Last night we sat in the cockpit eating the wahoo and watching lightening
flashing around us and some ominous clouds approaching. These brought
nothing more than rain, which fell, as usual, on Geoff during his watch.
Juliet took over from Geoff at midnight, and noted that the rain and lightening
stopped immediately, the sky cleared and it was a beautiful night, although
rather windless. We motored for a few hours before a gentle westerly
filled in, flattening the sea. We are still enjoying the same
breeze 12 hours later, as we continue to head north. Our run over the
24 hours to midday today (Caribbean time) was 140 miles. As I write there
are 430 miles to go, making us just over half way between St Maarten and
Bermuda. We are not in a rush, and are enjoying the sail immensely.
Charlie even put in a reef so we could have the boat flat for lunch today!
This morning we managed to tune our new SSB radio into the 9am radio
net that many of our friends on other boats participate in. This was a
source of much interesting information, as most of the boats are now at sea, on
passage to Bermuda or the Azores. We heard from our Swedish friends
on Regina that they have seen sperm whales close up - in fact a little too close
for comfort. One dived under their boat and the depth sounder suddenly
registered a reading of 2 metres. Our friends on Blase had a full blown
thunder storm last night, with thunder and lightening striking all around them
for several hours. They were not hit and are fine, other than being very
tired. We also heard that there has been some kind of tidal/big wave in
Antigua, although we do not have any details.
Mid-morning we found that a heavy duty fishing line was caught under the
boat. This had obviously been lying in the water and we sailed over
it. Charlie managed to free it by leaning over the side with the
boathook, and fortunately it had not gone around the prop.
Geoff with part of the disentangled line
We continue heading towards Bermuda; currently the speed over the ground is
around 7.5 knots under full mainsail and genoa, with a westerly force 3-4.