No use crying over spilt milkIsabelle
A few days before we left the Galapagos we had dinner with friends Vicky and Steve from True Companions. During dinner Vicky told us of a great recipe she had for coconut brownies. ¬"I¬'ll print a copy of the recipe out if you like¬". My mouth was already watering as Steve began describing the large amounts of coconut and chocolate that was in them.
One of our favourite times of day is the radio sked where we share our positions and report any happenings during the day. Often times the signal is so poor that it can be a bit like trying to speak to your grandfather without his hearing aid, here¬'s an example of one of the conversations we¬'ve listened to (just going by memory here); Australia 31: Attitude Attitude, Australia 31. Attitude: Australia 31, Attitude. How are you Bernie, everything Good on board? Australia 31: Hi Neil, Everything good, Everything good, over. Attitude: What is your position? Australia 31: Latitude 02 degrees 34 minutes South, Longitude 94 degrees 49 minutes West Attitude: Ok, I got O3 34 South, 94 49 West Australia 31: Negative, 02 34, 02 34 Attitude: Ok, I copy, 04 34 Australia 31: Negative, negative, 02 34, 02 34. Attitude: 02 34? Australia 31: Roger, Roger. Attitude: Anything else to report? Australia 31: Watch out for the long line fishermen, last night their lines got caught in our propeller. No lights, no lights. Attitude: Yes, we have caught a few fish, a Yellow fin tuna and a Wahoo today. Australia 31: Negative negative, long-line fishermen, long-line fishermen. We cut the lines, cut the lines. Attitude: You cut your fishing lines? Must have been a big one! Australia 31: Negative, negative, long-line fishermen, long-line fishermen! Attitude: Long-line fishermen, you cut the lines? Australia 31: Roger, Roger! Emily Grace: Australia 31 , Emily Grace. Are the fishing boats lit? (pause) Australia 31: (very muffled) No lights, No lights. Emily Grace: I do not copy, are the fishing boats lit? Otherwise how we can locate them? Onda: Emily Grace, Onda. Yes, don¬'t worry, they would be lit, they would be lit.
Still sailing under clear skies. Making good time with our spinnaker up. Only 800 or so miles to go so should be at Hiva Oa in around six days. Barnacles starting to grow on the boat where the bow wave washes the sides.
Two Weeks InJames
All going well. Brilliant days and nights of sailing in 12-15 knots, clear skies. Winds perhaps are going to drop in strength and go more easterly so have been maintaining a more northerly course. Our Boobie is still with us. Had flying fish for breakfast the last two mornings but only one an inch long today.
We passed the half way mark of 1500 miles this morning. Celebrating by opening one of our two packets of Tim Tams! Sailing now in true trade wind conditions: blue skies with light cumulus clouds, deep blue ocean (about 5000m deep here) and about 12 knots of wind from the south-east. We had to put our clocks back another hour today as we tick off the degrees of longitude as we head further west. We've been making good progress of around 160-170 miles a day since we've had the strong breezes lately. About a knot of current helping us too. The boat has been performing well. We don't need much sail to keep us going and have even had two reefs in the mainsail all yesterday, even though it was probably no stronger than about 20 knots. We generally reduce sail as darkness approaches, just to make it a bit more sedate for sleeping, plus we can't really see if any strong squalls are heading for us. We have been taking just two night watches. Isabelle takes the first, after we've had dinner and listened in to the evening radio net, until 1am. Then i take the rest until dawn. We both are about during the day to see to the running of the boat. The radio net is a small community get-together on the air waves of a few boats that are heading roughly in the same direction at the same time. We all give our positions, so that if anything happens to anyone, their last position would be known to start looking from. Sometimes we can hear and be heard quite well, other times hardly or not at all. The boats are now spread from the Marquesas to the Galapagos, over 3000 miles.
1000 miles downJames
This is such a long passage that we have been breaking it down in to chunks, so it seems like we are getting somewhere. Otherwise, when we plot the day's run on the chart and it moves us only a couple of centimetres it can look pretty insignificant, especially as we have most of the width of the chart to cover.