South Africa to the Caribbean – day 56
Our position at 10.00 (13.00 GMT) Friday 17th March was
on a course of 297T with sunny blue Caribbean skies.
Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 168 miles. Average 7kts again. Our 24 hour runs peaked at 10pm last night with 178 miles in 24 hours. We have 157 miles to go to Martinique and hopefully be in late tomorrow.
This is our 26th day at sea since leaving St Helena. Still got the current as you can see from our speed but it’s dropping. We have altered course slightly to pass quite close to the north of Barbados because, alledgely, there’s a good current there and we are trying to keep our speed to get in before dark tomorrow. The wind has dropped slightly over the last 24 hours and is now more F3 than F4. The heel of the boat is a bit more comfortable and tempers less frayed.
The plan for tomorrow is to pass the entrance to the marina and sail another 10 miles to our ‘finishing line’ before double backing and then going into the marina. We may make that before dark if not we’ll anchor off St Annes overnight and go into the marina on Sunday. It will be wonderful to just sit still, it’s been a long trip.
Yesterday we passed the three quarters of the way from Cape town to Florida. Our challenge was to cover 500 miles a week to make it in time and obviously after this journey we have plenty in hand for a few weeks relaxing in the Leeward islands but then we will have to press on. There will be time to explore these islands more next year.
I cooked chicken hot pot last night which was an excuse to use leftovers. It had half an onion (4 left) a chopped chicken breast, the last carrot, some herbs, a tin of tomatoes and a tin of butter beans (which were going rusty after their sea bath) and the sweet potato that Bill doesn’t like .. he didn’t notice.
One more night watch.
All well on board.
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