ARC Day 16 - The day of the Triffids
Position 13:05.12N 44:42.35W
Date 2359 UTC Monday 6 December 2010
We have had the most varied of days. Through to 1900 UTC, 1600 boat time, we had a real rollercoaster of a ride; a fast beam reach giving regular speeds of 8 to 9 knots in a rolling sea. It may have been a little uncomfortable but after so many slow days it was fabulous sailing. This was followed by a series of squalls that seemed to knock the stuffing out of the wind for a period and gave a wind shift towards the stern which slowed us a little but not much.
At 1200, boat time, we passed a major milestone – 1,000 nm to go
A feature of the last few days have been, what friends on another yacht have dubbed, “Triffids”. These squalls appear on the radar screen as pulsating orange blobs that march across the screen bringing with them an increase and veer of the wind (a clockwise shift) and often rain in large quantities. They obviously possess intelligence because they judge to a fine degree the Skipper going off watch and falling asleep as the time to pop up over the horizon. We have had three major attacks today, the third one being as I write this. There is a fine balance to be struck between keeping full sail up as long as possible to gain form the extra wind speed and reducing sail so that the boat remains under control.
Triffids also sense meal times. The attack at about 1400 successfully
delayed lunch for two hours. It was worth waiting for –
Under the guise of being the only one of us able to reach the bottom of
the freezer, the Mate suffers from the freezer version of short arms and long
pockets, I was allowed to inspect the contents the freezer. Amazing what was
in there – bodes well for catering in the