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Day 2- ARC Portugal

After a gentle night, dawn arose with the light winds continuing. Rather surprisingly, there were still about 6 other rally yachts in sight. By 0600, the decision was taken to go on engine for a while to maintain some pace and to recharge the batteries. The good news was that a couple of hours later we had the chute up.

The good weather continued throughout the day, with the wind strengthening in the late afternoon. The chute was dropped, and with bigger seas and stronger gusts, the sails were well reefed for the night. Passing over the edge of the Continental shelf, the sea abated, and the depth instrument went from 190 metres to 1.5 metres! The true reading should have been in the thousands.

Coming on watch at dawn was beautiful. No other vessels in sight (or on AIS), and the knowledge of being a long way from land makes one quite reflctive. Watching the following seas rise up a metre or so higher than the stern of the boat is mesmeric, as the waves lift and pass under the boat.

Total distance logged now 258nm.

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This entry was posted on June 8, 2013 by in England to Portugal.
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