Date: Thursday, 02 December [14:00 UTC]
Our day’s run from 10:00 Wednesday to 10:00 Thursday (today) saw us
complete 128 miles. This was under sail and no motoring was required other than
using the engine to charge the batteries and generate more drinking water via
the water maker which is driven by the engine.
We have had pleasant and uninterrupted period of sailing downwind and we
have not adjusted our sails in over 24 hours.
Temperatures are in the 30’s and the humidity is quite high too (~60%
relative humidity) making it sticky, but I guess that it beats the icy
conditions back at home.
Dinner last night was perfected by Dermot and a few helpers whereupon we
enjoyed a starter of fresh melon and Seramo ham followed by penne pasta with a
tomato and bacon sauce.
We were entertained by a massive school of dolphins yesterday. They played
around the yacht for several minutes and one of the dolphins put on a
performance for the crew by himself jumping and belly-flopping in a continuous
manner. With every jump the crew cheered him on: we believe he appreciated the
Winds are lighter today with a F2 blowing from the E-SE. Boat speed has
dropped to 4 knots. Various activities are being undertaken on-board today
including the removal of many over-ripe bananas. A large stem of bananas was
bought before the race on the 20/11 and they were bright green and as hard as
nails: they are now soft, squidgy and black and are slowly but surely making
their way into the sea! Ivan and Charlie worked on the SSB radio again to again
try and establish why it can receive but not transmit. We are pretty sure that
the installation of the new SSB has a 12V DC power supply issue (too high a
voltage drop) which we cannot resolve at sea without additional lengths of heavy
gauge insulated wire connected directly to the batteries.
Fishing continues as does the disappointment! Thankfully we aren’t in dire
need of food!!
Ivan was listening in to one of the ARC broadcasts this morning. The
‘British Soldiers’ yacht entry 228 has been dis-masted. This is one of the
Division 1 racing fleet with 10 crew on-board. We are not aware of the
circumstances as to whether it was due to gear failure or heavy weather.
There have been a few issues with our daily blog not being delivered to the
blog web-site despite it being issued promptly each day via email from the
Otherwise, everything is well on ‘Ocean Hobo’ and the crew remain in good
Skipper Ivan and crew.