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Red Sky at Night, Shepherd's Pie Delight


Shepherd’s Pie Atlantis


Well we made a good speed most of yesterday but the wind headed us in the night, I hardened up into it and of course it then freed off again when I was asleep so would have been better of not having bothered in the first place. We’re doing around 7 kts to the SW at the moment, this seems to be the direction needed according to the foreceast. I’ve 2 reefs in the main and the No1 staysail set.

I’ve invested, or rather I had to buy for the official race, an iridium ‘phone package, it is actually very useful. It works off satellites and means both; that I can stay in touch and that I can get weather forecasts. The weather forecasting package I’m using seemed fearfully complicated to me to set up, but then I am a bit of a dunderhead when it comes to computers and things. Anyway twice a day at around 0710 and 1910 GMT I choose a patch of the ocean, the one that I’m in normally, and download a weather forecast for the area. The package has a cunning feature in it where you can tell it what kind of speeds the boat does in different wind strengths and angles and it then works out the best route to take. So far it’s been pretty good I think; I’ve not had any horrible weather and I’m not convinced that AJ Wanderlust have made striking gains by heading way up to the North and they still have to come South again which I believe that they are now doing. They are using the same weather package but you can also choose different routes and settings within it like optimising for speed or comfort etc.


I had a notion for Shepherd’s Pie last night as opposed to just mince and tatties and although it was quite difficult to assemble owing to the boat jerking around so much and the galley being tilted towards me at about 25 degrees I managed and thoroughly enjoyed it, I’ll have the remains tonight and I split half the mince before making the pie which will either become bolognese or curry depending upon how I feel at the weekend.

I spent some time trying to take pictures of birds yesterday but don’t think that any really came out, they are, I think, Fulmars and by far the most numerous bird I’ve seen. There was another Black Backed Gull yesterday too. I’ll try and put the best bird shot on the post but suspect it may look like a snowflake in the distance.


A bird (?!)


Kate; Glad you’re enjoying it. Julie; Thank you, I hope you’re enjoying yourself, are you still cycling? Rob; Thanks.

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Pat Dmpsy
Pat Dmpsy
May 21, 2021

I read your blog on the Tighnabruaich Heritage shop front screen, with the added 3D effect of wind and rain. You have many following you, keep up the excellent blog and look after Freya.

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 24, 2021
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Thanks Patrick, did you manage to find the stove lighting instructions?

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John Burdett
John Burdett
May 21, 2021

Good to see you’re through 20W Jock, that was the change over to New York from Shannon when I was flying the Atlantic.


Rather easier and smoother at cruising altitude in an airliner and I often looked down at the rough sea and icebergs and thought of the hardy souls who conquered that passage alone in a yacht or rowing boat!


Yes, the fulmars look like part of the snowflake generation.

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Graham Smart
Graham Smart
May 24, 2021
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Sorry John, my bad. I had comments listed in an email to send to Jock - then forgot. Jock replies pretty quickly when I remember ...

Graham

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mandycolin
May 21, 2021

Glad to see your culinary skills are coping with the ocean conditions - shepherds pie is so comforting. Always tricky to get decent bird pictures but must be hugely more so at sea - keep trying! Another great post to wake up to - thank you, Jock

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 24, 2021
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Thanks Colin and Mandy, hope you have some fun sailing on Milou.

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philipjpdoherty
May 20, 2021

OK...finally got to grips with this site, having lost a couple of posts back to you due to 'log-in issues'! Great to see the race progress, getting tense! You look to be about mid atlantic so no turning back now...though lost sight of where the end is? Is it Newport? Your 'Where's Jock' link seems to show you with a nice beam reach...I hope all calm and sunning yourself. Looking forward to the next instalment, though it always makes me hungry!

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 24, 2021
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Thanks Phil, We’re closer to the Americas but not over half way distance wise. Yes it’s Newport Rhode Island, the Nyyc there.

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stephen.quaile
May 20, 2021

Delighted you have moved on from yesterday‘s movements and appear to be charging west. How are your solar panels doing? Are you likely to be dodging fog and bergy bits too as you close the coast? It’s still pretty Arctic in Glasgow. Well done and keep going. Qx4

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 24, 2021
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Thanks Quailes, Ice is possible, fog likely but I’m hoping not too much of either. Solar panels doing OK, particularly when it’s sunny, I’m using a lot of energy with keeping the fridge running. On cloudy days I need to run the engine for an hour.

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