We continue to enjoy spectacular weather. Winds are steady and from the right direction.. Fair winds and following seas indeed. We had incredible sailing overnight, with 13-16 knots of wind. Effortless and smooth. We crossed the Nantucket shipping channels at midnight and had to steer around some big fellas, no problem. Phosphorescent dolphin sighting on the 2-5 am watch. Late in the afternoon, having established ourselves in the cobalt waters of the Gulf Stream, and after fighting a contrary eddy current for 4 hours, we bore off to a new heading of 105 degrees. Then how we flew! Winds kicked up to 25-28 knots, and we were broad reaching (which even my wife likes) at 10 knots. We put a reef in the main and still steamed along. We saw 13.5 knots surfing a wave. This is sailing.
We have a 24-hour watch schedule broken into 3 four-hour watches during the day and 4 three-hour watches at night. Two people sit watch at all times; one watch captain and one watch mate. One crew (yay!) is wonderful full time cook. Every 8 am- noon watch is a single. This schedule ensures the watch captains get three off watches to rest and also effects a social rotation among the crew. Night watches move each night so the 2-5am watch occurs only once every four days for any watch captain. Working so far!
Before we changed course we were heeled over and it was a bit lumpy. Just getting dressed for a night watch in these conditions is a challenge. Every time you pick up a leg to put on pants the boat heels a bit harder and you slip, bump , and catch yourself. It is actually pretty good exercise. My particular cabin adds to this challenge as I am on the starboard (uphill) side with nothing to lean on. Every cabinet opens downhill and empties its contents whenever opened. Add to this the 50-pound bag of apples and oranges swinging wildly and you begin to see the fun of it.
We appreciate all of your well-wishes! Time for dinner!