the time today is 19.40 ( we dont actually know the time because we have
crossed another time zone but our unofficial kingdom law stated that the
time doesnt change until the day following crossing the zone) and our
16 42 10N 41 53 12W
and we are sailing on a comfortable sea at 6.3kt getting ready for the
today has been remarkably unremarakable.
we have tried a new type of lure- not a soft body squid this time but a hard
body rapala mackerel small size to try to tempt a new type of fish so we can
make a chowder but nothing all day
a bit of washing a bit of cleaning a bit of cooking but nothing really has
happened. its been so hot in fact the first tropical day we have had and i
think we have adopted the caribbean timescales early.
oh and of course you can see we are sailing in a different direction
now before all the well meaning yet confused land admirals start giving us
their interpretation of what or what not should be our course check the 3-5
day weather charts.please.
at our early morning management meeting ( skip and i chatting before golly
and jason woke up) we pulled down the grib files ( weather forecasts from a
formidable computer somewhere) and saw that we are approaching a zone of
zero wind 2 days sailing from our position directly on route to sl lucia.
now its not like a car where you can go anywhere- we can only go where the
wind allows us to go
we decided that to head south in search of the wind again ( the grib files
show stronger wind for l;onger periods of time further slouth) and then made
a cup of tea
so reeling at the critisism from LGF regarding a non inclusive management
style we held our first general assembly when the crew woke up( golly said
if its a democracy he wants to pitch a tent on the foredeck and claim the
space as his own-- we will see)
three proposals were put forward
carry on and get stuck in a wind free zone
carry on and then use the motor to get through the wind free zone
go south and see if we can sail the entire trans atlantic route
as in any benevolant dictatorship/ democracy everyone voted as one so we
turned south. ( jason spent his time muttering something about control
freaks and uncle mark but i couldnt grasp the meaning of it all)
so south we are heading and i think it will be another 2 days before we turn
towards st lucia again--- this experience is certainly teaching us to be
more flexible and to have some more respect for the elements and be a little
more tolerant to change
one avid reader from the sykes clan has insinuated that our fishing habits
of losing tacle and lures in large numbers is causing an ecological disaster
in our wake and is a serious threat to passing ships in the area. may i
remind him that it is his son( oh sorry now we know which member of the clan
it is) who is most delighted with our fishing exploits and if it were upto
him we would stay at sea another 30 days just to try to catch a billfish!
food for today as ever has been excellent.
for lunch we conjured up two types of tuna salad- tuna sweetcorn and
mayonnaise and tuna canneloni beans onion and olive oil with some oven baked
bread rolls delicious
tonight a quick penne with ragu courtesy of sheila followed by a delicious
Bannoch cake made by sylvia and grace -- thanks it was magnifiscent
tonight hi to domenico fabio and jonathan our fellow crew members from
palma-- we really need your help we have another sail change to do in the
next 4 days!
and a big hello to barry happy birthday i hope you had a great day and see