South Africa to the Caribbean – day 47
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Wednesday 8th March was
on a course of 300T with 50% cloud cover.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 117 miles. Average 4.8kts – not very good. We have 1401 miles to go to Barbados
We sailed slowly yesterday as our average speed shows. The boat speed yesterday went from 3kts to 7kts and anything in between. The wind is filling in slowly from the east but very fluky. We’re probably still in the ITCZ because it’s supposed to go up as far as 02 degrees north and there are still squalls around. We sailed slowly through the night but another mini squall took the wind this morning so we motored for an hour until the wind came back then we were sailing at 5kts again.
The sun is really fierce when the clouds clear. If I’m sitting in the cockpit on watch I have to keep moving around to stay under the bimini cover in the shade. I had the sewing machine out yesterday. One of the diesel can covers (everything has to have a cover on it to protect it from the sun) had rotted because of the sun. I was going to repair it but it fell to bits in my hand. As I’ve got spare material it was easier to make a new one. While I had the machine out I also made a Barbados courtesy flag. Is there no end to the ladies talents???
I have to tell you of a funny thing that happened last night. The birds are back and one of them decided to perch on the guardrail at the bow and go to sleep. It’s bum was hanging over the boat and it was pooing on the deck. Bill came on watch and decided to get rid of it. He opened the fore peak hatch carefully and in Monty Python style slowly poked it with a stick. The bird fell off and woke up mid air and flew off with a loud squawk, hopefully he won’t be back. Haha
This morning we passed the quarter way from Fernando to Barbados mark which is also about two thirds of the way from St Helena to Barbados. I like to look forward to these.
Last night I cooked a packet of dried tortellini, not as nice as fresh but fine for a passage meal. I also fried half a packet of lardons (bacon bits) and added that to the cooked, drained pasta with a dollop of cream and a good shake of parmesan. stir it all up and serve with a sprinkle of black pepper and you’ve got tortellini carbonara. No calorie version of course 😉
And so the soap opera that is Camomile continues.
All well on board. 🙂
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