And we’re back in the room. Radio silence caused by a couple of things: 1) Accidentally deleting the modem settings on the PDA (tiny little palm top computer) and having to liaise with the suppliers in the USA for the details. (Yes, they’re now scribbled on the cabin wall in case it happens again- ‘Connect’ and ‘Delete’ being so close together in the menu, it isn’t hard to poke the wrong option); 2) Yesterday I’m afraid I was too tiredy and headachey to fight the need to sleep, so instead of blogging I took to the bean bag for an early night, having first thrown lavender oil about the place and munched some paracetamol. It goes without saying that I had already donned happy socks. On that note -glad that happy socks are so international. Maybe we could have a Fan Club with International Conventions. Or even better, an Annual Jamboree – I love that word. It is a word, isn’t it? Not just some Outey-invented-ism that arrived in my head somewhere between Perth and here?
All 1300 + miles from Perth, I’ll have you know. 44 days from Perth, if like me you prefer the scenic, (some might say sadistic), wind-in-your-hair, carbon friendly route. So here we are again – about to get going with another sunny blue sky sort of day on our merry adventures. This may well be the last surfing day as the wind is dropping, so tomorrow will likely be a hot and still. That said, after all the wind blowing us along this week, there will probably be a good rolling swell left over for another day or so.
We’ve had a brilliant few days since Monday when the wind arrived in style, helping us clock some major distances. Major being over 150 nauties in three days, and over 200 in five. (A nautie being nothing more untoward than a nautical mile). One of those days led to our 24 hour record being well and truly smashed – seeing it rise from a previous 54 nautical miles to a massive 58. Fifty eight nautical miles – that’s nearly a whole degree of longitude. Super happy days. We are about five miles from making the 90th degree, too, so another goal ticked off – hopefully we’ll be on the Mauritian side of it tomorrow sometime. Next goal is the 80th parallel, and I want to be as close to it as I can by my birthday on the 26th.
Ah, yes, party. Just to let you know we’ll be having a party that evening – if someone could bring a cake (or twelve) that would be ace (I ate the only cakes on board about a month ago). From 1900 till late – all time zones welcome – that way it’ll be staggered and won’t get too crowded. Theme is ‘wild-looking-ocean-explorer-who-has-been-at-sea-for-56-days’ ; that way you won’t feel overdressed and out of place. Parking shouldn’t be an issue – plenty of space out the back – but I’ll warn you, the water comes up quite high sometimes. Anyway, hope you can make it. I’ll tie balloons (or blown up ziplock bags) on the door so you know where to find us.
Once again, Dippers, the little racing demon that she is, has loved every minute of our surf fest this week so next time we shall give you all a quick lesson in surfing to Mauritius. It’ll just be a theory lesson this time so don’t worry about what to wear – though for future reference, lycra is the best way forward. At least for comfort, if not for style.
Until then my possoms,
Grandma Barb – To be honest I’m more scared of sticking my fingers together with superglue or crossing a road back home than of anything in the ocean taking a limb for their supper. It is too wonderful not to swim on a hot day-I love it.
Marcel – I think we need something nautical or Mauritian on the music front. Pirates of the Caribbean ?!
Kitty – I love bagpipes! Remember Anna bringing pictures of that holiday into school for Show & Tell. My friend and I were boarders and lacking such an exciting topic we talked about the boarding house – instead of photos we brought in our laundry bags and shoe cleaning kits to show everyone!Do you remember Warwick Castle too?I think you had the most boisterous and errant group ever invented. Tehe. Yep, book is in the pipeline .
Lina & Gerard – Oh how I would love a chocolate rain shower…
Xtina – Spoke to Andy the other day- he said they were regretting the no chocolate. I said I’ll share mine when they overtake me – but they better be quick or I might have eaten it all!
Margot – Does your Mum do shortbread by airmail? To the ocean?!
Barry – Indeed no kites allowed. Still, she surfs like a dream.