So that was the Atlantic.
Malcolm McPherson / Rich Butterworth
Wed 29 Jun 2011 08:12
Position 36:52:1N 008:27:3W
Hello again. Serious fun has been had in the past 36 hours.
The Atlantic gave us a good send off with winds of up to 40 knots, 5 metre waves and a top speed of 12.6 knots. It has been great to experience some real sailing again. We have all have been grinning like Cheshire cats even though we have been getting soaked by spray.
However, all good things must come to an end and we are now sailing with a much more sensible 15 knots of wind. Although the evening watch was slightly more eventful than any of us would have liked. The kamikaze container ship was my favorite. It seemed no matter what, those guys wanted to cause an accident. We even tried shining the searchlight at the bridge but it seems Stevie Wonder was on watch. Once we were through the TSS, the general consensus was that it was going to be a nice easy morning. Not a chance! It seems that our welcoming commitee, which consisted of the entire Portuguese fishing fleet, were in full force and also seemed to have a death wish. Never a dull day.
Anyways, at the moment we can see the Portuguese coastline and its shaping up to be a nice warm day. If the wind keeps doing its thing, we expect to be in Gibraltar mid afternoon tomorrow.