South Africa to the Caribbean – day 37
Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Sunday 26th February was
on a course of 300T with a 1 meter swell and sunny blue skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 125 miles. Average 5.2kts We have 791 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha,
Nothing new, wind still from the south east, still F3, still got twizzle rigged, occasional shower takes away the wind leaving rolly seas before the wind comes back gradually during the next hour.
The exciting thing for me was at 6.30pm yesterday we had 866 miles to go to the Fernando islands which is half way between St Helena and Fernando, that’s also a quarter of the way from St Helena to Barbados and a third of the way from Cape town to Florida. So we’re gradually getting there. I had a glass of wine to celebrate.
It’s looking more likely that we won’t stop at the Fernando islands. Bill is keeping an open mind until we get closer but we’ve heard through another cruiser who’s just been there that the anchorage fee and landing fees for us would amount to about US$123 a day, add to that the beach permit to the NP beaches plus eating a nice meal out and we would probably get through about 500 in 3 days which we don’t have. There are supposed to be supplies there but I’m sure they would also be expensive. We’ve seen lots of islands so don’t feel we have to stop at these but we are watching the weather and the wind to see what happens. If the wind dies it would be crazy to motor on but if the wind holds it would be silly to stop.
I cooked chicken hotpot yesterday with aubergines and carrots. I also added a sweet potato which Bill doesn’t like but he didn’t realise because he was too busy saying he didn’t like aubergines! The plate was cleaned! Don’t tell him but I’ve got one more sweet potato which I’ll sneak into something. Also got some peppers and onions and more carrots left, they keep well. I had the last over ripe banana with my breakfast this morning. Fruit basket is now empty, onto the tins. Bill has 2 apples left in the fridge which he’s saving – not sure why but they are still ok. 2 bars of chocolate and a crunchie in tact. 🙂
All well on board. 🙂
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