Chasing the Albatross

My adventure in search of a bird by David Lawson



0 Tuesday 3rd July

  • by David Lawson
  • 03-07-2018


The fleet begins to split with 1200nm to go

All looking a little dishevelled!!

Well it’s definitely dishevelled Tuesday here. Looking like I need a good shower/hairwash and trim….any order is fine, I’m not fussy…..but it would be nice to be clean and recogniseable again. With my wooly hat on this morning I was told I resembled a convict……nice…..and that was at 6.30am so the day started well!!

Last night I’d like to say we all went out and had a few beers, well lots and lots of beers to be fair whilst we watched the football on tv. However, there was a small amount of water in the way blocking our exit route we decided we ought to stay in and do some sailing instead. Good call!!

So we’re over half way now and we’re moving up the leader board as I write. PSP are back on the prowl, doing what we do best, taking the long route and giving the rest of the fleet a head start….just for a change. Now where have I seen this before??

The banter on the boat is great and spirits are high. The new joiners/re-joiners and two watches have gelled really well and we’re sailing the best we can. We just hope to find some luck lurking in waters ahead!

So today I’m on mother watch. Lunch is egg and mayonnaise wraps. I’m thinking of adding a secret ingredient. Don’t tell anyone but I think orange could prove to be a winner. Heston Blumenthal and snail porridge….nah….move over matey, your time is up.!!! I’m not sure whether to char the orange in a hot pan before adding to the wraps…..ooooh, choices, choices, now where did I put Heston’ s number.

So with the boat sailing flat I’m also looking to make some birthday cake today (no orange required) as we’ve had a few birthdays already and one to come before this race ends. The cakes are in, the quantities are guessed and my fingers are firmly crossed.

After the glorious sun of the past few days we have a bit of fog surrounding us today. Down below is still hot but beareable.

We’ve finally changed tack for the first time so the high side is now the low side. With a spinnaker up the boat is still pretty flat. Good job I sent my prayers to the Mother Duty Fairy. Preparing food whilst on the lean is horrendous so this is a real luxury.

So that’s all the news from the Clipper High Sea!!