Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

This is what I came for!

0730 2 FEB 39 30S  32 30W
Speed hardly dropping below 34 knots all night.

A huge change from this time yesterday in temperature, wind speed and sea state.

Sailing with genoa and 2 reefs now, and just about to enter the Forties latitude on this next watch.

Several sail changes during the night demanded top concentration from all the crew, From big gennaker to medium; then one reef; then to the string; the name for the smallest gennaker; then 2 reefs, then to genoa. Each sail change we go to the genoa between changes for max speed which also helps to roll the gennakers in and out. The key crewmen , helm, bow, skipper, trimmer and pitman are all miked up so that shouting or hand signals are not required, then the other 8 are on the grinders providing the power.

On watch now, its going to be exciting driving,  great, its what we come here for..


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