Half way to Bonaire. 13:11.96N, 64:38.66W

Serenity of Swanwick
Phil and Sarah Tadd
Sun 22 Jan 2017 16:29
We left Rodney Bay at about 0900 on Friday, after spending a bit of time motoring in circles to check the deviation on our new steering compass. Compasses on boats have deviation from true values due to magnetic fields on the boat, such as from the engine, and a deviation chart allows you to account for that when setting your course.

Since our departure the wind has been mostly north of east, or east so we are sailing with the wind astern, and the Genoa poled out as it was crossing the Atlantic. We have had to gybe three or four times to stay on course.

So far wind strength has been greater than the forecast we got on Friday, and we are making good progress towards Bonaire with 215 miles to go. Apart from one ship on Sarah's watch last night and another that has just come into sight we have had the sea to ourselves, and it has been lovely sailing with fantastic starlit nights.