Sunday, 1 June 2008

Not quite blind

Sailing tonight through an absolutely Stygian darkness we are almost blind apart from the friendly little faces of all our B and G instruments. It takes a long time to be confident that you not about to hit something as we rush through the dark - you do learn to trust the numbers - but keep a look out nevertheless.

Cracker is a data-rich boat with GPS accurate to a few feet and a LOT of microprocessors - here they are calculating the difference between where we are pointing and where we are actualy going (an easy task for her). As you see there's a little bit of tide running as we pass Beachy Head.

At 3.00 a.m. it is quiet right now - no other boats to be seen apart from the usual fleets of huge and rapid ferries to avoid at Dover, Newhaven etc. At night, these glowing instrument faces are my friends...

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