December 06, 2009
Atlantic Ocean 2000 miles – day 15 – 696 miles to go.
Position: 18 59 80N 49 46 85W
Date: Dimanche 6 décembre 2009
Still 1200 miles to go and the wind dropped! Let’s put the Spinnaker and the main sail. We spend 24hours under Spinnaker and auto pilots without any problem. The watch was of course just a bit more stressful as a knot is quickly done in a beautiful light and colorful sail as the Spi. 24hours did I say… oh I meant 22h… just before lunch, just as an occupation we had to undo the magnificent knot around the forestay and once done we decided to put the genoa again as the wind could not even keep the Spinnaker open at some time and it was too risky to keep it. (pics to follow)
On day 13 in the afternoon we started to have a few light gust of wind and rain, it’s easy to recognize, when it’s cloudy and it’s dark under the cloud… and if it is coming towards you à it’s not good. Often we had no wind a moment before and the wind was coming from changing direction…(pics to follow) Luckily we had only a few light rain and wind gust with max force 6 but, During 24 h we had a few gusts lasting not longer than 10 mins every 2 or 3 hours, just the time for everything to dry in between. Once again the watch was not easy as we had to reduce sails in doubt when dark clouds were approaching. At dinner time we saw a few thunder light just beside us, it was beautiful, scary and exciting at the same time, happily we did not have thunder light in the one going pass us.
2 days later we celebrated the 2000 miles sailed since the Canary… with champagne again!