16:14.8W Days run an unimpressive
So, we're off! Left Las Palmas yesterday (Tuesday)
at 1230 into the forecast very light winds, meaning we had to motor for hours
but only using one engine to conserve fuel, which is slow. Had a brief stop
after a couple of hours as we were getting a lot of cavitation from the props
and decided we'd (well, I'd) better jump over the side to check and clean them.
Didn't find too much growth but a quick clean improved matters - and that was
just me! Jumping into the Atlantic seems to be becoming a habit, having had to
do the same in Biscay to clear a net. Yes, it is chilly.
Finally got some wind around 0400 this morning so
got some sails up, and it has increased to 15-18kts so now we're making a more
respectable speed of 6.5 - 7 kts.
Our unplanned stop and slow motoring means that
we're now a little behind the group of boats that we left with, but we have a
radio sched at 1000 and 1800 every day so are keeping in touch with everybody.
The fishing rod has just been deployed, anticipating great things, and now for
the news you've been waiting for: the ham has been started and is very nice
indeed. In fact it's difficult to walk past it and not pause to slice a piece