Today the dawn got up and out to the oars first; this ‘ere Skipper being supra-sleepy after another supra-long day and so the pre-pre-dawn boat went without me. Still, the pre-dawn one was pretty beautiful nonetheless and I’ll just push on a bit longer tonight – a good move, as t is jolly hot on the Sun Deck right now.
Great email from Ricardo prophesising a week of ‘perfect, idyllic weather’ ahead. Here’s hoping there’s no funny tricks waiting in the sidelines to throw it off course. From here on in I would just like Red Carpets, sunshine and no waterproofless trews. Yesterday I had to call upon the latter’s services after a huge wave appeared from nowhere and offloaded right over the boat. It was Very Funny for the split second that it took for the saltwater sores of my lower deck to become soggy again. And then it was demoted to being only Funny, as my salty sores recommenced their squealy grumbles.
Folks,the Last Lap bell is going to be ding donging oh-so-very soon. In a few hours we shall surf past the ‘500 nauties to the beach’ sign into the realm of the 400s.
I think we might crack open the beer at sunset to celebrate. Thanks to the boys at Patterdale Mountain Rescue for said beer – given to me while training with them in the chilly depths of Ullswater in January. At least it was called training – I think it was really just an excuse for us all to somersault off very fast moving rescue boats into the icy waters, pretending we were James Bond. It was brilliant. And a lot chillier than my present eau de vie.
From me and the 500s,
Outey Toot Toot x
Wowee- a whole lot of commenteering from you folks yesterday. Did anyone get any work done?
Dr Rosemary Taylor – Chocstock very much in need of Swiss refuelling. ‘Little boat in Paxos’ -can’t be smaller than Dippers?!
Marcel – Maybe I’ll drop by Rodrigues for some guinness gammon en route.
Claire C -Not tempted, but 10 points for ingenuity. If only folks would stop overfishing, then maybe there wouldn’t be such problems. V excited about snorkelly places in Mauritius-though I think I’ve had enough fun in currents this year…
Geoffers- Will gladly help in chocstocking your boat. Can I come for a sail before you head out?!
Ossy the Viking – Say hello to your son for me. If you can fix me up some speaking engagements, I’ll come over to the land of Vikings to see him.
Robin – Folks would have to bring their own chocolate aboard methinks; having to ration my supply for guests would never work, but I can happily see myself raiding theirs.
Xtina – A bottle of CK1 has been my spritzy treat since the start-so I shall be as fresh and fragrant as one can be after 4.5 months in the wilderness. Promise to wash my hair/clean behind my ears too!
Phil Cheek- Sailed by C&T on Silurian many times & barbecued on the beaches.Common dols in Oban – wunderba!
Marco, desde Uruguay – No hay problemo con espanol-tenemos uno barco realmente internacionale; hablo muy pocito en espanol y te entiendo perfectemente. Bienvenido Uruguay!