South Africa to the caribbean – day 38
Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Monday 27th February was
on a course of 297T with less than 1 meter swell and sunny blue skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 114 miles. Average 4.75kts 😦 We have 679 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha,
We’ve been out here a week now and making good speeds. In 7 days we’ve covered 962 miles averaging 5.7kts, not bad for a little Westerly. Yesterday the wind held despite the forecast saying it was going to lighten over the weekend. Bill’s gribs had the ‘blue hole’ moving west in front of us so hopefully we’ll ‘push’ it out of the way.
It was the dark moon last night and without the glimmer of moonlight the stars lit up the night sky with an eerie loveliness from horizon to horizon. Planets and galaxies could be seen with the naked eye; a fantastic sight. Should get a slither of new moon tonight.
We had a heavy shower at midnight and you could see a weak front crossing over from behind us. The clouds took the wind again and our speed dropped a couple of knots causing the boat to roll and the sails to flap. After that we averaged a frustratingly 4.5kts over night losing some of our ground. It’s gradually picking up this morning and the skies have cleared.
It’s getting really hot as we get closer to the equator. I’m back to sailing in bikini and shorts with bare feet, even at night although I sometimes put a light tee shirt on.
I cooked chicken curry last night adding a few tinned potatoes. Disguised in the curry sauce they weren’t too bad.
All well on board. 🙂
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