Midnight we had made it
as far as 17:55.4N 31:47.1W – Sunday 7th of December, 2008.
Engine Time – 1.56
Another fantastic day
for sailing, the only problem was we had the wind behind us which makes it all
the more difficult to get anywhere. Believe it or not but the more powerful
point of sail for Silky is at 90 degrees or on the beam as they say. So during
the day we tracked the wind at about 120 degrees to the starboard quarter. This
gave us the best happy medium with reasonable speed and a reasonable amount of
velocity made good.
The evening was a
different story and was the fist time we came into a squall, there was a lot of
lightening in the distance and before long we had winds up in the high
30’s. After reefing in just about all sail, we flew along for a couple of
hours only to have the winds drop back off to a light breeze by the morning.
comments by Fiona: The lightening in the distance lit
up the entire ocean around us. It was pretty amazing. I used to
hate night sailing but out here is a different story. It’s so
clear, the ocean lit up by the stars and moon, that you can see perfectly
well. Not to mention the nights being balmy, requiring no more than
shorts and a t-shirt. Perfect!
Wind Direction –
North East East – moderate
Swell – Moderate
Top Speed – 8.5
Knots Through the water
Distance Covered –
108.0 Nautical Miles