We are continuing to enjoy fantastic conditions, with a steady
south-westerly wind of force 4. Last night we ate roast lamb on
normal plates, while sitting at the saloon table - without having to play catch
with the salt and pepper pots, cutlery, plates, glasses and bottle of
wine. Very civilised.
Overnight the wind dropped to a force 2-3; we headed up 10% to increase the
apparant wind and keep ourselves moving. We kept the spinnaker up all
night and in the morning the wind strength recovered a little. The light
conditions overnight meant we only covered 170 miles over the 24 hours to midday
today, but we are still very happy with progress, and we estimate that we will
be half way to the Azores by around 3.00am tomorrow morning. Over the last
couple of hours we have found a marine river of current which is heading
north-westerly at 1.7 knots, against the prevailing current for this part of the
Atlantic. We understand that this is around 60 miles wide and we are
crossing it in a north-easterly direction.
The weather forecasts we have at the moment indicate that towards the end
of this week the wind is likely to drop away and we will have light
conditions. We are anticipating that we may need to motor some of the
way. This could, of course, change if Hurricane Alberto decides to head
Pip has been practising her photography:
We are still having no luck on the fishing front. There seems to be a
definite lack of sealife - we have not seen any birds today either.
In the early hours of the morning we passed an aircraft carrier - we were a
long way away but it still looked enormous.