Day / Time : 08.04.2013, 09:00 UTC
Mood : slightly tired, slightly hilarious, slightly ridiculous !
We are 13 days at sea. And the mood is excellent.
We have sailed through a High pressure system at its NE corner for the last 24 hours under engine, so we are well positioned for both a Low pressure passing in the north of us, bringing us NW winds, and a high pressure system behind that will bring us back a good SE and then SW wind.
So we can relax for the time being and enjoy that we have made this morning at 09:10 UTC the half way distance to Gibraltar ( the direct great circle line is 3300nm) , but it will be faster for the second half because we are almost on the same lattitude than Gib.
Excellent. And it is hot !! 33 degrees !!
Smoked a cigar early ( 06:00 am local time ), and the obligatory Gin and Tonic will follow later today..
Together with some other celebrations !
Life is beautiful !!!!!!
I could go on forever,
Yes, we can !!!!!!!
YOU ARE NOT REMEMBERED FOR WHAT YOU HAVE, BUT WHAT YOU ARE !
I assume only few if any know the following poem by Felix Dennis, Island Dreams,Mystique, 2003 :
Before - and After :
When you're young - they want you older,
When you're old - they want you young;
When she's gone - you wish you 'd told her,
When she's back - you bite your tongue.
When you're cross - it's 'Let's not fight dear',
when you're tired - it's party time !
When you're hard - it's 'not tonight ,dear',
When you're prose - she speaks in rhyme.
When you're broke - it's 'I've been thinking...'
When you're rich - it's '...join the gym!'
When you're ill - it's .....all that drinking..'
When you're dead - it's 'WHO ? Oh, HIM ! '
During the night we had a heavy wind coming in.
We were prepared for it but when it hits you there is always an element of surprise.
BF 10 and waves up to 5m high.
Thankfully it comes on to the quarter ( slightly from behind ) but the danger is that one of these big waves might turn the boat and we get hit by the next on the beam. That would make us flip.
So every watch is on high alert, whilst we fly with12kts towards the East.
We will stay on 33 degrees North roughly as long as it takes to make good for distance to Gibraltar.
Only 1465 nautical miles to go.
Peanuts, People, Peanuts.
The last nights on watch have also been very cold. With the northerly wind at present it seems no more than 10 degrees outside.
When you come from 33 degrees with night temperatures of say 26-28 degrees, then you feel the difference.
We are heading East again, south of the Azores, as a huge storm is developing in the north, hitting Horta with more than 60 kts .
So let's keep it cool ( or shall I say "warm" ) and stay more in the south.
Everything else is the same. Expected time of arrival is next week Friday 19th, so tomorrow in a week. But at least we can see the end of the tunnel:
IS THE LIGHT WE SEE SUNSHINE OR THE TRAIN COMING TOWARDS US ?
We will see.