Pleasure - Day 10 - Strong trade winds
Hello! All is well on board. More than half of the distance is now done. However, we have experienced stronger winds and a lot higher swells during the last couple of days than is customary for the ARC. At times, rough conditions. The wind has exceeded 30 knots (15 m/s) and swells have been higher than 4 meters. We have gradually adjusted the sails in order sail in a safe way: From gennaker to wing-on-wing with genoa and code-0, then to mainsail and now only genoa. Two days ago, the spinnaker pole broke in two pieces in the middle of the night (stressful situation). Attempt to repair has been ongoing and now seem to have been successfully completed. We have also encountered a couple of squalls. A squall is a smaller area with sudden very strong winds and rain. Luckily, it is possible to get a heads-up from the radar and thus avoid most of them.
Finally, we have the pleasure to report a new speed record. Surfing downhill on a huge wave, we reached 17.4 knots. No crew member declined the offer of one beer to celebrate.
/Newsdesk at S/Y Pleasure