Going into darkness of Day 20, we are now moving quick at 11 knots plus in 9.5 knots of breeze at an angle of 110 degrees. Its been a frustrating two days and, in desperation, I took to reading some poetry, having a go at the whistle and going to the movies.
AS TIME progresses you become much more at 'one 'with the boat, nature, the elements and even time. Governed not so much by any clock - rather when the sun rises, when it sets, the rhythm of the day and needs of the boat - oblivious to external forces.
Whether gybying, reefing, changing sail, navigating, cooking or just plain goofing off reading (isn't Kindle brilliant -thanks N) or watching a movie (or our on-board movie theatre has 150 of them) daily existence enters another dimension.
My humour also varies massively through the day and with little victories - such as finally getting the port hydrogenertator back working. Also with little wind and slow speed, tensions can be high. It becomes more relaxed as the wind pressure builds and we get moving until of course it becomes scary with too much wind. Never happy!!
An important part of regulating life on the ocean are the the daily meetings of the South Atlantic Residents Association. They are an erratic, unpredictable bunch. Some members have big egos, others can be humble, others brave. They have big personalities to manage and meeting can be very contentious. And did I mention the stupid ones? Here on board the Kilcullen Voyager I have to handle these personality types.
One member, for example in the pitch black of night, with no moon around, wanted to go on the foredeck and change sail from the blast Reacher to the A3 Asymmetrical spinnaker!! The more conservative element won out and we waited until dawn.
The entire weather situation and which route to take is a complex choice. The Ideal scenario is to move along the permanent cold front or SACZ . It reaches out across the South Atlantic from Brazil - low pressures run along it and tend to form close to Itajai - the ideal scenario is to move along between one of these 'lows' and the St Helena South Atlantic High. Over the next week it will be interesting to see how the scenarios pan out.
Meanwhile assuming we get through this 20th night at sea, we look forward to breakfast and porridge - mixed in with some of the Revive Active suppliments from Galway.