Day 6: Azores to the UK
450nm to go to the Isles of Scilly
After a blustery night with winds averaging 20 knots and gusting up to 30 the wind finally died at 18.30 this evening and we are once again motor sailing in 5 knots of breeze.
The cloud cleared for a while today and we had some sunshine but it is still very cold. It’s amazing how you can go from shorts and t shirt to thermals, fleece and oilies over night. We’re having to get use to shoes and socks for the first time in nearly a year. Suddenly we’re appreciating living for so long in warmer climes and it makes you wonder why we choose to return to the UK.
There is not much else of excitement (or even non-excitement!) to report today except that Alan made some date and walnut muffins this afternoon.
We are now well adjusted into our 6 hour watch keeping system at night. Alan does the first six hours, usually from 2200h to 0400h and then I do 0400h to 1000h. Although 6 hours is a long time on watch, it also means we get a good long proper sleep!!
Position at 21.30h UTC Wednesday 22nd July 2012
COG/SOG: 060˚T / 5.5kts
Wind: 310˚T / 5.0 kts