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Well, my first attempt yesterday to do a blog post via email apparently didn’t work. So much for all my extensive testing before we got underway…
So let’s try this again, shall we? We are still sailing the Bay of Biscay and so far are making pretty good time. Yesterday, conditions were pretty calm which was a nice way to get started, but last evening and into today things are picking up a bit. We had gusts of up to 30 knots AWS while sailing downwind last night and today the waves have swapped direction to more on our beam and become a bit more “washing machine” like. That means we get some good slaps against the hull everyonce in a while. Makes a loud bang but SH just shakes it off and keeps jetting along.
We’re keeping things pretty conservative with the sails as we’ve also been using the engines almost constantly (one at a time) to try and get enough hours on them so we can service them in Spain. Right now, we’re running half our genoa with no main and still touching upwards of 7-8 knots as we surf.
Sorry for no pictures, but with data speeds of about 4-5 kilobits per second, you’ll have to make due with text while we’re out sailing. For me now, it’s breakfast time!