The bird was in the same place all night when we went up for night watches, and this morning it seemed in no hurry to move on. We decided it was overstaying its welcome for two reasons – first when it took up post between the winch and the wheel and would wave its 15cm beak menacingly when we tried to use either; and secondly when we saw all the bird poo – how can one bird make so much mess??!! Stu once again shooed it away, much to the birds disgust, and after much squarking from both parties it took off. Not one to give up easily it looped around and came back straight away, but after more shooing it took its cue and flew away. I have to say, it was quite nice to have someone else to talk to but I can only handle the stench of one boat-mate!
Still no wind… At least yesterday we had a decent current pushing us along, but today we’re moving really slowly and are being driven insane by the constant creaking as the sails move around trying to find a constant breeze.
We have been watching a lot of dvd’s but have to watch the battery power on the boat because, not being able to get diesel on Fanning Island (or at least not diesel that we knew was clean) we have to watch what we use. It’s nice to take a break from the monotony of this leg of the trip though and watch someone else’s story for a couple of hours each day.
I have tried to limit myself to one book a day, but even with that rule I’m just finishing my last and will be breaking in to Stu’s sailing books by tonight.