Captain’s Log 04 Jan 2016 – Ship Day !

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It’s “Ship Day” – the locals term for any day the RMS St Helena arrives. Luckyfish is like a beautiful girlfriend, with some bad habits. The crossing to St Helena had been her maiden ocean voyage and it had exposed some issues.  You can’t love a girl who burps farts and whinges. These habits would have to be addressed and …

Captain’s Log 03 Jan 2016 – Hull Crack !

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Rose at 8:00. Egg, marmite, bread and butter for breakfast. Waved farewell to Michael and crew on Crystal. Warm, calm day, swam, cleaned hull and rust stains from gudgeons. Assessed practicality of installing retaining blocks on Beam 4 to prevent the sideslip when lashings work loose. Seems doable. Found 3 more cracks in fillet joints, two on the port and …

Captain’s Log 02 Jan 2016 – St Helena Island

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Went shopping, Zaya got a nice blue top, Stew some dark shorts, Tuya white top and had a special treat lunch at the Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant. Met Daisy and brother Joff – the Filipino proprietors. Delicious Thai curry and Chinese meals, washed down with a bottle of Stellenbosch Chardonnay, £80-.  Tried wifi at Ann’s Place, hopeless. Phoned Mum using …

Captain’s Log 30 Dec 2015 – Whale ho!

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Distance to run: 84nm 2 hour watches all night. Clear starry sky, moon rise at 0030. 84nm to go at noon (1000 UTC). Sunrise at 0600 UTC (St Helena time). Probably start slowing boat to 3 knots at midnight to arrive James Bay at dawn. i.e. can trawl trolling lines today (not worried about drag, which isn’t much anyway I …

Captain’s Log 29 Dec 2015 – Spinnaker Up!

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Distance to run: 222nm Light winds overnight under full sail. Gybed @ 1030. Noon to noon run 113nm. 222nm to go. Touch and go for arrival St Helena before noon on 31 December. Homemade Khushuur for lunch. Selfies in the cockpit and decks. Lovely sailing. Options, gybe downwind on 290˚ and 340˚ headings, or dead flat off under “Twin spinnakers” …

Captain’s Log 27 Dec 2015 – Perfect sailing

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Approx 850nm WNW of Walvis Bay. Shook out 2 reefs in foresail mid morning in perfect sailing conditions. Fiddled with chartplotter and manual, still learning. Got bearing to waypoint (BTW) and DTW, waypoints and routes going! That should make keeping track of distance run etc too simple. Received message from Glen on Satphone – very nice. Noticed salt deposit build …

Captain’s Log 26 Dec 2015 – Zaya’s Birthday

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Distance to run: 662.9nm Began with Happy Birthday boiled eggs. Birthday girl later cooked dinner of boiled potatoes and carrots, and threw up. All 3 sat down and then devoured the birthday dinner. No presents. All postponed as Walvis Bay didn’t sell any nice jewelry, despite trying every store. Perfect sailing conditions all day. Continued under staysail to mid morning …