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The World’s Longest Yacht Race – Heather’s Update 9

Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? The main character keeps on living the same day over and over and over again. I feel like that is my life at the moment. Life on the boat is monotonous, but it is usually bearable when the boat is moving. The past 36 hours (when most of the world was off from work and home for the weekend…maybe you went to see a movie?) we on the good ship DLL were barely moving. Bobbing most of the time. The winds have been “light and variable”…which means that we don’t go fast and we don’t go far. And that is just hard on a crew that wants to race and wants to win.
We are currently passing San Salvador Island (reportedly the place where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, which is pretty cool to possibly be looking at the same stretch of land he did so many centuries ago). Once we pass it, it should be the last of the Bahama Islands that we have been tracking through. We are hoping that we will get better winds as we continue north and start entering the Bermuda Triangle.
Usually on Sundays we have a crew “deck party” where both watches (which normally only see each other in passing) get together, eat and have fun. This past Sunday, we had an extra-special deck party as another crew member, Janice–from NY, had prepared a game show with questions about New York for us all. Prizes included a beach ball, slinky, and various water-squirting toys. I have to say that it was quite challenging for a crew of Europeans, plus me–a Georgian! I do peaches, not apples. Fun was had by all and I’m hoping that I will not be awoken one day to a water gun in the face!
Well…here’s hoping the wind fills in and we soon speed off to New York. I have an appointment with Lady Liberty.

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