'Had a very bad day yesterday. The chief steward went on a 'blinder' and was blind drunk all day...'
'Very hot and sticky. Sleep is very difficult and some of the crew now sleep on deck...'
'Tahiti has just slipped over the horizon and I think this is one of the biggest regrets of my life, for I shall probably never see it again...'
'We are 'speeding' along at 17 miles per hour which seems a ridiculously slow speed to be travelling for a distance of 7000 miles - but I suppose we will get there sooner or later...'
'The crew are a motley bunch - scruffy as anything and usually drunk, but very likeable and helpful...'
'Life has been very hectic for us. We have been in banks and stockbrokers, customs, immigration, tax offices, etc, all week...'
'I wish I could be there right now to offer a comforting word, especially to Mum. You both sounded so heartbroken and dejected...'