Monday, May 9th, 2016
REMARKS: After a night of sailing in moderate conditions under Topsails and Courses (still with the ever present fog) this morning it came on to blow fresh. By 1100 the wind was up to Force 8 from the South and all hands were called to take in and furl Upper Topsails and the Mainsail. As the conditions continued to build the crew on deck busied themselves rigging more safety gear, nets, heavy hatch cover and straps. This is a lot of weather for the start of a voyage but the officers and crew were well in control of the situation and good work was done by all hands.
Our gale of wind was short lived however, by 1600 it had moderated and we had set Upper Topsails, Mainsail, Spanker and Jibs. Much to everyone’s delight the fog cleared off in the evening to reveal a beautiful sunset. Not a bad way to finish up a long day.
SHIP’S WORK: Watches drill in handling the Mainsail. Replaced the Starboard Foretack.
FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: La Rochelle, France
TIME ZONE: ZD+3
NOON POSITION: 43°31.7’N /057°49.8’W
DAYS RUN: 129nm
PASSAGE LOG: 310nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 2414nm
COURSE AND SPEED: ESE, 6kts
WIND: S x W , Force 8
WEATHER: Fog and Rain, air temp: 11°C, water temp: 8°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 10 to 12 ft, from the S and SW
SAILS SET: Lower Topsails, Foresail, Fore and Main Topmast Staysails and Mizzen Staysail