The past year of sailing to weather did not prepare us too well for what was to come. 1100nm of down wind sailing in 20 to 30kt winds and 8-10 ft swell. The sea is typical Caribbean, short and steep. We have experimented with different sail configurations, none are real comfortable in these conditions. We are currently averaging 7kts for the first 300nm with a maximum speed of over 10 kts surfing down waves.
The crew are doing fine, with the extra people we are settling in on a 4 hour watch schedule that is enabling much needed rest.
Yesterday afternoon was exciting as we caught our first Mahi Mahi of the cruise. Fresh fish for dinner is always welcome aboard Bristol Rose.