Block Island to Norfolk Day 1 - Suspicious, a favourable w ind but not for long
Date 2359 Friday 16 September 2011
We sat out Thursday in Block Island whilst a weather system passed through which produced up to 30 knot winds from the south west, our intended direction which would have been most unpleasant. It did mean that the proposed barbeque of steak was abandoned in the interest of not losing the grub overboard; there are times when indoor cooking like discretion is the better part of valour. Notwithstanding that the steak was very good, even if I say so myself.
We sat out the day very pleasantly, reading and using our various
computers, PC meets iPad. The new wireless network kit, brought out from
Our starts having been getting more gentlemanly it was at the late hour of 0815 that we raised the anchor and headed out through the channel, there was more water than on our arrival, and the shore fishermen were in less danger of being run down by a passing yacht.
The wind having dropped and veered round to the north west and gave us a good start for the first 8 hours but then became light and headed us. The bad news was that with the wind gradually dropping to 3 knots and heading us it was necessary to hoist the iron topsail, the good news was that it gave me a level playing field in the galley to produce a two day bolognaise; i.e. one that lasts two days not one that takes two days to cook.
Midnight saw us battling 3 knots of headwind motoring with a bright moon. The forecast for tomorrow promises the wind filling in from the east – roll on!