Glorious sailing

Moonstone of Aberdour
Allan and Claire Foster
Fri 12 Jul 2019 07:16
“44:03.374N 25:25.916W”
The wind has held steady around 14kts for the last 48 hours so we’ve had all our canvas flying in glorious sunshine.   Life onboard Moonstone has settled into our normal offshore watch routine and apart from a  minimal tweak of the sheets it has been all about eating, sleeping and reading......and feeling relaxed.
Other than a distant ship’s AIS signal we’ve seen nobody out hear although we did hear a couple Dutch yachts that we know talking on the VHF suggesting they were probably within 10 nautical miles of us.   They must have left the Azores just after us as they were there when we left.  
Claire was amused to see on AIS a large tanker listing itself as “underway sailing” rather than the usual “underway using engine”.  She had visions of a square rigged oil tanker, perhaps the seagoing environmental equivalent of an electric powered lorry.