Friday, 24 June 2016

Falmouth Inbound - Day 6

Hi everyone,
We are currently in position 46 32N 018 52W, procedlng at 5.5 knots on a course of 080M.  The wind is calm with a flat sea and long 1m swell.  We are motoring.  Overcast with occasional drizzle.  Our day's run was 122nm, our DMG was 120nm and we have 600nm to go.

Motoring over a glassed-out sea

We had a great sail yesterday afternoon with NNW winds of 14-18 knots.  The wind lasted until well into the night.  By midnight it was easing and at 0400 we were struggling to maintain 2 knots of boat speed and the sails were slatting in the swell.  Since then we've been motoring.  Right now the ocean is "glassed out" - no wind at all.

Yesterday afternoon we had occasional patches of sunshine which was very nice.  By nightfall they had ceased and we were under 8/8ths low cloud which still persists.  One nice feature of last night was the bioluminescence triggered by our passage.  We left a bright green trail which extended for about a boat length behind us.  Spectacular.

During her 1800-0000 watch last night Nicki was baking bread.  Halfway through the baking the gas cylinder ran out.  I changed to the spare cylinder and baking resumed after a ten minute pause.  Changing involves physically swapping the two cylinders between the brackets on each side of the pushpit.  We now feel the very expensive refill in Bermuda was actually good value!  The prospect of cold tucker for the next week isn't attractive.  The bread rolls are.

So much for our hope that the light airs were behind us.  It looks like we'll be stuck with them for another day.  That's cruising!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,
    I know you've been at sea for a year but you may as well turn back now after Friday's referendum result!
    Looks like we'll miss you by one day :-( Hope to see you on our next trip over. Cheers.