As the Derry-Londonderry-Doire Clipper yacht races towards home, skipper Sean McCarter shares his daily blog with the Derry Journal.
Good afternoon sports fans from Derry-Londonderry-Doire!
Yesterday was pretty frustrating with wind higher than forecast but quite unstable in both strength and direction. We delayed sail changes waiting for the breeze to drop, and then lost patience, changed, the wind would drop and we’d have to change back!
We have finally got a combination that is working well with the wind range we are getting at the moment but can easily be changed to suit 5 knots more or 5 knots less.
As predicted yesterday, sea temperature has plummeted to 10 degrees and continues to fall. This makes the already tough job of changing head-sails even harder. During a change today, we had the welcome distraction of a school (pod/heard/gaggle?) of dolphins. They were the small Atlantic type with cream coloured undersides and put on quite an acrobatic display.
Andy Richardson (RTW) and Breidge Boyle (Leg 7 and 8) made a great effort in the galley under less than ideal conditions. Accidentally defrosting too many prawns for lunch meant that we got prawn cocktail starters for dinner, how posh?
8 days ‘til Derry-Londonderry!