South Africa to the Caribbean – day 54
Our position at 10.00 (13.00 GMT) Wednesday 15th March was
on a course of 304T with squally skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 142 miles. Average 5.9kts We have 490 miles to go to Martinique possibly 3 more night watches.
This is our 24th day at sea since leaving St Helena. We are on the home run now, like the second week of a holiday although instead of rushing by it seems to drag when you’re at sea. We’ve just passed the three quarters of the way mark and less than 500 miles to go now so a mere Biscay crossing.
Heard on the net yesterday that Norsa and Solstice have crossed the equator so all the northern hemisphere boats, on the net, are now back in the northern hemisphere.
Speed dropped off again yesterday evening and moral and chocolate were low when I went to bed. The speed gradually picked up overnight but I woke to a squally sky this morning. The wind piped up to 20kts gusting 25 so we put the second reef back in. Luckily it didn’t last long. Our boat speed is showing more 6 & 7kts now so hopefully that’s the end of the adverse current. Moral is a little better this morning although it’s not helped by someone who keeps saying what a great sail we’re having and what is all the fuss about …. he’s going to get his ears boxed soon and he won’t see it coming.
Last night I cooked one of those Fray Bentos steak and kidney pies, frozen potatoes and tinned carrots. Emergency rations normally but the pie and the carrots were some of the tins that took a bath the other evening when the big wave came down below and, although I’ve cleaned the storage out, they are already starting to go rusty so we’ve got to start eating them. We used to have the pies when we were children on holiday because my Dad used to like them. I’m not that keen plus this was years out of date so my expectations weren’t high; they were not exceeded.
All well on board.
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