Day 2 - Azores to Dartmouth

Talulah's Web Diary
Paul & Anette Morris
Tue 17 Jun 2008 12:27
Position "41:57.438N 025:04.788W"

Noon, 17th June 2008.

Day 2 of our trip north saw not much excitement except for being visited by lots of dolphins - who came again this morning to give us a breakfast display of leaping and jumping out of the water. The afternoon of yesterday was bright and sunny, but as the sun went down, a few ominous clouds appeared on the horizon.

Although the night was bright, there were no stars and the moon was hidden behind the clouds. As daybreak approached, the wind increased to Force 7 and has remained there all morning. So now we feel that we have finally left the warm weather of the tropics and semi-tropics behind us, as it is cold, the Atlantic is a steel grey in colour and the sky is heavy and grey in all directions. The sea is rough and it is giving us a good 'slamming' now and then. We have 2 reefs in the mainsail and are 'barreling' along quite nicely - when not stopped dead in our tracks by a big wave! The Barometer keeps dropping so I think we are in for more bad weather.

We only completed 133 miles in the last 24 hours, as the wind was very light until this morning. However, if this breeze keeps up we will have done a little more by noon tomorrow. Meanwhile we have just 955 miles to run to the 'Lizard', and we are hoping to reach there by noon on Tuesday 24th June - hopefully!

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