Currently located 30nm to the ENE of Lanzarote Island and experiencing strong 18-25kt ENE winds with a 2m ENE swell. Current temperature is 16 degrees
Welcome to day 38 of our voyage. Overnight in strong conditions we made good speed to the ENE and by sunrise we were located 10nm the west of the Island of Lanzarote which is one of the easterly Islands in the Canary Island Group. Originally we were going to tack and alter course to the NW but when I had a closer look I decided that we could pass through Estrecho de la Bocayna which is a strait between the Islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote then get in the lee of these islands and enjoy some good sailing whilst taking in some spectacular scenery. This worked extremely well and given that most of today we have been sheltered from strong winds and a 2m swell we have been able to progress with some activities and enjoy our sailing.
Tonight Clare (still on a high from her breakfast of Nutella Scrolls and Chocolate Muffins) volunteered to write the log so please enjoy Clare’s take of today’s activities onboard Young Endeavour.
Until tomorrow, take care
Captain’s Log – 25 Mar 15
Day 38 –
Hello and welcome to yet another day on the Atlantic. Today was a very special morning! Much to the crew’s delight, cheffo Aaron had been cooking up a storm whilst we slept. The usual bacon and eggs were on offer, but when we woke we discovered a tray to freshly made, still warm nutella scrolls and giant chocolate muffins! Can you imagine being without pastry, baked goods and (mostly) without chocolate for a month, and then waking up to melty, gooey chocolate goodness! My friends at home will not be surprised to know that my eyes lit up and I devoured my chocolate delights without even glancing at the nearby fruit salad. Thus with chocolate covered faces and happy stomaches, our daily routine began.
This afternoon the youth crew was challenged to furl the sails, then switch the engines off and re-set essential sails in a manner which would maintain speed and direction. The purpose of this exercise was to test the crew’s knowledge of sail theory. I am happy to report that it took us shellbacks 13 minutes and 6 seconds to set the main staysail, forestaysail, mainsail and the jib. Our organisation and communication meant we maintained speed (and not bob adrift) and proved that we know how to manipulate this fine ship to take us in the right direction under sail. This has left us assured of our ability to safely sail for another upcoming command period. Elections to positions are due to be held tomorrow and command commencing the following day for 48 hours.
Things are getting nippy here at 29˚N latitude. When on watch I am wearing thermals, a t-shirt, a jumper, a puffy vest and a wet weather jacket and I’m still cold! Down below it’s not so bad but up on deck the wind chill in 25knot winds makes it feel like 7˚C. Although nowhere near as cold as what those who crossed the southern ocean experienced, it’s still pretty fresh for those of us who are not from Tasmania.
That’s all to report from me tonight. Stay tuned for the upcoming command period shenanigans.