Topic: Phosphorescence

1-12. 26°S-Nose Brazil

Apr 26, 2005 – 2245hrs UTC

2245hrs 26 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 185

Everything that can ever be said about the night sky has been said somewhere. I have just spent a mesmerising hour on deck, about two hours after sunset, no moon to start with, but the whole of the Great BearGreat Bear / … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 08, 2005 - 1030hrs UTC

1030hrs 08 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 207

We are almost exactly half way between Africa and South America, about 1200 miles NE of the mouth of the Amazon. Too far for any noticeable change in the colour of the water. Going just west of North which is as … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 09, 2005 - 0445hrs UTC

Sitrep: 0445hrs 09 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 208

The ExaminerShe who asks awkward questions of the crew and tests them with difficult tasks. has jumped back into the bus shelterExplanation here. We’re down to the #5 and 3 reefs in 30+ knots and a rising sea, still nursing … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 11, 2005 – 1400hrs UTC

1400hrs 11 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 212

Once again, not lot to report. The wind is now 30 – 35 knots, very lumpy sea, hugely uncomfortable in every respect. #4 and 3 reefs with the traveller eased way down to feather the main most of the time. Not … Continue reading

1-18. Betwixt Madeira and Morocco

Aug 28, 2005 – 2330hrs UTC

2330hrs 28 Aug 2005 UTC 35’57”N 015’48”W Ref 319

This evening we rolled 3 Celebrations into one: the almost 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, 1000 miles in the can and we’ve passed the northern version of WollongongThe town which moves. There is a Berri-joke about having a beer off Wollongong on … Continue reading

1-24. Closing on the Barn Door

Oct 12, 2005 - 0430hrs UTC │Follow my Wallow

Follow my wallow – for the sailors. We’ve all sat in the oily swell in the Channel or the Solent or off Sydney Heads or wherever with no wind, the kite or the headsail and the main slatting and banging and tearing out their cringles and thought we were particularly unlucky. So we were, but it’s all relative. Next time it happens to you, and a ship passes, imagine that the waves are as big as the ship and about 100 to 150 metres apart, with the swell you are sitting in applied across the top. … Continue reading

1-31. Sooo close to Hobart

Dec 09, 2005 - 1840hrs UTC

1840hrs 09 Dec 2005 UTC 43’48”S 140’17”E Ref 635

There were seven wonders of the world and then there was phosophorescence. I haven’t seen it since the Atlantic but now we are roaring along in a lovely ethereal cloud of milky luminescence that starts at the bows and grows … Continue reading