ARC Day 8 - Four eggs and beat to windward (5 + 4)
Position 17:14.95N 027:29.23W
Date 2359 UTC Sunday 28 November 2010
In the early hours of the morning, great excitement, on the AIS we saw
two yachts close by. We had come hard onto the wind, the wind dropped and
veered, we went onto starboard tack and then decided that in failing wind a few
hours of motoring was in order. We actually had to take avoiding action and
steer around Triffon. They were shining torches on their sails, I thought to
attract our attention but in a VHF conversation they were actually using the
light to let out a reef. Then there was our friends Andrew and Celia on
Motoring on whilst the skipper was asleep the wind returned and on the watch change it was back to sailing hard on the wind this time in a WSW direction. The rest of the day was spent at a healing angle of 15 degrees and jolly hard work it is getting about; good for the abs though.
And now the point of the title; mixed metaphor or cryptic crossword
clue. Prior to starting to sail again
Catering report – Very simple windward food; Buntings Cornish Pasties and beans.
In the night we were subjected to our first flying fish bombardment. A heavy thump on the deck brings anxiety; what has fallen off? Torch reveals unhappy flying fish in scuppers – returned to its own native environment. Later they got more inventive and scored direct hits on the bimini – we will have to find that one in daylight if it did not continue onwards over the top and back into the sea.