Position Update - Surfin' in the dark.....
Wild Carol does Australia
John and Fiona Fraser
Fri 24 Jun 2011 09:56
1100 24th June
We left La Coruna at around 10:30 hrs Wednesday 23rd .... and motor sailed a wee while out through the approaches and heading West ... after an hour or so we hoisted the Jib and Main and sailed at a good pace towards the point and turned South .. weather was pretty dull upon departure but the sun came out as we turned the point .. and some of us took the opportunity to get some sun on our backs ... and legs... and arms ... and elsewhere ....Finished a really good book - The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Spanish writer and quite apt since we are in ... ummm ...Spain .
Instead of reporting on shift both Max and Iain remained below ... but only to produce an al fresco lunch of Spanish Lomo and Chorizo, plus an assortment of mixed salad type things all based on tomatoes and garlic.... along with a new format for Patatas Bravas which was also excellent .... all this washed down with a medium sized tin of cold Spanish beer - Estrella Galicia .... the boys were forgiven and they also had the bonus that an hour of their watch had disappeared..... hmmm. having turned the point and heading South we set up the sails gull winged and with a brisk wind fully on the stern, we whizzed Southwards into and through the night... I had 10:8 kn but John usurped my leading speed by doing 11.1kn... Later Iain also hit 10.8 kn.... Hate to mention the obvious but for the sake of the record we were visited on numerous occasions by dolphins.... As Wild Carol careered Southwards over a rough sea, these beasts flew in from all directions rushing alongside port and starboard, and seeming to caress the bow, before as always, departing silently..... not much sleep by anyone through the night and with the Northerly, there was a distinct cold bite to the wind...
All changed in the morning with the sun coming up, at first cold and white, but swiftly turning to burning hot on a clear cloudless sky... Porridge with, and without prunes as took our fancy for breakfast, with plans for FSB - Full Spanish Breakfast ... planned from nearer noon ....Following breakfast we completed a seamless jibe, still on the gull wing arrangement ....And that's the end of this blog.
Believe it or not this is how to peel tomatoes...
and this is the result - a Spanish lunch