the Moonlight Express
09 June 2009 | 34 31.3'N:23 50.8'W
250/16kt, fine, 1023 steady
Corny title, but only way to describe last night; skies cleared and Viente flew at 7kts over a brilliantly lit ocean. Perhaps I should qualify that - in the cockpit, the speed readout showed 7kts, but at the chart table the chart plotter showed 5.8kts over the ground - bloody adverse current again; we have 'enjoyed' a foul current 24/4 so far this trip + we were 'weather bowing' the current on starboard tack and damn it, it's same again on port - aarrrgh!!
Pleased to report that fine weather has been restored, 8/8th Blue today. Lots of company in large fleets of 'Portugese Men 0'War'; I believe they are large stinging jellyfish, but all you see on the surface is lots of pretty little translucent sails, hard on the wind - hope the perishers are not trying to make to windward in this current. As they sail close past, their sails capsize in our wake!
As promised, the wind has backed a tad south of west; Ah , the joy of eased sheets; just reefed the main - still making 7.5kts. Days Run 150nm and all is well.