My friends and crew, Laith and Bernard, and I seem to have settled into our
routine quite easily. It's only really been disturbed by Laith's bout of
sea sickness a couple of nights back, but that was no great drama as Bernard
and I split the missed watches.
The main routine is dictated by our night watch system- three three hour
blocks from 9pm to 6am. I've got the middle one tonight- my least
favourite, as it splits the sleep up too much. I think it must be much
easier with three on board, compared to two. We maintain watches during the
day but are more casual about the timing so long as one of us is on watch
and we all do roughly the same time.
We are now making good progress. We spend the daylight hours trying to
understand the weather, planning and eating meals and solving the world's
ills. I'm not sure that we will have them all covered in just two weeks,
but we'll see what we can do.
We are still going on fresh food. We will run out of fresh fruit and veges
soon and will have to rely on limes stuffed in the necks of Corona bottles
to ward off scurvy. We have also caught a couple of tuna, who seem content
to supplement our protein intake.
We have done laundry yesterday (Bernard and I) and today (Laith). The
fabric softener in sea water trick seems to work well, requiring a small-ish
amount of fresh water for the final rinse. The starboard side (with easy,
kayak-free access) looks like a chinese laundry now.
As I write this, we have about 15 knots of breeze from the North. It's
completely contrary to every weather forecast we have. The forecasts say
1-5 knots, so I shan't complain.