When we hit 9.8 knots over the ground we decided it
was time to get the spinnaker down. The sailmakers' work in Las Palmas was well
worth it, and the snuffer doused the sail very easily despite around 20 knots of
wind. We're still heading about 230 degrees, which should take us clear of the
worst of the nasty weather that is apparently on its way.
In the meantime we've unfurled the bimini -
homemade on Saturday, just hours before the race got under way. Our French
neighbours on Wanako somewhat uncharitably described it as a 'genoa belge' - a
Belgian genoa. We felt this could have been partly due to envy, particularly in
view of their own 'genoa belge' rigged off the furled gib to stop the spinnaker
from getting wrapped around it - a sort of cats cradle of lines.
Anyway, Belgian or otherwise, the device is
affording good shade in the cockpit and giving Summer Song a jaunty air as she
ploughs on at about 6 knots.