|Vessel Name:||L'Eau Commotion|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Northshore 38|
|Hailing Port:||Brisbane Australia|
6:00pm Thursday 14th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Your GP, your dietician and your coach will all tell you the importance of regular exercise. Well the exercise couldn't get more regular than pumping water through a membrane in your reverse osmosis water maker. 40 strokes to the minute, hour in, hour out. No more. No less. Now some of the old codgers down at the Toowong Rowing Club would reckon that's a pretty fair rate, but when I go on to explain that the stroke length is only 40 cms they'd agree even the Golden Oldies could handle that. For a while there in the middle of the day I felt I was producing perspiration at a greater rate than product but, granted a few breaks, ended the day 14 litres ahead with three hours of operation.And what product. Much more akin to the Franklin than the wrong end of the Murray that was coming out of the now sidelined electric model. Never becalmed but a lot of very light almost following winds last night and today, which was sort of expected, but with dusk coming on things appear to be pi cking up a bit.
6:00pm Wednesday 13th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) The weather and sailing over the last 24 hours has been smooth and gentle if a little trying at times. Some time after lunch the gentle breeze eased some more and it was only by heading more to the East were we able to stop the annoying slatting of the sails. Though never becalmed the speed often slunk around the 2 knot mark with the wind maybe two or three knots more. With the sun now going down it's nice to be moving smoothly along at around five to six knots in the right direction. Last night, with no moon for most of it, the stars did a fair job of pushing through some very light high cloud. Completing the washing required 12 litres of water and thus the daunting prospect of three hours of continuous pumping of the manual desalinator plus of course the daily/weekly requirements. I'm steeling myself for a start tomorrow even though the cabin temperatures are around the 31C mark for most of the day. I guess I'm putting this out there to give me the extra push to get motivat ed.
10:00am Wednesday 13th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Barry raises a valid point about the importance of negative numbers in planning Ocean voyages. This is best illustrated by a recent challenge between a physicist and a yachtie to race from Sydney to Hobart in their 24 foot day sailers.This hasn't happened yet as the physicist issued the challenge in negative time but the principle remains true. It is agreed that as the voyage is expected to take seven days and a proper useage is three litres per day they should provide accordingly. The yachtie well schooled in the traditions of the Hobart, promptly pours 9 litres over the side as soon as he has cleared the Heads. The physicist in the meantime being of a very cautious nature decides to add an extra 3 days to the journey but as the challenge was issued in negative time this had the unfortunate result when fed into Einsteins Field Equations of him having only 12 litres on board, the same as the yachtie. Well the journey will have actually taken seven days, depending on which inertial time frame was adopted, so each day the yachtie dips his tanks. Day 1 12l, D2 9l, D3 6l, D4 3l, D5 0l, D6 0l and D7 Ol, which results in him having a raging thirst with a fluid deficiency of 9 litres. So as soon as he has chucked a line to a bystander on Constitution Dock he heads for the nearest waterfront pub. The barmaid there, having recognised him immediately as a yachtie by his unkempt appearance and wearing no socks with his deck shoes, promptly sets up 30 schooners of Cascade, she too being well versed in the traditions of A Quiet Little Drink. In the meantime the physicist has been carefully monitoring his useage by calculation using the formula Q ( day n ) Q ( initial ) -3xD1, 3xD2.....integral 7>n>O so establishes the quantity in his tank as D1 12l, D2 9l, D3 6l, D4 3l, D5 0l, D6 -3l, D7 -6l, thus concluding he must have 6l of anti matter in his tank on his arrival in Hobart. Now this being a rather rare and sought after commodity in the Physics Department of the University of Tasmania he organises a trade with them for 6l of water that matters, an equally rare commodity in a Hobart waterfront pub. So as proof that negative things exist we revisit the calculations. First the yachtie. 12 - (7 times 3 ) + 30 times .300 0, a zero sum so therefore proven. Next the physicist . 12 - ( 7 times 3 ) + (- (-6) ) ? Hang on ... -3 litres. Where did that other 3 litres go? Oh THAT 3 litres, replies the Physicist. It must have disappeared into a Black Hole. The calculation again. 12 - ( 7 times 3 ) + (- (-6) ) - ( -3 ) 0, a zero sum so therefore proving the existence of negative numbers, black holes and anti matter. So we leave our doughty duo with the yachtie breaking out into the third verse of that well known sea shanty beginning with " **** ** .... " which the barmaid ignores as she's heard them all before. She finds it equally as easy to ignore his competitor, as professors of physics scribbling abstract formulas on the backs of soggy beer coasters whilst sipping on six packs of luke warm Franklin Springs in a Hobart waterfront pub do not exist. At least, not at that time in the morning.
6:00pm Tuesday 12th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Position - 3040 miles to Cape Horn and 340 miles East of Salvador, just around Ponto de Sao Antonio in the Baia de Todos os Santos. Just the sighting of all these religious references brings memories flooding back of its magnificent and opulent cathedral Barbara and I viewed some 40 years ago when we dropped in as part of a 4 year sojourn in our yacht Raconteur. The sailing today was yet another one of idyllic conditions, the Sun the sea and the sky in perfect harmony as we make steady progress towards our goal.
12noon Tuesday 12th December 2017 ( UTC-2 )
6:00pm Monday 11th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) At any given time the speed on the GPS log hovers just under the six knot mark and if you go back four or six or twelve hours 5.8 keeps popping up. Indeed since this time last night that's the average and reflects exactly how the sailing feels. The breeze may rise and fall by a few knots and change direction by a few degrees but basically it's as steady as you'd wish. The other good news is that by peeking into the future a good run down to the region off Uruguay is on the cards. Cornell's Wind Atlas of the World shows that these conditions are to be expected but it's still nice to have dodged the little lulls that appear here and there. Checked the bilges and water tanks which are normal and there is no need to operate the manual desalinator just yet. I'll wait until it's just a little cooler for my calisthenics, although last night I did pull up the doonah over my knees for a little while.