Cracking first day in Biscay
We have had a cracking first day in Biscay - F4 winds at 110 degrees aparent as we headed on 200 degrees - slightly west of due south. The sun was out all day and we all had to don the sun cream. Vics mad us all smoked salmon sandwiches, Pip added some good old Pork Pie. With the hour change into French waters (we flew the French courtesy flag) we had lunch at 16.00 and washed it down with a bottle of Champagne to toast "Biscay".
Mulch got the aysmetric flying but Pip took the course record so far touching 10.5 knots. We have average over 8 knots since we started - eXhilarance is proving a fast passage boat. Apart from Mulch (who say part of the pleasure of long passages is staying dirty) we all had lovely hot showers today.
We will have two watch system again tonight:
Clive and Mulch - 10 - 1am
Pip, Lol and Vics - 1am - 4am
Clive and Mulch - 4am - 7am
So if you thinking we are having too much fun then think of us having to get up into the dark cold a couple of times in the night - although I am looking forward to Mulch doing his "Sky at Night" lecture to me again.
We are about 30nm f3-4 hours sailing) from the Atlantic trench where is goes from 50 metres to 2000 meters almost vertically - this is where we hope to see Whales, Dolphins etc. We are 230nm (26-30 hours) from the coast of Spain.
Good night to all - more updates tomorrow morning.