Well Spirits been flying through the waves at a consistent 5-6 knots, in steady 15-20 knot south westerly winds. At this rate I should make Hobart on the weekend at some time.
I've been really enjoying the blog comments, so comforting to know how many others out there enjoy discussing things with themselves. Out loud. Strangely comforting. My latest challenge now is coping with the cold. I needed to get the second washboard in place to try to keep whatever warmth there was inside the cabin. This turned into a mammoth task in trying to line up the washboard with the track while the boat was rocking all over the place. It involved me tying myself into the lifting chair so I didn't go flying, and getting into positions that I didn't think was possible. Amazing what you do when you have to. Task was achieved successfully. The cold does have the potential to take me out - my damaged self does not do a great job of self-regulating body temperature. I do need to minimise the time spent outside, and I have found that my semi-functional right hand (the left one isn't worth bothering with) gives me about 4 minutes of work before the cold shuts it down. I am able to warm up back in the cabin and I have increased my eating - its like stoking me with fuel and helps my body to generate its own heat. I have been able to get plenty of rest - the only thing that sets my radar guard zone off out here is rain squalls, and there haven't been any of those for a couple of days. I'm realising how much fatigue can take you out mentally, and how important it is therefore to get some sleep.
I'd also like to acknowledge and send a big thankyou to those people who have very kindly sent donations through my website. This is an expensive project and I am beholden to the companies and individuals who have contributed to make it possible. The expenses continue as I sail around the country so all contributions are very much appreciated. Also, the army of friends and community members who have volunteered their time to help with all the preparations and work around the boat. I would never have been able to set sail without their efforts and support.