Our brief calm is over
15 May 2014 | Mid Atlantic
In the early ours of the morning the wind started to increase from the North-east and we began reducing sail under showery leaden skies. By 0530 we were down to the 4th reef in the mainsail and the little staysail. The seas are now up to over 2 meters and we are flying along close hauled again well heeled over and shaken about. At noon we put up the No2 Yankee in bright sunshine which keeps the speed on in the occasional times the wind force drops from force 6 to force 5, and which has a decidedly cool northern feel to it. But the skies are now bright, we are going fast roughly in the right direction and seasickness is at bay. We put the clocks foreward an hour to GMT+3 which is another signpost past by.
Not much life out here, except 3 brown backed gulls with white undersides swooping amongst the peaks and troughs of the waves, and a curious tiny insect like a water boatman became trapped in a corner of the cockpit. Bright blue heart shaped body with spindly legs and fanlike antenna. I never realised insects lived so far out on the ocean.
Forecast is for more of the same until tomorrow evening, when the wind should start backing round and give us a broad reach for a change. 2635 more miles to Cadiz! Hopefully should be there by the 4th June.