Weather and Other Things
31 August 2009
The weekend was quite interesting. The forecast was that we should have a light breeze of about 10 knots from the southeast. Well, that did not materialise and we had light variable airs from everywhere except from the southeast! However, we have 100 percent overcast sky today with 10 knots slowly developing out of the east-southeast - let's hope it continues to develop into some useful wind to sail by.
As mentioned above, the sky is overcast with thick black clouds. We could also do with a good downpour of rain to wash the Namibian desert dust off the boat that has imbedded itself into every conceivable nook and cranny - as well as the layer of salt that is slowly building up on the boat. And then, if it is a good downpour, a good wash in fresh water for ourselves would go down a treat as well.
Things are much warmer now that we are slowly getting closer to the equatorial region. When we departed Cape Town we were all freezing and went about our watches in multiple layers of clothing with heavy foul-weather gear on top of that. Now it is down to T-shirts and short pants, although there is still a chill in the air at night. However, once we reach the equator and further north, I am sure we will all be complaining that it is too hot - just can't win, can we.
Yesterday (Sunday) we had a really flat sea and Hardy ventured up the mast to inspect all the rigging and fastenings. He found that two small bolts that hold the VHF antenna had worked themselves loose and did a quick repair job, right on the top of the mast. Andries, being a young strapping lad, did the winch work whilst yours faithfully did the supervision and gave instruction - lazy sod I am!
We also managed to catch two sizable Bonito yesterday. Part of one was consumed, pan fried in lemon butter, for dinner. Pasta was on the menu tonight (Monday) and Hardy is going to try his hand at fish cakes tomorrow evening. I must add that Andries is really learning how to cook - he made flapjacks on Saturday and baked two great loaves of bread and the fish dinner on Sunday.
Until later in the week, regards from Andries, Hardy and myself, John.