It is just gone 20:00hrs UTC and I have come off
watch After riveting speeds of up to 4kts – yes you have guessed it the
winds are still very very light and we are struggling to make distance having
covered just over 200 miles since we started. Today, mind you, was quite
successful having made up for the disappointment of the generator not working.
We are charging the battery bank now via the engine and using the invertor we
are able to generate AC to power this laptop etc. We also managed to make water
and so the prospect of refreshing showers looms. We have had the opportunity to
try out various sail configurations and experiment without fear of major issues
because of the light winds and so we feel that we know the optimum sail set up
if we ever manage to get decent winds.
The crew are all settling in very nicely and making
the most of their sailing and indeed culinary expertise. Jim cooked up a lovely
Caribbean chicken yesterday, Liam conjured up
some bacon and egg butties for lunch, however Dave eclipsed all this tonight
with a beef ala surprise. The pressure is truly on me for tomorrow night.
John is amazing us all with his prowess with the
sextant and SSB and Ben is like a mother hen with all things mechanical. So you
can see I am being quite successful with one of my few talents –
delegation. Seriously though the guys are working great as a team and with all
the various jobs the day seems to just fly by – only got to read two chapters
of my book so far!!
Today was interspersed with a whale sighting, viewing
the ‘green flashes’ at sunset and one of the most spectacular beams
of night light from Venus that I have ever seen. So that’s it for the
moment from the good ship Blue Fox. Watch this space for more diary pages from
the rest of the crew.
Slan libh go leir,