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Cape2Rio: two weeks at sea for West Australia’s Perie Banou

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West Australian Jon Sanders and his three-man crew are competing in the 3,300 mile Cape Town to Rio Race. 

They have 1,451 miles to go to the finish and are currently placed second (as at Day 15) in IRC Division 2. For all handicap results, go here.

This is their report from their 14th day at sea.

Perie Banou II 15:45H GMT 17th January 2014 Day 14 at sea… (two weeks!)

1,847 nm covered by 12:00H GMT
1,802 nm to Rio de Janeiro
Noon-noon: 117 nm
verage per day: 142 nm
Sails: main / jib / spinnaker
South Atlantic Ocean
Abyssal Plain
Water depth: 3,600 metres
Latitude: 20 deg 24 mins S
Longitude: 012 deg 05 mins W
Course 270 deg true
SOG 5.0 knots
VMG 5.0 knots
Wind: 8 knots from SE (Trade)
Cloud cover: 5/8
Barometer: 1,018
Seas: Following, mild

PBII continues to skirt the South Atlantic High Pressure system and remains in an area of very light Trade winds. Today, however, there have been periods when the wind picked up to 14 knots. Cloud cover has been variable with the mid-level stratus persisting in patches whilst cumulus clouds have prevailed elsewhere. Several towering cumulonimbus convective cells have also developed this afternoon. The second closed on PBII and delivered light and refreshing rain. Temperatures today were and remain very pleasant under cloud cover from direct sunlight. The evening, night and dawn are just perfect…

No wildlife to report. And for those back home I can report that there are no flies and no mosquitos. No flying, or crawling, insects of any description!

PBII has today been at sea for two weeks. The distance made-good in that time is 1,847 nm. Should we sail to our current plan the distance to Rio de Janeiro will be 1,802 nm. By that reckoning we are just over the half way mark.

I have a different criterion for the half way mark. It is Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. This geological and topographical feature marks the absolute mid-point of the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and South America. That is good enough for me. The sea floor is rising from its 5,000 m depth just east of the Walvis Ridge to 3,600 m, today. Not far to go before we are over the MOR. No doubt I will report the event in due course…

PBII better get cracking because today we ran out of ALL our soft drinks. The substantial supply of Coke and Schweppes ginger beer is gone! Also gone is our supply of ginger nut biscuits. And a check revealed just one packet of Oreo cookies are left. Once that is gone, just five minutes from opening the packet, that is it for the biscuit and cookie supply. Our fresh bread supply got damp during the gale and was rank by day four. Our fresh water supply is holding up and should do so for the duration… Phew.

In case you are interested here is what is being read on-board PBII at the moment…

Gareth: “True Spirit” Jessica Watson, 2010

What else?

Lance: “Earthing, the most important health discovery ever”, Clinton Ober et al, 2010

Don’t know when Lance finds the time to read given the “Sudoku” book and a pencil is in his hand EVERY idle moment…

Jon: “In the Wind”, The RPYC Newsletter, the edition with the piece on the Colonial Challenge Cup…

Every single syllable… And this;
“A pirate of exquisite mind, the life of William Dampier”, Diana & Michael Preston, 2004

Robin: “The Finish, the killing of Osama bin Laden”, Mark Bowden, 2012

A terrific read from a journalist who does his research and writes very well…

And,

“The Bear in the Attic”, Patrick F McManus, 2002

McManus is a current American story-telling gem. Right up there with the very best. See also “A fine and pleasant misery”. Very, very funny stories…

A few of Patrick’s stories have been read to an audience on board PBII… Enough said.

All well on PBII.

Until next time…

By Robin Morritt, Perie Banou II


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