Monday, 27 June 2016

Falmouth Inbound - Day 9

Hi everyone,
We are currently in position 48 37N 010 32W, procedlng at 4.5 knots on a course of 080M. The wind is NW at 2-4 knots with a calm sea and long 1m swell. We are motoring. Broken mid-level cloud. Our day's run was 131nm, our DMG was 115nm and we have 241nm to go.

Yesterday afternoon the wind held in at 14-16 knots from the NW. In the evening the wind piped up to 22-25 and then overnight it gradually eased until 1030 this morning when it died. For most of the night it was overcast with occasional mist and frequent drizzle.

We saw our first gannet yesterday. It did circuits around us for quite a while before heading off to do what gannets do. We also saw another new type of bird - about 0.5m wingspan, mostly white with darker markings on the top of its wings. We're getting close to the continental shelf so we expect different birds to appear.

Tonight we expect a cold front to approach and pass us tomorrow. This will be the first proper front of the passage. It doesn't seem right not to encounter one! The front is likely to have winds up to 30 knots and will blow us home to Falmouth. We'll be taking it slowly and conservatively to avoid arriving before dawn on Wednesday.

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