This is just a quick bonus blog from Clare (and James who is asleep) to say thank-you for all the messages that have been coming though the last few days. Our amazing home contacts have been forwarding them to the boat and they have been keeping me entertained on night watch. I particularly liked the message of congratulations from Barbara M Owen who we have never met but follows the blog :-). Incidentally I’ve not really seen James for the last five days. James and I do shifts of 6 hours on and 6 off and so we see each other for about 15 minutes each shift change as one sleepy person ‘high fives’ control of the boat over to the other. Not to worry though, we’ve got a bottle of champagne ear-marked for Uruguay and maybe an evening away from the the boat.
We are hoping to see at least some of you at the coming home party in Falmouth where we’ll be able to offer you gin and tonic with genuine Antarctic Ice. We chipped it off ice bergs at ~65 degrees south, crushed it up and fed it into bottles. We’ve been transporting it (as water) in the designated ‘Antarctic Ice’ locker (also where we keep the toilet roll) and we’ll re-freeze it on the homeward leg from La Coruna to Falmouth. You might think this is a waste of time and argue that one ice cube tastes the same another but it’s the principle of the thing and anyone who has made the effort to come to Falmouth deserves an ice cube that has travelled over 10,000 miles!