The wall 14:47:00N 55:54:43W
has been a tiring 24 hours. The wind increased as forecasted; a little in the
evening, F6 occasionally 23kts with the sea state still lively. We had our
dinner and took it in turns to get some sleep.
about 3am we had a short but heavy rain shower and the dark clouds that brought
it hung around as the winds increased steadily; not unexpected. We put the
kettle on and sat drinking hot drinks while the wind blew and the sea
increased. We put a third reef in the mainsail which now looks very small but
hasn't hampered our progress. We were seeing 30-33kts at the peak with a
consistent 24-25kts and making 7kts of speed but surfing down the large waves
at 9-10kts. I think the top speed we saw was 10.1kts whilst surfing.
pretty exhausting now. Any movement; any small task aboard is a fight to stay upright
and every so often we come sideways off a wave and our entire world is tipped
onto it's side.
of us had a huge amount of sleep since things got exciting last night so we are
both tired and taking it in turns to curl up in a ball on the floor of the
cockpit and try and grab a bit more sleep. Meep is taking a similar approach
and has made himself very comfortable in his hammock and only comes down for "essential
saw our first cruise ship pass by within a couple of miles; "Aidasol"
which was quite exciting but we didn't really have the energy to be too
enthusiastic about it.
think this is the wall. We are 48 hours out now and we are enduring the
toughest conditions yet while we are at our most weary. I can't be certain it's
actually that bad. I think it's just tiredness amplifying everything. I'm sure
at a different time I would be relishing the "lively sailing
conditions" as Warrior barrels along and we produce our best daily run by
far - we have covered a massive 164nm in the last 24 hours and there is little
doubt now that we should make landfall on Saturday afternoon. We are ready now;
I have savoured enough of the experience. I want that Rum punch and I want it
to be massive and I want it now...
miles to go.