Red sky in the morning…
And: AIS electronic miracle!
Day 24, Tuesday 7th June. Did not sleep so well due to big swells causing rolling and knocking from the rudder, but at least this morning we had drifted NE and no more backwards. The fog had lifted and the pre-sunrise eastern sky was a spectacular blaze of red and orange – and made me grateful for being out here…
But what about the saying:
Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, red sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning!?
But in comes a nice text from my son Martin in Oslo with stable, mostly following winds for days ahead, confirming Diana’s predictions from yesterday. Also it is again warm, 19 C, and another day of wearing shorts. But very humid and overcast.
Rollers coming in from SW were at times very large. They are ok to row in as they are like friendly hillsides on the move, slowly up, slowly down, no breakers. Worse with the smaller ones from S and SSE, which has in fact made it impossible to keep my preferred course east. So its been NE all day…
I noticed the barometric pressure has kept falling slowly all day, now 1001. In tonight’s mail comes the explanation as there is a tropical storm Colin moving up from Florida and the Carolinas. It will affect me tomorrow, but is weakened, thank goodness.
Poor charging today and my batteries were low this morning, but for a nice reason: my AIS (automatic identification system) suddenly started working correctly and transmitting last night! I had felt a bit haunted and bewitched yesterday, now a miracle to make up for it?!
A passing ship this afternoon, “Aguaprosper“, confirmed he saw my name and other details on his screen! A big relief, especially in fog. All commercial ships now have the AIS system.
Had to remove my engagement/wedding ring due to thickened skin. My fingers look not unlike those of a reptile shedding old skin!
Boiled rice and onion and a whole egg together. Taste good accompanying a freeze-dried meal. Five onions left now.