monday 21st update (sorry its late)

Hi Folks,  This is our last blog for now, there is a new home contact on fron tomorrow for the week. Keep the comments and posts coming, the crew all look forward to receiving them.

Jim and Carolyn
Blog update 21/10/2013
Good morning folks, here’s the daily news from Elinca:
We are all feeling HOT HOT HOT, and not in a good way: The galley appears to
be cooking humans quicker than it cooks dinner at the moment. Some of the
crew have restored to military raids where they dip in as quick as possible,
quickly check on the pots and the oven and then are out like a flash, not
leaving a man behind in there.  Everyone seems to be losing their water
weight in sweat when trying to sleep at night, and that’s if we can sleep at
all. I have a personal resentment towards James at the moment, who seems to
always manage to hog the saloon to sleep in before I can get there first. On
the deck it isn’t much better, it has started to be top off o’clock, around
the clock at the moment, some of the crew are still sporting their bikini
tops or nothing at all in the early hours of the night, and this is normal.

MISSING: Wind. If any one finds it, please send it our way. We are motoring
along again, when we really want to sail :(.  But James thinks that me might
be on the cusp on the Doldrums so hopefully this is what we should be

FIN ALERT: Yesterday we decided to got for a cheeky swim to cool down. There
was lots of fun with plenty of diving and halyard swinging action. But we
were cautious, we had a couple of people on ‘fin watch’ just to make sure we
were safe. A few fins were spotted in the distance so we all swiftly and
calmly got out of the water. Cliggy reckons that it was a few curious
dolphins, so all is good.

MUCKY DUCK PUB QUIZ WINNERS:  The ’10 degrees  Off Course’ team stole the
night winning by one point. The quiz questions are at the end of the blog if
you would like to try and beat their score of 15 1/2. Zoe and the crew would
like to give a shout out to her work colleagues for buying her the pub quiz
book, thanks guys!

Also keep those blog and Facebook comments coming in, it gives us something
to read and its nice to hear from you all.
Now over to Clare:

Elinca by smell with eyes closed.

metre one: fresh ocean breeze, warm but at least 7 knots as the boat rushes
forwards. The occasional shock of spray on your face.

Metre two: down the forehatch. Still warm air, the slightly damp smell of
salty sails packed away still not quite dry. A faint pong from the freezer.
Stuff is well frozen but still somehow manages to smell.

Metre three: it’s the heads. They are cleaned every day so smell of fresh
wee and faded cleaning products. The doors are kept open so smells can’t
fester but it’s hot, damn hot.

Metre four: a clean space between the heads and the first set of cabins.
This air is the freshest in the forward half of the boat. With the forehatch
open and the your face pressed against the mast this is a nice place to cool

Metre five: The first cabins. The less said the better. Sweat old and new,
wet and dry wafts from the doorways. Do not pause here.

Metre six: The second set of cabins. One side is better and one side a
little worse. These are the three person cabins with the coffin berths in
them. These bunks have no airflow and in the tropics a person can melt in

Metre 7: The cabins are behind you. There are clean walls on either side. I
faint smell of cabbage from under the floorboards. Hard veg is stored here.
If you smell a cabbage then it’s probably time to chop it up and put it in
the freezer before it rots.

Metre 8: up the steps. You are now standing over the engine. Generally there
is no smell here but it’s on today and the heat from the room is carrying
with it a slight whiff of engine oil and diesel.

Metre 10-11: The chart table. There is a fresh breeze from the main hatch.
It smells wonderful here. It smells of fresh air.

Metre 11: Down the steps toward this galley. Getting hotter again.

Metre 12-13: The smell of bananas. There are all hanging on strings in a
line with ripe ones at one end and less ripe ones at the other. They smell
nice, we are eating them fast enough.

Metre 14: Towards the end of the string where the bananas are less ripe you
can smell washing up liquid and pears from the veg cupboard. The kitchen is
cooler than the cabins except when the cooking is happening. Then it’s
hotter than the sun.

Metre 15: If the fridge is open you can smell the fridge. Best not to open
the fridge. It’s pretty clean but with so much cheese, mayo and cold meat
there is bound to be something off.

Metres 16-19: The permanent crew cabins. Not as hot as up forwards but still
slightly musty. Currently smells of baby wipes and deodorant… long may it
remain so.

Mucky Duck Pub Quiz Quiz:

Normans Antarctica Round:
1. Antarctica is named from the Greek constellation Arktos. What is the name
of that constellation in English or Latin?
2. What is utterly wrong with the crab Eater seal?
3. What is the highest mountain in Antarctica?
4. At what temp dose the sea around Antarctica freeze?
5. There Are 17 species of Penguin how many nest in the northern hemisphere?
5. Krill and humans occupy first and third places in terms of weight of one
single species, which animal comes second in that list?
6. Why are the South Shetland Islands so called?
8. In what year was the Antarctic treaty signed?
9. On which island in Antarctica Will you find Point Wild?
10. On the fringes of all penguin colonies, there are a large bird that
lives off baby penguins, what is the bird called?

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3 Responses to monday 21st update (sorry its late)

  1. says:

    Hello Elinca

    Great blogs!! So pleased you had a good nights sleep in the Cape Verdes. The heat is difficult – do you use a wind Shute on a dry hatch. Moving hot air is better than stale hot air!

    After a good spell of Autumn we are having a grim week. Inches of rain and wind S at 30-40 k. So it’s warm here but not in your league. We had a Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Club. Peter Collett has stood down as Commode and Keith Tullett our ex Treasurer is at the helm.

    Fair Winds. Peter Flutter

    Sent from my iPad


    • Yes we are using wind-scoops and they are saving our lives. Do you have any advice on swimming (or not swimming) in the Atlantic with regard to sharks. We thought the OCC would know or at least have a whole host of opinions. At the moment we are swimming cautiously but wondering if we should be.

  2. Alan Pearson says:

    Message for Andrea:
    In Rio, would you prefer to stay in a hostel near where the boat will be, which is in a dull area (Gloria), or in a hostel in a cool area near Copacabana, Ipanema etc but about 7-8 km from the marina? Please reply either via the shore contact or just stick a sentence in the next blog.

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