12/11/2016 – Positives

It’s a beautiful dawn; the sun isn’t due to rise for about 30 minutes but the eastern sky is suffused with a golden orange light which illuminates the gently rolling sea. Once the sun has risen the sea will appear a wonderful Quink Ink blue. For those too young to remember Quink Ink for fountain pens, it’s a stunning Royal Blue. Starblazer is powering along at a steady 6.6 knots with a little help from the current and we are on the final leg with 351 nM to go to Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI. ETA Monday early evening. The day’s run to noon Friday was 144.7nM, not stunning but acceptable. So what is there to be displeased with? The seas are so calm because there has been almost no wind for nearly 24 hours. Starblazer is making good speed because the Volvo diesel engine is thundering in the background, noisy but effective. If I praise the engine in writing will it quit breaking down at inopportune moments in awkward places? There are, however, more positives on our journey south. It has been getting steadily warmer, especially during the night. We started off needing a blanket on top of the sleeping bag, after a couple of days the blanket was discarded. Now we are down to just the sheet bag with the folded sleeping bag acting as an extra mattress. Clothing requirements have also reduced: from thick socks, warm trousers, several top layers and woolly hats at night with only the hat removed during the day to shorts and T shirts by day, thinnish trousers and T shirt topped by a heavier weight long sleeved sailing shirt at night. The calm seas encouraged the cook, aka Admiral, First mate, deckhand and scribe, to produce a dessert as well as a main! Friday night’s dinner was Paella with turkey breast rather than chicken followed by oranges in a red wine syrup topped with mini amaretti biscuits and a squirt of cream. We are living well. Joyce

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