I’ll get to the Mahi and carrots later.
We managed the time warp issues ok. Lunch was served a bit later as we had moved our watches back, so it was devoured rapidly. Reviewing the night time duty rota it was decided to keep to the established order but to add a first watch from 20.00 to 22.00. This means that the first watch also does 04 to 06, but that isn’t such great imposition.
We were expecting the wind to back a little and maybe get lighter. But it didn’t so we gybed to ensure the shortest course to St Lucia. We were chatting to another ARC boat, Mary Doll on the single side band radio. They report 40 knot winds and are further south than us, so maybe we will stay north.
Mary Doll also reported to us that they have a none functioning Iridium transmitter. If you are expecting emails from them don’t be alarmed, they are safe and well and making good progress.
We are about halfway now, we hoped to achieve this milestone yesterday so had to delay our halfway celebrations. We “found” and enjoyed a can of beer with crisps as a Sundowner.
Last night we said farewell to the fish that had fed us so well. Dinner was simple affair of pan fried Mahi in butter and oil served with lemon juice. Also featuring was a mashed potato carrot puree and fresh boiled brassica. The cabbage proved to be a bit of a handful. But eventually while Jon and Fiz were performing some sort of galley Tango, the pan was persuaded to empty without spilling the hot Mahi oil and upsetting the tatti tin.
As well as the Mahi I’m sad to report that we also bade farewell to the last of our carrots. I hope these losses don’t start the imposition of rationing on board as I’m sure my mum threw my ration card out years ago. Back in the Uk this type of news would surely have caused a round of panic buying of vital vegetables, but rest assured that Misty’s media is not so malevolent. We fact check everything here.
The night time rota worked out well, we must getting used to this rolly squally stuff. Despite our best predictions the wind remains stubbornly from the East this morning and freshening especially in the squalls. We recorded our strongest gust yet, 37 knots. Yesterday we had a neck breaking record of 12.7 knots surfing down a big ‘un and covered an amazing 182 miles in one day. St Lucia here we come(in 1253nm).
Pic of radar, squalls in redimage1