As we approach the southwestern corner of the North Atlantic high, the wind has become gradually lighter. With as much sail set as we can carry, the ship is still doing well in the very moderate conditions.
We are expecting this part of the crossing to be slower and are happy with the wind keeping us moving as well as we are.
As usual, the rig is crawling with hands doing various tarring jobs a fixing chafe gear. The Spanker boom was brought down to the rail this afternoon to get some work done on the topping lift and measure for some new sheet block strops. The Sailmakers are busy making any repairs we can find in the strong suite of sails before they will have to be bent on again, probably sometime next week.
The life aboard the ship keeps on going, the routine of the long passage has been settled for a while now and the crew and the ship both have fallen into the rhythm as we roll along peacefully in the gentle mid Atlantic swell.
SHIP’S WORK: Spot paint MONOMOY and the Semi-Dory; Send down Studding Sail gear from the main; end for end Spanker sheets and topping lift; make up new hemp block strops for Spanker sheets; overhaul Main Topmast Staysail sheet pennants; send aloft cranelines on the Mizzen; prep and prime engineer’s ladder to quarterdeck; continue with quarterdeck dutchman; Sailmakers continue repairs to Lower Topsail ‘G’ and continue tabling on new Upper Topsail.
FROM: La Rochelle, France
TOWARDS: Quebec, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD +1
NOON POSITION: 32°04’N / 039°01’W
DAYS RUN: 118nm
PASSAGE LOG: 2560nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 2181nm
COURSE AND SPEED: WNW, 5kts
WIND: ENE, Force 4
WEATHER: Sun and clouds, occasional squall, air temp: 24°C, water temp: 23°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: NE’rly, 2 – 4ft
SAILS SET: All Sail, except Studding sails and Flying Jib