Day 15 on-board the good ship Derry~Londonderry~Doire and temperatures are soaring into the high 30s.
It seems our wishes for a speedy passage through the Doldrums are yet to be granted, with the wind dropping to nigh on non-existent, we're doing everything in our power to keep our trusty vessel moving forward. With the crew working in rotation to drive her in the right direction, it's not long before the concentration is zapped, both from the heat and frustration of no breeze.
It seems our good ship is flagging in the heat and no amount of encouragement from her faithful crew can rouse her from her current slumber.
Despite the heat and lack of sleep, spirits are still flying high amongst the troops, to those reading this, we're pretty sure you won't understand how seeing a bird fly nearby brings an enormous amount of excitement and freshens up the flagging conversation. Believe us, it does! We're pretty certain though that the bird understands English as it took flight as soon as the conversation turned to lunch.
It's been a day of reflection, time to sit back and try to comprehend the enormity of what we're doing. In just 15 days we've raced over 2,500 miles, now we're sat bobbing around mid Atlantic in our 70-foot bubble having no idea what is happening in the outside world. It's a strange but nice feeling, almost protected from what troubles and conflict are going on elsewhere, to us our lives have assumed a routine - we race, we sleep, we eat and of course we laugh (ALOT). We are all finding ways of increasing the sleeping portion of that routine. One of this evenings bloggers (Michelle) now both sleeps AND sails in her pyjamas just to cut back on changing time.(This isn't as bad as it sounds - honest Mum). The 70-foot bubble that some of you will have visited in London now seems quite large, in this heat we're all hunting out that cool spot, somewhere to grab a nanna nap and recharge the somewhat zapped batteries, imagine 20 crew trying to squeeze under a small sun screen, this is no time to get precious over personal space.
So with breaking news lacking on board Derry~Londonderry~Doire today, your bloggers (Susie – Medic and Michelle) are fast running out of info to share with you, with 2 more watches to complete before the night is done we will leave you with a fond farewell and secret wish that wherever you are you take a look outside and see the stars we will be looking at tonight and send us some love and some cuddles (plus a wish that some wind blows us in the right direction pronto) (and a beer).
Susie Redhouse and Michelle Porter