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Roly Poly



Yesterday afternoon was quite grey and wet, not rain but some drizzle although it brightened up at the end. We got a little charge into the batteries from the solar panels and it turned out to be ample for the night.


The sun is out this morning and batteries charging well already so I’ve put the fridge on again, it’s only really got cheese, chorizo, pate, milk, butter and salami in it but it might as well be on as off when I’ve plenty of power.


The swell has been up a little for the last 24 hours or so and our rolling is horrible. We roll very quickly, sometimes fairly far over and she seems to give a little flick at the end to make it as uncomfortable as possible. It is because there is no mast or sail ~ we have, oddly, too much stability which makes us roll more quickly. It makes cooking particularly difficult.


I had a spicy Butternut dish last night, sort of a recipe from Katharine but with many ingredients swapped about, in basis it was supposed to have roasted butternut and sweet potato covered with a sauce of various spices, almonds, coconut milk, onions and ginger. I had the ginger but the almonds became peanuts, the coconut milk became evaporated milk and tomato puree the spices specified were substituted with curry powder and cardamoms (which I did bring), however it was still quite tasty and I was good and left some for tonight rather than making a greedy guts of myself and scoffing the lot which is what normally happens.


The keyboard wasn’t working this morning, I don’t quite know what it was that cheered it up, I’d changed the batteries a couple of times, turned the ipad off and on, re synced it and re connected it a couple of times whilst it was still sulking, then it started to work again. Hopefully it’ll carry on working until I get home. In fact, thinking about it, it’d be nice to keep working after I get home because my laptop at home has started sulking too and isn’t sending e mails, just coming up with stupid messages and questions which I don’t understand. It’s a few years old so probably has a bug in it to become more and more irritating in the hope that I’ll buy a new one.


Distance run yesterday was 82 miles with 73 miles made good towards home, not sure why there was such a difference although when I woke up yesterday morning we were headed ESE instead of ENE so that might have had something to do with it! Currently we’ve 500 miles or slightly less to go to my next waypoint at Tory Island off NW Ireland and it’s 104 miles from there to Campbeltown so home is starting to feel closer.


No new wildlife to report I’m afraid and the Fulmars, although still around, aren’t nearly as numerous as they had been on the way out.

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nancymosborne
06 jun. 2021

You are over halfway back!! Go you!! I wish I could find a yacht and come and escort you home, can I pinch your new one? You need her sailed up!!! We are elbow deep in police. Madness is happening. Bidon's "hulk" has arrived plus most of America's security force. It's only Cornwall for heaven's sake. Everyone is really fed up with it. This time next week we can breath again, and you should be very close! Let's hope. It must be like living in a washing machine, the mast makes all the difference can't imagine what it's like. Love your attitude!! So you! Thinking of you all the time Jock, loads of love NanLuTeRi XXXXXX

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
08 jun. 2021
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Thanks Nancy, yes do, but don’t tell anyone I said so, it’ll be our secret.

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julie.coldwell
06 jun. 2021

Hi Jock,


My heart jumped a little, when I saw the title Roly Poly, momentarily thinking that Freya really had done a proper ‘rolly poly!!’ Thankfully not. It does sound a little uncomfortable though and a huge challenge to cook a nice meal. Impressive effort.


To experience the Pilot Whales cruising around Freya must have been amazing. There is something so mysterious and enchanting about whales. Nice photo.

How lucky to see the bio-luminescence it’s very magical...I hope your wish is granted, and you will see lots of dolphins at the same time as the sea is glowing.


Nice to hear that the nautical miles to Campbell Town are fast dwindling by.

I’m almost home now...just enjoying cycling through …


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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
08 jun. 2021
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Thanks Juli (e?) hope home is welcoming.

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