Bermuda to the Azores – day 14
Our position at 10:00 (12:00 GMT) Friday 15th June
38 47 North
030 10 West only 30 degrees from home now.
We have a 75 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 119 miles. Should be in quite late tonight.
Quite remarkably we managed to sail all day yesterday and, even more remarkably, all night too. The wind was light all day and Bill poled the gennies out on the twizzle and the main was tied off too. We kept expecting the wind to drop but the current was good and we decided to keep sailing until the wind died, which was 7.30 this morning. It had paid off going a degree north as advised by Chris Parker the weather guy because there were a couple more knots of wind at 38 to 39 degrees north. On the afternoon net most of the boats south of us had put their sails away and were motoring. Chris had said he thought we would have wind to sail with up to the last 60 miles, it died at 86 miles so that was pretty good going. All the sails are put away now and we are motoring to our waypoint. Unfortunately because we were a bit slower yesterday we won’t get in until about midnight but we are happy with our decision to have sailed. At 3pm this afternoon we would have been out here 2 weeks so it will have been 14 1/2 days at sea by the time we arrive. It’s been a technical sail where Bill has been constantly scanning over GRIB wind files and RTOF current files looking for little corridors of wind and good current, with them sometimes conflicting to our cost. The sails have been up and down, in and out with lots of deck work for Bill which hasn’t helped his bad knee. Chris Parker with marine weather on the SSB has been very helpful. We subscribed to him so we were able to call up during his transmission, give him our position and he would give us a spot forecast along with the weather in our area for the next few days. It was really useful to have. I think he took over from Herb who many older sailors will remember.
I’m having a nice pedicure and maybe a manicure this afternoon courtesy of my lovely husband as a reward for only whinging a tiny bit!!! Lol 😉
Haven’t seen any more whales but it’s ok now we have the engine on because they hear us coming and move out of the way. Lots of birds around as we get nearer to land.
Still quite warm here and we still only have shorts and t-shirts on. I put a fleece on in the evenings because it gets chilly and Bill has been putting his Musto trousers on for his night watch.
I just made spag bol last night with a jar, bit lazy. Although I did make bread again yesterday.
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.