Successful noon site….!
Sun 8 Dec 2013 19:48
Most importantly, I made my first noon site today and was delighted to get a result within 25 miles of our GPS position. Now, I realise that a 25 mile error on your satnav heading for Waitrose in Cobham would present a problem, but out here, 25 miles is not so bad! I am really excited about the prospect of refining my technique over the rest of our trip and feel very confident that I will be able to navigate into our berth in Port St Louis using just Polaris and my trusty sextant whilst blindfolded……we might keep the chart plotter on for the sake of form though. Don't want Raymarine's shares tanking just yet.
I regret to report that Sammy Senior has scared off all those cowardly tuna again and no Barracuda have turned up either. However, the good news is that Gary has also lost his lure - we are not beaten yet!
Ben has had another great day on "mother watch" and made excellent bread once again. We are over-dosing on fresh homemade bread on this voyage - bacon buttes for breakfast, smoked salmon and bread for lunch (with a little Cava to celebrate being a quarter of the way across), bread and jam for tea. It is just a bit too tasty - and, of course, does not keep well! I have had to start doing the sit-ups and press-ups nonsense that Ben and Alex have been playing at. It won't be long before I snag a joint/muscle/tendon doing that and return to enjoying the enforced lethargy of a regime based on sitting around in the sun and sleeping a lot. These Atlantic adventures are truly tough experiences.
Meanwhile, it is about time for a sundowner and Ben's imitation of Sal's chicken curry (using only a third of the necessary ingredients, I suspect) before another velvet sunset puts us all in the mood for a movie and bed.