Look at me I can Twistle 15:06.96N 40:15.75W
1500 hrs Sunday 10th Jan 2010
Good Afternoon from a sun drenched and still charging LadyC. We have been clocking up a steady speed and the last 24 hrs saw us log a distance of just over 150 nautical miles in the right direction. The sky is blue with some cotton wool clouds around and the seemingly relentless trade winds pushing us ever on. We are all feeling good and have managed to perform all kinds of nautical cleaning procedures, most important for me was the first shave in a long time, I was taking on the appearance of a salty old sea dog and it's nice to see my face again (probably only my opinion) as it was starting to disappear under a healthy stubble. When we provisioned in Mogan we bought a very expensive, cooked or cured, pork loin joint to have on Christmas day but, as you know, we were somewhat occupied and didn't have the opportunity to prepare the feast. Remembering where we stowed it this morning, Gaynor cooked,although this verb in no way does justice to the routine she had to go through, Bacon, eggs and fried bread, we put the table up in the saloon and sat down together about half an hour ago and had a very civilised brunch, it was delicious. Announcing the preparation of a meal always seems to start a cycle of waves that doesn't start until the process is beyond the point of no return and then Gaynor spends the rest of the time juggling with pots,pans and utensils that seem to spend most of the time being plucked from the air as they fly around the galley. It is a testament to her good nature that food ever arrives at the point of consumption and I have nothing but admiration for her ability to keep us vittaled to such a high standard. Robin has suggested in a recent email that I should stop beating the cook. Today's sea is again of a messy variety and not even the Twistle can level it out so I hate to think what it would be like with conventional sails. We are continuing with two hours on followed by four off and everyone seems happy with that. I feel a bit guilty as it means that I get sunset and sunrise on two of my watches. Max isn't worried as he calls it the graveyard watch and reckons that they are when you feel most fatigued and Gaynor, I think, would like the opportunity to enjoy one or the other, so we may have to change them around soon. Night watches are usually occupied with star gazing, reading,listening to music on an Ipod or writing a blog and they go past really quickly. Except when you're tired and then it's hard to believe how slowly time goes by. We are now able to get some rest with the improved motion below but I know Max is still struggling as he sleeps in the forepeak and as the bunk(a double) is shiny vinyl he spends a lot of his off watch time rattling around up there Like a ball in a pinball machine trying to find someway of wedging himself in. Pre-Twistle he also had problems with ventilation, as there was always a lot of water coming over the bow and he couldn't open the forehatch or vents. Now he is able to have the hatch open most of the time and it's a lot cooler up there as the decks stay dry. I still find it hard to believe that we haven't seen another ship of any sort since we left the Cabos, at any time we can probably see a circle of around 12 miles from the ship to the horizon on each side, but the feeling of solitude is quite nice. I'm going to get some rest before my night watch starts at 1900 and I think it's my turn to take minnie for a walk today (see pic). Hope you're all surviving the sub zeros and that nobody is suffering. Keep the emails coming I know I keep banging on about them but you just don't know how important they are to us.
Hasta el mar se seca
LadyC and her overfed crew
Robin, Thanks for the weather watch offer, regular postings will be hard due to watch patterns and the fact that I am the comms officer and I don't think anyone else knows how to use it but any warnings you can give us from the blog position postings ( I know I forgot to put yesterday's on but I will get Zara to go online and update it for me) will be very welcome, don't worry about the regular stuff but if you see any real meanies heading our way. Thanks
Amanda, Welcome back,Happy New Year to you both good to hear your news, I was beginning to wonder if you'd abandoned your Cuban roots and run off with the Argies. Borneo sounds awesome,but don't they still eat people there? Be careful and I hope you and Jamie have a wonderful time, please fill me in when you get back. Oh and thanks for planting the curry seed in my mind. now I can't wait.
Zara and Simon - How are you? Loft converters to removal men - your combined talents know no boundaries. Hope Alex's move went well. Zara please would you go online and update the last blog That's sooooooooooooo much better as I left the position off it. I'll give it to you in words or this blog will think it relates to it - fifteen:thirty-eight.fifty-six N thirty-six:fifty-seven.ninety-nine W . Sounds pretty grim there, bet you can't wait to get to the snow, have they had a big fall over there? would be nice if they have a good base established. Almost wish I was coming with you again this year.
Duncan - Well done on the race we'd love a rundown on the action - did Mel manage to get a Hotel in Hobart? write soon lots of love to you both.
Michael and Theresa - Don't tell me I now have to put up with a bossy wife and a bossy brother-in law!
Alex - We all send you best wishes that you'll be very happy in your new place, It will be nice for us to have you closer when we get home.