Bootlegger Blog - ARC Log Day 10
2007 ARC Log
Date 04 12.07
00.01 18.37N 35.58W. Bearing 240 degrees; wind true 11 - 13kts,
SOG 5.5 - 6kts.
01.00 This is a foul Watch. Just as you’ve got into a nice deep sleep
following dinner you’re being put on the shake to sit in the
solitude of the cockpit for three hours – broken only with
occasional pee breaks and visits to the nav table below.
Warmly lit by the red lighting from the instrumentation
you are instinctively drawn to, the only sounds heard are
the creaking of rigging, occasional flap of a sail and the sea,
swishing along the hull in the inky blackness beyond the comfort
and security of the cockpit. The apparel for the night Watch has
gone from long trousers, warm fleece and sea boots to polo shirt
and shorts. FN
01.30 Wind speed 12kts SOG 6.00kts. FN
02.00 Wind speed down to 10kts SOG 4.6kts. No other vessels sighted FN
03.00 18.26N 36.09W Bearing 240 degrees True wind speed E 10 - 12kts
SOG 5-6 kts. 1,450 miles to go. FN
06.00 18.14N 36.20W COG 240degrees Wind E 11 - 12kts
SOG 5kts 1439nm to St Lucia EMc
06.30 Wind E 12kts COG 230 degrees SOG 4-5kts
09.00 18.01N 36.26W To sail boat COG altered to 220 degrees. No
sightings during Watch.
09.16 Clock and battery check; batteries down to 23.0V. winds 5-8 kts
SOG down to 3.5kts. Engine started. FN
11.15 Engine put out of gear ( motor sail run 2 hrs)
11.45 Engine on
11.55 Engine off ( 10 mins run)
12.00 position 17.45N 36.41W. GOG 240 degrees. Fine
and Sunny with little cloud. Temperature continues to rise
with each day. Mike finally cracks the problem with my e-mail
system. Sent test com. to Moe. FN
13.15 Generator ran (run for 1.5 hrs). FN
13.30 With e-mail finally re-instated,
sent position report to
14.00 17.17N 35.09W. Daily SSB Roll Call. FN
14.30 Spoke on SSB with Bernadette who informed us they on
a bearing of 260 ( rum line to StLucia) as their wind predictions
had altered so they had not come south as planned and are still up
at 18.27 36.40W, a whole degree above us along with
much of the fleet! We KNOW our decision to come south will
pay off in the end when we stand up to receive the Amel Challenge
15.50 Changed course for
6-7.kts Wind true E 16kts.
winging on the new course FN
16.00 17.32N 37.00W True wind speed 17-18kts. SOG 7kts.
18.00 Spoke with Bernadette on SSB FN
20.30 Boat on a reach doing some 5.4 kts.
19.45 Dinner served. Chicken burgers and sweet potato fries; delicious!
Too full for dessert.
08.45 I am crashing early as having dizzy spells and need some sleep
before going on Watch at . MS & EMc washed and dried.
21.00 Watches for next three nights: 21 – 00 MS/ 00 – 03FN / 03-06 EMc
/ 06-09 RT .
True wind speed 16kts, Bearing 240 degrees SOG 6 – 6.5kts. MS
22.10 Wind gusting to 23kts during squalls that are coming through but
otherwise averaging 17 – 19kts, SOG 7-9 kts goose winging. MS
00.00 17.22N 37.57W. Nothing sighted and no incidents during Watch MS
00.01 Distance covered over past twenty four hours - 148 nm FN