Change of Time
06 December 2007
Today is a double happy hour! Well, what it actually is, is a day we put our clocks back another hour as we have changed time zones again. Six o'clock becomes five o'clock due to us passing the 22 degree 30 min. west meridian. We are thus now 2 hours behind UTC/GMT and 4 hours behind SAST (South African Standard Time). We have another two time zones to go as Tortola (and the rest of the Caribbean) is six hours behind SAST.
Last nights 'Fish Florentine' turned out quite well except there was no spinach. We did purchase some in Cape Town but somewhere along the line it went walkies - actually, it is most likely still in my freezer at home or has exploded in the back of my car - hopefully the former! So, Terry, like all good fellows from 'Down Under', made an adjustment to his recipe and used sliced potato instead. Then, to compensate for the change in our diet, he actually baked two loaves of bread today. One was a plain white and the other a cheese loaf. There was nothing left of the cheese loaf a half hour after it came out of the oven!
We had the spinnaker up most of today as we had some fairly constant winds out of the east with no rain squalls. Unfortunately we cannot keep it up permanently as we need to charge our batteries every six hours - they are just not keeping their charge! I am in contact with our Cape Town office and the factory to try and sort the problem out, but it looks like we will be using up all our diesel to get to Tortola.
Jack (AA3GZ), who runs the Maritime Mobile Net I am reporting to, reports that it was -10degC in Pennsylvania last night. We, on the other hand, have been having an average of 28 degrees C for the past few days. It looks like it will get hotter as we get up to the equator and into the Caribbean with a lot more humidity.
Not too much further to report today, so greetings to all out there from the four of us aboard Moorings 46#A1040.