Posn.52,42.7n, 15,16.7w, baro 1018, sea temp13.2d,air temp12.8d, use 085T, wind SE 35KT 10 October UTC 21.00
We continue to beat to windward, roughly our 5th day of headwinds, in the absolute direction of our interim destination. It can be tiring, incessant engine noise, vibrations, sails flogging, lines banging and a general hobby horse motion of the boat as she powers to windward through the oncoming waves. Thankfully, someone has organised reasonably flat sea, -thanks whoever you are….(around 4m as i write) and not large breaking waves we have had in the past. This makes life bearable and a lot safer for us a small aluminium boat on avery large ocean.
Everyone is tired, ready for a break, and maintaining a genuine smile when they can, its only the captain that is smiling like a terrified chimpanzee as I’m the one who see the weather forecasts!
Its 174 miles to go to be abeam some part of Ireland, hopefully a bit with somewhere i can drop the pick and have a brew with the lads.
As we are approaching 10,000 miles on the clock here, in fact as i look over my right shoulder i see 9999 on the display, so Ben, (Youngest) and i will celebrate by ourselves here in the saloon as the rest of the gang have ‘retired forward’. read ‘horizontal’…completely unmoved by this occasion.
we will have a brazil nut, split a mcvitties chocolate digestive and a minibar can of ginger ale in celebration of a milestone reached (for the vessel and more importantly for Ben). Well done BENJI. Well done NORTHABOUT.