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The Great Pegasus Potato Cannon

17 July 2011
It's been a long time in the making; the idea conceived in Grenada, the remaining parts bought in Panama and today, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Great Pegasus Potato Canon!! And what better place to test it, than in the middle of the ocean. I mean, it's not like we're the first to think of the idea of testing their mighty weapons in the Pacific. And we have definitely inflicted less damage, have rehomed no poor indigenous persons and destroyed no coral reef or island. But boy, have we had fun! And then there was the party. Everyone made such an effort with their presents. Whit wrote Lochy a 'choose your own destiny' personalised pirate book, I made Mia a handbag, Mark drew an amazing picture of the kids for me (inner artist shining through - is there no end to this man's talents?!) Mia made Whit a keyring, and Lochy painted Mark a picture. Then there were cakes. Whit and Lochy nearly had to sit on the naughty step as when I woke up this morning, there were two less cakes in the tin - Whit put all the blame on Lochy and vice versa, but I did point out to Whit that at 28, he should have known better than to agree to cakes at 6am just because Lochy smiled at him. Bad boys. However, they did once again redeem themselves by baking bread. Who'd have thought we'd have had such fun on this trip! Though, I'm not sure what we are going to do for dinner tonight - potatoes had been on the menu. Current posn: 06.58S 117.09W

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What was I talking about?

16 July 2011

Slower pace of life? Oh my giddy aunt; we're back on the rollercoaster to the Marquesas and have made such progress that we'll be passing our half way mark ...TODAY!! So, that's 11 days which we are happy about, though whether it only takes us another 11 remains to be seen. However, we've been caught out as we had planned the half way party thinking we would be passing the mark tomorrow, so that still gives us time to make presents for our fellow crew - a kind of 'secret Neptune' if you like. And there's cakes to bake, chocolate to eat - all we need for a real feast is another mahi mahi, please. Our table is covered with crafty things and so Lochy and Mia are in their element generally making a mess with clay, ribbons, glitter, threads and paint. Current posn: 06.40S 114.46W

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Phew, that's better!

15 July 2011
Well, thankfully today has been a little easier on the stomach muscles and we could get back to the business of having fun on the boat. The kids have been playing on the recorder (thank goodness we don't have neighbours!) making clay models and are so nearly at the end of their maths for the year - yeehah! During the watch change over between Whit and I at 2am last night, I taught him how to make bread, just in case he's bored at night! Now we are going between goosewinging and beam reaching, trying to decide which is better (goosewinging in the right direction, beam reaching is faster!) One of the other boats will make landfall today in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, but I'm not jealous yet; we're rather enjoying the altogether slower pace of life for now. Mark has been busy with the electrics again and has now made all the nav instruments talk to each other (they should have done a while ago!) so now we can sail our autopilot to wind now instead of to a course. Oh, I can see your eyes glazing over......Also, today Mark and I are remembering our friend Robbie who died three years ago today - where does the time go? Current pos: 06.34S 112.10W

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Hold on to your knickers

14 July 2011
Just a short one today. It's been one of those 'one hand on the boat' kind of days with a constant 30 knots of wind. It's all behind us-ish, so not so bad but very tiring. I had asked Whit the day before if he could cook today - he surpassed himself, given the conditions as pots and pans were sliding around. At least he made up for wrapping the fishing line around the tow generator earlier today when bringing in an imaginary fish! It's been a very tiring day and whilst we are pleased to have made good mileage (145 miles in 24 hours) - oh, I'm not even going to complain - be careful what you wish for! Wind is good, as those with no wind ahead of us would contest. Curr Posn: 06.12S 110.46W.

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13 July 2011

Ha! We got one. A beautiful big mahi mahi. Finally! This time we slowed the boat right down and carefully hauled him onboard. So we have some lovely fillets for tonight's meal - perfect timing! We've also had about 6 more bites but somehow, we're not hooking them. The wind has picked up again all day and whilst others don't have a breath of wind ahead of us, we're once again enjoying 20-24 knots of wind and so trotting along in the right direction. It was painting day for the kids, bread baking day for me (long long awaited by Whit!) and Mark submitted his entry to the great yellow banana contest in the form of a rather scrummy banana and vanilla smoothie. We're still in touch with three other yachts by SSB. Can you believe that Gerry from West by North who is on a 6000nm trip back to Vancouver with his wife after a 20 year circumnavigation was 80 a couple of days ago - I'm not sure the kids will be too happy with us if we're still dragging them round the world in 20 years time. But for now, they seem happy enough. Curr Pos: 05.44S 107.40W

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The ones that got away

12 July 2011
Our frozen food has defrosted (we don't have a freezer, just a friendly restaurant in Galapagos that froze some meals I had cooked) and we are on to our last prepared meal. It's been lovely not having to do too much cooking over the past week, but just pulling out a risotto here, a lasagne there. But that's all come to an end. And we need fish. Our lure went out yesterday; we caught a beautiful mahi mahi. Then just as we had it on the back steps it jumped away, luckily not taking our lure with it. This happened not once, not twice but three times. At this stage we changed our lure and now we haven't had so much of a nibble all day. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!
The wind dropped over night so we put one of our engines on, then it's picked up again today, but oh, if only we had our spinneker. Pegasus needs a good stiff breeze to get going and even though we have 15-17 knots of wind, we're doing 4.5 -5 knots of speed only, which is the same as the other boats who have only 9 knots of wind but a spinnekar.
Still, it's beautiful out here. We're really enjoying the sail. There was a beautiful sunset tonight. Mia has been learning how to play taps on the recorder so we are treated to that at each sundown. We're really cracking on with the school work so that we can have a holiday when we get to the Marquesas. I'm not sure we'll have the full 6 weeks off school work, given that we only do a couple of hours a day anyway. I've finally picked up the second volume of War and Peace - really dragging it out, but I'm determined to finish it - if only I could get into it! Curr Position: 05.03S 105.47W

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07/14/2011 | Sarah Bell
Found a great website at Wikipedia for sad people like me who have a fascination with collective nouns. Have only got rd to blog reading re squid - squid are hen & cock, chick, collectively either roundup or audience - which would you apply, audience?!
Sail safely and v impressed with mast climb xxx

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Jackson Four on Tour
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