Saturday, 25 June 2016

Falmouth Inbound - Day 7

Hi everyone,
We are currently in position 47 09N 016 19W, saillng at 5.5 knots on a course of 070M. The wind is NNW at 10-12 knots with a slight sea and long 1m swell. We are sailing under full main and single-furled yankee. Low-level overcast with drizzle. Our day's run was 124nm, our DMG was 110nm and we have 490nm to go.

No photo today - censored due to 50 shades of grey cloud.

Yesterday afternoon we continued motoring until 1630 when a 5-6 knot N breeze arrived. It gradually filled in to 10-12 overnight. Sadly the breeze died at 0600 and we had to start the motor again. At 1100 this morning a NW breeze arrived and we've been sailing again since.

The evening and early hours of last night were very pleasant. The sky was clear and the stars were bright. The moon rose at about midnight, very red initially. We're gradually learning a few more of the northern hemisphere constellations.

Today our sleeping bags came out of storage. The sea rugs we have been using since Australia are no longer up to the task, even when doubled-up. Our use of water has plummeted and is now dominated by hot drinks.

Our proximity to the UK is demonstrated by BBC Radio 4 being just distinguishable on long-wave (LW) 198kHz. We can't hear it on the AM band yet (774kHz). It will be a milestone to hear our first Shipping Forecast. We'll soon be in the Sole forecast area.

We've been listening to the BBC World Service on shortwave over the last few days. The commentary following the Brexit vote is interesting. A historic vote.

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