39:22.04N 23:00.36W Star Dancer at 1200UTC Saturday 9th June
STAR DANCER'S OCCASIONAL LOG
Sat 9 Jun 2007 15:04
With no land to worry about and the fetch of the Atlantic storm waves so long it was a different situation to that faced in the English Channel. Certainly the biggest seas I have sailed in and a real test for Star Dancer - we both agree she was simply great. The rudders always dug in - lots of stern weight and the 4 tons of grounding plate and keel made her feel really stable - she never hesitated in coming back from a wave strike.
Well we are not too far away now. At 0700 this morning we altered course investigate as we approached another yacht which was wallowing and had no sails set - it was Merlin another AZAB that had suffered damage and was only able to use a headsail. We offered some deisel but would had been a difficult transfer in a lumpy seastate blowing 27kts and it was declined by the single hander on board - he is 'limping' into Ponta Delgada.
Right now Robert is making lunch - freshly baked rolls with tuna while outside it is blowing 25/30kts as we close reach towards the finish line - another bumpy day but our speed is good (7.5kts speed over ground)
Robert Hughes a friend from Northshore (doing the return leg on Sea Spine) sneeked a bottle of Champagne on board in Falmouth for when we get to the finish in Ponta Delgada - perhaps sometime in the next 48hrs - all being well!
Rob and Robert