Having it all!
Star Chase has just passed Start Point in a good breeze and slightly slumpy conditions. It's overcast and nothing of the nice sunshine from yesterday remains. But we have wind which is more than we could say yesterday!
And let's face it, we'll take wind and wet any time over no wind and sunshine! Except maybe when we're on anchor in the Caribbean...
It's been a good first 2 days. We went for a kite start straight away and managed to keep some good speed up in the middle of the Solent, gybing our way towards the Needles. Although we could see some boats ahead of us getting in to a great windhole, we couldn't avoid it and sailed into it…but luckily enough not for long.
When we got out of it, the wind had changed and we had changed to our big No2 headsail. Tacking passed Hurst Castle and out of the Needles, we still had some wind.
It wasn't meant to last though…we opted for the finding wind strategy and did quite well at first. The risk was getting into water too deep to anchor…we did keep a good breeze for a while, but in the evening things died down a bit, with no option to anchor...
Our strategy paid off though as the wind filled in nicely and we were now well positioned. Still having a good breeze, 22 -25 knots apparent and steaming along under the No3 and one reef in the main. Gained another 6 places overall, so we're happy!
The grib files are predicting lighter winds again in the next couple of hours, so we have to make the most of it while it lasts!
The crew is all doing well and very motivated, keeping out there on the rail, even when not on watch, to give us those crucial extra few degrees pointing. We're getting a bit wet, but with curry and shepherd's pie on the menu, we should be allright!