Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day 2 Simpatica : Raining on Richard

Day 2 was mostly free of stress. We fell into the groove of our watch schedules. We are using the same schedule we used on Marinette from Fort Lauderdale to New York so the three of us got used to it pretty quick. The Shedule is: Tofer 6am-10am, Jimmy 10am-2pm, Richard 2pm-6pm, Tofer 6pm-8pm, Jimmy 8pm-10pm, Richard 10pm-midnight, Tofer midnight-2am, Jimmy 2am-4am, Richard 4am-6am.

This schedule works beautifully and even seems ok when hand steering. We were a bit concerned that the 4 hour day watches might be to much but they work fine so far.

The rain fell in buckets on both of Richard’s day watches while leaving jimmy damp but dry on ours. Richard’s spirits seemed to fall a bit for some reason. The rain also brought to light all of the leaks on the boat. There are a lot but the most troubling was the one over the Nav station where we keep all of the electronics, inverter, Iridium phone etc. We covered it all with plastic bags and towels and it all survived.

We sure enjoy getting your messages. Thanks for the encouragement (Sumoceaan) and jokes (Slowmocean).

We finally have a little wind and are actually sailing with all sails full on a beam reach SW wind @ 8-12 at about 6.5 to 7 knots. The plan is still to stop at Ocean World in the DR for fuel and to check the weather situation before pushing on toward Key West.

Have a GREAT Day,

Captain Tofer, Richard, and Jimmy

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