October 16, 2009
Today we arrived at the isle of Ibiza in San Antonio around 7 pm after approximately 35 hours sailing.
The purpose was to make route as far as we could and take the wind as it came to go to spain or Ibiza. During the first few hours the wind was changing force and direction all the time; we had to adjust the sails respectively until we came under a big cloud at the high of Barcelona in the afternoon. The wind became stronger and stronger and maintained direction east. We had to reduce the sail, take out the automated pilot as the waves were too high for it to maintain the correct course. Wind from ¾ behind, 5bfts East course on 205 to Ibiza isle!!! As there are only 3 of us, we decided that we were going to do watch of 2 hours each starting as from 8pm. So around 7 we all had dinner and I started with the first watch. My real first watch alone or nearly alone as the captain never really sleeps. At first I was a bit nervous certainly when the sea became stronger, certain waves were pushing us from behind and the boat was sometimes not to be controlled. The sun was gone around 7pm and it was already really dark, the only light I could see at first was one of those passengers vessel all lights on, probably going to Ibiza as well as there were holding more or less the same course as us. So to avoid watching the compass the all time I tried to follow the light and everything went really well. People say you should be able to keep the course only by watching the stars… well I still have to learn ;-). When everything is quiet you realize you are in charge, for real, only 2 hours but everything you are doing, or not doing can be crucial. You could hear the wind blowing form behind and the only thing you see is a grey sail on a black sea and sky.
Watching the stars and feeling the warm wind, while steering during my first watch was pretty amazing and relaxing I have to admit.