Monday, November 23rd, 2015
We are still sailing close to the wind to make as much easting as possible, the crew are learning to sail ‘full and by the wind’. Since the weather was good and the winds light, the watches had some time to get on with personal projects on watch – practicing knots and marlinspike seamanship, reading, mending clothes and Dale helped the carpenter make a small-boat bailer. Meanwhile forward on the well deck there was Sunday personal maintenance: hair cuts, laundry in buckets and knife sharpening. The string band gathered on the hatch in the afternoon and played some tunes for us to work by.
SHIP’S WORK: Sunday at sea so no additional ship’s work beyond sailing the ship, cooking and domestic cleaning. We had the first ‘marlinspike’ of the voyage this afternoon with popcorn, fruit punch and dancing on the hatch.
TOWARDS: Cadiz, Spain
TIME ZONE: ZD + 1
NOON POSITION: 39°39.5’N /023°42.1’W
DAYS RUN: 70nm
PASSAGE LOG: 400nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 840 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: South south east (173°True), 3kts
WIND: ExN, Force 3
WEATHER: 5/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 60F (16°C), sea surface temp 66F (19°C) barometer reading 1035 millibars
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 1 foot, ExN
SAILS SET: All square sails to the royals, fore, main and mizzen topmast staysails, inner, outer and flying jib, spanker.