Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Half Way! We are making a very good passage to France, 10 days out and half way across.
Our Sunday weather system moved on overnight and the morning dawned clear with light cloud cover and a Force 4 wind. With this we set all sails in the morning watch. It was a good exercise as there are a few sails this gang haven’t set yet because the wind strength has been SO great since we left Canada.
Unfortunately after enjoying only a few hours of sunshine the fog moved back in. By early afternoon the visibility was reduced again, prompting many of the crew to joke; we must be nearing the coast of Nova Scotia again!
As the seas calmed down we slowly down rigged all of our heavy weather gear to give it a good fresh water rinse, cleaning an inspection ready to be used again when the next weather system comes along.
SHIP’S WORK: Continue overhaul on the fish tackle, ratlines on the fore lower shrouds, replace thumb cleat on the port fore shrouds, continue seaming on Main Topmast Staysail and sew tabling on to new Flying Jib
FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: La Rochelle, France
TIME ZONE: ZD+2
NOON POSITION: 43°19.8’N / 033°27.0’W
DAYS RUN: 157nm
PASSAGE LOG: 1443nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1390nm
COURSE AND SPEED: E x S, 5kts
WIND: SW x W, Force 4-5
WEATHER: Overcast and light Fog, air temp: 16°C, water temp: 15°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 8 to 10 ft, W’rly
SAILS SET: All Square Sail to the Royals, Inner & Outer Jibs, Main & Mizzen Topmast Staysails, Mizzen Staysail, Spanker and Gaff Topsail