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At Sea: Balmy days and Big issues

December 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Position 14.33,-44.45. 957 miles togo.
ETA 05:11 16th Dec at 5kn.
Wind NNE 4.

We started the day motoring which means there is any amount of fresh water from the water maker. The boat, crew and clothes got a good clean! Salt crystals build up fast around the boat making everything sticky so great to get rid of them. Then we tried sailing in 5 to 8 knots of wind from just forward of the beam. With the flat sea this was heaven, 4 knots and with the stronger current we had found well over 5 knots on the GPS. Cooling breeze, light enough to open hatches and have it cool below. Just a few small puffy clouds to decorate the sky I think our best sailing day yet.

And now to the big issue. Reaching halfway meant a celebratory whisky was in order. Out came the Springbank, a kind gift from Chris Hall. I have to report it doesn’t quite taste as good at 27’C. So here is the big issue. Should I only carry cask strength whiskies so that water from the fridge will achieve the correct temperature. Should I throw the vegetables out of the fridge and keep a range of whiskies in there instead or should I go American and have ice in malt whisky. Suggestions please.


Tags: At Sea · Atlantic Leg

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 John Watson // Dec 10, 2008 at 8:58 am

    My suggestion, only good for the tropics though, would be to combine 2 of these ideas. Buy cask strength and add 1 ice cube and let it melt before drinking. Result 40% at the right temperature.