Monday, December 10, 2012

Atlantic Crossing Westbound, December 10,2o12

Noon (UTC) Position
N 17 38.243
W 056 10.187
C 275T S 7.3 Knots
387 NM to go, 160 NM last 24 (a new Reboot record), 2389 NM on track
Waves 8 - 12 Feet NNE

Sarah had to wrassle down XO last night. We got three flying fish on the deck and he brought one back to the cockpit. We got it away before he could make a mess. Then we took a wave over the side and XO decided he didn't want to wade out along the rail for the other two. I did, and they went overboard. I got the evil look from XO!

The easterly trades seem to have finally filled in. The days are similar - good wind (about 20 knots) night and day. Heavy cloud cover around sunrise and sunset - sometimes some light rain. The rest of the time clear. At night, even though it is 77 degrees the constant wind and spray make us dress much more warmly.

Yesterday we sighted a sail. It turned out to be "Spirit." They are part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) out of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. As fate would have it they passed withing .2 nautical miles of our stern. "Roger's Angels", as the gals on board have taken to calling themselves got on the VHF and chatted it up with the fellow on watch on Spirit. He is from Cornwall, England. He pointed out that he was a qualified skipper, 38 years old, about 70 kilos, had lots of cold beer and he was "looking to breed."

Fair winds and following seas

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