Squally Rocky Rolly Night Day 14.

Tue 18 Dec 2007 13:15
Noon Position on 18th Dec 19.19N 44.33W decent days run of around 148 miles over the ground, but we are rolling our fillings out. About 980 to run.
Had to reef last night for the first time for several days, shortening sail is obviously a sign that we have now got significantly better winds, around 20 knots from between ENE and NE, getting up to around 30knots in the gusts and squalls. Several biggish squalls last night, the sky darkens quickly, the wind increases rapidly and who ever is on watch gets soaked as  the heavens open. One big one last night lasted about 30 minutes, but usually they are out of the way in 10-15. None of the adults got a lot of sleep last night, due to the motion of the boat. We were often travelling at around 7-8 knots, and roaring thru the water with a noise that made sleeping in the aft cabin like trying to kip on the rails in an underground station.
Very very tired, definately need to cwtch up in white sheets!!