Creidne
Sat 18 Aug 2012 14:25
Hello from mid Biscay, just over twenty four hours out from A Coruna and all is well.  We have had a mixed bag of weather from SW 25 to Zero, Sun, fog and rain.  A large following sea as died down and we are currently motor sailing with very light NW winds, achieving 8 knots. Last night we were reefed down, and operating a two watch system, with large merchant vessels approaching uncomfortably close.  Interestingly on the VHF natter net this morning all vessels in our flotilla heading north complained of the same problem.  The glorious sunshine of yesterday has been replaced by duller grey skies, Ireland must be getting close.  Bowline and Granny have the watch with me while most other are sleeping, it was a long night.  Food onboard is terriffic finally I get sail with guys who can cook.  Engine problems experienced on the way down seem to be resolved ( hope I haven't jinxed the Creidne by saying that). we are looking good to arrive off the SE corner of Ireland late PM Monday early AM Tuesday which means we should have no difficultly in making the Tall ships event in Dublin.  Comms gear and all the efforts we put into getting it working right has proven it worth.   With LE Aoife's departure North we have taken on the role of co-ordinating comms with Race Control, some 400+ NM north, using a combination of VHF, MF/HF and Sat Comms to reach out to all stations.  If only the NAVTEX worked....Time for a fix, where's the sextant....