And so we leave behind the slowest ten degrees of longitude known to Outeykind. This is not to say we haven’t had some brilliant times en route through the land of 80 degrees East but I was a tad worried we might fossilise during the last 600 nauties and puzzle keen young fossil hunters of future millennia.
Fossil hunter #1:’Why, this is strange. Homo sapiens appears to have left the land and returned to the seas sometime during the 21st century…and taken up rowing instead of walking. How curious.’
Fossil hunter#2:’Blimey, ‘ole chap – you don’t think we’ve just found an example of that new and poorly understood breakaway hominid branch do you. Homo rowiensis or something? Look -it’s got marvellous socks…’
And so they would continue digging about in the mud.
Anyway, no fossilisation happened and we are safely over the border into the 70s.
Pleased to say that the sea is marginally less wild today, with 25 (instead of 35) knots of wind. Happily it is blasting us from a better direction for our Rum Punch Campaign. Still, it’s fairly jolly mountainous and rather foamy in places – white horses have been ousted and there are herds of sun bleached woolly mammoths charging about in all directions. Nothing like steep seas to keep you on your toes, eh? Well, I prefer being on my toes to being on my head.
We should eat up miles West in the next few days while this weather lasts and by tomorrow should have fewer than 1200 nauties to run. We are now 2000 from Perth, so nearly two thirds home. However, I’m making no guesses as to how long it will take. It will all depend on the weather, as this last 40 odd days has shown. What’s clear is that we are in for the long haul – longer than planned, but worry ye not, I have plenty of food yet and am still going strong. Mauritius – I shall be rocking up for the rum punches before you too long… Just don’t hold your breath.
So it’s cheerio from me and our new mates, the 70s.I’ve heard they’re a cracking crowd and faster than the 80s- let’s hope so.
S & D x x
Miss Faux’s Y7 Maths Class – Great to hear from you Cambridge! Ask Miss Faux about the Latin Tea Parties. And adventures in Greece. And America.
To everyone who asked about tethering etc – I am ALWAYS attached to the boat.