Wednesday, 13th January, 2013
Daily run: 136 logged miles
The sail change yesterday was well timed. With the wind dead aft, the two foresails are giving us a relaxing time. Yesterday Julia spent nearly all day on her computer composing the Africa iBook while I dosed in the cockpit in the veiled sunshine catching up on a lack of sleep. The occasional school of flying fish would skim the water to escape a chasing dolphin. Most mornings we find a flying fish or two on deck or a squid. The size of the flying fish in this part of the Atlantic is about twice the size of any other species we found in other oceans. We debated whether or not to have them for lunch, but they are supposed to be very bony with little meat on them, so they were returned to the sea rigor mortes.
Today is overcast and the wind a moderate breeze that pushes us along at about 5 knots. If we were younger and stronger we would have had the parasailor up to give the boat at least 7 knots of speed, but we know we cannot get it down in anything over 12 knots…