12 August 2017 | 190 Miles West of Coffin Bay
Yes the wind did gradually swing round to the Northwest a few hours before dawn which was duly noted and ignored. What's an hour or two next year matter when the precious comfortable ones right now engulf you in their warm embrace. But of course if the course is to the West and I'm making miles to the East reality reluctantly predominated; but at least between ignorance and predominance a much appreciated brew was inserted. Going about and shaking out the main in the 10 or 12 knots was easy. Just getting up was the hard bit. Time for some experimentation with the 12v reverse osmosis Desalinator. Dire warnings are issued about the destructiveness of any oil at all and also the dangers of silt, so in a commercial harbour such as Scarborough it was unthinkable to test run the apparatus. Now though in the still oil free waters of The Great Australian Bight and with the windmill pumping out the Amps to make Jay Weatherill proud now was the time. With a steady goosh- gaw the machine sputtered back into life with the water flavoured, how shall we say, with what once was. Naturally any life forms larger than a molecule of salt will not pass through the membranes and will live, then die, on it's surface. The application on shutdown of Sodium Metabisulphite will obviate this but also can cause another problem of corrosion of the stainless pump components in the resultant oxygen starved salt water. Because of this the application was not done. So, the resultant product. Fresh with hints of seafood cocktail and a salty tang that only a sailor could love. But drinkable and life sustaining?Yes!Yes!Yes!