Atlantic, off the African coast

S/V Goldcrest
David & Lindsay Inwood
Tue 4 Dec 2012 09:00

We switched the engine off at 9 a.m. yesterday (Monday) and 24 rollicking hours later we’ve travelled 159nm towards Mindelo in the Cape Verdes.  It has been very rolly with confused waves of up to 3m knocking the stern about, so nobody got much sleep last night.  Thanks to Lindsay’s brilliant preparations we’re eating like royalty and are all in good spirits, if a little bruised and tender in places!

Sailing wise we’ve been running under genoa alone, as the big rolls stopped us keeping 2 sails filled properly.  We should have the main up and pole out the genoa on the other side (sailing goosewinged), but the motion makes the thought of going forward to rig the pole a little daunting.  Maybe later.  The forecast is for these conditions to continue another 24hrs or so, then the 20kt winds should ease a bit and come from a more friendly easterly direction for a while.