South Africa to the Caribbean – day 5. Chasing the last meridian
Our position at 10.00 (09.00 GMT)Tuesday 24th January
We have 1166 miles to go to St Helena and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 162 miles.
The day started with 4 hours of motoring which gave us a chance to run the watermaker and charge the batteries while we waited for the wind to pick up. By midday the main was back up. At 2pm the genny was out and finally the engine went off as the wind picked up to a F4 beam reach. Bill downloaded a forecast and the wind was predicted to pick up overnight so we put a reef in the main and rolled away some of the genny before sunset. By 10pm the wind picked up to F5 but still on the beam giving us back our speed of 7 – 8kts. The sea has been remarkably calm for the amount of wind we have but the old rogue waves still knock us sideways now and again. It certainly isn’t the champagne sipping conditions I was promised!!
Bill put a second reef in at 5am this morning when a squall came over giving us a bit of drizzle and slightly stronger winds but it dropped back to F4 once the sun came out. I cooked a nice chilli for dinner last night.
We haven’t seen any ships for the last 24 hours.
We’ve passed a couple of milestones in the last 24 hours. Firstly, St Helena is a quarter of the way to Florida and yesterday we passed our quarter of the way to St Helena.
Secondly, we have passed 013E and the last time we went through that meridian was in Denmark, the year before we left on our travels. The definition of sailing around the world is to pass over every meridian and the equator so that means we have now sailed around the world – all we need to do now is join up the two ends. How good is that?
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