01 August 2001 | International Dateline, N Pacific
Chris Lightfoot (stand-in weather girl when Tonolio is away!) It would appear we didn't get to the dateline before the end of the month.....but wait, by crossing the line today we have gone back to July 31. Report to the beer bosun for 1 x gallon Guinness and 1 x gallon Stella Artois, Ha Haa.
Well its taken me two weeks to get over the British Lions defeat in Australia. But reports suggest they played well with an under strength team. John B & Terry, hope it was good to be in Sydney for the last match (Incidentaly John, we have your Atlantic laptop and two solar panels on board, still working fine). I have had a few good reasons to be cheered up this week. The Royal Marines Rugby League team stuffed the Paras, oh, and we are making some good progress, over three hundred & fifty nautical miles in seven days. We crossed the international date line (see photo GPS display) at 15:55hrs (local) and are now totally confused as to the date & everything! We will have to wait for Al to sat-text us with where, when & who we are & what we are supposed to be doing here. As you can see from the photo it appears to have added fifty years onto my age! Trying to figure which way the water rotates going down a plughole is quite hard without a bath, sorry Chippy and Jim I have no answer (but I'm sure that is crossing the equator anyway you pair of nutters) & happy Birthday Jim, enjoy the mystery tour.
The winds are generally between South West & Southerly origin, giving us a helping nudge along. We may also be under the influence of a little North Pacific current. The weather is quite cool and we are getting drenched by frequent rainstorms and big waves breaking over the boat. Our Easterly progress is a bit slower due to strong south winds forcing us to crab across the waves and therefore taking a lot of side on hits and getting a good knocking about. A bit like going 12 rounds with Taff Cuddihy (Taff, are you back at the fighting fortieth yet, or still at Yeovil? Si P, pass this on, dunno if Taff is web wize) We wear only shorts, a thin t shirt and sometimes a Gul wet top. This is to get as little clothing wet as possible. It does however mean we are colder, bit of a catch 22 situation. Still you can read more about that in the book! Al has been working hard on the website, adding new facts, figures, features & improving the appearance. We've had a few more visits from Count Dracula and his creatures of the night (the bat-birds). He generally comes under cover of fog to try and get us. But luckily to Doms 'Ancient Powers' we have managed to fend him off. (Yeah, I know, we're weird!). Ps cheers Yvonne for scaring us witless with the book!
A few messages , Andy Leese, hope you are well on the way to recovery. Luckily you were well protected by your thick body hair! Just think mate, If you had come on Icelandic 500 you could be out here now. Rob Macintyre thanks for the news, hope Argonaut is fun!!! Makiko Nagakura, maybe you would like to do another live link up to your radio show? Give Al a call via the website to arrange. Andre Guarischi, good luck with your Atlantic row, hope Mark Stubbs can give you some good advice. John & Lisa Easlick, congratulations on the news on expecting a rugrat. Hi to everyone else too numerous to mention. Halfway point next. Hi Clare, thanks for thr wooly hat, love you loads aad Tim.