Good morning from the rocking “Fox II” in a dark, grey, slight but restless and disorganized, slight sea. Or so it seems. About 1 mile away is the hazy pale gray edge of fog…
Bow is facing W into slight wind and when it rained an hour ago, it rained in underneath the canopy. So the witches are still out there playing me tricks and probably laughing all their heads off!
When I started breakfast we were 1011 nm from Hugh Town, now it is 1012. Last two days we have averaged 21 nm/24 hr. Better than going back, I suppose, but not like I had expected, here where the warm water from the Mexican Gulf if supposed to flow like a broad back!
So I better get out and get on with it, every hour looking for signs of change back to normality…
Diana sent me greetings from Chris & Sylvi in Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Thank you! (And to the many others in y’day’s mail.) They are Canadians with a holiday house in SW and we met them as we kept “White Admiral” there for 3 months while we visited Pitcairn Islands 2013/14. This island has, like Pitcairn and others, a fascinating history. It was founded by Loyalists from North America. These were British who did not want to be part of Washington’s new nation and traveled off to settle several successful colonies in the British Bahamas. Even today most are white and related, but there is an increasing community of Tahitians, like those in the boatyard that painted our boat while we were away. Another place I’d like to return to!
Must get out. Fog thicker, drizzle… Now 1013! Still I hope to have less than 1000 miles to go next time I report.
Wasa oat knekkebrød (crisp bread) spread with marge, mackrel in tomato sauce and heaped with sprouts is a definite winner – could not resist one more!
The new influx of people in Spanish Wells are, of course, from nearby Haiti, not Tahiti!
Haiti is, unfortunately, one if the poorest countries in the World. They have been beset by poor political leaders (Papa Doc, Baby Doc etc) and a succession of natural disasters. Many arrive in Bahamas as boat refugees.
Elisabeth did a shoot with celebrity Davina McCall, who likes to follow my project and will link to her Fb: Welcome aboard!
Back-breaking work here. After a shower the wind is still light, but now from SE – contrary. With daggerboard down I manage 1-1,5 k in eastish direction, but in more than 2 hours have only regained 1 mile towards the finish. Still fog, but not too wet just now. Warm. Sea is less lumpy, but no sign of the current turning yet. I just plan for ahead 2 hours at a time.
A few white, small and pretty mackrel terns around. They try to land on my poles! Their cries give me such good associations to sunny, coastal summer sounds in Norway…