Wow what a night I get on watch at 2400, 1 knt of wind engine on going no
where fast then 45 mins later the wind increases to 30knts within the space
of 5 mins, so there we all are on deck putting the first reef in....still
well over powered, then the second same story still well over powered
hmm.....no third reef main down and wrapped around the boom. So there we are
in increasing seas with just the number 2 reaching jib still doing inexcess
of 10knts sog!! Man these cookson 40's are so powerful.
There were a couple of casulties of the war, 3 of the Jerry cans tried to
escape (the full ones!) wouldn't you know it, these were subsequently re
tied to the yacht and as we speak they are still with the boat.
Everything inside the boat looked as though the boat had rolled over, these
are now tied up. One of the starboard stauntions, was hit by a big wave
while we were reefing and pulled out of the deck mount where the securing
screw goes through, that is now lashed and padded to prevent any further
damage to itself or the deck of the boat.
After all of this we are still under jib only in similiar winds and ding
between 8 & 10 knts SOG.
Over the last 12 hours we covered 92.5nms and the coresponding 24hrs we
clocked up 175nms,
The Guy's James and Joseph both played sterling roles last night and deserve
a day off, unfortunately that will have to wait for Melbourne.
We are all hoping the wind dies a little later in the afternoon so that we
can get a little more sleep!!
In saying that after I've sent this thats where I'm going.
Have fun yachting and see the world!!! but try hard not to get too wet on