16 November 2013

16th November 2013

Alyson and I had a contact arranged for 0700 (0800gmt) this morning but I had to postpone it till 9am. The wind had been a F7 all night and just before our schedule it picked up to a full gale. I had to set the Storm Jib and call her back. This is the first gale of the trip and it won’t be the last. I’ve been on deck most of the morning seeing how everything is and we are doing pretty good really.

The wind is from the north so we are able to hold a course south and the Aries is doing a sterling job in keeping us sailing downwind. It isn’t that cold really just very windy. Every now and then a frusssh from astern will signal a bigger than normal breaking wave coming at us. Each time I am sure it will swamp us but each time Elsi will lift her stern and surge forwards and we stay mostly dry. She really is a remarkably good sea-boat and I am immensely proud of her. Occasionally a wave will sneak in from the side and land a dollop of water in the cockpit but mostly we are doing really well. The weather looks to continue for the next couple of days so we’ll just have to get used to it. It’ll pass and be fine again before too long.

Thanks again for all your comments, really good to get them.

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