Bootlegger Blog - ARC Log Day 8
Bootlegger of Mann
2007 ARC Log
Date 02 12.07
00.01 20.16N 30.42W Bearing 272 degrees; full twin headsail rig up,
wind true 20 -21kts, SOG 9 – 9.5kts. EMc
00.10 Squall came through with rain. EMc
01.25 Wind speed 19kts SOG 8.5kts. Squall came in EMc
02.00 No other vessels sighted visually or with radar. EMc
03.00 20.12N 31.10W Bearing 270 degrees True wind speed 19kts
SOG 8.5kts EMc
03.30 Bearing 270, wind speed, 18-22kts, SOG reaching 9.5kts
No sightings other than shooting star.
04.00 Wind ENE steady 18-20kts occasionally rising to 22kts.
No sightings. RT
07.00 Clock and battery check; batteries down to 22.5V
07.30 Rain Squall came through – reduced headsails by 50%
Wind increased to 30kts The two headsails, balooner and
Genny roll away together making it real easy to shorten sail
immediately prior to the many squalls we've been experiencing MS
We have big seas following last night's winds and with
the wind having dropped away to 8kts we are wallowing
around with headsails flogging, making only 4.5 kts. MS
08.33 20.04N 31.53W Decided to put the donkey on for an hour
giving us 8kts SOG FN
09.00 20.04N 31.57W MS
09.30 Engine off. We now have the wind back at 20kts true, and
are making 9kts SOG once more.
10.55 20.025N 31.57W Just as
the Ballooner blew in two!!! Wind speed at the time just 20
kts true… After recovery of ballooner bits from forestay and pole
by all hands the classic main and genoa goose wing rig was set
together with mizzen giving us a reduced SOG of 7.5kts in 25kt
winds ( drop of 1.5kts ).
12.00 position 20.04N 32.20W. Sun came out.
12.30 Generator switched off (5.5hrs run). FN
14.00 20.39N 29.01W. FN
12.15 After examination of ballooner it decided we were unable to affect repairs at sea
which even if possible could result in proper repair later being made impossible.
14.00 Daily roll call on ARC C4. FN
15.50 20.27N 29.32W Bearing COG 243 degrees SOG 8kts Wind true NNE 13kts FN
16.00 Large fish on end of line – Ray, Mike and Eugene all pulled but alas, line went light
No lauer on end when line reeled in. So, no fish for dinner.
18.00 19.59N 33.08W True wind speed, 17kts. SOG 6.8 - 7.00kts. Cook starts to
prepare the evening dinner. FN
18.15 Generator started after noted batteries down to 23.8V. Hot water, battery chargers
19.45 Dinner served. Starter- Alioli and green olives followed by a main course of
. The main course was accompanied by some very drinkable red table wine. For
dessert for this evening we had. MS & FN washed and dried
20.00 We landed our second Dorade, bigger than the last which was quickly dispatched
fridge, the remainder to the freezer.
21.00 19.18N 33.20W. Watches: 21 – 00 FN/ 00 – 03 EMc / 03-06 RT/ 06-09 MS
E. True wind speed 18kts, Bearing 271 degrees SOG 7 - 7.5kts.
Generator switched off. (2.75 h rs run). No other yachts sighted today.
All on our own.
22.10 Squall came in doubling wind speed. Reefed in main, then, on reefing
in poled out genoa set to Port it backed. On trying to pull it back on the winch the
pole retaining rigging broke, the pole swinging back against the hull. The universal
socket into which the pole is placed appears damaged but all will be clearer
after daybreak. Set COG to 268 and set genoa to Starboard giving us a broad
reach, but SOG down to 6kts. With Ballooner headsail gone and damaged Port
looks like it could be the slow boat to
00.00 19.55N 33.48W Distance done during this Watch: 19nm;
Distance covered over past twenty four hours - 176 nm FN