cokey.  First we pull the genoa in and shake it all about and then we put it out again all the time going up and down like a yoyo, its got to be good for us I am sure. and today we checked at 12 and found that we had done 142 miles the last 24 hrs, hurrah, hurrah.  We have heard from Nakesa today who expect to get to St. Lucia tomorrow sometime and Karinja will be arriving on Sunday, with our other friends following on, not sure what our eta is yet but we are keeping it going, and now its time for the hokey cokey again, and yet more rain, bye for now..........
The rear head has been fixed for the second time so the threat of bucket and chuck-it has been temporarily lifted for now - the crew, and marine wildlife, are probably very relieved.
More in due course - we'll be here a while longer..........
Andrew & Susan
S/V Andromeda