The Day Started Off Slowly
The day started off very slowly with very light winds from the southwest. It slowly built and by mid afternoon we had 20 knots from 230. We tested our masthead running spinnaker against our masthead reaching spinnaker to find the cross over in angle that each can be carried efficiently. We tested weather having water in our aft tank was better than without. We tested big stay sails and smaller ones. All in all a productive afternoon.
At 2030 local time we passed Ille d’Ouessant off the north west corner of France. The wind was up to 25 knots there so we were enjoying the sunset and ripping along at 25 knots making up for the slow start on the first 40 hours of the trip.
We now have about 20 knots of wind from 300 and making good progress up the English channel. There are a lot of ships around so we are keeping a good eye out for traffic.
We should get to Holland tomorrow afternoon late if the wind holds up.
Life onboard is good. A little damp but good. The crew is all in good spirits and we are looking forward to getting our new Hall mast in the boat on Friday. Jos of Hall Spars has organized a special Dutch dinner for us on Friday night so that plus a hotel room sounds pretty good.