another day at sea
26 June 2009 | 240nm SW of Union Hall
wind calm, glassy sea, overcast, vis good, 1012.5>
Photo at dawn on Friday June 26, 2009; as Eileen Quinn beautifully sings:
and the suns coming up, another day at sea, all is right with the world and me...
Yesterday evening was a nice surprise; expecting less than five knots of wind, instead we received 8-9 knots on port beam (from the Northwest) which Max expertly teased into 13-14 knots of 'apparent' wind - the yacht skimming over a flat sea at 7+ knots. Pure Magic! So at last the crew enjoyed a quiet night; just the haunting sound of seven knots under sail. The breeze held until 1030 this morning, before fading away; time to give the machinery a go and get a good battery charge.
Now the hope is that we will get a good push to Glandore from Southeasterlies ahead of that rather daunting LOW moving up from the south. Nil Desperandum Pat, God Willing we should be moored off Union Hall in Glandore Harbour early Sunday, before any strong winds arrive.
This afternoon our lookout Jody, spotted a large ship on the eastern horizon which Max identified on the AIS (Automatic Identification System) as the Queen Mary 2; a splendid sight, the 1130ft transatlantic liner passed us 7nm on our port side, Course 264(M), at 26.3knots; ETA New York 01/07 0330.
We dine tonight not quite QM2 style - but we do look forward to a defrosted chicken curry!
PS: 1945hrs - Joy of Joys - wind now WSW 18kts; running 'wing & wing' on course, on port tack.