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Fenella - Fenella

Day 8.
At last, what appeared to have been a redundant bottle of sun block has come out of the locker. A sunny day with trade wind clouds but no trade wind wind, still 5kts from the west keeps us cool as we settle to our books between fine meals prepared by our most competent cooks. Last night our second fish, a 5 meal dorado, another escaped today, was cooked in a sauce made from our large stock of quick ripening tomatoes.
To keep us amused our skipper has provided us with a variety of games which include clear instructions in Spanish. Sevens and rummycub have been tried and we will soon be up to the more intellectually challenging game of “Snap!!”. For excerise we have been treading our washing in a bucket as the washing machine has been declared to be too water hungry. A wash takes only one tank full so this edict seems to be a little parsimonious.
Fenella has now covered over 1100 miles of which over 400 have been under engine and at this rate we should soon be promoted to the coveted motor sailing division as we have perhaps 1,000 miles left in the tanks. We had a wonderful 600 mile romp under sail at the beginning but there is no wind in the forecast now but the crew stay positive. The quartermaster keenly pursues his quest for the Golden Blanket award, No.1 ensures his fishing crown is intact by messing up the attempts of others, the skipper controls all from his master suite of the starboard hull, the rigger demonstrates great culinary skills and the cabin boy does his Cindarella best. What fun.
Our sympathies go out to those yachts and their crews who are experiencing more difficult times.

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