We’re off

Rich's 2019 ARC Blog
Richard Hurd
Thu 10 Oct 2019 06:30
35:33.199N 006:14.286W

Well it’s 0115 on 10th Oct our first night at sea and it’s my watch. The moon is up and the fading lights of the Moroccan coast are starting to flicker and disappear. The African coastline is about 12 miles away and our paths are slowly diverging. We’ve travelled about 55 nautical miles since leaving the Spanish coast and there are only 645 nm to go to Las Palmas.

Xplorer is currently sailing at 7.5 to 8 knots with about 18 to 20 knots of wind from behind in the light of a brilliant moon. The sea is a bit rolly but we’re cracking on with full sail up. George is on the helm and doing a cracking job. There’s a whine coming from the hydro generator which helps keep the beers cold in the fridge.

Saw a few dolphins in the moonlight earlier just frolicking alongside - they didn’t stay for long. Other than that all is good in my little world in the big blue.

Love and light to all. Rich x

Hello from the Big Blue⛵️