Day 2 of Lazy Dawn's ocean passage

Tue 22 Nov 2005 12:55
Our course has continued south towards Africa to avoid a 'Lazy Dawn' low off to our west. As we write this, we are at 25 04N 16 42W and are now trying to head towards the Cape Verde islands. The wind has been light and variable 2-10 knots and on our nose again most of the time, but now we are running in 9kts and thinking about raising the spinnaker. As lunch approaches we are still fishless, so will try to find something to compare with Joey's great potato and sausage salad yesterday.
We are still seeing other yachts and much to our surprise still some within 100m overnight. After much debate, we decided it was wise to motor sail for part of the night as the wind dropped and the swell was causing us to rock and shake any wind out of the sails. Quite a few boats around us have motor sailed too, so we are now confident it was the right decision.
We are now settling back into life at sea with watches and no beer! Everyone felt fully recharged after last nights sail in trousers and Lazy Dawn rugby tops. We have heard the weather is a little colder in England, so we don't feel too bad when we tell you it might be oilies tonight as some rain squalls are forecast.
Chris is now about to take a meridian passage reading of the sun and Jo and Peter will be watching with interest as we are all planning on learning the art of celestial navigation.
You may have heard that another yacht, Leyenda, had to return to Las Palmas after raising a mayday as they were taking on water. The ARC website probably has more details, so I won't repeat them here, but we are warmed by the fact that the ARC network of boats were able to help with their predicament.
Yesterday's 23 hour run (start at 1300 to 1200UTC) was 128.9 nm
Today's 24 hour run was 114.3 nm
Chris Jo and Peter