Noon-noon run: 166 miles
Our faithful wind of yesterday is still with us:
WSW 4 - 5, which most of the time has given us 7kts throught the water. So
progress is very, very good. And the cold fog and drizzle of
was this morning at around 0900 replaced by bright
We held 1 reef and the staysail throughout the
night, which, with the reduced visibility, was pretty gloomy. A ship,
detected at 8 miles, came within 2.5, but we never saw his lights - thus very
glad for the radar, which has been doing sterling work. But now the clouds
and fog have gone, and we can see for at least 12 miles (althought the horizon
is only about 3 miles away).
Wind steadily picking up - just had a broach, so
2nd reef gone in main.
Our friendly dolphins continue to put in several
appearances a day, and yesterday we had our erstwhile mast-head lander give it
Can anyone identify this chap? Maybe whatbird.com
will shed some light on it.
Otherwise, not much to report. The watches
come and go, as do meal times. Yesterday's supper was in the shelter of
the cabin, so put paid to our usual routine of a social hour in the cockpit
As you can see, Sarah has been very abstemious on
We are all inevitably now counting the days,
and with current - and expected - progress it's looking more like around the
middle of Monday rather than early Tuesday for our arrival time in
Falmouth. Our plan is to stay there for about 24-36 hours, showering and
eating out (our minds are continually dwelling on what we are going to order!)
before we set off on the c.130miles to Poole - which we will probably do in two
bites, stopping overnight in either Dartmouth or Salcombe. Hopefully Tim
and Anne will join us for this final leg.
As originally planned, Ian will
part from us once we are alongside in Falmouth, in preparation for his
forthcoming trip to Italy with Myf in order to see Josie play in her touring
school band. We will miss him - willing and able to turn his hand to
anything, and always with a cheerful smile on his face and a positive outlook on
events, we simply could not have had a better crew or ship mate. Many,
many thanks Ian.