Well the weather has continued minus the squalls. I woke up at 5am this morning to below 5 knots of wind and some very unhappy sails. When I went to sleep, it was 22 knots of wind and the boat was humming along. Oh well, this is very typical of a high-pressure system. The winds filled in around 9am and throughout the day have been mostly from the South jumping occasionally between SW and SE and varying in strength. I am currently sailing in 13 knots from the SW giving me a very happy 7 knots of speed.
I haven’t been to fussed with the wind today even though it has been consistently shifting because I have now officially been at sea for 4 weeks.... This is the longest non-stop sea going voyage that I have made either solo or crewed so I wanted to utilise the light weather to celebrate with some pampering. So, with the sun shining and the gentle swell I decided to have a shower outside on the back deck. It was quite nippy while I was wet but very pleasant just to sit and enjoy the sun for a little while, a way to rejuvenate the spirit. It was also a good opportunity to dry some washing.
Once I was clean I thought I would also go the extra mile with my lunch and made some scones. The scones come with all the ingredients mixed and I just added water and make them in the fry pan on a low heat. The ones that I chose to make today were flavoured with orange and walnuts. I have some jam and Nutella on-board but these were just perfect with some butter. An extra nice treat. I enjoyed these with my protein shake and read some of my book. A good celebration Lisa style at sea.
I also noticed this evening that the batteries were starting to get a bit low again so I turned on the genset to charge them up only to realise that the generator isn't putting out any power.... I wasn’t too worried as I can just use the main engine on the boat as another charging source but this was also not putting out any power. It is probably a fuse so I will need to go crawling in to the back of the boat tomorrow and replace it. In the meantime, I still have 2 days’ worth of power remaining in my spare system.
In the nights I often talk about how much sleep I got. Whether it was a well-rested sleep or not. What I mean by that is that if I have a well-rested night’s sleep it means that over all throughout the whole night I have managed to get at least 6 hours of sleep in broken sections.
I may have been in bed for 10 hours but I am still waking up every hour or so and checking on everything. In between those wake ups I have managed to get a deep…ish sleep and have woken feeling refreshed. Now on the other end of the scale if I say I have had a night of minimum sleep it usually means that i have managed to secure about 2-3 hours of sleep across a whole lot of naps...
I just thought I would explain that, in case there were people out there who thought I was putting on my Jarmies, jumping into bed, have a good long sleep, rising in the morning to breakfast and strong coffee…….just like a normal person.