into the westerlies
08 June 2009 | 32 52.5'N:22 06.6'W
W 14kt, rain showers, 1023
Well, Mr GRIB's forecast was pretty good; as we climbed north of the HIGH this morning, sure enough the winds slowly backed to the west and by lunch, we were once again under all plain sail romping on course for Horta at 6.5-7kts.. 'Nigel' happy to take over the steering again, holding a perfect course with the wind 35deg off port bow. Now if the breeze will just back another 25deg we can ease sheets & stop living at 30deg to the horizontal!
Interesting change in the weather today - with every degree we make north, it gets more like the English Channel; overcast skies, much cooler and lumpy seas with the wind on the nose; deja vu indeed. We made a good 24hour run with 155nm on the Log; but 0.5kt of SE setting current, so only 144nm over the ground.
Tried to capture the beauty of the Moon rising from dead astern last night; very amateur result, but I'll post it anyway.
Thanks for the mails Pat and Steve.