Azores to Camaret, France – Day 6
Our position at 10:00 BST Saturday 14th July. Bastilles day in France, shame we are going to miss it.
46 07 North
015 15 West
Our 24 hour run from 10:00 yesterday to 10:00 this morning has dropped again to 122 miles giving us an average of 5kts. We have 453 miles to go to Camaret, France
We managed to sail for 6 1/2 hours yesterday morning but gradually the wind dropped along with our speed and the engine went on at 3.30pm. It’s still on with no sign of any wind for the rest of the day. The promised westerlies for Friday 13th didn’t materialise. At the moment we have a glassy grey sea under windless grey clouds. We are motoring on a direct course for Camaret. The good thing is we’ve had no rain and yesterday we saw a whale breaching along with his water spout that rose several metres into the air. It looked like a sperm whale although it was a good 100 metres from the boat so we didn’t get a good look at it. I regret not going on a whale spotting boat tour from Horta, the rally organised several, but we assumed we would see some from Camomile. Next time.
It’s not quite so cold now the wind has dropped, and the sun is warm when it’s out.
Bill is fuelling today.
I made a really nice beef bourguignonne last night, going French now, it had a red onion, carrot, bits of bacon, beef, thyme and parsley. Sauté altogether. Add a tbl spoon of flour, a dollop of tomato paste and a cup full of red wine. Stir until it thickens and put in the oven to gently stew for a couple of hours. Add some mushrooms before the end. I had a pack of American stew beef in the freezer and it’s ideal for meat like that because it cooks slowly. I had some mini roasties in the freezer which I put in the oven too. Served with some broccoli. It was actually nice having the oven on to warm the boat. I didn’t make this in the tropics or if I did all the windows had to be open.
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.
Good luck to England this after noon against Belgium for third place.
All’s well on board.