Day 4 of passage
Friday 27th August, 2010
3am saw the breeze arrive, enough for us to set some
sail and stop the engine at the same time we had a problem with the headsail furler
and the watermaker decided to stop making fresh water, so far both are
working again but will need a close eye kept on them.
By 0900 the wind had turned into a nice breeze, Ollie
spotted that a line from our cruising chute was trailing in the water - he
volunteered to go and retrieve it, by the time he had got his harness on the
whole of the sail had snaked over the side so it was then a two handed job to
stop the boat and drag the thing back onboard, which weighed a ton when full
of water - so pleased we had rinsed it in fresh water whilst we were in Port
We were able to set it by 1pm as the wind was again
right for it so at least it's dry now, we were able to carry it until dusk
when the wind conditions changed. I think we will make a sailor of
Ollie yet he was really great both setting and dropping it. Spoke to
Swanky again they have had a pig of a day with 35 knots of wind on the nose -
looks like customs did us a favour after all. Mousaka for dinner washed
down with a bottle of French rose.
Run noon to noon 169 miles Total 558 miles
A bit more wind gave us the opportunity of setting the cruising
shute. Here David is winching it up as Ollie guides the sock in which
the shute is kept.
This free footed sail allows us to sail
in the lighter winds, and pulled us along at a good 7 knots in just 12 knots
of wind abaft the beam.
We took it down in the evening, as the
wind went forward. The wind increased also from 12 knots to 25 knots during
The night was also very busy with many
squid/shrimp boats out, their strong lights blinding them to our presence, as
well as ships passing us. One ship which I saw on the AIS I got David
to call up, and he altered course for us, as we were on a dead cert collision
course! I was the unfortunate one that bumped into something that
was very low in the water, but had many lights flashing on it! By the
time I had rushed down to check it on the radar, we were on top of it!
It frightened the life out of me, as I was not sure if there were people on
the raft! Thankfully of course there were not. We had been told
there would be many of these lit rafts about!