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We've been trying to claw
our way south to 45 but it's not so easy - in a 40 kt westerly with a big
breaking beam sea, about 140M is about all that we can manage, especially with
just a storm jib. Times they are a'changin' I hope. The wind has died a bit -
30 ish, and the baro is rising and at first light we went out into the cold and
put up the main with 3 reefs and we're back in the tramline making about 165
for a GC track of 171 - at about 7 kts. WOOOHOOO. If only.... If we get down
the next 120 miles to 45, we'll turn east and run along the latitude.
You won't want to know
about this but... (That's not a bad theme for a few updates - might think about
it) I was making my daily cup of soup using our stock of Majestic dried soup
that they packaged specially for us and I rummaged around for the dried minced
garlic that I often use to keep the Vampires at bay. Boat rolling, pitching,
gyrating, strapped to the galley, I poured a pinch of garlic from the ziplock
bag into my mug - except the boat rolled and it ended up as about a tablespoon.
Too good to waste, so I made the soup anyway and have now processed it to the
fractionating tower stage, so the gases are escaping through the vent.
Hooooooley dooooley it's fruity around here! Pity we can't use the stuff to
cook with! Titan Uranus or pucker the freckle for social reasons is nicer than
Izz, what's wrong with
Quordlepleen, Xantrex and Zarquon? Angela - Isabella has told me about your
contribution to the communications system - Thank you!!
Martin - thanks for update
on Juri - poor lad - we're deep in sympathy - hard to believe he's going so
slowly unless you've actually been there and then it is understandable. Pse
send him our best wishes if you can. Once he arrives, all will be trivial in
retrospect. Looking forward to meeting the new Wizard - I have made arrangements
to have all his magic and spells restored but he will have to kiss a few ferals
instead of a frog.
Thick, beetling overcast,
water T 12.5, can't really tell that it's 60cm higher out there than usual.
Punching along, occasionally overpowered in the gusts with the rainsqualls but
not stressed. Can almost reach out and grab the other end of the string to
start tying the knot in Storm
All y'all - the equation
in stark reality. As I'm sure that any of you who can count will have realised
already, it looks like this: Distance to go to SE Cape
along the GC track is 3667 miles - or 30 days at 120 miles/day. This is the
absolute minimum time that it is reasonable to expect to be able to do it in.
Add another day for meanderings off the GC track, so 31 days. That takes us to
Dec 14th. The absolute latest we can leave Storm
Bay with a boat full of
diesel and Dr Coopers and make the start is Dec 18th, so we have a margin of 4
days or 480 miles. Every day over 120 miles goes on, every day under comes off.
Another way to look at it
is that we have 35 days to pass Tasman
Island going north which
looks more like 105 miles/day.
It's going to be a close
run thing. We need a lot of luck, all 4 P's in full measure and some help from
our friends in Taswegia. On which, Josh threatened to bring the mighty
Quetzalcoatl down to wave to us - that would be nice, Josh, if you can get out
of the office. We're looking at Dec 14- 15, I reckon.
Malcolm or John, as long
as we're still in the game, if you could rustle up a diver to come down with
any welcoming party, to do a quick and dirty barnacle scrape and earth plate
polish, we'd be grateful. The old soapdish is looking pretty grubby.
DB: DMG 130, GPS 147, DTG
3664, margin starts now at 480. Day 85, 44 to go. Still in the game! We're back
amongst the warehouses - big, rolling in from the SW off the low to the south,
presumably. Not too steep so far. Storm Jib and 3 reefs and we've decided that
we have to take the punt and start pushing beyond the comfort zone. So tat's
what we're doing. It's ok most of the time but every now and again we get a
gust with a rainsquall that induces a bit of pucker. We're averaging better
than 6 knots and trying to keep that margin open. Can't send this for another 2
hours at least so will update later. Now 4330 5852 13/1200 DTG 3642 and the GPS
has just clicked over 10,000 miles since Falmouth.
