Noon Wednesday 17th 30:00N 46:40W

Wed 17 May 2023 15:24
I had a whole night in bed last night. We were becalmed so after completing the log at 21.00 hrs I turned off all the alarms on my phone and went to bed, and woke up at 05.30 hrs this morning. To calm, grey, drizzly morning. However, since then, the wind is at a respectable 14 kts and the sun is peeking through the clouds.
My ETA, based on current information and experience will be the weekend after next. We have just over 1 000 miles to go.
My wife asked me this morning as we we're having a chat on the sat phone, who we is "we. We are Bellone and myself. There are two of us involved in this!
Reefing the sails is making them smaller, to match the conditions we happen to be in at any time. It's a bit like and engine and gearbox in a car. The engine is the wind, and the gearbox are the different sizes of sail.
The other night, during the 'near gale' as the conditions are classed on the Beaufort scale, I reefed the main quite early. The problem was I couldn't discern between the sea and sky as it was all dark, cloudy and wet. I could see a few meters from the boat but that's all. Without being able to see the conditions, it's easy to kid yourself it's not to bad but when I decided to lower the main completely, it was hard work as I'd left it too late.
As the saying goes, 'if you're thinking about it (reefing), you're too late.'