Position: 31 39.5 N 13 14.9 W
The goose wings are still keeping us flying along. We kept the same sail set through the night and surfed down a few waves. Jon’s watch are very proud of their top speed of 10 knots (that’s 10 nautical miles per hour – one nautical mile is 1820 meters). Jim’s watch have been learning about the stars thanks to an app on Andrea’s phone that shows you the constellations. We can now identify Orion, Ursa Major (the saucepan), Cassiopeia, Taurus and Pegasus. Also, we can now find the north star – if you find the saucepan, and follow the edge opposite the handle straight up, you will find the north star which is always directly north of you. Very useful for navigation if you don’t have a compass! Nick has been learning to fish with a line off the back of the boat. He got a bite last night, but hadn’t read the chapter on bringing in the catch. When he did get the line in, there was nothing on it. The fish had escaped. We had another moment of excitement yesterday when the line again started paying out (this time Nick was better prepared). Sadly, there was no fish on the end of the line again, and the weight was missing. Pesky fish! We hope to be able to catch something on the Atlantic crossing so that we have some fresh fish to add to our menu.
Susanne and Nick baked scones in the afternoon, which meant night watches were very civilised, with tea and scones. After dinner we had our first Quiz Night on board. One round was full of boat related questions, and we thought we would see how well you fare with them. Answers in a comment!
Quiz – round Elinca, designed by quizmaster Zoe
1. How many anchors have we got on board?
2. What is a spurlash?
3. What is the distance to Antarctica and back?
4. How many clean t-shirts has Jon earned? (t-shirts are earned by doing a really nasty job)
5. How many 2 cup tea bags did we buy from Mr Kitching at the Wallingford Tea and Coffee company?
6. On a scale of 1 – red, how red is Andy?
7. What is the minimum angle above the horizon that the sun must be to take an accurate sextant reading?
8. How many emergency torches didn’t work after Cliggy replaced all the batteries?
9. How many times has the toilet broken since we left Falmouth? (both toilets)
10. What is the star on Orions right shoulder called?