Bermuda to the Azores – day 13
Our position at 10:00 (12:00 GMT) Thursday 14th June
38 51 North
032 41 West 3 steps again today.
We have a 194 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 128 miles. Still hoping to get in tomorrow but it might be late.
We continued to sail yesterday but the wind was dropping again which increased the effect of the current, slowing us down and our average speed started dropping again. By lunchtime we had 0.8kts of current against us but fortunately it didn’t last, sadly, neither did the wind. By 6pm the engine was back on and Bill took the twizzle rig down. There was a bit of breeze so the main went up so we could motor sail, it gave us an extra knot of boat speed. Bill went to bed and by 10pm the wind increased a knot or two and I put the gennies out on the same side for a beam reach sail and turned the engine off again. We managed to sail all night. We are trying to use every bit of wind at the moment for the last day of sailing. The wind is going to die over the whole area on Friday and everyone will be motoring. Bill did his third refueling this morning and now all the deck jerry cans are empty and the 2 inside spare ones. The tank is three quarters full which will hopefully be enough for the final motor tomorrow. We’ve still got 3 x 20 litre jerry cans at the bottom of the deck locker which are a really pain to get out but we will if we have to. So far this morning we are still sailing at 5.2 kts with 0.8kts of positive current for a change.
Yesterday we sat and made a list of all the items that we will sell when we get back to the UK. Some on ebay some at a boat jumble. We plan to keep Camomile and will continue to cruise her locally and in Europe but we won’t need SSBs, watermakers and all of Bill’s anchors not to mention all the spares for his spares.
I had a shock this morning. I was in the bathroom when Bill called out ‘Whales, look out of your window’ there, not 15 feet from the boat, were 2 Pilot whales. Bill said they had been lying on the surface and moved when they saw us coming. Amazing but scary, boats have been known to hit whales in the night. The Azores is said to have lots of whales in it’s waters. Yikes!
We had a passage meal from the freezer last night. I defrosted a nice green curry and cooked it with some rice. Nice and easy.
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.