19 Nov - Passage to BVIs: 1800(local) update
A good day’s sail today, with a much more subdued sea state and around 15kn of NE breeze. Switching to tropical routine! Shorts and swimmers are making an appearance, the wind is warm and it suddenly feels much more humid. Morale is good, despite further problems with the generator. We are now almost mid-way through our passage, with 650 miles to run to the BVIs. Bermuda is 300 miles to the north-east and the Bahamas 370 miles to the south-west. We have just tacked onto a more easterly course, which should place us well for picking up the easterly trade winds in a few day’s time. The second half of the passage is likely to be slower, with light winds forecast over the next few days. We have a bit of social interaction through our daily radio net, where we talk to several other boats in the Back Street Buccaneers Rally on SSB radio and swap information on weather, defects, engineering advice, morale and the odd bit of trivia.
Richard & Julie