South Africa to the Caribbean – day 36

Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Saturday 25th February was 10 36S
018 42W
on a course of 296T with a 1 – 2 meter swell and sunny blue skies. Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 127 miles. We have 912 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha, less than a 1000 now.

The wind stayed with us for the morning but in the afternoon it gradually became lighter. By the evening our speed was down to 4.7kts and other cruisers on the evening net were also slowing down. We continued to sail and overnight the wind picked up again giving us a boat speed of 5.5kts but our average speed over 24 hours dropped to 5.2kts.

As we get nearer the equator it’s getting very hot and sticky. My skin feels clammy, which I don’t like, and I stick to the paper of charts and books. It going to take several weeks to get over the equator.

As there isn’t a lot to do at the moment Bill and I have started our book. The subject is a secret but hopefully one day it will be published.

I made my bread and banana loaf yesterday. The latter was delicious; the bread not so good. I had added too much water and although I added more flour it became very sticky making it difficult to knead. It didn’t rise so well but I still put it in the oven. Fortunately it baked ok and wasn’t too bad. A bit heavy but edible. The banana loaf is delicious with some apricot jam on it.

I cooked fish for dinner last night but don’t get excited we didn’t catch it, I bought it from the supermarket in St Helena. I dipped it in flour, egg, then breadcrumbs and shallow fried it. I also bought some frozen wedges, which I baked in the oven, and we had those with the fish and some carrots. I had the last grapefruit for my breakfast this morning. 😦

All well on board. 🙂

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.

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