The relatively calm weather took a turn for the worst as confused seas and
squalls hit overnight. On the positive side the increased wind brought a much
needed improvement to our speed. On the down side, a sudden squall in the night
took us unawares and caused an accidental gybe, breaking the gybe preventer and
several blocks in the process. Peter’s sense of humour was also knocked
overboard, but we think has since been recovered. Many ARC boats on the radio
net reported similar conditions and very little sleep was had in this area of
We are trying to make the best of the wind as an area devoid of all wind
appears on the weather charts from Sunday onwards. We are heading a little north
in an attempt to avoid being stuck in this wind hole, which stays in place until
at least next Thursday.
When we wake up tomorrow, or at some time during the night shift, we hope
to see the distance to go as less than 1000 miles. We intend to celebrate with a
cooked breakfast, using up the last of the bacon.
The fresh fruit and veg has lasted remarkably well. Apart from two oranges,
nothing has gone off before it was eaten. We are down to about two days
supply of fresh stuff left, then it’s on to the freezer, which is still well
stocked with meals we pre prepared in Las Palmas.
A fresh batch of chocolate brownies has gone down well and is a good boost
to crew morale!
We realised today that at home there are probably some signs that Christmas
is approaching. Today has been very overcast, but when the sun shines through it
is so hot that we seem a long way from “ In the bleak mid winter”!