Shiver me timbers….
A little later though, he was less pleased to get hit by a squall that did not show up on the radar and took the wind speed up from 27 to 45 knots (with sheet rain of course) over a period of about 30 seconds. "All hands on deck" he cried and all hands turned up - except for Tash who slept through the whole night without stirring!!! The rest of us had a cup of tea and waited to see if another one was coming. The next drama was not a squall but a sustained force 7-8 that stayed with us until dawn and is still with us to a certain extent (28-32 knots). We have furled away the genoa for now and are broad reaching under a reefed main and jib heading directly for Grenada and passing Tobago to port . We have about 270nm to run and still expect to be in just before midnight on the 16th. We did make the 210nm run to noon yesterday and we have just logged another 200nm (by the skin of our teeth) at noon today. We had been travelling a bit more slowly in the stronger winds but expect normal service to be resumed shortly. I am expecting it to die down a little this afternoon and allow us to get the genoa out again for a speedy romp home.
All good on board, despite having to close all hatches in the tropical heat to avoid getting swamped by waves which makes it alarmingly hot and sticky down below. Dozing in the cockpit has therefore increased in popularity over the last few hours. I have shed about 5 kilos in sweat making breakfast and bread in the galley (including getting swamped when I foolishly opened a hatch in order to breath!). Looking forward to doing lunch and dinner…….