No longer the Wet Watch
Having been on Mother watch the last 4 hours, we have left all that sailing thing to the other crews, and we have all now experienced full on weather and got a drenching. Our mother was done under the best circumstances. It was pretty calm during the day, just right for preparing dinner, and whilst we were snug in bed it all picked up. 25 knots and sea state 5. By the time we came to finish our mother watch, thing had calmed down and left us with some superb sailing.
Peter made full use of the early fine conditions to make his specialty, warm buttered scones. They came out superbly and were much complimented. (Last time I tried scones at home, following the recipe exactly, they came out as biscuits. Funny how just throwing the ingredients together on a boat and with an oven that sets its own temperature, the scones come out perfect. Peter).
Peter promises to get a shave before going home to his wife
For Terry, some more boat stats as at 19:30am 08 Aug 08 (GMT).
Pressure: 1014 steady
Course Planned: 310deg
Compass Course: 300deg
Wind direction: NNE
True Wind Speed: 7 knots
Distance run in last hour: 5 knots
Sea Temp 9.8
After a couple of days of easy sailing the winds picked up again forcing us to get used again to the wild movements of the boat. This gave the crew the chance to make up some ground with boat speed averaging around 9 knots and 40 miles being clocked up on one watch. While this was happening we on mother were either trying to sleep while constantly feeling like we were about to fall out of our beds and wondering if the noise being created above was caused by fear or excitement. After a difficult breakfast and shower we returned to sailing duties by which time the winds had settled again, and the problem we now face is getting as much speed and good direction from unfavourable and light winds.
We are only 75 miles off the coast of
Blue Watch – Anne, Peter, Neil, Allan