And here we are 7 days later and still slogging upwind with a couple more to go. By the time we get to Antigua, it will be the best part of a month since San Diego and credit to the amazing crew of Maiden as she hasn’t given us much grief on our passage, the crew are as cheerful today as the day we set off and makes for great company.
I joined hoping to deepen my sailing experience, and while that has been a huge part of the trip so far, I'm realizing now that many of the lessons aboard Maiden aren't specific to sailing and I am incredibly grateful for those as well.
Since reaching the tropical latitudes it has abruptly become stiflingly hot! Occasional squalls meant a ton of sail changes. Our crew on board for this leg has meshed very well, and it’s fun to throw in all these manoeuvres as a team. We are also taking this opportunity to fine tune our crossover chart which shows us when to use which sail.
It’s funny reflecting back at the beginning, when completing the first lap— for me, getting the boat back to Malta— felt so monumental, and how as it gets closer you start to be more excited to continue on with the second lap through the Middle East and Asia than to finish the first.
A blog post by Amalia Infante 17.23.519N, 104.00.899Boat speed 7.0 knotsTrue Wind Speed 4.6 knotsMotoring and melting… Last night and this the morning, we’ve had to get through some squalls associated with the tropical storm called Raymond. The storm is heading away, but we will probably see some offshore thunderstorms. During the morning, we did have some rain. We reefed, tacked, tacked, and tacked, un/reefed… then we had calm again, forcing us to motor for 2 nautical miles. A great …