Finally Directly On Coarse
17 May 2014 | Mid Atlantic
The last two days and nights have been mainly cloudy with a very cool breeze out of the northeast which continues to put us close hauled under small sails. The wind generally around 20 knots going up to 30 knots in the infrequent showery squalls. Decks and crew in the cockpit frequently washed by leaping seas. The foredeck bags are suffering from the continuous pounding and are slated for some repair work in the next calm. Otherwise sails and yacht and crew holding up well.
This morning the sky is clear, We shake out the reefs and set the 100% working jib and we are finally directly on course for the Med on a beam reach. Big 3 meter plus swells roll under us from the north where an Atlantic depression is reportedly filling slowly and moving away. Even standing on deck you can't see over the tops of the swells when the yacht is in the trough. Crew again recovered from some mild bouts of seasickness and spirits are up. Miles in the galley cooking brunch, and Karel documenting the affair on video camera much to Miles' amusement!