17 April - on passage to the Azores

Escapade of Rame
Richard & Julie Farrington
Wed 17 Apr 2019 15:54
25:30N  057:36W
The wind departed at sunset last night as we marked Tom’s birthday with some smoked salmon canapés and a glass of prosecco.  It hasn’t returned, although the various weather forecasts we have all agree that it should fill in from the north over the next 24 hours.  So the engine has been pushing us north east towards the Azores overnight, using precious fuel but putting us into a good position to take advantage of the wind when it does return. 
We’ve been fishing, but so far (apart from one possible bite) have only caught sargasso weed.  I’ve put a new, bright green lure on this morning to see if that changes our luck.
This morning, the lads have been getting themselves ready to start a series of sun and star sights using our sextant and as I write this, they are out there grappling with ‘Meridian Passage’ – when the sun is at it’s highest point in the day the sums are relatively simple to work out your latitude.
No significant defects to report and morale remains high.
Richard, Ed and Tom