South Africa to the Caribbean – day 9. Back in the Tropics
Our position at 10.00 (09.00 GMT)Saturday 28th January
We have 572 miles to go to St Helena and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 140 miles.
The wind has dropped over the last 24 hours giving us a F3 all day yesterday. It also backed further and we now have true south east trade winds. The main sail wasn’t happy yesterday. Firstly we jibed it onto the other tack but it was still flapping so we took it down completely just before sunset. This enabled us to put more of the gennies out and we were soon racing along at 6.4 kts again. Our overall speed has dropped by a knot or two overnight and this morning we were down to 4kts. There was also a shower of rain which gave the decks a nice wash off but it also sucked away the wind. I was on watch and the speed went down to 2.7 kts, I was within minutes of putting the engine on but I gave it 10 minutes to see what would happen. Gradually the wind picked back up again and after half an hour we were back to 5kts.
Norsa and Solstice checked into the the net this morning and are doing well and Antaras might leave Nimibia this afternoon. I’m going to change the net once we get to St Helena because 4036 isn’t suitable for the boats further away. We are using 8110 still and also 8164 has a good reception.
Our fresh supplies are gradually going. I ate the last nectarine yesterday and the last of the mango with my breakfast this morning. I still have 3 peppers, 8 carrots, 4 onions, 2 mushrooms, some potatoes, 6 tomatoes, half a cucumber and a lettuce leaf left – it’s a big lettuce leaf. There’s also some apples, a lemon and 3 bananas in the fruit bowl so we won’t get scurvy. I cooked tagliatelli carbonara last night with bacon and mushrooms, yum.
At midnight last night we entered 23 degrees south which is the tropic of Capricorn,maybe now it will warm up a bit but an email from my sister says it’s -5C in England so maybe it’s not so bad here.
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