Thu 8 Jan 2009 14:39
At 0900 local time (1300 gmt) distance run in last 24 hours 144 miles
This was the day of three halves! Started off heading east - fine- but only 5 to 7 knots of wind which meant we were going 2 to 3 knots most of the time...so a potential disaster day for getting anywhere) BUT brilliant sun, calm sea ... So got going on the washing (clothes) as well as me then a great clean up round the galley sink. .. Which has never looked so shiny ... I dropped a great dollop of soap powder into the clothes wash .. too late I thought, a bit more water and just carried on... Well after 2 rinses in my precious water supply that was it ... When I next go out in the rain I will turn into one great big soap sud!!! .. But gave me some VERY soapy water for cleaning with!
By the time all done and blog etc 1pm! Got up on deck and decided worth trying the spinnaker (asymmetric) .. so set it as an oversized genoa and we started to move at over 5 knots fantastic.. As the after-noon wore on a little more wind and we were doing over 6 knots - apparent wind angle 60 degrees .. true wind angle 110 degrees ... So any change of speed made a massive difference to sail trim angles .. So I just steered and adjusted course to the sail trim.. weaving about a good 20 degrees!
It was all going so well that decided to keep it up till 10.30 in the night.... So flying across a pretty smooth sea at 6 to 7 knots with a nearly full moon ... wish I could have taken a video of her .. just a phosphoresent bow spray and Gaviota straining to go on full throttle across an eerily flat shimmering sea..
Any way as each gust was getting a bit stronger decided it was a good idea to take it down .... a couple of hours later I even reefed and we were still doing over 7 knots ... Typical it died off first light so back to full sail, sun, close reach and now clocking up to 8 knots (having waited to breakfast and do the morning chores before I took the reef out ( well I am cruising and doing it solo!)