ARC Day 2 Log
Date 26 11 07
00.00 27 19N 15 43W Wind has moved to the north and dropped to 3 kts,
boat speed 1.5 kts; bearing 254 degrees. With very little way on, sails
were flapping as boat is rolled around by the heavy swell. Part of the port
pole rig failed and the pole was dropped leaving an unsupported flapping
headsail in the large confused sea. The yardarm also parted, dropping the
radar reflector and Division pennant.
02.16 27 19N 15 44W Going nowhere finally resorted to putting the engine
on following the example of others in the vicinity who had clearly done it
some time earlier and disappeared over the horizon.
03.15 26.23N 15.50W With a freshening wind the engine is switched off;
it was not long before we were surfing with a N. wind speed in excess
of 40 kts and the boat achieving speeds in excess of 13 kts at times.
06 .00 02.17N 16 12.90W winds moderated to 16 – 20 kts, still from the north. Clock
and batteries checked. Both OK.
09.00 6 50.00N 16.50.00W Generator turned on. Mike did another grand job with
11.20 26 40.62N 16 51.24W Weather fine, a few squalls around but missed us.
Apart from three other boats some miles away we are now alone; big seas still.
An un-successful attempt was made to refit broken port pole related shackle with
shackle and to pole out
11.40 Generator turned off; ( 2 hrs 40 mins.)
12.00 26 37N 16 55W Position relayed on to ARC control by e-mail and via ARC 4A
13.00 Put up ballooner with headsail, main and mizzen.
16.00 Put up remaining mizzen staysail, what an impressive sight we must be.
17.00 Generator started. Dropped main and mizzen in preparation for the night,
leaving headsails which can quickly be reduced before squall hits.
Winds presently 15 kts ENE.
Forecast received from ARC office via e-mail indicating similar conditions to
today but with NE 20 to 25 kt winds rather than the N winds we’ve been
experiencing since last night. Nasty rumour aboard that we are not getting our
main meal, just a snack. Cook found stowaway under bunk !
Spoke on SSB with Blue Flyer who advised they some 30 miles to the north.
18.00 26 07N 17 26W Wind remains 15kts ENE, boat speed 7 kts. Ray cooking
dinner, smells great. Several boats in close vicinity.
19.00 Had dinner, pork with sauté potatoes and veg. Wonderful. Red wine would
have rounded it off nicely but given the heavy roll would have been unwise ..
19.30 Generator switched off. ( 2.5 hrs). Had e-mail from Abora to advise they are
ahead and to the south of us. They have done 160 miles since start.
20.00 Not having slept since Saturday night FN crashed out.
21.00 25 55N 17 26W Wind NE 10kts, SOG 7-8 kts, Bearing 246 degrees; need to
keep tweaking autopilot to keep sails filled. Still have company of three or four
othe boats in area as we close the day.
00.00 25.44N 18.01W Distance done over past twenty four hours – 188 nm.