South Africa to the Caribbean – Day 10
Our position at 10.00 (09.00 GMT)Sunday 29th January
000 20E still
We have 462 miles to go to St Helena and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was a painful 112 miles.
Oh godddddd are we nearly there yet? No and you’re not allowed to say that!
We’ve spent a very frustrating 24 hours watching our speed gradually drop with the wind. When we left Cape Columbine 9 days ago the GPS was giving our arrival for the 30th, but that was after our really fast first day, then it dropped to the 31st. A couple of days ago it started saying the 1st and this morning it’s saying the 2nd. So who knows. Our speeds have gone from 5kts to 4kts to 3kt with the wind now F2. At 9pm it dropped completely and we had to put the engine on but with almost 500 miles still to go we didn’t want to start motoring yet. Fortunately at 2am the wind picked up enough for Bill to unfurl the gennies and get the boat sailing again. The south east trade wind is directly behind us and the main and genny would be difficult so we are pleased to have the twizzle rig. This morning we were ghosting along in 8-10kts of true wind and still managing to get 4kts but it was very up and down.
Last night I decided to order a takeaway from Suzy Wong’s Chinese restaurant and we had stir fried beef in black bean sauce with noodles and very nice it was too.
This mornings deliberation is should Bill have a shave or not? he’s looking very shaggy.
Enjoy your Sunday.
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