Ascension Island to the Azores Day 16 – News from the catering department

Position                21:03.12 N 031:50.97 W
Date                     2359 (UTC) Monday 06 March 2017
Distance run          in 24hrs 150nm over the ground, 148nm through the water
Passage total         2,145nm over the ground, 2,062nm through the water
Distance to go       1,051nm      Note the change from yesterday. 
                                                This is the direct distance and not the distance that will be travelled
Planned distance    Ascension to the Azores west around the high 3,666nm
 
We have again had a good day's sailing both in distance covered and direction as we haul ourselves towards the east in anticipation of the major changes in the weather systems between our position and the Azores.  With the assistance of Alex, who is advising on our weather routing, we have decided not to try and round the western end of the Azores High as inconveniently it is not there at the moment.  Over the next 48 hours we expect the weather to fall apart, becoming unsettled, and look forward to a period of motoring and heading more east in order to miss higher head winds and swell that are expected the direct line course.  Fun to come!
 
We are now nearly seven weeks out of Cape Town and four weeks out of St Helena.  Due to Elizabeth's highly developed conservation skills we still have a supply of fresh cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, citrus fruits and apples.  The last Cape tomatoes were eaten two days ago but we still have a supply of tomatoes, bought green in St Helena; about the only fresh item other than lettuce available on the island.  To be clear conservation refers to keeping edible and not to defending them from the marauding crew.
 

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Another 20 degree galley shot but with the Mate's latest Malt Loaf displayed.  An entry for the Great Mid-Atlantic Bake Off
Elizabeth won as no one else turned up - funny that