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Day’s Run – 18 November, 2015

Underway at first light to make way for the supply ship whose berth we were graciously allowed to use. Flores was a wonderful port stop: incredibly lush and dramatic scenery, the most amazing waterfalls I’ve ever seen, a very warm welcome from the local population and a dairy making delicious cheese.

Vai at the helm - Lajes

Vai at the helm – Lajes

SHIP’S WORK: Jesse went aloft with needle and palm to herringbone stitch a small tear in the main t’gallant before it could get any bigger. Got another coat of green paint on the new main mast boot, which was installed in Flores, tropical blue spot paint in the breezeways and primer on the batcave hatch. Sail drill in the flying jib, spanker and mizzen topmast staysail. Replaced ratlines in starboard lower shroud. At 1300 the Captain called a fire drill, swiftly followed by an abandon ship drill. I wonder what the passing pod of dolphins thought of 4 people in immersion suits mustering on the quarterdeck.

TOWARDS: Cadiz, Spain
TIME ZONE: ZD + 1
NOON POSITION: 39°26.1’N /030°39.0’W
DAYS RUN: 24nm
PASSAGE LOG: 24nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,200 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: ESE (79°True), 4kts
WIND: SxW, Force 4
WEATHER: 4/8 cloud cover (cirrus and cumulus), air temp 64F (18°C), sea surface temp 66F (19°C) barometer reading 1021 millibars
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 2-4 feet, SxW
SAILS SET: All square sails to the t’gallants, fore and main topmast staysails, inner, outer and flying jib, spanker.

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