Atlantic Crossing - Second Soaking
Susie and Adam (both think they are skipper)
Sat 8 Jan 2011 12:18
08:01.11, 14:36.27N 49:27.70W
Adam's first soaking yesterday was the lesser one, about an hour after I wrote my update a second squall came in - it bucketed down, we could only see about 100 metres or so once in the middle of it. I was in the entranceway looking backward behind the boat and could see a wall of rain advancing, told Adam he would get wet in about 20 seconds, Adam says he has never seen rain that hard before, it lasted about 15 minutes and the wind picked up to 30 knots but the sea stayed quite calm maybe due to the amount of rain hitting it. The boat is the cleanest it has been in about 3 weeks. The strategy if one catches us again will be to wear as little as possible, then it is fewer clothes to dry out afterwards. within half an hour of the rain we were back to blue skies again.
Cannot remember if I wrote that a boat we know called Salt crossed our path about a week or so ago about 400 yards away (we are going down wind as much as possible and they are gybing across the wind and back again). Strangely we saw a boat ahead of us this morning that crossed in front of us again about 400 yards off - quick call on the radio confirmed it was Salt again making one of their passes.
Starting to count down the miles now at last - we're 2/3 of the way there.