It's been off for a bit so we've done at least that. Scarce G&T to
celebrate in an hour or so.
fortune may favour the
brave but not necessarily the foolish. We've just taken the main off - no
trisail yet but maybe later. Back from the sublime @ 7's and 8's to 5's and
clunking along -big seas -
we will make the big decision @ 45 s. malcom, wd be nice to talk to dufresne
but don't have frequency for them and they are unlikely to be listening on hf
condensation likely to be
huge problem - everything wringing wet, cascades down every wall - hope it
doesn't kill the radio.
lumpy, wet, windy +
'orrible but making good speed n the right direction. wx info great, steve,
thanks - so far guesstimation on the button. also
malcom. doing it by
headbang for the mo - torn between wanting ease + comfort and good speed. going
for speed. martin, tks for info, do hope donna ok - she sent us a note before
leaving. don't know her boat but down here no place for bathtub toys. hi katherine + stephen, good to hear from
you: tks for wisdom stuff, chris. work to do + this v difficult so will try to
send. have just cracked 100 for 24 hrs and still 6 hrs to go. wooohooo
unable send - wind has eased mini pooptillionth
and traces of sunlight. sea all glistening towering power with rushing crests
blue-white like icing but with lurking menace. have just spent half hour
completely dismantling my bunk to get at supply of vegie tins under it. down to
last 2 bags - about 30 tins. bunk soaking wet - mattress almost in running
water - bag relatively dry, protected from dripping condensation by searug on
top. not using bivvy bag - bunk in new format with spectra cocoon too
uncomfortable without having to contend with slimline bivvy so risking all on
annie t - tks for tas cst radio info - are times
in eastern standard or daylight saving time? please contact malcolm robinson re
any help needed etc - i think he is coordinating meeting and turn around
arrangements. cd you pse check whether derek @ pentac still doing long range
skeds @ 0600 + 2100 utc on ch 8, 12 + 16. if so, shld get him soon. ta.
v hard not to sit here just watching the
boatlengths clicking off on the gps. very much last few k of marathon - pain,
metre by metre by metre. can sense the finish line but not yet smell it or hear
the noise. 3553 to go on gc track, about 150 more when we run along 45s.
now day 86, 43 to the start, 29 to se cape. dmg
136, gps 145, new margin 496.
baro falling, wind rising again - will probably
gybe towards east after writing this. twin poling downwind too tricky in these
very steep sided seas - will have to wear the compromise, as usual. still, it
wouldn't be a proper exam if the examiner didn't ask proper questions, would
still no send - spoke to steve on satphone -
nice to hear friendly voice out there. back in huge breakers again, 50 ish kts
from wsw, bare poled running with wind on stbd qtr. variation about 50 deg.
tracking roughly east t @up to 7.5kts. scary stuff all over again. such a fragile little eggshell we live in -
they don't make bus shelters like they used to. glass of red in an hour -
clench till then.
just spent a sweaty and fruitless half hour in
the uproar setting the old storm jib on the inner forestay to give kevvo
something to work with. huge breakers, 50 ish, too much so took it all off
again and did bare pole gybe to get us
a bit north out of here. once again, we're deep in a massive compromise
and hating it.
condensation dripping down my neck - yuk. only
29 days of this to go - will we ever see taswegia?? might just sail past in the
murk, we're enjoying ourselves so much - do a moitessier.
prob only one tyx per day from here round about
1500 - 1700 utc - if this goes. not via
sailmail africa - last chance satcom.
4452 6333 15/0915 dmg 100, gps 118, margin 496 -
20 = 476. day 88, 42 to start.
some stats - in the last 12 hours, we've done 6
sail changes, wind range from 15 - 55 knots, the baro has fallen 8mb in 24 hrs
now at 1004 - the lowest i can remember. wind packing in from the north -35 and
rising. waves building fast. apart from the baro drop, not unusual. now in the
front of a low? looks like the fan is revolving anyway. and waiting - and
waiting - nowt else to do - too tense to read, nothing on the sw radio during
the day, cant connect to sailmail, will satcom this if it can reach the
satellite. a week today, rorc awards - go caro. we listen for derek's long range sked but still don't know whether
we have the time right. we're in desperation mode - drinking tonic with lemon
in it and pretending it's gin.
4508 6510 16/0150 t 10.7, it was nasty but not
as bad as baro drop predicted. back on the rails on east, rhumb line track.
have just consulted re phenomenon of daylight at midnight utc - perhaps a day
or so early but we needed to celebrate something. must be getting south - a
pair of bigger, beautifully matched albatrosses were with us yesterday - dark
grey on top of wings with white patches close to shoulders. lovely to watch them
in loose formation - sometimes close in to stern, looking at us.
