Day 11: Let’s go fly a kite
Skippers: Kate Cope / Claire Dresser
Thu 19 Jan 2023 00:40
Day 11: Let’s go fly a kite: Spinnaker run all day
Today has been very light winds so we’ve flown the spinnaker all day. There has been no squalls so far but as the sun has set and the light is fading I’m starting to see signs of clouds on the horizon
I’m alone on deck with the spinnaker but it’s set up for a quick drop with all lines flaked and ready to run plus the lazy guy tied into the companionway. We both can drop it single handed if needed to get it down quick. We are not getting caught out again.
In answer to your questions ….keep them coming we are happy to tell you about life aboard.
Bridget: we had not seen much wildlife at all until at lunch today when a Whale came past the bow , it surfaced and blew then dived away. I’m going to guess pilot whale , it wasn’t very big . Claire had a biggish squid hit her on day one but since then there have just been a few tiny flying fish on the deck. A few birds , possibly a storm petrel. Thankfully No Orcas though I’m told the ones out here don’t eat rudders like the Spanish ones do.
Also yes we have eggs in a sturdy plastic camping style egg box that remarkably keeps them whole.
Judith: I believe we are tracking to finish about Jan 28th but it all depends on the wind and how much sail we dare put up. At the moment we have little wind.
Finally some real purple mist as the sun sets mid Atlantic.