Azores to England
Mon 21 Jun 2010 05:23
Today is Monday, the day when we shall see the land again. Our check in point into UK will be in Plymouth where we shall arrive after midnight. We might slow down to enter the channel at daylight.
These last days the crew was not inspired to contribute another report so I am back on duty.
We had studied the weather reports from 3 different sources every day, but the wind situation seemed hopeless. We had some  sailing on Thursday and Saturday and long motoring periods. Our fuel meter showed less fuel than we  calculated, certainly not enough to reach the closet point - Falmouth Harbour - to refuel. We put the 30 liters of reserve in the tank, calculated the fuel consumption of the trip for the 10th time and decided to start the motor yesterday at noon after having sailed half the day at speed of the wind 3 to 6  knots in the direction of France. On Saturday morning we hoisted the Gennaker (163m2) sail, but after 10 minutes of fast sailing the block on the top of the mast broke away and
the sail  dropped down for 2 mters and nearly  reached the water. We had big difficulties to get it down as the wind increased in the meantime to 12 -14 knots and the halyard got dammaged and got stuck in  the mast. Marc voluntered to inspect the top of the mast as we could also not lower the working jib to replace it with the genoa. So 2 deffects to repair in Eastbourne.
Because of the weather  we were not able to estimate our time of arrival. Messages went out to the family and friend to evaluate the possible alternatives to catch the transportation back. Klara has to attend a wedding on Friday in Ruegen, Germany and Marc has an important meeting on Wednesday in the office. Both are now relaxed and will leave  GIN'S tomorrow in good time to meet their commitments, provided the Volvo Penta motor will do its job in the next 20 hours. It seems that we have enough fuel to the destination.
On Thursday evening we again saw the whales. This time there were 5,  (5-6 long) swimming next to the boat. One could nearly touch them .  They were busy with themselves and seemed not to care about the boat passing them. We also met a huge turtle and several times got amused by dolphins jumping out of the water in front to the boat.
In the lat 2 days all visitors dissapeared ,but we got a "blind passenger".  A pigeon with the rings on its legs decided to take a rest. Somehow it prefers boat to flying and sits on the radar reflector most of the time and marks the teak deck below. I hope it will not leave permanent spots
I will sail the last 210 miles to the final destination Eastbourne alone
with 2 night stops.
I will stop now. The bread maker has just signalled that the loaf is
ready for breakfast. It smells sooo good....