Chagos towards Rodriguez - Day 7
Barry and Margaret Wilmshurst
Sat 22 Sep 2012 11:59
All’s well on board.
There’s not a great deal to report. No sooner had I broadcast over the ether my moan about the fickleness of ocean currents than the adverse current started to weaken. Over a 12 hour period it reversed completely although we have only about half a knot in our favour now. It is Saturday afternoon and we are sailing in 18 to 25 knots of wind making between six and seven knots over the ground. We are sailing under genoa only but it is right out and the seas are moderate. In fact, excellent sailing conditions and easy living.
Fishing continues, without any luck yet but anglers’ morale is high.
We have detected a certain chilliness at night and are going to dig out the duvets from deep storage. They have not seen the light of day for more than three years. We hope they have not been eaten by moths or mice. (A small mouse once lined his nest with our duvet filling in Greece).
We do have one technical problem: the water-maker sometimes produces excellent potable water but at others we get slightly salty water. We cannot work out what is going on. I have reminded the supplier that he said he would approach the manufacturer but he (the supplier) is probably at the Southampton Boat Show. It is not urgent because we have plenty of bottled drinking water and a tankful of water for washing and washing up but the water-maker is an important part of this boat’s equipment and we must solve the problem eventually. Any ideas, anyone?
We have sailed 900 miles and have 1095 to go.