Saturday 8th January
After an incredibly uncomfortable night
moral is running low on board and we're all wondering what on earth we're doing
here. This is really not enjoyable and I think we can all think of places we
would rather be at the minute than here.
The wind is right on the nose and as we hit
the waves they almost stop the boat dead, we're averaging speeds of around 3
knots even though we're motoring hard with the engine. We decided to head 10
degrees further north to make the motion a bit more comfortable, so that we
wouldn't be quite so hard on the waves. We were managing to motor sail with the
main out and the self-tacker which we had hoisted earlier in the day in place of
the lightweight headsail. The self-tacker can get that little bit closer to wind
than the genoa so at least that was working in our favour.
As we headed north we came across Fai Tira
who were heading south doing the same as what we were doing. Their thoughts were
to head down to where Blue Magic were this morning as they were reporting winds
from the north west. As we were more than likely heading further into the low
pressure system as we made our way north we decided to do a u-turn and go south
with Fai Tira, Sol Maria followed suit some 6 miles behind as well.
It was only after we did some number
crunching and really thought about what we were doing that we decided it would
be best to just make our way along the rhumb line straight towards Galle. Had we
been sailing down to Blue Magic's position then that'd be a different matter but
we weren't we were motoring. So instead of motoring in completely the
wrong direction to try and find wind that may or may not be there we
all decided it'd be best to just head straight for our destination.