Idiots on the way to the Southern Hemisphere
Apparently it's a tradition in the sailing community that when you cross the equator for the first time, you need to be "baptized"… Since i'm not an old sea warrior, i don't really know the exact rules, but a few years ago, when Steve and I crossed it for the first time on our way to Bali, we decided the rule would not apply if we just jumped off a few meters before the line, swim across the equator, and climb onboard once the boat would have drifted to "the other side" :) A few months later i crossed that line again with a few other people onboard but they were all asleep so i paid my dues to Neptune by having a beer :) Hey I'm the captain so i make the rules !!!
Today we crossed to the southern Hemisphere once again, in the rain this time, and since my swiss friend is still an "equator virgin" and wanted to avoid being covered in eggs, flour and whatever sticky thing i would find in the galley, we once again stopped just short of that imaginary line and swam to the southern hemisphere...
people ask me all the time what i do when underway to fight the boredom… It's pretty simple, you just use our imagination and invent crazy things :)
cheers to all from the southern part of the world
0deg 0.0000S 126deg 42.697E