We need your help!
We are starting to do it tough here at the moment. Still no rain, 436 sandfly bites on my left leg below the knee - yes I counted them and I have two legs and the rest of my body so estimate that I have around 1200 bites. Really hot today so very uncomfortable in the dodger and only drifting along at 1-3 kts most of the day. So really chasing Bligh again and the biggest thing on my mind today is our JustGiving site raising money for SIF! I hear we have some donations coming in but how would you like to live part of this voyage and help SIF at the same time?
We get two small biscuits for breakfast, 50 grams nuts and 50grams dried fruit for lunch, two small biscuits and 85grams of tinned corned beef for dinner. If you want to help us and SIF we are going to make this Sunday 16th May TALISKER BOUNTY BOAT "Challenge" day. We want you to only eat the same as us on that day and only drink one litre of water for the whole day and if you really want to be keen you could try going without toilet paper too!! Then we want you to work out how much money you saved on food that day and donate that amount of money to SIF on our JustGiving site. You can all make silly comments with the donation. I will read every one when I get back and be very grateful for your help. Why not ask all your friends over for the day. Feed them Bounty rations, remove the toilet paper and have some fun then get onto the JustGiving site...PLEASE?
We may do this again one more time during the expedition so I really hope this works. You may only end up donating five pounds but that would be great!! And it will make us feel good about going without on the boat here. Tell all your friends to tell all there friends...I dare you...THANKS!!..More later but have some fun with this and think of all the people you will be helping.
Last night we drifted around in the dark..all slow and today it got so hot I decided it was time for a swim. The best thing I have done in ages. It was really cool. Took some interesting shots and did not want to get out. The others followed. We are really chasing Bligh now so hope we catch him. No sign of rain which is a worry. We are down to 60 litres of water now and I really hesitate giving out less than a litre. You have no idea how much I dream of drinks each hour. I only eat one of my biscuits in the morning and evening. Still can't face them. We have dried some of the mackerel which looks good so get that tonight.
Big drama for the day is a problem with our solar panels. Can't work it out but only getting about 20% charging so will pull the system apart again tomorrow. Power is very important for all our comms so fingers crossed.
How exciting to think of Jessica Watson getting home on Sunday!! She is an amazing little lady. Wish I was there in a way but it is pretty cool out here too. Just that it is taking so long to get moving again. I think we were just very spoilt with our high speeds to Fiji.
As I write the sun is setting with little fluffy clouds about, the wind 10kts from the NE and there is a long 2-3mtr ground swell with a calm sea rolling in from the south and the north so when you are on the top the wind picks up but no wind in the troughs. The wind is dying slowly as it always does at dusk and dawn but there are no rain clouds around at all!!..BUMMER!
Last night we passed a small boat. We have been dreaming of meeting another all day and maybe he can pass us over a few cans of soft drink. Bligh would be OK with that!!
PLEASE HELP US! Thanks so much...all the best from a happy but thirsty ship...Don