Friday, December 23, 2005

Best day's run so far

Despite the squalls and big waves, the last 24 hours have been quite exciting. We are getting close to passing the 1000 miles to go mark and every day more boats from our net are arriving in the Caribbean. AND, it's Christmas! We spent some time decorating the saloon today with paper chains made from old magazines. They look great! I shall never spend good money on paper chain kits again! Kika is still speeding along and the engine remains surplus to requirements at the moment. The towing generator is proving very efficient, along with the solar panel, so we don't even need to run the engine to recharge the batteries.

Tomorrow is going to be quite busy. We have to rehearse our Christmas performance for our friends on Free Spirit (and anyone else who cares to listen) and we are going to have a clamp down on squeaks and knocks. Every day, something new seems to be rolling around the cupboards - it's almost like all the tins and jars are taking it in turn to be very annoying. Often, you find the smallest thing can make the most irritating noise, such as an empty plastic egg box or books in the bookshelf. Curiously, both Nick and I have given up sleeping in the stern. He sleeps in the saloon and strangely, I find it most comfortable in the bow!

Another day with no sign of any other vessels, and not much wildlife either, just the odd flying fish. It's been lovely and sunny though so we're not complaining.

Position at 15.10 UTC: 15deg 20'N, 42deg 48'W
Daily distance run: 147nm; cumulative distance: 1914:
Engine hours: 0
Distance to go: ~ 1053nm

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