As days go a curate's egg with some memorable highlights
Date 1000 – Wednesday 27 July 2011 (UTC -4)
We arrived back in
En route we encountered Valsheeda under Spinnaker, at a distance. The weather was thickening somewhat ominously but it was a splendid sight.
We had been watching the developing weather off to leeward and listening in to the NOAA weather warnings. Curiously the thunderstorms were marching eastwards whilst we were sailing on a south easterly wind.
This is not a happy sky.
Sure enough the forecast 60 knot plus wind and hail arrived in a rush. Thank you Mr Amel for roller furling on everything, enabling us to get everything safely furled away as the wind rose. 10 minutes of winds of over 60 knots with a wind veer of over 90 degrees and torrential rain is an interesting experience. We are not sure of the maximum wind speed as our windometer runs out of imagination at 50 knots but it was hard on the stops for over ten minutes which must be at least 60 knots.
It is interesting to reflect that this wind speed is the highest that we have experienced at sea in the thirteen months that we have been travelling.
The interim stop at 50nm in the aftermath of the storm looked very uninviting and as the wind after the shift was fair but on the opposite tack we decided to press on fortified by an excellent curry from the freezer.
As it was we were able to sail 90% of the 105 mile journey which in this part of the world in summer is regarded as good.
Creeping in to
We have now hit 10,025 miles since leaving home – yet another excuse to break out the rum ration.