Day 4 Nov 27 th

Thanks for the likes and comments so far!

Milanto is doing well but the wind is 180 degree reversed from a Trade wind so annoying to say the least! Still they are out there in a good position in Racing B. For those more au fait than me you might have already discovered all the tools that Yellowbrick give you as option. Well, I only did today so now I have latitude and longitude and if you hover over a boat you are given wind speed and direction too which shows in the PredictWind bar. Another site of interest could be where you can track a weeks weather  or go to for some detailed news.

Day 4

Night of day 3 quite eventful with strong winds and high seas requiring two reefs in mainsail but progress was good both distance and direction.

Wind 25 knots at times.Rest of day was over cast and squally. We caught a big one just as dinner was about to be served. 30 knots of wind and heavy rain for about 20 mins. In addition we were now heading in the wrong direction and it looked like we might be in for another rough night so we stayed reefed down but it did not materialise and by morning the skies were clear and we were becalmed.

Karl and Nick on the 3am to 7am watch had a night fright, we were keeping an eye on a yacht on our port beam right on the horizon. When when we next looked there was an orange glow where the yacht had been it looked like a fire ! Then the glow turned into two spots of strong light that were like the eyes of a sea monster. We were stone cold sober but the beast  appeared to rush towards us across the sea with its menancing eyes and evil grin. Nick was convinced it was a high speed craft on a fast collision course with us and was about to start the engine and wake the skipper. Both had raised heart rates and adreneline pumping when we realised that it was the crescent moon rising in the west. Phew we had almost woken the skipper to alert him of the rising moon !

Guess this was an optical illusion, as the two extreme corners of the crescent moon appeared through the cloud and got larger it really looked as though an object was rushing towards us at extreme speed. Funny what tricks the mind can play.

On top of the oven problem we have managed to wrap the fishing line around the prop when executing a 360 degree turn due to sailing into a hole. This and the oven will get attention tomorrow when we expect to be becalmed for most of the day.

Weird weather we are having, no sign of trade winds and expecting strong head winds from the West on Sat & Sunday. Its an adventure so all good :-)   

Speed: 4.5 knots @ 224.89°   

Position at: 27 Nov 2013 16:00 UTC

Lat/Lon: 25° 33.43 N, 022° 57.80 W

DTF: 2258.7 NM

2nd in Racing B