South Africa to the Caribbean – day 55

Our position at 10.00 (13.00 GMT) Thursday 16th March was
11 40N
056 08W
on a course of 305T with squally skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 170 miles. Average 7kts, we are flying again We have 323 miles to go to Martinique possibly only 2 more night watches.

This is our 25th day at sea since leaving St Helena. Oddly enough we haven’t been this far north since we were last here. Most of our cruising has been in the southern hemisphere. The current is back as you can see from our speed but it’s a bumpy old ride. The wind picked up to 20kts gusting 23kts during the night which has made the sea lumpy again.

The waning moon didn’t rise until 10.30pm last night and it’s still dark when I get up in the morning, so I have the pleasure of seeing both the moonrise and sunrise on my watch. The moonrise is probably more spectacular as it rises like a sleepy eye from the horizon. Without the ambient light coming from the land it casts an eerie glow over the sea. The sunrise is much brighter, usually accompanied by some beautiful pink clouds briefly before it starts to heat up the day.

Did that William get his ears boxed? Only lightly. After he said AGAIN what a nice sail it was I said, without raising my voice, ‘No, it’s not a nice sail, it’s an every time I open the cupboard everything falls out kind of sail, when I try and put my nickers on I fall over kind of sail, being strapped to the gallery to cook kind of sail, trying to sleep while levitating off the bed kind of sail, sitting watching the waves licking the side of the boat just waiting for another one to soak me kind of sail, it’s not a nice sail and I don’t like it’! To which he just laughed, gave me a hug and said we’ll soon be there.

I cooked a bolognaise sauce last night, just added a jar to the mince I’m afraid. We were going to have it with Penne but I got a new packet out of store and put it down on the worktop and noticed the packet was practically moving there were so many weevils in it. Did I feed it to him?…. I was tempted but I didn’t fancy it myself so I emptied it over the side. The packet of pasta twirls under neath it luckily wasn’t affected. When we arrive the cupboard will have to be emptied to make sure there aren’t any more of the beasties in there, impossible to do at sea. I rarely have anything in it’s original packaging, every thing is decanted into lock top boxes for that very reason but I needed extra supplies for this journey and I didn’t have enough boxes. That will teach me.

2 more sleeps to go then I’ll start smiling again.

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 @ (take out the gaps) Stay safe everyone.

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