South Africa to the Caribbean – day 33
Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Wednesday 22nd February was 13 10S
on a course of 292T
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 141 miles. We have 1313 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha.
More of the same SE trade winds straight up our rear. This is a down wind ride. We are making an average of 6kts with the twin headsails out and have had a mixture of sun and clouds but no more rain. Camomile is thundering down the waves making over 7 1/2 kts at times. There was a bit less wind yesterday but it picked up again at midnight. It still a little chilly at night and I wear a fleece on night watch but the days are getting much warmer now as we head towards the equator.
The solar panels do a great job powering the batteries keeping the fridge and freezer and the instruments going, add the hydraulic auto pilot to the equation and the batteries start going down. The auto pilot is off at the moment with the Hydrovane steering us but with the cloud cover we have the solars aren’t quite doing the job so yesterday Bill had the portable generator on all day – until it stopped. Bill’s job today was take it apart and fix it. There’s a lot of swearing going on so not sure how it’s going.
Spoke to most of the boats this morning on the net. Antares are about 60 miles ahead of us and Solstice are about 40 miles behind us, Norsa is about a mile behind Solstice. Ganash are about 80 miles away but on a slightly different course to us as they are heading for Trinidad. Didn’t hear from Marieke this morning. We’ve also heard that WOW and Galatea have left St Helena. Keyif have made it to Trinidad and Adina have left Fernando. Tintin made it safely to Capetown and are waiting for a window to leave. Divanty are also leaving Cape Town soon. Good luck to everyone. x
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. If you wish to email us please use mdqf6 @ sailmail.com (take out the gaps) Stay safe everyone.