Day 12th – July 12th - " Black Magic "
28 deg 15.1 N 152 deg 52.7 NM W
Yesterday we sailed a conservative sail plan, too conservative. The competition is tight, so we put up a kite. It’s called Black Magic. A heavy duty North Sail spinnaker all black with glow in the dark chevrons. We fly it right at the limit we can making driving very physical, but it is faster. We take frequent turns at the helm now as it is very tiring to steer such tight angles.
It is a ton of fun to sail the boat in those conditions though and we all enjoy it tremendously.
Luckily some clouds covered the sky and it was not scorching hot on deck but very pleasant. Below decks is a different story. We went from Turkish bath to Sauna. Particularly the starboard cabin is bad. The hot water heater is right under the tank. Note to self: Put some shut off valves in the water circulating lines to be able to stop the water from being heated when we run the engine for charging batteries.
Today we see more birds than in the past mainly albatross and some snow white birds that circled our mast for a while. More and bigger flying fish today, the largest perhaps 10” long.
Time to catch some sleep before the next shift on deck – Can’t wait to see those glow in the dark chevrons!
Until tomorrow – Salient out.