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Date: 06 Dec 2006 12:57:00
Title: Whoops ! (but position now added)

Hello Friends                                        "21:00.98N 40:20.26W"
                                                            Antigua 1230 miles away.
 
OK, so I forgot to put the coordinates into yesterday's blog - hands up all those bloggers who thought we were lost! I started the blog in the morning before I had the position - that's my excuse.
 
The weather has settled again, the warm sector has passed and the squalls with it, we all had a bit of a bath as several squalls passed over us. Now it has cleared up we have the spinnaker set again and we're managing about 7 knots with a bit of current on top of that.
 
Here's a pic of Arthur (aka Barny) our resident photographer, getting a shot of the bow wave as we surf.
 
 
You may wonder how we manager our power reserves on board. We have a couple of solar panels which are supposed to generate about 7 or 8 amps in the middle of the day, a wind generator, which doesn't do much when you're sailing downwind but which will be great at anchor in the Caribbean when it can generate more than 30 amps. Our mainstay on the crossing is the towed generator...
 
 
which we fixed low down on the transom (better angle on the water) and which has a weighted turbine towed 20 metres behind. This one's an Aquagen and it's OK but the towing line does get rather knotted and would be better if it were cable or something a little more robust. With all of that it still isn't quite enough, so we are running the engine for a couple of hours each day just to top up the batteries.
 
As you've noticed, we've passed 40 degrees west, so we'll have another hour time change this evening - which obviously means an extra long Happy Hour.
 
Best Wishes
 
George, Michael and the crew
 

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