One Unlucky Fish!
05 July 2001 | Somewhere wet, windy and soggy
Our supper last week. Nice and fresh straight from the sea to the pan. Caught and ate another last night. Well we've had another 'fun' week, met another old turtle when I was giving the hull a quick scrape. He appeared to be doing the same to his back so I gave him a helping hand and shifted a few KG of barnacles from his back. He seemed quite happy and very friendly. Dom managed to burn himself on the stove a few nights ago (again). Nice blister on his leg brought a few choice expletives to his lips. Healing well though, probably due to his close links with Xen and Karma. Strange writings have appeared on the bulkhead of the cabin such as 'Sharks still swim in my dreams' eh! I'm sure he's lost the plot. Great result from the British Lions on Saturday. I was well kept up to speed by Al via sat comms. We can get Radio Australia on short wave and it is good to hear the Aussies bleating how they were thrashed. Good luck for the next two tests lads. Also best of British to Tim Henman for his semi-final at Wimbledon. I've started to re read the books on board. Enjoyed Bransons autobiography apart from where he describes part of his Pacific Balloon trip, "Even at this speed, it takes and hour to fly 200 miles!" Thats at least 5 good days rowing for us, fancy coming Ocean Rowing Richard? perhaps not, still any chance of 'borrowing' Necker Island for a couple of weeks for a honeymoon when I finish this crossing. Cheers mate! The weather has been generally 30 + knots of SSW giving us mountainous seas, but pushing us in the right direction. We are trying to get above the 37degs North line of lat for more Westerly winds, but overnight have the NNE back and are fighting to gain some easterly mileage out of it whilst being pushed predominantly southwards. Dom is happily crooning along with Nina Simone in the rain (it always rains when Dom goes out for his watch, hee hee!) It has rained solid and very heavy for over 24 hours now and in the 8 hours since brekkie we have had 65 mm of rain, even I got wet yesterday! not pleasant. Few quick messages. Creepy, you don't do jokes well, Stop them. Big Ray, have you tried stuffing an 80 foot sperm whale, they don't like it. Wilf, be careful or I will get Sheila to sort you out! Dez Millie, is it true that 'somebody up top' is trying to change the routine. New trainset syndrome, sort em out buddy! We've had messages of support from as far afield as Australia, Bejing, Germany, Japan and America. Enjoying them all. Keep fingers crossed for Westerlies. Tim.