Leg 6 Week 4 - Pass the Whisky and my Revolver
The new title of my book will be....Pass the whiskey and my revolver, a true account of Clipper life.
Thse last few days have been hard,not so much the sailing but mentally. People are starting to get fractious with each other and of course Sarah's death weighs heavily on us all. Every 2nd night we have 2 night watches and getting up for the 2 to 6am is just horrible. Still we have now sailed 4076 miles and are doing good speeds,at this rate we have around 7 days to go.
.........Day 23 - we've broken the 1000 miles to go barrier, so all going well in 5 days we'll be in Seattle.We are building up to one last storm and then it should calm down again. Lying 4th at present with only 30 miles between us and 3rd (Lmax) Only 5 more days of wet, cold kit! Everyone is excited about Seattle and we talk of the things we will do and the food we will eat!
.........Day 25 - 500 miles to go. Weather rough and squally.Broaching all over the place. Felt the snap of my safety teather last night as a huge wave washed over the deck and took several of us with it. No one hurt, although quite shaken. Claire nearly through the guard rails today. Holding on tight now in every way. We have named a cocktail in honour of these scary events. RPG Random,Pacific, Gusts (Rum,Port and Grapefruit juice.) No doubt a few will be drunk in Seattle. 2 days to go.
..........Day 27 - last day at sea. We have made it! We finished the race late last night after a turbulent 24 hours. We had hurricane force winds as the Pacific gave us one last hiding. Sails in the water, people being washed around the deck. All in the black of night. And then it was gone. Today is bright sunshine and calm waters as we motor along the channel to Seattle. Neptune didn't want to set us free but we triumphed with no real injuries. However we are all exhausted and looking forward to the delights of Seattle this evening. It's been an adventure - not quite over yet and not quite the adventure I was expecting but certainly an adventure none the less. 4th place in the race. Dry clothes, a shower and a beer beckon.
The Pacific was awesome. 6036 miles done. 15098 in total.
I flipping well sailed the Pacific, can you believe that! Ha Ha!!! Xxxx