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Atlantic crossing 2016

11/28/2016

At 2am this morning, Nilaya received an Automated Distress call via the VHF radio. Swift work by watchman Tom Ashmore, determined that the vessel sending the distress call was only 4 miles away from our position. Captain Tom Hollyhomes was duly alerted to the potential situation. Further investigation by the crew determined that the vessel making the distress call was another sailing yacht, navigating a parallel course to Nilaya. VHF contact thankfully confirmed they were not in any distress, but their equipment appeared to have malfunctioned.

Those seafarers among you who have had the misfortune to send or receive distress messages at sea will share the relief that this was false alert.

 

For the remainder of the night, a short confused sea limited Nilaya’s speed to an average of 9 knots. The confused sea causing the bow to slam uncomfortably at speeds greater than 10 knots.

 

During a heavy rain squall, the deck team were treated to the sight of a full double rainbow. By mid morning, the wind dropped to a point that sailing was no-longer beneficial. A stunning sight and one to remember.  Motoring at a lower speed to conserve fuel, 60 – 80 miles from the coast of Morroco, passing Casablanca as night descended. The lower speed did have a benefit. Fishing lines were set, but other than a momentary ‘nibble’ on the lure no fresh fish today.  JI

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