Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Newfoundland to Ireland - Day 1

The first 24 hours have been very slow with moderate winds during the day and basically no wind during the night so we were adrift for over 10 hours. (At this rate the passage will take us over 50 days. Seriously.) Using the engine this early in the trip is not a prudent option as we need to conserve fuel in case we need to run away from any potential bad weather.

We keep having to remind ourselves it is July because of the harsh winter-like temperatures, which feel worse since the thick fog rolled in two days ago. And soon, along with the fog we are expecting showers. I've been wearing my wool ski hat for days both on and below deck. (So much for skipping out on winter!) At least there are three of us so we take turns being on deck and warming up down below.

On the bright side we have been eating well (because I can actually stand upright in the galley) and have time to carefully read weather reports, charts and pleasure books. At the moment I am really enjoying Tales Of A Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman - a women in her late 40's who gives up her LA lifestyle, sells her possessions and with a backpack in tow, travels the world experiencing different cultures.

This just in, now the latest reports are calling for more light wind. Ugh! Could be time for a sail change...

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