Good morning to you all.
It is my morning warch again from 04:00 to
06:00 hrs , since the last blog I am pleased to report, the weather has
improved,what a difference a day makes! to explain the subject heading for
today, I have studied the Navtex met reports and pulled a synoptic chart from
the weather fax. It would appear the an intense low pressure 998 mb centered to
the south east of Iceland creating gale force winds as far south as Fastnet and
Lundy sea areas just to the north of us and another low 1010mb centered in south
Biscay again creating high winds up to gale 8.The front to the north is clearly
visible ,We are in sea area Sole with the barometer rising slowly at 1019mb
forming a new high that should develop and move east by north east over the
weekend. We are in a storm sandwich of little or no wind,8/10knts at best and
running the engine.Our high is destined to dominate the south for the next few
days pushing the respective lows away.The mackeral sky and mares tails show that
these high winds are not far away, so we are making best speed to
We did manage to sit at the saloon table and have
dinner all together which made a pleasant change for the past few days it has
been dog bowles wherever you can wedge yourself in and eat. Yes in bad weather
we have a dog bowl each the dinner will not stay on a normal plate.Last night it
was my turn to be the galley slave and we had Tuna and potato fish cakes with
sweet corn and garden peas followed by freshly baked jam sponge pudding and
custard. no sign of food poisoning yet! they are all asleep I hope?
Just been on deck to check for traffic and
the sona depth sound ,having been silent since Horta , is reading
566ft.We have just come across the continental shelf,the chart indicates the
depth just three miles to the west at more that 4000 meters, quite a change,that
must be a significant sub sea cliff.
We had contact with the survey /research vessel th
Jamse Cook last night, they were conducting some OBS ocean bottom survey towing
a streamer up to five miles astern.
The radio traffic is now significant having been
silent for so long.The number of ships passing in both directions is also
increasing as we near the western approaches and the seperation zones between
the Scilly Isles and LandsEnd and the Il d Ouessant or Ushant taking
the traffic bound north and south.
There is a big bank of dark cloud to the east
which is the front,I suspect it may produce wind and rain for the rest of
the day, The sun rise has been spectacular and worth having the early morning
watch.Falmouth Coast Guard have just come up on VHF it is reasuring to
hear those guardians of the sea once again.
I must away and get fix some breakfast whilst it is
still reasonably calm.
Best wishes to you all from us all on