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We had more tangible proof of our progress south this afternoon when we officially crossed into Portuguese waters. Our trip log is currently showing 194nm in approx 31 hours, giving us an average SOG of about 6.25 knots. Not too bad! Especially since we’ve been sailing with only a significantly reefed genoa due to wind conditions.
The wind and seas have been growing a bit today and it’s now pretty bumpy with apparent winds gusting into the upper 20’s. Last night I saw a gust of apparent wind of about 35 knots, while we were doing about 7-8 knots sailing downwind. So yes, light winds have not been a problem so far on this passage.
Our biggest issue is the cold. The sun was out today which made things decent, but I think it is dropping into the 40’s or 30’s at night and with the windchill it must be at freezing or below. Last night, I wore 6 layers including my foulies and it was STILL cold. Can you guess why we’re heading south as fast as possible??
At the moment, the sun is setting and we’re having the first of many dance contests on board Starry Horizons. Since Amy is cooking dinner, I’m actually winning by default but a white boy has to take what he can get.