The caffeine fast is broken

RAVEN - Atlantic Circuit 2021-22
Richard Foulkes
Tue 7 Dec 2021 15:41
16:02N 51:07W
The squalls last night were pretty mild and today has been sunny with steady easterly winds, so we have been able to make decent speeds though sadly not enough to close the gap on the Irish in VIENTE. In fact our few hours of faffing about in light and shifting winds late yesterday afternoon seems to have cost us as ELLA is closing the gap behind us.
I was woken this morning by James on the helm shrieking about a close encounter with a flying fish which was flapping in the cockpit. After returning him to the sea, I decided that 16 days is more than enough on the caffeine-free front and got the kettle on for a nice cup of tea in the early morning sun. I can’t say it had any noticeable impact on a sea air befuddled brain, but it was good to be back sipping the stuff. (Don’t worry Susan - G is still following instructions and not having tea or coffee!).
Talking of kettle going on, we are still on a gas cylinder which came from England, so the days of traipsing round Las Palmas in search of a connection hose and the elaborate courier arrangements to get one brought out to us may yet prove to be unnecessary. In terms of other supplies, we are now down to the last 3 bananas, but still loads of delicious oranges and some apples which are starting to turn. An important supply which may become critical is toilet roll, so we need to keep the speed up and get alongside!