Crew member on GBR9793T Cheeki Rafiki
Written by Crew member on GBR9793T Cheeki Rafiki Saturday, 04 September 2010 07:55
Red watch came on 2200 - 0200hrs The slog, tacking to the Scilly's continued.
Blue watch came on 0200 - 0600hrs The night sky with its crescent moon and bright stars was now clear and sharp.
This is for me the most beautiful night sky we have seen so far on this RBI race
We have received info from friend via Gareth's surviving 'EU enabled' phone on our position. There is much to race for and we keep discussing options and start thinking about the tides and tactics from the Scilly's..
Helming is now relatively easy, provided you keep focussed and don't linger too long. An hour seems to be the optimum.
With the path of the moon in the water ahead maintaining direction is easy. Orion is clear and sharp off to starboard, the Plough and Polaris dominate to port. A bright star I don't recognise lies high in the south.
Numerous dolphins continue to accompany us, racing under the boat and rushing across the bow. Beautiful creatures. Often four little ones jump together side by side, I imagine I can hear them laughing as they race each other.
Shooting stars make it all even better.
Our plan remains to tack to the Isles of Scilly although there is a rumour of change ahead. In summary Subject to wind change and meal times, etc...., East tack at 0300 South at 0900 East 3pm Wind 140deg
We are now 105nm to IoS at watch change 0600hrs
Red watch returned 0600- 1200hrs