South Africa to the Caribbean – day 50
Our position at 10.00 (13.00 GMT) Saturday 11th March was
on a course of 300T with sunny blue skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 182 miles. Average 7.5kts fastest on this passage We have 911 miles to go to Barbados
A much calmer day today. The F5 winds continued through the night with gusts of 25kts and watches were taken down below with the wash boards in to prevent more water going down the hatch. There were more waves over the side but not as bad as last nights one. The speed of the boat was helped by a knot or more of current and the miles were ticking down much faster. This morning the wind veered slightly and dropped to F4 which enabled me to take her back on course with an apparent wind angle of 120 giving us a much smoother ride. During the day the sea has become calmer but still moderate.
We put the clocks back one hour yesterday so we are UTC -3 now.
Overnight the GPS ticked down to less than 1000 miles to Barbados, a good physiological barrier and we also passed the 950 miles to go which is half way between Fernando and Barbados and three quarters of the way from St Helena to Barbados so the end is nigh.
Last night I made chicken rogan josh which was just a jar from the cupboard with some chicken and rice, another easy meal. I made bread this morning and cookies, although they weren’t up to the standard of the ones my son makes for The Thomas Cookie co, but still nice.
All well on board again.
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