Posted by: asolare | 03/12/2007

ARC 2007 Daily Log 8: 2 Dec 2007

Sunday started as Sundays should; quiet, calm and slightly lazy! The Mexican Chicken and Pepper Fajitas were excellent for lunch and kept us going until our Sunday Roast Extravaganza; Roast Lamb with a fresh sprig of Rosemary, roast potatoes, carrots, onions, green beans, gravy and mint sauce …. and not forgetting the fine YORKSHIRE tradition of Yorkshire puddings. Now any Yorkshire family will know how important it is to get the puddings correct… the batter mixture, the temperature, how hot should the oil be, how much oil, how much batter in the tin etc. So there was great delight amongst the crew when some pretty fine Yorkshire puddings appeared from the oven!

Today ‘Monday’ it should have been cereal for breakfast however the Skipper assured us it was Wednesday – which is a Bacon and Eggs and grilled tomatoes day – so being good crew we agreed with the skipper and breakfasted on Bacon and Egg Butties. Afterwards it was confirmed that we were all mistaken and that it was in fact Monday! Oh-well!

We are still whooshing along – but slightly slower at 6-7kts due to a weather trough that we are slowly approaching. Our tactic has been to sail more northerly route compared with the southerly trade-wind route that many other yachts have opted for. Those that also chose a similar route to us appear to have stayed north but a couple of days ago we started to head more southerly in order to minimise the effects of the trough – so we believe we are in a good position compared with others on the same initial routing. The rougher weather we experienced a few days ago has taken casualties – reportedly 6 yachts have broken booms and many have lost spinnaker sails – so all in all we have done quite well with no major injuries other than bumps, scratches, scrapes and bruises.

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