4504 6539 16/0630. becalmed, bemused, benign,
marooned upon the balham line - or something like that -i'm sure peter sellers fans
will correct me. what a pain. but i do think we have the nice knot of current
sent to us by csiro in hobart - thanks guys and come and find us and claim a
beer or two.
db: dmg 87, gps 112, margin 476-33=443 day
88, 41 to start. margin beginning to slip away - becalmed still, no sign of
wind. gales preferable. pse tell caro we'll be listening, wx permitting.
collect sailmail msg. still almost no wind. spbf.
4451 6640 16/2315 not happy. still no worthwhile wind - we've
spent the last 12 hours or so hand steering, tweaking, generally doing our best
to keep up the illusion that the old bus shelter is still on the move. easy
with merlin - just feed in a few random numbers, tell him to pretend we are
about a day further along the track, press the def button and your uncle bob
appears with a set of coordinates to send to steve who updates the track and
feeds this waffle to the website.
in fact, hand steering in the cold and damp
and very uncomfortably lumpy sea in the depths of a very black dripping night
underlines just how shatteringly, totally dependent we are on kevvo. if kevvo
karks, what you will have out here, marcus, is old fart soup. bigtime. there's
the old oz joke about cooking a galah (oz grey parrot, gerzillions of them in
flocks everywhere). boil galah with fetid socks, three month thermals and a
housebrick for two days. throw away galah and other remnants and eat the
housebrick with tabasco. ever tried eating a bus shelter? onya kevvo. he's in
charge, just, as i write, else couldn't talk to yez-all. not his fault that he
has difficulty in minimal wind and heavy sea - when the boat gets hurled
sideways by big swell, sideways movement creates wind over kevo's vane, ergo
kievvo makes adjustment, but usually the wrong way - real wind from the other
dmg since 0900 - 14 hours - has been 23
miles. desperation setting in again.
20 minutes later - windshift to sw - hard
to interpret - perhaps front of high moving across - so where did the low
go? anyway, dropped this message, went
up into the cold damp bleak predawn - lovely silvery sky behind clouds to the
east, some stars including the cross - silhouettes of wheeling birds - was
wearing last pair of warm dry gloves - tacked boat, handling wet sheets - now
have cold wet gloves. poo.
4453 6719 17/0430 sw wind at last and we are making about 6.5 vmg
along the gc track. we will be well short of miles for the day, but,
inexorably, boatlength by boatlength we are putting this ocean behind us. we
are 236 miles nnw of kerguelen, where the ait t was 1 degree a few days ago.
feels like that here now and we are both feeling the cold. i have started to
wear my finisterre fleece for the first time since down by cape horn - it has
made a good pillow up till now. nice gear - a bit bulky to wear under party
gear but great out on its own and looks after me well.
malcolm, could you please add 4 ltrs of
metho and a couple of slabs of dark chocolate to the list. i think we are going
to be right on the button for both those. i have rationed us to 2 squares of
tesco's best choc each day and we are now conscious of the need to conserve
metho. i have 1 of wendy's chocs per day left - i think pete has been a bit
less conservative - thanks wendy and you were right about the tissues - i kept
them in a ziplock and theyve been my stand-bys all the way.
the watermaker has slowed down - at best,
it pushes out 4.5 ltr/hr - now it's down to less than 3 - probably needs
flushing through but will get us to se c. we are running the engine daily for
about an hour - not enough sun for the panel to keep uth sydney boonies with
peeing dogs and dolloping pigeons and the occasional vogon for company? can't
see it meself. someone asked us which actor we'd like to play each of us if
they ever made a film - that's really a loaded question isn't it? - but 'they'
couldn't ever make a film without making us both bronzy and cool and marketable
in the demographic. real reality doesn't grab the goolies in the backblocks and
boardrooms of the viewing world - the dreadfully manipulated 'reality' of
reality tv is all the go and old farts just don't cut the mustard. i wonder
which of us would get voted off first. i'm the oldest, so statistically the
see you at 0700 steve.. i've given up
trying sailmail - will wait till closer to oz and try firefly.
we are in sunshine - perhaps for 10 minutes -
the old farts are loving it and the ferals have gone into hiding. feels as if
the air t is about 5, same as water which is 5.4 so probably not in current.
