On and on

It does seem that the doldrums are going on forever. We are becoming a superstitious lot We’ve had 2 days when we really thought we might be nearly out – just before we had to turn round and go back to meet DLL we thought it, in fact Eric took pictures of the dark squally clouds behind us and said that we might remember them as the last of the doldrums. And the next day too when the wind was light but steady from the south-ish, and the clouds were lining up in little fluffy ranks in a most trade-windy manner,we were very hopeful. But obviously, we were wrong. So now we think that nobody should even hint that we might be nearly at the end of the dreaded ds until we reach Rio – it seems safer not to tempt the cruel wind gods at all.
Uncannily, Eric also said that we needed sewing practice the very evening we damaged the spinnaker – so obviously he has to be very careful what he says from now on, and nobody aboard will ever again be allowed to suggest that we haven’t done enough sewing!
Otherwise the big excitement over the last few days was going back to meet DLL – we found them, and the 2 storks were flying along behind them. I suppose it’s not surprising that the Dutch sponsored boat would have storks as spies, is it?
The water transfer was quite exciting – I will just say that four large gerry cans of water together weigh over 100 kilos, and they are not an easy thing to haul up over the side while you motor along.
I’ve been on mother duty today – not at all easy in the heat we’re experiencing. And now the mothers have the additional duty of doling out the 2 litre water ration to each member of the crew. I’m pretty sure the image of 4 or 5 thirsty crew just off watch, lining up with their bottles held out to be refilled 500ml at a time is not one that will be emphasized in future Clipper PR.
Wildlife has been quite limited (apart from storks)- just a few of those ‘velella’ jellies with the sails on their backs yesterday, and today a rather handsome black seabird who circled around and eventually landed on deck, where he happily rested a while, letting the watch work around him, before making a few test flights and eventually flying away again. We don’t have a bird book on board, so we’ll have to identify him from the photographs once we reach land.

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