22 Nov - Passage to BVIs: 1800(local) update

Escapade of Rame
Richard & Julie Farrington
Thu 22 Nov 2018 23:59
24:10N  64:20W
Happy Thanksgiving everyone – but especially to our American and US-based readers!  We’ve had an ‘epic’ summer cruising the east coast of this magnificent continent and enjoyed meeting a host of different people in one of the most diverse countries on earth.  What a privilege.
Today at sea has been very routine.  The wind is doing its best to frustrate our plans to reach the British Virgin Islands and we have been patiently tacking back and forward for most of the day, making slow progress south and waiting for the famous easterly trade winds to show up.  They haven’t and I have to confess that we are now motoring directly upwind in an effort to get to a position where we can sail the last couple of hundred miles.  I hate burning diesel, but if needs must, you might as well go in a straight line!
Still, the sun shone, the sea is a stunning blue and I saw the first White Tailed Tropicbird of the passage – a sure sign that we are returning to the Caribbean.
Even better, Julie made some delicious cheese scones for Thanksgiving afternoon tea, so life’s pretty good!
Richard & Julie