Timshel - Timshel ARC Portugal Day 2
Timshel ARC Portugal Day 2.
Sailing on a broad reach all day, just about at dusk took out last of reefs, and crossed the Continental Shelf - depth goes from 100s of meters to 1000s. Last time we were here (well the only other time we crossed Biscay) there were hordes of dolphins at this point but not today (though forgot to mention the 2 groups that came to the boat yesterday). Seemed to be a very cold night, with a bright moon of course. Sunny morning though and warmer. We were pleased to see from the position reports that we have taken up our customary position at the back of the fleet - we really are not racers. We were just sorting out the weather info when we wre called on channel 16 by a French Naval aircraft telling us we were about to stray until a firing zone, we had to alter course to the east and keep east of 8deg20' until after 1400 UTC. We had heard slightly garbled announcements but the position given was many miles away - hadn't realised there was a 60nm exclusion zone. So we came onto a beam reach our course for the day now defined, at least Timshel was sailing nicely.