South Africa to the caribbean – day 31 off again
Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Monday 20th February was
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 143 miles
I have to start this report with a correction from the last one, the buoy at St Helena was at 15 55S and 005 43 WEST not east.
So with grey skies and a heavy heart we left St Helena yesterday. What a wonderful place; a little piece of England in the south Atlantic. I’ll try and write my second report on the island on passage then post the photos when we get to the Caribbean. I posted the photos for the day 1 blog and some of the other blogs while in St Helena but the internet was slow and expensive there. We had all decided to stay and wait for the RMS St Helena to arrive with fresh supplies but our departure was brought forward with a severe swell warning issued on Saturday. To begin with 3 to 4 meters swells from the north west were being forecast starting 2pm on Monday but that was slightly reduced to 2 or 3 meter swells before we left but the islanders were full of tales of how bad it can get so we decided to check out and leave along with Antares, Norsa, Solstice and Marieke III. WOW and Galetea are following us later today.
We left buoy 25 at 09.00 and within 15 minutes the twin headsails on the twizzle rig were out and we were sailing. It was a cloudy day with showers and it took a while for the wind to get established but the day was mostly spent sailing between 5 and 6 kts rising to 7kts regularly. We are heading for the islands of Fernando de Naronha off the Brazilian coast which are 1734 miles away – AARRGGHH here we go again. It’s about the same distance as Cape Town to St Helena and will be half way between Cape Town and Florida where we need to catch our plane on 9th May – so no pressure.
So far it’s an easy sail with 15kts of SE wind and blue skies. We are on a heading of 293 degrees true. On the net this morning (10.00 GMT on 8110) all yachts were reporting fair winds and calm seas and the forecast is for the same for the next 6 or 7 days.
The only bit of excitement last night was just after I had gone to bed I heard a commotion in our little bathroom. I put on the light and a flying fish had managed to get passed the stanchions, the lifebuoy and through the little window and landed on the floor. I hate them and Bill came and threw it out of the window. My bathroom smelt fishy this morning.
Our dinner last night was left overs from the buffet the night before. I chopped up half an onion, a carrot, half a red and green pepper and fried them with some chopped up beef slices, some beef curry, an egg and some rice. stir it all together, sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on it (Bill likes Parmesan) and it was delicious. The only fresh stuff we could get in St Helena was carrots, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, green peppers and bananas. No potatoes any where on the island because the ones in Cape Town reportedly had a worm in them that the islanders didn’t want to introduce to their crops. I’ve still got 4 green apples in the fridge that I bought when we first arrived. To the yachties following on behind us when you get to St Helena if you see any fruit or veg, buy it because it will be gone when you go back.
So life on board continues. Bill sorted out the computer thankfully and my little computer now has this email system downloaded on to it as a back up so hopefully we can stay in email contact with everyone. The blog goes through to facebook but we can’t see facebook or your comments. I’ll catch up with them all in the caribbean. Stay safe everyone.