+++NEWS FLASH+++ MINA2 SMASHES SPEED RECORD
0600 Position: 15:18.99N 019:56.5W
Distance over 24 hrs: 200.3 miles
Date and time:
+++NEWS FLASH+++ MINA2 SMASHES SPEED RECORD+++SKIPPER OVER THE MOON+++CREW AS SICK AS PARROTS+++
At 0600 this morning it was officially confirmed that Mina2 over the previous 24 hours had covered 200.3 miles. The 200 mile barrier is the Everest for cruising yachts; the 4-minute mile, nay The Holy Grail. It is the unreachable star, very rarely attained by sub-50 feet monohull cruising yachts.
A couple of hours ago I received a baffling email which read
“Dear Sir Tim
My husband and I offer our sincere congratulations to you and your crew for your monumental achievement. The nation is inspired by your skill, leadership and heroism and our hearts are with you at this time, your moment of glory.
P.S. Keep up with the blog. It’s a cracker”
Who is this woman? I don’t know anyone called
To reach 200 miles in a day requires an average speed of
more than 8.3 knots. I would like to think that this “monumental achievement” as
Colin has been feeling distinctly queasy in the lively
conditions but has not succumbed. Given he is not a sailor but The Great
Naturalist - Darwin to my Fitzroy,
Neil, on the other hand has not done remarkably well. He has been feeling and looking ghastly. Yesterday evening, in what might be considered challenging conditions, I put together a rather tasty chilli con carne. Neil showed his appreciation by chucking his helping overboard. But not without having eaten it first. He said that if any prizes were being handed out, he should get one for Greatest Weight Loss in the First 36 Hours of a Passage. At least that should please Sarah back at home who has recently taken to calling Neil “Belly Boy”.
Luckily, Mina2 managed her record all on her own. We tucked a couple of reefs in the sails yesterday morning, and shook them out this morning, but apart from that we have neither trimmed the sails nor altered course. Fabulous. What a boat!!
We had a further bit of excitement this morning when Neil saw an enormous shark less than a boat length from us. Its entire body was visible through the clear water and Neil reckons it was at least 10 feet long. And he should know. Neil is the sort of mentalist who has swum with sharks for fun.