Our excellent trade wind sailing continues. The forecast however is for the winds to start getting lighter and we can already feel that today. But it is no matter to us as we have been making good time and will continue to have good weather if not fast sailing.
The Mate and the Bosun are still using the weather to great advantage, with much paint going on the occasional varnish project and many small jobs in the rig that just aren’t possible on higher latitude passages.
As the conditions were good for it this afternoon we held a man overboard drill. This can require a lot of sail handling and quick thinking with so much sail set and to get the boat away safely and quickly at the same time. In this case with the Studding Sails set it is important not to get them aback as they are only supported from the aft side. So while in most drills we turn the ship into the wind on the tack we are already on, in this case we turn away from the wind giving the crew time to get the Studding Sails down while we wear ship. In these moderate conditions we can also leave the spanker set which will help kick the stern around once we have come onto the other tack. The result of this manoeuvring is that the ship becomes hove to (stopped) on the Port tack with the Fore Yards aback and the Main yards braced up and no gear broken! Then once it is safe, the rescue boat is away to recover the buoy we had thrown overboard. The crew did well and from the time we called the drill, the rescue boat was back alongside with the buoy in 6 minutes flat.
But this is still a good reminder to the crew, seeing what it takes to recover someone in near perfect conditions with all hands standing by. The best solution is prevention, and we as a whole crew must remain vigilant in order to keep everybody safely on board.
After the drill the crew showed that they have been doing well with their sail drill, we wore ship again to get back on course and the Studding Sails flew up into the rig, and off we went to the Northwest.
SHIP’S WORK: Re-seize Upper Topsail backropes; set up Main T’gallant shrouds; Painting on Engineer’s ladder; hatch combing; aloha deck; MONOMY and Semi-Dory; Carpenters begin making new main boom for MONOMY and continue with quarterdeck dutchman; Sailmakers replace suncloth and ropecover on the head of Lower Topsail ‘G’ and begin Roping on new Upper Topsail.
FROM: La Rochelle, France
TOWARDS: Quebec, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD +1
NOON POSITION: 33°51’N / 042°47’W
DAYS RUN: 117nm
PASSAGE LOG: 2780nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1770nm
COURSE AND SPEED: NW x W, 5kts
WIND: E, Force 4
WEATHER: Sunny, occasional squall, air temp: 25°C, water temp: 24°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: E’rly, 1 – 2ft
SAILS SET: All Sail