Another monster day here – the biggest swell I have ever, ever seen in my 2.4 decades and a lot of very confused foamy, towery walls of water. It is wet, wild and more than a little scary at times and, only slightly less concretey than yesterday. It’s not perfect but the wind is backing (i.e. Swinging anti-clockwise) so my course is flattening out a wee bit. As the wind is graced with some more Easting, I will look to make good a course South of West. I’m currently only about 40 miles South of the latitude of my Rum Punch, on account of these fat southerly winds of late,so there is a danger of ending up too far North to come down again. Alas, never fear, Ricardo has it all cunningly mapped out. Never before have I trusted anyone so much with such an important task. He is my right-hand man, navigator and deliverer from (most!) evils. At least where the weather is concerned – he hasn’t figured out how to steer me past my rehydrated mush yet. Though he did tell me how he made and ate fresh vegetable soup in my honour, so it’s almost the same, in spirit at least.
We’re eeking away at the ‘miles to go’ column and slowly moving them onto the ‘miles run’ – currently 938nm to Rum Punch territory and we’re 2305nm from Perth. As the albie flies at any rate – we’ve logged well over 3,100 miles in our wigglings. Ricardo asssures me there is a great week ahead, so here’s hoping it comes good with lots of nauties reined in and more degrees ticked off. 4.5 until the 60s!
And I shall go out to face off the beast once more…
Outey Toot Toot x x
Ruth Ryder – Biofilms all v. colourful: brown, green & orange! They got scrubbed today though.Hull clean again when it’s calmer – bit too wild right now. Glad you’re in Ox, =will come visit ye. Henry James, ‘Portrait of a Lady’ on the listening front – very loooong. One proposal and unhappy suitor after another. Worlds away from fat waves!
See you soon amiga 🙂
Marcel – Looking forward to it, very, very excited. Am on my way, I promise! Co-ords now on cabin wall & chart in big red numbers. Thirsty, too – will defo be there before you drink it!
Grandma Barb – Think S.K’s book was only published in the UK. Try Amazon. My favourite ever rowing book is Colin Quincey ‘Tasman Trespasser’ – in the ‘old’ days in an open Dory. Our modern boats are luxury in comparison.
Xtina – Couldn’t get through to FF – they must be pubbing again. Drunkards! Will keep trying. Here’s hoping for better weather all round.Send them my bestest.
Dom Carrington – I just look at it as closer to the Rum Punch than Freo – still a way to go yet… We’re keepin’ on keepin’ on though.
Ian – Ragdale was a complete treat but my sports masseur in London sponsors me – so a train ticket to town is cheaper!
Rob – Few better ways to weekend than kayaking on Welsh rivers. Enjoy.
Jane Spencer – Pimms & Henley, great combo- please have a few on my behalf. And remember it’s dark blue boats, not those funny mint green ones, that you need to cheer for!