19 May 2017
Hi Friends and Family,
Many, many thanks for the emails, questions and interest in our adventure.
We really did not think too many people would have the time or be interested in what we are doing and it is heart warming to say the least to know you are interested.
Unfortunately, there are people we realize that are important that have missed this list - old email addresses or human error. My apologies for not being more diligent in that regard but getting this adventure ready has been a full time commitment; and a part of me did not want to jinx it yet again.
I kept thinking, if I get this list together and send it, and we don't go (again), it will be a lot of wasted time and one more piece of work for my dedicated brother Gregory who is our official mail man this time around. That dubious honour has been had by a few over the years - some of which never hit the ground let alone limped due to various issues.
Well, on to the present. I am going to forward Chuck's description of a reply to our friend Albert who asked some important questions and got a " Chuck' answer which he, Albert, was so kind to write back immediately and show both thanks and enthusiasm. Love you AlBert (French pronunciation here - a la Leysin).
At the moment it is 0628, Friday the 19th of May and I have woken to slatting sails. Chuck is tired, has been up for 3.5 hours on watch and our wind has died from a great east wind to a swirling mess. We are at 01 degrees, 43 minutes North and 134 degrees 52 minutes West. Yes folks you heard it here first, the Katie G will cross the equator May 19th. We will then be into the steady east wind.
Well, the keyboard quit working and I had to stop and recharge and now I have risen from the dead to continue this little epistle. It is now roughly 11:30 local time. in the meantime, the winds have stabilized into a more favourable direction and speed and we are once again progressing although not at the breakneck speed (for a monohull sailboat) that we had the first two weeks.
It looks like we will hit the equator tomorrow morning around 0400. The champagne is in the fridge. Really it doesn't matter what time of day it is, we are going to crack that baby and quite frankly our sleep and up schedules are so altered that champers at that time of day will be almost a normal reality for bizarre living.
I am planning to squeeze what juice I can from the oranges I have left (about half a dozen little shrivelled up specimens. I exaggerate a wee bit - poetic license and all.
Speaking of poetry, thanks ML for your creation. I will be treasuring it (and you) forever. I am trying to write back to those who take the time to drop a line and am eternally grateful for these snippets I get.
Seriously, I am a social creature to the nth degree. I think everyone but me knew (or accepts) that.
Okay, on to the sailing. It is more fun than I thought, STILL, after 17 days at sea. My sail setting skills have improved dramatically as has my weather knowledge.
We are eating well and believe it or not , less than we usually do. The cheese - not only does it stand alone, it is surviving extremely well. A lot of it is still below the floorboards, in the original food saver packaging (in the pillow case) and it is only the blue Cheese that I am having to rescue.
As I was making a vegetable salad (will insert recipe at some point because it was outstanding) and I went to get the blue cheese for the first time and got a wee surprise. All I had to do, was remove the paper towel, a wee layer came off with the towel and underneath was perfect. SO HAPPY!! I love my blue cheese (as you know, Deny). Anyway, today, I will be doing the same with the six other packages. I will just keep them in the freezer now, as there is, of course, more room at this point.
The food is under constant review. Yesterday we had cranberry and orange pancakes with scrambled eggs. Today was left over pancakes and an orange. You get my drift here..... Mostly what is left for veggies are potatoes, cauliflower, onions, one lone tomato, a couple of carrots, a green pepper.
Hope this is not too boring but I know some will want to know about the mundane part of this adventure. I think I may pull out a New York steak tonight and see if the BBQ will light for the 10 minutes it takes. If it is going well, a baked potato will also hit the menu.
Must see if this will go. It is lengthy.
Many many hugs to ALL of you. What I would give for an hour with each of you once again! It would be so much fun! Take care everyone.
Karen and Chuck