Jeremy is enjoying celestial navigation, staying determined, and looking forward to getting to the southern ocean as soon as possible.
We have another chance to listen to James and Jeremy have a chat. They cover topics like old friends around a cup of coffee – from weather forecasts to how” slow sailing” influences your mind and motivation not to mention planning meals and making sure they last for the duration of the race.
“Getting angry and depressed does not help. I just need to get there and get them (the barnacles) off the boat.”
Jeremy is still in a dead spot with little wind, but is determined, focused, and has a plan for what is next when he gets to Cape Town. For now he has not been able to replenish the lost 100 liters of water. He is in no wind with 4 meters of swell.
They also talk about celestial navigation. “You start really getting a feeling for the way things work. I really enjoy that side.”
“I pick up the nautical almanac or the sight reduction tables. I cannot imagine how people worked all that out and into something that is so incredibly accurate.”
James: “And you’re not having a problem finding the planets.”
Jeremy: “It is quite simple. There are only four of them you can use. They come up with a strict sort of order and you know, more or less when to expect them.”
As the chat continues, we get an update on the sea state: “The sea has calmed down now, but still no wind. I could light a candle and leave it on the coachroof.”
He had a small taste of strong winds a few days back and is excited to get Olleanna in the Southern Ocean once he has cleaned off the barnacles. “She was made for this”, he said.
We are expecting Jeremy to arrive in Cape Town sometime next week. It is really hard to predict. We hope he picks up some fair winds soon.
– Nichelle Swanepoel