Jimmy Sails World
as promised, instalment two of todays emails although you will have been snoozing in-between me sending them!

well today has been one of firsts for me, interesting eh! Well as you know we are now motoring but if we have wind that will make us faster than the donkey (our affectionate name for our engine!) we will sail. Today we had no wind though and so our donkey needed a rest (after 20 odd ours of work I would too!) so we had to stop. This gave us an opportunity to cool off with a swim!!

so with safety ropes dragging behind the boat and the main sail down (we have that up even when the donkey is on for a bit of extra drive and stability) it was time to get wet (some had to stay on board for safety reasons but the rest of us were free to frolic in the Pacific Ocean!  of course this is no swimming pool, and so before we went in the inevitable question was asked of me.... are there sharks here?  My answer was a quick ... YES! but it is very unlikely that we will encounter any. Some nervous looks then Kiwi Phil just threw himself in, followed quickly by myself! its not every day you get to swim in a pool over 4000m deep 150nm off the coast of Guatemala! it was amazing, so warm, the top meter was quite green with algae, but as you dived in off the boat you cleared this into crystal clear blue ocean! epic!! It will make the local pool seem a bit dull I think!

My next first was a little more mundane but just as good for relieving a bit of heat. You may not like this too much but it was my one and only chance for a Pacific hair cut!! it is a little shorter than normal but it will be all grown back by NY! the breeze on my head is amazing and not having a sweaty wet head is a treat too! I have to thank LLoydie for the clippers and Jane for switching roles from Nurse to Barber! it took a while as the clippers did not want to cut my fine wet hair (apparently it is made of titanium my hair) but eventually I am Shaun the sheep!! It will grow back but dont be shocked if you see any blog photos with a strange
beardless short haired man who looks like someone you may know (yes the beard had to go too, shows how hot it is when my ginger chin gets removed!)

" its not every day you get to swim in a pool over 4000m deep 150nm off the coast of Guatemala!" thank heavens for that. It's my nightmare. Think you're all mad for doing it. Then again you're all mad to sail round the world in a tiny boat too. So go figure. I'd rather shave my hair off oh hang on you did that too. Lol. Don't get your head sunburnt. Looking forward to seeing ya in NY. Xxx


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    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.

    So watch this space!!!


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