Yesterday turned out alright in the end – things usually do one way or another.
As it was sunny and not too rough, I cleaned the forward cabin. It is a storage cabin and so gets rather wet with Bob going in and out all soggy and wet. And where you get water, you get various slimes and moulds too. Yum! I made extra water, too, taking advantage of the sun on the solar panels.
Frustrated with my Eastward return and seeing the wind swing to the SW, I figured if we brought Bob back aboard to rest we could at least gain some North again. So we did, even managing to pinch back a smidgen of West as well. There are a number of low pressure systems rumbling round beneath us, and due in the next few days,too, so North is the place to be. It’s a bit riskier with eddies and the fact that it could be difficult to make Mauritius if I go too far North, but I trust Ricardo and am too excited about my rum punch to let that slip away without a fight. I am also very stubborn – I said I would row from Perth, I did; I said I will row to Mauritius, I will. It might just be the pretty way round…
Finally, today is World Oceans Day. Guess what? Our very own Ricardo is European Ambassador for the Oceans. So today at dinner, lets all raise a glass to these mighty swathes of blue painted on our planet, and promise to do our best to keep them blue and mighty and teeming with life.
Meanwhile, Dippers and I are headed North. It may involve some backtracking as the wind is from the SW, but due to drop.
Outey Toot Toot x
-Jade (10) – Thankyou for your comment Jade! We’ve now looped the loop and are pushing North to find some better wind. Cabin day turned out ok in the end-good chance for a sleep and some chocolate.
-Jill & Stan – I do remember you now, yes. And your lovely boat. Hope you enjoyed Rotto. Hope to visit it next year when I return!
-Barry Gumbert – Thanks for posting the Rime for me, appreciated.
-Steve – It’s on the reading list for when I get back!
-Pam Stocker – We lost 25 miles to the East with our looping. 20 to the South, too.
-Jamie & Emily – Dippers has always wanted a big brother! Recommend laminating the outside egde of the gunwhale/top deck for about 12 inches forward of the gates. The oars have rubbed away the sheen and into the wood. I have laminated with duct tape to reduce collateral!
-Chris & Trevor- Hebrides is my favourite place in the world. Envious.