Weather: Gray, overcast. Big seas as water shallows and channels around Ireland.
General Comments: "LAND HO!" Kyle shouted around 0521 (GMT) this morning (at this latitude by then, the sun had already been up for an hour). Finally, we could see Ireland (well he could, I'm afraid I acknowledged him, rolled over, and went back to sleep. Kyle says I'm dead inside). When I finally awoke, it was to the cry of seabirds and a gray sliver of land filling the horizon (Ireland is definitely not the Emerald Isle today). Fastnet light is ahead of us, but still a tiny stick right now. We are all set to arrive and clear in by early afternoon. Very few ships around, but we are getting lots of Irish Coast Guard chatter (weather and basics) but not much else on the Radio.
[Kyle]We are getting into shallower water, and the seas are building. Although winds are only 15-20kt, the waves overtaking us are 15-20'. It is not a good day for a day sail, and we are glad to be headed downwind and not into this mess. We are both very excited.
Food: I wanted to use the last of our Bermuda Free Range/Organic chicken so made Pasta with parmesean chicken... Tonight should be a pub food (with a Guinness perhaps?) if we can find an ATM, or the pub takes cards.
Progress: Yesterday we made 136nm, So far on this trip we have traveled (through the water) 2783nm, and have 16nm (plotted direct course) to go.