Dead Calm - after two good days of sailing, with a maximum speed of 8.4
knots the wind dropped last night. So on came the engine and Osprey motored
through the night. This morning dawned beautiful, and with an almost still
sea - a welcome respite for Kuki but not great for sailing. John & Charles
got Osprey sailing for a couple of hours, even reaching 6 knots at some
points but then around 1330 hrs the wind died completely. So now we are
motor sailing at a steady 4.8 knots - the problem is the area of low
pressure to our north east, which has led to a complete lack of wind.
SC Ted remains in overal control, from his central command position on the
pilot house wheel - quite how he can stomach being upside down is beyond the
rest of the crew but he assures everyone it is good for his chakras!
Speaking of being upside down, sunset last night saw Osprey's first
problem - as is usual John started the generator for its evening hour run,
but quickly noticed the cooling water was not flowing out of the stern and
the unit soon shutdown. John went head first into the engine compartment,
and very quickly diagnosed a broken impellar - this had to be replaced, a
tricky enough job in harbour but more so at sea. Anyway John managed it,
with the comment "only sick under the engine twice, not bad!"
The relatively calmness of the sea and Osprey's motion has allowed for some
housekeeping, various crew members have had showers and done washing. So
now we appear to have a bunting of Chuddies along our starboard rail. Also,
with Charles regaining his appetite the immense task of reducing the food
mountain has begun - John & Charles are looking forward to Kuki's Tuna
Tomatoe creation tonight with new potatoes. Kuki on the other hand is still
on her liquid diet and, now & then feeling the need to feed the fish but she
has ventured to the cockpit more today and managed the odd morsel so there
is sign of impending return to normal - this is amply reinforced by the
increased amount of talking.
So for now, Osprey continues to chug north motor sailing, festooned with
chuddies and generally in high spirits.