The winds are gently lightening as forecast,
so we're slaloming our way over the last few miles with our sky blue spinnaker
(the reserve) flying all day and night.
We completed another milestone yesterday -
10,000 miles on the Blue Sky log, not bad for 20 months sailing including being
tied up last Winter and in a shed for 6 weeks in the Spring.
Not too much else to report, so we'll have
another crew profile ....
Barnie is making the most of his gap year
and doing something a little different from than the usual hike round south east
Asia. His family have a Hunter 707 and he has sailed on that and other
boats since he was a nipper, including several seasons' racing. He joined Blue
Sky in Gibraltar in early October.
He's tolerated his obvious title of Cabin
Boy with, er, mainly good humour.... Probably the cleanest crew member on
board, he was most stressed when we had a water conservation period in
mid-Atlantic until we fitted the bubble trap to the watermaker. Without fresh
water showers, everyone else just got slowly stinkier, but Barnie was
This may be connected with his ability to
attract rain - he has developed an uncanny knack of being on watch when squalls
pass through, drenching him and providing Blue Sky with a nice clean
Barnie has high hopes of studying Psychology
at any University brave enough to take him on! He's going to spend the remainder
of his gap year exploring the Caribbean and doing a lot of market research into
the Rum business...
Barnie's message to the world : "Watch our
for Squalls, beware of Killer Whales and remember that Happy Hour is the most
important hour of the day."
and a photo of Barnie nearest camera and the
rest of the crew doing evening sail manoeuvres at sundown ...
George, Michael and the crew