Day 6 Noon Position 23:23.092N 29:47.302W
Bill and Judy Stellin
Thu 6 Dec 2007 14:15
Our rough weather conditions still hold and probably will until late tomorrow. Last night we really powered down to only a handkerchief of a headsail poled out and slowed the boat to about 5 knots. There were rain squalls all night and winds up to 35 knots. Today it is partly cloudy, no rain so far, and strong winds from behind us as usual. We are using our 130% genoa again poled out to port. Speeds have much improved now that it is daylight and it isn't so frightening as was the case in the dark. The moon is only a sliver and doesn't rise until about 4-5 in the morning. Boy I can tell you, when all you see is wave crests and hear them roaring up from behind the night seems to take forever. In fact, it is about 2 hours longer than the daylight time, so there is that much more time to think about all the bad things that can happen in the dark.
No major breakage yesterday. Only a line that parted with one heck of a bang. Fortunately it was a redundant control line on the pole and nothing happened. It also broke right at the snap shackle so I can still use the line.
Our log says we've come 822 nautical miles from the Canaries and only have 1783 left to go to Barbados. I know it is to early to start counting but I peeked just for the fun of it.
Voices seems to have quieted for both of us. We only now hear each other talking instead of whatever else was going on in our heads.