10 May 2012
This is a de-ja-vu post from yesterday. Maybe like Groundhog day. This morning started out with a visit by the dolphins, only this time there where hundreds of them. They came up the left side of our boat in formation, leaping out of the air in pure joy. Some would shoot straight up in the air, twist, and land on their side. There were so many that the sea was almost boiling with them. I have some pretty good video of it and will work to edit it into a small Youtube movie.
We have caught good wind today, just from the wrong direction. Much of this trip has been difficult due to unfavorable winds. The Grib files showed they were to come from the north but instead they are northeast, straight from where we want to go. The difficulty with this is that sailboats can’t go directly into the wind. A typical monohull sailboat can sail about 30 to 35 degrees off the wind. Catamarans, due to the lack of a keel, sail about 45 to 50 degrees off the wind. They do like to go downwind though which should work for our passage from the Azores to Gibraltar.
We have a very nice smell in the cabin right now. I have a fresh loaf of egg bread baking and it’s very near completion. The last loaf we made was consumed quickly by all. Dave has is Irish butter ready to slather it on when its done. We are also making water and doing laundry again. Dave did a quick deck wash this afternoon as the salt had accumulated to a thick crust. Speaking of crusts, I need another shower. When you take a shower, you get wet, then turn the water off and soap down and shampoo your hair. Then you rinse off in order to conserve water. Not that we really need to due to the large capacity water maker but it’s a good habit to be in on a boat.
I should mention that it’s getting cold outside. We are wearing jackets and pants during the day and full foul weather gear at night. Stosh found a couple down comforters and has made a nice little nest for sleeping. Tonight is poker night on Palarran. Dave said that Scot’s can’t be beat in gambling, Stosh is trash talking, and for those of you who know how I play Texas Hold-em – I’m all in. We have a whole $3 to win.
Tomorrow should be our most challenging day of sailing on this trip. The winds are going to 35 knots and are sustained. I called my friend Christophe to ask him is opinion on how best to handle the weather and he gave us very good advice. He is going to text me an update tomorrow and is following our progress. He wrote me once and said “Come play in my garden”. It is a beautiful garden but he left out that there’s thorns on the roses. Of course I knew that, but you like to smell the rose first before being pricked by the thorn. We all feel good about it. One thing we all have commented on is how well Palarran has held up. She makes a lot of noise, creaking, groaning, and slamming with the waves. But she always rises up and over. We are fortunate and work to keep her happy.
I would imagine our post for tomorrow will be abbreviated.
The bread is done – Yes.
Course 70 degrees true
Speed 5 knots