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Operation 'sell Pegasus of Jersey' begins""
Whit pulls one out of the bag

25 July 2011

Passing comment to Whit as we changed watch at 2am; "feel free to make a fantastic meal out of the ingredients we have left in the cupboard." Bearing in mind it's day 20, I wasn't really expecting him to rise to the challenge, especially since of our fresh food, we only have onions, potatoes, apples and eggs left. But, showing his truly competitive side (and feeling the need to prove himself after losing several games of connect four in a row to both Mia and Lochy (8 and 6) he really did pull one out of the bag. A Quiche Lorraine. I was woken this morning to the smell of chorizo and pastry - delicious! That got me reaching for the Be-Ro baking book and with a whiff of nostalgia (Grandma had one of the original Be-Ro cooking books) I've spent the day making biscuits, cakes and Cornish pasties. We can spy another yacht on the horizon - our first since we left the Galapagos, but they didn't reply when we tried to hail them on the VHF. They're going faster than us, but it would have been nice to have had a chat as they flew past! I'm really enjoying this sail - I think I could go on for several days before needing to get to land, except for the water situation - don't worry, we have plenty drinking water, but washing water is another thing! But, it looks like we will be arriving around sunset tomorrow - trying to keep the speed up so it's before rather than after the sun goes down, but we shall see. And we have a good back up bay if it's dark, on another island a couple of miles away, so either way, we should be sleeping at anchor tomorrow night. Curr Pos: 09.39S 136.23W

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We've come a long way!

24th July 2011
Today marks our one year anniversary of leaving Jersey and whilst we're not celebrating that (because we do love Jersey) we can celebrate the fact that it coincides with us having sailed 10,000 nautical miles. That's TEN THOUSAND miles. And that's worth celebrating!! The winds have behaved themselves and we've had 15-20 knots all day, which actually has made us realise how much we have put up with over the past three weeks with the stronger winds. It's been so lovely today, the sun has been shining, Mark has fixed the duogen again and the fishing rod so it's all systems go. I have to say, I will be very pleased to refill the water tanks with something other than Galapagos water as, even with the water filter, it has tasted disgusting the whole trip. We're actually quite low on water, so washes have been limited. What am I talking about, none of us have washed the whole trip!! Not strictly true, but I will be very pleased to have a hot shower and clean sheets when we get in. Lochy watched most of HP and the Chamber of Secrets, although most was with his fingers in his ears and eyes closed from the other side of the saloon, Mia baked cakes and I am pleased to report everyone is happy and healthy on board Pegasus of Jersey. Current position: 09.19S 134.16W.

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Crabcakes and movies

23 July 2011
400 miles to go (not that I am counting down at all!) Our duogen tow attachment has now been fixed three times by Mark and each time he fixes a piece, another piece goes. Not happy. So we have the wind generator going again. Less mileage today, but the winds have picked up to 30 knots again now.That didn't stop me from making some rather lovely crab cakes and mashed potato for dinner. Yum. When we were in Prickly Bay, we were given a whole bunch of food by those who were leaving their boats in Grenada for the summer and returning home. Hence the tinned crab. Very nice too. Also, Steve and Gissy, I don't know who made the homemade chutney you passed on to us, but please can we have some more; we've finished the last jar and it was delicious!! Mia and I watched the second Harry Potter movie. Lochy may get to see it tomorrow if his manners improve. Our fishing lure went so deep and we were going so fast that it broke the rod by pulling it in, so fish is now officially off the menu. Hmm, what else? Ooh, yeah, tomorrow is a really big day for the Jackson Four on tour and to find out why, you'll have to tune in tomorrow. Until then........current post: 08.54S 132.02W

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Best before ......

22 July 2011
How long do you think a can can go beyond its best before date? A month? Two? Well, Whit just pointed out that the pineapple rings I suggested he opened (yes from Jersey!) had a BBD of May 2010 and to me - and I've got a nose for things not quite right - they taste fine. Incidently I hadn't opened the pineapple rings just because I had gammoned Whit in Backgammon but it seems like a good opportunity to keep you up to date with the scores on the doors! Mark cooked some excellent shortbread and Mia, Lochy and I blitzed their 'toy shelves' in the saloon - all in 35 knots of wind. We're so used to it now that I think we'd be disappointed if our speed dropped - 167 miles today. Last night bought us a mile from a very large tanker, but thanks to our AIS, we could see it from 60 miles away and we knew at what time it would pass us and at what distance, so we didn't need to go through the 'shall we call them' scenario, though it would have been a good time to test out my French "Le homard brun est sale, mais l'epouse jaune est plus sage que l'oncle mince" google translate THAT one! Current pos'n: 08.29S 129.36W

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ooh, that's better

21 July 2011
Sorry about the moan yesterday. Much better today. Last night was probably the windiest we've had, but with two reefs in the main we were doing 7-8 knots most of the night and today we had an all time high of 150nms for our daily mileage. I don't know whether Pegasus could go any faster, but crossing the Pacific is not the time to see how fast you can push her before the mast goes ping! We have always erred on the side of caution so when people say 'but she's a catamaran, she must go faster' we just think we are happy with the speed we have - we're not really in any rush. The winds lessened from the 35-42 knots we had consistently through the night to a more comfortable 25-30 during the day and we didn't have any squalls, so all in all a better day, sailing-wise. We had a red-footed boobie land on our boat today - surely it has lost it's way, as I thought they were only found in the Galapagos 2000 miles back the way! With 690 mile left to go, it feels like the countdown has begun. Current position: 08.07S 127.22W

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Are we nearly there yet?

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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