Bermuda to the Azores – day 10
Our position at 10:00 (12:00 GMT) Monday 11th June
36 40 North started to head north east
040 28 West half way between the US and the UK
We have a 576 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 depressing 104 miles, we’ve never had a daily run on passage that low before.
The engine went off at 11:00 yesterday morning and we sailed slowly through the rest of the day in an easterly direction. We are trying to stay out of the adverse current which was going ok until teatime when we hit 0.8kts against us, added to which the wind dropped and we were doing a depressing 3.5kts. The wind is filling in from the west because the boats that are a day behind us have more wind so there was no point in motoring to get a bit of speed. My night watch was torturous 3.8, 3.5, 3.7, 3.9 wahoo, 2.8 ARRGGHH……where’s my emergency chocolate? Skipper says that’s what speed we’re doing so that’s what it will be but if it goes on much longer there’ll be a mutiny!!!!
This morning I got up and the speed was up to 4.5 that’s good I thought. NOOO it’s not good, it’s better but 6kts would be good. Give me trade winds any time, the north Atlantic is very unpredictable with it’s fluky winds and adverse currents, at least we haven’t had any gales (I’m touching wood as I speak). Monday morning and you’re all off to work while we’re still plodding on- know where I’d rather be. Bill has a t-shirt that says ‘A bad day at sea is better than a good day in the office’ – it’s not. I’m told there’s definitely more wind coming this evening but be careful what you wish for. This morning we have reached the 40 degree meridian so with the main AND the twizzle up we are heading more north on good current to find wind. It also means we are halfway between the US and the UK so maybe another half way party.
On the positive side the sky is blue and the sea is calm. I was visited by dolphins on my night watch last night. Incredible sight. They look like green torpedoes darting around the boat with long tails of phosphorescent sparkles behind them, magical.
I made a beef curry last night and used the last of the mango pickle I had bought in the Maldives that had been lurking around in the bottom of the fridge added to a quarter of an onion, the beef cubes, tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, curry powder and a beef oxo. Bill took a taste and said it would be too hot for me and his forehead immediately started sweating. Haha. I tried it and it was very hot but tasty. Bill said it was the nicest curry I’d made (he’s trying to get back in my good book), shame I can’t repeat it. Maybe I’ll look for the pickle in the UK.
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.