Sunday, March 18, 2012
NOT ALL CRUISERS ARE LAZING IN THE TROPICS
40 DAYS OUT 1559 MILES TO GO.
Well what can you say but go Jeanne go. At 69 and a grandmother she is on her second solo circumnavigation. Her SV Nereida, a Najad 380, is 40 days out from Cape Town enroute to Hobart. After another good sailing day - but bumpY she reports - Hobart is still 1559 sailing miles away (via the S. Capes) to the ESE.
Her blog reported by satellite phone from the fairly deep in the southern ocean is one I follow.
MY MORE MUNDANE DAY
Watched the the local cruiser racers head out for their Sunday 'beer can races as I lie anchored just outside Jolly Harbor.
Fixed the power cord for the GPS by cannibalizing one of the sockets used on connecting up my radio control gear. I knew that box of bits would come in useful.
Replaced the footswitch for my anchor windlass. This is the 5th Lofrans switch I have fitted. Each time I swear that I will find another way of handling the electricery associated with getting the motor to do both UP and DOWN but not so far.
Dove on the boat to have a look at the bottom. I knew I would have some fouling and was aware that the green weed had been growing at a prodigious rate during the 10 days in harbour. But the main hull is good. The prop not so good and this area under the stern badly weeded. Still it was only a few minutes work to scrape the weed off. I am just mystified as to why it grows there and there alone.
It has been an overcast afternoon gray and cool so I was not expecting much of a show as the sun sank in the west but the Lords of the Sunset had a surprise in store. They delved deep into their goody bag of special effects and produced quite a spectacle.
Posted by John Duncker at 12:40 PM