Norfolk to Fort Lauderdale Day 5 - Gary invents the hand bearing kitchen timer
Date 2359 Tuesday 7 February 2012
The wind held overnight until 0900 when with the wind lightening and dead astern we had to report to motor sailing for the rest of the day. Mostly we were able to benefit from the use of the genoa and with only 1250rpm on the engine we made approximately 7 knots through to midnight. A chart may assist in knowing where we are:
I should explain that we are using a kitchen timer in the cockpit to
remind the duty watch to take the hourly log. Shortly after midnight I
was woken by the timer alarm going off. Roll over and ignore it, but as
skipper I was now wide awake. On and on it went, patiently I waited for
There has been a distinct absence of traffic during the day. We did however see the odd buoy. This was also a waypoint and is marked on the chart as Jekyll, it being off Jekyll Sound.
We did speak on the VHF radio to the delivery skipper on a passing motor yacht who left us with an ancient American farewell – “may the warm wind on your back not be your own” – not quite Robbie Burns but well intentioned.
At midnight, other end of the day, we were very close to the