17:45N 38:50W at 0500 GMT. Wind shifting to SSW just like Bx said it would,
of course. Still a bit raining and miserable, tho nice and warm. The patio
doors are reefed and we're using just a scrap of canvas, to shield the pilot
seat, plus another section with a plastic window to shield the cockpit.
Dreadful news about the Basilgate Judgement yesterday.Anyone else see it?
Mojomo has to pay that awful MrS for damaging his reputation! Fortunately
it's only £1.55p's worth of damaged reputation due to accusing him of using
loads of Basil plants to win the Basil Prize in 2005, but I really thought
we'd win, easily. It even looks as though he's gonna hold on to his
stinky trophy as the arcies have opted for policy of "Let's Just Sweep It
All Under The Carpet".
We've decided we're gonna contact the arc lot (actually World Crusing Clubto
give them their proper name, bit rude of us to call them "the arc lot") and
suggest they reschedule the Early Arrivals party. Cos well, there'll hardly
be anyone there on Wednesday 8th, will there? So how bout the Friday 10th,
hm? Much better. Otherwise it'll be Almost No Arrivals At All Party. It's
worth a shot.
Now, some people have been wondering why there's hardly any blogs. But in
fact there's LOADS of Mojomo blogs, pictures, videos, virtual reality
standing on the boat or virtual eating stuff that tastes of pepper,
everything! BUT you have to subscribe to the premium site. £20 quid a
month. Or alright £15 quid a month for anyone who subscribes starting in
2010. Or £9.99 if you sign up for two years.
What else? Oh yes - it chucked it down all day yesterday, total washout.
There again, it wasn't as tho we were gonna go out to watch a football game
or anything. Laura made nice bread, and spag carbonara for dinner. With
raw eggs on the side! That was my idea, just like in the Ivy. Okay, I just
made that up to make it sounds classy. I've been to the Ivy but never
ordered Spag Carbonara, bit of a waste.
We gotta mention our mate Mindie. Well, actually, she's called Mandie, and
her other half is called Mike, hence they are Mike and Mandie and so
obviously everyone has to callem Mork and Mindie. Anyways, Mindie is based
in Portimao, in Portugal, in a Westie Oceanlord caled Tengy. And it needs
abit of gelcoat spraying - so maybe someone could help out? Just in the
cockpit, otherwise it's perfect, really. Well, yerknow, perfect considering
it's not actually a new boat. They're worried it'll cost loads of money,
which it really shouldn't. Oh and Tengy also needs some new saloon sofa
covers making, in Alcantara. I toldem the Alcantara wil be better than
leather cos the leather will be all slithery and cold. So maybe you cd help
quote for those? Or you know someone? Mindie sez Mike wd prolly say Yes to
the new sofa cushions covers if it was say a grand but at the moment it's
looking like more than that. Hm. Otherwise praps just get a bottle of rose
and go round and say Hi, Mojomo told me to come round, bring a bottle and
have a chat. Actually, the weather is a bit manky there at the moment but
don't worry you could sit inside, especially seeing as how the saloon
cushions have obviously completely had it, who cares eh? Not Mindy. As far
as I can tell she'd actually be quite pleased if someone helped slightly
ruin the existing covers cos then they wd just *have* to get the nice new
ones, instead of Mike hemming and hawing about getting them replaced, like
he is at the moment.
Also Marie has been in contact, which is nice. However, she put our email
address into a joke list so i had to have a word about that. Here's her
The other night I was invited out for a night with the 'girls.'I told my
husband that I would be home by midnight, 'I promise!' Well, the hours
passed and the margaritas went down way too easily. Around 3 a.m., a bit
loaded, I headed for home. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in
the hallway started up and cuckooed 3 times. Quickly, realising my husband
would probably wake up, I cuckooed another 9 times. I was really proud of
myself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution. (Even when totally
smashed... 3 cuckoos plus 9 cuckoos totals = 12 cuckoos MIDNIGHT!) The next
morning my husband asked me what time I got in, I told him 'MIDNIGHT'...
Whew, I got away with that one! Then he said 'We need a new cuckoo clock.'
When I asked him why, he said, 'Well, last night our clock cuckooed three
times, then said 'oh shit.' Cuckooed 4 more times, cleared its throat,
cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, and then tripped
over the coffee table and farted.
Oh, and by the time you read this i think Wind Horse will have arrived first
at ARC finish. Now, some dreadful people such as on ybw.com have been
saying Oh but Wind Horse is a flippin motor boat? And shouldn't it be
called Windup Horsepower? Well, yes ok BUT it's not bad, that nice couple
whamming along doing a transat both aged seventy plus at 20kts. And other
people have been saying yeah but Wind Horse isn't the first mobo - that
Mojomo sticks his engines on too! Harumph, how very dare they! Well, okay,
a bit. But not at 20kts! Although admittedly one reason i don't do 20kts is
due to the motors being 54hp instead of 600hp ahem.
But i reckon any transat in a small boat is quite a big deal - do it your
own way. You *can* decide never to use engines, if you want. But some
decide that using sails is also cheating and they row across. Same sort of
thing on Mojomo - I'm absolutely *determined* NOT to switch on the aircon
until we're safely over the line in Rodney Bay. See? So anyway, well done
to those nice people arriving first. Sheesh, 25 years of the ARC why on
EARTH hasn't anyone else had the idea of using a powerboat till now??
Whatever. We're all off to buy motorbikes and sign up for the London