The highs and the lows

Weather wise that means coping with the fickle weather system that is the doldrums.  From yesterday’s squally wind to today’s no wind.  We proved ourselves extremely capable during the last three hours of the race to Brest with concentrated helming and trimming of the lightweight spinnaker. At the moment our windseeker, the lightest of our sail wardrobe is flying and we are going nowhere except for the generous 2 knots of current graciously and luckily taking us in the right general direction.

hot early in the doldrums

hot early in the doldrums

Engine room at 50⁰C is not our engineers’ favourite spot

Engine room at 50⁰C is not our engineers’ favourite spot

It is hot, we don’t sleep particularly well and mannerisms that would normally not bother you are on occasions irritating. Knowing that all the crew are actually a great bunch of folk it helps put things in context and rising above your own limits of tolerance becomes possible. Taking yourself off to look at the trim of the sails or to do the daily chafe checks and, when you really want an escape (!) to clean out the bilges, provides what limited private space there is. And then of course there is always one’s own imagination to take you to another place – passing through the doldrums, finding the corridor of wind to take you to another world of southerly trades and the final 1000 miles is like a scene from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy when Lara cuts through to the other world!

a little light relief with the bilges to clean

a little light relief with the bilges to clean

Otherwise it’s the joy of the music Thay kindly put together on my iPod which takes me off to my own little world.

The equator is now only 10 degrees to go.

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