Aside from the spinnaker-ripping episodes, everything is very fine. Andrea
has gravitated towards helming and navigation, Kate is galley suprema, head
gardener (the muing beans) and supervises band practice, but everyone
pitches in everything - small crew, it's the only way.
Watchwise, Andrea arrived with jetlag and hardly having slept for the
previous week, so we worked around her sleeping from early evening until...
as long as possible. We're loosely taking four hours each overnight. I
have a few hours in early evening, dozing in the saloon with Kate on watch.
Then midnight Kate goes off watch and I'll see if I can get through to 4am,
and then Andrea sees in the dawn and generally oversees daytime nav
progress. We all might have an hour or so snoozing at various times of the
day. There hardly seem a moment to spare.
I should have made it clear that Kate's "roadside assistance" strategy in
the Mille Bornes card game yesterday resulted in her establishing a
commanding points lead. However, in the final hand, Andrea and I conspired
to play against Kate ... and I narrowly won from a distant third place
hehe. Then they said that they actually let me win! Which is fine by me,
so hah! In fact, it's fabulous. I think we might play some more card games
today and every day PROVIDED that they let me win, again and again.
Andrea and Kate doing lots of helm and deck stuff has freed me up to do
important projects like cooking steak dinner yesterday and doing the
Roquefort sauce from scratch with a roux, not out of packet. The spi crash
happened very conveniently just few minutes after all cleared away. Today
I am having another go at the Beef Bourgignon (sp?) which I have marinaded
overnight. Yeah, that's right, I'm covering for the complete lack of
Nick has emailed to say that he has organised a eulogy for Mr Pink on his
Scottish sailing site and forum www.bluemoment.com - no flowers,