Bermuda to the Azores – day 2
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Sunday 3rd June
33 04 North
059 22 West passed quarter of the way home from US
We have a 1539 miles to go to the anchorage in Horta in the Azores and our hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 162 miles giving an average 6.7kts, lets hope we can keep it up.
We had a good sailing day yesterday with good speeds. In the afternoon the wind piped up to F5 so Bill and I put a reef in the main and 1 in the genny. It’s back to F3 this morning. All day yesterday the boat was heeling quite a bit and cooking becomes difficult. As we are on starboard tack, which means we were leaning to the left side, my galley was uphill. It’s hard to hold on while you’re cooking so I used my galley strap. This means I’m literally strapped into the galley. The strap goes around my lower back allowing me to lean into it freeing up both my hands to cook or wash up! Don’t forget, not a holiday.
We were advised by the weather guy to follow the rhumb line when we left because the wind was coming from the south east and going to veer to the south west. Gradually overnight our course has curved more south although we are still traveling east and now the wind is coming from the south west, which is great because we can put the twizzle rig up. During the week we had taken down the genny and raised the 2 gennys together, which results in us both getting puffed out taking it in turns wincing them back up again. Bill prepared the poles before we left so all we had to do this morning was take in the gennys (they have both been out on the port side while we were on a beam reach), take down the main, attach the poles to the clews of the sails and pull the gennys back out, one each side. Unfortunately one of the clews was twisted and it took us half an hour to sort with Bill on the deck and me in the cockpit manning the sheets, lines and halyards (all bits of rope) but eventually we managed it and we’re even going in the right direction now. It’s much calmer down below. The boat has got a bit of a roll going but it’s more or less level now so I don’t need to strap in. The really good thing is we are sailing along at 7.5kts in 13kts of wind and the GPS says at this speed we will get to Horta on the 11th but we won’t keep it up so we won’t but chewing off the miles though.
The weather has been mostly fine although Bill had squalls with rain and lightening on his watch last night. I was asleep! The sea is up a bit today but it isn’t as noticeable when the wind is behind us, we just surf down the waves.
Cooked a nice chicken stir fry with noodles in a garlic and chili sauce last night, need to use the vegetables before they go off. Chicken curry tonight, might put some chickpeas in but don’t tell Bill he thinks he doesn’t like them! 😉
Lastly it’s Bill’s sister Kate’s 50th birthday tomorrow on the 4th but as they are ahead of us in NZ I’m sending my greeting today. Hope you have a great day in Raratonga Kate, looking forward to seeing some photos. XX
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.