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Sunday 16 Feb 2014 – Nothing much to report; no more breakages, no fish

caught. The crew have fallen into an eating meals, drinking endless cups of

tea and reading routine. Lunch was nice a reheated supermarket Spanish

tortilla and home made coleslaw, worth the effort of chasing veg round the

galley worktops and sitting on the floor to hold the pan under the grill.

However the big news is that it rained! We seem to have entered a band of

squally showers where the wind swings wildly through 30 degrees and gusts or

prolonged bouts of F6-7 occasionally gale 8. Now sailing on just a tiny

scrap of jib. The noon to noon run was a more conservative 158nm reflecting

both the reduced sail during yesterdays repairs and todays even smaller

amount of sail. The skipper has decreed that tonight we'll revert to two on

two off watches of four hours length as it can take one to steer and one to

handle sails at times. George is useless at predicting the wind and waves in

these conditions but at time so are we! At least the boat is getting a much

needed wash down and the dust in the atmosphere is gone.