ARC Day 21 - Neptune must be having a laugh - a last laugh
Position 14:03.99N 59:58.96W
Date 2359 UTC Saturday 11 December 2010
I do not know what we have done wrong to upset the gods but they are back up to their old tricks again. Just when we think that we can run gently downhill to the finish they turn off the wind. Nothing new there then, but the timing; well!
From midnight onwards the hourly run steadily decreased until at 0900
local, now 1300 UTC as we took off our last hour last night, we hit 3kts and
slowing. A quick management meeting and we resolved to get to the finish
whatever the means, hoist the iron topsail, furl the sails and get on with the
serious business of finishing ARC 2010. If we were not carrying on around the
world I think that we would be back for ARC 2011 as we regard the
Just after midday another ARC yacht appeared over the horizon,
apparently making headway under a spinnaker. They came within a half mile and
we spoke on the VHF. It was the Swiss yacht ‘
The Mate has been making nesting noises. It must be something to do with the imminent arrival of our son Andrew. He will be delighted to know that he is having that effect on his mother. Both heads and showers were thoroughly cleaned, floors mopped and things generally put order.
The Skipper retired to the quarterdeck to contemplate navigation and other such important matters!
Fresh from household chores the Mate, who is rapidly taking on the character of a latter day nautical Mrs Beaton, then attacked the galley with the making of lunch. I never fail to be amazed how such good meals can appear from apparent chaos. Today’s masterpiece was a pizza made from scratch, base and all, accompanied by fresh coleslaw from one of our remaining cabbages.
So midnight UTC saw us with 53.6nm to go to our waypoint and a further 7.5nm from there to the finish; and of course no wind to speak of, i.e. less than 5 knots. ETA is about 0530 local on Sunday morning, just about first light. We approach the finish line from the west which should give us the tactical advantage as the line will be illuminated from behind by the dawn whilst we approach out of the darkness. Hornblower would have been proud of us!