There is a tradition amongst sailors that those who have not sailed across the Equator are called Polywogs and those who have are called Shellbacks. Ian and I were both Polywogs when we left but all was about to change. At precisely 11.06am on 25th October 2016 we sailed (slowly) over the Equator and can now proudly call ourselves Shellbacks.
We gave Neptune a bit of Rum and Ian polished off the rest. We then had a swim on the equator and headed off into the Northern Hemisphere.
We sailors are a superstitious lot – not only do we always give Neptune a drink but there is always an Equator Party somewhere. Claire & Errol (Restless M) held the party on their boat as it was also Errol’s birthday. He managed to have three birthday cakes, two from Claire and one from Phillippe (Tereva) It was a great evening full of fun.