Bermuda to the Azores – day 8
Our position at 10.00 (12.00 GMT) Saturday 9th June
36 15 North
044 54 West 3 steps today
We have a 790 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 130 miles.
Nothing much to report. We have motored for the last 24 hours. Apparently there’s wind coming this evening so we’ll wait and see.
The sea has flattened right off which means the roll has stopped. I no longer have cups, plates or jars sliding across the work top. Bill did some refueling yesterday putting 80 litres in the tank. He then calculated the amount of fuel we have on board and thinks we can probably motor the rest of the way except for about 100 miles but we don’t want to do that if we can help it. Hopefully we’ll get a few more days sailing.
Yesterday we motored south east for a few hours to find the good current and that certainly paid off. It turned out we had 2.3kts of current against us. It was like motoring up a river against the tide, crazy. We are doing 5.7 kts now with 1600 revs so our 24 hour run improved. We are continuing east for about 60 miles and then if or when the wind comes in we’ll head north east towards the Azores.
Our half way party was good and some dolphins wanted to gate crash. There were about a dozen swimming along with our bow wave for about half an hour, beautiful care free creatures. So during the day there was Scottish pancakes for breakfast, fresh bread for lunch and a beef bourguignonne with mashed potato for dinner, although I was halfway through cooking when I realised I didn’t have any red wine open (we don’t drink on passage) so it had oxo gravy instead and turned into beef stew – still tasted delicious. I made cherry crumble but we both had that for our night watch nibbles. Still half left so the same again tonight. I opened our last tin of cream to go with it.
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.