A GOOD BREEZE AND FRESH BOTTOM PAINT
16 May 2015 | 36 02'N:25 52'E, BETWEEN TURKEY AND CHANIA, CRETE
It is 9:00 AM and I am sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee. And sailing. Turkey long departed, 20 hours ago.
Crete and the port of Chania, 110 miles ahead on a course of 253.
After a bumpy and cold overnight with little sleep, motoring into a head wind, confused seas, and a field of fishing vessels, this is pure heaven. Moonbeam, at 52 feet and 30 tons, likes a good breeze to get going. We have that, with 18-20 kts apparent, wind on the beam. Speed through the water is averaging in the high 7's and even pegged a 8.5.
Better, one half hour after first writing this, beam winds picked up, boat speed then averaging in the 8's with an occassional surf on a wave for a peg at 9.4! Waves 2-4; boat really cruising along.
WooHoo! As good as it gets!
Isn't this why we fell in love with sailiing in the first place? !!