ARC+ LEG 2 DAY 9
29 November 2018 | 14:50 045:25
Distance to go 899Nm, Distance Sailed 1257Nm
Last night we celebrated the halfway point with a bottle of champagne and chicken stir fry and noodles, and a top end F5 for desert. At 2300UT we put in second reef and with Cerulean nicely settled and stable doing 6-7kts and the night watches had little to do, and I for a change managed a good nights sleep in the forecabin for the first time for a couple of nights.
This morning bought F5/6 and cloudy skies which soon cleared away and most of the day has been bright and sunny. The second reef has stayed in but as the wind moderated the partially furled genoa has been progressively unfurled. Perfect NE Trades conditions and the kind of conditions that Cerulean takes in her stride.
Much of the morning was spent with supporting another nearby ARC+ vessel which has a broken forestay. The swaged fitting at the top of the mast had failed, despite having been fitted only in March. The task is to lower the forestay, with the associated foil, sail and furling mechanism (about 100KG). No easy feat at sea with a 3m swell. Our support has been in the form of discussing on the radio the possible strategies to lower it and thinking about possible problems. We have just heard that they have successfully lowered it which is really good news.
For those who think that the ocean swell might sound horrendous, it is actually quite fascinating how Cerulean copes with it. The swell approaches from the Starboard quarter with a wall of water, the stern lifts and the wave passes harmlessly underneath. The rise and fall cannot felt but sometimes when on the peak of the swell, you can look down into this big hole in the water, within a couple seconds you are looking up at the next approaching wave. On top of the rise and fall, there is the rolling side to side. Much of the time, if the boat is making good progress through the water the boat is quite stable, but every 10th wave or so the there a a couple of big rolls, which lasts 15 seconds or so and then settles down again. If sitting comfortably wedged into some nook or cranny it is possible to take the roll as it comes without having to tense up, but sitting upright unsupported, say at the chart table writing a blog, means tensing the back and stomach muscles; they are getting a real work out.
We have now passed another 15 degrees of longitude, so I expect we will be putting Ships Time back an hour tomorrow to -0300 GMT.
By for now.
Cerulean of Penryn