1820, Sunday, July 18th, 2010
24-56, 155-14, speed 6, course 205m with 250 nm to go,
Looks like we will be there early Tuesday. Really early if the wind holds up, later if we slow down (probable).
No race is like any other. What a slow start we had. Then a long hard reach on starboard followed by a week of reaching on port tack.
Hardly any spinnaker. Skipper's getting old (er). I can remember when it was a point of pride to blow out $10,000 worth of sails on just about every race. Seems like yesterday.
Crew is shifting gears. Thinking about being home, seeing loved ones, not having to be on edge every moment and available. Single minded dedication to the group is starting to fade into individual concerns.
The last couple days have been really rough. Not big dangerous stormy waves but medium sized waves that seem to come from many different directions. Jumps, lurches, drops, slides............. If you are not holding on most of the time (even when sitting) you will probably get hurt. Bruises are accumulating. How Caroline cooks in these conditions is a marvel. Fresh fish tacos again for lunch today. Lasagna for dinner, dessert, appetizers, etc.
She is so good at it that she is going to miss it once we hit the dock. A special skill.
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