Day 3 - Date Line
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Thu 12 Dec 2013 13:30
Day 3 – Passing the Date Line and a NEW RECORD for BEEZ NEEZ
Well here we are having just completed day three at sea en route to New Zealand. We did indeed manage a game of backgammon at around six last evening. The board was duly propped to get some degree of level, but it has to be said that the skipper caught all the luck every time he threw, Beez lurched to show a double six, NOT once, but FOUR TIMES in one end...............I lost five three and once again felt as cross as a wasp.
The rain continued solidly overnight and I asked Bear as I went to bed this morning to get pictures of us crossing the Date Line. He did his best. He managed 179:59.994 West and then 179:59.996 East. Immediately the machine had a hissy and instead of our correct mileage completed, showed 10,000 nautical miles.
Whilst the captain had a doze.................
........I put all our previous waypoints to the left of the Date Line and number one at the correct distance, so everything now looks more sensible. At half past one Beez Neez gained a new twenty four hour record having completed 183.0 nautical miles or an average of 7.625 knots per hour, YeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaaaaa – despite being reefed down!. Anything around five and we are delighted, so very well done Beez. Bear has downloaded new GRIB files and states that we are nearly on the bottom of the low. At time of typing the sea has become nearly blue, the rain has finally stopped and the the wind is holding at around twenty five knots, Beez trotting along at just over seven knots. At this rate we’ll not get through ‘the to eat pile’ set for the journey. Oh, deep joy, the sun is trying its best to come out. Methinks chicken salad instead of roast, do I still get my dollop of mash ??? Mmmm, I’ll think about it.
ALL IN ALL AMAZING WHAT BECOMES THE NORM
A MOVING EXPERIENCE......RAIN, WIND AND WAVES, THE WOMEN DID GOOD