We continue to make very good progress. We covered
182nM yesterday averaging over 7.5kts. This seems quite remarkable, given
that we are using only a reefed headsail! The swell is enormous.
Long slow rolling waves approach our stern and lift us up and over. We
then surf gently down the wave at speeds up to 11kts and watch the roller
disappear into the distance. A minute or so later the cycle is
We have sailed 460 Nm out of sight of land and are beginning
to get excited about seeing land appear again on the horizon. Since we
have made such good time, we have decided to put in to Lanzarote for a night or
two as this is between us and Gran Canaria. Lanzarote is only another
100nM approx. So we expect to make landfall at dawn tomorrow.
We have sighted one or two dolphin but none have stayed with
us. We have tried to catch fish but so far with no luck. Simon is
setting up the rod and line to have another go; so perhaps a fish supper