USA to Bermuda – day 4
Our position at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) Monday 14th May
072 29W another 3 steps nearer.
We have 411 miles to go to the anchorage in Bermuda and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 138 miles. Average 5.7kts.
It was a good sailing day yesterday in a southerly F3/4 and calm seas. We passed our half way point in the evening so extra chocolate rations for me. 😉
Looking at the RTOF gribs yesterday evening we were approaching an area of strong current traveling north to south which we could sail down to give us some speed but Bill decided we wouldn’t do that. Firstly there’s no guarantee you find it and secondly it would have meant turning into the wind and we were sailing nicely on a beam reach so decided to just cross it instead. I don’t know what was down there but during the 2 or 3 hours it took to cross the 20 mile stretch we were absolutely creaming along. I didn’t see the speed drop below 8kts for several hours. The wind rose slightly from 12, 13, 14kts to gusts of 15 and 16kts. Added to this it was pitch black because we are in the dark moon at the moment. It just so happened that Bill was in bed and didn’t see any of this. I considered waking him because I get panicky but decided not to. Not sure what it was but we are in the area of the Bermuda triangle!!
All calm today. The wind dropped right off again just after sunrise but after a couple of hours it was back up to 5kts
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning.
Thanks to my sister who is posting these twitterings on Facebook.
All’s well on board.