OUT OF REACH OF THE NEXT SWESTER!
12 November 2011 | 500 MILES FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Another sunny, bright, calm day. Very light winds of under 6 knots cause me to now motor.
Last night....much ship traffic(5 tankers passed me)...some answer my calls some dont. The lazy ones dont as they are required by law to note in the log every call that they answer. But for the little boat in front of them and its vulnerable captain...its quite unnerving not knowing if they have seen the corresponding little dot on their radar.
Yesterday, through a big messy transfer of fuel from spare tanks to main tanks, a big dollop went into the starboard berth leaving it reeking with diesel fumes and a big clean up operation. But(the silver lining!)....what this overflow mess did tell me is that the tanks are now full(my guages are broken)and...thankfully, it seems I have been underestimating how much fuel I have been using.
Up ahead is a SWester brewing. On Sunday it will bring up to 40 knot winds to the coast and into the 30's out to sea. But this time, thankfully, Im out of range....by my estimation, it wont reach Shearwater before it dies. Let it die quickly and mercilessly!
Ok, notes from the sea.
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