Fishing for Stars

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?

— Colette

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5 Responses to Fishing for Stars

  1. Paula says:

    good luck with successful fishing soon. At least Elinca unlikely to suffer from fly infestation.
    A go at the quiz – while on a bus in central London
    1) yes but will they reach the bottom?
    2) a splash from a fish with bait but no hook in its mouth
    3) it depends on how many geese have wings and how many tacks?
    4) 10 at least
    5) 9 months x 30 days x 14 x 4 = 15,000 ish
    6) 10
    7) 30?
    8) was that before or after working out which way the knobbly bit goes?
    9) once a day so that’s 13
    10) ummm need to wait til its dark and check the app

  2. Anne Crawford says:

    1. Maybe two, a main and a kedge ( is Jess impressed?)
    2. The sound an anchor makes when it hits the water. (Even more impressed!)
    3. You will have travelled 14900.17 nautical miles to Antarctica and back
    4 At least five tea shirts, especially if he helped with the toilets
    5. Can you buy 2 cup tea bags?
    6. Very red
    7. The sun doesn’t have to be there as you can use a sextant at night (so Google tells me)
    8. All of them! Were the batteries in the wrong way round?
    9. At least 5 for Jon’s tea-shirts
    10. Depends where in the world you are looking from. Maybe Capella or the planet Venus.
    This has made me procrastinate from hanging new curtains…thanks.
    Do we get the answers???

  3. Tim says:

    1 nautical mile = 1852 metres. I hope you’re not working in metres on your voyage…

  4. Suzi says:

    1. 4
    2. The sound of the anchor hitting the water
    3. Depends a) how many M.O.B drills you do, b) who’s on the helm, c) how many times you wander off course in search of wildlife and d) how many islands you detour around!
    4. I suspect this could link to question 9. If so, he probably deserves more than he’s been awarded! 3?!
    5. Vague maths happening……..if you’ve any sense, at least 6,000 (roughly worked out as 2 per day per person (minus Clareski who’ll be on the peppermint tea) but that would be ridiculous…2,000?!
    6. Roughly port buoy coloured?! But this means you’ve all been neglecting him! Who’s in charge of his suncream?!
    7. Not even going to guess….
    8. All of them! (no offence Cliggy!)
    9. 5
    10. Betelguese (but i googled this one!)

  5. Sarah Jales says:

    1. 5
    2. It’s the slow sound your brain hears when something expensive drops into the sea. ..
    3. 9 months = 270 days =6480 hours @ 10 knots =65, 000nm. If it’s any less than that you must be slacking 🙂
    4. 2 per day.
    5. 14 people on board, 6480 hours. 1 cup of tea every 2 hours. 22680 tea bags. Any less? PANIC!
    6. Red.
    7. If in low earth orbit, horizon is at -25degrees. Zero should be fine.
    8. All of them
    9. 6
    10. Beetlejuice

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