vmg over 6, o doing k anyway - poled out #1 and full main - haven't seen that
for a while either. small break for the persistent, perhaps. lots of seaweed
clumps - not long kelp like near falklands but shorter, with 'bubble' fronds.
also a lot of short spiky pieces, about 25cm, floating vertically with just the
tip of the spike above the surface. seeds perhaps? sunshine gone again.
hi l, j + h - kevvo sends his best wishes and
says he's glad all those albatrosses have gone off to kerguelen for a rest -
his arms were getting quite tired from all that tweaking.
we're making water with the solar panel carrying
most of the load - now drawing 2.2 apms with watermaker, satcom and pc running
- normally at least 7.
paul - tks for advice - ampair definitely too hard
- appears the face plater screwed in, needs jig, heat etc, anyway, don't have
spare bearings. bearings front and rear are the same - we are in touch with
ampair engineer. re laptop - above about 10 megs, the usb multi-serial port
device closes down immediately i try to transmit. if i then get recovery in
wrong order, blue srreen of death follows but i now know how to avoid this -
trial and error works. i have checked the earth connection and have rolled
about a foot of roofing lead tightly around the usb cable - no go. have asked
for some clip-on ferrites when we get to tassie but think it may need more than
that - perhaps earth plate polish under boat?
db: dmg 94, gps 102, margin 443-26=417 - gradually
slipping away but still in front and retrievable. day 89 and we have 31 days to
get past tasman island and 40 to the start line. gc distance to se cape is 3250
so still just over 100 miles a day will do it but we also need time to stop,
clear customs, (if possible down at adventure bay else waste a day going up to
ryct) refuel etc. very very tight but we'll get there barring any really nasty
surprises from the examiner. for instance, looks as if there's another soft
high behind us so more light winds. we are, i hope, only temporarily out of any
current (tks malcom) but making progress @ 6+ vmg directly east along 45 s.
fingers, eyebrows toes and all else crossed, freckle puckered and all will be
well. and we're not a bit superstitious.
0430hrs 18 Nov 2005 UTC 4452S 07120E Ref 565
i have been trying for hours to send the previous
update via satcom - i had seven goes at it, each to strvre, mal and the website
addresses. each time, for every address, the system told me that the address
was 'incorrect or unreachable'. the message goes via the land earth station in
perth to my isp, telstra/xantic, and i assume that incorrect or unreachable'
means that telstra/xantic's systems are down or too busy to cope or just too
inefficient to reach the internet. i don't know how their billing system works
but i bet they just count the bytes transmitted from this mobile station and
bill me for all of them. we shall see when i get back - not happy, given the cost of the equipment and the data
so i don't know if it ever arrived or whether
this one will either. very frustrating. there are lots of excuses for sailmail,
mostly, i fear, to do with the systems in this boat, but not for t/x as far as
i am concerned. - the messages are reaching the les or i wouldn't get the
response, so the boat gear is working.
Ed: 0715hrs 18 Nov 2005 UTC
Satellite email problems have prevented any log
updates from getting through. We know the boys are ok because one of their
complaints has made it. More news as it comes to hand.
0900hrs 18 Nov 2005 UTC 4454S 07200E Ref 566
4454 7200 18/0900
db: dmg 144 gps 176 margin 417+24=441 day 90
v(just consulted with the doctor - rare occasion these restricted days.)30 to
tasman island, 39 to the start line. distance to go to sec 3111 by gc track.
we should pass within 50 miles of french
research vessel marion dufresne in next few hours. trying to contact them vhf
Imagine, if you will, that you are inside this
little plastic soapdish with the lid firmly closed. You can see out, but it's
mostly sky or white rushing water and no sense of perspective or continuity of
movement. You are acutely aware that it is moving, fast and with some violence.
You can sense that it is mostly roll, but there is some pitch and a lot of yaw.
As the waves are catching up with the boat, it is in effect going up them
backwards, pitching forward and rolling on the forward face, yawing and slewing
at the top, sometimes under tons of breaking water, and pitching backwards and
rolling as it slides down the back of the receding wave. Occasionally, you can
see the effect of these breaking waves through the window - a wide swath of
foamy water sometimes a hundred or more metres long - just like the lace
wedding dress trains worn by royal brides - sloping steeply down the back from
the head, sharply curving at water level and sweeping back, widening and
getting more transparent the further it goes back. Lovely to look at, less so
to be part of!
