Atlantic Crossing Day 16

Mark & Sue Owen
Mon 6 Feb 2012 13:36
14:28.73N 47:15.02W
Miles travelled in the last 24 hours: 150
Miles logged since leaving the Canaries: 2,239
Miles to go to Barbados: 712

All is well on board after a boisterous, squally night with winds gusting over 30 knots and torrential rain.

The noise created by the waves and rain made for difficult sleeping conditions and we're both more bleary eyed than usual this morning, so no doubt we'll be napping during the day to catch up.

With the squalls having passed and the sun now well above the horizon, we are once again enjoying excellent sailing. In all last night's excitement one of the mainsail mast car fixings came adrift and we needed to drop the sail, re-attach the car and re-hoist the sail and Macushla is now powering along comfortably at 6.5 knots (more when surfing down waves) with just a double-reefed mainsail set.

We've now eaten all the mahi mahi and very delicious it was too, but at the risk of having too much of a good thing, we'll resist the temptation to resume fishing for the time being, as it looks as if our fresh supplies will last us comfortably to Barbados.

In anticipation of building seas tomorrow we had a cook-a-thon and have pre-prepared meals for the next 3-4 days. Skipper also has Christmas cake no. 2 on stand-by, his favourite on-watch 'munchie'.