The Sun is Out
04 June 2014 | Azores to the Med
Last night was again overcast, driizly, cool and choopy. Still fully reefed mainsail and small yankee jib and staysail and going well at over 7 knots most of the time. At the start of my watch at 8am the sky was a flat grey and a fine spray of rain hung in the air. At 1030 the wind had eased and we shook out a couple of reefs, and by 1200 the sun came out! Now flying along on a reach in bright evening sunshine and looking forward to our first sunset in quite a while.
Nancy asks if this weather is due to climate change? At the local level you cannot know, as our view of the weather is so locally limited and climate science deals with global effects over long periods of time. There is of course something going on with climate change observable in for example glaciers, polar icecaps and changing migratory patterns. There are natural fluctuations in climate, and human activity is causing an overlying effect in enormously complicated ways.
As with politics we are all so bombarded with mis-information both obvious and subtle from vested interests and incompetant journalism that the truth is almost totally obscured. But that little tear in the old mainsail is undeniably getting bigger, however much I try and spin it to myself that it isn't, and I just hope it will hang together until we get to Almeria and I can get it under the sewing machine and put some more patches on! Much like with the climate and hoping that the problem will go away and all our coastal cities will be underwater etc long after we are dead and buried!