Today was a day of reflection. Having slept like a log all night I got up to make Carla her birthday morning coffee for the day before. She had been awake from three, guess her body clock had got lost.
Having complered the morning office work we went for a run. We both needed to do some exercise after four days sitting around. It is only a short not around a mile taking us around the harbour.
Carla's big job today was four loads of washing. Things like the cushion covers from the cockpit were damp from the salt spray and would not now dry out. An all day process.
I put my thinking cap on regarding the Jack Lines. There were two things (neither new) that I didn't like. First, was bending down to clip on, puts in a position that you could just roll out of the boat. Cats do tilt as we found out. Good reason not to have the Jack line on the deck.
Second as you can see from the photo, if one of us did go over the side at the end of the tether we would be in the water. With the water pressure on us going along you would probably have to cut the tether to work your way aft to get back on to the boat.
My conclusion is to move the Jack Lines so when clipped on we can't go past the safety lines on the gunnal. That way keeping us on the boat. It is not an easy fix as there is so much other stuff in the way but something I am going to do this week.
I also want to fit some more deck lights. Going up on to the coach roof at night in total darkness to get the mainsail down or put the third reef in is ridiculous.
We went to the supermarket during the afternoon, partly for a walk and to see a little more at Arrecife. The weather here is so much better. It feels like we are back in the summer. Something we have not felt since Ibiza.
The rest of the day we were really quite lazy. Still in recovery mode from the crossing. I think we will spend one more night here then go down the coast and find a few places to spend a night or two on the hook.
The dyslexic writer
By twenty past six in the morning I was done for. I had to get Carla up and go to sleep. I went down the stairs negotiated the printer which is still on the floor in bits and slowly woke her.
I slept for two solid hours being bounced around in our bed. The noise of the water going past the hull changing from second to second was very intense. However I just slept.
I woke around 8.30am and went upstairs to see how we were getting on. The sea was not as harsh as last night but it had plenty of unpleasantness left in it for us. We were still taking a beating under the bridge deck which makes Ocean Fox judder and vibrate terribly.
We went back to the sail configuration of a postage stamp jib and warps in the water streaming from both hulls. This slowed our progress to around five knots and made Ocean Fox take the long waves better. That just left the cross course waves to give us a good slapping.
Slowly as the day progressed the wind dropped to 25knots and some of the white breaking "houses" of waves reduced. We set about a few jobs around the boat.
The ropes holding the "Brig" to the davits were eating through with the constant swinging. We added an additional line to each side just incase the main line gave way. Where would we be without our Honda?
Next job was the Liferaft. It had become dislodged. It is stored on a bracket at the very rear of the bridge deck, just under the upperside of the deck in a hollow. Somehow the waves had dislodged it and the teather line was in the water slowly being pulled out.
We moved the paddle board out of the way and Carla laid down and swong her body over the back. She managed to get another strap around the front of the container, I then picked it out of the water as she allowed it to stream backwards in the wash. With a little more effort we managed to get this second strap around the canastair. After all we did not want to loose it.
I went upstairs and made some adjustments to the sail and sheets. Managed to get the plotter out of demo mode which for some reason I had put it in to when I attempted to change it from night to day mode this morning.
By four in the afternoon we had the genoa out in...