It was a long day with two watches from 0800 to 1230 and then from 2000 to 2400 for Aft Port. The clocks were put back and the extra hour was filled with a quiz which was won by Forward Port. As a result of the quiz we learnt that a policeman's hat is known as a 'custodian'. After breakfast we enjoyed a talk called 'lying for your country' by ex diplomat Robin, which was full of intrigue and spice, but no sex (although he did talk about the time when the a foreign country tried to lure him into a 'honey trap'). After happy hour we enjoyed a lunch of ham, cheese and tuna rolls and then the dolphins turned up again, a pod of females and youngsters who played in the bow wave for an hour or so, to everyone's pleasure. Another reported wildlife sighting was a 'stormy petrel'.
This afternoon, Ali, second mate, gave Aft Port instruction on how to use the sextant. After this and a basic explanation of how the ship's position is worked out, we turned our thoughts to the difficult task of how to preserve eggs when dropped from a great height. This is the inter-watch challenge for this evening. By devious means, it is apparently possible to achieve this. Not only is it important from the point of view of redeeming our watch's status after last night's withering defeat in the quiz, but more importantly we are anxious not to deplete our precious stock of breakfast eggs.
Weather is glorious, unbroken sunshine; Force 3-4, making 4 knots course 230 degrees (as usual).
Aft Port: Paul, Sean, Hilary, Tim, Simon, Rosie, Chris, Steve C, Craig