The night kept us very busy. Not in terms of sail changes (we’ve sailed with the same wing on wing setup for a week now) but the wind kept changing in strength and direction and a squall would roll through every hour of even half an hour. A squall is a very local weather phenomena with dark clouds, increased wind and loads of rain. It moves fast and is difficult to see at night. Also the wind direction changed a bit and its not the same as the direction of the waves, so while we are sailing wing on wing, the waves are hitting us from the side. This causes everything inside to fly around the cabin and when we weren’t on shift, we were busy stowing away milk cartons, pencils, glasses, books, life vests, plates, etc. You can probably imagine we didn’t get much sleep..The only one sleeping through it all is Caro, who gets anxious at night and sea sick, so she is bunkered down in her bed until the sun rises.
In the morning, Thomas was on watch from 6:00 to 9:00. This is his favourite watch (also Basti’s) and he gets really excited about the sunrise, the rain and coffee. When everyone got up we all joined him when an angry looking squall rolled in, in our swim wear and armed with soap and shampoo. Ready to wash off the night! It takes a lot of rain to take a decent shower though, and it was not even enough to wet our hair. What a disappointment.. Its really warm, even when we get soaked from the rain its still quite a nice temperature. We don’t have a thermometer but its probably around 26 degrees at night and 30 during the day.
I was the cook of the day and made pancakes for lunch and lasagna for dinner. On plastic plates.. We had a really relaxed afternoon, Caro napped inside and the rest of us were on deck reading books and napping in the sun. We had a shower and did the dishes on a very rocky boat. I can’t recall any other passage where we have had such crazy waves!
Because the wind kept gusting over 30 knots we decided to drop the mainsail completely before sundown. With only a reefed headsail we were a bit slower, but the hydrovane could manage really well with less pressure from the sails. Helmut steered us through the night like a champion!
We made a new watch schedule, reducing Caro’s shifts to one dayshift between 12:00 and 15:00. Around lunchtime we also do the dishes and everyone is on deck to help or take over when she gets seasick or overwhelmed. It meant that I had two nightshifts, one from 21:00 to 0:00 and the sunrise shift from 6:00 to 9:00. This shift is everyones favourite except for mine, I love the solidarity of the dog shifts between 0:00 and 3:00 and 3:00 to 6:00!
Miles of the day: 169 NM (what whaaaat!! Thats 7 knots average)
Coordinates: 13º24.99 N, 52º12.49 W
Highlight of the day: We’re sailing so fast and nothing breaks! That deserves to be underlined.
Drama of the day: Not raining enough to take a shower