Fai Tira Blog 16.00
UTC Monday 30th
Tira in the Atlantic getting closer to Antigua . 18:19.94N
We are still heading West
not North West as our Google Earth map suggests. (sorry about that I must have got my
numbers mixed up) Dyslexia rules
KO!! We have not been to Nova Scotia nor
intend going there as it’s too cold and dark. The wind is so fickle we are
sometimes sailing and sometimes motoring and sometimes a bit of both. The trade
winds we are supposed to be experiencing are not as reliable as the weather
forecast would indicate. The wind
seems to pick up in the evenings and overnight and then stay with us until about
2 o’clock in the afternoon when they die off. At this time we put the engine on which
gives us a chance to charge the batteries and all the electrical devices on
board. This seems to have developed
into a pattern lasting for the last three days or so. We have encountered a few squalls but
nothing that has concerned us.
We are STILL at the front
of the fleet of smaller boats but are being slowly caught up due to the fact we
have light winds that don’t favour our 22 ton steel boat. Whilst sailing we are primarily still
goose winging. This seems to be the best combination for us although we do have
the option of the cruising shute or the spinnaker. We might try one of these
tomorrow if the wind stays light.
We are averaging 110 miles per day at the moment, this is in stark
contrast to our best day of 165 miles.
Both wild and human life
have remained in short supply, not even caught any fish. We did stop the boat in the mid Atlantic
yesterday and went for a swim. On
inspection of the hull of Fai Tira we did notice that we had already got a
growth of barnacles which weren’t there in Lanzarote. I suppose you could call this wild
We have settled down to
observing two watches. I am on
watch from 9pm to 2 am. The nights
are getting spectacular with the moon nearly full the reflection on the water is
beautiful and backed by an array of stars and planets not to mention the cloud
formations it makes me burst out into poetry.
twilight hours like birds fly by,
lightly and as free,
thousand stars are in the sky,
thousand on the sea,
every rippling, dancing wave,
leaped upon the air,
caught a star in this embrace,
held it trembling there.”
Our ETA in Antigua is now
Saturday morning. We have 550 miles to go to our goal and we are both looking
forward to visiting the Caribbean as it will be our first visit to the
area. We understand Rum punch is
the drink of the island so we will hopefully be sampling a few at the weekend.
West is Best.
Bye for now.