20:21.2 N 31:59.4 W,
Day 9 and our position, as at 18:40 on the 29th, is which now, apparently,
puts us approx.. 25th position in Fleet and maybe 3rd in Class for now, so,
just maybe, our long term plans are working out OK?...
Some of it, of course, does depend upon whether other yachts, like Marta and
Dora, have been doing any motoring?
Does anybody know?
Yesterday was a bad, wet and windy day, with nobody really enjoying it,
except, of course, for Sulana, herself. She really went for it and was
sailing really wel!
All our grand plans went down the pan this afternoon, when the midday GRIB
files came in. There is now in front of us, yet another, previously
unforecast depression building which appears as if it will give us more
headwinds for the foreseeable future.
Sue is NOT impressed!
Our revised plan is now to sail a bit South from where we are, but to look
for the slightly lighter winds ahead of us (7-15 knots) and then to stick
around the latitudes of 18-20 degrees North, in order not to fall into the
trap of too little wind. We may have to do some tacking during the night, or
in the early hours of tomorrow.
Meanwhile Ben's unending cheeriness and string of fancy smoothies for our
cocktail hour, is keeping all our morale high. Tonight we had "Windward
Bashers", with a pineapple and passion fruit base, but no alcohol in these
Since the repair of the blender, Ben's previous extravagant cocktail smoothy
titles have included:
Dirty Banana, French Maid, Pacific Poulet and Mullered Mango!
Well, at least we have finally had suitable weather for Sue and Alan to make
full use of their lovely customised launching party presents, of a pair of
insulated, travel Coffee Mugs. Many thanks to the other Alan and Sue from
West Mersea for those!