30th August 2013 – milk shortages, a secret hoarder, frozen coffee and complaints about seawater the temperature of lukewarm tea

Our current location is 12 20.04S 33 30.62W and the plan for the next 24hrs is to continue on our course of roughly 215degrees towards Rio (all being well and the helm keeps going straight).

It’s hot.  So hot, in daylight hours i wear only shorts, and spend most of the time with them damp from my own sweat.  I drink water to compensate for what i’m losing, at a rate of about a litre an hour, which means i pee every couple of hours.  Useful, for when i need to make sure i’m awake…

Now i understand that those reading at home will read this and think, pah, its only a bit of warmth, we’re sat at home with wind and rain and the prospect of winter ahead of us, and i’d say to you, you’re right, it is only warmth.  Like Vietnam!   So hot, we could fry an egg on the roof.  So hot, i saw this little orange man… But i digress.

The reason for my discomfort is threefold.  Right now, at 12 degrees south, we are almost directly underneath the sun on its march south for the southern summer.  In addition to that, we have sea water at a temperature of 29 degrees, meaning there’s no respite below decks, or in drinking fresh water, as it’s the temperature of lukewarm tea.  Imagine all that in a tin can with little ventilation because when you open your hatches the sea comes in.  And remember, the sea is warm!  My brain knows that in two months i’ll be freezing again, wearing all the clothes i own with sea temperatures of -1.5 and waves crashing over the deck, but right now that thought seems as alien as 100 mile an hour winds at the Needles.

I’m away to make a pot of fresh coffee and put it in the freezer…


…..And in other news the Skipper is back in his box with said frozen coffee and a bed pan.

Draconian rationing measures in place!
Elinca is now running low on milk, eggs and butter. From over 90 bottles of milk leaving the caneries to just 15 remaining. People are starting to worry about whether there is enough for cereal, teas and coffees and what we could be using instead. Having cold water on cereal was one suggestion another was perhaps using diesel (because we still have quite a lot of that). At current stores there is only enough for 3 bottles of milk a day!
The crew are divided in opinion; half say we should not use any, and then have a milk, egg and butter party to celebrate getting into Rio. The other half suggest that we have a massive cake baking marathon for 24 hours and then meditate to get us through the final few days. What do you think? Please send your suggestions in!

UPDATE: Jon found to be hoarding milk in his secret cupboard!
Up to 6 bottles of milk are thought to be hidden away in Jons secret cave. No one knows the reason for Jon to be stockpiling milk but some believe that either he has a long lost child in brazil that is desperate for milk or that he has found a way to fix the dodgy satellite antenna using a lactose based bodge. Either way the crew are currently writing a mandate to the U.N. to allow them to invade his cave in order to alleviate the shortage.
Stay tuned for the lastest updates on this disaster

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6 Responses to 30th August 2013 – milk shortages, a secret hoarder, frozen coffee and complaints about seawater the temperature of lukewarm tea

  1. Jim's Mum says:

    Hi all of you – glad your only problems are shortage of milk and the heat. We really did have gusts of wind round the Needles of 100 mph during our big storm over the weekend – but all fine in West London.
    But was going to send you a message today anyway as saw Eve Branson today and told her of your adventure and that she had featured in one of your blogs – she has asked me to send her the website link which of course I am about to do.
    Best to you all

  2. Orla says:

    Ohmigoodness, Elinca is sailing backwards in time…a 30th August blog! Are you guys *sure* you’re headed to Rio, or are you passagemaking through some parallel universe?! re the milk and eggs shortage: definitely, cake marathon plus meditation is the way to go. Or even bake a dairy and egg free cake!
    400g caster sugar
    375g plain flour
    2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    45g unsweetened cocoa powder
    475ml water
    250ml vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons vinegar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Prep:15min › Cook:40min › Ready in:55min
    Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 20x30cm tin. Tell everyone not to tack for an hour.
    In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, bicarb, salt and cocoa.
    Add water, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat by hand until smooth.
    Pour into the prepared tin. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 40 minutes, or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean, or until a spoon containing cake inserted in your mouth comes out clean.

  3. Joyce &Bernie says:

    I think King Neptune should face trial with a jury of polliwogs, hoarding milk is a serious crime and should be dethroned and made to eat the slops!!

  4. Ann Ledson says:

    I’m a little worried now if you think it’s the 30th August!! Lack of milk etc. Raid Jon’s cupboard quick!!

  5. Gemma says:

    Think the solution is to try fishing for a cow type fish. Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Vicky says:

    . . . that is so weird, I saw the same guy burst into flames at Blair Drummond in July! Small world huh . . .

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