Big waves big knots

Fri 30 Nov 2018 10:58
Two blog posts a day isn’t helpful in terms of stretching out our content for this trip .... apologies in advance for any repeated content, we should really fire our editor/get one in the first place.

We have had an absolute cracking day. Winds are at an almost perfect level and we have a very helpful knot of current to make us even faster. The waves are starting to build as well, as we move further from the African coast. This combination means that the majority of time is either spent cruising along at 8/9 knots or surfing down waves at 45 degrees (we reached a top speed of 14.5 knots down one particularly helpful wave).

These speeds all sound very impressive I know but as I do try to be as honest as possible with my extensive readership* I should probably explain (having had it explained to me five minutes ago) the terminology.

One knot is one nautical mile per hour. A nautical mile is just longer than a mile. So yeah, average speed of around 8/9 miles an hour, with a top speed of 14.5. In terms of speed we are comparable to an old car that is stuck in first gear, a Boris bike or a mobility scooter. Impressive eh? At least we are travelling in comfort, if you call living at a thirty degree angle comfortable. Although, given that we have enough food and water supplies to keep us going for about six months, 460 litres of diesel, 600 litres of water, a reading library that puts most universities to shame and four blokes who aren’t getting any thinner, maybe that is impressive after all.

*I didn’t say I would be honest with myself.