Tuatara

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280 miles from Galle

13 January 2010 | Bay of Bengal
Jean
13th January 2010 280 miles before we arrive in Galle. Yesterday was a great day of sailing the 1 knot of favourable current giving us a respectable 6 to 7 knots in the very light airs for most of the day. After dinner last night the already light wind deserted us again and we motor sailed most of the night. Early this morning the wind could not fill the drifter so down it came as the sea became glassy smooth.

Today was the day to put the clocks back an hour another half hour adjustment to be done at Sri Lanka. We have been operating on Thai time but as we have moved west twilight has become later and it is still very dark at 7am. The slither of the waning moon struggled up through the clouds at 5.30am. The only benefit of staying on Thai time is the person who goes off watch at about 7am can get to sleep before the sun gets up. Doing a full hour and a half time adjustment all at once at Galle could be too much to cope with.

Last night we saw our third ship in fact third vessel of any kind since coming through the Sombrero channel nearly 4 days ago. It has been the sea, sky and Tuatara. Unfortunately there are constant reminders of modern civilization floating past us every day. Plastic bottles and polystyrene bits of all shapes and sizes float past, just a few a day, a few too many. That's just what we see in our little bit of ocean. I am sure, there are millions of bits floating all over the Indian Ocean. Global warming wont be an issue if the world becomes clogged with rubbish. There is a connection, reuse and recycle to lessen the need for so much manufacture of products and therefore fewer emissions. A very simplistic view I know but seeing this rubbish floating past and visiting countries which make no effort to have rubbish disposal systems even in large cities is upsetting to say the least.

During the day I can look out the nav table porthole and a see clear blue sea stretching out to meet a powder blue sky scattered with puffy white clouds, at night the phosphorescence shimmers and sparkles in our wake. Seafarers over the centuries have enjoyed these sights the question is will this still be the same in another hundred years or even twenty years?
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Vessel Name: Tuatara
Vessel Make/Model: Alan Wright 51
Hailing Port: Opua NZ
Crew: Alan and Jean Ward

Sailing in the Pacific

Who: Alan and Jean Ward
Port: Opua NZ