Noon entry in the Official Log - "Fresh following wind, force 7, heavy following sea and swell, overcast and squally. Vessel labouring and taking water forward, aft and amidships".
At noon the skipper decided to wear, so he took the helm whilst I manned the main sheet and Juan cast off the guy ropes and prepared the back stays. At a propitious moment, when all was ready, the skipper sang out "jibe-ho" and put the helm up.
Round she came, slowly, whilst I hauled away on the main sheet and Juan ran aft with the windward back stay. Graceful as an albatross landing on the sea "Penelope's" boom swung over and she bore away on the port tack. Within a minute we were on our direct course to Slang Kop Lighthouse, distant 175 miles.
Our rig today:
Menu: - Lunch - Lentil stew with bacon and onions
- Dinner - Lentil stew with bacon and onions
The skipper developed a bad headache in the afternoon and, taking advantage of the sun peeping out around 15.25h I took a sight and fixed our position at: -
Lat. 35º 16'S
Long. 15º 13'E
Oliver sick, but on duty as usual.
Fresh water tank empty. ON emergency supply.