had a funny old day yesterday, we had a good run first thing where things
were looking too good to be true, followed by quite a few hard hours with
between 0 and 2 knots of wind. we wiggled eastwards in seach of new breeze
that we believed would come from that direction,and sure enough at around
7pm gmt things did start to change for us. since then we have been code 0
and ful main making good progres to the south east.
a normal doldrums crossing tecnique is to pass more or less N to S as this
is the shortest distace across the calms, however getting east makes sense
in this case as it sets us up better for Friday – Wednesday next week when
we’ll be heading properly south again, in what looks like some good breeze
from a good direction. So if we can just hang in there or another 24h of
light and variable winds then we’ll be through.
Life onboard rolls along, we were all pretty much agreed that last night’s
food was the best yet – Chicken Couscous, once again adding a range of
enhancements to taste. We also opened our dried beef portions last night
and it’s a welcome change to have a snack that has texture and savory taste,
i think that we;ll be cutting that up a bit an adding it to our food
Theirry took advantage of the slow sailing to kick start his 2009 fishing
season – with the worlds biggest lure,and hook – with a line able to bring
up a 40lb fish – that would be something!
everyone else goes about their daily chores, charging the batteries,
preparing food, getting email & weather updates.
Exciting news from land that Oman are in the final – not sure how we are
going to get teh game live on board but we’ll be waiting the news, goal by
goal! Good Luck Oman
Second email from the boat:
From: OmanTri <omantri@
To: update <updateoman@
Subject: 1 week at sea
Date: 15/01/2009 03:39:53
From Mohsin ” it’s better than i had thought it was going to be, it has been
an easy introduction, i was worried that time would go slowly before we
left – but it’s going quite quickly”
From Hooch ” its what i thought it’d be, before we left we expected to be a
fair way south after 10 days and so far we are fairly on track for that. In
some ways the week has gone quickly, but equally we could have been out here
for ages – we are in the rythum now”
From Charles “i guess it’s better than i hoped, the week has gone faster
than i had imagined it would, I am sure some weeks will feel like long
eeks – but if the rest of them are like this one – we’ll be back in no
time! We have done close on 2000nm in the last 7 days – so i guess it’s
another 9 week and we could be back… who know – there is a lot of sailing
between now and then”
Glad everything is going ok. The pattern is looking pretty
good for you to get south of the Indian Ocean high. Lets
hope it works out that way. We just routed Felipe Cubillos and Manuel
Gonzales in the Portimao Ocean Race across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town
to Wellington. They more or less stayed between 43-46s. However they did
end up a little closer (45s) to Tasmania and in a little bit of a wind
hole for a short time. Will have to be careful we do not do the same thing.
Also a word about Cook Strait. 6 utc Grib file from Wed had a northerly at
Wellington today at 10 kts – it has been 20-30 kts past 6-12 hrs. Winds
can be much stronger there.
Not much we can do with the ice situation as far as iceberg locations. Seem
to remember Ellen encountering some down around 50s
near and E of New Zealand.