South Africa to the Caribbean – day 7
Our position at 10.00 (09.00 GMT)Thursday 26th January
We have 866 miles to go to St Helena and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 151 miles.
Another good 24 hours of sailing. During the morning the wind dropped to F3 so Bill put more of the gennies out to catch the wind and take our speed back up to 6 – 7kts. The wind veered a bit in the afternoon to a more southerly direction which brought the wind more forward onto the beam that can enable the wind to ‘flick’ behind the genny, a real no no because the poles don’t like that. This is fixed by reefing in which in turn would reduce our speed again. By mid afternoon Bill decided we needed to take in the gennies, raise the main with 2 reefs in it, and bring out the reefed gennies again. He says it adds extra sail area and the three sails together stabalise the boat and we kept our speed at 7kts. The wind increased slightly after dark and remained at F4 during the night. We’ve been a bit slack keeping watch lately because there hasn’t been any ships sighted but last night we were a bit more vigilant as we crossed the Valdivia bank where there are allegedly lots of fishing vessels but we didn’t see any. The Valdivia bank has several sea mounts on it where the sea bed rises up from 5000 meters to 23 meters on the shallowest point and 115 meters and 163 meters at two other places and was right on our route. We picked a course through the middle and crossed the bank in roughly the position of 25 41S 006 26E and didn’t see any shallow water for the cruisers following along behind us.
Despite the fact we are getting closer to the equator and the tropic of Capricorn it isn’t getting any warmer. I woke this morning to 100% cloud cover. The computer is still playing up. Although it’s working slowly it regularly decides to shut down with the error message ‘thread stuck in the device driver’. Anyone got any ideas?
Last night for those that are interested I made a delicious sweet and sour pork stir fry and the evening before (I forgot it in my last report) we had chicken fillets in breadcrumbs with potatoes, carrots and the last of the brocoli, still served in a bowl.
Finally for my nephew Tristan we are currently just over 120 miles from your island in the Tristan da Cunha group but this is the closest we’ll be and won’t be able to visit it. Thought you might be interested. 🙂
So the journey continues. These blogs go through to our facebook page but remember we can’t see facebook or your kind comments but thank you for them, I look forward to reading them when we arrive. If you wish to contact us on passage please use mdqf6 @ sailmail.com (but take the gaps out) I love to hear from you. xx