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The Jackson Four on Tour
Operation 'sell Pegasus of Jersey' begins""
A beautiful day sailing
Catherine
01/26/2011

It's great that we can download GRIB weather reports from the SSB. They bare no resemblance whatsoever, however, to what we are actually experiencing in our current position. We are supposed to be having 7 knots of wind (not much) from NNW but whilst the direction is right at the moment (which is weird enough - where ARE the trade winds?!) We have had a steady 15-20 knots of wind all day, so we're not complaining. (This turned to 12 hours of 35 knots on the beam all night.)We will have to turn West at some point, or we'll end up in Brazil. We've pretty much gone through our fresh food and pre-prepared chillis etc, so Alan has put in an order with Lochy for a tuna for tomorrow - we've seen plenty of big fish swimming round the boat, preceded by flying fish getting out of their way. Chloe had her first solo night watch and did a grand job. Alan has been practising his whipping and splicing - we've reassured him that he has another couple of weeks to get it right! Ditto his ability to boil an egg - he's blaming the water. Or gas. Or altitude.

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1000 miles down
Catherine
01/23/2011

About 1800 to go. Day 9 in the house. Well, yesterday's pirate frivolity was put on hold as we went through a few squalls and the swell was yucky. Oh, and we blew the spinnekar. Which was probably fairly predictable but a shame nevertheless - not really sewable before Antigua. We won't say who was on watch at the time though because that just wouldn't be fair ;-) Rain for the first time since Gibraltar. Position: 20.36.63N 28.44.10W. Some flying fish action today; Lochy desperate to put out his lucky lure again, but we don't need fish just yet. I think I might have just topped the mother watch polls by baking foccachia bread for lunch - top that, Alan!! The competition's on!!

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01/25/2011 | rose marie crolla
hi, great to hear that your 1000mile mark is past. hope you are all well and had a wee toast to the baird maybe haggis is expecting too much in the middle of the big pond!or has lochy caught one with his lucky lure as they are shy little creatures! impressive bread making. must try some it sometime. tesco etc is just too handy! lots of love rose marie
Pirates Ahoy!
Catherine
01/21/2011

Today's theme picked by Chloe, we all raided our bags for pirate attire and the face paints came out for scars, beards and tattoos - we didn't account for the fact that the face paint had a sun block quality, rendering Mark's anchor tattoo with MUM written underneath permanently on his biceps after a particularly sunny day - classic!!! Luckily I had already put sun block on, so my tache and beard came off with no major mishap! Treasure maps, code busting and papier mache treasure chests were the school work for the day and the dolphins came out in force (with their babies - really cute) for a full hour. The wind died down at lunchtime, so we put the engines on but we've just found some wind so spinnekar is flying again. We also decided to put the clocks back by an hour today, randomly. Because we are pirates and we make the rules. Aaaaarrrrrgh. 770nms down.

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01/25/2011 | jason
Loving reading your updates. Glad it's going so well.
''Dolphins!'' Day 6
Catherine
01/20/2011

We were in for a treat today with dolphins on our bow - last night they had made an appearance and I tried to wake Lochy to see them but to no avail. So, everyone happy today. We came tantalisingly close to another yacht that we had spoken to by radio on the first night who is a single handed sailor, but despite hearing him call us on the radio once, we then couldn't connect with him - we think there was a problem with his radio rather than ours which was such a shame as we haven't seen many other ships and to be within 2 miles of him in the middle of the ocean it would have been nice to have chatted. Of course we shot past him with our kite flying but waved as we blazed by!! Actually, winds are now really light so speed dropped right down again. We fluctuate between saying "At this speed we'll be in in 19 days" to "Maybe it will be more like 23 days" but either way that will be fine; we're all really enjoying the journey and Chloe has proposed a Pirate Day tomorrow. Shiver me timbers! Position: 22.08N 22.59W.

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01/21/2011 | m wagner
love the latest updates! just going to see where you are on google earth :) looking forward to hearing more, stay safe x m.a
Full moon and the wind up our Chuff
Catherine
01/20/2011

Flew the spinny all night and Pegasus was flying at about 8-9 knots. This meant a less leisurely night watch for all involved as we actually had to watch for wind shift and change course accordingly. I suppose we could have actually helmed, but the duogen is working a treat, keeping our batteries topped up at 100% and so Uncle Auto remained at the helm all night, with the occasional tweak of two degrees to the left, then two degrees to the right. No-one can pretend it was a comfortable night though and only the kids slept through the night. Which explains why we are doing a more sedate 4-5 knots as I write this at 1am on this our 5th night. Really enjoying the sail. Makes the relentless slog of 30 knots on our nose through the Med worth every minute as we potter across what will be the largest stretch of water we sail (I've just been planning the Pacific part of our trip!)Kids reluctantly doing school work and diaries now I know they don't get sea sick, with the promise we will have a whole week off school work when we arrive. Chloe beavering away at her patchwork quilt ("you have a sewing machine on board? Seriously?") Alan topping up his tan on the trampoline. Mark being on mother watch again - must have been a slip in writing the watch system at 2am before we set sail, honest! Full moon reflecting so brightly on the water - kids sleeping outside again in the cockpit in what has become a Pegasus full moon tradition.

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''Day Three in the House''
Catherine
01/20/2011

[to be said with Geordie accent] It's day four in the big brother household. Will Chloe keep her next meal down? Will Alan have to go up the mast again? And when will we find the trade winds that will take us to Antigua? We had a lovely sail with Southerly winds for most of Day 3 and then by evening, as predicted, the winds died down and we stuck the motor on, heading SW to find the trade winds. Not much to report although it is taking Mia and Chloe a little longer to find their sea leg than they would like and Lochy has his moments of temporarily losing his. However, I am mightily impressed how the girls are keeping their spirits up with the help of audiobooks and Base Nectar (Chloe's fav music) on the IPod. And there are real pockets of them being absolutely fine and chatty, just in case anyone is getting worried! No major marine action yet - a couple of dolphins and a turtle, but we are hanging out for a bit of whale action - even a flying fish would be a bonus! Alan cooked up a storm in the kitchen, proving that all men use every bit of equipment/pot/pan in the kitchen, but well worth it - he is getting used to having to wake me up for my watch - when I am in a deep sleep he can get amusing responses to disturbing my slumbers.

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Jackson Four on Tour
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