Day 2: Azores -> Lagos - more fast sailing

Blue Note
Marco M.
Wed 19 Jun 2013 12:10
Date: Wednesday 19/06/13 - Time: 12:00 Blue Note Time - 12:00 UTC
Position 37:47.68N 19:22.06W
COG 91T SOG 6.0 kt, Wind 30T 17 kt, Barometer 1018.1 stable
Temperatures: Air 17.2C, Sea 11.5C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 157 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 157 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 303 NM
Time since departure: 2d 0h 15m
Average Speed since departure: 6.28 kt
Intention: sail to Lagos
Distance to End on rhumb line: 512 NM
ETA: Saturday June 22 at 21:30
Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50): <>

Another beautiful sunny day on the Atlantic.
The wind is still favorable but this morning shifted a bit to the North-North-East and we are not anymore on a very very comfortable reach but
on a gentle close hauled with about 15 degree of inclination. Nothing to compare with the tied close hauled course of the second half of the St.Thomas-to-Azores passage
where the boat was really pounding the waves and constantly at 20+ degree of inclination.
We also don't have to push the boat too hard since there is no urgency for flight to catch and we might actually have to
slow down a bit at the end for making a landfall in Lagos on Sunday morning after sunrise.
The previous 24h sailed distance on a rhumb line is 157 NM and extrapolating that it predicts a landfall
in Lagos on Saturday after sunset. My gut-feeling is that at the end is going to be just before sunrise of Sunday, so we will probably
have to deliberately slow down a bit.

Flavio is doing better with his "mal de mer".
After my insistence, he had taken stugeron before the departure from Ponta Delgada, but he was reluctant and as everyone know: doctors make the worst patient.
So I'm not sure if he really had taken or if he was faking it ...
Now after having experienced the "feeling" of sea sickness he is asking for having his pills and they seems to make an effect.
I hope I can convinced him to continue to take them as his condition are improving, otherwise I'm sure he will have a relapse.

Fishing has been abandoned.
We got plenty of food and the "crew" will not be in any condition of helping and, although I have fished alone before, it is quite a bit of work
to bring a catch on board when alone and after all the good fishing of the previous trip I'm happy to try some more fish (or squid or octupus) on land
as I did in Ponta Delgada.