We’ve had two very good days’ sailing so far, with winds more or less from the west, and we’ve covered about 77 miles. Yesterday we got caught in a couple of squalls, one very thundery, which is always a bit scary, and both of them very wet. Thank goodness, as Sam said, for Mr Musto (who made our wonderful, expensive, Gore-Tex waterproofs). Still, with the wind not quite astern of us, at one point we were making over 7 knots over the ground. And for most of the rest of the time the skies have been blue and the sun moderately warm.
The log, which measures our speed through the water, seems to be a bit choked up and is reading about 20% slower than the GPS. And the wind indicator is indicating that the wind is about 20 degrees further west than it actually is.
However, the worst thing that has happened so far is when Guy complained the carpet on the floor in the aft cabin smelled of diesel. This piece of carpet, which was cut to size for us by a nice man in Eye, has had a hard time. It got soaked in poo when the holding tank leaked last June, it picked up diesel when the exhaust hose leaked in July, but we thought we’d finally got it clean. However, it transpired that the diesel filter had expired and filled the bilges with nice fresh diesel for us. The carpet has gone to the rubbish bins and Sam spent this morning fitting a new filter. It’s a good thing we’d allowed for a day’s break here.