Friday, 21 February 2014

Temptress does the Atlantic - Day 9

Thursday 20 Feb

A rocky rolly night, everyone hardly able to sleep as thrown around in the
bunk but I can vouch all this movement gives you some weird dreams so must
have slept a bit. Just after 6am there was another squally shower, making
progress as 922 nm to go as the crow flies. temptress has now covered 1274
nm through the water so the journey total will be more than the great Circle
distance of 2163. Currently the best course we can sail will land us
somewhere to the west of Georgetown, Guyana so we need to gybe again at some
point. Grenada bears 283 degrees magnetic and on this gybe Temptress is
managing 250 or so depending on the wind and waves. On the other it'll be
more like 300.

The event of the day was a display some 200m or so to starboard by one or
more Orca breaching (spelling?)almost completely out of the water, then
twisting to reveal a large expanse of white belly before splashing down on
it's back. An amazing 30 mins or so of entertainment we feel privileged to
have seen. Though we did have a slight moment of fear when one seemed to be
getting closer. In the evening something unseen took todays lure, one of our
Turkish "you will not fail to catch fish with this" metal fish shaped
spinners, ah well looks like we'll be visiting a fishing tackle shop when we
reach the Caribbean. Perhaps one day Temptress and her crew will actually
catch and land a fish supper. Rain again as we were about to dish up supper
(chicken risotto) and again once we'd settled down to eat, Joe and I
retreated below with our bowls. Still amazed at the size of the chicken
breasts we purchased in Gran Canaria - 1.5 fed the four of us a hearty meal,
the other 1.5 are cooked and will for a salad tomorrow night.

When it is not raining the temperatures are heating up - no oilies or
fleeces for the night watches, bimini a necessity by lunchtime. The skippers
beard is coming on a treat, should be quite shaggy by the time this voyage
is over. All well on board

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