What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday afternoon we were surfing along in perfect seas, beautiful blue skies, sunshine and fair winds.
With Nick W on the helm we reached our current boat speed record of 22 knots, whoops and yells all around. Spirits were high, music played, mothers provided superb food and all in all we understood why we had signed up for this adventure. Our wonderful singing, clearly held an attraction to a local pod of dolphins, who frolicked around our boat and shared our good humour. However, as we all know, all good things must come to an end.
During the midnight watch change, in awkward choppy seas, winds gusting to 30 knots, skudding along under a single reef main sail and a poled out Yankee – everything changed with a bang. The headsail pole tore loose from its track and wrapped itself around the mast. Fortunately the sails weren’t damaged but pole now resembles a banana! Pete was out of his bunk and on deck within seconds and took control of the situation, the team rallied and a sense of calm control was resumed. It was a huge relief that nobody was injured and the damaged can be repaired in port but clearly the incident has meant a change in our planned course to Rio.
Although spirits were temporarily low, we soon rallied and started a new day with a birthday celebration for watch leader Adam. Starboard watch arrived on deck at 8am hoping for a repeat of yesterday’s conditions, only to be faced with several evolutions taking two and a half hours before we had even had a cup of coffee! With the hard work over, Fran & Jean went below to supervise the three course birthday celebration lunch and chocolate birthday cake.