afternoon, 24deg 39’N 24deg 27’W
As usual the 4
day NE winds to take us south never materialised, and we struggled to get south.
15 hours of precious fuel used motoring in an effort to pick up the winds.
Eventually enough to put the Twistle Rig to good use, but not enough reliable
windless, but then picked up with a vengeance, blasting us, albeit fairly
briefly, with 42 knots. A difficult changeable night also followed,
necessitating rig changes that were tricky to perform under the mast
Tuesday again difficult weather patterns dominated by lows to the west of
Canaries and up from the coast of Senegal. Monday night dodging
hammerheads of Thor, before sailing through the nigh to a constant backdrop of
the most incredible electric storms; fortunately moving across our stern and
away west. Last night strong winds and a wind veer caused some concern as our
Twistle rig became severely over –twistled, losing its starboard pole in the
process (recovered without damage).
headway today in a 16-20 knot NE wind. Covered in red Sahara dust!!
The news came
through that White Egret has been unable to take to the water in Tenerife…… so we are now The Blue Water Rally of 2 boats!
Moondance and Aragorn. Aragorn completing their round the world voyage so we are
well, being extremely well fed and watered. Nigel two Doradoes to the good;
second let go in an act of mercy , and full fridge.
If this is the
Milk Run, we’ve been curdled. Looking for settled weather