Bermuda to the Azores – day 7
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Friday 8th June HAPPY BIRTHDAY THOMAS XX
36 18 North
047 29 West only 2 steps today
We have a 909 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 117 miles, down again because we’ve had adverse current.
After my early start yesterday we sailed all day. I forgot to say we had fog for a couple of hours in the morning, I thought we were back in Maine. The sea is still quite warm at 23C and it had got chilly overnight which caused the fog. Once the sun came out it cleared. More squalls in the afternoon and Bill had his wet weather gear on but we were making good speeds. We had a frustrating night still heading for the 37N 47W waypoint that the weather guy had given us with the promise there was better wind at that latitude for continuing to the Azores. The wind dropped just after sunset and we took the sails down. The wind started coming from the south west so Bill and I spent about half an hour rigging the twizzle. After he had gone to bed frustratingly the wind backed to the SSE. To keep the twin head sails inflated I was turning the boat more and more to the north. Eventually at 1am I woke Bill for his watch and we decided to take the twizzle down again and put the sails up. As we turned into the wind (the opposite direction) we noticed the speed improve. When we came back on course the speed dropped. We motorsailed through the night at 3kts! Just couldn’t get any speed. Bill managed to download the RTOF files this morning and discovered there was a 2 knot tide against us in our area! We’ve given up trying to get any further north and are just going to motor east now, in fact on closer examination of the files there is a favourable current 30 miles in a south east direction so that’s where we are headed.
The good news is that at 8am this morning we passed our half way to Azores point – party time! I made Scottish pancakes for breakfast with treacle or maple syrup, I’ve made bread while Bill’s been asleep, we’ve got beef bourg and mashed potatoes for dinner followed by cherry crumble and custard. WAHOO Tell that Bill he’s lucky when you see him next. Haha
I made pork goulash for dinner last night. I fried a chopped up onion, and I had a bit of green pepper left, add the chopped pork, add a good tsp of paprika, cayenne pepper, and red pepper and continue frying. Add a tin of tomatoes, dollop of tomato puree, a tin of butter beans and simmer for about an hour while I’m doing the net. Then place in bowls nicely with mashed potato, simples.
I’ve given up marine traffic. It’s not working apparently so I’m obviously doing something wrong.
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.