4 July 2014 - Logbook Tres Hombres
DATE: 03-07-14 GMT: 08-40 POS: 50-02.6 N, 001-36.4 W COG: 275 SOG: 3.5
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
WIND DIR: SSW
WIND SPD: 10-15 knots
SEA STATE: Calm
AIR PRES: 1022
Third of July. We are in the north of the city of Cherbourg and sailing slowly towards the Atlantic Ocean. The wind is variable in direction and speed and our progress highly depends on the strong tidal streams. The weather forecasts also vary quite a bit as high pressure areas are not that stable and predictable systems.
The closer we get to the center of the English channel, the more cargo ships we see. There are dozens of them, of variable size and shapes, driving this highway of the sea up to the North and Baltic Seas, or down to the Atlantic ocean. Some of them are almost 400 meters long. Next to them we feel small and slow but we proudly carry our organic wine back to France, like a message in a barrel.
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 […]