Our new watch system is working very well; 2 on and 4 off
which means much more sleep and down time.
I managed a continuous 6 hrs last night - heaven!
Everyone is enjoying cooking and the amazing ingredients we procured
in Las Palmas have meant we have eaten extremely well. The steak mentioned above was one of the most
tender I have ever eaten. We have got to
the end of the fresh meat now, except for one more meal of those amazing steaks
which we are keeping for our half way celebration.
It sounds bizarre, but we are quite looking forward to a bit
of pesto pasta!
Continuing light winds have meant we have had great fun flying
the spinnaker. It is a beautiful sight
when it’s up but keeping it full can be quite a challenge; we had an interesting couple of hours untangling
it from the forestay today as it managed to get itself into a right old twizzle.
Will the Brave ended up going up in the
bosun’s chair and with a lot of strength, skill and determination, managed to untangle
the beast. We have now rigged up a system of preventor stays which will hopefully
ensure it doesn’t tangle again.
Another visitation by a pod of dolphins today, they are so
playful and seem to enjoy our company as much as we enjoy theirs, although
their attention span seems a little shorter than ours!
Lots of flying fish continue to entertain us and the odd lonely
seabird crosses our path.
On the menu today was lentil salad for lunch, followed by
bangers and mash for supper, a joint team effort by Jonnie, Charlotte and
Claire. We have managed to eat every meal together in the cockpit so far which
is lovely and a good time to talk changes to our route, etc as the weather
patterns changes and to mark Pete’s quizzes from the night before which seem to
get more challenging by the day!
The guard rails are festooned with a lot of underwear and t-shirts
and so far, we have only lost one pair of socks overboard!
The weather is getting noticeably warmer and sunrise/sunsets
We are a very happy crew, everybody more than pulls their
weight and are very good at looking out for each other. We still have a long way to go but the days
are slipping past at quite a pace.