10 Miles to Go
Fri 30 Oct 2009 14:41
Course: South by West; 5 knots
Wind: Southeast; F3 - gentle breeze
Weather: Sunny, warm
Day's Run: 121 miles
A good 24 hour run in beautiful weather. Last night the sun set in a cloudless sky, the bright gibbous moon high in the sky waxeth towards full, the gentle breeze draws us along at a steady 5 knots, the seas are relatively smooth, the swell is increasing, now about 2 meters but long and even, barely perceptible in the movement of the boat.
Meridian Passage has us only 10 miles to go to the equator. Sylph and I last crossed this intellectual construct at 20:25 Saturday 20 March 2004, 3,884 miles and 28 days out from Cape Town, bound for Antigua. As far as I am aware this will be BC's first foray into the Southern Hemisphere, tomorrow his initiation.
All is well.
I am sure I can do without any childish initiation rites, I have more important things to do. The obvious question of great import of course is, is sleep in the Southern Hemisphere in any quantitative or qualitative way different from the Northern Hemisphere? If it is, I am a highly evolved finely tuned organic instrument to determine the answer to this most profound of questions. I know you, my dear reader, cannot wait to know the answer, so excuse me I have some last minute fine tuning and data to collect. Will I notice this change as we cross? Isn't life exciting! OK, relax - 1, 2, 3, . . Zzzzzzz.