Position Report: 30’08S 47’47W @ 1035UTC
Intentions: to keep broadreaching until the wind doesnt let us anymore. Some time around midnight tonight we will probably be head to wind rather than runnning.
It’s windy and we’re down to the staysail and 3 reefs in the main and averaging 9 knots which is nice and within my comfort zone 🙂 Unfortnately it means that we haven’t done Mikes quiz as its a bit rolly and everyone took advantage of the flat water last night to get to bed early.
Blog from Joe and comments from Jon and Jess
Three days out of Rio and we’ve already lost Jess, one of the youngest crew, to Ocean Madness. The irony is that we all thought she’d crack in the daytime heat talking to her water bottle (a.k.a. ‘Wilson’). Instead – after a tranquil night watch (2000 – 0000h) chatting about ways to improve strait-jackets with fleece lining* – a night of bad sleep in a rolling swell which came up out of the north-east left Jess talking determinedly to a
sleeping bag hanging on a hook on the wall for an hour… More worryingly still she volunteered to go up to the foredeck for a reef (== certain wetness) but since we’ve not got any spare crew she’ll have to do until we reach Argentina – and a nice safe strait-jacket.
Meanwhile, life on board has continued more-or-less as normal; watches change, meals are cooked, and armpits not washed. The outside world intrudes into our happy little ship in the form of the odd piece of seagoing rubbish (2 litres skimmed – worth detouring to look at), whales (possibly) and Great Shearwaters [Ed please note: should be able to find a picture of one of these on Wikimedia Commons free-to-use? They’re cool birds…] which glide and swoop around the boat like aerial ice dancers. What is new is the weather. What is this strange feeling on our bare skin at night? There’s a sort of sharpness, a bit like water but without any water. It makes us want to eat toast and instant noodles, and an epidemic of ‘baselayers’ has broken out amongst us. ‘Baselayers’ means wearing the same vest for a very long time. apparently. Of course the days are still hotter than the surface of the Sun, but the nights now are fast becoming, what’s the word?
*’Like a onsie, but all secure,’ said Jess, ‘It would make you feel nice and safe and calm…’
And in addition, 2 comments that we missed yesterday
Sorry i didnt write my messages in time for them to be sent to the blog, I was asleep! Here they are:
Mum and Dad- I know that you read the blog everyday and thanku for that. Im still having an amazing time and I dont want to get off. Dad, I’ll see you in Ushuaia, be prepared to drag me from Elinca kicking and screaming because I ain’t going back to the UK that easy. Could you please tell Gran and Grandad that I said ‘hi’. Cheers to Grandad for reading the blog when Dad shows you it, I heard that you enjoyed all the pictures and the mini films that the crew made. I’ll make sure i tell you all about the voyage and Elinca when i get home :c). To the rest of my family and friends who read the blog (in particular, Anne, Joan, Colette and Louise)- thanks billions for your blog messages!! Its really nice to know that you are reading all about it. Hope all is well at home. Anne- One of the crew members, Zoe, hopes that you will keep commenting on the blog on the first Antartica leg,
as she loves your messages :).
Sarah, could u let Mardi know that I am eating well on the boat (i know that is more of her concern than what the weather is like on the ocean!)
Tom- Hope your enjoying yourself now that you are in Manchester, not long till you go home ay?! Safe flights and il see you there in 5 weeks or so.
I’m afraid that my bed was also looking very tempting at four yesterday morning and so I went to bed after watch rather than contributing to theblog.
Happy belated birthday to Norman. Hi to Heather, Kirsty, Joyce and Bernie too.
Rossall, no skis onboard but the bin bags look like they’ll make good sledges on the easier slopes. Hello to all the other SUCCers too. I hope that Chris and everyone had a brill time in Nepal. Have a brill time at New Year and hopefully I’ll make it to one soon.
Hi to everyone from Uniscanoe and I hope that L’chelle has a safe trip back
to the Southern Hemisphere. Kim will be relieved to know that my shirt and waist size hasn’t changed.
John Dale and everyone else from the James Cook will be pleased to know that the food portions here are big enough (just about) but I am missing Lucy Bear. The one computer and the satellite email systems here are just as much work as the AMS on there. Hi to everyone back at NOC too. Strangely I do miss work and am sort of looking forward to getting back in June. I hope that all the systems are settling down on the new Disco and that the reorganisation on the top floor is going well.