20;00 We continued all day under spi,with many
changes of helmsman,as the going is tough and Acool needs more than the
autopilotOur speed is excellent and the morale high.After dark it freshened to
22knots and we took the spi down.We gybed to starboard,which allows us to sail
closer to SL.The wind holds but we cannot sail straight to SL,it is directly
downwind and no sailing boat can do this.We need an angle to the wnd and hence
the gibing and the additional miles.We have sailed 900 miles to SL but probably
1200 through the water.The night watch,mine is 20-00-24:00,was lovely.Sedate
sailing under main and genoa ,beautiful clear starry night and the Atlantic!
Saturday 26 November 2011
07:45 At break of dawn all hands are on deck for the
spinnaker hoist.It goes well.The threat of calm weather has gone, now we have
days of steady trade winds ahead of us.The forecast is up to Wednesday but at
the moment there is no reason to doubt it will continue.We need good trades
till the next weekend to reach Shangrila,eh I mean Saint Lucia
Today is Stellios’s nameday! Chronia polla
Stellara and all the best.Mimis produced a monumental fasolada for
lunch.Excellent for confined spaces.
The day is magnificent.Nice breeze,although not from
the perfect direction,with a deep blue sea.We don’t cook for dinner and
latish various famished sailors are observed raiding the pantry.We have given
up fishing.We hooked one biggish one,saw it in the distance but could not reel
it in due to our speed. As slowing down is out of the question,better not to
At nightfall we lowered the red monster as a
precaution.Its our only spi and we have about another week of sailing ahead of
The night was difficult with light and shifting
winds.Acool sailed at 8-9knots but our VMG the speed at which we approach
SL,was a disappointing 5knots!
Sunday 27 NOV.
In the morning our fears are confirmed.We have
breeched 1500miles to go,but have lost a place in the ranking.We raise the spi
at the crack of dawn..It allows us to sail more downwind fast.Our VMG increases
significantly and the miles to destination are gobbled up.At noon we sight a
killer whale not more than 10 metres away!It plays around Acool for more than
an hour and disappears.Thankfully it did’nt become too chummy.We have to
decide what to do at night.Every time we take it down,we lose to the
12:45 We are at sea one week exactly and have covered
1230 miles to SL.We need another 110 to reach halfway.Patience.The second week
is expected to be faster.