8th December 17th day at sea

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Bill Cuthbert
Tue 8 Dec 2009 21:43
  A sense that this has all gone on too long is settling over the crew.  We now have 300 or so miles to go, and the present feeling is that plate tectonics being what they are, something should be done.  We look forward to this being a matter that relevant parties will address in the forthcoming election.

  We have heard that 65 boats are already in St. Lucia, with another 40 due in over the next 24 hours.  We should be about another 48 hours.

  We are still working on english-universal-boat-time, but have moved 4 hours of time zone.  Sunrise is at 9-ish with highest sun at 3.30pm and sunset around 9-ish.  Even from early morning the sun is hot and the water warm.  We spend much of the day sheltering under the biminy.  (At this point it was suggested in strong terms that no more was said about good weather - there are limits to how wonderful a wife can be).

  We continue to sail straight downwind under the twistle rig, which so far has been very effective.  Through the night we caught and passed a Norwegian boat and we were close enough to take pictures of each other.  The skipper has requested that we do not mention that she was only 34 foot, so we won't.

Breakages: None