Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Another gorgeous day of sunshine and a good sailing breeze. With better weather we can get on with rigging projects: Captain took a small group of people with some rigging experience to show them how to ‘rattle down’ properly so we can get on with replacing ratlines as needed under the eye of the Bosun, followed by an all hands splicing workshop to introduce the short splice.
SHIP’S WORK: Made new heaving lines, each with a heavy ‘monkey’s fist’ knot, to send dock lines ashore, spot painting, set up mizzen topmast stay, and fixed battens onto the main t’gallant yard. Training in watches: main royal and mizzen topmast staysail drill. Weather observations continue in the rough log.
TOWARDS: Flores Island, Azores
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 38°59.5’N /036°12.5’W
DAYS RUN: 125nm
PASSAGE LOG: 1,409nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 234 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: South East by 1/2 South (129°True), 5kts
WIND: W, Force 4
WEATHER: 5/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 64F (18°C), sea surface temp 68F (20°C) barometer reading 1025 millibars
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 4-6 feet, W
SAILS SET: All squares to the t’gallants plus the main royal. Main, fore and mizzen topmast staysails, inner and outer jib, spanker.