So far…an albatross free day, but the temperature has dropped and socks are wet!

12 12 2011

We had the cold front pass over us last night. Was a pretty benign front in terms of the ones we had on Leg 1 with classic pre frontal dips in the barometer then a hard squall with the shift. This one just came as a bit of rain and an instant shift without much increase in pressure, however we had a shocker. Our fractional spinnaker is now out of action for a while sustaining some damage due to the instant shift and confused seas.

The temperature has dropped significantly with the passing of the front and we are desperately trying to keep socks and gear dry as the slightest bit of damp just seems to attract the cold – especially socks…but generally life is the same except a mirror shift in everything – after being on port for days and days on end it takes a few hours to get used to everything being on the other side of the boat – sounds odd but true.

Yesterday’s albatross has been the subject of discussion today, not sure that having an albatross landing in your cockpit has happened to many, and am pretty sure there are some sceptics out there that it actually did happen. Didn’t get a photo as the poor beast looked so distressed that getting him back to the air was high priority. It was amazing to see something that is so graceful in the air so helpless on land, it’s wings were so big that it didn’t seem to be able hold them up, mind you the relative confined space of our cockpit is no place for a 2m odd wingspanned bird. I was pretty worried that it was going to try and take chunk out of me with its huge beak as I got close to it, however as I picked it up it just gave a bit of a squawk and flopped helplessly back into the water then a few furious flaps and took off. The cockpit stunk of albatross lunch for a few hours as it had emptied its stomach contents everywhere. A once in a lifetime experience I guess holding an albatross in your arms in the southern ocean.