Able Seadog Snoopy Honoured
Able Seadog Snoopy Honoured
MOST OF THIS BLOG WAS WRITTEN YESTERDAY
APOLOGIES FOR LATE POSTING
Position: 34:48S 052:46W
I’m sorry. I forgot to wish all our readers a very Happy Easter yesterday. I only remembered when I saw Tom hunting around, lifting up cushions and peering behind curtains. “What are you looking for?” I asked. “The little chocolate eggs. You must have hidden them somewhere”. Honestly, it’s like being in charge of a kindergarten.
We’ve had some bad news on the wind situation. The wind
has now swung round to the northeast – the very direction we want to go. As you
will all know by now, boats can’t sail directly into the wind but have to sail
in a zigzag which basically doubles the mileage and more than doubles the time
it takes to get from A to B. We are on the western edge of a high pressure
system that is stubbornly not moving. So the headwinds will prevail for no less
than six frustrating days. Nothing could have been done about this – we couldn’t
have left BA any earlier and nor we could have left much later as we all have
planes to catch from
sailing from BA to Brazil one thinks of oneself sailing north, but more than
out of the muddy fresh water of the
River Plate we have been joined by our old friends, the sea birds, including
(and this still seems completely wrong this far north) Black-browed Albatross.
It will be interesting if we still see any when we get to the latitude of
Notwithstanding the less than ideal wind situation, we’re not exactly complaining. We are cruising along at a little over 5 knots in a gentle ocean swell with a brilliantly blue sky and a warm breeze caressing our skin. I had almost forgotten what it was like not being covered in multiple layers and smashing through mountainous waves in gale force winds. Quite pleasant really.
morning I received an email which gave me enormous happiness. I summoned the
entire ship’s company onto the poop deck and ordered Able Seadog Snoopy to take
one step forward. He looked a little nervous (not to mention a little warm as he
has so far refused to take off his hand-knitted Falklands Wool Polarwear and
By Proclamation of
The Royal Board of Naval Seadogs
In recognition of the Heroic Achievements of Able Seadog Snoopy in the field of Polar Exploration
Bringing Such Credit to All British Seadogs
The Board Begs To Inform You
that You are Hereby Accepted as a Member into the
Grand Order of the Dog Collar
And that you be promoted with immediate effect and shall henceforth be entitled
Pet Officer Snoopy MDC
Signed: Admiral of Dogfleet, Lord Kay-Nign KCDC
The little fella was pretty choked, bursting with pride up as I shook his paw and the rest of the ship’s complement threw their hats into the air and gave him three rousing cheers. Bernadette gave him an affectionate lick and I ordered the Quartermaster (Tom) to issue an extra ration of G&T’s to all hands and a special dinner to be prepared of Winalot Extra for Superdogs in celebration.
I’m sure you will all wish to join me in congratulating Pet Officer Snoopy on the honour and promotion he has so richly deserved.