2nd July 2008 - Somewhere in the Bay of Biscay

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Mon 2 Jun 2008 16:29
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.