Bermuda to the Azores – day 4
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Tuesday 5th June
34 31 North finally got out of 33 North
054 42 West only 2 steps today
We have a 1301 miles to go to the anchorage in Horta in the Azores and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was a disappointing 128 miles and our average speed has dropped to 5.3kts.
Yesterday our speed went down and down until eventually the engine went on at 3pm, we had sailed for exactly 3 days. It also felt like there was current against us and our motoring speed was between 3 – 4.5kts but last night we passed the quarter way mark from Bermuda to the Azores so that was good. We took the sails down completely because they flap and flog and it doesn’t do them any good. This resulted in a very sloppy sea and anything placed on a surface immediately launched itself. I have non slip mats everywhere in the galley to stop things sliding. Bill went to bed as usual at 8pm leaving me on night watch. The sun goes down about 9pm but it doesn’t get completely dark until about 10. It then gets very dark because of the late moon at the moment so the phosphorescence in the water is stunning. As the boat rocks and rolls through the water a shower of sparkles leap forth and then disappear like fairy dust. I never tire from watching it.
Gradually during the evening I watched the wind pick up and when Bill got up at 1am we put the main up and by 3am we were sailing again so only 12 hours of motoring. This morning the wind is back with a vengeance, F5 on the beam and our speed is back to 7 – 8kts and I’m back to being strapped in the galley. I’m not sure what’s more stressful sitting on watch looking at the rough seas or rocking and rolling along motoring and worrying about running out of fuel. I sit and play my game to take my mind off both, how anyone enjoys long passages never ceases to amaze me. I feel in a constant state of panic and I can’t wait to get home. To my family if I say I’m going on a long passage again say NOOOOO remember!
As I write this report it’s pouring with rain as a squall passes over us, fortunately no lightening. There’s 2 reefs in the main and only half the genny out so a slightly more comfortable ride. I spoke to the weather guy last night on the SSB and he thought we have wind for the next 2 days on our course of 070 degrees. So northwards and eastwards, soon be there; as another big wave hits the side of the boat!
The salmon was nice last night, I made the marinade with a teaspoon of chili paste, a good squeeze of honey, an even bigger squeeze of lime juice and a chopped up piece of ginger. Throw it on the salmon wrapped in foil and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes, simples. Not sure what he’ll get tonight, a couple of tins in a bowl probably.
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning.
Thanks to my sister who is posting these twitterings on Facebook but I can’t see your replies, I’ll look forward to reading them when we get into port.
All’s well on board. scowling face