Keoma - 24 November

Fri 25 Nov 2005 20:32
This morning the seas started to build to small waves, around 3ft, and the wind increased to 18 knots, a consistent force 5.  We were on a beam reach with the spinnaker up, and had long periods when the speed did not drop below 8-10 knots.  The maximum speed we had was 12 knots, which was very exhilerating.  Being wave assisted, it really felt like a sleighride.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we all feel as though we have caught some rays.  It is definitely getting hotter and we are now in the tropics, since we are south of the Tropic of Cancer, at 23 degrees North - we are currently at 20 degrees North.  It has been quiet on the VHF radio today, partly because the ARC boats are starting to spread out and most are out of range.  We have seen two sailing yachts since this morning, but no shipping at all. We were encouraged by the weather reports of Tropical Storm Delta starting to change direction and predictions that it will start to move NNE tomorrow.  This would mean its centre would not come within 1000 miles of our proposed route.
We have not fished today as we still have fish left over from yesterday.  Time to go, as rum punches are being poured...