You are braced against the nav table, legs
splayed out in front at about 45 degrees and away from you at the same angle.
Both hands are behind you as you struggle to get the damp neoprene cuff of your
party jacket over your wristwatch. The boat rolls away from you - you slightly
bend your knees - it rolls further, accompanied by rushing crashing noises -
you frantically try to extricate your hands from behind your back - the boat
rolls further - now at about 75 degrees and you fall forward, desperately
trying to bend into kneeling position as you go to soften the crunch. That's
the easy one. Now transfer yourself to the toilet, hands once again full, bowl
charged, as it were, ankles locked together by lowered pants. Hoooley doooley -
gives a whole new meaning to toilet training!
Sitrep: 1100hrs 18 Nov 2005 UTC
spoke mcastle - dufresne very close - have tried to satphoine them but not
answering - got their number from ile amsterdam.
to toilet training - if you are offended by bodily functions, read no further.
order to reduce the potential difficulties associated with the toilet situation
i wrote about in my last, it is possible to minimise the 'charge' in the bowl
by using the extraction method. takes practice and delicacy but it is possible
to position the freckle exactly above the bowl outlet and go gently about one's
business. as one feels an emergence, tiny adjustments may be necessary to get
the correct line and then one should commence slowly pumping out the bowl. one
will feel the gently tug of the pump transmitted vertically to the freckle and
nethers and - lo and behold - the emerging object is gone before one even knows
it was there. a disaster in the making averted by skill and practice.
0030hrs 19 Nov 2005 UTC 4455S 07409E Ref 567
and we've passed heard island - legally well
clear of the marine park that surrounds it - so it could be said that we are
more or less back in australian territorial waters. wooohooo. but not yet half
way across the indian ocean with the work yet to be done. at 2300 utc on nov 22
we will get a phone call from caroline at the rorc awards dinner to tell us
about it and we intend to have the most effective consultation we can muster to
go with it - we'll be past heard, well under 3000 to go, and we'll have an
award to look forward to. steve will collect it for us and bring it back. it's
and we're still very much in the game - we ought
to make the required average run today and as long as things stay in the normal
groove, we will be on the start line in 38 days. keeping busy doing all the
little maintenance jobs - the next major will be dismantling one of the kite
winches which has seized and trying to get it going again. needs a quiet day,
preferably with some sun - it's really cold down here. we would like all y'all
to do whatever is necessary to placate poseidon so that he gives us a nice
southerly once we get to tasman island. malcom, we'll be in touch for the best
route from there.
roger@ cyc - if all goes according to plan,
we'll have a couple of days to turn the boat around. would be enormously
helpful if we could get a vehicle into the car park or the rushcutter park. no
big fixes needed as far as we know, may need some safety gear, will have to
take kevvo off the back and do a huge unload and hosing out of feral colonies
and other undesirables. we will not have time for a lift to clean the bottom so
could you please ask sven or another diver to stand by - not a big job, just a
barnacle scrape around the rudder and under the keel and a polishing job on the
radio earth. paperwork should be in order, irc cert has been renewed, insurance
has been extended by fastnet marine - richard, if you are reading this, would
you please send confirmation to email@example.com and mal can forward to
roger at cyc. we still have a legible no. 71 on the side from the last s2h and
it would be nice to keep that if possible. also tattered remains of fastnet
0900hrs 19 Nov 2005 UTC 4508S 07527E Ref 568
db: dmg 138, gps 153, margin 441+18=459, day 91,
38 to the start, 28 to ti. 2973 to sec.
another day of good running - not as wild as
yesterday but we're covering the ground and i think we have a smidgin of
current too. water t = 8.7 and we're heading slightly north to get back into
the more favourable stream - thanks malcom. from here, we would have to be a
bit unlucky not to make it, i think, we have about 4 days still in hand and
every good day makes this a better buffer. it will still be tight, whatever
happens. we must have missed the french r/v marion dufresne by only a few miles
yesterday. i tried to call them on the satphone but they were switched off.
didn't see them on sob and no response to an individual dsc call on vhf, so we
were'nt in vhf range, at least when i thought we should be.
fenwick, sorry to hear you missed the barbecue -
couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. did anyone buy the shirt? and did you
get my rather sheepish renewal of the s2h invitation? you won't have to do a
single sail change...
we're just counting off the milestones to keep
the mind from wandering. the next one should be half way across the indian
ocean at 85e, perhaps at around the same time as the rorc awards night. then we
are eagerly awaiting the first sound of derek barnard's particularly
gravel-like voice on a long range sked from pentacomstat. that will be a
special day. i'm already getting wx faxes from vmw (the ox bureau of met.
broadcast station at wiluna) but they only go as far west as 90 deg so no use
for a bit yet bit weary.
