It’s getting hotter on Elinca as they continue towards their next stop, Bahia de Isla Grande in about 2 days time. The plan is to spend a few days there before heading on to Rio.
Now over to Rachel on Elinca…
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So we are another day further north and another few degrees hotter, 26.1 on
the latest met observation. This introduces many new challenges into the
daily lives of the crew of Elinca, mainly sleeping and the constant battle
of the hatches. Sleeping in bunks has become an unbearable affair as
sticky, sweaty and grumpy looking crew emerge from below at the beginning of
their watch, or even in the middle of the night, to stick their bare bodies
out of the Phuket into the breeze, usually accompanied by a sigh of relief
and the standard phrase ‘it’s too ****** hot!’. Pants have become standard
dress for watch and open-door peeing in the heads is now acceptable
The wind has slowly but unexpectedly eased throughout the day and all
watches have become pretty slick at shaking reefs. After another beautiful
and sunny day’s sailing, we finally lost the last remaining puffs of breeze
and as we reached for the engine, we discovered a minor engine mishap and
our professional team of onboard engineers scuttled below decks to fix it.
This left us, for a short while at least, bobbing around aimlessly in the
ocean with Cliggy doing a wonderful job of keeping us, well, stationery.
This wonderful period of time allowed us to open ALL BOAT HATCHES and gentle
breeze wafted beautifully through our cabins. Unfortunately as Clare
proclaimed ‘it will take us another 8 days to reach Ilha Grande at this
rate’ and the crew retorted ‘I don’t care if we NEVER get there, as long as
the hatches are open’, the beep of the engine starting and the sputtering of
engine cooling water was heard, mishap efficiently fixed and we were back on
our way, all hatches sadly battened back down.
Another problem currently facing the girls is ‘gunwhalers bottom’. As
wet-bottom disease ravages koala numbers in Australia, so too is soggy salty
spotty sea bottom on Elinca. Drastic measures have been taken to avoid
this, including wearing waterproof thermals at night at much berating from
our skipper, however I will have the last laugh when I show him my beautiful
spot-free behind. Any other advice or remedies welcome.
In other news we have advanced on yesterday’s ‘guess the vegetable’ eating
in the dark dinner game, with the introduction of prawns, some still
shell-on for bonus points, mussels, fish and calamari in last night’s
delicious dinner. Flying fish have started to appear, 2 of them crashed mid
flight into Cliggy, 1 of them hitting her in the face! We have had some
wonderful calm night watches, coined ‘pillow watch’ by our resident Aussie
(who sends a big g’day mate to her mum and dad) with star gazing under the
fabulous full moon.
Well the sun has just risen under a spectacular orange sky, the engine’s
back on and I’ve made a sweaty pool on the chart table seat, so it’s well
and truly time to get back up on deck. Until next time…
An extremely sweaty Rachel 🙂