Over the next few days we were affected heavily by the harmattan wind that blows from the Sahara desert.
It reduces visibility substantially due to the sand filled atmosphere and coats everything on board with an orange tinge.
You could quite clearly see the effect on one of the many white 3-strand and braid lines on board – the port side(in this case the east side) would be orange and the starboard side would remain white.
The sails took on a heavier sepia cover than normal and you could feel the sand in your hair as you turned into your bunk.
Nevertheless we sailed on and paid particular attention to the radar for any targets that may appear.