Bootlegger Blog - ARC Log Day 13
Bootlegger of Mann
2007 ARC Log
00.01 16.32N 43.28W Wind true ESE 22 kts gusting 27kts; COG 272 SOG 8.2kts
new bearing of 288 degrees
03.00 16.27N 43.49W Wind 20 25kts ESE, COG 275 SOG 7.5kts.
1000 nm. EMc
06.00 16.23N 44.13W Wind 20kts ESE, COG now 280, SOG 7 – 8kts
Carrying mizzen and ¾ Genny only. RT
06.15 Completed and sent out logs to ARC and Mailasail blog sites FN
06.30 Clock and battery check – batteries down to 22.8V. Generator turned
on with chargers and water heater. FN
09.05 16.22N 44.34W. winds ESE 15-18 kts, SOG 6.9kts FN
11.00 Received notification from ARC Control that several boats suffered
damage in yesterday afternoon / evening stormy conditions including
two kite poles, loss of engine, loss of generator etc.
Got an e-mail from Wolfgang in 91 (Abora) to say Peter in the Amel 54
#69 lost his parasail in the storm yesterday, reckoned the shackle
installation provided by Amel at fault. He very unhappy. Winds due to
drop to 8 – 10 kts over the weekend.
11.30 Generator turned off ( 5 hr run )
12.00 position 16.19N 44.53W. COG 280 degrees. Cloudy with
occasional squalls coming through. Cooler today with the cold front
we are experiencing. FN
14.00 Daily SSB Roll Call. Again very poor reception, Controller barely audible
Again requested our position be relayed to
14.20 Sent position report to
14.35 Spoke with Burnadebt who advised that after getting up to 21 kts surfing
down wind with kite up yesterday the spinnaker pole snapped. They
have a replacement and amazingly kite not damaged. They have been diving
all over the ocean, previously to the south and ahead of us by some twenty
miles they are now to the northeast of us by a similar distance.
15.00 The day is made better with the arrival of sunshine. Mike immediately strips off all
his wet weather gear down to his shorts and dons sun tan oil. Just as
yesterday when he did the same thing the black clouds came rolling back in
the seas quickly built up with a rapid increase in wind and the rain started!
If he is seen with sun tan oil in his hands again everyone is instructed to
take it off him and throw it over the side ! FN
16.00 Wind ESE 20-24kts true. SOG 6.5 to 7.5kts. Just 75% genny and mizzen
17.00 Wind ESE 27kts true; COG 275, SOG 8.3 Sails reefed in 25%
we were reaching 9.7kts SOG before again shortening sail as we seem
to be getting a repeat of yesterday’s weather with forecasts still giving
gusts in excess of 50kts for the area. FN
20.00 16.39N 43.00W wind 32 kts true COG 270 degrees SOG 8.5 – 9.3kts
Very little sail up, handkerchief on forestay and ¼ mizzen out only.
Turned on generator and ran battery chargers, hot water, FN
20.30 Frank did dinner to suit conditions - corned beef hash which was again
eaten out of bowls in cockpit. General consensus very good !
21.00 16.06N 46.16W Wind 22 -26kts ESE COG 280degrees SOG 7-8 kts. No
sightings of other boats. Distance to go 871 nm. RT
23.00 16.06N 46.16W Wind ESE 22-26kts SOG now 7 – 8kts Generator
switched off (3.5 hrs) RT
00.00 16.05N 46.22 COG 28 degrees SOG 7 - 8kts Wind true ESE 20 – 27kts gusting
30 plus kts. Ongoing squally conditions. Distance to
Distance done over past twenty four hours: - 172 nm RT