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Date: 02 Dec 2006 12:58:00
Title: We Have Wind

Hello Friends                                        "21:41.8N 29:07.0W"
 
Nothing whatever to do with George's homemade chilli, but serious trade winds from the east. So we're belting along at 7, 8 or even 9 knots with a rather lumpy sea, but I think that will lengthen as the wind persists over the weekend.
 
A few moments ago we had a bite from an interesting looking fish, but owing to the high boat speed, we reeled it in just over half way before it got away, probably with a sore mouth.
 
Not too much else to report, so we'll start an occasional series called "Meet the Crew"
 
Number One
 
Ben Duffin
 
Ben sailed with us on the Summer Holiday 2005, he's from Ayrshire and has lived there all his life, sailing whenever possible with his Dad on the family Elizabethan 30 out of Troon and also with his uncle. Ben graduated from Edinburgh University last Summer with a degree in Linguistics, he is currently considering whether to continue his studies with a PhD on his return to the UK.
 
This year, Ben joined Blue Sky in Mallorca in September and looked after the boat while George & Michael returned to the UK on family business for a few days. He bought a guitar named Lucy while in Mallorca and serenades us from time to time.
 
Ben likes to think of himself as the boat's resident Philosopher, reading Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and other choice works. The rest of the crew are beginning to think that his slight hold on reality is starting to slip..... will he make it to the Caribbean?
 
We were going to put a photo here, but as Ben admits himself, he doesn't photograph well, so I guess you'll have to search the archives for a suitable image.(23 Oct blog in red T shirt is our favourite).
 
Favourite colour : Ultramarine
Favourite Carol: In the Bleak Midwinter (quite a lot of that in Scotland)
 
Ben's message to the Blog Readers: "Rules for Life: don't fall in any holes; beware of dragons and remember that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."
 
Must go as George is trying to serve lunch!
 
Best Wishes
 
George, Michael and the team.
 

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