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22 / 08 / 2005 ]
LOG BOOK OF GEORGE HENDY NAVIGATOR AND SAILING MASTER
Maximus left Cowes just two days after returning from
Plymouth heading for Sardinia, on the delivery from
Plymouth to Cowes we averaged 20.77 knots reaching in
moderate seas. Small Gennaker and a reef in the main
very pleasent and fast sailing.
We departed Cowes on a sunny tueday morning at 9.30
fully fueled (800 litres) knowing some motoring was
on the cards looking at the weather maps for the comiing
Day one brought very little in the way of excitement
having to motor the entire length of the English channel
and passing the Channel Isles at night so we didnt even
got to see them.
We had the traditional
happy hour, drinks at 5 pm in the afternoon, followed
by some nibbles and a well cooked steak bbq meal by our
Scottish guest Shreck, in the cockpit then continued to
motor into the night hoping for some breeze.
As we entered the Bay of Biscay the breeze showed some
encouraging signs of it filling in so up went the Racing
Code 0 to give us some horsepower and at last be able
to turn the motor off along with it saving some fuel.
This all took place just after dawn next to happen was
a thick bank of fog rolled in on us just as everyone wanted
to take a look at the french coast.
We put a radar watch on due to the number of craft in
the area, most of the time we managed to track all the
boats in a safe manner until we picked up a craft coming
at us faster than we had seen before, a little panic in
the voice set in while it was on collision course. The
next voice from above informed of a low flying aircraft
that passed overhead at about 250 knots, say no more ...
News is that we are hoping to travel at 10-15 knots all
night straight down the track, but as we know it does
not always work out like that and again the main came
down and the motor went on.
Flat seas clear skies breeze swung and we are moving along
at 12-15 knots with the code 0 up for most of the day
towards Cape Finisterre in beautiful sailing conditions,
some of the boys are getting into the job list and ropes
are being spliced in preperation for the next event,..
the Maxi worlds.
An eventful day until the wind finally swung south then
it rained which made the last 60 miles to Finisterre a
dead beat, nobody onboard was that fussed about that change
so we had a few drinks at 5 pm and crackers to follow,
then slowly it backed and we layed. the cape.
Quiet night everyone now settling into there watch systems
and adjusting to life onboard with 10 other guy's not
easy sometimes, but everyone is getting on fine and in
good health. Norm and Duncan one of our English guests
have made new pen pals well that's what we used to call
them, there seems to be a lot of communication going on
and a lot of laughter, they seem happy anyway. As the
dawn broke the wind started to fill in and from behind
which was even better.
By 9.30 am we had 30 knots and a medium sea starting to
build, the weather maps showed 40 knots plus was coming
our way all from behind, by 10.30 Charles had already
claimed a speed of 26.8, soon to be broken by George at
27.2knots putting B watch on top of the board. By 1520
Charles had regained the record speed for the day at 28.1
knots by this time the sea was becoming large and the
surfing on the 30 meter Maximus was becoming a more than
eventful day with the boat screaming along at speeds well
into the 20knots all day made for some great long surfing
The bad news for Charles was that at 1608 hours George
put the boat through 30.2 knots and once again claimed
the speed of the day for B watch, then again though 30.4knots
claiming 60 not out. All this with a cruising main and
a delivery Jib, not long after that the wind started to
drop and the title was safe.
Maximus covered nearly the whole length of Portugal in
one day that gave us a 443 miles 24 hour run not a bad
days run on a delivery voyage!
No wind again, main down motoring, everyone seemed a little
flat after the huge previous, day, so we rounded Cape
Cobo in the morning motoring heading for the straights
of Gibralter, we did a few sums and worked out the fuel
needed to make the journey and desided against trying
it on anyway we were to close for comfort. so we decided
to head for what I thought was a little fishing village
17 miles away on our beam to get fuel, as we approached
the little fishing village it become obvious that it was
more than that it was Portimao a tourist towm on the coast
hotels. beachs sun, and all the things that go along with
those items. Spent the afternoon there getting some supplies,
fuel veg,vodka, Mc Donalds for Max, George, Neville,had
showers a couple of drinks on the boat in the sun that
evening then off to sea a local regatta that day and amazing
to see how many portugal sailors recognised Maximus came
by took photo and congratulated us on our Fastnet result.
That evening we had the full kiwi BBQ in the cockpit on
the back of the boat as we motored towards the straits
all we lacked were some realkiwi lamb chops. Murphy's
law as we now had plenty of fuel onboard... later that
evening the wind filled in and we had a reach at 10-12
knots down the line towards the Straights of Gibralter.
As the sun came up we still had 30 miles to go before
entering the straights, pushing huge current and once
again motoring, looking forward to seeing the famous straights
we had to wait a further 5 hours not entering before 11.30
in the morning,however It was worth staying up just to
view the scenery most of us will may never have the chance
to see again.
Then finally.... the famous Rock of Gibralter . and Bill
and captain Charlie dicided that we needed to go see it
closer, onto customs and off we go. It was a very easy
proceedure and by 1500 hours the crew where off sightseeing
and having a walk around Gibralter, we departed that evening
around 1900 headed into thick fog and a busy shippping
lane on our way towards our next destination not yet named!!
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