Today turned into a rest day rather than a rowing day, filled with laundry and lunching and general pottering. It always amazes me how long I potter and tinker on such a tiny boat – there is always something to do.
The wind has been light but from exactly the direction I want to row in and, with rather large residual swells rolling in from the north, and the Kuroshio now starting to swing the boat eastwards once more, it made sense to let the current do the work. It will fade out in three degrees’ time i.e. about 180 nautical miles and more of the miles will have to come from muscle power, so for now the rest was welcome. The sea anchor is still out, hooked into the current, pulling us through the wind and swell.
The main activity today was washing some clothes, having made water this morning. My machine makes about 25 litres an hour when the battery is fully charged, so about fifty minutes fills my tanks nicely. There is still a rather sulphurous waft to the first few litres, I think due to having checked the system worked when we first got to Japan and then left the unit unused for a few weeks. So the first lot always gets ditched and then it tastes of nothing.
Ahead of lunch I delved about in the treasure troves that are the Outside Lockers for some treats and in search of mustards and the like for adding to my dried meals to make them more palatable. The mustards and sauces remain AWOL for another day but a hip flask of ginger wine and a tin of bratwurst made a rather welcome addition to today’s feasting which, happily, involved far fewer biscuits than yesterday’s cabin time did when I ate 1500kcal of biscuits over `12 hours. ( I never thought I would hear myself complain about eating lots of biscuits…)
So ‘twas a gentle happy sort of day out here on the blue. No more sealions , though I did throw five fishlets overboard this morning who had kamikazed themselves on deck at some point over the last couple of days. And there has been no swimming yet either – I have this daft rule that it has to be flat calm and the sun has to be out so I can see through the water at least a little way. Yes, I am a great wimp when it comes to swimming in the sea, especially when it is six kilometres to the bottom. Hopefully soon though – I know my muscles will love it and I am keen to see what is growing on the patch of cleared antifoul.
Until next time,
Sarah and Happy Socks x
C and K: Water temp was 18.1 degrees today – so rather warm in the current. It is the wind that chills things.
Alan Hind: I guess I could eat them in theory but they have all been tiddlers so far. Hoping to do some fishing of my own soon though.
Heather and Cameron: Thank you for my thumbstone – lovely.
Jonesy: Thank you for the G&T lip balm – found it today and only saw afterwards that it should have been saved for my birthday. Oops!