Plenty of wind!
After a fairly windless and sluggish start we finally got the wind we were
hoping for and spent most of Monday night stonking along at 7-8 knots under
a reefed main and yankee, with the staysail adding its bit. With a South
Westerly forecast for Wednesday we decided to get as much west in as
possible before turning south for Cape Finisterre. We crossed the
continental shelf at midnight - the depth suddenly changes from 100+ metres
to 1000+ in next to no distance and makes for a lively ride! It was the
first time the lee cloths have been used in anger and they were much
appreciated - particularly the one in the middle of the double berth!
It was a clear night sky and the stars were awesome. This trip was worth it just for
that sight alone.
We woke today to a clear blue sky and sunshine, and the wind has decreased
so that we have been doing a steady 5-6 knots. The plots on the chart are
creeping steadily south west across the Bay of Biscay and we should make
Cape Finisterre sometime tomorrow evening, if the wind keeps up. We'll
resort to the engine only if our speed drops below 3 knots or it looks like
all the sangria will have been drunk before we arrive at the welcome party