One Scared Cat
Course: East North East Speed: 6 knots
Wind: East South East, moderate breeze
Weather: Overcast, showers, cool
It will only be a short entry today as I have quite a ways to go and must
conserve generator juice, the sun isn't shining today so the solar panels
aren't putting very many amps into the batteries, I have only a limited
amount of petrol for the genset and running the main engine to charge
batteries is not good for the engine.
Last night the wind freshened and it started to rain as a trough system
passed over. Consequently we shortened sail for the night to make for an
easier ride. Unfortunately in the process I managed to give Bob Cat a bit
of a scare. While I was on deck reefing the mainsail I had forgotten to
turn the Watch Commander off, here I was in full foul weather gear, harness
and all, straddled across the dinghy, winching in the number 1 reef line
when I hear this ear splitting siren screeching from below. My immediate
thought was Bob Cat, damn! So I disentangle myself from my harness and reef
lines and get below as quickly as possible, just in time to see Bob heading
in about ten different directions at once, finally deciding to head into his
hiding hole under the cockpit. That was at 11.30 last night, he has only
just stuck his head out from under the cockpit about 20 minutes ago, but I
think he has decided he isn't sticking anything further out for the time
being, so no journal entry from Bob today I am afraid.
All is well.