Cape Town to St Helena Day 4 - Empty seas and not much wind

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Mon 23 Jan 2017 04:34

Position                    28:04.82 S 009:17.68 E

Date                          2359 (UTC+2) Sunday 22 January 2017

Distance run             in 24hrs 151nm over the ground, 141nm through the water

Passage total            587nm over the ground, 567nm through the water

Distance to go          1114nm

Planned distance      Cape Town to St Helena 1697nm


The forecast said the wind would go light and of course it did.  Today we had 15 hours motoring with what little wind there was directly on the stern so there was no chance of any sail assistance.  This is a very empty stretch of water.  The merchant shipping routes do not go up the middle of the Atlantic.  Twice during the day something appeared on our AIS system but the range in both cases was over 100nm and to the east.  In the continued absence of a working water maker conservation measures are proving effective.