La Rochelle to La Coruna
Sunday 17 June 2012
Conditions: Wind: NW 2 - 3 Sea state:slight Visibility: Good
Fuel 600 litres. Water 850 litres. Gas 1.5 Bottles
After a period of
refitting by Amel and others both on the hard and in the water in
One depression after another came through bringing with it strong SW winds up to Force 9 with very rough seas whipped up in the Bay’s shallow waters.
Unfortunately there was ever only a two days respite between depressions, not enough time to get across the Bay in the remaining rough seas before the onset of another depression,
Finally, we start to get good forecasts from Sunday 17th June to Thursday 21 June. At Last ! We are off. Sadly to late for one of the crew – Terry Braid who
Having travelled to LR to
join Bootlegger for this leg returned home after a two week wait. Fortunately
Jackie was able to rejoin the boat to make the leg to
Crew: Frank Newton; Jackie
Fehle, Andrew Webster and
12.30 46:08.815N 01:09.996W Amel Pontoon. Minimes Marina, LR : Slipped our mooring on # 2 berth and, after taking on some 220 ltres of fuel at the fuel dock beneath the Capitainerie building we headed out from the marina into the river and the open sea.
Lunch is served in the cockpit shortly after putting to sea. Jackie has prepared a finger food lunch of carrot sticks, tomatoes and radishes with cheese, pate and sausage sandwiches. Gets lot of compliments.
Put all sails out; motor sailing with engine at 2200 rpm CSE: 237 SOG 6kts (pushing tide )
2:45: 46.80N 02:23.5W Engine Off .
15:00 Mike starts the 3 hour watch system.
18:00 Andrew takes watch
18:30 Called up fishing vessel Le Sphinx which was closing on a converging course. He ducked us at the last minute and passed safely astern.
19:00 Jackie serves up a most tasty pasta con sugo for dinner, but due to sea conditions, there is a general lack of appetite apart from Frank .
19:30 Andrew resumes watch
21:00 Jackie takes watch. Winds increase to 25-30 kts, with gusts of 45 kts in thunderstorms. Heavy rain so heavy it flattens the waves. Reduces sails and rolls them out again between each thunderstorm.
23:15, 45-38.175N 02-47.82W Changed to Bearing 190° , reduced genoa again as gusts up to 50 kts from NW.
00:00 45/35.738N 02-53.135W Mike takes watch.
Thunderstorm NW 15 kts. BRG 234, lightening, and more of it.
03:00 Frank takes watch. Pulls all sail back out as wind drops to 15 – 18kts. CSE 239 degrees. SOG 7.2- 7.5 kts. s/y Ozoure now abeam of us some 3.8nm to port.
03:30 Wind increases to 25kts over the deck. Pull in main and reduce genoa.
03:45 Gen. switched on as batteries down to 24.1 v.
05:00 After a good sleep Andrew feels better and takes watch with Mike on standby.
06:50 Gen switched off. Batteries at 97% ( Run time: 3 hrs )
08:45 All up and about. Noted boat speed of just 5 kts; engine put on at 2,200 putting boat speed to 8.1 kts
09:00 Mike takes over watch
09:45 44:58.272N 04:22.37W. Motor sailing, close hauled Wind W 08kts SOG 8.0 kts. .
A pigeon comes to rest on Bootlegger-s dinghy. Mike’s attempts to feed it remain unsuccessful. After 3 hours of rest and clean-up, he flew away, leaving feathers and a few droppings on the deck. He was ringed. A green ring on his starboard leg, a yellow and a red ring on his port leg carrying the numbers 1183 and 2483.
Noon position: 44.52.22N 04:45.82W
12:45 24 Hr summary; We have done 190nm at an av. speed of 7.9kts
Jackie brings a tray of radishes, celery sticks and sandwiches with stuffed artichoke bottoms, ham and pate.
18:00 Mike on watch
19.15 Jackie does another excellent dinner: Mixed salad with garlic vinaigrette and yesterday’s pasta al sugo is now eaten with great relish washed down by a very smooth red.
21.00 44:23.66 06:15.46W Jackie on watch SOG 8.1kts CSE 251 84nm left before first approach WP into La Caruna
We still have the company of dolphins that we have enjoyed on and off all day. Andrew continues to do bird whistles at them for some reason ...
Discover many of my entries for today are lost when the system shuts down for some reason. Laborious job re-typing it all.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
00:00 position 44-15.727N 06-47.80W, bearing 242. NE 12 kts, waves 0.5m.
Andrew takes watch as we
can see the loom of
15:3044:07.34N 07:17.40W 48.3nm from first La Caruna WP
Noon Position: 43:48.546N
08:20.676W Reached WP 303 being approach to