Thursday, July 14, 2011
Coming In Hot
We are just skirting the bottom of the South about 80 miles away from the finish. At current course and speed we should reach Lizard Point tomorrow at daybreak. I was thinking today that it will be nice to see land again -- then I paused, and thought, wow... I have not seen land in almost 3 weeks and only about 10 or so boats. I woke up early for my watch this morning, around 4:30am local time, to see the sun rise. To my surprise, there was a fishing boat right next to us and I have to say it was a bit strange to see another boat so close and other people aside from the 11 others on board Nordwind. It is definitely going to take some getting used to being back on dry land and I am sure will be a bit of sensory overload. The sun is just setting behind me as I write this -- my last sun set with no land (or anything else in sight for that matter) for a while. Just some clouds and a few birds. We are finishing strong with 5 sails up: an asymmetrical spinnaker, the staysail, the main sail, the mizzen staysail (or sometimes referred to as the "cuchillo" or Spanish for "blade"), and the mizzen. We are humming along and the plan is to pass the and Seven Stones to starboard and come in hot past and to Lizard Point. I am definitely looking forward for the finish, a bit of a party in , and a quick safe trip back home.