Day 4 of Leg 1, Sept 22nd 2015:
We are about to leave the Bay of Biscay and are heading towards the north-western tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the Cap Finisterre.
I remember this day vividly because I don’t think I ever did as many sail changes in one day as on this one.
From a racing perspective the day was interesting because after a day without seeing competitors, the closer we came to land now, the more competitors became visible.
While the coast looked really interesting and I told myself back then that I would come back one day to discover it with more time, I am happy that I was not forced to sail into port like some of my competitors who had to do repairs or eventually retire from the race.
Now, while reading the log book again I notice that at 4am I note that a cold front hit us and the wind and pressure both indicate that. But I had always thought the second front had hit us the day before… Oh well, maybe it was three cold fronts in the end or I just misread the weather, who knows.
In any case, this and the following day should become the trickiest in the first leg as the spanish and portugese coast seemed to want to do their bad reputation for strong winds and high seas justice.
|NW 15kn||2m||7/8 Sc||1016.6||N44°52.0 / W007°57.8||Groß + Solent||225||5.6kn|
|W 17-20kn||2m||8/8 ?||1016.1||N44°35.4 / W008°15.1||Groß(-) + Solent||206||6.6kn|
|NW 22kn||2.5m||7/8 ?||1016.3||N44°38.7 / W008°29.3||Groß(-) + Solent||225||6.7kn|
Comments from the log book:
1400: just passed a mini with only reefed main and reefed Solent sailing dead east towards the coast. Nobody on deck. Tried calling on vhf but no reply. Could not read sail number due to the sun, looked like a proto.
1750: no log book entries since this morning, really: too much to do! The night was rough – had to hand-steer pretty much all the time or sail with too little sails as the gusts were so brutal. Add to that an impressive 3m swell rolling in from the west.
Started shaking out reefs after 8 am, then with the shifting wind was able to hoist the Code5, then wind shifted back: Main + Solent. Gusts and showers required some reefs, then almost no wind. Then Code0+ full Main, then Rainstorm and 30 knots: 2 reefs in the main, 1 in the solent. After 10 minutes, back to original wind, Code0 and Main, 40 minutes later the whole ordeal again, and then again. Now since about 5pm: full main and big spi and we seem to have too little sails up, the waves are rough.
Just heard Nikki and Andy on the radio but the only word I understood was “Code0”.
|N 5kn||3m||7/8 ?||1019.4||N43°19.2 / W009°28.6||Groß + Big Spi||218||5.7kn|
|N 10kn||2m||8/8 Sc||1020.4||N43°03.3 / W009°38.5||Groß + Big Spi||206||6.4kn|
Distance sailed in last 24h: 153sm
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