Friday, July 13, 2007

NF to IRE - Day 12

Who'd have ever guessed we'd be using our light wind sails on approach to Ireland?!?! We ended up flying the spinnaker for 24hrs straight. We lucked out with 10kt wind (double what the wind charts forecasted) until sunset and then were pleasantly surprised to get a few more knots of breeze. Due to looming large dark fluffy clouds we changed to the 135% for the night.

It was a glorious day aboard event horizon. For starters we had sunshine all day and for several hours it was warm enough to wear short sleeves and let our feet breath the fresh ocean air. I guess you could say it actually felt like July! (We've spent most of the past 12 days bundled up in foul weather gear and sailing boots. Some nights we climbed into our bunks this way so we could quickly jump on deck and into action.) Much of the morning was spent watching a group of over 20 dolphins playing around us. We're not sure if they were enjoying the Irish music we had playing or if they were just showing off but they did all sorts of funny things none of us had witnessed before including jumping strait-up high into the air, back-flips, assorted body-twists and belly-flop-like slaps on the water with their heads. We took turns laying down on the bow where we were just inches from them as they jumped and swam in the bow wake. From all angles, they were amazing to watch. Plus the seas were finally calm enough to read books free from fear of sickness, accomplish boat tasks before the to-do list gets too long, and take showers (#2 of the passage) without risking injury. I think my favorite part of the day was putting on fresh clothes. Saddest part of the day was realizing my Caribbean glow (tan) is only a memory.

While the crew were busy enjoying themselves, the boat made good progress. We are only about one day away from the Fastnet Rock. Now if we encounter no or light wind we have enough fuel to engine into port. So, if all goes according to plan, we should arrive in Kinsale Harbour before mid-day Sunday.

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