FROM 2-1. Sydney-Equator

Bath Time

DTD 4545 so dmg 117 total dmg from start 1274 – almost 25% Prob at 25% thursday. Time for arrival time prediction contest. My prediction is June 3rd, late evening – only because that will be the third anniversary of our arrival in Falmouth last time. Any other takers? Prize to be decided depending on location of winner.

We’ve been going, stopping, motoring, flopping for the last couple of days. Hot and tedious and hard work. Water temperature 34.5 deg. Just been through a rain squall – a bath for free! Got it all off and rinsed the salt and accumulated boot room grime, scroff, parrot feathers and the rest from the bod and rinsed the clothes I’ve been wearing since Sydney. No knicker changes here – no knickers actually. Motoring/flopping at the mo. No wind, nasty chop, hoping for breakout into easterly airflow later tonight or tomoz. Cloudy, 8/8 low Cu with rain squalls – ITCZ stuff – very humid.

We’ve been followed by 4 gannet like birds – 4 ft ish wingspan, long thin body, tail pointy in flight but a tight fan when used as an airbrake. Mostly light brown/creamy grey, one much darker on top of wings, one lighter all over and speckeld over wings, beaks long and pointed, more or less the same colour. One looks to be a younger one, has darker stripe around chest. They have been with us since Chesterfield several days ago.

Still trying to get the Xsatusa satphone working. Speed will call them Monday, meantime, you should be able to leave SMS messages via on the other phone, 00881621440078 if you want to. I’ll check it once a day. Again, a limit to how many we can receive at once.

I’m behind the Cone and sweaty. Need to break out for a bit. Kimbra, could you please send me your email address? Also Kris.


The Boot Room Rat

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