18 July 2001 | North Pacific
Some fair winds at last! Zipping east nicely. Hopefully it will last but heh, this is the Pacific and strange things happen out here. We are both in good spirits and feel we are achieving some good progress. Medically we are in pretty good shape and have not had to venture into the med' chest for more than nappy rash cream for our spotty botts'. So cheers for that doc and enjoy Maui, only 1,900 nM for us! I was able to use our satcomms kit from 7E Communications to call up my brother on the yacht 'Attitude' last week in the South Pacific (what we call the softy sea! (well, not if your rowing it eh Jim Shekhdar). So hi to Nick and the rest of the crew. I know where i'd rather be when we are getting hammered by a storm. We had storm number 12 last week and cut a pair of sorry figures sat in the cockpit for evening meal. Good job the food is so good, big morale boost when wet & cold + the best tasting chocolate ever. Thanks Elide at Fra Angelico, your pictures are on the way. We were joined by another creature from the depths a couple of days ago to add to the collection of sealife sighted. A loud splash made us both look up and we watched a large black marlin launch it self skyward. We still get regular dolphin and turtle visits. Which makes me think of land creatures I've left behind. Emma (+ rest of Vines Close stable gang) I hope you are keeping a close eye on Koomie as I am sure Clare beats her when I'm not around! (only joking). I'm suprised I've had no message from you yet Emma as I know you still have a crush on me. (She has, hasn't she Sal? Hee hee). Well we are hoping the winds stay good and westerly and we can make some good ground towards half way. The picture has Dom in the boat 'cos it's impossible to get him in the sea. "Oh no, big nobbies with big gnashers man, doesn't mix with the Domster". Just had a good evening meal with a large school of dolphin so I jumped in with them. Well watch this space, International date line next in 8° (about 400 nMiles). Need some juicy gossip via messages page for a laugh, get them sent in, if you dont have any, make like a bootneck and 'make em up'. For example Dom has stopped snoring! (oh really, sorry Ang).