Crossed the Line

Position: 01 15.8 S 030 31.8 W
Course: South sou' west; Speed: 3 knots
Wind: Southeast; F4 - moderate breeze
Weather: overcast - clearing, warm
Day's Run: 95 miles

We are now slowly turning right side up again. We had an uneventful night,
this morning we had some heavy cloud go ever with some light drizzle, very
much like a front going through - perhaps part of a tropical wave. The wind
has picked up and veered a little so we have tightened sheets and put a reef
in the mainsail and partially furled the jib. The seas have also gotten
steeper so Sylph is bucking into them a bit which washes quite a bit of
speed off.
King Neptune in deference to BC's feline seniority and in recognition of his
Arctic maritime experience forewent the full initiation ceremony, especially
as it is a little lumpy today, left the Queen and bears back at court and
just enjoyed a quiet tete-a-tete. I was excluded but it sounded like mostly
sleeping yarns to me. BC is now a certified feline shellback.
We've been on hte port tack for so long now that we have barnacles growing on the starboard side.
All is well.

Bob Cat:

That old Neptune's not such a bad chap, seems he also enjoys a good sleep -
of a few centuries on a regular basis. He was particularly interested about
my crossing the line sleeping experience. I have to say quite amazing
really. But you humans would probably never understand so I won't bore you
with things that are beyond your clumsy perceptions and slow comprehension..
When my book "Sleeping Around the World" comes out maybe I will do a
simplified version for humans to help you understand the nuances of the many
and varied states of sleep. Now let me investigate the changing state of
sleep as our latitude increases southerly, of course we should also take
into consideration the declination of the sun and other significant heavenly
bodies. Back to work . . . Zzzzzzzz.

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