Wind in our hair and Kahia’s sails.
Double-reefed main, full Yankee and staysail. Average wind speed is 15 to 18
knots on our port beam and we are romping along between 6 to 8 knots.
Today we had to take the computer out of
the oven (along with other electrical gear), as a thunderstorm surprised us at
01.00 hrs. It was all hands on deck, when Catherine saw the first lightening on
her watch. First we furled the Yankee in and laughed when looking forward ,
seeing the now redundant Spinnaker pole without its sail pointing towards the thunderclouds
like a giant lightening conductor(beckoning)...so down it came. Our routines
work even in the dark, having had a lot of practice a few days ago...
Reefing the main sail, putting electrical
equipment into the oven (for protection in case of a lightning strike), turning
off radio and plotter (just in case) and batten down the hatches, we had 15
minutes until lightening an torrential rain engulfed us and we were down below all
snug and dry.
The remote control came into its own by
steering the boat from the chart table with the auto-helm.
Catherine: This was my first thunderstorm
at sea and although I was surprised how efficient I got on with the jobs, I
felt anxiety for the first time on the trip. At night things appear always more
dramatic. When it was over I felt the relieve of tension and collapsed
exhausted into the bunk, grateful that Paul was happy to stay up. He on the
other hand was loving it and felt satisfied handling the boat appropriately to
the situation. His excitement was probably charged as well by the electrical
static in the air, I suspect.
The added bonus to last night, was that 7
days of sea salt was washed off Kahia in the torrential rain.
Only 80 Miles to go.
While the majority of you will be sleeping soundly
tonight, we shall be anchoring in Cascais about 03.00 hrs UTC.