Bermuda to the Azores – day 5
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Wednesday 6th June
35 23 North
052 02 West only 2 steps again
We have a 1169 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 much better 142 miles although our 2am log reading was 154 miles.
A better day yesterday. The wind dropped during the day but we still sailed all day, the sea calmed down and we crossed the line for a third of the way to Horta. We sailed through the night but at 9.30 this morning we lost the wind under a massive squall. It took us 3 hours to motor out of it. I watched the clouds gradually creep up on us. The radar was on and we were surrounded. There were big growls of thunder and fork lightening north of us. Fortunately nothing came near us and no strong wind. Boats behind us were reporting 38kts gusts in the middle of the squalls on the net. Torrential rain so at least that washed the salt off the decks. Saw our first ship on the horizon before the rain started. They have been on the AIS screen but no where near us.
Ken on Antaras is reporting into the OCC net every day that I’m running at the moment. Ken is doing this trip single handed so I’m keeping an eye on him but he sounds fine.
We ended up with pasta last night. I’ve got some packets of dried tortellini with cheese filling. I simmered them for about 5 minutes with the last of the broccoli florets, chopped up some bacon and dry fry. Drain the pasta, add the bacon, some cream (in the US they sell a product called half and half, great for this and my daily coffee) and some grated parmesan and place nicely in bowls. Yum yum.
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.