Spinnaker whew!...Engine > Fuel?....RAIN!
19 18 N 49 02 W
The crew reckons the captain was bored
yesterday since he had slept well, no wind to worry about and the best sea
state so far encountered……and so what did he want to
do?,,”Have to try out this spinnaker to see if the 3 of us can handle
deploying and recovering. We should know rather than just be scared of it
unknowing”. ….And so, guess what we did; we rigged the spinnaker,
hoisted it, launched it, and, almost impossibly, got the damn thing back on the
deck…..never again to be taken out of the lazerette when only the 3 of us
are on-board….unless it is a casual coastal cruising day and we want to
test our mettle again….even that scenario is slim until more crew experience
is gained through assisting additional crew with the spinnaker in events like
the Antigua Oyster Regatta.
So no real wind to mess with; worn out
from fighting a spinnaker in 12-15 kts of breeze and now the reality of the
lumpy seas fun of rolling around under engine power…..first 4 hours under
engine, not too bad as we were at least able to motor sail. Then the wind
dropped further and we had to abandon motor sailing….furl the 2 sails
completely in…and then REALLY enjoy the lumpy rolliness of mother nature’s
effect on monohull sailboats under power on the ocean.
But the good news!....Rain!! Lots has
already fallen and although at the moment it is not spitting, it soon will and
likely considerable rain for about 12 hours.
And the really good news > once the
rain stops about daybreak tomorrow, Saturday, morning the wind is forecast to
represent itself and push us along nicely to our destination…likely some
time on the 23rd (Ian’s guarantee appears to be invalid unless
he can pull something unbelievably powerful out of mother nature or our
dwindling fuel tanks.
Presently broad reaching at 100 degrees
off the wind out of 130 M. DTG: 755 nm