Ascension Island to the Azores Day 10 – Increasing wind and sea

Position                07:54.90 N 027:58.98 W
Date                     2359 (UTC) Tuesday 28 February 2017
Distance run          in 24hrs 147nm over the ground, 139nm through the water
Passage total         1,288nm over the ground, 1,214nm through the water
Distance to go       2,343nm
Planned distance   Ascension to the Azores west around the high 3,666nm
 
Today the weather has most decidedly strengthened with the wind increasing to 20-24 knots across the deck and the sea increasing from 1.5 to 2.5 metres, slightly off the starboard bow, i.e. we are heading into it.  This means an amount of water sloshing down the decks and generally bouncy living.  As a compensation the wind has clocked around allowing us to make more ground to the north as the autopilot steers at 45 degrees to the wind.  A second reef put in at nightfall made for slightly easier conditions on board.  Our untraceable and intermittent large freezer issue reared its ugly head today.  It must be something to do with being bounced around, but it stops maintaining a low temperature and usefully sets off an alarm.  It required moving the contents of one fridge/freezer to the other, a happy job.  Fortunately we have two fridges which can act as freezers.  To celebrate we consumed a lamb tagine from Elizabeth’s stock of pre-prepared meals- to make more room, of course.