30 December 2019 - Fairtransport
Yesterday we found the wind back again. After sailing a night SW completely downwind with only the squares, upper bob and outer jib up (rolling rolling), in the morning the wind veered and increased. Within an hour we braced, set all stun sails in a good angel to the wind, set the flying jib, inner jib, bob, mainstay, main and gaff topsail. Whoehiee: sailing 8 knots again to the west. The last 24 hours we did 165 miles and we still doing 7.5 knots average. Hope we can continue this speed for another 1200 miles.
Last night we had a movie night on the aft deck (Soraia even made popcorn), we changed the time again and in the extra hour we watched the documentary: ‘around Cape Horn’ about sailing on the P liners nearly 100 years ago. Fantastic to see the seamanship in that time and inspiring to set more and more sails on the Tres Hombres trying to make more and more speed like they did on the old clippers.
In the afternoon we had a lesson of Russian language from Lars, we can write our name now in Russian, always good to know if you’re sailing to Barbados…
In the same time the maintenance is going on: Jeroen made even a new pin rail all the way in the front on the bow above the bowsprit for the stun sail halyards and tacks. The electricity is going well with the new solar panels, tow generator and windmills we use a little bit more energy during the nights but we fill the batteries during the days in the sun. The avocados and bananas are going fast now but we think we will still have some left till we arrive in Barbados.
It’s midnight, we wake up. It’s morning light outside! We can clearly see. The deck, the water surrounding us, the faces of my shipmates, the horizon melting in thousands of colors of blue. The moon goes to sleep, the other watch also. We’re alone on deck with a very light breeze. We’re like an evolution […]
Paint and stain possible on this beautiful day. All sails are up, even the jib that the kids painted in Amsterdam. We sat her under the mainsail. We call it the ‘dolphin sail’. Some of the crew members enjoyed cooking yesterday while Soraia had a day off. Her pastas, oignons beignets, pizzas, lasagna and vegetables […]
Today we rolled our merry way past the Dover Callais line in a magical orange sunrise, having now officially left the English channel at our stern. Where we also had a stark reminder that not all of us are as privileged and free as us here on our little square rig shipping around a Corona […]