South to North
Beez Neez Crosses the Equator for the Second Time
Ten and a bit miles to go we began to hear those ahead begin to cross, time for us to prepare.
Beez two Polliwogs – Wayne and Russ settle in the cockpit.
Joined by Bernie, Claude, Bobby and Beds – Killick moaning as usual and staring up at the foreboding sky. We expect Killick to sound anything but joyous but Beds ear went back too........
The clouds gathered, thunder rolled and we could just about see Tereva to our left.
We could clearly see the line between dry and rain. Then the squall hit. Visibility very little. Thunder, lightning and gusts to thirty two knots, we went from a steady five to seven point three knots, time to wind the genoa in and regain control..........
Out came the fizz and the captain donned appropriate headgear to give Neptune his toast. Rain hammering.
That special single second takes us from South to North.
Cork popping and glasses charged.
Tereva crosses with Beez Neez to cheers and congratulations on the radio. Bear toasts Neptune.
Wayne and Russ toast becoming shellbacks, joining the rest of the crew who crossed the equator heading south on the 2nd of April 2013. Killick was heard to mutter something about “fizz being pansy, need rum” and couldn’t wait to skulk downstairs where the rest of the crew could be heard partying hard. Quick toast for the rest of the boys and they went to the party below. We settled to the fizz and smiled. Beez will need to cross twice more before she completes her circumnavigation but for now we will celebrate ‘two down’ and toast Beez herself for bringing us safely through more than thirty thousand nautical miles.
We raise our glasses to Michelle and Philippe (Tereva) and think the sky is trying to lighten.
We watch Philippe lower his main and we too get to action – the rain finally stops.
We turn the corner and there in front of us is the Kentar Island anchorage.
We pass a local and get a lovely ‘welcome’ from Matilda.
Calm, settled and dry, we anchor at the back of the pack.
That special single second that took us from South to North.
ALL IN ALL WELL DONE BEEZ NEEZ IN A VERY WET CROSSING
WHAT A MEMORABLE SQUALL TO CROSS IN.......