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Good Morning

09 May 2012
David
Well, sorry about the silliness of yesterday. I think we had mid-ocean boredom set in. We motored for 20 hours straight due to the weather and wind/wave conditions. This morning brought a changing wind. It is now out of the north at 20 knots and expected to build to 35 as the day goes on. We are cruising at over 9 knots on a close reach, which means the wind is coming from in front of us. We haven’t had that since day 3. We have a triple reefed main and full jib out right now and will reef the jib as the wind increases.

The excitement for the morning though was dolphins. We had a whole pod come upside the boat and swim with us for about 15 minutes. They were jumping out of the water in groups of two and three. Very cool. BTW, it’s 4:00am and the sun has risen. We haven’t reset out clock since we left and everyday the sunrise gets earlier. I think we will gain 4 hours when we reach the Azores.

Flash forward, it is now 3:00pm. This morning we experienced the roughest and windiest conditions of the trip so far. The wind was a steady 30 knots with gusts to near 40. The seas built quickly. We ran from the wind for 4 hours and lost ground towards our destination. The wind and seas are now calming and we have turned back and very slowly making way. Our speed is down to 3 knots and we are trying to head straight east. Dave is sleeping and Stosh and I are hanging on the deck shooting the breeze. No worries as the boat is handling it very well. It will add on a day or two to our journey though. We hope to get to Horta on Monday or Tuesday now.

Our course is 75 degrees true, 608 miles to Horta

"What's important in life is not how many breaths we get to take,
but those moments that take our breath away"
Jacques Cousteau

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Vessel Name: Palarran
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Hailing Port: Portage, Michigan
Crew: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
About: We enjoy adventurous travel. We also love the water. These two combined have led us to embark on a sailing tour of the Mediterranean. 2015 will be our fourth season.
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David is a small business owner who enjoys planning the family travel in his spare time. Jeanne manages the family and enjoys travel and tennis. Nick is learning how to run a business and cook by founding Nicks Gyros food trailer. Elaina is the joy of the family. Perfect in every way [...]
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The Wanderers

Who: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
Port: Portage, Michigan

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Aldarion was the Heir to the King of Númenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father, who wished his son to spend his youth on the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he built himself a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. He called it PALARRAN, an Elvish name meaning 'Far-Wanderer', and in it he journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Not All Who Wander Are Lost