Knightime’s Position at 2359 UT Monday 17 May 2010
We are pleased to report that Knightime
left St Georges, Bermuda at 10.30 a.m. local time, under sunny skies with a
light breeze. At one point it was
thought that maybe we would leave with ’Oboe’ but in the end, they had some
repairs to complete so we left alone,
with some threats that they might catch us up during the trip.
Our first stop was just a few hundred metres away for
refuelling and filling of the water tanks.
It was at this point we had our first disappointment; all on board
were expecting a cheery welcome from Thomas, waiting to take our lines and issue
our lunch sandwiches. It was not to
be. Thomas had moved
The joining crew members, Charlotte and Quentin appear to have
settled in nicely and we may be able to persuade them to write a blog or two in
Our forecast was for light winds and that is pretty well what we
have. The sky has turned a little overcast and we might see a little rain
shortly. Meanwhile, we are getting our watches organised and we have managed
lunch and dinner, all washed up and cleared away, and are getting ready for the
night watches. Because of the need to conserve fresh water, we have reinstated
the method of washing dishes in salt water, outside in the cockpit. Mogul was in
charge of that, and mentioned how important it was to check there were no
knives, forks or spoons lurking in the dirty water before emptying and then
promptly emptied a plate over the side to the amusement of everyone (except
perhaps the Hoff, who fears this is a strategy to gently jettison all the
crockery to eliminate washing up completely).
Our distance from Bermuda to The Azores was 1,840 miles but mixed
weather means it is not realistic to have any estimate of arrival time just yet.
That said, with all major airports in the UK closed and the singular BA flight
from Hamilton cancelled, we may very well be the best way to cross the
The Hoff, Martin, Michael, Charlotte, Quentin and