Monday, 24 February 2014

Temptress does the Atlantic - Day 12

Sunday 23 Feb - noon to noon 158nm

Just 455nm to go this morning at 08:00 so now into juggling sails and wind
to ensure we arrive in daylight on Wednesday. Too fast and the sun will not
be up, too slow and we may have to wait until Thursday. The crew having read
Chris Doyle have now selected the restaurant we'll celebrate in on Wednesday
evening - The Galley Bar, St David's Marina. Skipper and Firstmate are
vaguely making lists of things we need to do ashore; domestic chores such as
the laundry (all we've washed between us are a handful of tea towels, a
couple of bath towels and Joe's salt encrusted shorts) and fresh provisions,
then there are boat jobs like getting a proper fix for the broken shroud
deck fitting and checking out it's pair on the other side. Plus a trip to
the fishing tackle shop is needed and some new mugs - melamine does not
bounce when flung to the floor by a rogue wave we've discovered so we are
down to just one mug apiece.

It rained in the night just once after 02:30 - a monsoon torrent which
lasted just long enough to realise it was raining, less than a minute later
the stars were out again as the F6 pushed the clouds scurrying onwards. But
it is warm enough to not need anything more than a t-shirt and shorts under
the life jacket. The morning was bright and summery with blue skies and
white fluffy clouds and the wind moderated to F3-5 from the east. Paul
cooked the promised Full English whilst the rest of the crew debated shaking
out a reef which we eventually did mid-morning realising that we now need to
average 6.25 knots or more for a Wednesday morning arrival. For the first
time in days Temptress' main was upsized to the 2nd reef. Apart from that
the day was undistinguished from many we've had - pleasant and enjoyable in
the shade of the bimini. Lunch came and went, we generously allowed Paul a
can of Tropical to himself and shared the remaining two as three pints of
shandy for the rest of the crew. The remaining beefsteak tomatoes and lone
carrot were deep sixed, extremely squishy and more than a little mouldy. The
chicken has been poached and will be served in slices with a mushroom sauce
for supper with cabbage (we'll be eating nothing but for the next few weeks
on board) and potatoes. Grog rations after supper before watches started
revealed there will soon be a rum shortage on board, fortunately that can be
easily remedied in Grenada home to the oldest rum distillery. All well on

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