Noon Position: 49 56.9 N 001 35.3 E
Course: Southwest Speed: 5 knots
Wind: West, light
Weather: Overcast, mild
Day's run: 92 miles
At 3 p.m. some wind arrived and up went the sails, initially from the north
it soon backed around into the west, a dead muzzler, so while I have posted
a day's run of 92 miles we have in fact only made good a distance of 54
miles in the direction we wish to go. The tide continues to play havoc with
our progress, obviously it all averages out over a few days but when sailing
close hauled it can very misleading as to the how well the boat is sailing.
Alderney is not too far off now, only 26 miles. Ordinarily I would say we
would easily make it my this evening but we have a foul tide to get through
yet where we will quite probably make no progress at all, and if last night
is anything to go by will probably end up going backwards for a few hours.
A high speed wave piercing catamaran ferry just went past, I could hear the
high pitch whine of its turbines from below. Now I reckon a nice little
omni-directional passive sonar would be a very useful anti-collision device
We keep plugging along.
All is well.
Skipper Bob is making like a yo-yo again, up and down all night. Still I do
my best to accommodate and think I am getting the hang of his
idiosyncracies, try to make room for him when he returns to the bunk - aren't
I just the considerate one.
I am starting to think Elbuort was in fact an hallucination, haven't heard
from him for two days now. Skipper Bob fixed up the salt water pump two days
ago now, is it a coincidence? It still leaks just a tiny bit, maybe Elbuort
is busy working on this. It is probably taking all of his mystical powers to
get the glue to come unstuck Anyway for now I can sleep in peace . Zzzzzzz.