Paul & Carmel's blog
Day One - Sat 23 May
Up anchored at 0930hrs from Anse
Marcel, St Martin and
took a starboard turn into the
eastern end of Anquilla Passage which is the obvious route to clear the near
islands of Anquilla (UK) and St.
We were greeted by a slight sea
from the SE and 15 knots ESE breeze. Fair skies with high cloud and 26 degree
temps made for a nice send off from the Caribbean.
Our Leg 1 destination port of Horta
on the Azores island of Faial is some 2176 nautical miles away to the
With all sails set we were almost
able to maintain the rhumb line (direct) course for the Azores ably assisted by
the new Hydrovane unit which we had fitted to Adventuress.
By the time we had gone 20 miles
the wind had gone lighter and the west setting current was already taking us
north of our desired route. The forecast is for light variable winds for the
next 4-5 days which will enable us to get our sea legs at leisure but may
necessitate more motoring than we would have liked earlier
Most notable thing to happen so far
was the sighting of a whale (species not confirmed). It was about 10-12m long
and came over to the boat but did not surface close. This lead to the Hydrovane
being dubbed “Ahab” as we had been discussing a name for it when Mark sighted
Don’t think we have enough food so
have decided to ration it from now as that way know how much we have left after
the first week, oh what a bugger.
Had nice dinner of lasagne and
salad last night with enough over for another dinner another
Day 2 - Sun 24th
Awoke this morning about 7.30am
with a big squall over us and lots of wind which threw us about and everyone up
on deck to get a reef in the main and the genoa.
Watches were all completed by the
boys on board and being chief cook and bottle washer I had the night off. First watch starting at 8pm to midnight,
winds were light over night and we stuck by the Frenchies (who are sailing a
Beneteau called Aunis) headed for the same destination.
Weather today is overcast and the
sea flat so not much wind since the squall this morning and having to motor to
get to the direction we want. Just after lunch we heard Mark’s fishing rod reel
zoom off and he got to it and started to reel in but the fish got off just close
to the boat, guys think it was a barracuda so no great loss to us. Still have
the Frenchies in sight just off the port bow, lets hope we get more wind and
Seems cooler today without the sun
shining on us but a days respite from the sun wont hurt as we all have a little
sunburn from the last week. Spotted a small pod of dolphins off the port side
about 5pm they were jumping and showing off and cruised with us off the bow a
great sight to see.