Friday 27 June
Today we at
last had real sailing conditions. After an early breakfast, we
set sail at 8.30 and encountered our first problem: the engine started
coughing and spluttering. While Peter ran through his strong language
vocabulary, we hastily raised the sails and set off. Once out of
of Bryher we felt the full force of the Atlantic waves raised by
a force 6
wind, which we were to experience continuously for the next 12 hours.
Peter, Rob and Philip all had a go at the helm, which required massive
concentration to hold the required course. Imram's speed frequently
10 knots and occasionally 12 knots. Most of the waves, up to 2 metres
height, were predictable except for the one that deposited litres
down hemlsman Philip's neck and hit Imram with such force that Barbara
tossed off the floor and landed on top of Lisa!
The wind only abated once we were in the shelter of Milford Haven,
anchored for the night.
ACAPELA, juillet 2003