Bermuda to the Azores – day 11
Our position at 10:00 (12:00 GMT) Tuesday 12th June
37 40 North heading north east
038 11 West 2 steps nearer.
We have a 457 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 129 miles.
What a difference a day makes… 24 little hours… I get song worms in my head sometimes and can’t stop signing a song. Yesterday was Judy Garland signing ‘One day over the rainbow’!!!!!
I digress. Yes much better day yesterday. The engine went off at 11:00 again (seems to be when the wind appears) and we sailed north east with the main AND the twin headsails flying but with very little wind it was still slow progress. We were still ghosting along at 4kts but moving into a better current area which was helping. The main had to come down in the afternoon because the sails don’t play nicely together, it was just flapping and not doing any good. At 8pm the wind died and the twizzle came in too and we were back to motoring but with the current managing 5kts. Bill had been studying the grib (weather) files in the afternoon and decided the wind would appear between midnight and 6am. As if by magic at midnight I suddenly heard the wind generator start up, the wind had arrived. I pulled the headsails out on my own without Bill because he left the twizzle rigged before he went to bed. When I got him up at 1am we were sailing at 5.5kts with the engine off. By the time I got up at 6am we were doing 6.5 to 7kts. Whoop whoop. The wind is directly behind us and she’s loving it. Should be like this for the next 24 or 36 hours so fingers crossed.
I had a close encounter with a ship last night. We’ve seen hardly anything out here but I noticed an AIS contact coming straight for us at about 11pm. It was approaching from the port side but I could still see their green starboard light so it wasn’t changing direction. We don’t very often but I decided to call the captain on the VHF radio. It took 3 attempts to get an answer. I asked him if he’d seen me on the AIS and he said he had and he was maintaining his course and speed and was gone. The ship was still crossing our bows and getting closer. It finally cleared a mile or so away from us and motored down our starboard side. It was so close I could here it’s engine clearly. We have an exclusion zone of a mile set up on the AIS and if a ship comes within it the contact turns red and flashes. Well this thing was flashing away so less than a mile away from us and in the dark it felt very intimidating. Unnecessary with that amount of sea room.
I made a nice dinner last night Chicken with leeks in lime and ginger. Well I don’t have any leeks so it was downgraded to Chicken with lime and ginger before I started. Chop up a chicken beast and dry fry with a couple of chopped garlic cloves. I have a jar of stem ginger in syrup on board so I chopped up a piece of that and added it along with a sprinkle of cumin, sprinkle of lemon pepper, a small squeeze of lemongrass paste and a good squeeze of lime juice (add the zest if you’ve got a lime) simmer gently while you cook some pasta. Add 50g of Philadelphia cream cheese (I don’t weigh anything so a good dollop) to the chicken and stir over a low heat until melted. Drain the pasta and add to chicken mixture and stir the whole thing together and place nicely in bowls. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan. Yummy.
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.