95 miles clocked yesturday, not bad considering the light conditions, it was
a joy to see all the islands lit up last night about me, the moon was very
bright too, it was a good night sail.
A magical days sailing today, the sea is near flat calm and the wind is a
gental 10-15 kts in the NE, just enough to make near enough 5kts. It could
only be better if it was a little more Easterly so I could make my desired
heading of 50deg, instead I'm heading due north.
I've noticed a change in me, I think having had time to reflect on the
Journey so far, I find I'm much more confident in myself and the boat, I
don't constantly fiddle with things, when the wind drops off, I wait for it
to come back and don't imeadiatly start the engine. I feel more comfortable.
I guess part of this is the fact thas it's less than half the distance. I
got the chart out today for the first time, i've had the Azores chart out so
far, and was supprised at how small I can fold it up to show the bit I want.
Life is Good.
The sun has been out all day, hardly a cloud in the sky but it's not warm,
I'm in Jeans and Jumper and feeling just snug.
I didn't get too much sleep last night, the wind dropped in the Lee of
Terceira and I motor sailed for a couple of hours. Then I've spent the day
pinching tight to the wind, first SE across the bottom of the island, then N
up the side. I've cleared the top of it now and so will have a good night
and hopefully fair wind and no land to worry about bumping into.
So thats the last I'll see of the Azores for a bit, it's clear water all the
way to Blighty, lets hope the weather stays good too.