29 13.8N 64 23.2W
slowed overnight as the wind died, and the current turned slightly against us,
making a daytime landfall a little problematic. Anyway, revs increased a little
and around midday, the set turned in our favour with a benign current giving
Irie a shove and a predicted arrival time of around 16.00. Still things can
change again, but as we close Bermuda, we should pick up south westerly breezes
of 12-18 knots which will help the final push.
night was idyllic, virtually cloudless and a very bright, perfectly full moon to
light our way. Sunrise was equally spectacular, a watercolour sky steadily
lightening, orange-pink bleeding into yellow and then blue, all brushed over
with tracery of thin twisted high cloud. Then the sun, blood red in the east
while the silver moon shyly faded into a bank of cloud low in the west – ample
repayment for any discomfort.
day today, and Irie looks like a laundry festival, draped in various items
baking in the sun. Fishing’s started, though with a singular lack of success
other than half the Sargasso Sea. Something must have had a go as there are
large chunks bitten out of one of the squid lures – just teasing
we had a test run on the storm jib. It seems miles away, bowling along in the
sun and heat – hope it doesn’t need to leave its bag.
of the day: Sheet bend and double sheet bend Nautical term: Sucking the monkey – yes
much nicer to know
Slicing along - how blue is that sea!