Still at it but homeward stretch (Day 7) – Pyxis
We were hoping that this blog would be when we were safely tucked up in Wicklow Harbour however as I start to write the GPS says 23.8 miles from the finish. We will be much closer by the time it transmits as we have no phone signal at the moment.
After a pretty grim day yesterday spent in the cold salty washing machine known as the Irish Sea, it decided to be kinder to us overnight with some good sailing in vaguely the right direction at times, when the tide permitted, and a settling sea state. We resumed proper off watches able to snatch a couple of hours out of out wet outer kit, although everything now has a salty dampness.
Have been meaning to mention the fantastic array of sea birds ever present out here, especially round Mew Island, although I think I ran over one that was snoozing on the sea last night. It really shouted at me and I am sure if I could see it gave me a really nasty look. On the subject of weather and birds we did wonder if someone had inadvertently shot an albatross!
This morning is pleasant with 15kn of breeze and a fair bit of blue sky with sun shining in rays thru the clouds – quite spectacular.
Looking forward to dry land now, our bodies are aching and we look forward to being able to do the simple chores on a stable platform without having to hang on to something, although that may change again later after a couple of well earned beers.
Now less than 17 miles to go – more when we finish.