Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Motorsailing: the sailing ship equivalent of putting our foot down. We got underway again on Sunday afternoon and have been making good speed, pushing to get close to Nova Scotia before the next weather system brings strong headwinds, big seas and all sorts of unpleasantness.
SHIP’S WORK: Re-splice starboard main t’gallant sheet aloft, reinstall fairleads in the foresail, sailmaking: inner jib and upper topsail, jiboom shaping continues. There’s a 24 hour engine room watch now the main engine is online, so apart from monitoring machinery the watch is getting some cleaning and painting done.
FROM: St George, Bermuda
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD+3
NOON POSITION: 35°37.0’N /066°22.0’W
DAYS RUN: 110 nm (in 21 hours)
PASSAGE LOG: 205nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 535nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North East half-East (CMG: 018°T) 6.5kts
WIND: Force 3, East
WEATHER: 4/8 cloud cover (stratus), air temp 67F (19°C), sea temp 71F (21.5°C), barometer reading 1031 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HIGHT & DIRECTION: approx 3 feet, NxE
SAILS SET: Staysails, spankers, gaff topsail. Set topsails at the noon change of the watch, and t’gallants shortly after as the wind backed and came fair.