Rob Hudson, crew, Atlantic Crossing 12 October
The sun is shining and the sea has calmed a bit, but the wind is still – as it has been for some days now – dead on the nose. We are motoring hard for Black Sod Bay and hope to arrive before nightfall. Jarlath, the original owner and builder of Northabout, has said he’ll be there for a pint. It will be good to meet the man who did the NW and NE passages in this boat about 15 years ago, and that pint of Guinness is looming ever larger on the horizon as we close the coast. Then Dingle, and then home, maybe with stops depending on the wind, but maybe just two legs. We’ll see.
Starting to tidy up the boat, as I expect Jarlath would like to see her, and as I need to be in the skipper’s good books, I volunteered for the heads. As my dear wife, Jan, will confirm, this is NOT something I usually volunteer for. Ben and I have also transformed the forecabin – does he keep his room tidy at home?”