Gibraltar, "35:59.44N 005:34.55W"
Rainbow left Tarragona on Thursday 5th December, it was a wet and cold morning.
We had had a pretty busy few week, a 5 week yard period and 10 day period thereafter in the water getting the boat ready for the crossing and getting all systems run up.
We have motor sailed for 2 days to Gibraltar, where we have picked up a new delivery mainsail, we literally stopped for 30 mins and then carried on. We have had the perfect weather window so far, with Easterly winds pushing us to Gib, then this morning the wind dropped, and we are going through the Straits with not much wind, but ideally from the East still.
I did not want to hang abut in Gib, as we need to keep this weather window for a couple of days, before the next band of heavy westerlies come in, and we will be far enough South to not be affected. So far so good, and pretty text book weather and all is good.
The boat has been running well, and the works we have done on board with the engineering systems are working well, so long may that continue.
We will start loading the new sail on once through the Straits, probably tomorrow evening if the weather is calm, we can hoist and check, so if any adjustments need to be made, we can do that in Lanzarote.
We have 640nm to Lanzarote, so should be there first thing Wednesday. We will have another good check of the systems, fuel up and provision, and then start the passage to the Caribbean.
That´s all for now.
Mat and the crew of J-H2