“That ship is 800 feet long and 100 feet wide, it won’t even feel us!”
Those were Gunnar’s words in the early hours of the morning shift today as the consideration about passing a deep sea cargo ship was taking place. This ship was on a collision course with us and closing fast, we needed to alter course. There was talk about steering a course taking us past but in font of the ship, this was quickly and vehemently dismissed by Gunnar as the risk’s are many and not worth the small loss of distance taking the safer route behind the ship. After this short deliberation Don turned us to avoid a collision and we sailed past the enormous ship then worked our way back to the line – 210 degrees. While on this maneuver, in extreme winds, sometimes gusting to 40 knots, Don was able to get the boat up to 18.9 knots, tied with Tim’s speed record.
The night shift also saw very high winds (30 – 40 knots) with Mike twice hitting a boat speed of over 18 knots on one driving shift. The waves were more manageable today, much less squirrelly and not as steep as previous days. Everyone was able to drive today providing good stints of rest and recovery for each person as we cycled through the various work positions on the boat.
Tricky winds were our challenge today. They were very shifty at times and although the wave were more consistent the winds were an extreme challenge at times. On several occasions accidental jibes took place causing the boat to heel over hard and even round up. The crew is experienced at recovering from these unintended maneuvers so there was no damage or injuries, just a lot of noise and flopping around.
The weather is getting noticeably nicer with Dan providing the quote of the day: “All I need to wear today is my PFD!” Wrong Dan!, Very Wrong!!
Another lunar rainbow tonight, we feel very lucky to have the opportunity to see this phenomenal sight.