Leaving St Helena

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 16 Feb 2020 18:40
Leaving St Helena
 
 
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We started the day, as every good Sunday should with our final eggs from South Africa. Perfect. Then Bear settled to fitting the alternator and its belt. All well, what a relief. Then as I tidied and got ‘things’ out for our 3,900 nautical mile journey to Jolly Harbour, Antigua, Bear changed the oil. This will be our longest passage but we expect more of the same as on the journey to St Helena. We hope to arrive in 32 to 33 days depending on how kind The Doldrums are and our last tipple with King Neptune as we cross the Equator for the last time. I think you are being a bit optimistic on the days...... I have to be.....
 
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Taking our rubbish with us we had our best look at the top of the mast of the wreck of the SS Papanui. Paul our water taxi chap of this afternoon took our old oil as he has a friend that can use it.
 
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We ate at Anne’s Place, sent a few emails, both enjoyed lamb shank and then Bear filled a water jug as we waited for Paul. I did a tiny bit of wave watching as the sea hit the cave to our right.
 
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At six Paul and his trusty little steed arrived.
 
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It had rained most of the day and as we neared Beez the beginnings of a rainbow.
 
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Bear suggested that as it was a dull and rainy evening we could leave on the morrow. I knew we would roll all night so I preferred to get going. By the time we left our buoy at 18:40 the rainbow was just being joined by a second one to the left. We took this as a harbinger of ‘Good Luck” and off we went.
 
 
ALL IN ALL GREAT TO BE ON THE MOVE
                     OUR LAST AND LONGEST HOP