Wednesday, 17 28.15 N. 38 45.24 W

David Batten
Wed 4 Dec 2013 20:11
We seem to have survived yesterday's bump without damage, so lucky. Winds continue light and variable but we did manage to sail through the night and are now definitely over the half way mark. It is now abundantly clear why cruising yachts don't set off across the Atlantic until mid December, which is when the Grib files are showing some evidence of proper trade winds. For us, they are still a figment of the imagination as we employ the iron topsail yet again to try and get out of the patch of very light winds that seem to be our lot. The crews' flights home will otherwise be in jeopardy.

There are lots of flying fish and one yacht in sight, which is not showing on the AIS. Must think of a suitable way of celebrating the half way stage.

Sailing at the moment has been a refined form of torture as the wind moves from NE to SE with our course being about due West. Consequently we gybe and gybe again then the wind dies altogether so we motor for a bit then a squall comes and we go through the whole routine again. We have crossed paths with another yacht which is flying a spinnaker and seem to be gybing as well because they appear either to the north and cross our track or to the south coming back to see us again.

Just interrupted this blog to gybe again now sailing west on a lovely reach and we have 1300 miles to go. I am sure that we will have more sail changes over night as this can't last. I am reminded that all sailors are unhappy all of the time, when it is calm it is frustrating, when windy uncomfortable and when just right we are unhappy because we know it won't last. Note in the log by Sally: "I've had more fun learning Caesar's Invasion of Britain for Latin O level than sailing this morning". However, better sailing this afternoon, so fingers crossed.

We are going to open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate passing the half way mark, so No Hands Hans may have a busy night!


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