Logbook Tres Hombres (August 9, 2012)
Skagerrak Strait, rounding Denmark, by Jan Lundberg
Position: Skagerrak Strait, rounding Denmark from Holland, 57.38 latitude, and 9.38 longitude, at 5pm. Wind direction: NW, wind velocity 6 knots.
Since my last communique yesterday transmitted from the North Sea, we have had significant weather changes. From the average of 19 knots wind and medium-heavy seas in the early evening, wind rose in the night to 25 knots and lasted until early morning. The seas became more extreme, but fortunately the vessel's direction turned slightly east so that the wind and waves were more off to port.
From the standpoint of the forecastle or forepeak, the ship was taking a worrisome pounding. This violent ride was much in the mind alone, as one could not see the overall action of the ship surmounting the waves and speeding along like a dolphin over the water. Yea, when coming on to my watch after little sleep, I was thrown off my bunk when I began to don foul weather gear. However:
On deck, accompanied by the half moon and bright, fat Venus to the east, the sailing was a treat to behold. The howling wind had been too high to keep the royal, so Sam bravely furled it at the top of the forward mast before dawn. As the morning progressed, and sea gulls took advantage of our sails' air action, the wind eased off as did the seas. Eventually the royal was unfurled again, by Anne our 19-year old sailor. Later in the day, with dying wind, she was to put up the ruffy, a triangle-shaped topmost sail. We also put up above the main a gaff topsail.
At this moment the Tres Hombres approaches Denmark's northern tip. We see the coast that is punctuated by light colored cliffs. We're making 3.5 knots speed. The wind is almost directly behind us on a warm summer day for a change. We're all thinking that although mild weather is best for getting a good sleep, our progress is cut down by two-thirds. But for now the crew is making repairs, strumming guitars, sleeping in the sun, and letting some laundry dry. A Friday arrival is looking unlikely unless the wind really picks up.
One question is what the return cargo will be, Denmark to Holland. I can't see Tuborg or Carlsberg beer meeting a true need, but it's an idea. Anything's better when it's sail transported!
- Jan Lundberg
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