9 Dec - Riding along on the crest of a wave

Moulin Rouge
Philip Barltrop
Thu 9 Dec 2010 13:50
With the ups and downs of the past few days and some of the mountainous waves that have made us all to aware of our small cork-like size spirits on board are healthy.
The Moulin Rouge experience has been a little more tense over the past couple of days with appetites having their ups and downs just as much as the waves. We have all learnt that when feeling good; eat well, when feeling not so good and a cup-a-soup will suffice take advantage that it is still a food input.
Andy feeling a little under the weather and Chris feeling tired from a couple of watches on his own we jiggled around the watch pattern which brought about a change and now thepossiblity of 2 hours on and 8 hours off rather than our previous 3 hours on and 6 hours off.  A night of these renewed watches as well as a calmer sea state seem to have raised spirirts with a more rested and upbeat crew now counting down days to go.  Andy was also seen on deck this morning by more than one crew member - it cannot have been a mirage!!!!
There is one matter that we as a crew have failed to get on top of, possibly due to the innumberable options available to overcome this problem, perhaps some external input from you readers may be able to help us come up with a suitable solution?  The matter in question is the matter of time zones; crossing from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay in St Lucia does take us through 4 time zones, so we do need to at some point put back our clocks, the question is when?  Currently sitting at Longitude of 46 degrees and 59 west hvaing not altered the clocks, we are having the sun rise at about 830am and setting at about 1930.  Philip currently likes that idea of not chaging the clocks until we reach St Lucia which will give us a further 4 hours when we arrive and therefore give us 4 hours less at sea - some of the crew can also appreciate this point.  Colin has explained the logical solution of running back one hour for every 15 degrees of flongitude travelled - to date this solution has not been adopted........
Weather so far today has resulted in beautiful clear blue skies and a renewed vigour to release an extra foot of headsail - a foot is enough for now, we should not reveal the full headsail yet!!!  A longer wave length is certainly helping the boats motion.
Ben is in the process of making bread and conversation about dinner tonight is already underway, results of both of these will be revealed in our update tomorrow...........