Day 1 - From Cape Verde to Caribbean

Blue Note
Marco M.
Wed 17 Dec 2014 13:26
Date: Wednesday 17/12/14 - Time: 13:00 UTC
Position 17:21.535N  27:18.399W
Last 24h Sailed Distance:  138 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 135 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 139 NM
Time since departure: 1d 0h 13m
Average Speed since departure: 5.92  kt
Intention: sail to Caribbean - Antigua
Distance to End on rhumb line: 1974 NM
ETA: Thursday Jun 1
Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):

The first day of the crossing was characterized by brisk wind and no wind.
In the channel between Sao Vicente and Sao Antao we had sustained wind of 32 kts with gust to 35 kts.
Then as soon as we reached the west leeward side of Sao Antao the wind died to 5-6 kts with variable directions.
Only after motoring out 17 NM away from the peak of Sao Antao the winds come back at 26 kts and it stayed with us during the night.
This morning winds are down to 22 kts and the sea is calming down too.

Tomorrow we will probably jibe keeping a more SW course and avoid the calm that grib files shows along the current rhumb line few days ahead.

We are still uncertain about our final destination. If we can make Antigua for New Years Eve, we will probably try to celebrate the new year on land, otherwise we might head directly for Virgin Gorda and her beach.

Blue Note crew in Mindelo
Blue Note crew in Mindelo the morning of departure.

Day 1 sail

Day 1, mountains of Sao Antao are still visible in the back.