26th Nov Day 9 Atlantic
18deg 54’N 32deg
Yesterday was a significant day in
that we reached our waypoint of 20 degs N 30degs W. This point is
one of the recommended routes to the Caribbean and the one which we have chosen. We
have now altered course to a more westerly one. Yesterday brought us
stronger winds and therefore more progress was made. Today the wind has been
lighter which gave us the opportunity of celebrating Sally L''s birthday in
relative peace. A bottle of champagne was cracked and a toast was given
to both Sally and Neptune!
We now have1715 miles to go from a
total journey in the region of 2620 miles. We changed our clocks for
the first time and we are now on UTC(GMT) - 2 hours. Things on Moondance are
great, the weather is hot, and the sea relatively calm but with huge
Atlantic rollers which became a significant feature today.
28th Nov Mid
17deg 36’N 036deg 33’W
have seen variable weather for the last few days.Seem to be constantly
effected by weather patterns to the east or south east. Choppy seas erratic
fantastic constant sea and blue sky for Sally’s birthday; champagne at
lunch, balloons and magic bubbles.
it all went pear-shaped. Twistle rig, furled/reefed for the night, but a
25knot squall proved too much and blew the whole rig clean of the mast.
Miraculously recovered sail and poles from under the boat, but must get calm
patch to go up mast for recovery of fitting and
same time GPS gave up…..
happens at once.
recovering somewhat from exertions and trauma, but sailing well in fantastic
fast conditions. At advice of both Blue Water weather and the legendary
“Herb” are heading further south for consistent good
accompanied by 3 whales!!! Thrillingly dark shadow followed us, coming right
up to the stern before twisting to reveal 40 feet of white Sperm whale
underbelly and peeling off into the distance. Makes it all worth
Day 13. 30th Nov 16deg
We have now passed the half way
stage and have been going due west for the last two days, very satisfying.
The sail south to 16 degrees was
fantastic. We needed to come south due to advice given by the meterologists
and so we did. It was a broad reach, very comfortable, which gave everyone a
chance to catch up on their sleep after the twizzle incident which left us
bouncing around under the headsail. It was the sort of sail that you always
imagine a channel crossing should be like, but it never is. Constant wind,
blue skies, blue rolly sea, very hot.
We are now bowling along under poled
out headsail and main.
Chris has been busy mending the
twizzle, but the halyard is still at the top of the mast, where it will stay
unless we have a flat calm - hopefully not.
I have been busy making bread. The
first effort was described by Nigel as the ships biscuit, mainly
because I was trying to be clever and cook the bread on my night watch
when its cooler, but it had risen and then sunk! Todays effort has been more
successful, but it takes ages to make and minutes to eat. Rolls tomorrow I
Maddie has been reading Harry Potter
so we haven't seen her much over the last few days, but today she has been
making her half way present, some little