Firstly, well done 4ES. We hear that you did a
brilliant assembly to the whole school all about my adventures. Give Oaky a hug
Before the start of the ARC all the boats had to have a
safety check. Alice passed hers with flying colours. When the crew
arrived they were all shown where the safety equipment was kept and how to use
it. Everyone had been on a sea safety course beforehand as well.
There were refresher seminars run by World Cruising Club in Las Palmas which we
all went to as well.
After a couple of days of a pounding going west, we got
a longer range weather forecast today from the ARC office that Chris Tibbs had
written. Having seen this report we then tacked and are now heading south
again, hopefully away from the storms that are brewing further north and also to
pick up the trade winds when they eventually start. Yacht Skiathos which
is the next one in our class passed very close behind us after we tacked and we
spoke to them on the vhf.
This morning the wind is much lighter but still on the
nose and the sea is calmer but with a huge swell still. It is a lot more
comfortable and we can start to clear up a bit.
Roger is hand steering as it is his watch, Chris is
washing the salt off the windows, George is making new lures as ours keep
getting lost and Andrew is catching up on a bit of sleep.
In the middle of the night the autohelm decided it had
taken us far enough and stopped working. We are now having to hand
steer. Trying to find out what is wrong with it as it works for a few
minutes then comes up with the message "drivestop". By putting it back to
standby and back to auto it works again for a few minutes.
ALICE and her crew
1277nm on log