South Africa to the Caribbean – day 41
Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Thursday 2nd March was
on a course of 305T with 1 – 2 meter swell and broken cloud.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 147 miles. Average 6.1kts our best since leaving st Helena.
We have 264 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha, which is our half way point, but it’s looking more and more likely we won’t stop and will continue on to Barbados.
Still sailing with the twin headsails up, not sure for how much longer but Bill reviews the weather daily and keeps saying another day of the same tomorrow. As we get nearer to the ITCZ our plan is to sail as far as we can before the wind stops. Then there are 2 schools of thought, go in close to the Brazilian coast and pick up the current that is supposed to be there to give you more speed but after crossing the equator further west you run the risk of having head winds OR alternatively from our position start heading towards the equator and cross the ITCZ at its narrowest point between 30 – 32W, as recommended by Jimmy Cornell, even though we may have a couple of days motoring. We are unlikely to get current but have more chance of favourable winds. Looking at the grib files the NE trades are tantalisingly close but we just need to get through the doldrums first. We’ve decided to do the latter, we would rather forgo a current than a good wind. The net is divided and in fact 3 are going one way and three the other so it will be interesting to compare notes on ‘the other side’.
More flashes of lightening in the distance to the north last night, which is not good. Our friends on the catamaran WOW were hit by a 30kts+ squall last night and lightening hit the water very close to them taking out their wind instruments although they are fine. They are about 150 miles in front of us but it shows the weather is out there.
ALERT ALERT not for my sister Angela to read!
The birds have arrived!! Our friends in the boats ahead of us are reporting Sooty terns roosting on their solar panels overnight. Last night I heard a noise in the dark and switched the torch on and shone it at the solar panel, sure enough their were several of them sitting in a row looking at me looking at them looking at me. When Bill got up he tried to scare them off but they just kept flying off and coming back again. In the end he left them as they had their bums hanging over the edge and weren’t pooping on the solar panels. I thought if my sister was here she would’ve jumped overboard, what do you think Ang? Haha
I was lazy last night and just shoved some wedges in the oven which we had with sausage, baked beans and an egg. It was nice though the sausages were locally made in St Helena (for the cruisers behind us if you see some get them), the baked beans were from the last tin of Heinz so it was divided into 3 x thirds to make them last, 2/3 in the fridge, and the egg was a free range one again from St Helena so all sort of healthy?
I baked bread today which smelt, felt and tasted like real bread. Really pleased with it. Also made flapjacks.
All well on board. 🙂
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