4th June 2009
morning to you all, this is our fifteenth day at sea since leaving Bermuda,
now 1800 miles to our west. We are running very slowly under main and
spinnaker to the east at 3/4 knots.
run from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday was a respctable166 nm.but since lunch
yesterday; we have been virtually becalmed with the wind mainly from the north
or west but only 3/7 knots. Giving us only 49 n.m to 07:00.Hrs this morning. We
have been using the engine in short burst for couple of hours, but we are down
to our last tank and that is now only a little over half full which we must save
for the approach to Fial and Hortra.
on board is at least relatively comfortable apart from the constant roll through
sixty degrees causing the sails to slat and the boom attempting to gybe on every roll.
ten boats have arrived in Horta, mainly the larger yachts, we are stuck almost
at the back of the fleet with about half a dozen yachts of a similar size
including another Hallberg Rassy 42 called Viva skippered by a German lady who
is completing the World ARC returning home after nearly two years at
speak to them on a daily basis via the SSB net and collect the positions of
other boats. The sun is rising earlier each day, we are all still on Bermuda
time and will not put our clocks forward until we reach Horta, but it does
mean that dawn comes before 04:00 and sunset at 20:00 hrs
still have food and water so as long as we can make it in the next few days we
should not have a problem. Some of the other yachts have had serious problems,
one found the the main engine was vibrating off the mountings, another had
a failure on the auto pilot and the alternator disintegrated. We should
count ourselves very fortunate, we are all well and in good spirits and Libertad
is in fine fettle. Lucien is still baking bread on a daily basis,
Mordecai spends most of his time gluing his sandals together, he
claims they are the only pair he has, so he must fix them, Drew when awake is
eating us out of boat and home, any leftover’s at dinner are sent in his
direction, he also has the ability of being able to sleep at any time of
the day and in almost any weather.
were passed by a large freighter in the night, going west and we still enjoy the
occasional visit from dolphins, Last night on watch a clump of
phosphorescence the size of a football floated by, I have seen vast areas of off
the coast of Portugal, in the north east trades but never in this form, it was
glowing an intense white as if you had thrown a bright light overboard. We
are also surrounded by Portuguese men of War, these jelly fish roam the ocean
with a jelly sail held above the water and a meter or more of
tentacles trailing behind, the sail is iridescent blue to pink, I wonder how
these strange creatures fit in to the evolutionary jigsaw.
enough of my cerabel wanderings, we are all fine and looking forward to the
first beer and a good meal in Horta before victualing and refuelling for the
next leg cruising the Azorean Islands.
wishes from us all aboard Libertad Guy, Lucien, Mordecai, Drew and