Didn’t someone write a song about that?
Pleased to report we are now West of that amusing wiggle that we traced over the previous few days with our jaunt back the way we had come. Amusing now – I admit I wasn’t entirely impressed while wiggling said loop and it is annoying to throw three days down the pan like that. Such is the lot of an ocean rower – the weather plays a large part in deciding the speed of a crossing .
With no water in my main can this morning and my batteries really not looking healthy I decided to try manually operating the watermaker. This involved a three hour round trip of disassembly, bemusement, cursing, giggles, assembly for manual operation and then the gutting realisation that the way in which it has been installed means that it physically cannot be manually operated. Grr…I should have just tried the spare manual one… Still, I shimmied the boat round to let the solar panels face NE so the batteries are juicing up again. And worry ye not, I opened my spare jerry can of water so haven’t shrivelled up like a prune either.
It is a good feeling to be Westbound again, and to have the sun for company. I might treat myself to a chapter of the Odyssey later or perhaps an hour of music to celebrate…decisions decisions…
Other triumphs include finding( and then eating, naturally) a mars bar from one of my food bags (a few days in advance) and also finding that the lid from a water bottle I’d been storing pasta in fits one of my water bottles which had gone mouldy right at the bottom, too far down to reach.Didn’t think to bring long pokey brush with me, you see. Little things, little minds, 48 days at sea – believe me, you get excited about these things.
Thanks for the messages – I got the sense you sensed the ever-so-slighty-annoyed-with-the-weather imp which had been running around in my head . He’s gone now and there is the usual jumble of thoughts, remnants of songs etc knocking around in there, so all is good.
Ciao for now,
PS (will post reminder every day until Thursday) BBC R4 Woman’s Hour, Thursday 21st May, 10am ish. I’ll be hooking up live with Jenni Murray