6th December 2008
to Libertad this bright, but slightly overcast dawn in the middle of the
Atlantic. I am pleased to report that we have had no more storms overnight, in
fact, just the opposite. The wind overnight has been light and variable but
mainly from the east at an unusable 5/8 knots. with a boat as heavy as Libertad
with a GRT of 15:74 and at least 5 tons of stores water and fuel, we need 12
knots just to get us going.
had a reasonable run yesterday to noon just under the 100 miles considering the
conditions. Today we are expecting a little more with a 100 miles under our belt
and still two hours to run to noon.
delayed the halfway party due to the stormy conditions the night before last, we
had a nice meal and a bottle of chateau Libertad last night, the menu started
with Oxtail soup accompanied by home baked garlic bread followed
by a main course of roast lamb in a red wine sauce with roast potatoes
carrots and peas, for desert, fresh bananas and custard. Yes we really are
baking our very own fresh bread, doesn’t it smell good when it comes out the
oven .mmmmmmmm .
early night watches struggled to keep the boat sailing with just a breath of
wind, by the time I came on watch at 04:00 am and Nick had managed to get a
modest four knots on a course of 260 degrees. I had a go at the crew for not
keeping the boat sailing throughout the night before, so now I have to suffer
the consequences with constant trimming for best speed with the winches above my
bunk working like a manic dervishes, that will teach me!
morning we are enjoying 12knots of wind from the east so we have
just set the spinnaker, what a wonderful sight that sail is , being a
British boat our spinnaker is in patriotic red, white and blue giving us a
fantastic 6:5 knots over the ground, let’s hope we can keep it flying all day.
We have to take it down at night because of the risk of squalls which come out
of nowhere without warning.
has the early morning watch and is in charge of breakfast and I am reliably
informed will be beans on toast with an egg on the top, can't wait.
had had a couple of sleepless nights but I think he had some rest last night and
looks a lot better for it although he has reported a sore throat so he might be
going down with something.
the rest of us are doing great, James has become our fore deck crew
and sail trimmer, James put all his energy in to grinding those winches, Dave
does all the rest leaving Bob to be in charge of himself which presents a
challenge for him at times, He just broke the yoke of our fried eggs I can't
repeat the expleatives,I am left to manage resources i.e. Battery recharging
,water making, navigation and log keeping, So all in all we have exploited each
other’s strengths and try to ignore the weaknesses.
generator has been running for more than seventy hours since leaving Gran
Canaria It was certainly due for a bit of T.L.C. I topped up the oil
(that was a mission in its self, but I won't bore you with the details, it did
however, enable me to exercise some of the vocabulary at the cruder end of my
extensive repertoire of expletives.
must away and make the radio schedule at noon UTC. and report our position and
hear from the rest of the group, I think we are up there with the leaders in
group A are the smaller boats in the fleet. The largest vessel is an Oyster
85 which I suspect might be near or docked in St Lucia already.
and best wishes to all, Paul