Stamm's big comeback
Well it's great to be out here once more, but has taken a while to get into the swing of things. I'm sitting here at the chart table feeling more relaxed than I have in the whole race, and getting used to being out here again.
Hendo and Johnny are on deck - I can hear their seemingly endless run of amusing comments, so things must be okay. Kiny and Bruno are sleeping, and on the windward side which is fantastic, at last we have wind and are sailing in the right direction! We've had dolphins around, and are sailing at a fantastic speed with our gennaker. A perfectly flat sea - virtually no wind, but the speed of our beloved Kingfisher is almost 10 knots - it changes completely the mood on board!
Our attempt to pass further west in the high pressure system has been a stressful one, but I only hope with the fall in pressure - and the new breeze that it's a signal that we are nearly through. A day of hardly moving has been taxing, but the guys have been great - never ending banter which keeps everyone's spirit's up, and the ultimate reward was tonight ( and I don't mean Johnny's sweet and sour lamb) but the breeze filling in. We're on fire!
Kingfisher feels lighter and faster, than ever before, and right now she feels wonderful. The dolphins have been around us today, the sky has been changing almost hourly and we had some great cheese sandwiches for lunch. that's it - just freeze dried left now - I'm sure we will cope!
We've had the usual teething problems with our new gear, computers and the engine, which though we replaced has given us nothing but problems as we've had water in the fuel from an unknown source, and have spent a good few hours in the engine bay covered in diesel.
We that's about all for tonight from Kingfisher. I feel relief to be out here once again, and to be moving at last...it's been a stressful and tactical few days....Lanzarote - here we come!!