Jimmy Sails World
Things here are very much the same although this evening we have a little bit of wind, can we make it count... only time will tell but we never quit so we can but see! the day has been frustrating for those on deck trying to sail what with no wind but we have had some sights...

Turtles again but this time we are calling them turtle buses as on two separate occasions turtles have had sea birds hitching a ride on their backs, poor devils! very cute though, not sure if anyone managed any photos though.

We saw pilot whales from a distance and a group of seals :porpoising out of the water. they do this to avoid predators... sharks! no swimming for the Q crew! apparently some boats have had people taking a dip! not sure if true or not. a lot of rubbish gets spoken on the radios by skippers trying to psyche out other skippers.... Skipper FM, its a funny thing. The wildlife has been very cool this leg. But the best thing was last night a large "Sea Monster" as we called it swam under our stern after circling the boat. the sea was so flat that the phosphorescent plankton did not glow unless something disturbed it, so as the leviathan swam we could see its luminous shape in the water! Very very cool... I bet Jo is almost crying with fear at he thought!!! it was either a big shark (tiger/ G. White) or a Pilot whale. I think (sadly) pilot whale as some were seen around the boat later that night, but I like to think that our Leviathan was something cooler!!

As I continue this email, it is now morning after my motherwatch and I am reasonably rested. My lasagna and bread went down well yesterday so the food supply on board is doing us well, San Fran gave us a good opportunity to get real tinned meats mmmmmm tasty, well done O.B.!

It is good that our emails are getting through, it appears that the race viewer is not doing too well, I will try and keep you posted! currently we are 6th! let me know if you are not getting info and I will try and fill the gaps.
Not much happening here i'm afraid, not much wind, the temperature is rising and we are all making slow progress, however the wildlife is quite good. I have seen two turtles, one a green turtle the other I will have to try and ID later. Dolphins are regular visitors. It is cool at night when the only way you know they are there are the sounds of their blow holes alongside the boat, its cool! Flying fish are back and so are whales! I have seen some grey whales and the other watch saw a humpback breach out of the water, very jealous! But my crowning glory was seeing a sharks fin on day one of the race, a small one but it counts! so thats the wildlife update for now. I will keep you updated as things develop!
Well since we last spoke its been busy!! Culminating in the last hour in us crossing the scoring gate (as far as we are aware) in 3rd!! Another point but more importantly we are in a good position in the race overall, even ahead of those evil aussies!!  But before all that i left you mid mother watch... Well I never did get to watch a film, I was just in the shower after washing up dinner and the 'on' watch needed to drop a kite. Now it is generally the rule that mothers help in the drop by gathering in the kite below deck and helping wooling (re wrapping and packing the kite for next use). So i dutifully hurried my shower and got dressed. (clean dry shorts, pants and t shirt. The drop went well but the hoist was not simple but very problematic error! so all of a sudden i found myself on deck and sorting things in a hurry. Well to cut as long story short 3 hoists and drops of kites later (nearly 3 hours) we were back sailing normally and I could resume mother life. However I was wet and sweaty again!! PANTS!! and it was too late for a film, in fact I ended up getting less sleep than If I had been on watch! ah well, on the upside, earlier in the day I had managed to read over 100 pages of my book! beating my total for the race previous to that by over 97 pages!! ha ha!!

Anyway we also today had a bit of a rip in one of our kites so that had to be dropped and repaired so all in all busy times! everything else is sunny hot and fun so I can't complain!!

The newbies are all doing well to and are all really nice, I have NZ Phil, Holly from China and Lucy on my watch with James, OB, Lynn and me! I will tell you more about them all later tho! it's time for my bed! After eating OB's amazing Lasagna!! We eat too well to ever win on this boat, but we are fat and happy!!!!

Its mother watch for me today and its quite flat on the boat so I am trying to read my book and I may try watching a film later (crew laptop, dont know what yet) who knows this new watch system means we should finish serving dinner about 1830 so plenty of time for a shower and movie before bed. Although I am not a lazy mother so I am back on watch at 6 am (up at 0515) so I cant stay up too late! 
Life on board could not be any different to the Pacific crossing. Dry, flat and sunny (ears burnt again!) flying the kites (Spinnakers) and chatting on deck have replaced sailing with normal "white" sails and huddling in silence on deck praying for watch to end! its a pleasant change! sleep is also good, our new watch system means that people are actually waking up when they are ready before watch having had enough sleep (on the 6 hours off anyway) its nice! We are currently sailing of the Baha
peninsular having passed the Island of Guadaloupe last night, we still have some wind but are not sure how long it will last! a few more days at least we hope but then it looks like light winds if any for a while ah well, make hay while the sun shines as they say!

I have even started reading the book I borrowed and have nearly done a chapter, a first for me on the race to get further than three pages!!
Not much to tell so far, we have had our spinnaker up now almost since race start and are making reasonable speeds and are in a good position (even if we are showing as mid fleet) the boats are all close but now mainly out of sight, as is land!
The new watch pattern seems ok to start with, had 5 hours sleep!!! And the new sleeping bag is a treat after the wet mouldy gauss but it's not as roomy! All I can say is Bill .... you saved my sanity with sleep cheers mate!!! I owe you many beers! A dry boat is also a treat, lets hope we can keep it that way!!
Today at 10pm (GMT), Qingdao Left San Francisco for Leg 7 to New York. This Leg is divided into two Races. For race 10 The fleet will travel 3,329 miles to Panama, here they will travel through the Panama canal where Race 11 will begin, 2,100 miles to New York. GO, GO, GO QINGDAO!
Today at 09:48 GMT, Qingdao crossed the finish line at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco in 6th position, after an arduous 29 days at sea. Well done guys!


    Its like Jim Kirk but without the star dates and I'm not the captain!

     Well here is where you can get to find out a little more about how I'm getting on in my quest for adventure.

    I aim to keep you posted on my training (both how I cope with learning to sail and how I am getting into shape for the race), How I am doing with regards to funding and how much money I have raised for good causes.

    I intend on this to be a journal of everything connected to this epic adventure, so at times it may be funny, sometimes full of grumbles and sometimes down right crazy! but I hope at all times it will reflect my experiences and feelings at the time.

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