Day 4 - Night and day sailing with spinnaker

Blue Note
Marco M.
Thu 12 May 2016 16:26
Date:  Thursday 12/05/16   - Time:  12:00 EDT
Position 26:33.016N  69:42.131W
COG 323T SOG 5.4kt, Wind 105T 10 kt,
Temperatures: Air 31 C, Sea 23.6 C
Barometer: 1015  hPa
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 134 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 125 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 579 NM
Time since departure: 4d 2h 0m
Average Speed since departure: 5.88      kt
Average VMG since departure:   5.74  kt
Average VMG speed last 24h:    5.23 kt
Intention: sail to Chesapeake.
Distance to End on rhumb line: 706 NM
ETA (Entrance Chesapeake): Tuesday May 17, 2016 @ 21:00

Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):
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Since yesterday sailing conditions are as perfect as they can be.
A light breeze of 10 kts from broad reach and near flat sea with blue sky and no clouds.
We kept up the spinnaker during the night and sailed very comfortably with 10 kts of wind making a bit over 5 kts of speed.

The only thing missing so far is a fish for dinner or lunch. So, in spite of having still up the spinnaker,
we set the lure back in the water. We even deployed a fishing line on the yoyo (a simple 80lbs fishing line on a circular ring) with another lure.
If we did catch something is going to be interesting to divide our attention from not loosing the fish and slowing down the boat.
Meantime at night for dinner we have been practicing pasta cooking.
First was pasta with home-made canned tomato sauce, then last night pasta with butter and sage.
Will see if tonight is going to be Mahi-Mahi and rice with Pinot Grigio or pasta "aglio-olio e peperoncino".


May 11 sunset.


Best sailing route as calculated by open-source program qtVlm based on wind and current prediction.
Note the deviation to the west to avoid an area of strong north-to-south current before entering the Gulf Stream.