Every cloud has a silver lining?
Chiscos - Atlantic Cruise
Mon 21 May 2012 12:11
Er...no. All the clouds this morning brought with them NE winds (ie. COLD and precisely on the nose, something we're not used to yet!) and heaps of rain. We thought it was probably just a squall but 5 hours later - its still raining and we're still sailing away from the rhumb line, a reminder we're not in the Caribbean anymore! Until then we were bowling along under goose wing very nicely in 20 knots of westerly wind heading straight for our waypoint.
Some good news:
1) We're not last anymore, hurrah!
2) We are no longer on starboard tack - no creaks!! (Before we tacked onto port, the creaking was still driving us insane so when the drilling didn't work, the cooking oil came out. Lubrication was apparently the best solution but only lasted about half an hour before the process had to be repeated)
Some not so good news:
Chiscos and crew are not used to so much rain and sea spray on the decks! We thought we did a great job before we left BVI resealing all the windows and shrouds where we could see that the sealant had perished in the sunlight. There's nothing like sailing 1800 miles across the North Atlantic to make you realise exactly how many holes in the deck are capable of letting in water! We (ie. Super Skipper Simpson) have spent yesterday and today resealing hatches on the bow, around the mast and all around the spray hood. This job requires a steady hand and the stuff needs to be applied on dry surfaces and left to dry for 24 hours - so ideally not a job to be done on a wet boat leaping around in the sea, with waves crashing over you and rain pouring down. We seemed to have stopped most of it anyway!
Some awful news:
It's officially cold! Since leaving the BVI on 5th May we have come around 1300 miles north. To us that means that in the short space of just over 2 weeks we have gone from wearing bikinis/shorts in the day and short sleeves at night, to gradually increasing the layers to include: jumpers, trousers, jackets (all waterproof, of course), socks, shoes (shoes?? some of us haven't worn shoes since November!) and I feel that last nights addition of the woolly hat means that we can declare it's definitely getting rather chilly. There was even talk this morning of maybe having to use the heater before we get back, oh dear!
Yesterday we decided that we would have a celebratory half-way dinner tonight consisting of traditional Swiss rosti courtesy of Corinne, followed by apple crumble (if we didn't make half-way we would celebrate reaching our waypoint). Based on our performance so far today we will not be half way and neither will we be anywhere near our waypoint, yet we will still be having a celebration as the rostis are already prepared and the apples will be rotten tomorrow!