Wow what a great day

Kantara Atlantic Odyssey
Andy Hemens
Sun 20 Nov 2011 18:45
Atmosphere in the marina was amazing with a local band going through whole repertoire, including roll out the barrel and swing low sweet chariot and there were huge crowds cheering and waving the fleet out. After a rainy start to the day, the weather improved and we left in sunny skies and with a beautiful 20 knot northerly.
The start itself was all very mild mannered and we found a lovely gap with clear winds. We have been making good progress with gull winged genoa making an average of nearly 9 knots with winds picking up to 25 knots.We are now on starboard gybe and are going to keep heading south to ensure we miss wind shadow at bottom of the island and will then harden up a tad. It is amazing how quickly the fleet has spread out although we have just had a huge yacht come pretty close across our stern.
I have been looking forward to our first meal at sea and it did not disappoint, tuna nicoise salad made by Joe and Mike which we ate on deck watching the sunset
Joe says ' Are we there yet? '
If anyone wants to send text to the iridium phone then they will need to do so via the iridium website  ( details as per e mail on communications ) also can you put your name at the end of ant texts as its not always obvious ho its from ?
Its getting a bit windy here now , were getting ready for the night watches.
Lets see what tomorrow brings ?
Andy,Joe,Ian,Mike and Jason