The downside is that now the boat is listed, which means you fall over, and rocks about in the swell, which means that just as you’ve fallen over you get catapulted to the other side of the cabin.

Hello.  At the moment we’re in the middle of the Barents Sea. We left Murmansk three or four days ago. I’m not entirely sure how many, you loose track of time after a bit.  We set off from Murmansk in fine weather.  Calm seas, blue sky’s.  The whole lot, this continued for about the next thirty six hours.  After that the wind got up, this was a blessing an a curse.  It meant that we could get the sails up.  We’ve had the engine off for forty eight hours and are going faster with just the sails.  The downside is tat now the boat is listed, which means you fall over,  and rocks about in the swell, which means that just as you’ve fallen over you get catapulted to the other side of the cabin.  I had to miss a watch yesterday because of seasickness although I luckily did not throw up.  I don’t like missing watches for any reason, it just feels lazy.  Since leaving Murmansk I’ve taken over a bit of the technical officer roles.  We’re going to be on the today program on Monday so we needed to send them back bits of audio.  These bits are little audio blog or diary entries and because Dad isn’t onboard it’s fallen to me to record and send them along with all the normal go pro video.  It’s fun, but leaves little time for schoolwork and sleeping.  Yesterday was my Mothers and grandmothers birthday.  So we had a little party type thing in the saloon.  There was cake and presents.  Nikolai gave her a T-shirt from his sailing yacht, I think that was quite special.  We’re heading north-east to the tip of an island called Novaya Zemlya, it’s a long island north of Russia.  Once we reach there we’ll turn more to the east and go out to the ice.  We should get to the ice in the next fifteen days or so, with luck.  We’ve been seeing a lot of dolphins lately.  All the same species, large, grey with white stripes on the side.  They’re more or less constant companions.  For some reason all the dolphins we’ve come across have approached from the west, and then gone off in the east.  No idea why.  I’m tired so I’ll go to bed now.  I’ll write again in a few days, hopefully when we reach the top of Novaya Zemlya, you never know, bye.

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