Day 43 November 30th St Andrews Day
Ten miles out of Recife under fore and aft sails, motor sailing in wonderfully sunny calm seas. The wind blows steadily at 15 knots from the south east, allowing us to speed along at 7 knots. The current pulls us inexorably south, and the plan remains to arrive in Rio on the 9th of December. We are making for at least 20 miles from shore to enable clean sea intake water for desalination, being a bit short of fresh water. Water water everywhere, but at least the bar’s been restocked. In a break from the norm, different members of the watch have recounted their experiences of Recife, as detailed below. After all, this could be the last report from Forward Starboard, the multiple quizzes (and other competition) winning watch!
Betty and Henry: "Betty was overheard lamenting the end of this voyage in a few short days…..the whole experience has been a joy…and yes, hard work". Henry is chuffed to have crossed and into seas that his families’ vessels frequented for several generations in the 1700’s and 1800’s bringing salt cod and lumber to exchange for rum, sugar and molasses.
H: The big bluff thrusting city of Recife has a little sister, or more truly a beautiful, petite grandmother, just to the north. Protected now as a world heritage site the little city of Olinda, one time capital of the region, is preserved as a gem of the past colonial era. On our day off yesterday most of the crew spent some or all of the day amongst its terracotta roofed houses, convents, seminaries, and exploring its multiple churches. The colour contrast between the red roofs and the mature parkland trees was quite striking in the sunshine. A little time WAS spent in the bars and cafes as well !!!
Forward Starboard: Ruth, Will,H,Sam,Chris,James, Betty and Henry
PS:Czesc Mamusiu, jeszcze tylko 1100 mil I Rio! Ucaluj Tatusia I potworki ;)