Azores to Camaret, France – Day 8
Our position at 10:00 BST Monday 16th July.
47 25 North.
009 06 West. single figures
Our 24 hour run from 10:00 yesterday to 10:00 this morning was 138 miles giving us a better average of 5.7kts. We have 190 miles to go to Camaret.
We motored for 45 hours in the end. I made a mistake yesterday and said we’d motored for the last 30 hours, that should have said the last 42 hours (half a day out). The wind started to build yesterday morning and by midday we put the main back up then set up the twin headsails and turned the engine off at 12.45. By sunset it had picked up to F4 and Bill decided we would put a reef in the main before it got dark. Another front was approaching but this one had rain, lots of it, and 25kt gusts. Not too bad but Bill had his full wet gear on for his watch as he got most of the bad weather. Our track from last night looks a bit wriggly trying to keep the sails inflated but we made good speeds. Moderate seas made sleeping difficult, both tired today. This morning Bill took the twizzle rig down and we are back on a beam reach still with a F4. On course to arrive at Camaret in the evening tomorrow. I can almost smell those crepes.
Bangers and mash and beans with an egg on top for dinner. Lovely jubbly.
The bread turned out well but I put too much treacle in the flap jacks and they are a bit sticky. Bill says nothing wrong with that.
The website link to facebook is working now but it comes down via an email so I can’t see facebook. I’ll look forward to my messages when I get in.
So France won the world cup, they will be insufferable but at least it wasn’t us they beat. Well done to them.
All’s well on board.