Azores to Spain or France – Day 5
Our position at 10:00 BST Friday 13th July eeekkk
45 32 North
017 56 West 3 steps nearer
Our course is taking us to the middle of the Biscay so might still end up in Spain but Camaret in France is 571 miles to go. Our 24 hour run from 10:00 yesterday to 10:00 this morning has dropped to 128 miles giving us an average of 5.3kts still hoping to be in Tuesday but might be late.
During the morning the wind dropped again. When Bill came back on watch we shook out the reef in the main and pulled out all of the genny but our speed was dropping. By 1pm our speed was between 3.5kts and 4.5kts, mostly 3.5kts. I don’t do 3.5kts, not on a long passage. It’s OK on a coastal hop or a short sail because maybe you’ll just be out there a few more hours but when you’ve got 100s of miles to go it can add another day or two. After 20 minutes of ear bashing Bill gave in and put the engine on! We left the main up to give us stability but the wind didn’t come back until this morning so we motored the rest of the day and night. The wind increased to F4 this morning so I pulled the genny out and switched the engine off while Bill was having his second sleep. The wind is coming directly from the north which is why we are heading to the middle of the Biscay but we are promised west winds at the weekend which will push us back towards France. The wind at the moment isn’t forecast, we were expecting to motor for 2 days but a weather forecast that’s wrong???? How can that be!!
Bill had thermal long johns on under his fleece trousers last night maybe we’ve got soft living in the tropics for the last 9 years.
We are filling our days with writing more chapters for our book. Up to chapter 45 now. I wonder what it’s about??
I made sweet and sour pork last night with a red onion, a carrot, half a red pepper, pork and pinapple. I confess I added a jar of sauce but I added more soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and honey to sizz it up a bit.
Nearly forgot to tell you, we passed half way last night so obviously I had extra chocolate. 😉
The website link to facebook is working now but it comes down via an email so I can’t see facebook. I’ll look forward to my messages when I get in.
All’s well on board.