BVIs to the Azores - Day Five 25 50.177N 060 36.310W

Mike and Liz Downing
Sun 1 Jun 2014 22:20
The wind came up a bit (to around 10kts) overnight and has stayed there most of the day, helping us along quite nicely as we continued east, close hauled into a slight sea. It's now moved more south and so is more on the beam, which sounds better, but it's actually slowing us down as the apparent wind drops. If we continue close hauled, we'll be heading south of east which we definitely do not want! So we'll have to change the sail plan - the first time for several days. Our noon-to-noon run was 115.1 miles. So we are making progress, albeit slowly, and it's been a lovely sail so far, with good hot and sunny weather, with the sun's rays glinting across the seas. We have a shearwater that follows us every so often and flies around the boat, looking superb as it turns and the sun reflects off it's white front. Have seen two ships so far, both passing about 5 miles away, so visible on the horizon. We did expect to see more shipping on this route.

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