0550hrs 20 Nov 2005 UTC 4452S 07837E Ref 569
I don't know whether it's worth writing these
because I still dont know what is getting through on Satcom. Not easy writing
into a black hole. We are almost in range of NSW sailmail and I'm hoping that
we will get better connections there and can do without Satcom and the hassle
BUT - we are only 1800 miles from the nearest
bit of Western Australia, we're past Ile Amsterdam and have 2857 to SE Cape on
the GC track and only about 60 more by rhumb. Both very weary - it's cold and
we've been working the boat as hard as we possibly can. Still have a bit of
current it seems. At this speed, its about 21 days to SEC, but that's a break
that I'm sure the Examiner will do her best to deny us. Tiddly pom! We had a
Consultation this morning after a big sail change - no more for a couple of days
- we really are doing it hard! I've just made bread - Marcus, one for you -
just make the dough from a 500gm Tesco pack, dont bother with all the
psychological stuff about letting it rise and rest and patting it on the head -
add some garlic or whatever else takes your fancy, heat the oil till it smokes,
on a floured board, press a small ball of dough into a pancake as thin as
possible and small saucer size and toss it on the oil till it bubbles on top,
turn it over for a few moments, take it out and - if you're me - eat it while
you make the next ten or so. Just like naan and takes 20 minutes, minimum
cleanup if you're careful and keeps for a couple of days. (Apologies if this is
a repeat - I have a feeling it is, but without power etc, I can't review the previous
I've been watching the little grey birds that I
think are petrels - lovely subtle markings on top of their wings but the real
stunner is that they have a tinge of blue over their backs - only visible as
they turn away - perhaps a trick of the light but consistent. Only birds,
ferals, a couple of ratbag humans, parasitic barnacles and green slime out here
- not a dolphin, not a whale, no mermaids, teddy bears or 3 toed sloths
anywhere to be seen. Last ship was near Cape Town, before that, Cape Verdes. A
big, lonely empty place to be, natural splendour to excess and vast, enigmatic,
blank indifference to our little enterprise. And I'm going to miss it terribly
when next I'm on a busy polluted street. Tiny patches of sunlight, moon quite
low and mostly hidden but when it come through a gap - wow! Because the
overcast is so solid and dark, the moon has a radiance and lustre that you
don't often experience - Turner would have loved it.
1000hrs 20 Nov 2005 UTC 4456S 07903E Ref 570
db: dmg 134, gps 160, margin 459+14=473, day 92,
37 to start, 28 to tasman island. looking a pooptilionth better every day we
can keep that margin healthy.
no word from xantic, emails still not getting
through to anyone except,it seems, xantic so our basic backup life support
system is decidedly iffy. i'll try and send this and later, try to get through
to sailmail nsw. will ask xantic to forward this to malcolm so you all get some
news anyway. won't waste my time and battery power writing any more.
2230hrs 20 Nov 2005 UTC 4503S 08057E Ref 571
But the ends have met - the knot isn't tied yet
by a long chalk but we're talking to sailmail nsw and we are getting the
Australian weather broadcasts from VMW Wiluna loud and clear. Perth Radio voice
still out of range. SE Cape, here we come! Deliberately short till we get back
to effective comms.
Sitrep: 1005hrs 21 Nov 2005 UTC 4509S 08236E Ref 572
DMG 138 GPS 155, margin 473+18=491 Wooohooo! In credit for a change. Day 93, 36
to startline, 27 to TI, 2701 to SE Cape.
promised Arlette, our host in Port Stanley - she who crumbles cookies so well -
G'day kiddo!! - as she gave me a haircut, that there would not be another one
until after the Hobart Race. So far, so good, but I'm beginning to look a bit
like one of those draggly dishmops - Kris, you'd disapprove!
it's cooold outside.
Sitrep: 2030hrs 21 Nov 2005 UTC 4519S 08359E Ref 573
had big messy sail change followed by small rum - one of life's little
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