Day 5 - July 6th
41 deg 52,2’ N 140 deg 09,6’ W
Christof here! Strapped in at the nav station again, and the boat is heeling far over to port. Keep in mind that in less wind and rough seas it feels much less like a roller coaster!
Yesterday was shower day! After five days at sea and in finally calmer conditions it was time for a hot shower. Everybody was excited, and the boat smelled somewhat normal again, at least to us.
A couple pairs of socks were protested by one of the two crew in the port aft cabin and made their way to the main cabin where the captain protested ‘no smelly socks in the main cabin’ until they finally were quarantined.
On that note: Our Navigator suggested that wearing close toed Keens without socks worked well during the Oregon Offshore. I gave it a go, and bought a pair of Keens. I used them with no socks and never looked back: comfortable, good grip and warm enough during all the nasty weather we had. I offered my socks to the crew who had to quarantine their socks....but enough sock talk!
Sailing has been pleasant. With winds around 15 kts we are close reaching most of the time making for easy driving. We take turns at the helm and each crew drives for an hour. At night most of us loose focus after an hour and happily hand over the wheel. Especially in a dark, overcast night with no visual references and waves that push the boat around, can make driving challenging.