Day 560 – 4th December 1987

Noon Summary Log

Day: 560
Date: 4th December 1987
Latitude: 40° 55′ S
Longitude: 42° 42.2′ W
Water Temperature: 14.9°C
Wind @ Noon: 10 E
Max Wind /24 hours: 15 NNW
Min Wind /24 hours: CALM
Cloud Cover 6/8
Cabin Temperature: 20°C
Outside Temperature: 17.7°C
Barometer: 1019

Source: CUL00045/15

Log

  • Made adjustments to self steering lines, whilst doing so I scrubbed servo rudder & dropped my last scrubbing brush over board. It was so calm I thought I could drop the mainsail & swim after it. – but no – the water is a bit cold. So I steered the yacht around. I found & recaptured the scrubbing brush. I returned my attention to the self steerer & there 4 ft down 10 ft stern was a 5ft shark. – it never showed on the surface.

Source: CUL00058/1

Day 557 – 1st December 1987

Noon Summary Log

Day: 557
Date: 1st December 1987
Latitude: 44° 49′ S
Longitude: 46° 40.6′ W
Water Temperature: 12.9°C
Wind @ Noon: 25 W
Max Wind /24 hours: 30 WSW
Min Wind /24 hours: 19 N
Cloud Cover 8/8
Cabin Temperature: 17.2°C
Outside Temperature: 14.7°C
Barometer: 1006

Source: CUL00045/15

Log

  • Just gave myself a skinhead hair cut. – Ready for home, should be ok length then.

Source: CUL00058/1

Day 556 – 30th November 1987

Noon Summary Log

Day: 556
Date: 30th November 1987
Latitude: 46° 14.1′ S
Longitude: 48° 52′ W
Water Temperature: 11.3°C
Wind @ Noon: 30 NNE
Max Wind /24 hours: 30 NNE
Min Wind /24 hours: CALM
Cloud Cover 8/8
Cabin Temperature: 16°C
Outside Temperature: 13.8°C
Barometer: 996

Source: CUL00045/15

Log

  • Dribble & Dribble. I am catching rain water. I am way off course whilst so doing.
  • Now on course, rain bucket in, hope wind remains at present strength & does not increase.

Source: CUL00058/1

Day 553 – 27th November 1987

Noon Summary Log

Day: 553
Date: 27th November 1987
Latitude: 50° 12.2′ S
Longitude: 54° 15.6′ W
Water Temperature: 7.2°C
Wind @ Noon: CALM
Max Wind /24 hours: 30-40 N
Min Wind /24 hours: CALM
Cloud Cover 5/8
Cabin Temperature: 15.5°C
Outside Temperature: 8.3°C
Barometer: 1002

Source: CUL00045/15

Log

  • I suspect I have 3 weeks supply of water all told left. But 4 weeks away from reliable rain – hope for rain between times.

Source: CUL00058/1

Day 551 – 25th November 1987

Noon Summary Log

Day: 551
Date: 25th November 1987
Latitude: 52° 24.8′ S
Longitude: 58° 26′ W
Water Temperature: 7.7°C
Wind @ Noon: 28-30 W
Max Wind /24 hours: 40-45 NW
Min Wind /24 hours: 25 W
Cloud Cover 0/8
Cabin Temperature: 14°C
Outside Temperature: 11.5°C
Barometer: 1004

Source: CUL00045/15

Log

  • Most exciting yacht is being buzzed by RAF. Sea King helicopter over yacht – sea rescue. They said that they had received emergency call from London. I suspect those in Perth asked for a check up on me in the interest of safety. Anyway they picked up 3 letters. Said that they would log that nothing came onto the yacht.
  • "Falklands Right" fisheries inspector vessel called & asked for my position, it seems they are going to intercept.

Source: CUL00058/1