Norfolk Day 3 - Donner und Blitzen or Son et Lumière
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
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.
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.