We have had a much better run over the last 24 hours and
have had the cruising chute up continuously for the last 60 hours. The sail
needs constant attention to avoid broaching but drives the boat efficiently in
We have now gybed the boat to the west and at present we
are headed directly for St Lucia.
During the day we tried setting the cruising chute to
leeward and poling out the Yankee to windward. This worked for a while but made
the boat roll more so we abandoned it and went back to the chute only heading almost
Yesterday was another beautiful day followed by a
spectacular night with clear skies, zillions of stars and lots of shooting
All are well on board, eating and sleeping well and
We have established a pattern for fishing and caught two
small blue fin tuna as it went dark last night. Both were small so were thrown
back to live on.
WE are hoping for a better position within the fleet
after today’s position report but the 24 hours without the chute on
Monday has cost us many miles.