Day 2: STT -> Azores - Diesel consumption

Blue Note
Marco M.
Mon 29 Apr 2013 16:09
Date: Monday 29/04/13 - Time: 12:00 EDT
Position 22:10.09N  62:49.8W
COG 3M SOG 5.5 kt, Wind 84M 6 kt, Barometer 1008.4 rising
Temperatures: Air 27.1C, Sea 23.6C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 128 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 267 NM
Time since departure: 2d 3h 00m
Average Speed since departure: 5.24  kt
Intention: sail to Horta
Distance to End on rhumb line: 2010 NM
ETA: Friday May 17
Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):

The winds have decreased even more and now are just a breeze of 6 kts from the East.
We have been motor sailing since 2am this morning and since our departure have run the engine for 50% of the time.
We burned about 12 gallons of Diesel, that is about 10% of what we had at the beginning. That does not sounds a lot but since we are at only 10% of our journey by continuing like this we will burn just all the diesel we have.  It's not a good idea planing to make landfall with the engine scraping the last diesel of  tank....
Luckily, the wind forecast are for the winds to turns first North-East, then North and finally from the West.
With winds at the beam or stern we could fly the spinnaker and keep a respectable speed without running the engine.

Lisa had a moment of "mal de mer" last night but after a full night of sleep she is feeling a bit better this morning,
but still not 100%.
Damien is strong and determined to catch a fish but so far only seaweed appeared at the end of the line.

The Blue water and Blue sky of the Atlantic