Atlantic Crossing Day 4

Mark & Sue Owen
Wed 25 Jan 2012 12:18
22:32.04N 23:01.08W
Miles travelled in the last 24 hours: 150
Miles logged since leaving the Canaries: 584
Miles to go to Barbados: 2,277

All is well on board; we have now passed through the Tropic of Cancer
(though Skipper still needs his woolly hat at night) and we're enjoying good
downwind sailing conditions at the moment.

The moon made a most welcome appearance last night, although just a sliver
and for only a short time. Looking forward to it filling over the coming
weeks and providing some illumination on these jet black nights as, up until
now, we've had only stars to help the definition between sky and sea. Since
leaving we've only seen one ship passing on the horizon, although we
continue to run our night watches.

Today we decided to make our first clock adjustment (back one hour) and will
need to make a further 3 changes during the crossing. This will ensure our
boat day remains aligned to the sunrise and sunset times and we'll arrive in
the Caribbean accustomed to local time.

After resisting the temptation to dig into the goodies bag that we've built
up over the last few months, we're now starting to enjoy some of the treats
we've stockpiled. Skipper is tucking into his Christmas cake with gusto and
the Simpkins travel sweets and ginger nuts are also current favourites.