All seems to be going well at last. We
eventually left Plymouth yesterday at 2:30pm together with Vision.
Unfortunately there was very little wind and apart for a brief one hour spell
under sail we had to motor until 3 in the morning when the wind eventually
picked up. The upside was that it was a pleasant night motoring along in
very calm conditions under the stars. With two of the crew never having
been on a boat at night before it was a gentle introduction. The only
negative was the Sainsbury's microwaveable beef stroganoff we had
for dinner (looking at it you had the impression that someone had already
eaten it before you).
To our surprise in the morning we found
ourselves very close to Blue Beyond (Moody 54) and not far from
others in the fleet. Although I suspect with our efforts to catch up our
fuel bill will be somewhat higher. The wind
has been steady 10-15 kts for most of the day today and with all
sails up we seem to be making good progress.