Yes there is a movie called White Christmas and yes, it is appropriate as
Bandit is having her very own white Christmas here in the Atlantic. Not
snow of course but with seas building and a bit of squally weather going through
there are enough white caps and foam around for us to have a white Christmas at
sea. We just hope it doesn’t get much worse as we are rolling lots and
doing anything becomes an exercise in agility. Thank goodness I cooked the
Christmas roast lamb in Mindelo and froze it, complete with mint sauce.
This is our first winter in five years we haven’t spent working in the
UK. Last Christmas at Suffolk was our first true White
Christmas...admittedly it was only a flurry although the landscape was blanketed
thanks to copious pre Christmas snow. We spent the day with good friends
Penny and Peter eating and drinking to excess with fires roaring in every room
except the kitchen where the Aga ruled (and cooked the turkey and goose to
perfection). For us Kiwis, used to crayfish and scallops in the
Marlborough Sounds at Christmas, or cold ham and salads all washed down with
Marlborough sav....it was an unforgettable experience.
Hearing stories of Christmas preparations from NZ makes us a little
homesick.....it will be wonderful when we finally get home and have Christmas in
Marlborough with family.....hoping that, at some stage, they are not all spread
out over the world!
Over to the skipper for the sailing stuff....
The seas are building from behind now, to about 2 meters, and it is rolly
no matter what course I set. We have had two other boats give us good weather
information this morning, predictions are for a period of squally conditions
over Christmas with winds increasing to about 25 knots. There is a small high
forming ahead of us that should track NE, I am hoping we will sneak underneath
it keeping the winds firmly abaft the beam. After Monday the weather looks
to be settled trade winds for a week or more so back to about 15 – 20 knots.
Thank you Mark on Balvenie and to the skipper on Matador for the weather