Position 35:43.94N 072:36.72W
Date 2359 - 17 May 2011 (UTC -3)
A roller coaster down wind day culminating passing through one of the
larger thunder and lightening displays that I have witnessed as we approach the
Gulf Stream. ETA for the Gulf
Stream is 0130 Wednesday.
The photograph of the radar display explains the all round effect –
lightening and lashing rain was happening in all of the orange bits together with
winds squalling from 10 to 40 knots. We are the boat shaped object in the
middle travelling towards the top left corner.
The down wind sailing is very much what our Atlantic crossing in November
should have been but was not. Now we all know what we were missing. Hourly
runs of 8nm at the cost of being rolled around. Elizabeth managed to construct a padded cell out
of pillows and bunk cushions on the main bunk which did something to insulate
her from being thrown around whilst resting. Us chaps do not need such things,
of course, but are always willing to check them out if they are provided–
The Mate had been saving the last of the Bunting’s Cornish
Pasties for such an occasion and they made an easy meal for the conditions.
Given the fact that they have been in the freezer for ten months and meanwhile
travelled 8,500nm they must hold some sort of record.