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Sunday, October 4th, 2009

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4:20a
sailing onward, 3 October
It's Saturday, 3 October, 16:30 as I write this.

I was keeping up with The Archers on long-wave, but yesterday evening
they were carrying cricket, and the afternoon for the catchup, the generator was off, so I
couldn't use the ships radio. My little radio won't copy it at this distance with it's built-in antenna, so I'll get the synopses when I read my thousands of emails in about a week.

My knee has been a bit tricky for a day or so, so I'm avoiding boat-check which requires lots of up and down ladders. I may end up trading boat check and helm with Cassie since she hates horsing the wheel around. The steering gear is authentic 18th century, with ropes, blocks, and a drum on the wheel, and takes work to move.

We had rain last night, the the wind died and fog set in, so we're still headed SW, now under power. We're at 45-26N 018-55W by DR at 5 kts, currently. It turns out, fog under sail is worse than fog under power, since the foghorn blasts three times in the latter case versus one in the former.
6:23p
5 Oct, at sea, 43-38' N 021-43W 5 knots SW by DR, 0200 boat time
We had many patches of fog yesterday and some real sunlight, too.
A couple of whales spouts were sighted, but nothing more.

I'm now on the 4-8 watch, since we dogged the watches yesterday, with "curtailed" watches from 1600-1800 and 1800-2000. I have to change sleep patterns, and figure out caffeine and food patterns, too. We're going to stay on UK summer time until we get the the Azores, which means 0800 is still pretty dark.

We're still copying BBC R4 on 198 long wave, so I'm listening to the news now.
I'm just wondering what's happened with my Samoan friends. And Mercedes Sosa(sp?) is dead.

And I've been allowed to take a saw to my bunk to make it a bit more user-friendly. This boat is NOT set up for creature comforts, but we're starting to work on some of that. Hammock chirs that we can hang in the rigging or in the tweendecks.

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