Banging, Bouncing and Thumping Along
26 January 2009
For the past few days we have been experiencing rain squall after rain squall, making being on watch a wet affair. Not only that, the wind is persisting from the north-east which means that the seas are on the beam (side of the boat), making a terrible noise as they hit us each few seconds. It's really, I imagine, like being in a washing machine. The result of all the above is that it is hard to sleep properly and everybody is a bit irritable at the moment. Also, due to the rain and spray, we cannot open our hatches and the boat is like a sauna inside.
Yesterday, Sunday 25 January, we had a dramatic change in the colour of the sea as we passed from the clear ocean into the outflow of the Amazon River - this was whilst we were over 100 nautical miles off the coast! There was a clear line in the ocean and everybody watched as we sailed over it. All quite amazing!
Once again, whilst off the Amazon Delta, we had a couple of visiting Noddies trying to land on the boat at night, I am not sure if any were successful due to the wind and motion of the boat.
As I write this report, we are now four to five days out of Trinidad - we expect to arrive there around noon (local time) on Saturday 31 January if we can keep up a daily of over 144 nautical miles, which we are exceeding at the moment. Remember that Trinidad (and the rest of the Caribbean islands) are 4 hours behind GMT/UTC and 6 hours behind SAST. At the moment we are approaching our last time change, which we will most likely celebrate with a double happy hour tomorrow night.
Thanks once again to Shaun, ZS1RA, for keeping me updated on the blog comments and also the local SA news. Regards from all aboard, John