Day 28 and our course is beginning to resemble that of the zig zag track of the “Edward Sewell” which took 67 days to round the Horn…..
Our wonderful Captain Chris last night gave us a briefing on the complex weather systems currently prevailing and the course adjustments required to keep us moving roughly in the right direction.
Our watch last night was one of frequent course changes as the wind headed us on every heading. This morning we wore ship – bringing her stern through the wind to get on the other tack. A bit like jibing a dinghy but much, much slower.
As I write this on the afternoon watch the sun is shining and we have a long, slow Southern Ocean swell and bracing wind coming up from the Antarctic. It’s the first day for some time we’ve been able to get a good noon sun sight under Roy’s superb tutelage using his sextant which came from a WW2 German U Boat – but that’s a story for another day.
Although our constant albatross has deserted us this afternoon there are dozens of Petrels swooping and gliding around the ship. We were hopeful they were indicative of whales or dolphins but no sightings so far today.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve now passed “Point Nemo” – the oceanic point of inaccessibility – or in layman’s terms the furthest point you can get on the globe from land. Our nearest neighbours are 28 miles above us in the space station… from now on as we sail steadily eastwards and become increasingly accessible.
Love from all in Forward Port: Kate, Chris H, Chris S, Chris R, Jane, Sally, Peter, Paul and Tony.