St Helena to Ascension Day 3 - Nothing to report

Position                    11:56.62 S 010:15.16 W

Date                          2359 (UTC) Friday 10 February 2017

Distance run             in 24hrs 136nm over the ground, 130nm through the water

Passage total            363nm over the ground, 351nm through the water

Distance to go          349nm

Planned distance      St Helena to Ascension 705nm

 

With no deadline to get to Ascension and the knowledge that resupply of diesel in Ascension is very difficult if not impossible the temptation to use the engine to maintain progress is easy to resist.  We have enough wind to keep the boat moving but the day’s progress tells the story.  We continue to sail downwind with the wind lightening to 10 to 11 knots.  We have seen nothing in the way of other vessels since we left St Helena although we have received a warning from a boat ahead of us that there are Chinese fishing boats about with mysterious 10m x 1m floats showing up on AIS; these we assume must be net markers.  Excitement to come?