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11/15 - 15h00

Cat Napping Best

Cat-napping in the cockpit, tethered to the boat, feel her start to heel over and be really pressed, leap into action - ease spinnaker and grab tiller while boat heading for a wipeout in the huge wind shift. Manage to keep boat beneath sails and take off at 15 + knots into the darkness, no idea what course, but as it happens, it's vaguely in the direction of Guadeloupe. It's fast and fun, wish I wasn't so tired. Had I been on the other gybe, I would have been heading for Canada.

The first squall had 30 knots, and each squall has been different. Unfortunately as  often happens, there is no wind after the squall, so those few high-speed miles are quickly cancelled out. It takes ages for the gradient wind to settle back in.

There is a ship not far away, been catching up for hours, and if there is anyone on watch, they must be wondering whether there is a drink problem on Campagne de France, given the squall-related driving all over the ocean and speed variation.

With all that excitement, I am only just now getting round to dinner (it's 0800 GMT, but still dark).

Attached is a photo of last night's sunset, just beore the squall onslaught.

Need to go and negotiate for a bit more breeze, just a couple of knots more will do....

Miranda/ Campagne de France

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