Talulah's Web Diary
Paul & Anette Morris
Mon 27 Nov 2006 13:38
26:48.394N 16:27.386W Monday 27th November 2006
Yesterday (Sunday) first - Start of the ARC!
The day started well with a big fat breakfast, and then washing the decks to get all the land dirt off. We decided to hank on the Gennaker sail rather than the new Parasailor for the start, which was quite a spectacle as over 230 yachts crossed the mile wide start line with spinnakers and Gennaker up on a downwind race!
After an hour of decreasing winds we decided to put away the Gennaker and put up the parasail....Thats when things started to go wrong! The Gennaker furler got jammed, so we just threw it all down in through the shower hatch in the port hull and proceeded with getting the parasail up. But even this went wrong when it became twisted, so that came down and we spent the next 2 hours in the cockpit sorting the mess out. Our "sundowner" drinks became "moon-upper" drinks once we'd put a reef in the main, and we settled down to a pizza supper and watch keeping under a stunning starlit night. We saw the lights of other boats, but once dawn came we seemed alone on the ocean.
Monday started with a gentle breeze of 15 knots, a huge 4 metre swell from the North west, and the will to get the parasail up again. Well it's up a flying very well now, and we're rolling along under that sail alone. We had a visitor last night too. As I went around the deck to check things were OK, I found a squid on the side deck! - obviously trying to land in our frying pan but missed! It's been sunny so far, but some isolated showers are due later. Anette is doing her radio schedule with the other yachts in our group, and after that we' going to have some lunch and sit and enjoy the scenery (?) before settling down into watches for the night.
Two photos attached - one of Anette and I before the start of the ARC, and the other of the first morning at sea