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ANDY: 8th

Saturday 8th

Awoke for first watch to the sound of the engine running as the wind had dropped and backed to the point it was directly from astern, this did however have added benefits - that of plenty of hot water and a calm following sea allowing for showers and other chores to be undertaken. This included a freezer audit (freezer is for holding scientific ice cores from the Antarctic but has been put to more domestic use on this trip - having emptied the contents into the forehead we located not only our missing sausages but also half a lamb, two full racks of ribs and a whole Argentinian beef fillet, roast lamb for dinner tonight then!

It's starting to get quite warm now so the veg and fruit and starting to go off quite quickly which means our diet/menu is dictated by which veg has the shortest life remaining, tomatoes, cauliflower and courgettes are the first to go, we now understand the reason for washing every thing in 'Milton' before on boarding as it kills both mould causing bacteria and the eggs of fruit flies prolonging the life of the veg/fruit as much as possible. Not sure three consecutive meals which majored on cauliflower were good for the crews health or the quality of the atmosphere down below though ;-) !

More and more now we are realising that the skills being transferred on this trip are not just about the technical side of sailing (in fact those are actually quite few, compared with say inshore racing) but more about the practicalities of life on board and how to live comfortably and safely in a confined space together for weeks on end, that and of course watching the weather forecasts like a hawk so that we can gain maximum benefit of the low pressure systems which race Eastwards below 40 degrees of latitude without getting to low ourselves and being put through the 'washing machine' - we seem to be doing ok on this front after our long passage north up the Brazilian coast to avoid the full force of the first two depressions we encountered - the down side of this is that we have had to cover more ground than expected which could put our projected arrival into Cape Town in jeopardy as we still have some 2000 miles or so to go - we are still hopeful however of a brief stop at Tristan da Cunha weather permitting, apparently the seas are only calm enough to land there some 30% of the time- so fingers crossed.

Posted by AndyWi1son 12:21

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