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Date: 29 Aug 2010 13:48:00
Title: Day 10

Day 10
 
We continued our course south tracking the 6degree west lat.  Had a day of beautiful weather with light NE winds F3-4 throughout most of the day.  Sea conditions gradually settled and we've now had 24+hrs of calm, flat seas providing delightful conditions, even if the price is to motorsail. As at 13:00 on day 11 we've done 320nm.
 
Trouble with iridium drop outs and the poor ssb and navtex receptions meant that we were largely in the dark about the finisterre low forecast to come in monday and move into the rest of biscay.  This kept us on our southerly heading and destination gijon, not coruna.  In the midst of our efforts to unravel the latest outlook, Fi bravely stepped into the breech fielding a phone call from simon who took her to the weatheronline web site and the peak gusts section while the two worked to unravel whether the charts we'd downloaded the prior day had or had not changed.  If dear old Cheltenham was listening in for poss terrorist plots they may well have imagined chicanery and a new cypher in action.  Well done and thanks Fi.
 
Later that night we managed to get back to mailasail and more importantly as they'd deleted a backlog of bandwidth heavy weather charts (beyond iridium's dismal caapability) we were able to get the latest uk and french forecasts.  Outlook much better (so long as we ignore danielle for time being).  It appears the low is filling and may not hit us with gales allowing us to contemplate vivero instead of gijon as our destination.
 
A port is an important aim in the next 24 hrs as water supplies are low and our water maker has decided to tell us a little late in the day that it's not happy with its fan belt installation.  We've also discovered that any movement to tighten the belt horizontally brings it into contact with our volvo alternator.  Vertical movement is the only short term option and that requires sheaves and tools that we don't have, plus the risk of putting our engine out of commission which is not something we favour right now.
 
Still numerous porpoise/dolphins tracking our course which, along with a sailing vessel we encountered on a reciprocal heading last night, have been pretty much our only points of contact for some 24 hrs. 
 
    
 
 
 

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