At 1000 local time (1300 gmt) distance run in last 24
hours 109 miles
So what can I say ..pressure carried on up and everything else went down...
like wind, speed Yes you`ve got it ... I hit the edge of the high pressure
big time ... too much right hand down!... Early on was managing 3 knots but
by 10.45 it was engine on jobby ..... the rest of the day the wind varied
from 0.5 to 2.5 knots ....So just headed under power about 40 degrees
true, to get a bit more northerly - even got the mainsail down - in
the hope at least I would get enough wind from the back edge of
the system I`ve just missed, so at least I can sail again!
So I won the prize for the biggest chicken around... (remember its the
chicken run) .. not that there are too many competitors about!
Got the sun tan going again though... but had to keep out of the cold
breeze (boat speed effect) otherwise needed a woolly sweater on ... but once
sussed ....what a day .... fed myself cups of tea and coffee and snacks
inbetween snoozes (I reckon I have now banked quite a bit of sleep!) and all of
a sudden realised
I was getting cold as the sun got lower and lost its heat!
And so to bed ... engine still going ..... woke up feeling cold .... got
more stuff to throw over me ... back to sleep ... but couldnt keep the draft out
..... then the brain slowly started to work out ... cold- draft --- there must
be a reason ... it might even be wind! that had me up top in minutes ..and yes
there was - but only 7 knots from behind... So by 3 in the mornig I`d got the
sails back up and the genoa poled out "wing on wing" as it now seems to be
called and doing all of 3.5 knots on 40 degrees true. Not fantastic but
going again .... So all that work made me feel hungry so eggs beans and fried
bread plus a pot of tea did very nicely thank you ... then back to bed!!!
got up at 8 to a lovely clear crisp morning .... a bit more wind .. still
straight up the backside ... but we are managing to get over 5 knots ... thats
better but not fantastic ... Maybe I should get the spinnaker up to push it up
to 7 ish knots .. but any wind increase and it would have to come down ... For
the minute pot of tea, chores and this ... then we`ll see what it looks