Day 9: NYC -> STT

Blue Note
Marco M.
Thu 22 Nov 2012 17:17
Date: Thursday 22/11/12 - Time: 12:05 EDT
Position 21:03.7N  66:01.78W
COG 170M SOG 5.0kt, Wind 200M 4 kt, Barometer 1010.4 stable
Temperatures: Air 28.9C, Sea 26.5C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 119 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 1305 NM
Time since departure: 9d 0h 25m
Average Speed since departure: 6.03 kt
Intention: sail to St. Thomas
Distance to End on rhumb line: 177 NM
ETA: Friday Nov. 23 @ 23:30
Mahi-Mahi count: 4
Pinot Grigio bottles: 6
Rioja bottles: 3

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone !

Winds are light (~ 4kts) and shifted to south, this reminds me of what Jeff Lewis once told me:
"That arrow on top of the mast always show you the direction of your destination"

Because of the wind shift yesterday afternoon we had to give up on using the asymmetric spinnaker but resort
to the jib . With the jib up we took the opportunity to practise heave-to and then we could not resist to take advantage
of the slow gentle drift of the boat to take a plunge in 5,500 meters deep blue Atlantic ocean.
It was my first time and it is quite impressive to swim in the blue water and see Blue Note gently drift away and absolutely nothing around her.
Every one enjoyed the great experience and were amazed at looking in the water at 5km deep bottom.

To fight the boredom of the youngest, who if they don't sleep or eat are extremely bored, we entertained our self
with a very intense game of UNO.

Because of the light winds we will have to prepare our self for a night landfall and an ETA near midnight of Friday.

 Emacs!               Emacs!
Nov. 21: Another lunch with Mahi Mahi (this time           Nov. 21: Please note the many cards Isa has and then
grilled) and of course Pinot Grigio.                                remember that the goal of UNO is to have the least.

Nov. 21: Isa & David happy to be alive after swimming
in 5,500 meters deep water