They call this the Roaring Forties for a good reason. It Roars. We had a rebate of 12 hours, sunshine and winds of only 20 knots !. This allowed repairs, sort-out and a key meeting of the "Association". Then it swiftly powered back again to 30 knots plus. Its relentless and seems never to end.
Our worry is that since the wind had moved into the north some, we could run out of sea room to avoid the ice exclusion zone. This is a line, currently running parallel to our course about 50 miles south - less than 3 hours at current speeds.
The wind chill and cold is also relentless. We have also made the remarkable discovery that, when you run out of dry socks. to plant your feet in the sleeves of a jumper or jacket works well - only in the cabin of course - not practical on deck you just hop into your boots and moist socks regardless.
On deck are also concerned about not been seen or running into something - having lost our radar dome and the Activ Echo attached. A clever device, this gives an alarm from the scan of the radar of other ships - they will always have their radars on - but may not see you or a small boat is just 'clutter' on the screen.
This issue was discussed at length, with other serious survival matters by the Residents Association.
After heated debate, which helped warm the cabin, by majority decision, it was decided to merge SARA with the IORA under a new name. Therefore, the South Atlantic Residents Association Indian Ocean Residents Association will part of the greater and more powerful SORA - South Atlantic Resident Association.
As to the command structure, I was personally flattered, in my ultimate moments of magnificent modesty, to be elected President of the combined organizations - with the inauguration ceremony scheduled to be the same day as President Elect Trump.
In s, small way this might be SORA's contribution to organization efficiently, bring on 'warming' and global harmony on this planet we all call 'home'
As at the start of this log, the sailing and sea, day after day is relentless and seems eternal. She is so powerful in harmony with the wind. When angry nothing will be sacred or left intact, when calmed she can be the most magic, colourful and happy place in harmony with nature and the environment.
Mind you we had some escape from ocean fury last night at the SORA inaugural Dinner Dance and I thank Michael Morpurgo from "Alone on a Wide Wide Sea" via Captain John McDonald for these words - and I think my lovely Nicola could also be the Sea.
"That's what sailing is, a dance,
And your partner is the sea.
And with the sea you never take liberties.
You ask her, you don't tell her.
You have to remember always that she's the leader, not you.
You and your boat are dancing to her tune"
Warm regards to all and thanks for your ongoing support and interest.
President (Elect) SORA
8th December 2016
Lat 43 06 South
Long 31 56 East