19 April - on passage to the Azores

Escapade of Rame
Richard & Julie Farrington
Fri 19 Apr 2019 16:32
Well, after 24 hours with no wind, it certainly came back overnight... from the east.  We’ve sailed 150 miles since this time yesterday and are now some 670 miles east of Bermuda.  We still have 1600 miles to run to the Azores and are currently headed on a south easterly course – a result of wind direction and the desire to stay south of a weather system approaching from the north east.
The wind arrived at sunset and by supper time we were fully reefed down, beating into a steadily increasing sea state.  By 0600 we had 35 knots over the deck and the sea was rough!  As I write, we have just shaken out the first of the genoa reefs and the cockpit is dry, so things are looking up.  The only casualty seems to have been a bucket, presumed drowned.
There are no significant defects and morale is high, despite the slow progress.
Richard, Tom and Ed