we watched a seemingly ever increasing red sky at sunset last night (see below)
we had a brief visit of 6-8 small dolphins which ended with a synchronized
jump only feet in front of our bow (Mike G needs to have his camera ready next
time)! With the genoa pooled out and a full sail set (including self-tacking
jib) - the easterly wind began to pick up - blowing to a F 5
overnight. Spinnaker pole and jib safely stowed at dark we were able to make the
most of the winds - routinely registering boats speeds of 9-10 knots,
eventually having to reef the main and genoa to maintain boat balance
in a moderately strong sea state - a lively night for us
morning brought an increase in shipping traffic passing safely across our bows -
either en-route out to the great Atlantic seas or nearing their U.S.
destination. Despite lighter winds the noon day run was a respectable 153nm!
Meanwhile Mike G's diligent attempts to photograph flying fish (to compensate
for the missed dolphins) were reasonably successful (although he claims to
have deleted the best one by accident - somewhat like Mike A's fish
that was never landed)!!
journey is nearing its end Just over 100nm to go) - there is time to
reflect back on our past 8 days on Magic Friday : For some it has been
an insight into the intricacies of sailing a yacht, for some an experience of
long distance blue water sailing and for us all it has been a great
exercise of friendship, team work, routines and organisation. And then to quote
a few of Mike G's out-spoken thoughts on life at sea: (1) There are no
"dumb" sailors (as portrayed in old movies) - sailing a yacht is a
complicated process of sails, sheets (ropes), winches, blocks, kickers
etc..etc...; (2) It is possible to go several days without bathing in
"Purell"; (3) Putting on one's shoes make you feel civilised (after days
without), and (4) It is possible to live without regular news updates, ice
and clean cups all the time!!
Phil, Mike and Mike.