Another day forward and closer to St Lucia and the
We made some good progress, during yesterday
afternoon with the spinnaker up, 12 knots of breeze and average speeds over 7
knots, in bright sunshine finally, the Arc promise of down wind sailing looked
likely!! However the wind soon died out and we had to motor for a few hours
(Much needed to keep the batteries topped up) The wind filled in
around 9.30 pm just after an episode of 24 series 2 and with full main and Genoa
we could sail on through the night. At times it was fast at others we bobbed
about with the rig banging around over head so not the best night sleep we have
had so far.
The morning has been quite good
with a solid SE wind allowing us to make good progress south and west at 7
knots away from the tropical storm window we hope! We have even overtaken a
few boats which is nice. Lots of banter on the VHF and the ARC fleet are
all sticking together and sharing what info we have, its like being in a big
family with lots of brothers and sisters looking out for you.
On the domestic front all is going well food is
still flowing from the galley and at present time there is a fat chance of
losing any weight if we keep up the 3 good meals a day!! Tonight we will open
the first of the vacuum packed chicken Breast for a curry!! There are still 10
meals of vacuum packed fresh meat in the fridge and the saloon still looks like
a grocers shop.
On the morning watch I took some good pictures of
the great sunrise and the new helmsman on the wheel. ( I got bored on my own and
attached Chloe our clown fish mascot to the wheel and there she will stay!
So Antony the autohelm has company too) Yes it's true I am going
The fishing took an interesting step forward this
morning as the rod almost broke as a fish took the bait, then the hook and
a lot of line. This added some encouragement
and new hooks where loaded and alas like all good fishing stories it happened
again so I can discuss the stories of the ones that got a way!!! Lets hope third
time lucky and finally fish for dinner!!
More info tomorrow ....