Bootlegger Blog - ARC Log Day 9
2007 ARC Log
Date 03 12.07
00.01 19.55N 33.48W. Bearing 273 degrees; wind true 15 -20kts,
SOG 6kts kts. EMc
01.30 Wind speed 15kts SOG 6.5 Squall came in EMc
02.00 No other vessels sighted visually EMc
03.00 19.52N 34.05W Bearing 273 degrees True wind speed 15kts
SOG 6-7 kts. 1,579 miles to go. EMc
03.30 Bearing 270, wind speed, 15-16kts, SOG reaching 6kts
All sails now set for Port tack. RT
04.00 Wind E steady 15kts occasionally rising to 20kts.
Course change to 262 degrees to get back on track.
and hold speed 6.5 to 7.00kts/ No sightings. RT
06.00 Wind SE 14-15kts COG 257 degrees SOG 6.5kts
1,561 miles to go (17 mile Watch run)
08.00 Another yacht sighted passing astern of us on a course of
approximately 250 degrees. MS
08.30 Clock and battery check; batteries down to 22.5V
Generator started. Called up yacht astern which identified
itself as EH01 skippered by
persons on board are entered in the racing division.
They get hourly weather reports which are giving light
winds of 6-8kts ahead if we remain on the rum line.
They are going south in the hope they can skirt the holes. FN
09.00 19.39N 34.44W Winds mostly 13kts true giving SOG
of 6kt Distance covered in Watch 20nm; distance to
09.30 Skipper decides having spoken with EH01 and in the light of
the information given, to set a new course of 240 degrees
which EH01 has suggested be followed for a couple of days
to avoid hole before hanging a right for
11.00 EH01 slowly pulling away ahead of us, should lose her in
12.00 position 19.24N 35.01W. Sunny with cloud . Weather
warming up now. FN
13.15 With batteries fully charged Generator switched off (4.75hrs run). FN
14.00 19.17N 35.09W. Daily Roll Call FN
14.30 Spoke on SSB with Blue Flyer and Bernadette (both on our pontoon
similar weather information to EH01 and gave their position as
some 10 miles NE of us with a bearing of 255degrees which their skipper
John thought would be enough to get them around the hole in front.
Blue Flyer who were very weak are on the same bearing. They suggested
we all schedule to talk on frequency 4,402.0, Channel 4-7 at 18.00 UTC.
15.50 COG 240 degrees SOG 7.8kts Wind true ENE 17kts FN
18.00 18.59N 35.35W True wind speed 8-10kts. SOG 4.3ts. 18.05 Decided
to run donkey for an hour. Ray starts to prepare the evening dinner.
Spoke with Blue Flyer and Bernadette on SSB FN
19.05 Put engine out of gear. (one hour’s motor sailing)
20.30 Stopped engine. Boat on a reach doing some 5.4 kts.
19.45 Dinner served. Starter: Prawn cocktail, main course Dorade in garlic
with rice. The main course was accompanied by white table wine.
For dessert this evening was so memorable I cannot remember what
it was. MS & EMc washed and dried.
21.00 Watches for next four nights: 21 – 00 MS/ 00 – 03FN / 03-06 EMc
/ 06-09 RT
True wind speed 11kts, Bearing 240 degrees SOG 6kts.
22.10 Wind generally 08-10kts, boat speed 4 – 5.5kts on a reach. Squall
came through doubling wind speed. Reefed in main and genoa until
gone through. Nothing sighted during Watch MS
00.00 18.37N 33.58W. Distance covered over past twenty four hours
- 148 nm FN