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Posted by AndyWi1son 03:46 Comments (1)

3 June

Ok who spotted the slightly rude auto correct spelling error in the last post ;-0

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Monday 3rd June

Life on board is settling down nicely. Youri has thankfully stopped being sea sick and has surfaced from his bunk looking a normal colour.In addition to the sailing there is a host of chores to be done each day that keep us busy. Pumping the bilges, cleaning floors, cleaning the heads and of course turning the veg in the forepeak to make sure it doesn't go off. Cooking is a challenge in its own right. Catering for 8 three times a day is quite a task. The stove is gimbled which allows stews and etc curries to remain horizontal while cooking, the oven isn't so, is to be used sparingly and only with certainty that there can't be too many spillages. Laura's has baked a few cakes, I managed some of Mums scones, hopefully will make some more again today, but these are activities only for calm weather days. Magnus has also challenged us all to learn to splice and whip!!! No naughty comments please. So we now have craft corner where we are all busy making strops. Tom is in the lead having made 4. I am on my second and Andy has finished one.

Magnus has shared a statement from one of his friends [sailing ]" is a series if fiddly jobs in a wobbly caravan" , I think I agree. There are so many jobs to do that are simple in every day life that are often difficult on board. For example, if the engine hasn't been on there is no hot water, so you either have a cold shower or wait and hope you can get to the shower after the engine has been on. Washing the dishes is also similarly affected. Pouring a cup of tea is a task in its own right. As anyone who knows me will know that this is the most important of tasks to keep the tea supply flowing, but pouring boiling water in to a teapot that i s moving , while the floor you are standing on is moving and you are sliding all around the galley is quite dangerous. A health and safety risk assessment would never be risk accepted. Cheers for now from a very wobbly PA

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2 June

Friday 31 May

Motor sailing North in an attempt to get through the belt of lows that sweep off the Andes and fuel the Roaring Forties. There are two deep ones forecast for two days hence which we need to avoid then once above them we can ride the prevailing westerly winds that are created off the tops of the lows (they rotate in the opposite direction down here of course).

Sat 1 June

Today is Doctor Tom's 60th birthday, he has been serenaded Happy Birthday at the start of every watch (very softly at 01:00 and now more vocally at 10:00). Laura baked him a lemon drizzle cake for his birthday (whilst on watch at 04:00!). The boat brought him a pair of crocs which seem to be the footwear of choice on the boat - mainly because when you get soaked on the foredeck (not uncommon) the water just runs straight back out :-)

The postman also made his way out here, I particularly liked the one from Tom's daughter which said (with a picture of baby elephant following behind dad) "I always wanted to follow in my father's footsteps (just in case he drops his wallet)".

We thought we had finally found the Roaring Forties for a time as we sailed happy along in 30 kts under clear skies, happy birthday Tom! But sadly not to last as by the end of the day the 'Donkey' was back on (damn schedules to keep).

With the changeable conditions reefs are in and out on the main sail which unlike the three fore sails (which can be furled pretty much entirely from the aft cockpit) necessitates two to three crew up at the foot of the mast - here Claire and I got our first real dunking with us both filling our willies - me in reverse with water shooting up my legs to wound waste height before retreating into boots (and washing me down the deck on my knees in the process) and Claire with several gallons down her neck which worked down to her boots soaked every other garment on route! Wellies are now by the reflex heater drying out. As dictated by Sod's law the GoPro wasn't on! :-(

Wind dropped off as night fell with the odd set of gusts resulting from rain showers, we are still running north to try and position ourselves ahead of those deep lows due in a couple of days

Super clear night to start with then sailed between two rain clouds which proceeded to join behind us and formed a thunderstorm, rapid sail change to make sure not caught out but managed to outrun it, just, 5kts to 27kts in a flash, Andy felt it coming but we just maintained our distance thankfully.

Sun 2 June

Much of the same today, still heading North with the odd burst of speed under sail otherwise burning diesel in an attempt to get in the right position to avoid getting battered by 60mph winds and heavy seas.

We have logged 800 miles since Stanley but have only made 540 towards our target waypoint off Tristan de Cunha, which (whilst frustrating) is a necessary measure to sail around the bad weather. We are currently about 300 miles off the Brazilian coast heading North towards the River Plate and Buenos Aries where we should turn right along the top of the Forties.

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Departing Stanley

Well this is it, leaving Port Stanley - 2060 miles to next programmed GPS waypoint.

Typing this email straight into the yacht's nav laptop down in the saloon which given we are motor sailing downwind in a very rolly sea is proviing a challenge - thank god for Stugeron.

Weather has not been too bad since leaving the Falklands, problem is that we dont quite have enough wind to keep to schedule so we are having to motor sail, which whilst it would be nice to shut the shut the huge Cummins up that is running away next to my ear, it is not too bad as we are progressing at around 10kts through the water at the moment.

Making a northeasterly course up to get into the 'Roaring Forties' latitudes where we shoudl pick up reliable westerly winds of 25-30 kts or more.

Hopefully we will get more used to the rolling nature of this angle of sailing soon, I didnt expect a boat of this weight and size to get lifted around so much - I guess th at is just the way of the ocean.

Claire is up top doing the daily deck check - making sure the rigging is not about to fall overboard.

Cheers for now from Pelagic Australis

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Wednesday 29th

Ship shape and Bristol fashion!

storm 6 °C

The ship was cleaned top to bottom both inside and out. Magnus got his diving gear on and scrubbed he bottom while the rest of cleaned the inside and stored the new provisions for the trip.
The forepeak ( the area at the front of the boat that is accessed mainly from the hatch on the deck ) is a sight to behold. Normally the forepeak is used as sail and sheet storage, however on Pelagic Australis it has many other uses. The fresh fruit and veg are in racks and stowed neatly . There is the fridge freezer for storing the ice samples from the arctic expeditions and all the frozen food we have. There is the zodiac now safely stowed away, all the dive gear , the ice cream maker ( yes , the ice cream maker) to name but a few articles stowed away. The logistics of getting everything in there and securely fastened down in an orderly fashion is an art in its own right! Tom and I keep on getting ourselves in some predicaments and have described the job as a massive game of three D twister.

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