Well I was moving in front of the breeze quite nicely yesterday - 10 to 15 knot south easterly, had the jib poled out to help me along. Rain was coming in intermittently, and as it was coming from behind I needed to keep the washboards in to stop it blowing inside. Was down in the cabin keeping dry when next thing I find myself spreadeagled over the plotter on the port side. Wind had gone from 12 knots to 35 in the space of minutes, hit the jib and knocked Spirit onto her side. Although your instincts are screaming "danger" at you in those moments, and it is certainly very scary, logic does kick in as I know how tough Spirit is and the very reason I chose the S&S design was the safety factor in difficult conditions. I knew that she would right herself again, but it did take a little while. There was nothing I could do - no way I could move from the position I was in. I have some control over my arms but my legs are a hopeless case and go pretty much wherever gravity and the odd spasm takes them, so spreadeagled over the plotter I stayed until the wind backed off a bit and sure enough Spirit righted herself as I knew she would. No harm done to either boat or myself, and I reset the sails and unpoled the jib to avoid that happening again.
I discovered the joys of using earplugs when I run the genset for the microwave and to charge the batteries. I still seem to have a problem with the batteries holding power, we thought we might have solved it by isolating one of the batteries but unfortunately there is still a problem. The noise from the genset was doing my head in, so the earplugs seemed just the thing. Until I ate an apple that is! Have you ever eaten an apple with earplugs in? Every crunch is like an explosion in your head - tried a carrot, same deal there.
The only sea life I've seen today was some strange looking little black fish that has decided to keep me company all the way to Airlie - in the cockpit that is. Poor little fella, I think he may be a little on the nose by the time we get there.