07 January 2009
On the morning we left St Helena I received a message that Colin Williams had a small gift for us. Soon his son Ian arrived with a large bunch of bananas, which is now tied under the hardtop on the boat - picture above. Our thanks to Colin for his gift. Fortunately I have the ingredients and recipe for banana bread!
We are currently sailing under spinnaker on our way to the north eastern coast of Brazil. The weather in mostly blue sky with the occasional build-up of cloud and wind of 12 to 14 knots from the south-east varying slightly from the east south-east - ideal for sailing under spinnaker!
We have all settled back into our watch routine but cannot sail under spinnaker all night as we only have moonlight until about 2 am. So, we bring down the "bag" at midnight but, with the moonset becoming later each night, we are looking at sailing with the spinnaker throughout the day and night by Friday.
Not much else is happening on board at the moment. We have our fishing lines out all day but the Dorado are being elusive and are not going for our lures just yet - hopefully we will land a decent sized one in the next few days as there is no better fish on the plate.
Radio propagation is still a big problem and we are struggling to make a link to send an receive email. So, if there are periods where there is no blog post, don't worry - we just cannot get through in the HF/SSB radio.
Many thanks to all the folks who have emailed me and to those that have left comments on the blog. Until the next report . . . . regards from all aboard Oceans Dream - John.