We have just started day 4 and we seem to be settling in to a good routine now. It always takes a few days for the body to start getting into the swing of things, especially the pattern in which we are rowing and sleeping. You spend two hours rowing and then you get two hours off to do everything else, such as sleeping, preparing your food and eating it, sorting out all the navigation stuff, cleaning off the salt from the solar panels, making good any repairs that you have found that need doing now that we are out on the water and all the other every day things like brushing your teeth, cleaning etc. Two hours never seems enough to start with, but you do get into it quite quickly. The only thing stopping Barry from sleeping now is James’ snoring, but apparently that stops when he spoons him. Who knew…..
Everybody has now used the on board toilet facilities. They are the latest in modern toiletries and consist of a bucket, some wet wipes and a string to which the bucket is attached. You perch precariously, do your business and then (carefully) chuck it over the side. This will become a lot more interesting when the weather becomes a little more lively, both when trying to balance on the damn thing but also when throwing it over board. A misplaced poo thrown into a badly judged wave can have devastating results for all those on deck at the time. A severe fining system has yet to be agreed on.
Robin, it turns out, likes Karaoke. He has thrilled us all with a few renditions of various genres of music that has randomly been selected by the ipod. While he has a beautiful tenor/soprano voice, the rest of us have all agreed that the selection process of who we had on board may well have been different had we known this little gem of information prior to setting off to live with Robin in a tiny little boat where you cannot, and I really mean cannot, get out of earshot.
The weather has really calmed down but we are still managing to make good speed thanks to picking up a decent current that’s pushing us in the right direction. The water has now taken on the form of big rolling swells that make the surface of the ocean look like rolling blue hills. I cannot even begin to explain how beautiful it is out here. The sunrises are just stunning. So many different colours slowly melt together until you finally see the big orange orb start to come out of the water and any clouds that are in the sky take on a deep red then pink colouring. All of this takes about half an hour to happen and it is a truly beautiful sight to behold.
Unlike any of our bums at the moment. Salt water and arses simply do not get along….
Thank you to all of those who are following us and we will try to update you as we go on a daily basis. Just so you know, we are expecting some quite bad weather to hit us on Monday evenining/Tuesday morning. It’s completely fine and nothing too much to worry about, but you may we see us coming to a complete stop or even going backwards. We are not being lazy, it’s just going to get a little bit breezy…