Bet that got you excited. Only joking, I just thought I’d practice my battle call, ready for when I do. It won’t be for a while yet – my horizon is only about 2.5 nauties away at the best of times, and even though M is volcanic, I don’t expect to see it until I am alot closer than my current 360 nauties gap. Curvature of the Earth and all that.
Yesterday turned into a glorious 50 miler, and that was with only seven hours rowing. I decided to catch up on some sleep and let the wind do some of the work.
Today is not going to be a 50 miler, but we will clock around 40, I reckon. A very good day therefore. Nothing ground-breaking to report -the Lower Deck goes on in much the same salty, sore, orange way; 2 chocolate bars were found and munched and I am currently engaged in a constant ‘waterproofs or no waterproofs’ dilemma as squalls whip through.
Dippers is happy as ever, though looking forward to a rest in M. As am I, though I am rather more excited at the thought of steak than the prospect of lying quietly in some marina, as she looks forward to. And Bob hopes to spend the rest of the 360 nauties resting up in the forward cabin. I share his wish. For dear ‘ole Bob, you understand, not myself – for the front cabin is a soggy, slimy place where mould grows on anything which doesn’t move and on anything which does.
Happy weekending to you,
Outey Toot Toot x
I’ll be chatting with Radcliffe & Maconie, BBC R2 Tuesday evening, 8-10pm BST.
Flying Ferkins, & Tim & Jem-
Please send return hello to the boys. Had hoped they might meet some beautiful mermaids en route and stop to say hello so that I could beat them to the beach and cheer them in. But I’m happier that they’ve finally got some decent winds and are flying in ahead of me. It’ll be a strange thing to see them in M, as they were the last people I saw in Ozzie waters! I’m not part of their race, however, I am completely independent – no supoort boat etc.
Doug C, Perth – Thanks to some good n’ steady ‘take me to the beach’ breezes for my 2-4kts on the tracker recently. My best mileage ever was 58 nauties, way back in the day 20-40 zone, where I minced up the miles ( 200nm in 4 days). Top surf speed I guess at 20kts – but as Einstein (my main plotter) died on day 20, I only turn my handheld on from time to time, so don’t see my every speed. We regularly surf off at 8-12kts, though average ‘top’ speed made good is just over 3kts.
Davy B – I agree, I have to be all serious on Woman’s Hour, ever ready with ‘Jam & Jerusalem ‘ stuff and my Very Sensible voice. Radders & Mac are my favourites as I can be the fruit loop that I truly am.
Jane Spence – Eeugh, let’s have no more talk of the custard. Good word, cerulean,or whatever it was. I like to think I’m ultramarine, when I’m not busy being an iodine Oompalumpa.