ARC Day 9 - Wind South South West Force 6, Squalls, Ra in, Good!
Position 16:05.50N 29:07.27W
Date 2359 UTC Monday 29 November 2010
We stayed on the wind through the night sailing west towards
The squalls then came in steady succession, the radar image giving us
fair warning. With them came a wind shift round to the west which meant that
could either head
Speaking to other boats that have gone further out west earlier, thinking that they would break through to better winds, they are also coming to the conclusion that a more southerly track I going to have to be tried. Rather than a single depression forming and moving east there appear to be a steady succession with no mod Atlantic high to keep them at bay. And the situation does not appear to be getting better behind us. The Canaries are being battered by the storms of which we, 1,000 miles south are seeing the southern edge. Anyone thinking to follow a week after the ARC must be well and truly storm bound.
We feel very sorry for the ARC organisers as having gone to immense
trouble to make this 25th ARC special the weather gods are playing a
foul hand. Nevertheless we are enjoying ourselves – the Mate assures me
that her look is a smile and not a grimace; Buntings bacon and egg sandwiches
for lunch were definitely good for morale. As I write this the Mate is taking
a well earned kip and the machine says that we are 1,845 nm miles from