Day 10: STT -> Azores - Close hauled course

Blue Note
Marco M.
Tue 7 May 2013 15:27
Date: Tuesday 07/05/13 - Time: 12:00 Blue Note Time - 11:00 EDT
Position 29:03N 50:15.7W
COG 68T SOG 6.5kt, Wind 12T 16 kt, Barometer 1012.6 stable
Temperatures: Air 20.5C, Sea 17.8C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 145 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 140 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 1138 NM
Time since departure: 10d 2h 00m
Average Speed since departure: 4.69 kt
Average VMG since departure: 4.24 kt
Intention: sail to Horta
Distance to End on rhumb line: 1216 NM
ETA: Monday May 20, 2013
Diesel consumption:
- 50 gallon left
- 57% diesel burned with 46% of passage done, ratio = 0.81
- 106 hours left motoring
- 420 range left on motoring

Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50): <>

Wind stayed constant at 16-18 kts for the past 24 hours and we have been sailing on a close hauled course doing 6.0-6.5 kts.
Excellent going but not the most comfortable course for cooking, sleeping or just doing anything.
Forecast are for this to continues for another day then the wind to start to shift to the east. Depending how strong the shift will be we might stay on port tack or
go to starboard tack and head more north.

Last night we had some cargo traffics appearing on the AIS. One of the ship was the "Hanji Instanbul" with destination of Ponta Delgada.
We were very tempted in asking for a tow, but then decided to remain purist to the sail spirit, still hopeful to get there with our own means.


Close hauled corse with one reef in the main.

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