South Africa to the Caribbean – day 45

Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Monday 6th March was
00 35.1S
036 17W
on a course of 300T with 30% cloud cover.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 136 miles. Average 5.6kts. We have 1614 miles to go to Barbados

We are now entering our third week at sea with probably another week or two to go, hoping to arrive in Barbados around 18th. This will have been our longest passage to date and it WON’t be repeated. We left Simonstown 7 weeks ago so we haven’t done badly considering we have to cross a quarter of the globe in 4 months. We have caught up with our desire to do 500 miles a week after our stay in St Helena

We lost the wind at 3pm yesterday when the wind suddenly swang round to the north and died and have motored through the night. So this is the doldrums. Yesterday afternoon we motored through what felt like a black corridor, then the cloud cleared to reveal blue skies before the next black cloud rolled in. So far there hasn’t been any thunder and lightening just heavy rain showers. This morning I woke to blue skies and sunshine. We are still south of the equator and hope to cross that later tonight or tomorrow morning. The grib files show light winds for the next 24 hours so we are going to take the twizzle rig down later today.

The watermaker has been on all night so I did some washing this morning.

I also made bread this morning but after my last wonderful effort today’s wasn’t very good, it didn’t rise. Maybe it’s too hot here I don’t know. It tastes nice just a bit heavy. It will make nice toast.

For dinner last night we had …. guess, yes chicken curry although I just opened a jar of Korma and added it to some chicken served with rice, so easy.

Good luck to Tintin and Divanty who were leaving Cape town this morning. Safe sailing guys. x

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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