LET KING NEPTUNE rule the oceans, as the Kilcullen and all aboard, prepare to cross the Equator.
And as I take delivery of my first granddaughter, I will ask the King to bless her, when we meet on the Line tomorrow.
AND LET the pensioners cast off their sticks and jump for joy in the streets - a new child has arrived to support them and make our world a better place. She is "Féile Roisin." At 12 pounds, good tonnage and less wetted surface area than the dagger-board model.
By that, congratulations to my daughter Roisin and husband Roger for delivering a sister for Arthur. My role has been zero, except of course introducing her to King Neptune.
Roisin had been long overdue - it has not been easy - and I understand mother and child are all well. Here on the ocean, emotions become more concentrated and 'boxed' as we work our way South over the Equator.
Being truthful, let alone a grandparent, I am not sure I am quite ready to be a parent. On return from this adventure, I will perhaps perhaps qualify. We live in hope, and that it will always triumph over reality.
Prematurely I had thought that we were clear of the Doldrums. However on Day 13, we once again found ourself becalmed for a few hours. And then suddenly, from nowhere a blustery small storm erupted from the North.
There was no warning, it lashed and dumped enough rain to fill Lough Corrib and we had 27 knot gusts. Then it was gone, as quickly as it came, and the 10 knot south easterly returned. There was no trace whatsoever of the storm on the weather map from my satellite, regardless we handled it well as I become more at one with the boat, an animal that needs minding and her constant demands.
Now on Day 14, quietly beating upwind working south - getting warmer and warmer - I am still suffering from staying too far to the East - but am now slowly getting back on track with the main fleet and, at least holding our own.
All going well, Day 15 will be Equator Day. Since time began, it seems that seafarers have been celebrating in whacky and wonderful ways, King Neptune. as they cross the equator. Hopefully from the man himself, we will learn more of this tomorrow.