23 May 2012
We left Ponta Delgata at 4:00pm yesterday and had perfect winds until midnight. It was a great way to break Kerry into the watch schedule. He took Stosh’s 8:00pm to Midnight watch and did well with it. While the wind was great, we were having to tack too far out of our way so we motored from Midnight until 9:00am.
Then Kerry and I rigged the spinnaker and successfully deployed and sailed it for the first time since I’ve owned Palarran. There was 12 knots of wind and we made a consistant 7 knots directly towards Gibraltar. I’m excited about being able to use the spinnaker as we will have several days of the same light wind directly from the West. Where was this when we needed it 8 days ago? The weather pattern looks perfect for the next 5 days so we are expecting a great passage to Gibraltar. In fact, the last three sailing days have really been the best of the trip so far. It was excellent to sail in between Pico and Sao George. We have been visited by dolphins quite regularly and we never get tired of watching them swim past.
Skinny’s Dad lives just outside Gib and is going to take us golfing. We are also going to rent a car to tour Alhambra and Andalusia for a couple days before heading to Ibiza. I’ve never traveled in Spain before and this will be a great opportunity to hit some high points in the southern regions.
We made half our beef tenderloin for dinner today on the grill along with roasted veggies and a Greek salad. It was excellent and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with the dinner. Kerry and I did all the work to give Dave a day off. Yesterday he made pork belly, blood sausage in a saffron sauce, and cabbage. Quite excellent as usual.
Speed 7 knots; Course 100 true; Range 777 miles