At midnight we are sailing downwind with just a reefed main in 15+k wind
and gusts to 25. Rain squalls are popping in and out and the seas are
confused and sharp. We continued in this fashion without change through
the night. The captain took the 9pm to 1am shift as usual, but the
Commander failed to wake him at the start of his next watch (ie. 4am) and
let him sleep until 5:30am. The Captain was grateful to say the least.
At 8am local time (15:00UT) the Queen Jane is sailing on a heading of 225M
at a speed of 6.5-7k over ground (with occasinal burts to 8+). The wind is
from the NNE at about 20k and the seas are relatively tame at 6-8ft and
are also running from the NNE. The skies remain completely overcast and we
have had rain fairly steady but light since about 2am local time.
Around 9:30am the wind backed around to the North and even NW for a while
and we rolled up the jib (which had been poled out on the stbd side) and
unrolled it on the port side (sans pole). We continued on tht way for
couple of hours in the rain.
But before that happened we noticed an alarm running in the cockpit from
the engine control panel. But the engine was not running and the key was
in the off position. I removed the key, it still beeped. I started the
motor and all alarms went off, all readings were normal. But it looks like
the switch has shorted out and will have to be replaced. For now we shut
down the master power switch to the engine controls to squelch the alarm.
At 5pm we have been sailing wing and wing now since this morning at around
10:30 when we moved it over to the stbd side. Again. In the pouring rain
this time. We had several hours of rain accompanied by rolly seas and
confused swells. By 1pm all had settled down and we've been enjoying a
comfortable downwind ride at 7k+ in partly sunny skies.