Approaching the Strait
05 June 2014 | Azores to the Med
Soon after sending the last missive the wind backed to the North West putting us on a reach, and increased to force 6 with a large and steep sea rolling under our quarter on which we surfed throught the night. It was a wild ride at great speed, and we were thrown around somewhat when especially large and steep seas catch us under the stern and tip the yacht, throwing anything not tied down or hanging on tightly around violently.
A little thrush hitched a ride with us looking worried and fluffed up. It sat on Karel's knee for a while, then took up residence on a towel in the aft cabin. This morning soon after dawn I saw it fly off again. Hope it makes it to land which is still a long way to fly.
But this morning at 0400 it was all over as we came under the protective lee of Cape St. Vincent. We shook out the reefs and raised the genoa. The sky is again overcast, but at least there is no rain. Then the wind picked up and we changed down and reefed again, but by 1030 we were back to full main and Genoa. At 5pm the wind finally gave up and we are now motoring on a calm sea under a grey sky avoiding all the huge container ships and traffic entering and leaving the Strait of Gibraltar.
After spending so many days at 30 degrees it feels great to be upright again, but a pity about the noise of the motor. Weather looks like it will be calm for the next day or so.