Well, here we are, 5 days into the trip, 2222
nautical miles to go to St Lucia. We went a little too far south I think, too
much looking at the weather forecasts on my part, but now we are heading on
course, averaging 8kts, with surfs up to 12.4. The fastest we have gone so far
is 15.4 kts on the first afternoon.
Everyone is settling into the routines, a little
homework has been done, much reading and sleeping as well! The food is
fantastic, and just keeps coming! Simon sleeps out in the cockpit, and Amanda,
sorry Mandy in the saloon, where she can see the stars through the open
Vegard & Eric are getting on great with the
sail handling, making my life much easier. Eric has now lost four of the fancy
hooks that he bought, only one left and then we have to use the old stuff
aboard. Only managed to land one fish so far, it was turned into sushi, and
eaten within 10 mins of leaving the water, a big hit with S& A!
So far no major dramas with the boat, we did loose
all the oil out of the stbd engine, for some reason, but it seems to be working
ok now, so apart fom fixing both the heads all is ok. Lucey Blue is performing
tremendously well, a very comfortable ride, and given the restricitons of her
rig, a fast one.
Have had the new code 0 up once, for a couple of
hours, but there is now too much wind for that sail, we seem to have reached the
trades, winds between 10 & 25 kts, hard to tell exactly, the newly service
wind gauge has gone u/s!
Oh well, i am back on watch in 7 hrs, and need to
get some beauty sleep, so thats all for me for now!