FROM 1-25. Blowing a (super) gale

Oct 19, 2005 - 2359hrs UTC

2359hrs 19 Oct 2005 UTC 39’54”S 009’34”E Ref 461

From Jez Rowles, Essex, UK

Every day continues to amaze me, and I wanted to let you know the pleasure it is to get home and log onto the berri site to follow the happenings in your world.  Your adventures are being shared with my kids aged 3, 2 and 8 months and have replaced their more usual bed time stories over the last 2 weeks.  With the exception of Joe (my 2 year old) who has started mumbling “”kevvo”” as he drifts off to sleep, they seem none the worse for the experience !

Given the power problems you have currently, I have taken steps to wean the kids off of tales from the southern ocean and tonight we have read “”Across the Nullabor””.  A lovely little kids book that my wife brought back from some Australian travels.  It’s not quite the same but at least the accent I am assuming is consistent.  I hope you can keep up with the words and the regular updates to the log but rest assured that this corner of Essex (a long, long way from berri ) will be thinking of you and willing you on.  A few more references to Pirates and Princesses in the text of your log may be useful in keeping the interest of the family until Boxing day, but if you can’t manage that I’ll just keep adding them on the semi-random basis that I have been using until now.  

Keep pushing on.


To Lizzie, Joe and Harvey Rowles – our youngest fans ever, average age about three – Hello! I expect you are all tucked up in snozzy warm pyjams with  – who?? Do you have Teddies? An old sock? I used to have a brown bear but I can’t remember his name. We’re in a little boat in a VERY BIG ocean and it is wet and windy where we are – and cold too. I sometimes go to bed with my gloves and beanie on! And my smelly socks. My bed moves up and down and sideways all night – does yours? Look after your dad and tell him a nice bedtime story! We hope you can come and see us one day. Alex and Pete.

Not much to report immediately. It’s been a long day and we’re still rolling wildly but the wind is back to about 25. We are heading NNE with just the storm jib and will probably climb to about 3930 before turning east again. That should ease the pain of

things to come just a little – we hope! A superb Turner night – moon behind ridged craggy cloud with glowing edges, storm jib and rig and Izzo’s tell tales (what’s left of them after Henry’s bit and the wind) are silhouetted against the mottled glow. Enough moonlight to reflect off the waves and the breaking tops.

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