A fine morning 123 Nm North East of Horta. The breeze is from the South West, blowing force 4 and raising a few white crests on the blue-grey Atlantic.
Two personal triumphs yesterday: Bob, who is partially sighted and John, who's many years of experience have taken it out on his Knees, bo th climbed the rigging unaided to the "Tops". We were very proud of t hem, there were rounds of applause for both. Bob went up first and said that John's face was the most determined he had ever seen, as he f ought his way over the last ovehang.
On our watch last night the lights of the last Azorean islands passed by and disappeared behind us; the lighthouses flashing their reassur ance to all sailors. The stars shone bright overhead and ghostly Shea rwaters flew by as we sailed on, into the night.
Today the weather forecast is for favourable winds, two good days and then a blow or two. Tenacious settles into her seagoing routines, se asick tablets taken, gear stowed securely away. A huge sail is stretched out on deck with Captain Barbara and Bosun Alex inspecting it, planning future repairs. Paint is slapping onto bollards, chafed ropes are being replaced, sawing sounds come from the focs'le. Seawater is dipped, its temperature taken (15c) and comprehensive weather reports sent to the Met. Office 4 times a day.
All is well aboard Tenacious, slicing her way towards Eire, with occasional Dolphins riding the pressure wave.
Love to all family and friends from Rob and the Aft Port watch.