Well not much.
SO after our porridge this morning we had a bunch
of squalls come up behind us. We dropped the kite to check for wear and tear and
kept it down until the squalls passed through. In the end we didnt get much rain
but there was plenty falling in each cloud burst around us. The wind pretty much
doubles in these localised systems which is why we kept the sails
We were warned to expect more of these as we went
Food variety is changing, I did last nights Pasta
Pesto dinner such was its simplicity.
We were ignoring the treats the first week no we
seem to be on one long gorge of sweets crisps and biscuits.So much for losing a
We moved the trailing edge of the boom, which used
to extend to the helm and now just about makes the cabin hatch, to one side
today and put the whole bimini up. Temperature continues to rise so we are
hiding from the sun a little more. Long may it continue. All have our heads in
books now except for the odd forage in the galley.
We had company last night! Another sail boat. We
crossed close in front of it. We assume it might have been the same
one that gybed behind us this morning and continued on northwest. Probably
someone en route to one of the more northerly caribbean islands. It certainly
made a few watches more interesting. Who'd have thought we would be interested
in traffic out here?
Fyling fish are back and a few birds, I expect we
will see more and more life as we get closer to land.
Moon is later to rise each evening but since its
full and there are few clouds it really provides tons of light and
makes night watches much easier. It was after 8 before it rose
last night though so we had a very starry sky before the moon stole the show. We
were busy trying to identify various constellations amongst the dense clusters
before heading off to bed. As it happens the sextant which is in a cube type box
about 8 inches long leapt from its supposedly secure spot and hit Cormac on the
head. He now claims to have seen more stars than any of
Under 600 miles to go. Thoughts starting to drift
towards arrival but its days away yet. Forecast yesterday showed lightish winds freshening over the next few days but
all within the 20kt range and all in the right direction. We are now 2
weeks sailing downwind. Its incredible. We went head to wind a couple of times
to reef and disentangle the broken boom. Other than that we have had no
headwinds, a very rare and welcome thing for a west of Ireland crew. Its like
freewheeling downhill all the time.
We are now at 16:45.626N 52:04.010W .
TIme to go check the weather.