Cat & Mouse

Bob Beggs/Ian Rivers
Sun 14 Nov 2010 08:15
Position 37’43.99N, 036’37.92W
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

J.R.R Tolkien

Our game of cat and mouse continues with the Atlantic weather systems. We’re less than 400 miles from our destination, Horta and we’ve been pinned back again by another strong easterly flow blocking our path. We continue to track big lazy S’s on the charts, as we sail close to the wind and veer with every wind shift before tacking to make the most of the angles. We’ve been headed for the past 24 hours, and looks set to remain so until Monday evening, when a veer south in the winds is forecast.
Moral on board is surprisingly high, despite our continued delayed arrival. We’re taking it in turns as chef, with myself as head chef yesterday. I’ve become a master at making porridge in the morning, we’ve no milk or sugar, but despite this and a bit of help from some honey, porridge tasks good. The other highlight on the menu has to be popcorn, Bob missed out on this yesterday, as he chose to take an afternoon nap. Bob’s nap turn out to be 6 hours, and as any good popcorn lover knows, you must eat popcorn whilst warm! The menu is thinning fast, it’s down to pasta, spam, ham or  stew, all from tins, yum yum!