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Operation 'sell Pegasus of Jersey' begins""
Are we nearly there yet?
Catherine
07/20/2011

20 july 2011
That's not the kids asking; it's me. Today for me anyway has been one of those can-it-just- be-over-with kind of days. The wind was back down to a comfortable 20-25 most of the day but we've had squalls of 30 knots and the sea is quite lumpy and now it's back up there. It can't be that bad as Mia is not suffering, but maybe I just needed a duvet day or maybe it's the headache, but Whit and Mark have pretty much been holding the fort today. current pos: 08.10S 124.30W

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Hide and seek
Catherine
07/19/2011

19 July 2011

You'd think there weren't that many places to hide on a boat. And you'd be right. However, that didn't stop us from having fun for an hour or so, with more unusual hiding places being up Whit's t- shirt (Lochy) and in the sink (mum.) It's been another slightly tiring day of higher winds in the 30s and school wok has been put on the back burner, though Mia has now officially finished her maths curriculum for the year. The diaries that we started when we left Jersey are now almost full showing that we left Jersey nearly a year ago. I can't believe that we have maintained them daily for a whole year. Blood sweat and tears, but they're done! I forgot to mention we caught another fish yesterday - skipjack tuna. Well, I didn't forget, I just didn't know how to say it in French! We've been sailing for 2 weeks now. All the other boats we were in radio contact with have now made landfall, having left a week before us. We have a little over 1000 miles left to go. Oh, I forgot to mention, Mark fixed the duogen today. There is one piece that keeps breaking. We got it fixed in Panama but it broke again. Luckily he can bolt the offending bit together. We've actually been really pleased with the duogen generally, so we miss it when it's not working. I hope we can get a replacement bit on warranty. Curr post: 07.29S 122.16W

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Un blog francais
Catherine
07/18/2011

18/07/11
Est ce il y'a un mot francais pour 'blog?' Je pense que c'est 'blog.' Aujourdhui, j'ecrie en francais parce que j'apprende le francais sur cet voyage. J'apprende les phrase comme "la truite rouge n'est pas sale" et "l'argent et dans la valise mince" et les autres phrases tres importante! Aujourdhui, le vent est tres fort - 30-40knots. Le soleil a disparru est nous sommes fatigue! Nous avons la soupe de chou pour le diner - c'etais tres bonne, par surprise! Je pense qu'il y a 8-9 jours jusqu'on arrive a Fatu Hiva - bravo!! Eol, vous aimez mon francais??!! position: 07.07.05Sud 119.43.90 Ouest!)

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07/23/2011 | EOL
Bravo pour cet effort ! Catherine tu as d'autant plus de mérite qu'il y a plus d'îles anglophones que francophones !
Au plaisir de vous revoir et bon vent !
The Great Pegasus Potato Cannon
Catherine
07/17/2011

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?
Catherine
07/16/2011

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!
Catherine
07/15/2011

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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