Friday, July 18, 2008

Atlantic Crossing 2nd Leg Day 5 - Why I Like Cheese Puffs

In San Francisco Bay we loved the upwind legs of our daysails. The crew would sit on the rail, water splashing and people laughing. Full-time cruising the upwind leg can last for days. Today is day 2 of sailing to wind with the swell on our beam. This makes trying to cook a great challenge. Try cooking while facing the stove on one leg and have someone grab you by your shoulders from behind at random and unexpected times. This will give you the flavor of cooking while sailing to wind. Doing the dishes is tricky too. They keep wanting to fall back into the sink from the drain board. It's enough to make you think that curling up in a secure corner and subsisting on Diet Cokes and cheese puffs is pretty good idea.

Today has been a good making-way day. We've had 15 to 18 knots from the NW most of the day with a speed over ground of about 7 knots. Yesterday was a good day with an average speed of 6.76 knots. We are expecting the winds to lighten up tomorrow from the NW, then on Sunday the wind should back to SW at 20 knots. The weather continues to look good for sailing into the English Channel. Now if only we could find Diet Cokes and cheese puffs.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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