movie I know....one of Harrison Ford’s worst. But as the title fits,
we’re putting prejudice aside and no doubt there are people out there who
thought it was great. After all, movie watching is totally
subjective. I mean there are people out there who actually like Nicole
Kidman!! (including the skipper). I digress........yes, we’ve now been as
sea now for seven nights (and seven days actually but what’s a day or two
between friends?). And most of those days have been great – fantastic
sailing, good winds, reasonable seas, fresh fish, good books (more about those
in another blog) and some great music on the ipod. However, the odd day
has been a bit scruffy and it’s just as well sailors have short memories.
As we were
sitting in the cockpit today, in glorious sunshine, those lovely puffy white
clouds floating by as Bandit smoked along at 7knots, the skipper asked me if I
still wanted to jump ship. It took me a while to realise what he was
getting at. Apparently, during our Christmas Day chaos, when we
sailed into a system that we’d rather not have, I think I may have mentioned
something about wanting to “get off this boat”...smattered of course with the
usual array of expletives prompted by spilt food, smashed plates, seasickness
and tiredness. The skipper pointed out that I had in fact said I would
have happily jumped on an Indian bus (should it happen to be meandering by) –
the ones with vomit stains splattered all down the sides. He added that I
even gone as far as saying that if there was no room in the bus I’d happily ride
on the roof with the locals. Forced to take all that back and admit that
on the good days I wouldn’t swap this life for anything.....brought a big smile
to skipper’s face. Think he was worried I might have been eyeing up the
next passing cruise ship. (Just as well we haven’t seen any!)
meant to be pleasurable and since we’ve owned Bandit, 99% of our time has been
spent sailing in calm conditions, anchored in beautiful bays or tied up to docks
in gorgeous Greek or Italian villages. The Christmas Day 1% is what you
have to put up with to achieve the other 99%......so I guess we’ll just keep on
trucking. Bandit continues to rock and roll her way westwards.
I lost my breakfast to a big roll this morning and that was before it was eaten.
That lovely bowl full of bircher muesli, fresh fruit, yoghurt and crunchy muesli
ended up upside down on the bench.....with me scraping it up spoon by spoon
while the skipper tried not to laugh as he photographed the occasion. At
least I could laugh about it this time!
Over to the
skipper. We have had dismal luck fishing the last few days so today we put the
line out at just before sunrise and kept the towgen onboard. Still no luck by
1100 so we redeployed the towgen AND the fishing lure keeping it a safe distance
behind Bandit to be well clear of the spinning towgen rope. (Cook’s
note....blog readers will recall a previous unpleasant incident between the
fishing line and towge...methinks skipper is courting disaster). You
will hear if this worked....or not.
discussion today has been about putting the clocks back we are now another hour
behind and need to make an adjustment or we will find the sun not coming up
until lunchtime! When you are tired it all takes a lot of figuring out!!
So to do my attempts at astro navigation. Thank goodness for our GPS. I can get
the sextant sights OK but when it comes to the maths I seem to have not only
forgotten all that I learnt but can’t do the sums either! Still it a
bit of fun to help fill the day in and if all goes wobbly with the electronics I
might be able to get us there!