Day 5 finds the crew of Patience much improved in spirit as the wind has
returned. We continue to make progress south towards the Cape Verde Is and
have 600 miles or so on the trip. The wind continues to be fickle due to
an uncharacteristic depression well to the north upsetting the normal Atlantic
trade winds. Of course, you will all sympathise with us and our
difficulties, especially when the centre of the depression runs over you some
time next week! We have a cunning plan, and hope to use the wind shifts
which will do a complete 360 degree shift over 48 hrs to make our way south and
finally west. Watch this space to see how successful we are.
Highlights today include; Charlie christening the fishing line – but no
fish caught, talking on the VHF with a number of yachts in our vicinity who have
caught fish, having the small spinnaker up and down – and up again inside 20
minutes and, big drama, discovering that the aft heads was blocked. Now
those of you who sail will know that the heads (toilets for non-mariners) always
get blocked when away from base and it is inevitable that some poor soul has to
volunteer to get struck in with plunger and brush. Without going into too
much detail, our problem was a blocked outflow from the holding tank but Bob
‘Dyna Rod’ de La Haye was on hand with a sail batten and all is now well.
Finally, MB, the fashion victim and logo hunter, appeared in new
multibranded, elasticated waisted, technical shorts this morning.
Naturally, the rest of the crew are most impressed but the Owner is slightly
miffed as he also has a pair.
Love to all at home, ‘Stowaway’