I don’t know what made you smile this morning when you woke up but for me it was seeing the wind and waves all doing the right thing. Rather excitably, in fact – we had some big fat swells roaring up from the South East. The sort that made for a fairly anxious 90 minutes from first hearing my SeaMe alarm to spotting the monster cargo ship whose radar was hitting us. As I expected, there was no reply to my VHF calls – our radar shadow is super tiny and inconsequential in anything but a flat calm sea. The sea was anything but! It was a strange feeling to think that was the closest I had been to other people for weeks and weeks and weeks (assuming it wasn’t a ghost ship or being driven by, say, very intelligent sheep). I did wave as well, just incase they were having a nosey with the binoculars but didn’t want to chat or didn’t hear me/couldn’t speak to me etc. ‘Ha!’ I thought, ‘your loss, Mr Cargo Capitan – I bet you’ve never spoken to a crazed solo rower before, but I have spoken to many cargo ship Skippers in my time’. We stood and stared for a while as his massive white rage of a bow wave disappeared and he became a silhouette, pondering who was aboard, what they were having for their breakfast, where theynwere going etc.
Anyway, the lack of squashing pleased me very much and we celebrated by washing some clothes, long overdue. Always trying to conserve freshwater, said washing duties were a bit experimental today. Lather and rinses #1-2 in saltwater, with final rinse in freshwater. Time shall tell whether it was a prize bit of ingenuity or if we now have three very salty bits of lycra.
Pleased to report our Red Carpet looks stable, with just a small blip of a front momentarily ‘blocking my path’ for 48 hours on Wednesday, so says our guru Ricardo. And, we are now the furthest West we have ever ever been on this ocean, having nailed 85 degrees East in the wee hours of this morning. We rather like it on this side, so I don’t think we’ll go back on another shuttle-row any time soon. On the mileage front, we have barely 1500 nauties to go to Mauritius or well over 1700 nauties back to my mates in Perth. Hmmm… I like Australia a lot…but… I’ve already done the ‘Hey, look, it’s me! I’m back again,’ with Perth, so Mauritius it is.
Here’s hoping the weekend has been a happy one for you and that you’ve also avoided squashing by cargo ships.
Till next time,
Outey Toot Toot x
Averil Trott – Our favourite bear of little brain can never be said to lower the tone, he is a personal hero! I believe he makes up that song while pretending to be a cloud so that he can pinch honey, before CR shoots him down.
Barry Gumbert – Special request for ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ by Wordsworth and, having watched Sense & Sensibility the other day, maybe a sonnet from dear ‘ole Billy Shakespeare… Thank you.
Louise Richardson – Tick tock tick tock! Home run now, matey!
Godfolkes – Happy walking, I hope with lots of sunshine and little rain.