Log Day 23 - some months later one of the kidnapper's wives, delivered him a daughter, who was promptly named Jennifer!! Only in Ireland.
What a difference a day makes! Early AM after 2 days on the wind, getting colder, I finally and with reluctance, got into my thermals. Bracing for the cold and, like the good boy scout's motto "Be Prepared."
And then by mid-day I was naked to the waist making the 380 turns of the winch grinder - the amount necessary to shake the reef out of the mainsail.
The wind moved more to the north, below 10 knots for a time and we had a marvelous day sailing - one of those where it was good to be alive - reaching South and East - getting closer to the Antarctic and the cold - like Turkeys voting for Christmas.
What is also interesting is that the group of 10 teams East and North are moving slowly and having difficulty getting south. All going well, shortly a low pressure system will come in from the west and we will ride the top of it in 25 knot winds plus - Cape of Good Hope here we come...
One wonders where time goes, between work in the 'office' and constant boat work, the days just disappear. I am overworked but happy. So much so that my SARA (South Atlantic Residents Association) Union 'Shop-Stewart' lodged a complaint because of my 25: 8 work schedules - instead of the normal 24: 7!!
Via a live TV link in Paris, I was reconnected with Robin Knox Johnson a race commentator who gave good advice. It is one of the many chat shows built around the race - indeed people watching and tracking each boat often know more about whats going on than the unfortunate skippers do so it was interesting to listen to the commentators.
I last sailed with Robin in a successful Round Ireland run on his then catamaran British Airways. The trip hit world headlines because Jenny Guinness joined us to our surprise. It was planned, however because she was kidnapped, we assumed that she would abort.. Then to our surprise, just a few days after being released by her kidnappers she joined us on the record trip.
The cabin of Kilcullen was about the area Jenny had to live in with her captors for some time, until she was found, A born survivor, she made friends with the small time criminals - so that they would not kill or hurt her - then some months later one of the kidnapper's wives, delivered him a daughter, who was promptly named Jennifer!! Only in Ireland.
And on the subject of babies, my 'big' sister Pauline's Nicola delivered recently a baby boy, Jamie. Congrats are in order. Indeed our families keep expanding, and a celebration at how great the Irish are at making babies? Any idea why?
Meanwhile Pauline was complimentary about this almost Daily Voyage LOG. I thank her for this and am pleasantly surprised that someone actually reads this 'guff' from a demented sailor boy. It's 10 minutes short of midnight, time to conclude, trim the sails take nap and then to launch into 29th November.
It is an important day for my daughter Saoirse - her birthday. While meaning 'Freedom' in English, Saoirse was the first Irish boat to circumnavigate the world, with the countries new flag in the 1920s, skippered by Conor O'Brien - a Limerick man no less. Happy birthday Saoirse.
lAT S 31 32.6
lONG W 27 56.1