Crew member on GBR4669R Pata Negra
Turn right at the light!
Oh, getting the hang of typing at plus 10Knts now! :) We've just
gybed to head into Muckle Flugge (mugga flugga!) and the Outstack and
we're pretty well at our highest at 60 50.00 N. Its COLD!
The day and night have been a fantastic kite run. With a relatively
flat sea, the boat was calm but there was enough for plenty of long
surfs. We were hit by various squalls which you could see rolling
down from the west on us, so we took the kite down 8 times in the last
24 hrs only to put it back up again when the wind/rain had past.
Credit has to go to James who only joined the crew with 2 days to go
and has been an excellent bowman. He has freqently had to clip on and
then get out onto the bowspit to trip the kite, typically as the bow
of the boat sank into a wave. Last night, with the fordeck light
beaming from above, all you could see was a shadow of his arms and
legs after a mountain of spray passed through... looked just like a
sailing version of doing an "angel in the snow". He's really tested
his gear and we can report that "Mum, he needs some new boots". He's
got around this problem by gaffer taping his oillies to his boots.
He's been a great late addition to the crew and us older ones are
really really thankful he's here to do the tough stuff at the front.
The pic shows that we turned right at the light. We're starting to
get into the land of oilrigs and apart from that saw absolutely
NOTHING in the last 20 hrs. No dolphins, no boats, not even many
birds. Clearly far too cold for it. It says a lot when we queue up
to grind to warm ourselves up. We did the honourable thing and left
Giles in bed overnight as 4 on deck was plenty.
Aim to do a report at Muckle Flugge, but it might take some time as we
expect to be turning into 30knts on the wind... keyboard skills might
suffer a bit.